Friday, June 27, 2014


When the Drs recently opened Jenna up to do the jejunostomy, they were surprised at how good the intestines looked. ¨They were like new, as if she had NEVER had an operation in her life,¨ the surgeon said.  We were all thrilled!  Isn´t that so awesome?!  It was definitely in the miraculous category.

But the jejunostomy has not produced the results we all hoped for - a viable means of giving her liquid nutrition without all the vomiting.  It went great for a couple days, but then the vomiting started up again - and hasn´t stopped for days now.  She´s exhausted & we´re exhausted.  A balance between nutrition in & intestinal movement out is not happening.  The Drs have tried everything they can.  Consulting some Drs in the US has reassured us that this case is indeed mystifying.  The oncologist here said he had only seen one other patient have such problems with their intestines after a localized chemo bath during surgery.  It´s normal at first but now almost 5 months have passed since her big Feb 3rd gastrectomy.  Her state is NOT typical.  Things should look a lot different - but the reality is, they don´t.

The medical plan is to move to TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) at home.  It´s more risky than nutrition going into her gut because it´s intravenous and goes into a main artery.  This is a last option.  But they plan to train us on it & help us manage it at home.  She needs to stabilize again & being at home is good for everyone´s overall emotional & physical state.  Eventually, we will try the J-tube again s-l-o-w-l-y.  We hope that in time she will be able to move completely to the J-tube and of course, eventually to eating completely by mouth.  No one ever knew it would take this long.

So the intestines appear to be at least aeshtetically healed but they are not functionally healed yet.  WE NEED TO PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR PART 2 OF THIS NEEDED MIRACLE.  One Dr said, ¨It´s as if they haven´t woken up yet from surgery.¨  Her intestines are, frankly, almost paralyzed.  They are asleep!  They are almost non-functional!  But, guess what?  I know Someone whose touch wakes up, breathes life into, restores original purpose & function and causes the lame to walk (or intestinal muscles to contract)!  Would you pray specific prayers with us for Jenna´s intestinal function to be restored?


Rom 13:11 ¨The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we believed.¨

Mark 5:41  ¨He took her by the hand and said to her, ´Talitha Koum!´ (which means ´Little girl, I say to you, get up!!´)¨.

Luke 5:24  ¨´But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.´¨ So he said to the paralyzed man, ´I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.´¨

Luke 8:50  ¨Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ´don´t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.´¨

Luke 6:19  ¨and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. ¨


  1. Joining you right now in praying for this miracle.

  2. Praying with you for this! XO

  3. This brings to mind Mark 8:22-26 when Jesus heals the blind man in two stages. I am asking for just that! That His full healing comes with speed and completeness and His peace reigns mightily. How my heart cries out with you to our Father. Come, Lord Jesus. Let your merciful hand be shown.
    Sending my love all the way to Spain.

  4. My recent thought to all who are praying (and others) is to also petition for miracles through individual and corporate fasting: fast, as we able, from sins, mindless distractions, having broken relationships, food/drink, entertainment, or other items. Focus our offering of healing petitions to a great, loving & worthy creation God. Do this in earnest until His will is carried out for Jenna and the Sider family. May our humble yet passionate, hopes, desires and requests be granted soon in Jenna's situation. Amen.

  5. Pam, Peter and I had a very nice visit with Bruce this past Saturday. We are thankful to have a clearer picture of what is going on in your lives and specifically with Jenna's health. We will follow this blog and pray for all of you daily. May God be glorified in her healing and may you know His sustaining grace as you walk by faith. P.S. I am a former long term ICU nurse and follow the medical aspect of Jenna's journey with great interest. If either Peter or I can ever be of assistance to you in that way (questions, etc) please do not hesitate to ask. In Christ, Rebecca Wallick