ICU-Day 2

Today is Joel's second full day in ICU. He remains in critical but stable condition. We have been told that with this new stroke he had, the symptoms are a little different. The first time the worst of the swelling was over in 3 days-this time we have been told it can be up to 10 days. He has quite a bit of swelling now. We can see it because the portion where his skull was removed is where the swelling goes. Yesterday they put in a PICC line to help with drawing blood etc more easily. They are still using his chemo port to inject medicine but the new PICC will help them to draw blood. Here's a few things specifically to pray for.

-That Joel stays stable and improves over the next few days with no more major health events -That the body will remove the clot on its own, and that the bleeding and swelling will stop -That his respiratory rates stay stable while on the vent, and that he does not develop pneumonia, like he did last time -The 2 areas they have told us that this stroke can affect the most are eyesight and the ability to swallow. Please pray that neither of these areas are affected.

We have covered Joel's room in scriptures that proclaim Gods ability to heal. I write them on the whiteboard in his room and I hang it up on his walls. We have worship music on continually in his room to change the atmosphere.

Last night my Mom and I were talking about how weird it is that out of 30 rooms in the ICU Joel ended up in the very same one as before. I felt like God spoke to my heart and told me that it was because that is the room where He restored Joel the first time. I have had conversations with nurses and yesterday with his main nuero doctor who have all told me that they didn't expect Joel to live after his first stroke. They were all surprised that he was able to fight back from that and be well enough to go to rehab. And I told them if he did it once he can do it again. Yes, I know what things look like in the natural, but I also know that God is a God of miracles. He's the same God that when the Israelite's had a sea before them and their enemies at their back-He parted those seas for them. And in many ways we are at that same crossroads where the only path out of this is for God to make the way and part the seas before us-but the best part is He's done it once and He can do it again.

Exodus 14:13-14-NIV 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Take Heart-Hillsong United There is a light It burns brighter than the sun He steals the night And casts no shadow There is hope Should oceans rise and mountains fall He never fails

So take heart Let His love lead us through the night Hold on to hope And take courage again

In death by love The fallen world was overcome He wears the scars of our freedom In His Name All our fears are swept away He never fails

All our troubles And all our tears God our hope He has overcome

All our failure And all our fear God our love He has overcome All our heartache And all our pain God our healer He has overcome

All our burdens And all our shame God our freedom He has overcome

God our justice God our grace God our freedom He has overcome

God our refuge God our strength God is with us He has overcome />

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