Eva's Recovery Fund
On Sunday night Eva began to have a slight fever and not feel too well. Heading to visit friends in the mid-west from Oregon, Jeremy and Eva went to a walk-in clinic in Colorado. The doctor checked for a pulse for the baby and couldn't find any. Eva began to go downhill quickly and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
Eva miscarried due to infection and had to undergo surgery to save her life. Now, after several procedures Eva is fighting for her life. Jeremy is now taking care of eleven-month Ayla and waiting by Eva's side to recover.
As many of you know, Jeremy and Eva have been living and working with the poor in Indonesia for several years doing community development and now they need our help. Please consider contributing to help with all of the medical bills and all of the other expenses this precious family will incur as they walk through this.
Eva’s outstanding issues are mainly kidney failure, foot wounds, and weight. Kidney recovery is still a possibility and the doctor will track her condition. Eva is walking with crutches as she can’t put pressure on her right foot which still has some skin ulcers. She lost a lot of weight and is having trouble gaining it back, although we are grateful that her appetite has returned somewhat and her nausea has subsided.
There are still many expenses from the continuing dialysis, appointments and medications, all of which we are paying for out of pocket. But the Father continues to meet our financial needs. We cannot say “thank you” enough so as to be in proportion with the outpouring of generosity we have received. Even my childhood doctor refused payment for seeing Eva and giving referrals. Our Creator is perfect and good, just as He was before Eva was sick and as He was while she was at her worst.
This time I am able to officially report that Eva has been discharged from the hospital! (Again) Although it was frustrating for Eva to taste freedom and then to be right back in the hospital, she was able to get through it and maintain joy from the Lord which is not dependent on circumstances.
Eva had a fever and severe abdominal pains related to fluid and air in her abdominal area. It looks as though the problem has been resolved. She has been without fever or pain for 3 days. Therefore, subject to the Lord’s will, we will be able to take the next step in our plans for Eva’s recovery.
Eva’s kidney function is still somewhere around 15 percent. This means that she will need to continue dialysis. There is still a chance for recovery so she will continue to be monitored. We are in the process of making a deal with a dialysis clinic in Michigan. If all goes well, then we should be able to continue Eva’s care in Michigan soon.
Eva is able to get around on crutches. She is still very early in the process of regaining strength. Her focus today and in the days to come is to re-establish herself as Ayla’s caregiver. Please be remembering Eva and Ayla during this readjustment process.
Finger amputations have healed beautifully. Her left foot is also looking very good. Her right foot, however, still has a few areas with dead tissue of which the depth is not certain. We continue to care for this daily at home and will wait and see if any further minor surgery may be necessary.
Thank you all for your support and continuing to remember us. Oftentimes, trials like these can make us more like our Creator and transform our perspective into a healthier one. We are looking to soak up all that the Lord has for us in this time so that we can become better spouses and parents and become more useable by God.
With love from Denver.
On Thursday of this week the doctors notified us that they felt Eva could be discharged, even though she would still need weekly dialysis treatments as her kidneys continue to recover. This was both a positive, as the doctors seemed confident enough to discharge her, and a little bit scary, since Eva would be moving away from the tremendous care she has been receiving 24/7.
On Friday morning, only 3 hours after she was discharged, she began to experience tremendous pain in her abdomen. So much so, that Jeremy rushed her back to the ER at the same hospital in Denver. The source of the pain seems to be from the incredible amount of stress and trauma that her body has been put through in undergoing multiple surgeries, etc. Eva was readmitted into the ICU at the hospital on Friday and it is unknown how long they will keep her there this time.
Eva is still far from being out of the woods. Please continue to keep both Jeremy and Eva in your prayers as they continue to walk through this ordeal one day at a time. Please also pray for Eva’s kidney function to return completely and for her body to fully heal from all of the trauma it has endured.
These days, time flows a bit slower as Eva continues along the road to recovery. It can be frustrating for Eva to remain “stuck” in her hospital room day after day with limited time and ability to care for her daughter and with minimal sunlight and fresh air. Yet, being the patient person that she is, there are more smiles than complaints, keeping in perspective where we’ve come from to the point where we are now. Here are some thoughts that have been on Eva’s mind, taken from the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:
Bersukacitalah senantiasa (Rejoice always)
Tetaplah berdoa (Continue in prayer)
Mengucap syukur dalam segala hal (Give thanks in everything)
Update is as follows:
Kidney Function. There are two main functions of the kidneys: to make urine and to filter toxins out of the blood. Regarding the former, Eva’s function has been great. In regards to the latter, there have been minor improvements, but Eva still requires regular dialysis at this time. It is extremely difficult to predict kidney recovery, therefore this is the only information we have at the moment.
Fingers and toes. After three surgeries, barring unforeseen complications, it appears as though we may be done with the operating room. Although operations on her feet were pretty major, we are so thankful that it is expected that with practice, Eva will retain the ability to walk. Her left hand continues to heal well.
Regaining strength. Therapy is slow but steady. Eva is moving around much better, but is still in a lot of pain when she transfers from bed to chair. One exciting development is that I can take her and her IV around the hospital in a wheelchair from time to time. There is a balcony where Eva can breathe in fresh air over lunch and it has been very enjoyable. It almost feels “normal”. More significantly, the last couple of days Eva has been able to hold Ayla in her lap for her morning bottle! After nearly a month and a half of not being able to perform motherly duties, any mother will understand how special this is.
Many many thanks for those who continue to remember us.
Jeremy, Eva, and Ayla
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Thank you again for the outpouring of love and concern for my son's precious family. Please don't let up on the prayers as they are still very much needed. God Bless!
Kami terus mendoakan Eva dan keluarga,,,
Believing in complete faith Eva will be fully healed.
Thank you all very much for helping my son and his family. God's richest blessings on you!