This post will be more detailed to provide a baseline to measure Jasmine’s progress for what is expected to be a long and slow process toward restoring her health.

When Jasmine was originally transferred to the hospital ICU, she was intubated and the ventilator was set at 100% to help her receive enough oxygen. Her oxygen level was about 90%. She was also given strong IV drugs to raise her blood pressure as COVID has weakened her heart. Over the past 3 days, her heart and lungs have shown slight progress. Her dependence upon the ventilator has decreased to 60-85% and her oxygen level has increased to 94-97%, depending upon whether she is on her back or prone (on her belly, which is better for her lungs). Her blood pressure is relatively stable and the IV drugs are no longer needed.

The main concern now is for her kidneys. The medical markers indicate that she may have kidney damage, but it is too early to tell whether the situation is temporary or permanent.

Overall, we are encouraged. Our nearly one-year-old granddaughter, Kelly, took her first steps at 10 1/2 months. I have to smile now when I see her walking with legs spread wide and arms out to keep her balance. I was there when she took her first steps – haltingly, unsteady, but the first step was a step . . . a baby step. It meant progress and growth and after many falls and occasionally reverting back to crawling, in a few short months she will be running. Jasmine’s progress is like Kelly’s first steps. Sometimes she may have a setback, but she turns around and gains a little more ground.

Your prayers are felt and God definitely hears as prayers are being lifted up from Hawaii to Alaska, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and as far away as England! This praying army has placed Jasmine at the forefront of God’s heart and mind. He hears, He sees, and He acts.

Please feel free to share the link for these updates to everyone in your circle who is praying. We are grateful to God for each and every one of you!