May 01, 2005

Allow me to clarify. . .

Okay -- I haven't received an 'official briefing from the war room' yet today, but I've spoken VERY briefly with some folks that have been over there. There seems to be a lot of confusion about where Jack is vs. where Jack should be in his recovery. I keep referring back to something Tammy wrote a few days ago:

A nurse, or attending, or fellow, or practitioner... told me the other day that although the text book recovery is about 3-4 days till they feel better, she has never seen it work that way. She said the kids either bounce back right away, or it takes about 7-10 days. I think we are on the slow route.

Jack does, indeed, seem to be on the 'slow route', but the health care professionals are not concerned with how he is doing. It's just painfully slow going and difficult to watch for Rob and Tammy and Elaine.

Jack is alert, and today he was quite agitated and irritated with all of it. He is weary of the nurses messing with him. He's still not talking b/c of his tongue and the feeding tube, and I'm sure that adds to his frustration. Because his tongue is so swollen, and the pain Jack can be in will cause him (as it would you and me) to grit his teeth, his tongue is now quite cut up. (If you've seen Million Dollar Baby -- well, ewww.) So, it just seems like insult on top of the injury.

They're still in ICU, and probably will be until his vomiting can slow down.

I am going to see all of them tomorrow with a few friends. We will give you the 'real deal' lowdown tomorrow. Keep praying!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rob, Tammy, Elaine and Tom,

I can only imagine how hard it must be for all of you to look at our poor Jack and not be able to help eleviate his pain and discomfort.

The healing process after an operation is always a more difficult and painful period than the operation itself. Be strong and know that we are all praying that God give you strength during the next few days and the comfort in knowing that Jack is going to be alright and back to his old unique self soon.

I love you all,

Robert (Grandpa)

Anonymous said...

Hi JACK, Rob, Tammy, Elaine, and Tom,
Just wanted you to know that you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. We check the blog several times a day for updates. Be strong and courageous and know that the Lord is taking care of all of you. We pray for Jack's continued recovery...again, we leave the "speed" of his recovery in the Lord's hands. He is taking care of it all! May He give you all strength, stamina, and rest as you minister to sweet Jack! I'm glad DJ and Sophie got to see him and I hope they left to come back to Abilene knowing that he is going to be alright. May the Lord comfort and reassure the two of them as only He can. May this week so much improvement in Jack's recovery process. God bless you all!!
Gwen

Pat White said...

Dear JACK and FAMILY

You all remain on my heart and in my prayers. Remember what I told you several days ago - - - God is in control.

DJ and Sophie: you are so brave as you wait for your brother. I know the waiting must be tough. I want you to know that I pray for you as well.

Rob and Tammy, what can I say but that I am so proud of the way you are demonstrating your faith and devotion to what really matters in life: relationships.

W.A.T.S. is over as well as the many projects. Many people’s lives were touched and they saw Jesus at work today in peoples lives. Thank you Marcelains for allowing people all over the world to see Jesus in your lives.

ROB: I'll take care of our class next Sunday and beyond for as long as you need me to do so. Tell Tom to get in touch with me and I'll do the rest!

Love and blessings

Pat White

Anonymous said...

Dear Rob and Tammy,

I can't believe I am up at this early!! hour. I started reading the blog and of course had to read the WHOLE thing! I can't wait to see Jack's sweet face around church again. I am praying for your health and physical endurance to keep Jack moving through his recovery. As I read all the blogs I was struck by the fact that even through this all Jack's heart is shining through...waving at the Dr, singing this little light of mine even though his mouth couldn't say the words his heart was singing up to Jesus. Give him a big hug from the Burrow's.

Emily Burrow

Steve Duer said...

Our prayers go out for Jack and the family. (We are friends of Jim & Denise Waldrop and they sent us the link.)

Steve & Shannon Duer

Jacki Hathorn said...

Marcelain Family,
Just took Howard to the airport and was praying about all of you -so thought I would check for updates. I pray your night has been a good one and that Jack was getting the mending rest that his little body needs! I pray that your day will be much improved, that Jack's tummy will be settled, that the nursing staff will be wonderful and all of you have stamina to face the day. W.A.T.S day was incredible. Hurry home. Love, The Hathorns

Anonymous said...

Hey Jack do you like golf?

Grandpa just received a phone call from a co-worker and dear friend Barry Baglot. Barry and his wife Colleen are Canadians but they call Houston, Texas home.

Barry is organizing a golf tournament, "The jack Marcelain Golf Tournament" To be held at the MapleLeaf Golf Club in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Saturday 14 May. All of the entrance fee money collected is for you. Grandpa will bring it home with him later this month.

How many 6 year old boys have a golf tournamaent named after them? Way to go Jack!!!

My boss is going to let me off site that weekend so I can go to Bishkek for the tournament. I'll take pictures for you so you can know what your friends over here look like.

Love ya and praying for you,

Grandpa

Anonymous said...

Hey Jack do you like golf?

Grandpa just received a phone call from a co-worker and dear friend Barry Baglot. Barry and his wife Colleen are Canadians but they call Houston, Texas home.

Barry is organizing a golf tournament, "The Jack Marcelain Golf Tournament" To be held at the MapleLeaf Golf Club in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Saturday 14 May. All of the entrance fee money collected is for you. Grandpa will bring it home with him later this month.

How many 6 year old boys have a golf tournamaent named after them? Way to go Jack!!!

My boss is going to let me off site that weekend so I can go to Bishkek for the tournament. I'll take pictures for you so you can know what your friends over here look like.

Love ya and praying for you,

Grandpa

Anonymous said...

And God bless Jack's Grandpa so far away from his grandson and his adult child and the rest of the family. I pray the golf tournament is a rousing success. . .

Robyn said...

Dear friends,

We are praying for you all. Please know that your specific prayer needs are constantly being prayed--everywhere I go people are talking of you and your struggles--what a testimony to your faithfulness and His! May God bless you with a wonderful day! Hang in there Jack!

The Wertheims

Anonymous said...

Hey Marcelain family and of course Jack,
I am glad to hear that the doctors and nurses are taking good care of Jack. I only wish that a sweet boy like him didn't have to endure such pain. Despite this bad experience, I know that all of you are handling it very well and letting God take control of the situation. Jack, I know, is being a trouper. For someone his age, he is being brave.

I love you all very much, and I was very upset when I heard about this. God has give me peace and I know everything is going to be fine. If there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to ask.

Tell Jack I said hi and to get well soon. Give Sophie and DJ a hug for me. I've been praying.

Love you all,
Sarah Gallaway

Anonymous said...

Marcelain Family - we are all praying for you and for a speedy recovery for Jack. If you need anything please let us know. Thanks for all the updates. We check the sight many times each day. Jack is on all our minds and in all our prayers.
We love all of you,

Darla & Sam Wohlers & Family

Anonymous said...

FRIENDS-JUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND WE LOVE YOU ALL.WE REALLY MISS JACK HERE AT SCHOOL. KIDS ARE ALL PRAYING FOR HIM.
SAMMIE ANDERS

Anonymous said...

Blessings to all of you. W.A.T.S. was a huge success in Abilene yesterday. But, it was also exemplified as well in Dallas as loving, caring parents and grandparents sat by the bed of a sick child. We are praying for much better days to come.
Our heavenly parent has promised he will "sit by our bed" and love us. In fact, nothing can prevent Him from doing that.(Rom. 8)
Be comforted in that.
We love you.
Bill and Melba

Anonymous said...

Hi, Marcelains. I am so glad you have such a great way of letting us know how things are going there. It sounds like God's hand is touching you daily with good news. I pray He will touch little Jack with a quicker recovery so he can get back to his normal life again soon. God is so good and I love the way you are exemplifying that goodness to those you are daily coming in contact with there. Maybe this ordeal will allow someone to see Jesus who may not have otherwise through your ministering to your little one. We continue to pray for Jack and for each of you. I am so touched by the spirit you have shown and the trust you have in our Father. You have been a beautiful example to me here through your words, I know you are a blessing to everyone you come in contact with there. God bless you and we love you. Jack, get better, sweet one.
We love you,
Linda Wallace

Shoni Power said...

Jack,
We are still praying for you. I hope you can feel better really soon. You will never know how much your friends and family love you and all the prayers that are going out for you.

Rob and Tammy,
Praise the Lord that you have such wonderful friends and family. I can't even imagine how helpless you feel in this situation. Please know that our prayers are also with you. And again, If there is ANYTHING I can do here in town for you or DJ and Sophia, please let me know. Dane and I would be happy to make a Mr. Gatti's trip with them... then maybe we could take Jack when he is back home! :)

Love you all,
Shoni Gililland Power

Anonymous said...

From Tammy -
We were moved from the icu today to the 9th floor. They are known as the brain floor, they wear fleece jackets that say "brain team" on them. There is a picture of the brain on the back, and the brain has 2 dangly eyes hanging from it.
Jack is still working through some stuff, the docs say this can last 3-4 days or 6-8 weeks, but it appears at this time Jack does not have control over alot of his face. He keeps his eyes almost closed (I miss his eyes) and can't speak at this time. He was able to get that pesky old tongue in his mouth to stay last night. Swelling has gone down completely. Speech therapy was in today and he gets pretty mad when ever he sees a new face walk in the door to poke, prod, ... but the therapist was able to start assessing his capabilities at this time. The part that is Jack in his brain is working great. The part that helps him get that out, by speaking or motioning or moving around is not working. Everyone says that he will regain all of that, but it will take an undetermined amount of time.
My prayer for Jack today are that: His brain gets back to normal sooner than later. They will try and feed him real food in the next 48 hours I think. So that will be something to look forward to.
I also pray that he is comforted, because he can not talk, he is so frustrated. He gets real angry. I don't blame him a bit. I would be the same way. Pray that Jack finds his voice.
The tube that drains the spinal fluid from his brain has been closed for about 36 hours as of now, they did a cat scan, and decided not to remove the tube from his head just yet. Some of the spaces that were storing the extra spinal fluid on the top of his brain, have not done yet what they need to do. I am not disappointed about this, because his numbers have been great on the brain pressure, and I hope that in the next 3 or 4 days things should work themselves out.
One of the nurse practitioners said that this blog was a great way for me to chart Jack's progress. Just when I think that there is so much in front of us, I can look back and see how far we have come. I pray for continued perspective like that, because it is overwhelming at times for us all.
I am in constant prayer for Jack, I take comfort that so many others are to. I am continually grateful for the love and praying that you all are doing.
Jack has alot of friends, he has never met a stranger, and he has a kindness for everyone. May God bless him with all that and immeasurably more.
IN HIM,
Tammy
p.s. Last but not least, thank you Sarah, Karene, Denise and Jana for making the trek to Dallas today. It blessed us all so.

Anonymous said...

To our Dearest Tammy, Rob, Dj, Jack and Sophie,
All of us over here in OZ were absolutely devastated when we received the news about your sweet Jack and his journey. We can only sit back and read the updates with painful acknowledgement of how far away we are and of how little we can do for you all physically. You all are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. The future on Jack's recovery in in his and the Lord's hands with assistance from the wonderful medical staff attending to him. We wish you all the strength to see this through and comfort that you are all loved.

Miss you all heaps,
Uncle Henry and Aunty Iris Anderson
your cousins Susan and her husband Gary and their children Paul Sharon and Gavin, Cindy and her children Zacary and Benjamin, and Matthew and his partner Vikki and their children Jade and Joshua.

Cari Gililland said...

Hi Rob & Tammy,
I am so sorry that things are moving slowly for Jack and his recovery. We are thinking of him all day eveyday. And of course we are thinking of you also. We love you guys and hope that each day is better than the last. Give Jack a kiss for us.

We sure wish we could go to Kyrgyzstan. You know we love to golf........

How wonderful to know how much you are loved!!

Love,
Rob and Cari