Monday, September 10, 2012

Prayers for Jessica

Today I put up a post for What's your Chocolate? And then I disappeared. Why?

Super, crazy busy day - first day of homeschool co-op, first day of volleyball tryouts (oldest daughter), and first day of dance classes.

More importantly, when I had a spare moment, I prayed for Jessica.

Jessica is an amazing eight year old girl who's undergone more major surgeries than anyone I know. (this includes my Dad and me, and maybe even my mom-in-law)

Last year she had a major surgery to place two metal rods along her spine to help lengthen and strengthen her spine curvature, so that her lungs and other internal organs would have room to breathe and grow.

It turns out that the metal rods didn't do their job. They are hampering her ability to breathe. So right now, as I write this, she is in a four hour surgery to take out those rods, and place her in halo traction. When her lungs have fully recovered (if they can), and the traction has lengthened her spine, her spine will be fused in place. It's the last option. The hardest one.

Her parents and her brother are broken up in a way that I can't even begin to describe.

They have hope in Jesus, but they still need all the prayers they can get. Please, if you read this, take a moment and pray for Jessica and her family. They need every prayer that comes their way.

I should have posted this earlier, but somehow, in the midst of life, I didn't. I pre-wrote the chocolate post, and then went off in a rush.

I will visit the chocolate lovers tomorrow, but right now, I need to keep praying for an eight year old girl in surgery.

Added Tuesday morning: Jessica came out of her first surgery ok, and will be in the ICU for 2-3 days with some breathing help. Her parents and brother are thankful that this first step is over, but are still in the midst of a storm of stress.

14 comments:

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

The poor thing! I will definitely join with you in praying for her and her family. So scary and devastating for them! I'll pray that they can keep looking up and find peace in the middle of their storm. <3 Thanks for sharing about this!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I will take a moment to pray this morning.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Amy - Thank you.

Alex - Thanks!

Linda Jackson said...

Praying for Jessica. Thanks for posting.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Linda - Thank you!

Angie said...

I will certainly be praying. I believe in miracles!

Sherry Ellis said...

Praying for Jessica and her family! What a difficult thing to go through!

Allison said...

Glad to hear the first step went well.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Carol Riggs said...

Adding my prayers. Poor little girl! What a thing to have to go through. I'm glad to hear she made it through surgery okay. Prayers for healing and continued improvement!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for all your prayers!!!

Joanne said...

Prayers on their way. Poor little thing going through so much at such a young age.
Blessings, Joanne

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Poor child! Life is so unfair sometimes... Keep praying and keep writing!

Karen Lange said...

Will keep Jessica and her family in prayer.

quietspirit said...

Just seeing this after I read the next entry. Will pray for Jessica and her family.