Hospital Day 15

Today brought more news that we suspected but didn’t want to hear – Susan has pneumonia in some areas of her lungs.  This is aspiration pneumonia, which comes from her own secretions and saliva that have traveled down her trachea.  Since her throat is not functioning properly, she hasn’t had a good cough reflex.  Having a cough is a really good thing, it’s our own safety mechanism.  Since the cancer has pressed against the nerves that control her swallowing and vocal cords, she hasn’t had the protection of being able to cough.  So some fluid has made its way down into her lungs.  They have adjusted her antibiotics – she’s now on three that cover a broad spectrum and are what they typically use with pneumonia that comes on in a hospital.  The pulmonologist is hopeful they can get it under control, but was also clear that this will continue to happen unless some function returns to her throat.

We are trying to remain hopeful here but this is another blow that we didn’t want to see happen.  She has so little strength right now, and although I believe she has the will and spirit for the fight still, we need to pray that she has the physical stamina for it.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, right?  I want to be able to talk with her, to hear how she’s really doing, to work our way through this like so many other things we’ve been through, to get on the other side of this together…which is why it’s so hard when she can’t talk and has painkillers sedating her.  In some ways she is in her own world right now, and I am praying that she is finding peace and hope there.

Dr. Boyd will (finally) be back in the morning.  I’m looking forward to his assessment of the last 1 1/2 weeks and what he says about where we go from here.  Today marks the two-week point of this hospital stay.  It has seemed like two months.

The main thing you can do is continue to pray.  Pray specifically for:

-wisdom for Susan, me, Dr. Boyd, and the nursing staff

-healing from the pneumonia and that her throat would begin to work

-peace for all of us

We love you all.  Thanks for continuing to join us in this battle.  Praying puts you on the front lines with us and we are grateful for that.

Hero of the Day

When we start to get to our circle of friends, there are soooo many who are heroes to us.  All of you are.  Today a special shout-out goes to Christy Manahan as our hero of the day.  She and Susan got to know each other well doing school committee stuff for the PTA and Susan has enjoyed all the time she’s spent with her.  Christy has gone out of her way to help our family, with food, taking the kids, loaning us her van for a whirlwind day trip to Chapel Hill, being one of the point organizers for the Supporting Susan event, cooking us Christmas food along with our great friend Armella, and much more…she, Mike, and the Manahan clan have been awesome.  And for that, Christy, you are our Hero of the Day.


13 Responses to “Hospital Day 15”

  1. Brent J Says:

    Thanks for the specific prayer requests, Jerel … prayers for Susan, you, the kids, and extended family for our family devotions tonight. We love you, even as we haven’t ever met you and haven’t seen Susan in over 25 years. Ps. 56:3,8

  2. Lori Says:

    Jerel, Thanks so much for these updates. I know that at times they must be hard to write but they help to know how to pray specifically for you all. When are you going to be the hero of the day? Susan and your children are so blessed by your love, leadership and care. We knew when Susan started dating you that you were “one of the good ones” but it is a privilege to see how God has grown you into such an amazing husband to Susan, far surpassing any hopes that we could have imagined for yours and Susan’s marriage. It is evident that you are resting on our Lord as He works through you in your service and love to Susan I am praying for continued strength and peace!!

  3. Susan Rosenblatt Says:

    I went to bed last night thinking about your family and Susan in particular. Please know that your family is being prayed for. We will pray for wisdom and discernment for Dr. Boyd has he assesses Susan tomorrow. We will also pray for stamina. In the meantime, I know she is not able to communicate with you the way we wish she could, but I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf when we are unable to speak them aloud.
    Continuing to Pray,
    Susan Rosenblatt

  4. Shannon Huneycutt Says:

    Susan is my hero! It is amazing how much she has been through and she continues to keep fighting. I hope the new year brings some good news for Susan and all of you.

  5. Nora Turk Says:

    We continue to follow your posts and are praying for all of you. Peace, comfort, endurance, acceptance, healing etc. etc. We are Jenni Marsh’s aunt and uncle, Nora and Charlie Turk (former First Baptist members). The faith and commitment you have shown and dependence on the Lord and the prayers of His people has touched many lives and will continue to reach others. May you all have a peace and comfort tonight that can only come from the Great Comforter and Healer.

    Nora and Charlie Turk

  6. Michelle Harrison Says:

    Dear Law Family, I have been keeping up with you through this blog and just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am constantly amazed at your courage and wisdom during these past few years. You are an inspiration to all of us. Please know that there are many, many people who don’t know you well, but that truly care and are keeping you close at heart. I pray the New Year brings new joy for Susan and your family. Love, Michelle Harrison -Northstone friend and neighbor- my son Cameron and Chris were in a play group together back in the day and Cameron played a lot with Chris this summer at the pool. Remember us saying our sons looked like brothers???- skinny and very white! : )

  7. shannon edwards Says:

    I am praying for your family.

  8. Jonathan Says:

    Susan and Jerel, just read through a bunch of your most
    recent entries. I am thinking of you and praying for all of you.
    Especially you two, for God’s healing and for continued strength
    and His peace in the midst of all this. May He grant you more and
    more as needed and bless your relationship even more.

  9. Jennifer Jones Says:

    I continue to pray for all the Laws! You are a special family and it is your love, strength and support for each other that is so inspiring! I hope the New Year brings good news and healing for Susan and peace of mind and many happy times together for your family. 🙂

  10. holly and greg morin Says:

    Jerel, we are thinking about you guys and praying for you all. You guys are amazing and have touched so many lives. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  11. Bj Larson Says:

    Praying for you,Susan, and family. Praying for the peace that passes all understanding and strength from our Savior. May His love surround you in the coming days and give you comfort and hope.

  12. Ali Hogston Says:

    Susan, A friend shared your story with me. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Reading your blog the past 2 days is inspiring. Hang in there. Fondly. Ali

  13. lisa Nageotte Says:


    I have been reading your posts, and I have been praying for your family. You are such a great father and husband! I hope that you both get a glimpse of sunshine in the next day or two. You have never met me, but I care deeply about your family. Sending you all good thoughts.


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