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07.25.11 – Update

Ever since the scare several weeks ago when Peter was in the hospital due to complications with his trach, it seems like he has been overall more alert and aware of his surroundings. We really have no way of knowing whether or not this was caused by the shock from the traumatic experience, but regardless, we are really thankful for the times where Pete is more alert. Even though it is sometimes just a slight difference, it is so encouraging!

Peter has made a lot of small improvements recently because he has been more alert. Again, they’re small but all in the right direction! For instance, sometimes we try to spoon feed him during speech therapy and there have been a few occasions where he has taken up to five small bites of apple sauce in his mouth and swallowed it. Other times, Peter has moved his head away from the spoon. It seems like he is exercising his will or really agitated by it — all signs that he may be coming closer to another level of consciousness.

Pete has also made progress towards getting weaned off of his trach. We have capped the trach for several hours each day forcing him to breathe through his throat. This has also been fun because occasionally we will hear Peter groan or grunt because the airflow can now flow over his vocal chords! It really makes us look forward to hearing him talk again.

Here are the things you can pray for:

1) Pray for continued healing in Peter’s body.

2) Pray for success in weaning Peter off of his trach. It would be so nice for that to be out and also reduce the amount of care he needs.

3) Mom and Andrew are traveling to Indiana this week to take Andrew back to school. Pray for safety.

4) Pray the Lord would provide a wheelchair accessible van. Dad has been taught a one man lift to get Peter in and out of a vehicle, but we think it is now time to explore a better option. We haven’t found the right one as of yet.

5) Pray that we will be able to establish some form of “yes” and “no” communication with Peter. This would be helpful in our care for him on so many levels, and also give Peter a way to express himself.

6) Pray that Peter would have more and more awareness and gain back the ability to respond to us with more than just his eyes.

7) Continue to pray for healing for Andrew’s herniated disk in his back.

8) Pray for wisdom and stamina for the family as we figure out how to manage Peter’s care now that Andrew has gone back to school. We will miss him so much!

For the family,


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  1. Cherry Neill
    July 28, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Thank you for blessing us with a story of frail, very human humans plodding faithfully on. All of us must determine, with the gracious help of the Holy Spirit, to rivet our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. The alternative is despair, as life always fails to deliver what we had planned. And despair not an acceptable alternative.

    He who called us is faithful!

    Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, with you,
    Cherry Neill

  2. August 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I just came across this site. I am so sorry about your son. I just did a post this morning on the power of God’s Word in healing and other areas. Here’s the post if you want to read it. http://www.sharingtruths.com/?p=230
    Be sure to read the comments at the bottom. A man who has cancer just commented at the amazing healing he’s experiencing right now through the power God has given us through Jesus.
    Praying for your family today:) God bless!

  3. Cherry Neill
    August 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you, Hope, for this detailed, welcome report.

    “Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust” (Psalm 103).

    May the Lord help all of you know that you know that you know that He is your strength and shield, and you are His dearly beloved.

    Cherry Neill

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