Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Issues

Today Joseph has been very off-balance and uncoordinated. He has been complaining of headaches for the past few days too. He also seems not himself--unusually goofy and confused. We initially thought that this could be due to coming off of his steroids and so we gave him two doses today, but it doesn't appear to be having any effect. So, unless he dramatically improves overnight, we're going to head back to Memphis in the morning to get some scans and see what's going on. It is not very likely that this is tumor regrowth so soon after surgery, but I don't know what it is. It could be infection/inflammation from the surgery or something like that.

We're very concerned and sad that we have to go back. Hopefully there will not be a major issue and we can come right back. We are very tired and were hoping the end of steroids would be a positive thing...so please pray for our endurance and for Joseph's as well.

24 comments:

kelly robinson said...

Praying for all of you. May God give you strength, peace and miraculous energy. Praying for Joseph. My husband and I will do a special devotion at 8:00am for all of your intentions. May God bless you.

Dee Dee said...

Praying for Joseph, for all of you, and for wisdom for all who take care of him medically.

Anonymous said...

Praying for an easy trip and that Joseph is better even before you get to Memphis. Praying for a day full of joy for Joseph ( like he and Mimi had the other night). If you are hungry when you pass through here, we would love to welcome you to Moe's. Also, Joseph would love Casy Jones Village. Constantly praying for a miracle. Love, Martha and Karl

Wrights said...

we will pray today that these symptoms would improve in the next 24 hours. also praying for strength and endurance for all of you.
nathaniel and rebekah

Heinzfeet said...

Ah man, I am so sorry you guys. We will definitely be praying today! Love you!

Anonymous said...

Praying that Joseph feels better and returns to his normal self soon!

Catherine Morris

Margaret said...

I'm sorry, Gillian. What a suck-y day. I'm sending you some energy vibes... you can pick them up at Starbucks..heehee. Seriously, hang in there. I'm praying it is a quiet and easy trip and they can quickly address whatever is bothering Joseph.

Anonymous said...

Praying that doors will open when you get to St. Jude and they will find out what is going on with Joseph.
Love,norma

Jody (atlanta) said...

Sorry to hear that Gillian. I was praying that there was 'easy' explanation and fix for the little boys headaches....and so sorry you having to make another trip and more worries. I am sure beyond difficult to watch Joseph start to stumble again. Safe Travels and hope you can find a Moes along the way! I am thinking of you and sending your hugs and strength. Please keep us posted and know we thinking of you. LOVE YOU, Jody

Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying.

- ange

juliette said...

We are so sorry for the fear, sadness, and frustration you both are feeling. We love you and continue to pray.
Juliette and J.R.

Nana said...

Joe P .You are the best boy and the bravest boy in the world.I hope you brought "revolting" with you o your car trip!"revolting" is a "new car movie car" we found in Target yesterday. for all you car movie collectors.I think Joe P has the best collection in the world!!Joe P has not been his bubbly self for the past two days he even passed up on going into Moes yesterday so Mommy and Joe p. sat in the car while Nana picked up his favorite food!!But he did make it into target with mommy and Nana's help.Safe travelling we love you Joe P. Nana Grandad Davey Mommy and Holly -bear

The Morreys (Erin) said...

We continue to pray for Joseph and hope for improvement everyday. Thinking of all of you.

Sarah Partain said...

We're praying for you all, constantly. In spite of your discouragement remember that God has given you what you've needed each day to get to this point. He loves you and is caring for you.

Scott said...

Will pray!!!

paige

Craig and Gwen said...

Praying praying - Gwen

Anna Tester said...

We love you and are praying for you all and for strength in each moment. xo!

Jai said...

Praying for relief and strength for you and complete recovery and healing for Joseph.

Christy said...

Oh no! I'm so, so sorry. Praying for a super-quick trip.

Elizabeth Myatt said...

Praying for a quick, smooth trip, some overdue rest for Joseph and his parents, and some "answers" today.

Anonymous said...

Gillian,
I am praying all day for Joseph. I spoke to your mom this morning and I just wanted you to know that we are here praying and always willing to help in any way we can. Lots of Love,
Kellie Hutchins and family.

SouthernMama said...

We're praying for you all everyday. We were so sad to hear that Joseph is having these problems. We will be praying for a marked improvement and for your rest and comfort and the doctors' wisdom.

amberhess said...

Gillian and Allen,

We are praying for you and your family. I am so sorry for what you are going through. We will not give up. Your precious update about being held was such a treasure for you to share. May He bless you and comfort your hearts this very moment.

Ruthanne Mayfield Szenasi said...

Gill, I am sitting here bawling my eyes out. Thank you for posting that Natalie Grant song on your blog...the words are incredibly appropriate and struck me deeply. I can see that God must be sustaining you and Allen because I have no doubt that a lesser person would crumble under the fear and sadness of this trial. I must admit I struggle to believe in my head what I know to be true in my heart: that God is GOOD and IN CONTROL, even in the midst of this. It doesn't seem possible that He could be both and this could be happening, but His word says it is true and I will choose to believe it. I'm praying that you and Allen will continue to walk in the faith that seems to have struggled and blossomed over the last several months. That He will bring you to a whole new level of trust...and that He will completely and miraculously heal Joe P. I love you!!
~Ruthie