One week makes one weak.

So Jen is still in the hospital.  It was a week ago today that she was admitted.  The physicians remain a little perplexed as to why she is still throwing up (among other things that we don’t need to mention, except that I just did).  Earlier in the week, the physicians began treating her for adrenal gland insufficiency.  And just for fun they added more steroids to the mix.  She’s had an abdominal X-ray and a GI scope thus far, and today she had an abdominal scan.  Couple that with a few IV bags of Magnesium and Phosphorus, and it’s safe to say her body is weak from all of this.  The doctors are ultimately trying to determine what’s causing the vomiting and diarrhea (oops I said it out loud).  As Jen said, it’s opposite day.  What needs to come out stays in and what needs to stay in comes out.

The good news is that Lincoln has frequented the hospital and even spent the night last night with Jen.

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We, at the aforementioned Four Seasons, call this the corner floor suite.

Dr. Osborne prescribed a little family time and suggested that Scott, Jen & Linc watch a movie together in the hospital bed.  He was happy to be with Jen, and even tried to feed her dinner (we didn’t feel it was necessary to tell him that outside food gets delivered each day and no one really eats what is underneath that mysterious plastic dome).

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Movie night thankfully included a shake and some snuggle time with mama.  Who needs buttered popcorn when you have that?  (I’m praying that you can’t see me raising my hand.)

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This picture needs a moment.  Unbelievably moving.

As difficult as this is on the big people, little Lincoln is definitely feeling the effects of not having Jen around.  We are comforted only by knowing that God holds this precious boy in the palm of His hands.  Even in the darkest moments.  The Clouse trio is having some good quality family time at the hospital to ease the burden on Lincoln, but as you can imagine it’s challenging trying to entertain a 4 year old in a hospital room.  Thank you for your continued prayers for this little man (they paid extra for the wall vent in the suite for those of you wondering).

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The other good news is she went for a little walk yesterday and got a dose of sunshine (albeit the chilly kind).  It was probably my most favorite memory this week.  To see her breathe fresh air and feel the wind on her face was priceless.  We giggled, though, because as hard as you try to pretend like things are normal, there’s always THIS little companion to remind you otherwise.

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I feel like a broken record when I tell you that your prayers are greatly appreciated.  But they are.  I’m assured it’s what gets Jen, Scott & Linc through each day.  We honestly don’t know what the remainder of this journey looks like, and it can be scary at times.  But we DO know who has it all mapped out.   Jen is confident in the Lord’s plan, His provision, and His goodness.  Regardless of circumstance.

She remains the truest example of faithfulness in her walk with the Lord that I have ever witnessed.  My heart swells with pride to be her friend, and with gratitude to have the opportunity to care for her.

Along with her army of angels (including HER dear Mama, Jane), we say a sincere THANK YOU for the many little things you are doing behind the scenes to help her life (outside of these walls) run smoothly.  Each errand run, however small, has not gone unnoticed.

We serve a mighty God.  And it’s in Jen’s weakness, HE is made strong.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”            2 Corinthians 12:9

Much love to you all,

Jamie (aka B)

PS: We will post a quick update with scan results as they become available.

 

 

 

 

 

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32 thoughts on “One week makes one weak.

  1. As always, thanks for sharing. Yes, Jennifer, Scott and Linc stay in my prayers. All the pictures are so precious, but that picture of Jennifer kissing Linc on the head is heartwarming and priceless. Hugs to all.

  2. This has to be one of the sweetest and most heartbreaking posts ever. So beautifully written. Glad for the slumber party at the Four Seasons. Again, if we can do anything please don’t hesitate to ask. Praying for Jennifer! Hugs to all. Kathy

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  3. Jen I want to let you know how much you are loved by the Alveys. We are praying for you and Scott and Lincoln. Words can’t express how deeply sorry I am that you are going through this. You are an example of a woman of unwavering faith and your response to all of it amazes and encourages me. I pray peace over you and your family as well as all the beautiful friends who are serving you well. Love you dear friend.

  4. Thank you so much for this update. My heart is bursting at those pictures and that precious movie night time together. Jen, I’m proud to call you my friend, too, and I want to thank you for always always pointing toward our savior. What an example you are!! Love you, and continuing to pray that you are out of that hospital soon!

  5. That sweet picture of Jen and Linc has me in tears. Not to mention the words describing her steadfast faith. Jesus, we beseech You to watch over our dear friends as they enjoy family time, endure suffering, and enjoy moments of sunshine. In Jesus Name.

  6. The Four Season does not contain the LOVE and PRAYERS of so many people (and it never will). We walk with you, Jen, and your dear mother, Jane, who sits next to us every week in SS Class at church. Praying for Lincoln and the host of faithful friends who are the arms and legs of Jesus. May God’s peace continue to surround you all.

  7. Wow– these pictures are priceless and completely exemplify the depth of love between mama and Linc. I am so glad he is getting sleepovers with you…no better medicine. Praying non stop. Love you so much friend. Jaime– You love Jen so well~what a treasure you are.

  8. Love you, Jenn!! Sending biggest hugs ever, so much Love, and prayers! 🙂 ❤ Such Amazing and Beautiful photos, God, and Friends… xoo Nehemiah 8:10 So Glad you got out in the sunshine!

  9. We will not cease praying for you, Scott and Linc. You are all loved and admired beyond words. Thank you for sharing the sweetest pictures.

  10. I am continuing in prayer for each of you. Am wondering what you meant by the comment you paid extra to have the wall vent “grill” in the room & then had a photo of it. What did I miss? Thanks for answering my question.

  11. Continually praying for you Jennifer. The grace you show through every step of this journey encourages my heart to trust Jesus in ways I haven’t before. You and your boys are so loved!

  12. Jen. . .I think and pray for you so many times throughout the day and night. Your faith and friendships inspire me and so many. and I sure love that Lincoln and that he had a slumber party with momma. Does he try to press all the buttons and pull all the cords? I will be praying for his time up there with you but really that the drs figure out these issues and that you get out of there soon. like now. xoxo beth

  13. Praying for each of you precious Jen!! ❤️ Love these pictures…and your beautiful smile with Jamie…She loves you so very much! I’m thankful for the blessing of knowing you. You are a light & a walking testimony of trusting God! HE is going before you!! Deuteronomy 31:8 xoxo

  14. Jennifer, I’ve been following your blog for a while and my heart is telling me to let you know what an inspiration you are to so many people. Though our Father has given you the fight of (for) your life, He is using you beautifully to spread His love to so many. Larry and I will continue to pray for you and your family, knowing that you are all safely in His hands. My sister went to live with Jesus 3 years ago after a 5-year fight with colon cancer. Yes, everyone has their story; but it is truly amazing for those of us left here on earth to see God work so gloriously through such horrible circumstances. Please know that your life is a living testimony to us and so many that, no matter what is happening in our lives, He loves us and is ALWAYS in control.
    Love to you and your sweet family and friends. We are lifting you up!

    Jana Long

  15. Prayers continued for all. Thank you for the updates. I only know of you through your blog but feel like you are family. I just want to squeeze that little Lincoln. Sending hugs from Virginia for all that care for your family.

  16. Awe….Beautiful family going through so much. Tears in my eyes for all you are facing. The joy of the Lord still shines through all of you and your determination to walk this path with him. Family time no matter where it is – is precious. Praying for you and your family every day. God Bless

  17. Prayers going out for all of you – Jen, Scott, Linc, her Mom, her friends, her doctors etc. All I can say is that I hope I’m living my life so that if I’m ever seriously ill, I’ll have friends like Jen does! Scott, Lincoln and Jen are so blessed in the friend dept!!

  18. You are truly the most amazing woman I know.
    Your faith and strength is inspiring and has impacted my life in way that I can’t put into words. You have reached the depths of my heart and others who don’t know you but are encouraged by your story, testimony and love for Jesus.
    We are praying for you and your precious family from Scottsdale. You are Loved, ️Christy Callahan

  19. We love you Jen and send prayers every day for your strength and your remarkable smile that lights up every room and everyone who is in your presence. You radiate love, kindness, and faith and inspire us to be and do better in your honor.

  20. Love seeing the photos of you and Linc….GREATNESS!
    And love that he had a sleep over…anything get “rolled”?
    LOVE YOU FRIEND!

  21. Thanksgiving will soon be here. I suppose we are have a lot to be thankful for ,but we want more. I hope you will be out of the hospital to have thanksgiving with all the family. I remember the string and pencil trick when I was in Tyler for Thanksgiving .
    Can not remember what the outcome was but it must have been Lincoln. What a precious boy. Bless his heart. You and Scott and all the friends are doing everything right. What wonderful memories.
    Hopefully you are feeling better. You do not want to throw up the turkey.
    God will take care of you. You are in his hands. I have never or will ever see anyone with the faith you have. And always, having a smile on your face.
    Love you and saying more and more prayers.
    Anisse

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