April 16 (9:51 AM)
We returned to the Huntington Valley Healthcare Center to be discouraged the first week by little wake time (in contrast to much in the hospital) and little responsiveness to therapists (again a contrast to the first week in the hospital). Therapy withdrew again. The last couple weeks have been more encouraging. His eyes moved back and forth when the Bible was placed before him. While taking him on a walk in the wheelchair April 8th, I asked, "Can you see that bird up in the tree?" He looked all the way up and watched the bird. He has begun to help pull his legs up and press down when we ask him to participate during exercises. I kissed him one day and asked, "Can you kiss me back?" The nerves in his lips crinkled. He did the same when I asked for a goodbye. For the first time the doctor noticed his tracking. We praise God for what I call little miracles, and continue to pray for a big miracle while believing "He (God) giveth to all life, and breath, and all things" (Acts 17:25) And we choose daily to surrender all and accept that He knows best—because "Truly God is good." (Psalm 73:1) And we "rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him".
- Continued healing of previous damage done
- Repetitive response (I got those words from the head of therapy)
- That God would grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage (and wisdom) to do what we can, and wisdom to know the difference
- FOR CONTINUED MIRACLES
Thank you for your continued prayer! It means the world to us.
P.S. I think maybe we misquoted the numbers for the coma scale on the previous update, but either way it was an improvement. (There are various scales used to rate comas.)
March 29 (5:59 PM)
We thank you for your patience in our delays in posting. Thank you for your continued faithful prayer for Pastor Esposito and encouragement to us. Here is a recap of the last two weeks including the surgery:
- Shunt placed successfully—time will tell if it causes improvement.
- While in there they noticed previous scarring where the skull was replaced and hadn't healed correctly and they had to remove a growth and restitch it. It seems to have healed quickly
- Fever early in the week—treated as pneumonia—broke later in the week. Antibiotics complete, and lungs clear.
- Last Friday, the 21st returned to sub-acute care. We are thanking the Lord for a brighter room where the sun shines in.
- Staples and stitches all removed from three places on the head and one place on the stomach.
- Physical and occupational therapy came daily while at the hospital last week. He responded many times for them with some eye tracking, etc. A coma evaluation was done. When he left the hospital in November, Pastor Esposito was a 4 on a scale of 0-4, with 4 being the worst. Last week they rated his coma as 1.7.
- Pastor Esposito seems to come in and out. The therapists tried several things today, but without much response besides the eyes. Then once they left, and our youth pastor walked in and said, "Hi Pastor, it's Nathan" – he turned his head and eyes toward him. He wouldn't grip their hand, but did his.
What we know:
- God knows what He is doing…He is God, we are not. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
- God loves us. I just read this quote in a book yesterday, "Those who look to the cross as a token of God's love will never doubt His steadfast devotion to them, regardless of the circumstances." (John 3:16; Galatians 2:20; Romans 5:8)
- God is working His will in His way for His purpose. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIS purpose."
- God is able to heal if He so chooses. Matthew 19:26 says, "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
Specific Prayer Requests:
- Fully wake from the coma
- Increased Responsiveness
- Improvement to where trach could be removed or at least capped
- More than anything – that God would be glorified
March 16 (3:30 PM)
Good Afternoon. This is a quick update on Pastor Esposito's condition as of today. He is currently still at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
- They said Dad won’t leave Memorial yet because of his fever – he’s on antibiotics, though they haven’t pinpointed the reason yet.
- Yesterday went up to 102. Today has been low grade all day.
- They took more blood this morning
- Dr. Paik said the fever shouldn’t be surgery related, because there is usually a delay in complications to this type of surgery – shouldn’t be this fast…
- He seems a bit better on the breathing today, and coughed a little more (in a good way).
Thank you very much for continuing to pray for Pastor Esposito. We continue to ask the Lord for a miracle.