As I drove down the streets of downtown Roswell today I couldn’t help but notice the laughter. Coworkers relaxing after a long work week. Friends joining up to kick off the weekend. Happy couples walking hand-in-hand.

Laughter all around.

And as I drove to the Roberts house I couldn’t help but think how desperately they needed laughter. Laughter is a sign of happiness. Of joy. Of things going right.

Laughter has been missing from their lives for far too long.

Today, Travis took an emergency flight up to Washington DC. He lost out on the last four days he had to spend with his family before making the trip for his one month long treatment.

And that was probably the best thing that happened today.

It all started yesterday evening. Travis hadn’t been feeling well but still wanted to take his children out shopping for their Mother’s Day presents. So he and Carrie’s dad took a trip to the mall with the kids. He was still winded and had no appetite but felt okay enough to make the trip.

But while there he coughed.

That nagging cough, from what was thought to be the cold he had for over a month, had somehow…changed over the last few days.

And when he coughed… His incision burst open. So much fluid came out that his shirt was completely wet and drips of fluid fell to the floor.

Unnerving to say the least.

He quickly got in touch with the doctors at the NIH and they had him send pictures. An infection was their only concern and there did not seem to be infection. He was told he did not need to go to the emergency room and could just see his doctor in the morning.

The morning came with a special moment. When Trey’s teacher, Mrs. Decker, found out that Carrie and Travis would miss the kindergarten graduation she planned a private graduation for their viewing. The Roberts were filled with pride as they watch their oldest cross the stage. Tears of anguish and of happiness flowed simultaneously from their eyes.

There wasn’t much laughter though. Because that precious moment was overshadowed.

Overshadowed by an earlier call. The doctors had been reviewing his CT scan that morning to ensure there was not a tear underneath his incision. And they found none. But what they did find was far worse.

Pulmonary embolism….a blood clot in his lungs.

He was told to go to the doctor and get a shot that would allow him to fly, despite blood clot, and that they had already booked him on the 3:15 PM flight.

No time to pack. No time to prepare. No extra days with his babies before his month long journey.

It was decided that Carrie would follow tomorrow to enable her to get their things together for the journey ahead.

Upon Travis’ arrival to the hospital more issues arose. His incision was in fact infected. There is fluid around his heart. The origin of the fluid from the incision is unknown. And then, of course, there is the blood clot.

All roadblocks. Roadblocks to the trial.

Too many complications can make him ineligible for the trial.

But. As always. Trav had a surprise for the doctors.

His bloodwork showed a healthy, young man. His white blood count is perfect despite his infection. He feels better than he has in weeks and his appetite is returning.

All good signs.

At this point the doctor can’t comment as to if he can continue with the trial. It will require a team of doctors. A team of doctors discussing his future. A team of doctors deciding his future.

The biggest concern is the blood clot. Or, more specifically, the blood thinners for the blood clot. He can’t be on blood thinners while in the trial because of their impact on the platelets.

There is a tough couple of days ahead. Plenty of hurdles to overcome and roadblocks to get past. Prayers from #TravsArmy are needed more than ever.

Prayers to ensure this family can one day, once again, enjoy some…


This is not the end of this post.  If you have just read this post for the first time please do not stop here.  Please be sure to read Conviction which was written the next day to get the full picture of what God is doing in our lives…

8 responses to “Laughter

  • Anonymous

    Praying at this moment.

  • Judy Edmondson Smith

    Praying for miraculous healing of blood clots and infection. Praying for days of laughter for years to come.

  • Bob bracewell

    Praying, praying and more praying from California!

  • Jordan Mansell

    Dear Travis, I’m on my face before Jesus Asking for your complete healing John 14:14 ask anything in my Name and I will do it!!!

    Jeremiah 29:11 He knows the plans He has for Travis, plans To Prosper you and Not to harm You!!! Plans to give you a hope And a future!!! Praise God almighty

    The Lord storng and mighty The Lord mighty in Battle

    Travis The Lords arm is not to Short!!

    God Bless you!!!!! You are Healed in Jesus name 1 Peter 2:24

    Sent from my iPhone

  • Sarah kirkland

    I awoke early this morning and started praying. Praying with out ceasing for Travis, Carrie, your kids, your family a and the doctors.

  • Anonymous

    My daily prayers include Travis and his beautiful family. He comes to mind throughout my day and I mentally say a prayer that God will do a miracle healing in him. Psalm 55:17 “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” I was so happy to meet Carrie at Trey’s hymn sing at church. And what to my surprise when I turned around and saw Travis standing there too! I was so happy he was able to attend the hymn sing a couple of weeks ago. I was Trey’s choir teacher for the last year. What fun we had! Travis and Carrie, my Sunday School class of prayer warrior moms and grandmothers are praying for you too. I end with this scripture from the New Living Translation, Ephesians 3:17-19 “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.’

  • Sandi Murphy

    Oops — forgot to leave my name for the last comment. Sandi Murphy

  • Connie Hensley

    No regrets needed…conviction is also a very positive word. Your conviction to stand with the Lord through this journey has been a blessing to thousands, and an eternal blessing to those that have come to know Jesus because you have been real in the process. Thank you for Standing Firm on your Conviction of Faith and remember the truth of Joshua 1:9…Your God is with you wherever you go. My prayers continue to be constantly with you.

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