October, 2017 Update from the Matson Family

Dear Praying Friends,

It has been a while since I reported on Jerry’s health, mainly because I
am just too tired when I get home for the evening.  We did learn today
that the discharge date is being set for this Thursday, and although I
was hoping for tomorrow, at least we have a “target date,” which were
Jerry’s words.  He can survive three more nights now!  I won’t pretend
this has been an easy trial, for it has stretched us both to the inth
degree, but always the Lord has sustained.  His medications have been
lowered and one taken away.  He is doing well in therapy – walking,
climbing steps and doing all the strengthening exercises.  He is eating
well.  But, oh how he wants to come home.  Our hardest time of each day
is when I have to leave him for the night. If nothing else has come of
all this, one thing is so evident, which is that the Lord has further
cemented our love for each other!  Yesterday I went through the timeline
with Jerry of all that has taken place.  He doesn’t remember much of it,
what with anesthesia and all the medical stress.  We cried together, and
were very mindful of the Lord’s mercies.

Again, I thank all of you who have prayed.

Gratefully in our Rock,


October, 2017 Matson Update-From ICU to Rehab!

Dear Praying Friends,

After spending 12 hours a day at the hospital for 10 days, I have been literally too tired to write updates, but just had to do so tonight. Jerry was discharged straight from Vascular ICU to Rehab today.  A bed opened up at Harbour’s Edge, the lovely facility where he was before. Everyone was glad to see him and said “The pastor is back!”  One woman said “Do you remember how you prayed for me every night before,” and another male NCP right away told him of his own physical trouble. It is nice to be loved! All the nurses and staff at the hospital were familiar to us also, and they were absolutely super caregivers.

Jerry has been through a lot.  One doctor told him it was just a bump in the road.  We think it more resembled a big pot hole!  He went into A Fib two more times since I last wrote, the second time not as severe as the first, but still scary, and he was pumped full of medication.  They planned to drain more fluid from his left chest cavity today, but a second doctor said “No, he has been through enough stress.”  The incision on the inside of his left bicep is 14 inches long, and on the top side of his biceps it is 7 inches long.  His whole left side is one huge dark purple bruise.  He looks like he has been beaten up!

The Lord is so good to us in so many ways, not the least is giving us many prayer partners.  I will try to keep you better informed.  Please pray he will be able to rest well now, and gain strength to come home. No aneurysm surgery is being considered until he fully recovers!

A grateful wife,

September, 2017 Update from the Matson Family

Dear Praying Friends,

Just got home from the hospital and am a happy tired tonight!  Jerry had his third surgery for the week tonight after spending a taxing day of bleeding all day.  Praise to our God, He enabled the doctor to find the source of the bleeding and fix it.  The dear Polish lady surgeon was quite frustrated last night, but so happy tonight.  I told her I was happier!!  This has been such a hard experience for Jerry these last two weeks.  Our children and grandchildren have been wonderful, especially making sure I had food to eat and emotional support and safety, but to be with Jerry most of all.  Maybe I will write more details later, but right now I just want to thank all of you who have prayed for us.  As you may know, Jerry doesn’t respond well to anesthesia, so he certainly needs continual prayer.  He still had some fluid in his lungs today, and has been on all kinds of blood components and antibiotics because of a fever.  He felt normal to the touch when I kissed him good night, however.  His overnight nurse is Russian, so that will be a blessing to him.

Before I give anymore evidence of my scrambled brain, I will say good night to each of you as well – in the love of Jesus.

Matson Update – Change of surgery date!

Well, we got another call.  It seems that the info was confused in the
doctor’s office, and the August 30 surgery date has been canceled.  The
synthetic aorta has not even been ordered yet, so it will be another 4-6
weeks before surgery.  This one thing I know – GOD NEVER CHANGES!  HE
knew this would happen all along!  I will inform you as soon as we have
a new date.  Many thanks to those who have already replied to us!

In our All-Knowing Lord,

August, 2017 Update from the Matson Family

Dear Praying Friends,

Before I begin, please accept my apologies to you who have written with concern for not having heard from me since July 10.  To be very honest, since Jerry came home from rehab on July 12, I have not had any extra time in which to write.  That may sound like an excuse, but it is the truth.  I have a new sympathy for caregivers since I became one!  I sincerely thank you for praying, even though you have not had any new information given.

A few minutes ago we were called about the date for Jerry’s second surgery – the aneurysm repair that could not be done with the first surgery for renal by-pass.  It will be WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30– ARRIVAL TIME AT HOSPITAL, 6:30 AM.  I am asking for fervent prayer again for my beloved, and for his surgeon, Dr. Dexter.  Many people have told us what an excellent doctor he is, and we believe it, but he still needs the skill of the LORD!  Dr. Dexter has seemed to take a special interest in Jerry, for which I am thankful.  This will still be an approximately 4 hour surgery, but it will not be as hard on his body as the first one, we are told.  They anticipate a 2-3 day stay in the hospital, and assured me that he would be gotten up and walked around very quickly. Jerry is understandably rather apprehensive about the anesthesia, having gone through such a tortuous time already.  The month of June and some of July are lost to him, for all he remembers are the dreadful nightmares (daymares too!) that he experienced.  We have also been told that the anesthesiologist will be fully aware of the previous trouble and not use the same medication.  Please ask the Lord to mercifully spare him such awful trauma again.

It was only yesterday that we went to Dr. Dexter’s office.  They did an ultrasound and found the renal by-pass to be “beautiful” with wonderful blood flow.  The chest x-ray showed only a very small amount of fluid in his lungs on one side and just a trace on the other, clearing him for the surgery.  His feet look the best today that they have looked for over two months, so I would say the swelling is a thing of the past – until more fluid is pumped into him August 30!

We have had home visits from a nurse, once a week, – physical therapist, and an occupational therapist, twice a week since July 13.  The nurse just discharged him from her duties today, and the OT will discharge him this week also, but the PT will continue through next week.  His mobility is good, but his stamina is weak.   He is anemic, so the hematologist has ordered two infusions of mineral iron which he will have done Thursday, but not again until after the upcoming surgery.

Every day is very trying, as I must keep up with all of Jerry’s needs, day and night, plus the business of the mission, and the upkeep of our home – which has suffered the most, I’m afraid.  The Lord has enabled in an amazing way, however.

By the grace of God, I will inform you as soon as I can of how the surgery goes, but it may not be that I will get home until late that evening.  I only use email on our computer – no smart phone, no Face book!

THANK YOU for the time you spend on our behalf before the throne of GOD!!!

In His love and grace,