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


  1. Love you Tam! My heart is breaking for you!!!!! Joey is so lucky to have you as his wife! You stay strong for him mama!!!! Sounds like he has an awesome family too - I'm so sorry that you guys are going through this - I'm sending a little something next week when I get some money. It's not much, but I want to help. I'm so sorry again. I love you baby girl!!!!!

  2. Hey Joey, you need to snap out of this because I want you to come back to the creek and let me make it up to you and Tam cause I was gone. Everyone needs you so don't make us wait too long :) xoxo!!!!

  3. Joey...actually to me you will always be Hoey. Stay strong and positive and soon this will be another battle that you have won. I miss you friend and it's been too long. Get better so we can reminisce about all our fun times from Murphy to Live Oak and many others. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. has been so long but we I'll always remember our Murphy and Live Oak days. You can pull through this. Stay strong and I will be thinking about you.