Two steps forward, one step back

Friday, 9:00am

Yesterday turned out to be a rough day for Jack.  He regressed in his recovery and spent most of the day sleeping and being fairly unresponsive, which was concerning to Jack’s medical team.  The causes for this were investigated and a decision was made at 4pm to send him back in for another CT scan.  With vivid flashbacks to last Wednesday’s emergency surgery due to bleeding in his brain, this was terrifying for us to say the least.  The CT scan came back fine (thank goodness!) and his team said there could be a number of reasons contributing to his excessive drowsiness.

At 4am this morning, Jack woke up and appeared more alert than he has been in the past 48 hours.  He is reasonably awake again right now and just cracked his first smile since recovering from his first surgery while watching “Its a Bug’s Life”.  So today’s picture is of that smile and I can’t tell you how joyous it is to see him smile for the first time again.

Jack’s recovery and this whole surgical journey continues to be an incredible emotional roller coaster ride.  Yesterday was a tough day with bumps in the road but I’m hopeful that today will be more positive and another step forward.  The outpouring of love and support that we continue to receive makes a world of difference, encourages us and gives all of us strength!


13 Responses to “Two steps forward, one step back”

  1. Rev. Jacqui says:

    What a GREAT smile – It warms my heart!
    Many prayers for a continued recovery, and may a sense of God’s presence and God’s peace overwhelm each of you in this time.

    Rev. Jacqui

  2. Rev. Mike says:

    Hi Jack,

    When you’re smiling the whole world is smiling too – you should see the size of the smile on my face.

    Yours in Christ,

    Rev. Mike

  3. Gwen says:

    way to go Jack. Keep on smiling

  4. June says:

    Your smile is all we need, Jack to make us all feel better. Hang in there everyone – the road certainly has been bumpy. Praying that it will be smoother over the next few days. June

  5. Wayne says:

    Jodi and Jack

    I continue to read your update daily. I know I am not there but I can feel the emotion that I know you are going through. I pray daily that your recovery will be a speedy one. I continue to tell everyone of your journey. I hope that your smile grows larger everyday.


  6. Daniel says:

    Dear Jack,

    it is so good to see you smiling. You are such a strong boy – you deserve lots of ice cream.
    Much love to you!

    Dear Jodi,

    we are continually praying. We can’t imagine what a emotional journey you all on. Many blessings to you and your family. We are so proud of you.

    Daniel & Sunny

  7. Irene Burton says:

    We are still praying for you Jack! We are so glad to see you smile. We are smiling with you too.

    Jodi and Dave, keep on trusting in the Lord, He will bring everything to pass, and Jack’s life will be a continued story of His faithfulness.


    Irene and family oxox

  8. Deb says:

    A big scare for you Jodi but how joyous to see a picture of him smiling. I continue to say that you are as big of a hero in my eyes as Jack, if not more. I know that most mothers would rather go through the pain than see their children have to go through rough times. It takes a hero of a mom to be brave for her children.

    Jack, well Jack is a SUPER HERO.

  9. Beth says:

    Love that smile Jack..keep the faith and stay strong Jodi you have so many people praying for you.

  10. The Calder Family says:

    We are with you EVERY step of the way. We continue to pray for all of you and you are constantly in our thoughts. Jack, you truly are a “Super Hero” (as per Deb’s email above) and your strength and bravery continue to amaze us. We are so proud of you little buddy.

    Lots of Love
    Paul, Rosemarie, Sarah & Eric

  11. Riley and carolyn says:

    So happy to hear that Jack is having a better day today. It is so nice to see that his bandages are off. Jack you have such a sweet smile!! We will continue to pray for you and your family. Jodi you sure have a strong, cute little boy. Keep smiling!

  12. Bonnie & your friends at Buskerfest says:

    What a LOVELY smile Jack, hope to see MANY more! Jodi & Dave, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you & a BIG hug for Jack!

  13. christy shake says:

    dear jodi,

    hang in there sistah. you can do it. jack is strong and resilient and so is his brain. don’t forget that.


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