Update 16

Joel remains in ICU in stable condition. The swelling in his head has subsided which is great news. He has developed pneumonia in his left lung so they will start antibiotics for that today which he will be on for a couple weeks. The only complication that provides is that it may take a little longer to get him off the vent. He can breathe on his own but they want to keep it in as a safety precaution until they know that his lungs are good and strong. We are going on day 5 and they have told us to prepare to be in ICU about a week or so. Hopefully in the next 3-4 days he will be able to be off the vent and out of ICU. That would be amazing. After all of that happens and the swelling goes down we will be looking at a surgery to re-attach the part of his skull that they removed. It's in a freezer now. So odd-I know. Please keep up your prayers for us. I know it's Monday and people get to go back to life as normal. But we are still here-we are still fighting-and we are carried by the strength that comes from the prayers of others. So thank you thank you!Can I just be real for a minute? I miss my husband. Normally when you're going through something difficult you talk to your best friend about it. I miss talking to my best friend. I haven't had a conversation with him in 5 days. Our house is not at all the same without him there. The lack of his presence is felt and the atmosphere is not the same. It's hard being at the hospital and then it's hard to go home without him there. Just hard all around really. As I was driving to the hospital this morning I was just having a conversation with God about how we are only on day 5 and how far we have to go-how exhausted I am and how I have no clue how I will keep this up day after day. He quietly reminded me of the verse:

Zechariah 4:6 "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty."

Each day that is difficult I know that God is even closer to me and when I feel like I am at the end of my own strength it's His strength that fills me. He is still so good. But still......I just miss my best bud.