Update on David and Jackie - The Power of Prayer

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Hello everybody - A few friends had inquired about the current status for my friend David and my mother-in-law Jackie, so I thought another post would be in order, especially since there is some news to report.  If you are not aware of what I am referring to here, and you want to get up to speed on each of them, you can read these previous posts of mine:

A Day of Clarity for my Family

My Friend David

Update on my mother-in-law Jackie and my friend David

Another update on Jackie and David  

David went home from the hospital Monday, and they are working on figuring out the best method of communication for him.  I know that he is writing mainly, and they are getting a device that will allow him to type and have his words projected onto the TV, so he can be a part of the conversation easier.  He and his wife have learned some sign language so that he will have some basic means of speaking, and they also do some lip reading.  In addition to all of that, they were given a device that vibrates his throat and allows for  some sounds, and he did quite well with it, but since he has no tongue it is much more difficult to form words. 

Overall, I have no doubt that he will find a suitable means of communicating soon, since they are exploring every avenue.  The photo at left was taken on Tuesday.

As you can see, his spirits are good and Jan has been a rock throughout all of this. 

She mentioned that his hearing seems to be affected for some reason, so she asked for prayer that this is a temporary effect of his highly invasive surgery and the accompanying swelling.

I am hoping to see him very soon, perhaps tomorrow. 

As for Jackie, her mental clarity remains at 100%, which is still a huge blessing.  Physically, she is slowly improving, and we are hoping that she will eventually walk again, even if it is with the assistance of a walker.  One hurdle in this arena is the fact that her feet are mostly numb, which is a longstanding side effect of chemotherapy that she got in 1999.  At this point, she doesn't seem to be in pain with her back or legs, but her leg muscles are quite weak.  She is in good spirits and spends much of her day reading, watching TV, or interacting with us and the kids.  The physical therapist was able to get Jackie in a standing position for about 45 seconds the other day, which is a dramatic improvement for her.  She can also use a specially designed board to move to the wheelchair, which would have seemed impossible back in October. 

I want to thank all of you who have faithfully prayed for my mother-in-law and my good friend.  Clearly, our prayers have been heard and answered.  Please pray for continued improvement for both of these very special people in my life.  Thanks for reading!

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Katerina Gasset
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Jason- God is great, God is good. Thank you for letting us know how everyone is doing. You are a wonderful person to take care of your friend and mother in law so well and kindly. Katerina
Dec 06, 2007 03:46 PM #14
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Prayer is where it's at.  God bless you and your loved ones.
Dec 06, 2007 03:49 PM #15
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KAY - I agree - their love for each other will help a bunch.  As for aging, I remember a quote I heard one time, "Getting old ain't for sissies."

DIANE - I am glad to hear that you appreciate the updates.  I couldn't agree more - it puts things in perspective VERY quickly.

SARDI - I was kind of amazed at how good he looked.  I hope to see him in the next day or two.  We are blessed to have the medical advances that we have.

ELIZABETH - Thanks for your prayers.  I surely appreciate them.  God bless you, too!  I am sorry I missed your call today.  I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

PAUL - Thanks, buddy.  I was also excited to see this picture.  He is much thinner, but he looks terrific!  Jackie is getting stronger, too.  Talk to you soon.

ELAINE - Thanks for your comments.  I am happy to see the progress for both of them.

SARAH - Thanks so very much for your prayers.  I appreciate that.  Glad to hear that your father-in-law is doing better, too!

KRISTA - My sincerest thanks to you for taking the time to read through all of the older posts, too.  It sounds like your mother-in-law went through some terrible stuff, too.  Thanks for sharing that here.  I hope you have a great weekend!

DONNA - Yes, this was an awesome praise report all the way around.  Thanks for taking time to check it out!

ARMANDO - Thanks, buddy.  Yes, things are definitely headed in the right direction.  Praise God for that!

LISA - The timing on my last two posts was interesting.  I had already planned the one about Abby, then this one was somewhat requested by a friend.  Either way, I was happy to give some good news to a bedraggled group of friends.

FAINA - Thanks for your kind and accurate comments.  You are a special friend.  I hope you have a terrific weekend. 

ALEX - Thanks for another feature in your group.  I so appreciate that, since I am a group leader myself.  Please don't worry about not seeing the others - you have a large group and lots of posts to see.

Dec 06, 2007 03:50 PM #16
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KATERINA - As always, I thank you for your kindness.  I hope you are having a terrific week. 

FRAN - I completely agree with you on this point.  Thanks for your kind words.  May God richly bless you, too!

Dec 06, 2007 03:52 PM #17
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Hi Jason:  What great news.  It looks like both David and Jackie, and David's family and yours... will be having a Merrier Christmas than you ever thought possible about two months ago.  I am glad for you all.  Take care...
Dec 06, 2007 04:14 PM #18
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KAREN ANNE - That was what I was thinking, too.  Thanks for your comments, as always.  I hope you have a terrific weekend.  I will be watching the Cowboys improve to 12-1 against the Lions.
Dec 06, 2007 04:47 PM #19
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Hi Jason,  I had no idea this was happening.  Thank you for linking the previous posts so we would understand. Prayer for continued healing and improvement is definitely in order, along with praise for the changes for the good.  You and your wife have been dealing with a lot, continued strength, wisdom and encouragement is my pray for you both.  

 

 

Dec 06, 2007 05:04 PM #20
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DOREEN - I thank you sincerely for your prayers for us.  We have had a lot on our plates for the past couple of months.  I am very thankful that things seem to be improving for both of them.  Thanks also for taking time to read the other posts along with this one.
Dec 06, 2007 05:05 PM #21
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Jason - I was so excited to see the update on David & Jackie tonight. I feel so silly after I read of others trials and afflictions, my little worries are nothing in comparison!! Thank you for the update, David & his lovely wife do look great in the photo!! I truly hope and pray your 'David' and Jackie have a speedy recovery. I know that David has much to challenge him and from what you have told me he will definitely conquer this part of his journey! He has been chosen amongst us to show us his glory and strength. His love of talking will be manifested in ways that are yet to be seen, but he will talk with a grander voice now than ever!! You are a wonderful friend to him, we are all lucky to have met you Jason. Let David know we are praying for him and please share with Jackie and you wife that we think of them often! Gently on my mind through the miles!! God Bless you while you stay strong in the presence of your friend and mother in-law!!
Dec 06, 2007 05:11 PM #22
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CANDI - Thank you doesn't seem to cover what you have said here.  I think that yours are among the most heartfelt and kind words that I have ever read during my four months on Active Rain.  God bless you, my friend.  I will pass along your kindness to David, Jackie, and my wife.
Dec 06, 2007 05:17 PM #23
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Jason:  I didn't know about this, I've been off track the last couple of weeks with AR.  I will surely keep them in my prayers and what an inspiration to us all that these good people have such strength and determination.  It really makes me stop and take note of just how blessed I am.  May God speed their recovery.
Dec 06, 2007 06:11 PM #24
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Such an awesome update! What a wonderful blessing and Christmas gift for everyone in your 'inner circle' of friends! I am sure that your prayers will continue to be answered!
Dec 06, 2007 06:15 PM #25
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Jason

Glad to help out whenever we can. Thank you so much for the update, I was wondering when you were going to give one.

Dec 07, 2007 02:16 AM #26
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Jason- I went back and read the previous blogs. I am sitting her with tears rolling..what increbile strength these people have been gicen and the courage is amazing. Sure makes my problems seem all the more insignificant. My absolute prayers are with you, your family and your friends! God Bless You All....
Dec 07, 2007 04:25 AM #27
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DONNA - I didn't expect everyone to understand if I didn't link to the previous posts.  Thanks so much for your comments. Your prayers are both needed and appreciated.  God bless you!

BILL - It is good to see you around lately.  I had missed you, frankly.  I am thankful for the answered prayers, and I certainly hope for continued improvement for both of these important people in my life.

GARY - Thanks, buddy!  I am glad to hear that you were anxiously awaiting this one, as I certainly don't want to bore anyone with these.

VANESSA - God bless you for your prayers and for taking the time to read all of the posts.  I surely appreciate that.  You are fast becoming one of my favorite new friends here.

Dec 07, 2007 04:41 PM #28
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Jason I am so glad to hear that they are both doing well.  David seems like an amazing person who WILL overcome this temporary obstacle.  As will his wife.  I'm also glad to hear that Jackie is gaining her strength and has gotten her mental clarity back.  If it wasn't for friends and family like yourself praying and pulling for them, the outcome could have been quite different.  I will continue to add both to my prayers.
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Jason ~  Thank you for the encouragement.  I hope that David and Jackie still seem to be doing better.  The praises of God's people only help to strengthen and encourage one another all of the more!  Have a blessed Sunday!
Dec 09, 2007 01:59 AM #30
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SANDY - You're right about David - he is an amazing person.  I look forward to seeing how he and Jan handle this challenge.  Thanks so much for your continued prayers.

SARAH - You are welcome.  I am also hopeful about the future for both of them.  I hope you have a blessed and happy week!

Dec 10, 2007 02:12 AM #31
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Hello Jason - I will say a prayer of thanks for these improvements. I did a post about specific prayers for healing recently and your Mom & David were on my mind I will email you the verses so you can share with them that they can read them and feel comforted that we are lifting them up to the Lord.

Take Care

Grace Safrin

Dec 10, 2007 03:08 AM #32
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GRACE - You are such a caring person, and a strong believer.  I am so thankful for your email and I will take a look at your post.  Have a great week!  God bless you!
Dec 10, 2007 03:45 AM #33
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