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I have been off the radar for a few days here. I would appreciate all of you keeping my oldest son Joe Jr. in your prayers.
He has been seriously ill for several days without my really knowing how bad it was because he lives about 30 miles away from us. He has been off work all week, but I thought he just had a flu or something. I was talking to a client day before yesterday or the day before and my phone kept ringing and caller ID showed my oldest son's phone number. When I clicked over, I just would hear russling in the line, and figured he had pocket dialed me (he pocket dials me all the time). This happened several times, and I kept clicking over and saying "Joe, you pocket dialed me".. Well, my cell phone then rang with his number in the caller id on that also, and I knew he was trying to reach me. I answered and heard the same russling noise.. I called his wife Monica and asked her what was going on and she didnt know where he was, but that he had been feeling very sick all week and had a bad headache. Monica called later that they had to take Joe Jr. to the E.R. and that he was dilirious. What happened was that he was calling me but couldnt get any words out of his mouth.

Joe Jr. had spent 10 days in the hospital a few years back because of a serious head injury where he had bleeding in his brain, so they started checking him for that, but he also had a very high temp (over 102).. They checked him for meningitis and that was not the case. What they are currently checking him for is west nile virus because of the symptoms, but the test takes 2 weeks to come back. They are treating him with strong antibiotics and trying to keep him hydrated.

I have a ton of people to respond to still from my last post but will most likely not be in A/R for a few more days.

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause any of you. I can be reached by my cell at 402-670-3282 if needed..

Have a wonderful weekend, and please keep my son in your prayers.. I know he will be fine, but you know how it is to see your kids sick or hurting.

Thank you all!


Comments (21)

Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

Joe - You don't know me but I feel for you and your son. When our children are in pain every second is a tormented agony. I have experience with that with my son Joseph who broke his back at work. Your son Joe's recovery shall be one of my petitions to God, the Father of us all.

May 18, 2012 03:04 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Joe, you KNOW your family is in our prayers. We already have His healing.. claim it! The devil will not kill, steal or destroy our children! Stand on a verse, pray it, then praise Him for the answer!! Thanks for sharing Joe.

May 18, 2012 03:40 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Joe, your son will be in all our prayers for sure...this is terrible and I do hope he recovers well...your family is in my thoughts as you deal with this trauma.

May 18, 2012 04:30 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

In the words of GI Joe, YOOO, Joe! :)


Love and light,


May 18, 2012 01:56 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Amen. :)

May 18, 2012 01:56 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Joe, you and your son will be in my thoughts and my prayers. 

May 18, 2012 02:09 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Joe my thoughts and prayers are with your son and I'm holding the vision that all will be well.

May 18, 2012 02:18 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe and so sorry to hear about your son.  I'll keep him in my prayers today and especially tomorrow at church.  Keep us posted as to his progress.

May 18, 2012 08:18 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Your son and your whole family are in my prayers too Joe.  I can't imagine the horror this must be for all of you. 

May 18, 2012 10:35 PM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Hey Joe,

All of you are in my prayers....the unknown is always the hardest part.

May 18, 2012 11:46 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Joe:  Your son, you, and your entire family remain in my thoughts and prayers.  Wishes for good health and mental peace are sent your way.  Will be watching for further news regarding your son and his health ... 


May 19, 2012 02:47 AM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Joe saying a prayer for Joe Jr that the Lord's healing hand be upon him and your family finds strength and peace in His Word; God bless.

May 20, 2012 07:25 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Joe, you sure have some prayer warriers here. Please update us asap!

May 21, 2012 01:57 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Thank you all SO much for the prayers! I can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate you all!

Joe Jr. was really sick for over 10 days and the terrible part was that the doctors really couldn't figure out what was going on. They sent him home on wednesday of last week with a 102.5 temp and said that they thought he had an infected tooth because one of his teeth has a receeding gum line over it. I am not putting doctors down at all. I appreciate good health care in America over what we have seen in foreign countries where we have lived in years past.  I just was not happy with the care Joe got when he went in.

The good news is that prayer is a powerful tool. The doctors are still waiting for the results of the West Nile test, Joe Jr. slept for almost 6 straight days, and he is back to work today for the first day in 12 days, and his fever broke. He said he still feels weak and tired, but able to function. When I spoke to him about an hour ago, he was not sure if he would work 1/2 days for a few days or just press in.

Having had our daughter miraculously healed of neuroblastoma in 1986, I know the power of prayer, and I so appreciate all of you caring enough for someone you have never met face to face to pray for my son. It means SO much to me, and it is a testament of 2 things: The faithfulness of our God, and the compassion He has given us for each other to carry a burden for those we don't know personally.

Thank you ALL for your prayers, we praise the Lord for His faithfulness in this situation. I am not preaching to anyone, but have to give honor and glory to the God who heard your prayers, and answered. 

In closing, we are not in control of anything, we can't control the financial condition of this country, we can't control the cost of living, the spread of viruses and disease in this world or anything. The fact is that none of us is even promised tomorrow. What we can do is pray and watch He who IS in control of all of those things move on our behalf..

The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much! Thank you again for your prayers.

Joe and Gayle (and Joe Jr.) 


May 21, 2012 02:40 AM
Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA


I'm sorry to hear what you've been going through with your son. I get a sense that the doctors won't find anything. There was a very bad flu bug going around and Bonnie had it earlier this year. It was very incapacitating for a few weeks. 2 weeks into it she was barely able to get through a day without napping for hours. I thought she would never get out of that bed for the first week. I believe it's just scare tactics of the enemy. You know, he's just doing whatever he can to distract us from what we're called to. Your son Joe must have an awesome calling to have such attacks come upon him. I pray that by the time you read this, all will be normal with him. I send the love of our Father to cover him with restoration and full recovery, in Jesus' mighty name. -Bob

May 21, 2012 05:44 AM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING JOE!  What a tough tough time for you - I'm glad your son has fought and overcome.  Prayer gives people that - I believe!  Glad everything is OK now.

May 21, 2012 11:01 PM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
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Hi Everyone,

I really appreciate you all so much! Another update.

Last week when they did XRays on Joe Jr, they found a dark spot on his right lung. 
He had a CT Scan yesterday afternoon, and now we get to wait till Monday or Tuesday for a report.

Alot of prayers have gone up for Joe Jr, and I know that God hears our prayers. I will be back to posting and normal life once all this is behind us. I know that Joe Jr will be fine, and I know "WHO" is really in control here, and that is my comfort.

Trusting God is kind of like getting on a plane. You sit down, go for the ride, and trust the pilot that he will get you to your destination safely. None of us like flying because of that very issue. We are not in control. I am glad that the outcome of
this thing does not depend on me cause I would mess it up royally.

I will keep you all updated.

Thanks for your continued prayers and friendship!

Hope you all have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!

Joe and Gayle 

May 26, 2012 04:27 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Joe, please update me on Joe Jr. I have been on vacation but now back in the saddle.

Jun 01, 2012 08:33 AM
Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA

Still praying here in PA too Joe. For some reason, I felt compelled to pray against seizures. I'm thinking of calling you.

Jun 04, 2012 09:57 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Joe ~ I'm so sorry to hear this news about your son, Joe Jr and I hope and pray that they are finding the right diagnosis and treatment plan for him.  Please take care of yourself and look after your son and your family.  Life is so precious and as you said, we are not the ones in control.  We will keep all of you in our prayers and look forward to good news!

Jun 06, 2012 01:02 AM