Sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. Jace was shaken so hard that it caused a subdural hematoma. There is a criminal investigation, so I think I have to use restraint, but after years of working as a Social Worker and advocating for children, I never thought this type of evil would directly affect my family.
Jace is now in the PICU at St. Francis Children's hospital. He is in a medically induced coma and we are waiting for the swelling in his brain to go down. The Dr. is not optimistic, but we believe God hears our cries for help and comes to our aid. We believe that the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead works in Jace right now. We believe that God has a plan for Jace's life that does not include being murdered. We believe that God heals. We believe in miracles.
Favorite quote from Jace: "I'm a child of God."
If you know me, you know that I write to deal with life. This is the only way I could think of to channel the overwhelming pain of this nightmare. Please pray for Jace. Please send this blog to everyone you know and ask them to pray for Jace. I will be posting updates about his condition and other information as it comes.
For those of you that don't know Jace, he was born on June 5, 2007 at 25 weeks. He weighed less than 2 pounds, and was not expected to live. His mother had had numerous other children taken from her custody. She used meth while pregnant with Jace, and could not identify Jace's father. My sister Leslie was his nurse. We had discussed being foster parents in the past, and decided to take Jace. Life was hard. The first night he was with us, I thought he was going to die in my arms. He made it though, and has grown into the most delightful, wonderful, adorable human being in the universe. He has truly made life worth living for all of us, and I can't imagine life without him. I lived with Jace and raised him along with my sister until two weeks ago when I moved into a separate house and her boyfriend moved in. That was hard for me. This is a million times worse.
Right now there is swelling in his brain. The swelling is treated with medication, but they expect it will get worse before it will get better. The hope is that they can keep it under control with medication until it goes down on its own. Until then, it cannot be determined how the injuries have affected his brain as far as brain damage or if there is brain activity. So for the next 48 hours it is just a waiting game.
Please pray. Please get others to pray. Jace deserves another miracle.
Please forgive any typos or incoherence. Im a little out of it.
You can leave comments on the blog. I have also added a guest book where you can write notes to Jace and we will read them out loud to him.