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March 10, 2012 / Ingrid

Jesse on his way to PT

Jesse worked hard this week during all of his therapies.  There have been noticeable improvements in many areas, especially in his strength.  He can almost sit up in bed by himself…this is huge!  He doesn’t think he’ll ever walk again, but we have other plans for him :-).

One drawback this week was that Jesse did not pass his swallow study for the second time.  What does this mean?   It means, that until Jesse’s swallow reflexes improve and he passes the study, he will continue to be tube fed.  This study consists of swallowing different items while being X-ray video taped.  Jesse will have another study, maybe next Friday.  He has started craving food again which is a wonderful sign…everything sounds good and is his favorite!  What will he eat first…hmmm?  Any guesses?

Another issue is that Jeese’s IV chest port is infected, again. So they have put him on another round of antibiotics.  He’s not thrilled about being hooked back up to that IV pole.

Jesse’s speech is improving…well, to me anyway.  His speech therapist explained how she was going to help him and he told her, “My mom can understand me just fine!”.

We can feel the coverage & warmth of all of your prayers….thank you!  I pray that God will be glorified in a mighty way & that Jesse will one day see how much he has been blessed during this terribly trying time.



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  1. Sharon / Mar 10 2012 5:50 pm

    You are looking’ purty darn good, Jesse. You’ve already come a long way since Glen and I visited you a month ago. Now your spirit and your will have to drive that body to perform as it once did. Tenacity and patience. We’re praying that with you!


  2. Leilani Schleuning / Mar 10 2012 8:15 pm

    Nothing can take the cool out of Jesse. Like the swagger! Sending my love and prayers.


  3. Candace Gentry / Mar 10 2012 8:42 pm

    Bless your precious heart! Go for it all the way Jesse! The Gentry’s are in your corner! We love you!


  4. Bill, Tara, Morgan, Jesse & Tony / Mar 11 2012 8:30 am

    Jesse – My girls, Morgan & Jesse, wanted me to tell you that you look handsome in the shirt you have on!! Soooo, glad your doing better. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Bill, Tara, Morgan, Jesse & Tony


  5. Robin Wrenn / Mar 11 2012 9:36 am

    Wow! You look great!! So proud of you! Keep on being stubborn!! Fight! Fight! Fight! Love you!


  6. MacBeth / Mar 11 2012 10:34 am

    You can tell Jesse for me “you are going to walk, run and play ball again”.


  7. MacBeth / Mar 11 2012 11:42 am

    We will walk together…


  8. Bob Strygulec / Mar 11 2012 1:15 pm

    It’s great to see the improvement Jesse is making. Please add me to the distribution list so I can keep him in my prayers.


  9. Tianna / Mar 12 2012 5:12 am

    You look so good Jesse! I can’t believe the progress you are making. You are amazing! I can’t wait to see you soon 🙂


  10. Huff / Mar 13 2012 5:59 am

    You look too cool Jesse, keep your head high and we will keep the prayers going, no doubt you will walk again and play some baseball, YOU ARE #45


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