ICU-Day 9

In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. 2 Corinthians 2:14-The Message Bible

Things are beginning to soar. Joel's CT scan today revealed that the swelling in his brain is finally going down. It was so swollen at one point it was pushing outside of his skull through the opening where they had removed the skull. It is now almost entirely back in his head. Huge progress. Since things are going so well they are going to keep him on induced hypothermia/sedation until Saturday when they will do another CT scan to see if they can remove him from the therapy. They are greatly encouraged by his progress. I cannot stress to you enough the miracle of his kidney. As you all know our whole journey started in May of 2010 when they removed one of his kidneys since it was completely engulfed by cancer. Since that point in time, 3 years to be exact, he has never had normal kidney function. Ever. He gets his blood tested at least every 3 months and every time his levels are high. Not once has it been normal. Doctors today told me that it's as normal as you or I's kidney function would be. They say there's absolutely no medical reason this should happen. I love it when they say that because we know why that is! Here are some things to pray for. Of course we need the swelling to continue to go down and vitals to remain strong. All of that is important to get him out of sedation and off the vent. If they can't get him off in the next week they are talking about another surgery to put in a Trachea and a feeding tube. We do not want Joel to have to go through another surgery and more than that we just believe that God will heal him quickly enough that we won't even need those items. God is more than able. Friends your prayers are moving mountains and slaying giants. Please remain faithful in your prayers over Joel's life until we see his healing through to completion. I can't wait for the day when I can tell Joel about all of you and how you interceded so selflessly and faithfully for his life. It will blow his mind no doubt. To end on a high note Joel's Nuero doctor was talking to me today and he said that he has been a part of helping save many people's lives but Joel's story is definitely in his top 5 because of how incredible it is. Come on!! He mentioned what a fighter Joel is and that certainly is true but he has no idea that army of prayer warriors that have his back. And he and everyone else will soon be left with no doubt that truly this was the work of a mighty God. To Him be the glory.

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto thee.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto thee.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto thee.