After a rough couple of days, it appears that Pierce is more than likely fighting some type of infection. The suspicion is that he is dealing with pneumonia, although this is really just a guess. To be safe, they started him on two different types of antibiotics tonight. To make a very long and complicated story short, they are trying multiple things right now (steroids, antibiotics, methadone-for the withdrawals, sedation, blood transfusion) to get our guy back on the road to recovery. Please be praying for him tonight as he is definitely not feeling well. Pray that the medicine kicks in and helps him fight off any infection that may be lurking around in his body. Pray that he will be able to be weaned down on the ventilator soon and that we will begin to see great progress in terms of his recovery. Pray also for the build-up of fluid in his brain. They've been able to control it by tapping his shunt every day, but we know there is a high probability that he will need the permanent shunt placed in a few months. We are praying for God to miraculously heal Pierce's brain and that the clot will resolve itself without requiring the full shunt.
These past few days have been rough, as you can imagine. I wish I could write that I've held fast with peace and confidence, but that would be a lie. So often my heart drifts and I find myself trying (with great frustration) to gain some control in this situation. So tonight I am resting in Jesus and praising Him that despite my unbelief (which at times can be so great), He is still working. I am praising Him that what He does in this situation is not a result of my faith (or lack of), but rather His will. And I am praying to Him to bring us hope and encouragement as we struggle through these dark times.
Christ is All,
Lindsay, Nik and Pierce