Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What can you do? Pray.

First of all thank you for following our blog-- it means so much to Jess and I that people check in on us. Second, before I get into how Jess is doing let me say that we are well stocked on meals, kid transportation, and friends staying with Jess while I am at work. I can think of only one thing we need. What we need more of is prayer.

The last three days or so Jess has been in a lot of pain. Thankfully, we went to see her pain doctor today, Dr. Bruel. Jess has been able to do so much more on her own lately and he felt that increase in activity has irritated the nerves. He upped the dosage of the pain medicine that helps with nerve pain, Lyrica.

The more worrisome problem however has been Jessa's face. The left side of her face started to swell over the weekend. The swelling has since gone down somewhat but it's now numb from her lower lip down to her chin. Dr. Haley (and Dr. Bruel agreed) that she should have an MRI on her brain soon. So we did: this afternoon at 4 PM. Now, we have to wait for the results.

Now, please don't freak out but pray. There is a verse I like: "Do not be anxious about anything, but by prayer and petition present your requests to God." I'm going to take my advice too because frankly I'm worried, but worry creates ulcers and prayer creates action!

One quick Bryn story. We put up Bryn's presents from her birthday in April in the closet and she gets to get them one at a time on Fridays. One
Friday I had to remind her that she could pick out a present that day. She took a long look at the top of the closet where the presents are kept. Then she asked me in all seriousness, "Dad, I can do the picking, but can you do the outing?"


Lynne said...

Jess, Jake and the girls --- you are in our thoughts and prayers..
Love, Lynne and Dave

Anonymous said...

Hi Jake,

Thanks for the update. I love the line - but worry creates ulcers and prayer creates action! We all need to live by that. Thinking of you and sending prayers, as always.

Tessa said...

Definintely praying! Love you all!Tessa

Alpha 1 Vann Clan said...

We will keep praying. Thank you for updating us, Jake!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. We will pray and remember your advice on not worrying. That is so true and I think most of us struggle with that.

Wendy Casas

Anonymous said...

I am lifting you all up in prayer right now. I pray that you are comforted and you have a peace that surpasses understanding. You are always in my prayers, but right now I pray specifically for you. Love you all.

Natalie said...

We are praying! Thanks for the update and thanks for the reminder about how important it is to pray rather than worry. I think we all have times when we need to be reminded!

Anonymous said...

Each day your friends in NY pray too!