Journal entry by Tiffany-Jerad Norman

I never thought watching my 14 year old resting comfortably would bring me so much comfort and peace.  Today has been pretty rough but things have started heading in the right direction.  Jaden rested pretty well last night however this morning he became very nauseous and started vomiting.  That took place for a lot of the morning so they discontinued his pain medication and switched him to something else.  Unfortunately that created another issue of pain that they could not get under control.  After what felt like years (ok maybe only a few hours) they decided to add other pain meds to the changed pain meds which started the nausea again.  Obviously nausea and vomiting is not what you want to sign up for after open heart surgery.  Jaden has been amazing and Treyton thinks he has the toughest big brother ever.  Since he has been moved out of the ICU he has stayed pretty good for the most part.  They seem to have his pain under control and though he still has episodes of feeling sick they seem to pass pretty quickly!!  In the picture below, he has a heart pillow on his lap. It has become his best friend when he has to cough and move around.  He holds it tight against his chest and it makes things feel more stable.  It came with a marker and there has been several family members here sign it.  As I look back over the last few weeks it is amazing how God worked so many things out for Shannon, Miranda, mom and the kids to be here during his surgery.  Obviously they are very familiar to the hospital setting and there is such comfort in being with people, especially family who understand the stress of medical conditions and all it involves.  We were so glad to have my mom be able to drive up with us and ride home with Shannon and Miranda since my dad is in Alaska.  Myron and Cindy brought Treyton up with them and Myron and Treyton will head back sometime soon to start getting things ready for the fair. Please pray for Treyton as he is going to have a difficult time leaving his brother.  Cindy is staying to help with Jaden so we can catch a nap here and there. Carrie, Brian, and the kids were also able to make the trip and they were able to see him this afternoon at his best so far.  He has taken his first walk (in the picture below) and he has to do one more before the end of the day.  Needless to say he was exhausted and has pretty much been resting for the last few hours.  In the last picture below there is a water fountain.  It is where I sit now as I type.  The weather here in Minnesota is humidity, and not a cloud in the sky.  At night the fountain lights up and is even more beautiful in the darkness.  This place reminds me that even on the darkest of days God still lights the way and is when we are thirsty he will satisfy us with his living water.

John 7:37-38  ….."Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!  Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!  For the Scriptures declare, Rivers of living water will flow from his heart." 
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