Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gerry Graber is right here in Maryland

The following email was received on 4 March 2011 04:26:
Subject: Gerry Graber is right here in Maryland
Dearly loved ones;
In the early hour of this morning (5:33am), the lord showered his blessing again. A baby boy was born at the Upper Chesapeake Medical centre, Maryland. The baby is named Gerry Graber Njizokokeh. He arrived a little earlier than expected. Both mother and child (not forgetting the father) are doing well but will have to stay in hospital for a while because of this early arrival.
Join us and granny, Gerri Graber in festive celebrations and prayers for health. Her greatest aspiration was to see the arrival of this little Gerry. Pictures will follow shortly.
on behalf of The family
Mokuh B
Introducing Vena, Gerry and Mokuh (looking a bit stunned). All are well, the baby was about 4.5lb and is breathing on its own. The father is breathing again too, and grandma Gerri is over the moon!
OK friends, read the last paragraph of the previous post. Oh, heck, read the whole post.

Isn't it just a tiny bit freaky how everything that happens in Gerri's life follows a perfect time-line? Well, we know it's not freaky, it's God's plan... but 'God's plan' is not in  everyone's vocabulary.

Granny Gerri doesn't have the opportunity to hold little Gerry, but she held her great-grand niece yesterday, who is also only days old.

I visited Gerri on Friday and we had a wonderful afternoon. The exciting news lifted everyone's spirit. Still, is is time for a reality check. It's so easy for her friends, including me, to forget how very ill Gerri is. As mentioned in previous posts, for now the crisis' have abated, but every day has its cost.

I didn't know that Gerri takes steam inhalations 6 times a day. Those sessions are each laced with steroids. Steroids make it possible for her to eat and helps reduce inflammation in her lungs. The steam helps her breathe. Pain meds are administered throughout the day, sometimes Gerri takes 4-6 pills at one time; she wouldn't be able to tolerate those pills without food, hence, the steroids. Now listen to this: Gerri told me that she is never sure that she'll be able to breathe when she wakes up in the morning, and, she is never sure that she will wake up at all.

Again, dear friends, Gerri gets her messages read to her, is shown her blog, is shown the blog comments. The visitors she receives now are only her family and some friends she specifically asks for. None of us want to loose her. But it is not our journey or our "wants". We can help her and ourselves best by leaving everything in God's hands—after all He has a plan—and, if you are so inclined, let's pray for her.


  1. Dear Geraldine,
    Firstly we would like to pass along congratulations to Mokuh and Vena for their new arrival.
    It is wonderful news to hear that the baby hastened into this world so that you, Geraldine, get to experience being a Grandma! Boy, these prayers sure do seem to be working, don't they?
    We think about you all the time and keep you in our prayers every day.
    We would love to see you, but we understand that family comes first.
    Much Love and Happiness,
    Annelies, Isabelle, and Greg

  2. Wow! Congratulations Gerri.This is wonderful news, I am so happy for you.You are constantly in my thoughts, and I am so pleased to know you. You are an inspiring person indeed. Thank you for being a friend.
    Love and prayers.


  3. My thoughts are with you. Best - Mark