Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Coming Home

Joseph was released today from the hospital barely 48 hours since his brain surgery. Today he was up sitting on the floor playing for an hour and a half and he has started walking too. He isn't moving his head very much, but even that has improved just over today. We're spending the night back in the Grizzlies house and we have an appointment at St. Jude's in the morning. After that, we'll hopefully be back in the car on the way home. We are not sure when we will know the results of the biopsy but will be in conversation with our doctors once that comes back. Our main doctor has been out of town and will return next week. Please continue to pray for Joseph's healing--both from the surgery and from the tumor. His pain has gone down considerably, which is great. He is not needing much pain medicine at all. We are just giving him some every 6-8 hours or so. What a trooper! Thanks to everyone who is praying for Joseph and for us.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for updating! We are praying for a restful and peaceful night for all of you. It's just amazing that Joseph is healing so quickly from such a difficult surgery. It was so good seeing him sitting up, walking, and smiling today. Thank you to all the bloggers who have been praying!
Give Joe P a kiss and hug from Big Daddy and Mimi. We made it back to Franklin this evening. Sure do miss you and can't wait to see you tomorrow.
"Be still and know that I am God."
Love, Mimi and Big Daddy

Margaret said...

What a recovery! You are all amazing!!

Margaret said...

PS- Forgot to add to kiss Holly for us too. I can't believe how big she is from the pics. Every time I think Sarah is catching up to her (i.e. pigtails) she looks bigger and bigger- such a cutie!! I can't wait to see them both soon!

Jody (atlanta) said...

What great news...he truly is amazing with this quick recovery. I pray for continued improvemnt, safe travels and strength when talking with doctors and making decisions for next steps. We look forward to seeing you all soon. LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Jody

Jana said...

Joseph is so amazing! I'm so glad you guys are going to be able to go home. I know that is a relief, but may also be a little scary so quickly after surgery. I will pray that the doctors can instill confidence and that Joseph will continue to feel better.

Keep pressing on.

kelly robinson said...

We are praying in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. Lifting you, praying that God will bring a mighty miracle. May you feel His mighty presence surround you.

Tracey said...

Sending our love and prayers! We hope Joseph keeps up the quick recovery!!
love,
The Shells

So Blessed said...

Amazing that he could be going home so soon...thanks be to God. Prayers continue.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a blessing to hear of his quick recovery from pain---and especially his funny wishes for undies and krocs! I know that must be an encouragement to you both to see his personality shine through,even in pain. I hear he downed two black-bottom cupcakes that 1st night after surgery! Please know that you are both in my prayers along with Joe P. and Holly (tonight I'm your " middle-of-the-night" prayer warrior--I can only imagine that He moves in many, many hearts and minds all 24 hours of everyday to cover your whole family!) YOU are troopers, as well. Our mighty God is surely sustaining you!

with love and prayers,
Carol

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation" Ps.68:19

P.S. Tell Joe P. that I will make him more cupcakes!

Sara Wade said...

What an amazing little boy! Praise God for Joseph's attitude and quick recovery and for the encouraging effect that it is having on you guys. We'll keep praying for a quick recovery from this surgery and a total recovery from this disease. Thank you for keeping us updated.

-Sara

trmills said...

He is such a strong little boy! Thank God for his incredible recovery thus far. Praying you'll be snug at home soon. Love to all of you!

Anonymous said...

Hoorah for Joe!!! So glad that you will be home soon with Holly and your toys. Continually praying.
love, vann & norma

carolyn & dave said...

Joe P. is my hero! He's so brave. He'll be running around before we know it.

You're in our prayers.

Carolyn

Brea said...

Wow, what an amazing little guy! We continue to stand with you in prayer for Joseph's healing.

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for you every day, dear friends. I can't imagine enduring so many battles of body and spirit. I have felt very positive and reassured when praying for Joseph recently, which is odd because admittedly I tend to be a little negative. That may not mean anything, but it might, and I hope it does. You are all so amazing and we will continue to pray for you.
Love, Maija and the Gayeds

Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving us an update. We are still praying and will every day.
The Booth family

joann said...

so thankful you will get to come home! will be praying ~ love from the rosenbaums

Dando said...

Hey Guys. Just wanted to let you know I have been praying for Joseph for some time. I am friends with Matt and Jennifer. Your testimony of God's faithfulness has been so encouraging to me. Your family has truly been a blessing. I wanted to let you know I initially signed up to run the Memphis St. Jude Marathon in December. I opted to just run the race and not pay the money to register to raise support for St. Jude. After reading about Joseph I changed my mind and called up St. Jude and asked them to add me to their fundraising team. Hopefully I will be able to raise a lot of money for this cause. I will definitely be running for your son. My prayers will continue to be with you and your family.

Shannon Pierce said...

I am so glad Joe came through surgery so well and is on the fast road to recovery. He is such a little trooper. We are praying that God will bring complete healing to his little head. We are praying that you all will not be anxious, as you wait, and that together as we all pray, that you will experience His great peace. We love you guys, Intown misses you! Shannon Pierce

leigh ann hardie said...

Thank you for these updates. You are all a huge inspiration. Hope your homecoming is sweet and fun.
With love, with hope,
Leigh Ann Hardie

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you all, Holly and your brave little Joe. May the Lord flood your hearts with His presence and peace. Grace and peace in Christ, Lisa and Harris

Lauren Klein said...

Go Joseph Go!!! xoxo

Sarah-Jane said...

hey,ihave a computer for the day. yahoo. hope you guys are ok. been thinking of you and praying for you every day.
love you
sj

suzebab said...

It truly is amazing to here about how quickly Joseph is healing up from brain surgery!!! To God be the glory! Let us know hoe we can help when you guys get back to Franklin.

Praying,
Susan

Sam said...

Gill and Al,
Thanks for the updates. It is so encouraging, but not surprising to hear about JoeP's fighting spirit! Everyone in Ire has been asking about him and sends their wishes. Cant wait to see you again soon!

God Bless,
Sam