not coming home yet...

  • Yesterday Dad spiked a temperature and had a high heart rate.
  • He was diagnosed with recurring aspiration pneumonia and dehydration.
  • The doctor on call started antibiotics and IV Tylenol and did a couple EKG's concerned about a possible arrhythmia. No arrhythmia was found :). High heart rate was viewed as a symptom of dehydration.
  • He stabilized overnight and rested well; he seems back to his normal personality despite continued lack of words. "Hi" and "Hey" are constant words and he still enjoys singing with us. (The nurses are probably getting sick of us.) He uses lots of facial expressions and has a longer processing time when trying to point or follow commands. 
  • Our Dr. Takagi is returning today(He has been in London for medical work) and we should know a clear plan soon about when flying will be possible but not returning today is sure. 

About the flight home--What do we know? or not know?
  • It will not be an air ambulance or med evac flight.
  • We will be on a commercial flight...how? possibilities:
    • in economy class they can remove some seats and put in a bed/stretcher for dad
    • find a first class or business class seat that could provide dad with necessities like increasing and decreasing head of bed and enough space for oxygen, suction, and IV therapy.
  • A doctor and/or nurse will be accompanying dad home.
  • Where mom and I will be is still undecided.
  • Transportation will be scheduled from our current hospital through any customs, layovers, and ambulances to get dad to a hospital ER in Fort Wayne.

Look who mom ran into while walking back to the hotel: dads medical team! Even though they look like high schoolers don't be fooled; the guy in front, Suzuki, is one of dads doctors. And the girl to the left of mom is emi, (in the black shirt) the Christian nurse who made us the poster of Isaiah 41:10

This is a Tanabata tree that a friend, Mariko, from Bible study created for us. On July 7 is a holiday and people write their wishes on bamboo tree branches. Instead, my friend tied papers stating all of the fruits of the spirit in English and Japanese along with cute fruits. It's been a neat Christian conversation starter to our medical team.

Getting to Facetime with Bryan & Fife was such a blessing for all of us! Technology can be such a blessing when everything works like it should.

Dad's speech therapist, Mayu, who always has a way of making Dad smile.

At Tokyo church yesterday, I met Dakota, a girl who is staying with Carrie and Akihiro through a scholarship. We had a wonderful evening together and it sounds like she has been able to have many neat cultural experiences in Japan already. She is even offering her help for a few days of our VBS before she leaves.

Suctioning is getting less and less, even with the recurring pneumonia; we are thankful.

(from the left) Kan Umemura-minister at Tokyo church, Hiroko Utsuki-lovely sister from Tokyo church, myself, Reika Murakami-sweet sister from Tokyo church, and Dakota Bazzell-a sister from Fairbury visiting over the summer with the Ito family.


A beautiful reminder last night of God's perfection and timing as Mom was heading back to the hotel for a much needed night of rest after a long day of technology issues and medical issues.


"Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord." 
PS 31:24

"He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength." 
Isaiah 40:29

"Those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion Tell among the peoples his deeds." 
PS 9:10-11