Sunday, April 4, 2010

pray for Janneke-update

I'm adding to the earlier post. It's almost midnight, and I am home for a bit of sleep. Ralph is at the hospital with Janneke.

Please pray for rich rest - that the little sleep we get will help us through the next few days.

We are so thankful that my parents had planned to visit us today for an overnight visit - so timely considering our new Easter plans. So providential.

After a brief period of rest this afternoon, Janneke started with more seizures this evening. They weren't as long or as "intense" but still concerning. We are waiting for a bed to open at Mac (children's hospital). Yet, the care at St.Catharines General has been wonderful. Makes me want to find a money tree and finish building the new hospital - they really need the new facilities.

Earlier today, it was difficult to get the IV in, and with all the attempts (she's now on her fifth), we wonder about a portacath for her too. But, Janneke is currently in great hands with a familiar face, nurse D. She was so encouraging to Ralph and I when we arrived on the paediatric floor with Janneke this evening.

We cherish your prayers, for we are tired and not always able to pray. Pray for our older two - Em and Soph - as they are quite sad to have Janneke in the hospital. Lots of questions about God, heaven, and special needs.... Now I wish for those questions from earlier in the week about Jupiter and South Korea. Pray that Rachel will heal from her cold, and that she will not develop any complications.

Not sure how much makes sense, but I know you will continue to remember our family. Thanks.


posted earlier today:

Happy Easter.

This morning, we were thrilled to take the whole family to church -the sun was shining and the girls were well enough to travel.

Our joy was cut short when Janneke started a seizure in church. We are thankful that we were surrounded by wonderful people who could help us, and we had Janneke taken by ambulance to St. Catharines General. She continued to seize off and on for the next two hours.

She is still in the hospital and will remain there until we can take her home. They are giving different meds, and we hope to get the full picture of her prognosis soon.

I am writing this because many members of our congregation sensed something was up. Hopefully this blog answers a few questions and inspires all of you to pray for our little Janneke.

We're okay. Sad, but okay. We know all things are in His hands, but sometimes, the ups and downs are bit much. Thanks for your warm thoughts and prayers. We truly feel them.

Peace to you all.


Marlene said...

I started praying as soon as I saw people leaving to help you. Thank you for the update. You will remain in our thoughts and our prayers.

Aunt Linda said...


Anonymous said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Janneke is in God's hands and being cared for by capable people. Our prayer is that soon she will be home again. May the hope of Easter give you comfort and strength today and in the days to come. Call if you need those extra set of hands. SHALOM! Ruth

Anonymous said...

There were many words and tears of support for Janneke after church. None of us can imagine how fearful you must have been. We are praying! We love you all.

Just Me said...

Hi Mr. Pot and family,

This is Stephanie Page, I used to be Stephanie Thurston and Mr Pot you were my teacher!

You made a impact on my life, and I often tell my Canadian husband about my Canadian teacher (God was preparing me...=)

What beautiful girls! I am so sorry to read about your morning. You and your family are in my prayers and I look forward to reading more.

Love, Steph Page

Lisa said...

Joining many others in prayer...

Kim said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers, call us or run over if you need anything.

cora said...

Dear Sara Ralph and family
So thankful that Janneke stopped having seizures. It is so frightening to see and I am sure it is not very pleasant for her either although people have told me that they don't remember when they wake up.
Hope and pray that they find out why.
Am praying for you.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update - I thought about you so much today! Praying and wishing I could do more. Brenda

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts are with you...our prayers are for you.
~ Duane & Andrea, Joshua, Owen, Abby ~

Cora said...

Thanks for the update. Five tries for the IV ..poor thing. Will pray for rest, a bed at Mac and for your other children.


Karen said...

You have our prayers.
Steve and Karen

Gina said...

We are praying for strength and peace for you in these hours and days of finding answers to questions. Thank you for the updates.
Gina and Mark, Ariana, Adam and Dale

Anonymous said...

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May your family all be home together very soon.

Melinda & Andrew

John Wildeboer said...

thinking and praying for you as you await information and deal with the challenges of having Janneke in the hospital. Grace

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers to your family and Janneke during this time. We pray that the doctors may figure out the cause of the seizures that that she may be home with you soon.
Peace and love to you.

Christy, Jim, Kaylyn & Tyler Leva

Anonymous said...

You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Eppo & Judy

Karen said...

I was just catching up on your blog and listening to a Christian radio station. The lyrics to a new song "Everything Falls." caught my attention as I was reading through the trials of your last weeks.
"When everything falsl apart
When my strength is gone
I find you mighty and strong.
Keep holding on
When everything falls apart
Your the only hope for this heart
Keep holding on."

I wasn't able to get down the rest of the chorus, but my prayers are for the mighty strength of Christ to sustain you during these stressful days and nights.
-Karen De Bruin