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“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.

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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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PRAYER REQUEST – My Dad

February 11, 2014

To all my friends from A Devoted Life:

I would greatly appreciate prayers from you all.

My Dad is critically ill and in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital.  He has a gangrene infection in his gall bladder.  He is too ill for them to operate and remove his gall bladder.  We were just told that he is on life support and is experiencing organ failure of the kidneys and heart.  We understand that due to low blood pressure there may be other organ damage.

My Dad has loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for as long as I can remember.  He is the one that showed me what it looks like to truly love God.  His destination is assured.  Yet, we selfishly desire to keep him with us and earnestly desire our Lord to heal the infection within his body and restore his health.

We serve the King of kings and Lord of lords.  Our God set the stars in the sky and is sovereign beyond the horizons.  He has healed the ill before and he will do it again.  My prayer is that it will be His will to heal His beloved son who is in desperate need.

Soli Deo Gloria

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