I have miraculous news to share with you all today! First, the update….
Justin got his feeding tube yesterday and it’s a temporary one. The doctors are letting us take him to a nearby hotel if we come back tomorrow to do a new swallow test to see if he can swallow anything yet. IF he passes, (fingers crossed), they will take out the tube and start him out on a liquid diet and we can go back home to Bremerton and just follow up with speech therapy, etc. If he doesn’t pass he has to keep the tube in for another two weeks (he is NOT happy about that scenario as you can imagine) and then come back to do the swallow test again at that time. If he still doesn’t pass he will probably have to have a permanent feeding tube surgically implanted in his stomach and that will change his life, so we are praying that doesn’t happen. So it’s a “wait and see” thing right now.
The miraculous news is that five days ago my son died for 5 minutes and then was on life support and today we are taking him to a hotel! I have ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT that it was the prayers of all of our friends and family and extended online friends that helped make this happen. I totally believe in the power of prayer and we are so blessed to have SO MANY wonderful people who have been praying for him all around the world.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to everyone who has sent messages on youtube, facebook, by email and here on my blog for Justin. Your kindness and caring has been amazing and so appreciated by Justin, myself and my family. How can I possibly thank you all? Thank you for not judging my son because of his addiction, thank you for the messages, the thoughts the prayers and for those of you who shared your own personal stories of your family members’ struggle with addiction. I believe that addiction is pure evil and the only thing that can help you overcome it is God and lots of work. Hard work. That’s where this next request comes in.
Please continue to remember Justin in your prayers so that he can overcome this horrendous addiction and lead a long, healthy, happy and clean life. He has so much hard work ahead of him and this is only the beginning. It is going to be a long, arduous road but I have hope that he will make it, but your prayers will help so much.
So thanks again and I will keep you updated here on my blog as things progress! We are leaving the hospital in the next few hours and will be settling in at a nearby hotel for the night, hopefully to get some sleep!
I love you all so much!