Update: Day 3

Just a quick update for today.  Everett’s bleeding finally started to decrease, but had a pretty rough day outside of that.  Sweet boy’s O2 sats just continued to decline all day and they ended up having to intubate him again.  They’re keeping him fully sedated and paralyzed to try and allow his body to rest and heal.  Stats ended up plummeting while intubated and they found a collapsed lung.  Got him stable and put him on an external pacemaker.  He’s currently in a heart cath and has been for the last 2 1/2 hours.  Right before taking him back they did remove two chest tubes and his pacemaker and he tolerated it well.  They are just trying to figure out what is going on inside his little body.

Josh is going to maybe try and go home tomorrow depending on the results of the cath.  We’re torn and nervous about what to do, so not sure what all to say about that.  Last night was really hard.  After they got him stable one the doctor’s said, “Now nobody even touch his bed.” 🙂  He’s definitely keeping his team on their toes.  His stats dropped some in the night and remained lower, but nothing that was crazy alarming.

I got a few hours of sleep.  Josh tried to sleep, but ended up making his way in and out of Shuai’s room in the night.  He did get a little more sleep this morning.  We both weren’t thrilled with the giant “Arrest” tackle box on the counter near Everett’s bed, but thankful they are ready if need be.

So now we wait and see what the team can come up with.  I honestly have not prayed that much while here…it kind of escapes my brain because I find myself holding my breath and then telling myself to just breathe.  The prayers you are praying on Everett’s behalf and on our behalf are truly felt and appreciated.  They are giving us life and encouragement.  When I finally go to bed each night…whatever the hour…I simply tell God “Thank you”…over and over and over again I say those words before falling asleep.  Another day and we’re so grateful for His goodness.  We’re so thankful for how far He’s brought Everett.  We’re so thankful for His loving hands which are carrying us day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.  We’re so thankful for the people He has placed in our lives and the family He has gifted us with…all who are loving and serving our family so well and lifting Everett’s name up.  He is our God and He is good.  Our hearts will sing no other name than His.

Thank you, thank you for the continued prayers.  We truly mean that.


  1. RObin woody says:

    Praying for all of you.

  2. He goes before us always. The Lord knows the prayers that are in your heart for your sweet boy. I will continue praying for your family and the medical team. ❤️

  3. Jane G. says:

    Thank you for updating us when I know there is so much else on your mind. I consider it an honor to be able to go before the throne of God to uplift you in prayer. Know that we, your family in Christ, are praying for you.

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  5. Betsy Manning says:

    Laura, your families’ journey of faith has captured my heart and my mind. Your witness and faithfulness is one for the ages. The older I get the less I understand in this world but what I hold to is the truth , God can only love and has your family in the palm of His hand . Everett is added to my daily list that I call by name to our God of miracles . Continued hope and peace!!

  6. Kim Wayman says:

    Continued prayers for your little heart warrior!

  7. Heidi D says:

    Praying for you and his medical team!!!

  8. T Haggerty says:

    What is Everett’s mission here? Think on that. And I believe he will rise to the occassion. You are correct. Believer’s have asked the Father of Lights for health. Due to His character He will not give you less. Shine on. Try to get some sleep beautiful child of God yourself. And thank you for keeping us posted.

  9. Melinda says:

    “….as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Joshua 1:5. He’s with you! Our prayers go up for you all!

    A widow friend had her only two sons serve in the Persian Gulf War. I asked how she made it through those days. She replied…. “Each night I closed my eyes and pictured God’s huge open hand. Then I imagined picking up each of my sons and lovingly placing them one at a time in God’s hand. I then closed my eyes and slept in peace.”

    Praying for you all. Rest and heal in His peace.

  10. Heather says:

    Praying for all of you…no other words to say. Lots and lots of prayers!

  11. Gretchen says:

    Crying for you and your heartache right now and praying for Everett’s heart and body. Praying for strength and comfort and healing.
    Sending love from Nebraska.

  12. Continuing Prayers for Everett and your family, and believing that GOD will provide the knowledge that the physicians need right now.

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