Another Update on Joseph

Well, the spinal tap on my cousin Joseph came back normal.

If you recall last week we thought he might die within hours, and then there was hope.

The doctors are now saying that yes, they think it’s a case of over-radiation, after all, and yes, maybe some of it did touch his brain stem, and that’s what’s causing all the trouble, except, by golly, maybe it’s this virus and until they know for sure, they can’t really do much to treat him…

Joseph is still alive, but he is in very bad shape. He is in a great deal of pain but is resisting pain medication. He cannot speak, or fully close his eyes; he hasn’t got full control of one side of his body. Earlier this week, they thought they were losing him again.

We’re in for a very long haul, his wife and two children, and his parents and siblings, his cousins. The doctors want to go in there and “clean out” the dead brain cells that are sloughing off (I get this second/third hand from very upset people, so I don’t know how much sense it makes) but there are risks involved. They want to do a brain biopsy. I don’t like to say it to anyone in the family, but it sounds like they’re still grasping at straws. All I know is my cousin is in pain, and his family is distraught with worry and all that is unknown. I personally think the fact that he’s pointing at things and answering yes/no questions is a promising sign. But who knows how far he’ll be able to come back from this.

I thank you — we all thank you — for your prayers.

People never think nuns need prayers, but the Dominican Nuns of Summit could use a few as one after another is stricken with various tumbles, surgeries and tests, although they seem to be handling it with a spirit of humor and grace. Also, they have a new soap scent that is awfully nice; my husband and I like it a lot!

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  • Michael Fanelli

    I will pray for Joseph

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    He was mentioned tonight as my wife and I said our Sunday rosary. Prayers are going out to you, to Joseph, to all those who love him.

  • Sr_Lisa

    Thanks again, E, for the update. Keeping Joseph and his family in my prayers during this difficult time. The Lord knows our needs and our hearts. He is listening — Always!

  • Sal

    Still praying.
    And as you mentioned the sisters- may I say that their Goaysmilk Soap is the best mild, non-fragrance soap I’ve found.

  • Julie D.

    Prayers ongoing for Joseph and his family.

  • Teresa

    Prayers going out to Joseph, you and his family. I know first hand the pull to grasp at straws. The Lord is always there. God Bless.

  • Mila

    Joseph is in my prayers. The family as well. Having been in their place not that long ago, my heart goes out to them. May the Lord hold all of you in His comforting arms.

  • John Bowden

    Joseph will be remembered in prayer as well as his family and all those who care for him.

  • Mutnodjmet

    Prayers to your cousin are continuing. Thank you so much for the update.