Day 27 – Matthew Remains Critical with now a Third Infection

Hello to all.

Matthew’s fever remains high.  The doctors have done cultures to determine the type of bacteria so they can appropriately treat the infection.  Today Matthew remains with continuous tremors and his body is still very rigid.  During our visit, his heart rate stayed elevated.  Matthew’s eyes were wide awake and he was unable to make any attempt to talk to us… his body and mind must be so incredibly drained.  I can’t even imagine what Matthew is dealing with internally.  So Dan and I just quietly sat with him and occassionally reassured him that he was safe and that we are all so proud of the courage, strength, and persevearance that he has had… and that he needs to try to relax and give his body a well deserved rest… and that everyone sends their love and prayers.  We told him a few times that countless people are continuously praying for him.  Today Matthew was unable to swallow or take any drinks.  The doctors have stopped two of his medications and are going to try a different one… one that he has taken in the past and tolerated well.  God Bless You All!!!

Don’t Quit 

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow –
You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt –
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

Matthew we will never quit praying for you !!! Fr. Mark,  with all my heart thank you for saying a mass tomorrow morning for Matthew’s full recovery.  I will be sure to tell Matthew, as I know it will give him great strength.

We love and miss you all!

Forever Grateful,




5 Responses to “Day 27 – Matthew Remains Critical with now a Third Infection”

  1. Chris Mendonca says:

    Stay strong! We know you will pull through this. We all say many prayers; Kenneth is using his rosary that you gave him. Rest your mind and body. We are sending you hugs and kisses.
    Love Always,
    Chris, Ken, Kenneth and Jessica

  2. Lisa Sachs says:

    Hang in there, Nancy. We’re praying for Matt, and we’re praying for you to continue to have the amazing strength you’ve shown. You are an inspiration for me – I only hope I can be as strong when Brandy goes to Germany.

    Lisa Sachs

  3. jed barton says:

    This was a tough one to read. Matthew, you can do it man.. I know that God is watching over Matthew, and will bring him home safe and fully recovered.
    Matthew, we all love you.

    Your Friend,

  4. Judy Hopkins says:

    Dearest Nancy,
    I’m so very sorry to hear that Matthew is having more complications. My heart breaks for what you and your family are going through right now, but my mind and soul are inspired by the strength that you all show day after day. I will continue to pray for Matthews full and speedy recovery. Just remember that the human body is a lot more resilient than one may think. You have a very determined son and I’m sure that G-d will guide him back to you when he’s strong and ready.
    All my love and prayers,

  5. Lynn-Marie Russo says:

    May God Give You Strength

    So do not fear…
    do not be dismayed…
    I will strengthen you
    and help you…
    Isaiah 41:10

    At times, life’s path
    seems filled with things
    that make the going rough,
    And we wish there were
    a smoother road,
    for we feel we’ve had enough…
    But, if we pause a moment
    and remember Who’s in charge,
    The hills that loom ahead of us
    no longer seem so large,
    And every rock before us,
    when we know we’re not alone,
    Becomes not just a stumbling block
    but one more stepping stone.

    Hope Tomorrow Is a Better Day

    Much love and prayers,
    The Russo Family – North Providence

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