Donna’s note: if you leave a comment/joke/funny story for them here, I can forward her this post and she can read it to him. Let’s leave the family some words of comfort and encouragement!
On Saturday, Jarrad was thrown from the ladder as it slipped along the house. It was about a 12 foot drop. He was taken to [hospital] where within 5 hours he was in surgery to have his T1-T6 fused. His spinal cord was almost completely severed. He is paralyzed from above the waist (middle of his stomach) down. This is called a severe spinal cord injury. His surgery went really well (there was a threat that he would be a quadriplegic if swelling continued but God has answered those prayers and he has upper body mobility). He did puncture a lung and fractured his left hand. HMMM, I think that is it.
NEW ish NEWS
Bad news first – We found out today that Jarrad does not qualify for short term disability because he has not been working at the company for a year nor does he qualify for FMLA because of the year thing. Scary. But I am looking at other avenues for aid. I have a great brother in law who spent all afternoon on the phone looking for stuff I could apply for.
Good news – Jarrad wanted chocolate tonight! He was craving it. YEAH! I read him some of your posts and letters and that made him laugh. He started his therapy today – just sitting up. And he brushed his teeth and was able to feed himself a little with assistance. Then he had a Valium and fell asleep.
Blessings – neighbors who took up a collection to finish painting the house. Friends and neighbors who are taking care of dinners for us for the next 2 months. Friends and family who are helping navigate the mine fields of paper work. All the prayers that I know are surrounding us and lifting Jarrad and I up.
Specific prayer requests – the the spasms stop. Jarrad asked for prayer so that he could manage the pain. Pain is a good thing because he can feel it. But it also makes it difficult to sleep. Pray that paper work goes smoothly and doesn’t get rejected. Pray for my clear head because all I want to do is bury my head in the sand and I can’t. I think that catches us up. If I forgot something, I remind me. I hope you are all well and hug all your loved ones extra tight for me.
Donna’s note again: Please share this on FB and Twitter so that your friends can pray for him too – thank you! You’ve been great at sharing, let’s see if we can hit 20 shares today!!
From my friend, regarding her husband who was paralyzed last week in an accident:
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. – James 5:14 (NIV)
Today, at noon, my father in law, a retired Methodist minister, is going to anoint J**** and pray. We are asking that at noon, everyone who has been praying join us in then in world wide – because that is the power of the internet! – prayers as we lift him up to God.
Thank you all for sharing this on Facebook – yesterday this blog got more hits than it’s ever had. God is good!! He is spreading the word and there are people all over the planet praying for this man, that he will be healed. Again, I ask that you hit the Facebook share button. Let’s have a huge chorus of prayer to the Lord. Thank you friends!
I’m asking for prayer for friends of our family. The husband was painting their house and fell. He’s now paralyzed from the waist down and they are praying for a miracle. Out of respect for their privacy, I won’t share names, but the Lord knows who these prayers are for. They have two small children, please pray for them as their I am sure they are very confused and worried about their daddy.
He is in ICU right now and had some problems last night. The wife is discouraged, as anyone would be in this situation. Please pray for comfort for her, strength – mental and physical.
I will keep you posted – thank you all! Also, hit the Facebook “share” button and ask your friends to pray too! :)