Sunday, September 9, 2012

Digging Deep

We have had a rough day here, filled with difficult to control pain, nausea and vomiting, IV blowouts, diaper leaks, drain tube removals, painful blood draws and Will pulling off his head wrap...twice.  We have really had to dig deep to find the courage to push on throughout the day today.  We are exhausted and drained, both physically and emotionally, but we are relieved to have another day behind us and have Will one day closer to recovery.  He is resting peacefully right now, and seems to be a bit better than earlier today.  Baby steps.

Will is slowly being weaned from the nausea-inducing, heavy-hitting narcotic painkillers.  Tomorrow will mark one week since he last ate a meal other than the few fries he had Thursday night.  We hope his nausea will soon subside and he can start to eat and regain his strength.  Regardless, his team is pleased with his progress and everything is slowly moving along as expected, although we will discuss this further with them during rounds tomorrow

On the way to Detroit - Can't wait to see that smile again!
We are so thankful that we are not alone in this.  Our families, both those here with us in Detroit and those helping with Jack at home, have never left our side throughout this ordeal.  The number of messages, posts, comments and emails from far and wide has been incredibly humbling, and has given us strength at times when we have desperately needed it.  Jack's school principal even created a "Will Slattery Prayer Zone" and the students prayed the rosary on a rotation throughout the day Friday, all for our little Buster.  A friend posted on Kelly's Facebook page a saying - God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers.  Will, at age three and a whopping 26 pounds, is the strongest soldier we have known.  We are grateful he has been blessed with an entire army helping him fight this battle.


  1. Wow Praying for you guys during these very difficult trials. He is a beautiful little boy=)

  2. My best friend (they are Old Order Amish) called me last night to let me know that a special prayer for Will and the entire was said in church Sunday morning. Her two boys, 4 and 6 asked to say the same prayer at dinner and then again before going to bed. They have been with you in prayer since last November and send hugs.

    Cindy Linn

  3. We are sending Prayers of Healing and Strength to you all!
    Jill & Jim

  4. Prayers to you and the family. God will hear your prayers and grant you the strength to get through this difficult time.

  5. I haven't stopped thinking about you all and praying for you! That's a precious pic of you two! I hope things are getting better for everyone today and that Will is feeling a little better!