“MY DAD – An Update / Answered Prayers” – Feb 14

February 14, 2014

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:22-24

I am so appreciative of all the prayers that you have lifted up for my Dad.  I want to give you an update and some more information.

IMG_5268My Mom and Dad are in their seventies and rarely sleep through an entire night.  Sunday night / Monday morning was no exception.  They had both woke around 3 AM on Monday morning.  Since they were both awake, my Mom made some eggs for breakfast and they watched some television.  My Mom went back to bed after a short while, and my Dad fell asleep in his recliner.

At around 7 AM, my Mom awoke to sounds of my Dad coughing.  She discovered that he was not coughing but throwing up.  My Dad was too weak to get up so an ambulance was called.  His blood pressure began to drop on the way to the hospital.

My Dad in the intensive care unit experiencing septic shock.

My Dad in the intensive care unit experiencing septic shock.

They discovered that my Dad had a massive infection.  Testing revealed  his gallbladder  had turned gangrenous.  He had a white blood cell count of over 60,000; normal is approximately 10,000.  He was placed into the hospital’s intensive care unit and he needed intensive care.  My Dad took a turn for the worse Monday night / Tuesday morning.  He had gone into septic shock through the night.  They had to put him on life support and were using four blood pressure medicines to sustain his blood pressure.  We were told that they were at the limit of what they could do to maintain his blood pressure.  The doctor told us that he was experiencing organ failure of the kidneys and heart.  They were at the limits of what they could do for my Dad.

I believe it was at this time, after the doctors and nurses had done all that they could do, that the Creator of the Universe said, “Now, it is my turn”.  It was at this point that I posted PRAYER REQUEST – My Dad and my family lit up Facebook and prayer-chains as best we could.

From that dark point of preparing to lose our beloved Dad and Grandpa, my Dad began his miraculous recovery.  Through the course of two days, they were able to get my Dad down to only one blood pressure medicine and all of his vital signs were getting strong.  However, he was still on a ventilator and dialysis, but by Thursday morning his breathing was getting stronger and he was able to demonstrate that he could sustain his oxygen levels and volumes without the machine, so they were able to take him off the ventilator and remove the breathing tube which had caused him so much distress.

His heart has started to recover so they have him off all of the blood pressure medicine.  He can sit up and talk; even laugh and smile a little.  His white blood cell count is down to ≈ 24K.  They still have not been able to operate to remove the gallbladder but his improving condition should enable them to operate sooner than we had hoped.  He is still on dialysis and we don’t know the extent of organ damage.

However, there is so much good news compared to just a few days ago.  We are overwhelmed with gratitude to our great God who has once again shown us that He answers prayers.  We have had several people from the medical profession tell us that what we have just experienced is truly miraculous.  Seventy-eight year old patients, weak from other medical issues, usually do not recover from cascading organ failure due to septic shock.


My Dad – off of life support!

I wanted to share the full story with you and thank you for all of your prayers in this critical time because many of you have played a part and all are witnesses to the miraculous hand of God Almighty.  We are so very thankful that it appears to be the Lord’s will for my Dad to be with us a while longer.  Please continue to pray for my Dad and his recovery.  We do not know the extent of damage to his organs.

I am earnestly praying that there is no damage and that he will fully recover.

However, it is never to early too praise God.  I ask that you will join me in praising our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who hears and answers prayer.  I don’t know all of the reasons why He has chosen to restore my Dad to this point, but I do know that it is for His glory and He is so glorious.  Therefore, please join me in worshipping the King of kings, who hangs the stars in their place and calls forth the sun every morning, and yet still watched over His child, in the feebleness of old age, and heard the pleas of faith from His children.

He has answered our prayers.  All praise be to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Here is one of my Dad’s favorite songs.  Because He Lives

PRAYER: Lord, You are so good.  Thank you for answering our prayers.  Thank you for giving us more time with my Dad.  May you be glorified.  May you be highly praised for what you have done of the last several days.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son,  Jesus Christ.   Amen.

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  1. Awesome news!!!! God is good!!!!!!

    • Amen; He is very good.
      God Bless!

  2. How is your Dad? I hope he is better and that you and your family are strengthened in the Love of Christ Jesus. God Bless You and nice to hear from you.

    • I visited him yesterday in the rehab hospital. He is continuing to improve but he is still very weak. He can walk on his own down the hospital hallway and back but that is about it. His kidneys are working again but they still have not had the surgery to remove his gall bladder. We all appreciate your prayers and ask that you continue to pray for improving strength, the pending surgery, and that my Dad stays encouraged. Thanks
      God Bless!

      • Glory be to God that he is improving. For the operation, He that start a good work will always perfect it. All will be alright.

  3. How’s your dad doing?

    • Hey Lon – He is now in a rehab hospital. He is continuing to improve but he is still very weak. He can walk on his own down the hospital hallway and back but that is about it. His kidneys are working again but they still have not had the surgery to remove his gall bladder. He needs to get stronger before they do that. It is amazing what nearly dying will take out of you. Thanks for you prayers and we greatly appreciate your continued prayers for his recovery.
      God Bless!

      • We prayed for him this morning in church. Grace and peace. Lon

  4. isn’t God great? JD, I can so relate! I had a stroke, they thought I would die….paralyzed, in a wheel chair, therapy….now folks can hardly tell I ever had a stroke! I won’t impose you with the whole story..you can read it at my blog if you like…but God is so great when we step back, trust him and let him do what only he can do! God bless you and and your father!

  5. I am so happy for you and your family. Faith and prayer in and to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is a wonderful and miraculous privilege for all who Believe. God Bless You and your family, thank you for sharing. You have lifted my spirit.

  6. Isnt God just amazing?

  7. […] over the last couple days.  I posted in “PRAYER REQUEST – My Dad” and “MY DAD – An Update / Answered Prayers” regarding my Dad’s brush with death.  My Dad has been recovering remarkable well.  He is […]

  8. God is truly awesome! Thanks for your update and we’ll continue praying for your dad.

  9. Praise the Lord indeed for His mercy and love. So glad to receive this encouraging update.

    Isaiah 46:4
     I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
     until your hair is white with age.
    I made you, and I will care for you.
     I will carry you along and save you.

  10. Thank you for sharing your story. I pray for your dad to recover fully, and praise God that He is good whatever the outcome; I thank God for your family’s faith.

  11. WOW! Thanks for the full story and the update. That had to be frightening from the beginning. It touched me that your mom and dad are such good friends that they would cook breakfast together in the middle of the night.

  12. This is wonderful. I just visited your blog since you had liked my post. Now I can join you and others praising our great God for this healing! May others see his power and kneel and proclaim him as Lord and Savior!

  13. Praise God for his miraculous improvement!! Thank you for the update. I have been praying and checking daily. I will continue to pray for God’s grace and mercy for your family!!! Sending prayers for God’s blessings to you always!!!

  14. Thank God for the miracle of life and love. My prayer for full recovery. Blessings!

  15. I thank God for the good news. May it be permanent in the name of Jesus Christ.

  16. Wow grateful to see the Lord’s work in lowing the white blood cell count. Praying still for a full recovery and now damage to any organs

  17. Praise God! What wonderful news JD. I pray that your Dad continues to recover.

  18. So grateful for the good news of your dad’s miraculous recovery–All to His Glory!

  19. Praise God. … continuing in prayer, J.D., as the Spirit leads 🙂

  20. So happy to hear the good news. Have been praying and will continue JD. All glory to God!

  21. Hallelujah! Praise His holy Name.

  22. That is a real miracle! I, too, love the song Because He Lives! Praying for total healing for your dad.

  23. awesome news J.D. ! PTL!

  24. SO exciting to hear/read your dad is progressing well. What a miracle!!

  25. Praise the Lord, and whatever happens going forward praise God that your father remains in God’s hands.

  26. Glory be to God! I can understand the feeling as my father suffered a massive stroke this past October and is still on the road to recovery. We are also so very thankful he is still here. Continued prayers for a fast recovery for your Dad! Amen!

  27. This is marvelous, JD! I have not stopped lifting your dad and family to the Lord. It is truly the glory of God. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Will continue to pray. We never know what tomorrow will bring but our thankfulness for today is firsthand. Blessings… Thanks. 🙂

  29. What an amazing Valentine gift from our Savior to all of us- reminding us that He loves us with an everlasting love, that He is present with us and that He answers our calls for help and healing! Thank you for sharing this whole story, pictures and all. What a blessing to be able to walk with you and your family in this. We truly serve an awesome and good God.

  30. Praise The Lord!!

  31. Reblogged this on The Answer Is JESUS and commented:
    Praise The Lord for answered prayers..please keep praying and thank you!! God bless!!

  32. Praying for you. Precious Dad’s are irreplaceable.

  33. Praise God Praise God! Dear Brother I am over joyed about the news! I am running days behind in my reading of peoples blogs I am in the middle of a move and have been reduced to wifi hot spots for internet hook up. May God healing grace flow, Amen. 🙂

  34. Thanks for the update & we’re thankful that it’s a good report!

  35. Praise and glory to our Lord through Jesus Christ !

  36. Oh my word…I am in tears. I love that last picture of Him!!!! Thank you for the update!! I am going to continue in prayer, Sweet Friend!!! This made my Valentine’s Day that much sweeter. Thank you!

    • The Juniper Tree.
      We are so Happy that John is making a WONDERFUL recovery, we pray that this will continue. What a GREAT GOD we have!!
      Thanks for sharing this amazing testimony.
      Thank you.

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