Monday, January 18, 2010

Janie Update 1-18-10

Deja' vu all over again!

So once again, Janie is home from the hospital and resting comfortably in the recliner with a drink and her ipod. We had mentioned that Janie would go in today to get the chest tubes out, but it played out a little different than we had thought.

It turned out that
Dr. Louras (the surgeon) wanted to (and did) put the stick-the-lungs-to-the-chest-medicine in through the tubes, but he wanted to leave the tubes in for drainage of any additional fluids that may accumulate as a result of the procedure. So the tubes are still in place and Janie will have them taken out on Thursday instead of today.

I am happy to report that she has recovered well, though it was a very painful procedure. After the doctor infused the 'sticky' medicine (meant to irritate the lungs so they will 'stick' better to the chest cavity) he then had Janie turn on one side, and then the other, so as to get the sticky medicine to completely coat the outside of her lungs. This was very taxing and uncomfortable. It was kind of a trauma to her lungs (if you think about it), so she was quite short of breath in addition to the pain. Anyway, she took her time (a few hours) getting her breath back and letting her Percocet kick in. Then we were off home by 2:30 where she almost immediately konked out in the recliner. I've decided that Percocet and recliners are a very good combination....

We want to express again our great big THANKS to those who are praying for us. This was a rough procedure to go through but we believe that the benefit in the end will outweigh the difficulty and discomfort. The Lord carried Janie today and He remains faithful toward her His daughter.

By the way, she barely coughed at all before, during and after the procedure! Only a few little coughs this evening...we are so thankful!!

Please continue to pray! Especially for:

*lots of rest for Janie (well, and for me too I guess!)
*no more coughing at all. Ever.
*Lungs to 'stick' in their proper place...Forever!
*100% healing from cancer
*no infection while the tubes are still in
*a successful removal of tubes on Thursday

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." Jeremiah 31:3

"Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, 'I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?'" Jeremiah 32:26,27


  1. I have spent parts of some nights in the recliner lately... what a blessing to have somewhere to rest when the bed doesn't work.

    While feeling a bit of spiritual numbness lately, I have also been reminded often as I read and/or reread your updates, enjoy these wonderful hymns or even tape a bookmark at my work desk of my wife's Compassion child from Haiti, Sinza... missing. Middrie Sinza Jean Pierre, born May 18, 2004, status - safe in the arms of Jesus no matter where that is.

    "For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory."

    Spurgeon shares...“God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; he intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see his promises put in circulation; he loves to see his children bring them up to him, and say, Lord, do as thou hast said. We glorify God when we plead his promises.”

    Chris and Janie, keep trusting. It was sweet to know the coughing had subsided a good bit.

  2. What wonderful promises from our Lord and Savior! So comforting!