Update on Josh 11/10/16 8:30pm
Josh is settled in San Antonio and the staff, therapists and doctors, are putting Josh to work. Josh's schedule looks similar to that of someone going through boot camp (fitting). Various teams of doctors, nurses, psychologists, and physical therapists work with him almost all day long, with a few rest and nutrition breaks built in, of course. The staff are very eager to help Josh, which is a huge answered prayer for our family.
On a less positive note, on Tuesday Josh finished the round of antibiotics he had been on for the infection in his lungs. He began running a fever on Wednesday and today the doctors confirmed that the pneumonia is back. Sounds like a broken record, I know. He has been moved from the rehabilitation ward to the hospital ward for the time being so that he can be treated for the pneumonia. We know that intermittent pneumonia is common for patients in Josh's condition, but it should not be this resistant. He will still be doing some of his rehab but it will be limited, so we ask that you please pray for the pneumonia to clear so that he can get back to boot camp!
We also wanted to share something really cool! Central Jr. High, where my mom works and all of us kids when to school, held their annual Veteran's Day assembly this morning. The assembly was dedicated to Josh. The whole thing was recorded and they are sending us a copy of the ceremonies. I was very touched when I found out and look forward to playing the video for Josh. I also ask that you pray that next year, Josh can attend himself and show the staff and students who they honored today.
On November 16th, there will be a ceremony in Buena Vista honoring the 3 joggers that saved Josh. My dad and sister will be attending and then heading to San Antonio for Josh's birthday on the18th. We also have several family members and friends traveling to see him over the next few weeks, so we ask for prayers of safe travel.
You can still send him notes at the below address:
Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center - Room 248
7400 Merton Minter Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78229
In the Bible, John 11 records the story of Lazarus. It may seem like an obvious connection to Josh's story but it is one I think of often. There are several pieces of Lazarus' story that I'm drawn to, but mostly it is the belief in a BIG God. The same God that rose Lazarus from the dead is the same God that is watching over Josh. Our God is present and our God is working. Our prayer continues -- that God will continue to "show off" through Josh.
Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
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