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Prayer for Jackson pt 1

WOW! God is so big. The devo I read for Friday was supposed to be my devotional for Thursday, but sadly I let the day get away and simply ran out of hours when a family crisis happened in the early Evening.

Yesterday is a day I never want to repeat. I put Jackson down for a nap but when he woke up he was lethargic and not that responsive. Stephanie picked him up out of a pool of drool and ran him down the stairs. As I held his limp, warm, wet body, I knew we needed to get him to a hospital. As a dad, every good and bad thought was running through my mind. Not knowing for sure if we could make it to the hospital, we stopped at the fire station just down the road from our house. As I handed him to the EMT, he immediately took Jackson to the ambulance. After a short stay, they took him to the hospital with lights and sirens. Stephanie rode with him while Josiah and I followed in our own vehicle. We were heading to the hospital in the middle of Rush Hour. All I could do was pray. I had no idea what was happening in the ambulance, was he getting better, was he getting worse. I called one of our friends to ask them to pray and to let them know we were going to the hospital.

As we got to he hospital they put us in a room, the waiting room sign said the wait was 4-5 hours, how can a hospital seriously make people wait that long?? Thats beside the point, we had a room and I was headed there not knowing what I would walk in on.

Jackson was laying there kinda just staring off into space, almost as if he could see us but couldn’t do anything to acknowledge us. After a few questions, and a few test, and 4 hours of not knowing what had happened, Jackson started to return to his normal self. Thankfully, our friends met us there and took Josiah for us. The doctor came in and told us that Jackson has a stint of pneumonia and probably suffered from a febrile seizure. He put him on an antibiotic and told us to give him Motrin and Tylenol. He said they could admit him but he didn’t feel it was necessary since the blood-work looked so good and the x-ray showed a very small development of the pneumonia. As we drove home we couldn’t help but be thankful that Jackson was ok. We were exhausted. Neither one of us slept very well last night. Every cough and move Jackson made last night caused us to look to see if he was ok. He has a doctors appointment today and we will see what the pediatrician has to say.

Last night put a new meaning to verse 4 and it will forever be etched in my heart,

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”

Categories: Family, Prayer
  1. The Wise Family
    April 12, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Glad Jackson is doing okay now. Keep us posted. We’re praying for you guys!
    The Wises

  2. Judy Sheldon-Walker
    April 12, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    My baby boy (he is almost 22 now) often scared me with febrile seizures. A couple of times he actually died in my arms. He would convulse, his little eyes roll back into head and his face turn blue as his body stiffened. This has got to be the most frightening and agonizing moment for a parent. I gave him infant cpr as someone called 9ll, and he would revive.
    People thought I was crazy, but I slept with him for the first 4 years of his life, as the doctor said he would outgrow it at 3, but it was actually 4. I would feel his head all through the night for signs of fever, and run him into to dunk him in the tub when he started getting hot. We kept infant Tylenol by the bed.
    My heart goes out to you, and so do my prayers.

  3. Dan Gould
    April 13, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Judy, thanks for sharing your journey. I am glad that your son did in fact grow out of the seizures. Thanks for the prayers as we begin this new journey ourselves. How often did he have these seizures. One book says they peak around 1.5-3 years of age. Did you find that to be your experience?

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