Jo has had another great day. No complications, handling pain from the surgery with ibuprofen and tylenol and tomorrow he will be officially of off any seizure medication. He remains breathing on his own, and supporting his own breathing without any neck support about 8 hours a day. He is managing his secretions well, coughing appropriately, and has long periods of peaceful sleep with no labored breathing.
Jo's eyes have been moving beneath his eyelids frequently. It's like he is blinking without opening his eyes (if that makes sense). It feels like he responds when we encourage him to open his eyes, like he is trying but just can't...yet.
Overall we have been blessed with a peaceful day in the exceptional care of Mary Bridge/ Mom. Jo is sleeping beside us right now, vitals solid, listening to John Bellion, and we've allowed the explicit versions he didn't tell us about.
Ok, so what's up with biscuits and gravy? Today took the kids to the original pancake house together with their friend Melissa. As we walked in we passed a homeless man just outside the door, mumbling to himself our eyes met. He warmly greeted me and said "god bless you sir, if you think about I'd love some biscuits and gravy". He was picking through a trashcan, smoking a burnt out cigar, and drinking an old cup of coffee.
It made me think about how the lord works. So many people talking to their God asking for peace and healing for Jo, across the country, and today we heard across the world! This struck me as God's call to action for everyone following Jo's story and blessing us with their love and support.
Tomorrow I'd ask each of you to help someone in need. So many of my friends already do this on a regular basis, but this time do it for Jo. He is a kind spirit, he cares so much for people, and when he finds out how his story helped so many he would be overwhelmed with joy. After you help that person, say a prayer for Jo to open his eyes to see this post. Post comments on this blog and share what you did. We have had over 2000 visitors to this site, think of the impact we could have in just 24 hours!!!! We love you all so much, I can't wait to see what we accomplish in Jo's honor...
The guy outside got his biscuits and gravy and a warm cup of coffee. He blessed us and asked us to pray for him. I said I would and asked him to pray for Jo. He asked his name, and said "I know Jo, he's a good lookin kid, he's gonna be alright." Then just continued mumbling as we walked away. God bless this man whom God spoke through and God bless each of you for the strength you give to our family. Go forth and do great things tomorrow, share your stories, light up this post with hope and faith. Jo is coming back to us day by day.
Jojobinks mommy and daddy are here. We love you to the moon and back sweet angel. Open your eyes to see what your family of angels have accomplished. The lord is guiding you through the fog, he finds ways to ease our fears and send us messages in the most unlikely of ways. Rest and heal with him, we know we will see those eyes soon. We miss you baby boy!