ICU-Day 7

Joel is responding really well to the hypothermia therapy. All of his vitals are completely normal and remaining stable. His pupils look great and when they pull him out of the induced coma for vitals checks he is responding, which is a great sign. Visually I can tell that the swelling in his head is going down and that is what we want. Here's another amazing thing-Joel only has one kidney so throughout all of this they have been closely monitoring his kidney function because they didn't want to send him into kidney failure. They told me today that for reasons unbeknownst to them, his kidney function just keeps getting better and better on its own. They said they have no idea why this is-but we do-God's hand is upon Joel watching over every part of him.Since everything is going so well with this current line of treatment they may end up extending the treatment past the original 3 day mark that they had planned for. They have told us to expect for him to go maybe even up to a week on this therapy. It cannot hurt him, only help him, and since they see such positive responsive signs they are thinking they might stay the course a little longer. Please keep those prayers coming. They are working. You have no idea the power that is in your prayers and your belief for his healing. Thank you.


I have this hope As an anchor for my soul Through every storm I will hold to You

With endless love All my fear is swept away In everything I will trust in You

There is hope in the promise of the cross You gave everything to save the world You love And this hope is an anchor for my soul Our God will stand Unshakeable

Unchanging One You who was and is to come Your promise sure You will not let go

Your Name is higher Your Name is greater All my hope is in You

Your word unfailing Your promise unshaken All my hope is in You