Hi everyone. It’s Jamie. Jen asked me to write and ask for your prayers. She was admitted into the hospital yesterday with severe pain and vomiting. How she went from shopping at Anthropologie with Mel & Gulley in Houston on Wednesday to the ER on Thursday baffles me. This is the cruelty of cancer that I have come to abhor. One day she is feeling well and the next she is a victim of such horrible pain. There seems to be no rhyme or reason. No pattern. It’s maddening. And to witness someone you love in pain is something none of us should have to endure. Even when wearing a cute new outfit from Anthro.
I will recap the highlights of the day yesterday in an effort to provide details, but also so you know specifically how to pray for our Jen.
- Jen is taking pain meds to manage her pain, and now has a pain pump in place to help give her some control over managing of the hard stuff.
- Once the meds are administered, it takes about :10 for relief. She never gets to a great place, but as she puts it a ‘very manageable’ place.
- She had a CT scan yesterday to try to determine the cause and it didn’t show any evidence that would explain the reason for this sudden pain.
- Dr. Osborne had an oncology surgeon come by to examine Jen to make sure she wasn’t missing anything. And nope, she wasn’t. Oh how we love our Dr. O for continuing to knock (beat) down every door in order to help Jen find relief.
- No word yet on when Jen will be released. My suspicion is that they will try to determine why she is in pain and at the very least keep her there until her pain is manageable. (But I’m only a photographer so don’t write that one down in a sharpie.)
You’d think being admitted to the ER would fill the daily quota of Clouse excitement, but no. As if Jen & Scott’s day wasn’t hard enough, their car was stolen from the hospital when they were checking in yesterday. Thanks to ‘find my iPhone’ (Jen’s phone was still in car), the police were able to recover the vehicle and only cash was missing. Seriously?
And lastly, Jen’s sweet grandmother was ALSO admitted to the hospital (a different hospital) yesterday for shortness of breath. Our good friend Hite took care of Vonie all day, and it turns out she had a mild heart attack. Again I’m plagued with the question of how Hite went from modeling bar stools at Wisteria one day to sitting in the ER ALL DAY LONG with a 97 year old. Is anyone seeing the uncanny similarity here? Anthro/Wisteria? All I’m going to say is maybe Hite and Jen should stop spending their free time in retail establishments. Is a new crochet top or an acrylic stool worth it? (Don’t answer that). The good news is Grandma Vonie is better today after hydration, but we would covet your prayers for her as well.
I can’t make this stuff up. Someone call Warner Bros.
On a more serious note, thank you to all who have committed to praying for Jennifer, Scott & Lincoln. This journey is not for the faint of heart or fair weathered friend. This is a marathon. This is an every day grind. I know they appreciate the steadfastness of each of your friendships and every one of your prayers.
Along those same lines, Jen is struggling to even respond to the texts she received yesterday. Which, if you know Jen, is noteworthy. She seems to be ‘hanging on’ between pain pills, so it wouldn’t be fun for her (or you) to visit. I know she reads each and every comment on the blog, so if you want to include a comment here please know they don’t go unnoticed. And mainly I know she is DESPERATE for your prayers, so keep those coming. The best way to love her right now is to do just that.
We serve a BIG and mighty God, and He is evident in every twist and turn of this cancer story. The Clouse’s faith is as strong as ever and they continue to praise His name even in the midst of pain. MercyMe sings a beautiful song called, ‘Bring on the Rain’. I will leave with the lyrics of that chorus and it reminds me of how beautifully Jen is handling this immense struggle.
“Bring me joy, bring me peace, Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain”
Much love to you all,