Day 20 – A Mixed Bag

Hello To All,

Today was a very difficult day to relay information about Matthew.  Today I expected to find Matthew’s mind a little bit clearer, or at least the same.  He had his eyes open occassionally during our visit (for brief periods), but in talking with him and re-assuring him that we were there, and that everyone sends their love and is daily praying so hard for him, he might have understood us, but he made no acknowledgement of recognizing us/responding to us (physically or verbally).  He was back to having some body tremors/spasms.  It could have just been the timing of our visit, as they still give Matthew some sedation medication, but we are really just guessing.  Matthew remains off the respirator and is doing okay breathing on his own, however, you can hear the great congestion in his lungs.  His fever has come down some more today.  He continues to sweat profusely… maybe it is the fever breaking.

His body and his mind have been put through so much.  I cannot even imagine the exhaustion that he must feel.  Maybe his body just needs to catch up on some well-needed, peaceful rest.  We always hope and pray that the next day will bring better news for Matthew… with the Grace of God.

With all of our hearts we are forever grateful for the continuous support, loyalty, and devotion from all of you to stay strong for Matthew and seeing him through till the end of his journey.

Thank you very much for the beautiful emails and postings!  They really do help keep us strong!

God Bless You All Always!  We miss you all!

Forever Grateful,



3 Responses to “Day 20 – A Mixed Bag”

  1. Rosemary says:

    Dear Nancy,

    I am so glad Matthew is off the respiration. When my son was in a coma, someone very dear used to repeat to me “Baby steps…” That’s what I’m saying to you. Please hold on and be strong. I know you have been so much and your heart breaks.

    I am still praying for you. I prayed for you and Matthew at 3 different churches this weekend, as a matter of fact!

    Baby steps… baby steps…. Rosemary

  2. Kaila says:

    We are so pleased to hear that matt is breathing on his own, and hopefully this is just the first of many good newsbreaks to come. Our hearts are with you now and always. We love and miss you, and can’t wait for matt to return to us!

    Stay strong, we love you.



  3. Judy Hopkins says:

    Hello Nancy,
    I’m sorry to hear that Matthew is not progressing as quickly as you had hoped, but I’m glad to hear that he is off the respirator. That is a huge step in the right direction. I remember when I was off the respirator and every time I took a breath, you could hear the crackling in my lungs. It would freak my father out, but it usually means that the secretions are breaking up, which is a good thing. Hopefully that is what is happening with Matthew. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers and that with each passing day you see great improvement in Matthews health. May G-d hold you in His hands and guide your son home to you.
    All my love and prayers,

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