Another update on Jackie and David

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Before you read this post, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading the links below if you haven't already done so.  Otherwise, you will not really have a basis for fully understanding this one. Several of my Active Rain friends have expressed sincere concern and interest about what is happening with my mother-in-law Jackie and my good friend David after reading these posts:

A Day of Clarity for my Family

My Friend David

I wrote one previous update (Update on my mother-in-law Jackie and my friend David), but I thought the time would be right for another one. 

As I wrote in the last update, Jackie had a scary reaction to her pain medication, which resulted in her complete loss of memory, then loss of speech.  We had her admitted to Seton Hospital in central Austin, and they removed her from all of the medications.  She spent about 10 days there, and she returned to our home about nine days ago.  We have seen gradual improvement in her mental state, and much less confusion.  It is much like a veil being slowly lifted from her mind.  Yesterday, she still seemed to be hearing things incorrectly a little bit, but much better than before. 

Today, something truly amazing happened.  My wife wanted me to get up so that I could spend time with Jackie, because she was 100% herself mentally.  Her appetite has improved as has her attention span.  She is reading a magazine and watching TV right now for the first time since all of this started.  We watched some episodes of "Monty Python" with her and the kids this morning and she laughed and joked with us.  In fact, she was teaching my son some history and economics earlier.  Overall, this is a huge blessing and there may be light at the end of the tunnel now after all. 

Physically, she has a long way to go with her back, and she may have to eventually undergo another rather long surgery to get truly better since she can't walk yet.  However, we have seen improvement on that front as well, as she seems to be in much less pain over the past couple of days.  We really wanted to get her mind back before we made any decisions on additional medical procedures.  Having mental clarity may help her to make some progress with physical therapy - time will tell on this. 

I was shocked when she specifically requested Mexican food for dinner since she has been eating like a bird for weeks.  Also, she read "Texas Monthly" magazine and marked two articles for me to read, which is the kind of thing that she has done for years.  Overall, today really seemed like a miracle from God (answered prayers) and I hope to have more great news to report to you.

As for my friend David, he underwent a highly invasive and long cancer surgery a few days ago (about 10 hours).  They removed his tongue and larynx (voicebox) completely.  It remains to be seen if there is a way that he will eventually speak again, which made me cry more than once.  However, David and his wife appear to have a good attitude about things, and I know that he will find a new way to communicate well if speech is not an option.  His wife Jan mentioned that they may use sign language or even lip reading to communicate.  There may also be some way for him to "speak", but it is too early to tell and they have other things to think about for now.  (EDIT: The doctors said that there are still some cancer cells in his jaw that they couldn't remove, but they are hopeful that these may die due to lack of blood supply.  Jan asked for prayer that this would not turn into a recurring tumor).

Jan's latest post to her blog indicated that she and David are both in good spirits overall, and I was touched when she wrote of the fact that she was happy that it was his voice that was taken instead of his hearing, sight, or mobility, because he still has his independence.  Overall, their faith in God will likely help them through this tough time of transition.  As I wrote previously, David is one of the most faithful and bold men that I have ever met, and that has nothing to do with cancer or his current condition.  I will say that the last words I heard from him in his natural voice were, "I love you."  What a terrific way for me to remember his voice.

If you are interested in praying, please pray for continued mental clarity and physical improvement for Jackie, and pray that David will be out of the hospital soon and back home with his loving wife as soon as possible.  Also, they could obviously also use prayer for determining the best method of communication for him going forward, and for his overall physical stamina as he recovers from a really difficult surgery.

Thanks for taking time to read about these two loved ones of mine.  I really appreciate it!

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Jason Crouch
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FAINA - Thanks for your kind remarks.  I appreciate them very much.  You make a great point about controlling the love that we give to others.  Have a great week!
Nov 11, 2007 05:33 PM #41
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Hi Jason:  Just a quick note hoping that you, Jackie and your family had a quiet, homey-type Sunday.  I am glad things appear to be "easing" for all of you.  Take care...
Nov 11, 2007 05:36 PM #42
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Jason I'm glad to hear Jackie and David are doing better.  I had no idea they could even remove a tongue and for David and his wife to remember what he didn't lose, is truly inspiring.  They are amazing people.  I will continue to pray for y'all!
Nov 11, 2007 05:40 PM #43
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Hi KAREN ANNE - Yes, we had a nice family Sunday, although it wasn't totally quiet since some friends were here to watch the Cowboys defeat the Giants!  Things are less stressful for now, and we have a helper during the day that just started.
Nov 12, 2007 02:04 AM #44
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SANDY - David's wife wrote again and it sounds like he is having a tough time so far (mainly emotional).  Thanks for your continued prayers.  Jackie is having a great day so far.
Nov 12, 2007 02:50 AM #45
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Jason- What good news to read about Jackie- I am glad to hear that she is slowly returning to normal. That has to be a God send for you. I will continue to pray for David- That he pulls through this ok, and that the Lord returns his joy.
Nov 12, 2007 06:12 AM #46
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Your post gave me chills.  I was so glad to here that Jackie is doing so much better.  I know it has been a rough few months for your family  Hopefully things are looking up.

Amazing to hear about your friend David.  Truely a remarkable story. 

 

Nov 12, 2007 06:21 AM #47
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ALECIA - Thanks for your kind remarks here.  I appreciate your continued prayers for both of them.  I was also thinking of David's joy today.  I know that God still has a great plan for David, but time will tell as to what that will entail.
Nov 12, 2007 07:23 AM #48
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Jason, Thanks for your update. I have been praying for Jackie and David.  That is such great news.  I rejoice in David's joy today. 
Nov 12, 2007 08:04 AM #49
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STACY - Thanks for taking time to read this post.  Yes, things have been pretty stressful around here lately.  I hope things will start to improve for David soon.  Jackie is having her third good day in a row.

Nov 12, 2007 08:11 AM #50
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KAY - Thanks for your continued prayers.  I hope that David is able to find some joy soon, as I know he is having a tough time for now. 
Nov 12, 2007 08:12 AM #51
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Jason, I am so glad to see this update.  I couldn't agree more with Paul-David will find his voice in other ways. Thankfully he has his life!!  I will keep them both in my prayers. 
Nov 12, 2007 10:18 AM #52
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GINGER - Jackie is having another great day today, so that makes all of us more relaxed for now.  As for David, I agree.   He will find a way to communicate, and he will do it masterfully I'm sure.  Thanks for reading and commenting on this personal update.  I really appreciate it.
Nov 12, 2007 04:13 PM #53
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Jason I'm sorry to hear that David is having a tough time emotionally but I'd say that's to be expected.  Try imagining a time when you had laryngitis and could not speak for a short time.  The thought of never hearing your voice again has got to be very tough.  I will continue to pray that God will work miracles in his life.  I see to from your comments that Jackie is on day 4 of good days, maybe she's turned the corner.  Hang in there, it will get better!

Nov 13, 2007 12:48 PM #54
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SANDY - As always, I so appreciate your kind comments.  I have actually been thinking about that quite a bit (laryngitis). I remember the helplessness that I felt.  Thanks so much for continuing to pray - I think God will do something mighty with David.  Yes, Jackie really seems okay mentally for now, so that is a huge blessing. Perhaps we can now make some strides with her physically so that she can walk again.
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Your are welcome.  I've been hit-n-miss lately with AR (lots going on) but even when I'm not on, I'm thinking about you and yours.  Did you see I updated my Night Terrors blog and we seemed to have turned the corner on Chandler's night terrors!!!!  Almost immediately after writing the post he's stopped having them!  Hooray! 
Nov 13, 2007 02:52 PM #56
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SANDY - It sounds like you have an answered prayer of your own.  I missed the update.  Praise God!  That is terrific news.  Let's try to chat again sometime soon.
Nov 13, 2007 02:55 PM #57
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Jason I'll try to give you a call tomorrow after I get the boys off to school and before a 10:30appt.
Nov 13, 2007 03:08 PM #58
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What a gift from God that the last words you heard from him were "I love you". God is so amazing!!

GBU, Jason!

 

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ELIZABETH - I'm glad that you are getting a chance to read these posts.  Some of them were quite difficult to compose, but I am happy that I did, because I was able to share them with David's wife, Jan.

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