Jay Herring Jay Herring

First post: Feb 9, 2022 Latest post: Aug 4, 2022
As many of you are aware, Jay's journey began in early December where he became very ill with multiple trips to ER's.  Jay was diagnosed with Covid, as well as low functioning kidney 
concerns.  Jay also has asthma, which was a significant underlying factor when Jay fell sick with Covid.  He was immediately transferred to Tomball HCA Hospital ICU due to a 
shortage of beds in the Med Center and around the city.  After 10 days in ICU, we Life Flighted Jay to Park Plaza Med Center HCA ICU with the opportunity to be a candidate for ECMO, which is an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machine.  ECMO is an oxygen life support system, oxygenating blood outside his body, which allows his body to rest and heal.  This is truly our Hail Mary.  We learned on the day of his transfer request to Park Plaza that Jay only had a 10% chance of survival if he had stayed at Tomball HCA - and only a 39% chance of 
survival on ECMO at Park Plaza HCA.  We were so fortunate that Jay was accepted as a candidate for ECMO at Park Plaza ICU, as the initial ECMO machines are novel and in short supply across the country.  We have had many ups and downs, as this has been a roller coaster ride from the very beginning.  Day 60 in ICU and our story continues...

The blessing is that Jay has been weened off of the ventilators, high blood pressure medications, and the heavy sedatives. There are times that Jay needs additional flow of oxygen through the trache he has in place, but he is becoming much more alert and stronger each day.  Jay's personality is coming back as well, despite not being able to speak yet due to the trache.  Day by day, which has been a long and slow process, but he will get there and we will take as much time as needed! 

Michelle and our family cannot begin to express our gratitude and overwhelming outpour of love, prayers and support!  We have learned quickly that we cannot do this without our true faith in God and our loving friends & family.   Everyday we share with Jay the thoughts, prayers, & love everyone has shared across the country & internationally as well.  Jay is so special and so very much loved!  These prayers lift us all up and strengthen us so much.  Prayers can move mountains, as we have witnessed many obstacles that Jay has overcome with the help of our Prayer Warriors.  

We know Jay will make a full recovery!  Jay is a warrior and his strength amazes us everyday.  We have seen daily improvements throughout this storm.  


As a side note:  

-  We will be printing everyone's messages and creating an album filled with your well wishes and prayers for Jay to review.  We know this will empower him to gain the strength he needs to heal & recover quickly!  Please feel free to share or comment on our journal entries so that we can relay your messages to Jay.   We are looking forward to sharing these posts with Jay!

-  Michelle very much welcomes friends or family to continue to text words of encouragement or recommendations on treatment or therapy.   We are always welcoming ideas that can 
assist him with Jay's care.   Plus, the words of encouragement have been so strengthening as well!  

-  This journal is picking up where we left off on Jay's personal updates.  He has been in ICU since early December, but we are starting with Day 16 due to formatting issues on this site.  We also want Jay to be able to see the personal journey he has been on since the start of this journey through this site, from hospital rides to his daily ups and downs, at least he can
understand the outcome and blessings that awaits him very soon!

ALSO:  Please do not feel obligated to donate to the Caring Bridge website.  We are not seeking donations at this time,  and any funds donated to the site will not be allotted specifically to Jay and/or his recovery.

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