Monday, April 02, 2007

Still Fighting

Well Isaac continues to baffle the minds of the doctors. For the second time this week, we did not expect him to live through the night, and yet again he is still here. Earlier this morning we got a blood gas report that gave us some better news. His lactate level went from 19 to 12, which is still extremely high (should be between 0-1.2), but it is an improvement. His pH is within the normal range and he is peeing off a lot of fluid, so he looks much better in appearance.

The doctors do not have any definitive answers as to what caused the issues yesterday or last night or his improvement this morning, but we do know he is still very sick and has a long fight in front of him if he is able to live through it all. At this point, we are waiting to get the next blood gas report back to see if we are still moving in the right direction or not.

Patience and I are just taking everything one step at a time. The emotional roller coaster we're on is exhausting, since we never really know what the next minute will bring. Not to mention the exhausting all-nighters we've been pulling this week.

We continue to praise God in the good reports and bad reports, trusting Him with the outcome.


Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God! I have been praying and reading these updates since your Aunt Sheila told me about baby Isaac last Wednesday. What a blessing to read todays news! God Bless you all!!!
Teri Molz

Anonymous said...

Praise God for small steps!!!! We're still on the edge of our seat and praying for good news!!!

Love, Tammy M.

Gina Wilbanks Witcher said...

We have been singing all morning long(me and all the kids loud with raised hands walking around the house as we do our normal activities) "How Great Is Our God
Sing with me How Great Is Our God,
And all will see,
How Great, how great is our God..."

I quit reading the last few blogs last night and began joining in chorus with all the responses every time someone put a new prayer or response on your blog. We began focusing all our thoughts on who God is and not one single thought on what was going on with Isaac.

God is so great, and He is working!

anita said...

Please know that my church family (First Assembly in Fort Myers) is praying with and for you all... God's Mighty Hand is all over this situation. Love you~

Anonymous said...

Psalm 30:5
...weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Praising and Thanking You Lord that we can rejoice with Jordan, Patience, and little Isaac.

Our family continues to hold the Leinos up before God, praying for yet another miracle in their lives.
In Jesus' Name,

The Browns

Anonymous said...

Praying and singing Isaac's song...."How Great Is Our God...."

With love.

Anonymous said...

We are praying you thru! God display your mighty power in the healing of Isaac.Ephesians1:15-21
With love and prayers,Josh,Courtney and Hannah
Hannah prays"Jesus, make baby Isaac better!"

Anonymous said...

What seems to be baffling the doctors is the Power of Prayer. I will keep praying and stay the course with you and Patience. I pray that all of Isaac's levels continue towards the safe ranges, and that Isaac is able to get the rest that he needs while Jesus heals him.

I pray that you and Patience have the strength that you need, but that you are able to release your burdens to Jesus to where you can find peace and get the rest that you need for yourselves and for Isaac. I believe that Jesus is working on all of you at this time, so keep the faith while we pray for you and with you.

The struggles that you are currently going through makes me think of the poem "Footprints" where the Lord carries you through the tough times. He is with you and Patience at this time working on you and through you both as your faith and commitment to the church during these difficult times has been an inspriration to me.

God Bless You,
Al B.

Rhonda Garrett said...

J & P - I'm still praying for healing for Isaac and for strength for you two. Please try to get some sleep, both of you - God is fighting for you every moment. Many people at Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh are praying.

Rhonda Garrett

Anonymous said...

Praise God! He is amazing and His works are unbelievable.

Isaiah 40:31

In Him,
Bruce (and Cindy and David)

Anonymous said...

Praise Him through the blessings and Praise Him through the tough times. He is great and His love endures forever. We are praying for you three and will continue to. God is working through this and will continue to no matter what happens.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update. Your faith continues to be such a powerful testimony. My whole family will continue to keep You, Patience and little Isaac in our constant prayers. Praise God for the improvement and we'll continue to expect great things from our God.

Eric and Vicky Smith

Anonymous said...

Our God is so amazing !!!!! None of us should be surprised in the least that God kept him through the night. That is the MIGHTY God we serve. We can retell all the things the Dr's know and then we have to say "BUT GOD" ...because HE can do the absolute IMPOSSIBLE. That is OUR GOD!
Constantly lifting you , Pa, and Isaac to our God for HIS comfort, strength and rest supernaturally :)
GO GOD!!!!! Hug yourself for us.

Anonymous said...

I am a Friend of Therese Divita, and I have been feeling your pain for the last several days. I host a Search For God study group, and little Isaac has been in all our prayers daily as well. Thank you for your faith, courage and strength, and may The Lord be with you fully through this journey.

Mark Ferguson

Kerry said...

Praise God! I, too, have been praying constantly since I heard about sweet baby Isaac.

All 3 of you and the doctors, nurses, technicians supporting you are in my prayers.

God is working a miracle before our eyes and we Praise Him!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time away from Isaac to post these updates for everyone to read. My heart cries out to God continuously to ease your exigent ordeal.
-Shannon Brummer

Anonymous said...

Trusting God is what this all about. Get some rest Issac will need you guys rested and it will keep you focused.

Blessings and Peace

Anonymous said...

Wow, God is amazing! We will pray for continuous imrovement. Isaac is such a fighter!

Love & Prayers,

Bryant & Hilary

Anonymous said...

Praise God for another day of little miracles and for more time to continue lifting up Isaac and all of you in prayer!

In Him,

The Pattersons said...

The Lord is fighting for all of
you, He loves you and is watching all of you...still praying.

Carlyn said...

God is still using Isaac to reach people...that is truly evident! His angels are still carrying Isaac through this...And God is carrying both of you! Rest when you can. Eat when you can.

Kisses and hugs to all three of you!

Carlyn, Benjamin & Makayla

Anonymous said...

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning,
New every morning
Great is Thy faithfulness, oh Lord,
Great is Thy faithfulness.

You may at times, oh Lord bring us sorrow,
But You will never turn us away.
You are love and compassion,
Love and compassion.
Great is Thy faithfulness, oh Lord.
Great is Thy faithfulness.

We love you, and continue to pray...

Anonymous said...

God is amazing through this little baby. It's so awesome to see His power being generated through a tiny little baby boy! Keep fighting Isaac! We're rooting for you!

Anonymous said...

Still praying for you all.

emrose said...

The Lord is miraculous in all of His ways....imagine the testimony that Isaac will be able to give people all his life. As I was searching the Bible this morning, my eye fell upon this verse - God's promise for all three of you: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." (Isaiah 43:1)
Jordon, Patience; even though we have never met, you spur me and many others on as we walk with Christ. You have painted a beautiful portrait of perfect love, patience and faith in the Great Healer. I love you all; you are ever in my prayers.
Priase be to God, Emily Rose

The Atkinson 6 said...

As Gina W said she and the kids are singing, all morning I have had, "How great is Our God" singing in my mind and I was singing in the car taking Cameron to and from school, when Ethon started singing it!

God is working! God is answering!
To God Be Glory!

I will pray that your able to find a time of peace and rest in all
the moment to moment anxieties you must be feeling.

We are ALL praying and waiting for God to declare Isaac healed!

You have an army of prayer warriors and we love you all and will continue to stand for Isaac in prayer and praise of Jesus's Holy Name!

In Faith,
David and Erika

Anonymous said...

Thank you God for hearing our prayers. You are an awesome and wonderful God and we love you. Bless Patience, Jordon and little Isaac as you work your wonders.

Jim & Carol C.

Anonymous said...

Jordan and Patience,
We'll continue to pray for the Great Physician to do His thing!!! May you find sweet rest in His great love today.
With much love,
Rob and Karen

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!! He is using your family in such a mighty way. There will come a day when Isaac is free from all that binds him and the doctors will have to declare the mighty power of our God. There is none who can heal and comfort like our loving God. Praise be to Him forever and ever!

Anonymous said...

We are singing "How great is our God" and believing in Him. We are so happy to hear this great news. Please take care of yourselves.... (hard to do I'm sure). Continue to tell Isaac how loved he is (and his parents) by many.

Steven & Kristina

Anonymous said...

I cry out to God to heal little Isaac and to make him comfortable.

Holly B.

Anonymous said...

The power of prayer is amazing, especially when one wonderful family is being prayed for literally all over the world. We'll keep praying and will join in the singing of "How Great is our God". Sharon and Jimmy Jackson

Anonymous said...

Praise God!! We continue to pray without ceasing for the three of you and continue to believe that God will continue to work his wonders in your lives.

Jenny Pattterson said...

"Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy Strength, and Christ thy Right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.

Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the Path, and Christ the Prize.

Cast care aside, upon thy Guide,
Lean, and His mercy will provide;
Lean, and the trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its Life, and Christ its Love.

Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
He changeth not, and thou art dear.
Only believe, and thou shalt see
That Christ is all in all to thee."

Find Peace in the fact that God is in control! Get some sleep knowing that He is taking care of your sweet baby boy. We are all standing in prayer for you.

John M Sr said...

I pray the Spirit of Jesus may continue to dwell in Isaac as he fights the good fight. Praise God who is actively acknowledging the wall of prayer around Isaac right now. May Jesus be the Life sustain you, Patience and Isaac now and always.

Anonymous said...

I did not sleep well last night, thank you for the update.

Patty Honeycutt said...

Jordan and Patience, Thank you for sharing so much in this blog. It helps the thousands of people who are praying for you to pray very specifically. Though we are not standing the night watches with you in Chapel Hill, you can know that many, many people are being awakened from their sleep to pray for you. So while not there with you, we are standing the night watch where ever we may be. Truly God is hearing about Isaac 24 hours a day. We don't know why Isaac has to suffer, nor why you and Patience have to suffer, but this we do know... God's will is good, and perfect and one day we will know the answers to many questions. You can also know that Isaac is fulfilling a great purpose right now ~ uniting people in prayer in a mighty way. God' hand will move, and Isaac will be healed. In God's time and in God's way. We are praying very hard for that earthly healing. The three of you are amazing, and you are so willing to point all of the glory back to God. He will bless you for that!
With much love,
Patty Honeycutt

Anonymous said...

AMEN! I read your blog from yesterday at the start of my school-day and have had Isaac on my mind throughout the day! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL way to end the day....In hope, faith, love,peace and relief! Praise be to our LORD!

Anonymous said...

Maybe we could set aside a day of fasting and prayer where everyone is fasting together and praying at the same time.
God bless you!

Anonymous said...

so many people call me and ask me every day how the baby is doing, they are so in love with him. No one slept last night and everyone called every hour until you updated. We are praying hard and it is working! Thank you God!

Anonymous said...

All Praise be to God! He is Wonderful. Thank You Jordan & Patience for taking the time to keep us updated. And Glory to God for the way He's tending to baby Isaac in His time. Our unfailing God is a miraculous Father. I pray He continues to pour down blessings on the three of you each moment of the day. I pray as he provides comfort to sweet Isaac that you two are able to get peaceful rest. I had to run outside (from work) to read my Bible after reading the update - I was lead to Psalms 91; awesome reading of comfort & God being our Protector. And Romans 15:13 .. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
DO know that prayers/thoughts are continually with you all.
I know God is going to answer all the prayers and handle baby Isacc with the utmost care/love that he has for His children. Sometimes it may be tough on us but remember God's wonderful plan he has for each and everyone one of us. And with that remembrance, I pray you all do get the much needed rest. God's big & powerful enough to hold all 3 of you in His arms for comfort and rest as He does His work on Isacc.
Your sister in Christ

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a candle light pray where every one who can will meet together either at the Mcdonald house or at the church and have songs and prayer just for Issac and Jordan and Patience, all of us together in one location singing and praising God for this little man...what do you say?

Anonymous said...

God's love is so amazing and He has a plan and purpose for everything that you, Patience, and little Isaac have had to endure. To God be the Glory. Our God is An Awesome God.....We continue to pray without ceasing.

Rick and Shelia

Anonymous said...

out side of the Mcdonald house so we could be close to the hospital with out being a bother. Might work. Church might be better then we could take pictures for Issacs baby book. I light a candle for him all the time. Cool

sharon said...


Anonymous said...

I am praying for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Patience and Jordan,

I pray for Isaac and you both daily. Thank you for the update on him, I have had you all on my mind all night long.

I continue to pray for strength for everyone. I will be praying that you and Jordan will be able to get some rest. And that when you rest it will restore you energy.

You have touched so many lives.

Love in Christ,

Anonymous said...

Your title "Still Fighting" is shouting of the miracles God has already done in answer to prayer and there are so many more to come. I pray that you, Patience and Isaac can feel the warriors fighting for you outside the walls of that hospital all around the world. We are an army...God's army. As you await the next report, just know you are loved and there is not a second that goes by that someone isn't "fighting" with you.
Praise GOD for ALL He has done !!!!

Anonymous said...

Glory to God!

Anonymous said...

It's truly amazing how our God works. We are rejoicing with you in every good report and standing with you in prayer in every concern. God will give you the strength you need as He has these past 5 weeks. Just looking back at your blogs, I am so greatful that we serve a mightly God. He can do all things! He can heal this little boy of yours (and His) even after being at death's door. Only He knows the plans that He has for Isaac. He sure has been a blessing to many in just his short 5 weeks! Go God Go!!!

Anonymous said...

Praise be to God! Once again, what an amazing display of Faith, simply remarkable. We all love you and are continually praying for Baby Isaac and the two of you. God give you peace and strength.

Much love,
Gabriele & Robyn Secrest, Stephanie DelGuercio (C3)