Tuesday, October 16, 2007

October 16 Evening Update: Persistent Fever, Elevated Agitation

We just got home from the hospital and the news is not as encouraging as I would like.

Jeff's fever is 103, down from 104. The nurse told us to expect it to rise again. They're doing everything they can to keep it stabilized but it's taken them all day to get it down just that one degree.

The more difficult news is that Jeff is increasingly agitated. They're having to sedate him more heavily to keep him from thrashing. His nurse also said they may have to tie his arms down to protect him from himself. He's confused and in pain and it breaks my heart to see him that way. You can tell from looking at him that the poor guy is just miserable. He doesn't understand the breathing tube--he gestures at it with a look of confusion every time he's lucid and conscious of the discomfort.

So specifically, please pray that his fever comes down, and that he would be more physically comfortable. It's getting increasingly hard for us to see him so utterly miserable--he just doesn't know what's going on, and the confusion coupled with the pain make things really difficult for him.

They said they will proceed with the surgery tomorrow so please also pray that this surgery, a synthetic grafting, would be successful. There is a potential that they'll get in there, discover the wounds are deeper than they thought and then they'll need to do skin grafting which has longer term complications, and is more difficult to do. So we are obviously wishing for the synthetic grafting to be sufficient for his wounds.

I'll probably update post-surgery tomorrow.

Please also pray for Chris, who is on the road right now by himself (10:30pm) to drive back to California to be at work by 6:00 tomorrow morning. Safe traveling mercies over you, sweet friend!

I took these today and had them enlarged and hung on his wall--hopefully they will brighten his spirits! He hasn't been awake enough to see them yet but hopefully they'll bring some comfort to him. We'll also bring anything we receive in the mail from his friends and family.


Anonymous said...

Jen and Family,
Todd sent Gino the blog info yesterday so that we could stay updated on Jeff's condition and progress. Please know that Jeff and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gino,Lori,Connor & Caitlin

Cherie LaSala said...

Hi, my name is Cherie and I am Chris and Annie's sister. Could you please send me an address that we can mail some items to Jeff? My son remembers Jeff and would like to draw him a picture. My email address is cheriemichleen@yahoo.com
"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consoloation and good hope by grace comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work."
2 Thes. 2:16

I pray that God will turn this situation into something wonderful that will touch the lives of many and bring glory to His name. May you be comforted by the Holy Spirit during this most difficult time. We are praying for Jeff and the entire family!

nicoler said...

Jeff my Prays are with you and your family. stay strong in yourself and in your faith.

Love Nicole Ramos / Nicole Jones as you recall. Love Ya!

Kristin said...

prayers continue to go up!! lots of love and prayers being sent that way!

David Dryman said...

Jen and Family,

I was cruising MySpace this morning and saw that Brittney had posted something about a Jeff Harrison being in an accident. I wondered the possibility that it is the same Jeff I know. While reading the message I had my fingers crossed that it was a different Jeff. To my dismay I found that my high school friend Jeff is one and the same with the Jeff in her message. I will pray for Jeff, my hopes and prayers are with all of you.

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