Jacquelyn Cordero's Journal
Written Nov 11, 2009 1:12pm
I had the pleasure of speaking with Johnny yesterday at great length, he shared with me that Jacquelyn will be walking today or tomorrow! I have provided details below from his most recent update. However, first I wanted to share with you a story that he told me.
They have been visiting with Jacquelyn and she has been able to tell them through sign language and reading of lips that while she was in a coma - that she dreamt she was in a great spiritual battle. There were times that she wanted to give up - she felt alone and scared but she knew she needed to fight. She refused to give up because in her heart she knew she was not alone. I found this story to be so poignant and beautiful. Knowing Jacquelyns history, understanding her faith and sitting back and being in awe of the great mysteries of God - wondering if the power of prayer gave her that strength.
And now for the details -
Jacquelyn is in the Trauma Ward now and no longer considered critical! Her lungs haven’t started healing yet, but Jacque is breathing on her own, and has had her tracheal tube downsized. Possibly today, tomorrow latest, she will have a “cap” put on her trach so that she will be able to begin talking. She has a physical therapist, a speech therapist and a all working with her now. Also today, they will be trying to see if she can stand. This will help to determine the level of physical therapy she will be scheduled for when she leaves the hospital.
The best of news: as early as later this week, or possibly early next week, Jacque may be transported back to RVMC in Medford. She is almost at the point where the medical team here feels that she will do just as well in Medford. With all of the new cases coming into Emanuel, they need bed space. Of course, they won’t send her down without making sure that she is fully ready to leave AND RVMC must accept her as a patient.
Jacquelyn has astounded the doctors again and again, to the point that no one can rule out divine intervention. Believe me, this is big stuff for many of the staff who don’t place much credence on spiritual things. God is so awesome!
On the practical side, we still have a lot of challenges ahead. Carolyn and I will begin the application process to find a larger home so that Jacquelyn can convalesce in a room she doesn’t have to share with three other people. It will be exciting to see what the Lord has in mind.
I will be in Medford for the next two days. I have business meetings that I must attend, so please pray that Jessica and Carolyn will have all the rest and stamina they need to be able to be there for Jacquelyn. Jacque is afraid to be alone at night right now. We are also experiencing some lapses in nursing care – not intentional, we’re sure, but difficult to process just the same. Sleep now seems like a rare luxury.
The peace of the Lord be with you all. I look forward to the time we will announce full and complete recovery…
We would like to help the Corderos with the expense of moving and medical supplies once they come home - we understand that it is difficult to find the cash right now, but if you have items that you would like to donate we will be happy to take them and sell them to raise money for the Corderos. Please feel free to email us at the address to the right or call us at 840-7846.
Written Nov 9, 2009 11:42amFor those of you faithfully praying...get ready for tears of joy!
We spoke to her father last night and he sent this, this morning. I would like to add some background. What we could not share earlier is that just a couple of weeks ago, while we were preparing the trailer their daughter in law Jesie came to us and shared that the physicians had sat down the family and talke to them about possibly it was time to start making decisions. Jesie said "we are ready for a miracle"...when my husband went up and spoke with Johnny he shared the story of Jacquelyn being a twin with 0% chance of survival and how he had shared this with her physician. As her physician shared the "facts" with Johnny and Johnny gently reminded him that there is a much bigger plan involved with Jacques life. I am astounded how God can work He simply moves in ways that leaves NO DOUBT that it is HIS hand...thank you Lord for being so much bigger than we are. And thank you Jesie for sitting on my floor and saying so sweetly..."we are ready for a miracle"...
The Corderos refused to claim the Doctors prognosis for their daughter...so we didn't share it, and now you know why!
To the faithful, fellow warriors, beloved of the Lord, greetings!
The internet is not so easily accessed these days, so it have been some days since I last reported. Too much has happened for me to effectively recount it all, but I will do my best to share the highlights and offer God the glory due Him.
Jacquelyn has made remarkable progress in the last three days. Many new patients are coming in with critical needs, so Jacque was moved to an annex next to the hospital – the Oregon Burn Center. It is a larger room and now four of us can visit at any one time. The bad news is that our visitations are more restricted: from .
Jacquelyn is virtually off of the ventilator. Except for a constant vent into her tracheal tube to keep her vocal cords moist, she is breathing on her own! The lungs are still very bad, but the doctors feel that it is now a question of time and of keeping her from further infection. Her bed sores also remain in terrible condition, but we can see slight improvement as well. All of her blood gases and blood sugars are stable. At this point, she is considered critical but stable. The last report that said she was upgraded to “serious” was wrong.
Jacque had an arterial line removed last night – another good sign. Today, we hope that her tracheal tube will be downsized. This is a several-step process that will eventually lead to its complete removal. The doctor indicated that he saw no sign that Jacque may need to go back on the regular ventilator. !
Now for the best news: Jacque’s stay in Portland may be reduced from 3-4 more weeks to only 1-2! When she first began to sit up, one of her original doctors came up to see her because he couldn’t believe what he had heard. She is literally astounding the doctors. The next few days will consist of various tests to determine her ability to swallow and begin to speak. We could be hearing her voice in just a day or two. Most of the therapy she will need will take place later and back in Medford. So, folks, we are just days, perhaps hours, from getting the word that Jacque has “turned the corner.” Infection is now the biggest concern – one more could send her spiraling right back to death’s door. There are countless “nasties” in any given hospital, so a lot of effort is spent keeping Jacque safe from contaminants.
Dear friends, the miracle we are witnessing is nothing short of spectacular and creditable only to God. One of the two initial specialists put it best: “You can’t get any sicker than Jacque was without being dead.” Yes, there are still hurdles and lots of possible unknowns, but NOTHING that will surprise our Lord or keep Jacque from reach HIS goal. “God, You are awesome!”
Family-wise, we are all very tired, some of us a little grouchy, but very grateful to God and to you for your faithful support. My back and leg are better, but still painful. I had a new-found friend help me take the RV to a dump station yesterday. God continues to provide, most often from people and places unknown to us. We continue to be amazed at how the circle of and servants continues to expand. Some of the folks stepping up now are NOT believers! I pray that this growing witness and spontaneous show of “Jesus love” will result in these individuals giving their lives to Christ.
I love you, Lord; you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me.
The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.
Psalm 18: 1-6
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On a practical note...the Cordero's have always given to the community, we would like to make sure that not only they have a very special holiday season but that we are able to provide help to the ministries that they so deeply love in their stead. We will be collecting funds for their holiday season as well as funds to donate to the ministries of their choice. Please contact me if you wish to donate to either of these.
Written Nov 6, 2009 10:05amI am so absolutely touched by this note from Jacques father, I am continually amazed by their faith, devotion and love. I have added a note at the bottom as well -
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good. His continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Today is an incredible day of victory and celebration! Jacque recognized us and communicated through sign language, facial expressions and some difficult lip-reading. Though she remains in serious condition and the doctors still believe that she could die from multiple possibilities, our hearts are worshipping the Lord and for His incredible mercy. No, Jacque isn’t out of the woods, but we take what we can get with each day.
Jacque’s stats are still volatile, but she seems to be getting a bit stronger with each passing day. Depending on who we ask, she is or isn’t septic. Her lungs have not begun to heal, but doctors feel very strongly that, if she can continue to head toward breathing on her own, she will be able to begin the healing process when she is off of the ventilator.
Low points: Jacque’s memory is very short, so each time we talk with her, we start from the beginning. It is a little overwhelming to her to comprehend that she has been in the hospital for almost a month, now in Portland. So we are trying to only give her enough information to encourage her and let her know that we are there supporting her every step of the way. Earlier, she actually pulled out her tracheal tubing and her feeding tube, so her hands are now constrained. This was one of the first things she asked us to remove.
High points: Jacque is responding very well to our encouragement. We had a slight feeling that she didn’t want to “live” in her condition, but we were able to calm her and assure her that she was doing so much better. She smiled at us and showed tremendous patience as we tried to understand what she was mouthing to us.
It is now an agony for us to leave her at night. So our current process is to return after shift change and make sure that she is receiving her sleeping aids. We are so accustomed to Jacque getting constant attention that it is unsettling for us when no one checks on her for long periods of time. Jacque is clearly uncomfortable, but we have no way of knowing if she is in any pain. For now, our hearts are heavy with concern and it is hard to trust her care to the constant changing of staff. Thank goodness we can fall upon our God as our source of strength and assurance!
We are grateful for your continuing support. I pray that the unity that has grown out of our daughter’s illness, as well as Tom’s service-related wounds, will only grow stronger as we increase our prayer vigilance for others in need and begin to rejoice in the ever-increasing miracles we are privileged to witness. “Lord, we are humbled by Your love and the meticulous care You show toward Your creation. We cannot praise You enough.”
The peace of the Lord be with you all,
A note from us -
Johnny has not shared this in his correspondence - but I would like to, as you know prayer is powerful! Johnny is beginning to really struggle with his legs and back - I have no doubt that it is from the concrete, hard hospital floors and miles of walking that he is doing. I will not go into detail other than it is getting to a critical state of disabling him more and more each day. Please keep him lifted up, he needs to be strong right now for his family and to reach his daughter as she so desperately needs him.
Additionally, someone is going up with donations soon, if you have anything to send please contact me. We would love to restock the trailer for them. I cannot express enough the financial burden on this family. We have raised just enough to keep them in the hotel for the short time and provide grocery money for them one time. I understand that I may be overly transparent or bold - however, in these situations I think transparency is exactly what is called for. Thank you everyone for your prayers, your support and all that you have done!