*JD had a near drowning accident on October 11, 2008 in our family pool. John took him out of the hot tub and began cpr. We are forever grateful to the EMTs that were able to start his heart again. Our youngest daughter, Clare, told us 'Bubba jump in hot tub'. We believe he knocked the wind out of himself and inhaled the pool water.
*He has made slow and steady pace. We know God has a special plan for JD and will heal him in His timing. We have been blessed by the prayers of so many and we continue to hold fast to God's promise of His perfect healing for JD. It has been long and slow and emotionally painful. But as Catherine Grace put it, JD is lucky, he has had 2 lives.
*JD had an mri and was weaned off the ventilator after 2 weeks in PICU. He needed lots time for his lungs to heal. They were very, very sick from the pool water and aspiration.
*JD had a g-tube inserted October 31st at Dell for feedings and has done very well. After 2 weeks in PICU and 13 days in IMCU at Dell we have moved to 'Our Children's House' at Baylor in Dallas, Nov. 6,2008!
*JD had a baclofen pump implanted on January 19th. We see decreases in his muscle tone each day. We continue to pray for JD to wake from his coma. We plan for our discharge from Our Children's House on March 2, 2008.
*JD had a Mitrofanoff procedure done in May. While his neurogenic bladder heals we can now easily cath him.
*JD has excelled in many new therapies including stem cell therapy, music therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, massage, speech, pt and ot. they have made it possible for him to gain movement in his right arm, fully empty his bladder (doesn't need to be cathed) as well as passing his swallow study. *We noticed JD's muscle spasticity has not improved with the high dose of ITB therapy (pump was up to 1350) We started the decrease of the pump in Jan 2010 and had the pump taken out on December 14th 2010. His muscle tone has decreased and he is more awake than ever!! God is good, ALL THE TIME! Happy 14th BDAY JD!
*Over the last 4 years, JD's vision has improved dramatically. Its gone from 20/400 to 20/100 with all visual fields open. We attribute much of this to the standing program we have started to help bone density. Apparently when you are upright, all of the neural pathways connect correctly.
*JD's bone density as improved since we had a procedure to lengthen the tendons in his calves and reduce contractures. since that point we have started practicing walking which has lead to speech for JD. It started on September 19, 2014 with "home", then a few days later "momma" and on October 1, 2014 he spoke an entire sentence, "I need someone to help me up" and "I'm tired of waiting" What a beautiful way to spend the 6th anniversary of his accident by listening to his beautiful voice! Thank you Lord! In 24 hours he went from talking to now singing!
*We are so blessed by each and every prayer warrior that goes before the Lord on JD's behalf each day. We'll continue to put on the full armour of God and we know we will 'see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' Psalm27:13.
John and Beth
Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God?" Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:27-31