thanks so much for praying and desiring to know regular updates for my brother and his family.. it is really touching and humbling. I read this today from Courtney.
Update: Shannon has not gained weight. Doctors feel a feeding tube may be in the near future. She is still unable to keep down the anti viral and there are no options of waiting to give it until the line is put. A"line" is a open port surgically implanted in her chest to give doctors and IV team direct access to a vein to give and take blood as well as give IV fluids and meds. Because of risk of infection the line cannot be put in until we have a donor match. Thus we are left with a feeding tube with hopes that giving the medicine directly to the stomach bit by bit will help her keep it down.
Blood draw tomorrow or Tuesday, but for now we rest with another day without the trauma of a blood draw and hoping for weight gain and rest.
Please continue to pray for faith that God is in control and that Courtney would remember that we were never promised a life without suffering but we can take heart that Jesus has overcome the world and He is our only hope : )
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, vwho indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake xwe are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.