Joel is now trying out the home ventilator. He went on the new vent yesterday around 5:00 PM. If all goes well, we may be able to go home early next week. He still has considerable swelling in his body, his heart rate is 136, his blood pressure is 78/35 and his oxygen saturation is 98 %. His urine output seems to be improved. He is taking his nutrition well, but he had a couple of episodes yesterday where his heart rate dropped and we had to suction his respirator tube quickly.
We are still trying to find some home nursing care to help once we take Joel home. The fact that he is going home with a tube is a concern, but the hospital would not do a tracheotomy, so we really have no choice. Please pray that the Lord will keep his tube right where it needs to be. Pray that the Lord will provide all that we need to care for him at home and that the Lord will raise Him up according to His will.
Psalm 20 was a real blessing this morning. Here is the Psalm:
The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble: the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfill all thy counsel. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions. Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.
There are times that we get weary, but the Lord renews our strength. Please hold us up to the throne, and pray for the Mighty God of Jacob to do wondrous things in Joel’s life.
We have experienced some difficulty getting connected to the internet to update the blog and check e-mails. Thanks again for all of your prayers and support.