Considering all that Jack has endured the past few days, we are so grateful that he is so determined to experience life. Whether we attribute the minor improvements made today to yesterday's surgery or not is yet to be decided, however, Jack's little body seems to be doing more of what the doctors would like to see. His blood pressure continues to be marginally better today although tonight he made sure our blood pressure skyrocketed. He had a little bout with his heart rate jumping up to the 200's. Normally he should stay somewhere near the 160's. This has been something he's experienced before, however, tonight it wasn't quite as momentary. After attempting various remedies they gave him some medicine that immediately broke the pace and put him right back in rhythm at 160 beats per minute. It is hard to believe that someone, somewhere, figured out that this little mixture of chemicals when placed into the heart will have the effect of stopping the heart momentarily and placing it back in its regular pattern. Unavoidably, this little experience also leaves me awed as to the intricacies of our bodies. The specificity wherewith this drug worked is almost incomprehensible, while on the other hand there is still so much that we don't understand. This has made me think of one of my favorite scriptures: Mosiah 4:9. Each new day Jack allows us to capture a slightly greater glimpse into the schedule he has in mind, albeit not exactly what we have planned for him. Consequently we are learning to be patient and allow Jack the time he needs. It reminds me of the all time favorite line given to expectant parents... "you know he's not going to come with an instruction manual."(usually followed by some form of a partially amused smile) I feel confident we prepared for the lack of instruction manual, we just didn't think he would surprise us with this! We are strengthened by the hand of the Lord as he truly has supported us through our trials, our troubles, and our afflictions.