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Late Tuesday update


Eliza went into the ICU around midday. Toward dinnertime they tried taking her tube out, but she wasn’t breathing well enough on her own, so it’s back in and they’ll try again tomorrow or Thursday. She’s sedated and resting with good vital signs.

The worst thing today was not being able to stay overnight with her in the ICU. We had to leave at 9:30 and will go back first thing in the morning (before they want us there, I bet). That was one of the lowest moments of this whole thing, honestly.

She’s out cold; she’ll never know we’re not there. But as Melissa said, the reason she wants to be there is we want Eliza to have an advocate. So we trust Jesus to be her Advocate even when we can’t. Yesterday I read the promise in John 14 that he will send his Spirit to be our Comforter, our Counselor, our Advocate. Please pray that we’ll remember that promise tonight, and that Eliza will have deep rest uninterrupted by alarms or complications.

Interesting things from today:

  • When the head surgeon came out to tell us the surgery was almost finished, he brought his camera. And showed us pictures. Of her liver. And the tumor. He didn’t ask if we wanted to see them or if we were squeamish. As it happens, we’re not, and we did. So that’s good.
  • This was our doctor’s 60th hepatoblastoma operation. His first on an American child. Another doctor told us he is one of the world experts on this type of tumor. People come from all over Central Europe to have this surgery at this hospital.
  • When I posted on Facebook that they had taken E to surgery, within minutes we had replies from people praying right then in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.

We are so happy that the surgery went according to plan. Seeing Eliza in the ICU is a reminder that the harder part, a slow recovery, has just begun. There were some hard moments tonight, but this was a good day and a big step. Pray that God will give us strength for each new day, and for our sleep tonight. Thank you all.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
(Psalm 46:1-7)

12 thoughts on “Late Tuesday update

  1. wow! so cool about people praying all over the world! you guys are loved!! big time! and of course the dr. is an expert in this type of surgery. of course he is! 🙂 so grateful E is resting well. will pray the same for y’all!

  2. We are comforted to hear how well the surgery went. Praying that E is healing as she sleeps.
    We are trusting the Great Physician for her recovery. Keep those updates coming.

  3. Those verses came to mind today when thinking of y’all! So thankful for God’s protection today!

  4. Wishing we could do more. Just know that we are wrapping our arms around your family in prayer and have been so blessed to take part in bringing requests and Eliza before the thrown. We love you guys. Thanks for the update. Lyd&Matt {and girls}

  5. Praise God. We were praying for her at first light this morning in Georgia, and will continue to.
    Mark and Mary Jenkins, Danielsville

  6. I woke up about 3a.m. Iowa time and prayed for the surgeons steady hands as they finished. For Eliza’s body to be strong to fight off complications and Mom and Dad and Grandma and Grandpa for calm and peace. God is good, all the time! Wonderful to hear your news. Praying for a peaceful night’s sleep for you all.

  7. body{font-family: Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:9pt;background-color: #ffffff;color: black;}body{font-family: Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:9pt;background-color: #ffffff;color: black;}Jake, Thank you for the update.  We have been praising God all day for the successful operation and that Eliza is resting now.  We just can’t imagine what a journey this has been for your whole family.  Thank you for letting us pray with you through this journey and in particular to lift our prayers up today with people all over the world.  We are praying for Eliza’s complete healing and a speedy recovery.  We are also praying for that time when you can take her home, close the door, turn off the computer and just be with your family.  God is so good to have brought all of you this far and He will continue to be with you every step of the way going forward.  Praising God, too, for being with both you and Melissa as you are parents to little Eliza as well as to your active, loving boys.  And, praising Him for your support community there in Prague and in particular those in the church  and those who are watching the church in action.  May many be brought to a realization of Christ through this crisis in your lives.  Sending our love along with MANY others throughout the world – to God be the glory and may you feel His presence mightily in the days and weeks to come.  Love, Debbie and Larry

  8. We are praying for your sweet baby girl and her wonderful parents and family. God never gives us more than we can handle, so I guess y’all must be dump trucks. The good news is God is driving the truck!
    Praying for comfort for you both this evening and patience to make it until morning to be back with her.
    My 4th graders also pray for all of you each morning after Bible! So you have lots of prayers here in South Georgia!
    Sending our love and support!

  9. We prayed for your family tonight! Justin and I know the awful feeling of leaving your sweet baby in ICU. So hard! Praying that any nights away from her will be opportunities for you to get good sleep and rest, knowing that sweet Eliza is in the hands of capable, caring professionals and, most importantly, in Jesus’ hands. Will keep praying! Thanks for the updates!

  10. Hallelujah Jake and Melissa! I have following your updates religiously! Thank-you for taking the time to keep us informed so we know how to best pray for Eliza and you. Jesus loves the little children… we stand on that truth!

  11. Continuing to pray for the healing hand of God on Eliza and a peace that passes all understanding for your entire family!

  12. So glad to hear all went well. God will sustain you. Precious picture of your little angel!

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