Monday, January 28, 2013


We have been home for one week now.  Isaiah is still recovering from the Norovirus.  Now, he is currently fighting off a severe sinus infection. He's had problems with his sinuses since last year, but they have been hesitant to treat them because of how sick and weak he was last year. We are hoping that after 2 weeks of antibiotics, his sinuses will clear up.  He's been having trouble with breathing, increased retching, choking, and gagging because of all the post-nasal drip.

Isaiah has had new problems come up during this last hospitalization.  In the next few months, we have to follow-up with the following: neurosurgery (due to his tethered spinal cord), endocrinology, ortho/plastics for his hand, ortho for his hips/knees (due to possible calcifications on his knees), urology (due to continued urinary retention), IRP/Intestinal Rehab Program, pulmonology, and more.  This makes for many phone calls and trips down to CHOP.  It's exhausting for Isaiah and for me.

Please pray for me right now.  The last car accident on October 17th, where we were hit head-on, left me with 2 herniated discs in my cervical neck at C6 and C7.  The herniations have caused severe pain, numbness, and weakness down both of my arms.  Plus, they have caused an increase in migraines and neck pain.  Since the accident, I've had to go to physical therapy 3x/week, rehab/chiropractor specialist 2x/week, and I get 20-30 lidocaine injections into the muscles of my neck and back every other week.  Driving aggravates the herniations, so needless to say, driving to my therapies and to CHOP multiple times is not  comfortable for me.  Also, this type of injury can completely take me out of my nursing profession altogether.  I love caring for people.  I have trained extensively to care for people.  And now, I may never be able to do it again.  As of right now, I cannot even pick my boys up.  Talk about cruelty of life...we were home only 1 month exactly when this second car accident happened.  We just finished 3 months at CHOP where I couldn't hold Isaiah because he was hooked up to equipment, nor did I get to hold Josiah often because of the frequent separations.  Then, I get hit, and I still am not able to lift/carry my boys. The most frustrating aspect of this whole mess is that the 3 of us (Isaiah, his nurse, and me) in my car were injured, and the man that hit us walked away from the accident.

Please also pray for the nurse that was with us.  Her name is Alisia.  She is a wife and mom of three, her youngest also having disabilities to overcome.  Both of her knees slammed into the dashboard of the car and she had to have surgery on her right knee on January 10th, due to a torn meniscus.  She has been out of work since the surgery.  Please pray for a quick recovery for her.

Please forgive us for the late Christmas/New Year cards.  Things just have been overwhelming. Thank you again for your continued love and support.


  1. Hey Joy, sorry to read of Isaiah's reoccuring illness! I am sure it is very trying. I found this devotional it may help.."Every time you rise above the pain in your life and find the goodness,clarity, peace and the light of the Lord there, your faith will increase. God will meet you in the midst of your pain and not only perfect you, but increaseyoru compassion for the suffering of others. as you continue to live in the presence of the Lord. His glory will be revealed in you" Remember Joy, God is the same God yesterday, today and tomm. He is the same God that spared you in that accident back in Oct and He is still watching over you. He will never leave you nor forsake you! He didn't promise no problem but to see us thru the problems. I pray you find that "joy" in your heart! Hang in there! God is still God! (I will keep praying for you and your family. Jane seaman)

  2. Praying for you Joy as you deal with Isaiah's illness! Rememember Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomm. He is the same as the One who protected you in your accident in October. I love the Psalms especially 30:5.They are so comforting. If you rise above the pain in your life and find the goodness, clarity, peace, and the light of the Lord,your faith will increase. God will meet you in the midst of your pain and not only perfect you but increase your compassion for the suffering of others. Only God can calm the storm. He will never leave you nor forsake you. I pray your "joy" is restored in this time of trial. Dont lose hope! praying for little Isaiah! God has a plan for him! Jane Seaman - the one who came to clean for you :)

  3. May God completely restore your health and grant you strength to hold on in Jesus name amen.