Thanks for stopping by! We’ve been in the hospital with JJ since Thanksgiving morning. To find out where this all started, scroll down to Thursday’s post. We love reading your comments and prayers. It means so much to hear from family and friends walking this road with us!
JJ ate a little bit of solid food for the first time in four days last night. Unfortunately, his intestines were not too happy about it. He started feeling very sick again and got a bad headache for the first time since this all started. His fever jumped back up to 101 and he was up all night going to the bathroom. He wasn’t in the mood to eat anything this morning but he was hungry again by lunch time. He just tried to eat some soup for lunch, got a few sips down but then decided his stomach isn’t ready afterall.
On the medical side of things, they did x-rays this morning of his abdomen and chest. He was a bit confused since he hadn’t heard this was going to happen. The nurse didn’t know either, but she found out his lab tests came back indicating he doesn’t have c-diff bacteria. The doctor hadn’t come by yet to tell him. Later the Dr. confirmed he ordered the x-rays because they don’t know what is causing all of this if it’s not colitis c diff. The doctor still hadn’t seen the x-rays when he came by around lunch time. He is requesting a gastrointerologist come by to look at JJ’s records and talk with us.
It feels a little like we’re starting over again. But we are very thankful that we’re not starting off at the same point – JJ is not in excruciating pain and he’s not dehydrated. We are so thankful he’s getting fluids and meds to manage his pain and has access to doctors who know what to do. The hospital is not our favorite place for sure, but it’s the best place for us to be right now.
Our boys are still out of town with family but coming home tomorrow. I can’t wait to see them! I hope we can somehow get them to the hospital even if it’s a quick visit.
- Please pray for the doctors to figure out quickly what JJ has and needs.
- Please pray protection over his whole digestive tract that’s been stripped of good and bad bacteria since he’s been on so many anti-biotics for the past 3 weeks. Also, we want him to start on pro-biotics if the doctor will approve that.
- Please pray for wisdom as we plan our week. I am speaking in FL at a Christmas outreach event on Thursday night. We’re also scheduled to drive to SC on Friday for the half-marathon when I get back that afternoon. The race is Saturday Dec 6th, and JJ is so sad he may not get to run at all – after months of intense training.
- Please pray for us all to have peace that surpasses understanding as we rest in the promise that God is very near, and that we’ll commit to not worry about anything, but pray about everything while thanking God for what He’s already done. (Phil. 4:5-7)
The gastrointestinal doctor came by late this afternoon. He felt like JJ was doing a little better. He didn’t have definite answers about what he has, but he think it’s some form of colitis and not diverticulitis. He said he wants to do more tests to confirm the negative results of the c diff culture. He thinks it may still be that bacteria and that maybe we got a false negative test. They are also testing for salmonella and other bacteria. He hadn’t seen the x-rays yet so we aren’t sure if they show anything new.
The more I research the c diff bacteria, the more concerned I become. The gastrointestinal Dr. told us that c difficile is very aggressive, very hard to treat, has high recurrence rates (1/3 people get it again) and that oftentimes it’s more intense if it comes back a second time. We will start probiotics and try to build back his good bacteria as soon as he finishes these antibiotics for c diff.
The doctor put JJ on a strict liquid diet again and told him he probably won’t be on solids for days. Poor guy has barely eaten today because he now feels nauseas and bloated. The doctor said it’s better to be going to the bathroom all the time than not be able to go at all. JJ feels like that may be happening so please pray for his intestines to remain very active!
The doctor also said he thinks the earliest JJ will go home is Monday. This turned out to be a much longer visit than we anticipated but again we are thankful to be here and to be getting such great care!
PS> Thanks to all of you for bringing food, smiles and prayers to us today. We were blessed by all of you in so many ways!!!