Merry Christmas all,
Thank you so much for all of your generous help and prayerful and practical support for our family. We have been abundantly blessed this Christmas with so much loving support.
As some may be aware, we at the house outside of Boston (me and the seven other children) have been staying away from the hospital as of late since pretty much all of our seven here are sick and we don't want to risk giving something to Dominic (or anyone else at the hospital) by visiting there. I write this post, however, because we are in great need of continued prayers. My how quickly things can turn.
The final test on the cerebral-spinal fluid sample taken from Dominic last Thursday confirmed that he does have what they are calling fungal meningitis. It appears to have gone to the brain. He is on anti-biotics (anti-fungal?) medication to address it, but it is another major concern that has arisen for our little one. Could result in brain damage, loss of hearing, and other detrimental effects, or perhaps he will come out of it just fine, but it definitely is a concern. Again, he has fevers, is unconsolable, is on lots of antibiotics and morphine. The stomach tube for feeding is supposed to be put in tomorrow, so they will have to starve him from breastmilk and just rely on IV fluid for 12 hrs., beginning tonight; at a time when he definitely needs the breastmilk nourishment to fight the infection as well as continue healing on his facial repairs.
Please also pray for my wife, Mary. When this news came to her this morning, it was very hard for her to take. I can tell she feels like the fighter who just keeps getting knocked down and keeps getting up, but here comes yet another punch. For so long now, all of you have been sustaining our family and Dominic with your prayers. Throughout this ordeal, you have been helping Dominic and Mary keep getting up and back in the fight. I hope you are able to continue seeing us through this to the end; hopefully a very joyful end eventually.
Very sorry for the far-from-cheerful news on Christmas Day. Mary did not want to post, especially the negative situation on Christmas Day; however, I have become so firmly convinced over the past weeks and months of the importance of all of your prayers, that I wanted to ask, even on Christmas Day.
Thank you for your love, support, and consideration for more prayers.