Day 11 of Coma – I am Keeping My Promise and Keeping it Short

I was told that it reached 98 degrees today in Saarabrucken (the room that Matthew is in has no air-conditioning). 

Matthew continues to struggle and his body is weak.  Today his fever was considably higher.  The doctor felt that this fever could be related to something new, a sinus infection.  He remains on strong antibiotics.  In Germany, high fevers are treated (in addition to antibiotics) with continuous complete body, ice water towel baths.  The ketamine was completed today and the doctors have started administering sedative drugs to help him through his hallucinations (due to the withdrawal of the ketamine).  Matthew’s body is weak, and even though he is struggling, I can tell that his soul remains strong. 

Upon leaving, I spoke with Melissa for a minute.  She asked how her buddy is doing and I told her that he is doing fine (the last thing she needs is to worry).  She told me not to worry… that she never sleeps at night in a hospital, and she will be keeping an eye on her buddy.  I assured her that she needs to get all the rest she can and that Matthew is doing fine.  I told her that she is doing well and is making progress everyday, and that we are all praying for her everyday.  She truly has a golden heart.

It seems like Matthew has been in this coma for over a month.  I will be ever so thankful when Matthew wakes up and we can talk with him.  Matthew desperately needs your prayers, as he still has tough days ahead of him (due to the withdrawal).  Please, please continue to pray for both Matthew and Melissa.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful time at the pasta dinner for Matthew tomorrow evening (information on the events page of Matthew’s website).  We are drooling… we have not had Italian food since we left home.  We are home-sick.  Please keep the messages coming.  They truly give us more strength than you realize.

God Bless You All!

Forever Grateful,



7 Responses to “Day 11 of Coma – I am Keeping My Promise and Keeping it Short”

  1. Michael says:

    Good luck, Nancy — your family is in my prayers.

  2. Christine Mendonca says:

    Dear Matthew,
    I love you. I miss playing YuGiOh with you. I miss you. I’ll say more extra special prayers tonight.
    Love, Kenny Ryan
    P.S. We are trying to get a big fish for you!:)

  3. Christine Mendonca says:

    Dear Matthew,
    God will take good care of you.

  4. Pam says:

    Praying for you …. as one who is living with this monster, RSD … i find the silver linings in the beauty of Matthew – and your – countenances, standing ever strong with our Lord … Even while resting deeply in a coma … thousands of miles away … God is using Matthew, and your family, as a reminder of how God will make beauty out of ashes …. Today, as a single mom of 4, i am running on a 10/10, and pacing in circles trying desperately to cope … i decided to research a little more on line and BAM! … God leads me to your Matthew and the outpouring of a mother’s love and i find strenghth renewed and a much needed reminder to continue walking in faith, with hope and trust in our Father … May God continue to carry you through this valley to the mountaintop where our prayer is that all pain will be blown away with the breath of our Father … InHisGrip, pam from nc, usa

  5. Linda Hopkins says:

    Nancy our heartfelt support and prayers go out to Matthew and we wish all of you great strength. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as we wish you continued perseverance and uplifted spirit in the days ahead. Linda Hopkins and family

  6. sheryl moran says:

    Nancy, you and your family are in our prayers every day. I promise when all of you get home I will have all of you over for an itallian dinner that you miss so much. You of all people know how well i cook (ha) so i am not sure if that is a good thing or not! Maybe that frozen chicken is still available. I know in my heart that everything will work out fine for Matthew. How could it not with such family and extended family support and prayers.

    All the best, Sheryl

  7. Denise T Zavota says:

    Nancy,Russ, Dan, and Sweet Matthew-

    We are praying so hard for you each day. The candles are being lit too.
    We miss you so very much.
    Sending you huge hugs!
    Love – (Uncle) Frank and (Aunt) Denise

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