Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Keep Praying

Joeys current status:

* Fever is below 100.
* His blood infection is subsiding.
* He started to get fluid in his lungs, but the fluid is now starting to go away. One lung looks great.
* He now has a tracheal tube.
* He has a feeding tube through his nose.
* Has been asleep since the tracheal tube.

Bad News:
Today was a hard day. Met with the Doctor, Social Worker, and Head Nurse. The news they gave us was primarily negative. They said his vegetative state may be permanent. Initially they said only two parts of his brain were impacted, now they are saying more of his brain suffered damage. Occipital Lobe, and Parietal Lobe. They are also stating since his Cerebral Cortex was damaged, if he did awake, he may have a personality change, and may lose perceptual awareness. There is no surgery, no medication, nothing that can be done to help regenerate, or repair his brain. Now we are just in a waiting game

Good News:
We continue to rely on God, and know he will be healed. There are some fundamental questions we are asking ourselves.
One - Does God Exist? We know this is a big yes.
Two - Would God want Joey to remain in this state? Answer is no. If Joey is to be a testimony, and tell people about God's healing power, how can Joey do this in his current state.

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

Three - Why would God allow Joey to come back if there was not a purpose? Joey's heart stopped for 6 minutes. As of now, there have been total transformations in family members, friends, and faith. We know that if we press in, and hold fast on God's promises, Joey will be 100% restored.

Even though he is unable to move, or talk physically, he is still speaking to us. Sometimes doubt sets in, and the reality that he may be like this forever hits us, but this is quickly dismissed because we know that with God all things are possible. And there is no way we can ever accept this. With every fiber of our soul we know he will be healed. Some word to stand on:

Isaiah 53:5 - by his wounds we are healed.
Luke 1:37 - For nothing is impossible with God.
Ps. 103:3 - Who heals all your diseases.
Acts 9:34 - ..Jesus Christ heals you. Arise.. .

An answer for the doctors, and nurses that are full of bad news:
Luke 18:27 - Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

We ask your support:
* To assist Joey's family financially. Any donation is welcome. No amount is to small. We just ask that you help anyway you can. (Please use the paypal link below.) We want to continue to help Joey's wife until Joey is able to return to work. To those who have donated thank you so so much.
* Please continue to lift him up in prayer. We continue to petition God for a full restoration.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Baby Love

Today is Monday June 28th.

My name is Raquel and I started this blog on behalf of my brother Joey and sister-in-law Tamra.

Last Sunday (June 20th), my brother was admitted into ER with severe chest pain, and other ailments. It was identified he had a blood infection known as Sepsis. What started as a lung infection moved and spread into his blood stream.

The hospital chose to to sedate him and put him in a medically induced comatose like state. The following day his airway became blocked. As a result, his heart stopped, and it took six minutes to revive him.

By the Grace of God the doctors were able to bring him back, but based on the MRI it appears he suffered damage to his brain due to lack of oxygen. We know his movement has been severely impacted, and we are not sure if he is able to speak yet. We will know the full extent in the days to come.

This has been very difficult for his wife, mom, and entire family. Due to the nurses not keeping a close watch his wife Tamra refuses to leave his side even when others are here watching Joey, which leaves her unable to work.

Now without her income and my brother in the current state that he is in, we are asking for help. As a family we are doing what we can to contribute, and we will continue to help, but the hope is we can raise enough money to help Joey and Tamra until Joey is fully recovered and can work again.

We know that with God all things are possible, and we know that miracles are not out of reach. We are believing for a full recovery, and know in our heart of hearts that he will pull through this.

We will use this blog for several purposes:

* To share with you my brothers progress.
* Bare witness to Joey's full recovery, and be a testament to God's divine healing.

We ask your support:
* To assist the family financially. Any donation is welcome. No amount is to small. We just ask that you help anyway you can.
* Please continue to lift him up in prayer. We continue to petition God for a full restoration.

Currently Joey isn't fully responsive. When he is awake, his eyes are about half way open, and have slight movement.

Tomorrow they plan on putting a tracheal tube in his throat, and a feeding tube in his stomach. We will know within the next coming days if he will be able to speak. He is also receiving antibiotic, insulin, blood pressure medicine, pain medication, and anxiety medicine. His white blood count is also high, but with each day of antibiotic, this seems to come back a little lower. There is a mix of negative, and positive information coming from various Doctors, but we are fully reliant on our Faith in God to pull him through.

We will be updating this blog as much as possible. We ask you from the bottom of our heart to keep him in your sincerest and deepest prayers. His Wife, Mom, Dad, Pop, Grandma, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, In-laws, Friends, and his Sister (Me) have been here nearly every day and are praying for him constantly. There are many many people that love him so much, and if that includes you we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you can please bless them in the form of a donation, please click on the donate button below, that will go directly to Joey, and his wife. In July his wife's work will be holding a fund-raiser on their behalf as well. We will keep you updated on the date/location. Thank you again for your prayers & support. My deepest regard Raquel. (Joey's Sister).

Here is some information on Joey:
* He is 27 years old.
* Is a very giving person, and has a warm heart.
* Is a faithful husband, wonderful son, loving brother, excellent uncle, Loyal friend and many wonderful things to many people .
* Hard worker, and loyal.
* Currently @ Kaiser ICU - Santa Teresa