Update from 10/15/07 6:30pm
Jerry sent an e-mail update today - I have paraphrased a few items for the update, but you can read full e-mail by clicking here.
The Shelton's wanted to make sure you were able to see a picture of Dr. Morgan, the Neurosurgeon God used to save Jerrod's life (see picture to the right). The family is so grateful to Dr. Morgan, they owe him more than he could every imagine. Please stop right now to pray a special blessing on Dr. Morgan and his family, and a thanks to God for sending him into their lives.
They are unsure about the grinding in Jerrod's ears or the slurred speech getting a bit worse today (click here for a more detailed report). His vision may be a little better today.
The family is asking for special prayers that the tumor is found to be benign - here are the words of Jerry (daddy):
"I am going to
plead one more time. I am going to beg one more time (I know I am
wearing you out with prayer requests) But may we get on our knees in
fervent prayer again and beg our God to provide the news that this
tumor is the most benign tumor anyone has ever seen. Please, don't
tire of praying for Jerrod. We have won many battles so far, but the
war is not over.
Update from 10/15/07 4:31pm
Jerrod's nurse today is Cindy (see picture to the right). She is so sweet (as they all are). The physical therapist has Jerrod in the recliner and he will be in the recliner for a couple of hours. It is a precaution against pneumonia and infection. And it helps to avoid bed sores too. I am sure it has to feel good to be in a new position and to even see the room from a different perspective. His speech is a little more slurred today, but the nurse is not worried about that. She said with neurological patients it is normal to have small setbacks. Dr. Morgan has not been by yet today so we are still eager to talk to him after he looks at the CT scan from this morning. Jerrod is scheduled for another CT scan tomorrow too.
So, we wait. We wait for continued healing, we wait for the
pathology report. But we are waiting with patience. We are not
trying to rush anything. We have found God's timing for each step to
be perfect in every way. Jerrod is waiting for his hearing to
improve, his speech to improve, his eye sight to improve, his
coordination to improve and he waits with patience. It is so sweet
to be in the loving care of the creator of the universe isn't it. We
can sit quietly and just be amazed at his work. We can sit and thank
Him. We can quietly wait upon the Lord. Ummm, it is so good. All the
little things I have heard, and even said, have sadly been only
words sometimes in the past. How sweet to feel and to know. I know
that most of you who read this are spiritually light years ahead of
me and are probably wondering why I am so amazed. I am trying to
catch up with the rest of you.
Update from 10/15/07 3:28pm
Jerrod finished his first physical therapy today. During, Jerrod walked a little bit with his walker (see photo to the right).
Our prayer requests are still:
Update from 10/15/07 2:17pm
An updated from Jerry:
"Jerrod has been sleeping now for about 2 hours. They are going to wake him up and do some physical therapy with him in about 10 minutes."
Update from 10/15/07 11:10am
Jerrod had another CT Scan this morning and it showed improvement. The Shelton's were told he might get to leave the hospital as early as this week, but will have to stay in the Dallas area for at least two weeks after he is released.
Our prayer requests now are:
Jerrod said to tell everyone "I Love you more than ever"