Title: Prayer Request - Urgent - Update
Pastor Rick - January 8, 2012 11:48 PM (GMT)
My mom has gone through surgery. She did well but is now fighting a major infection and is considered critical. Please continue to pray for her rapid and complete recovery.
Barb - January 9, 2012 04:34 AM (GMT)
1Th 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Pastor Rick - January 12, 2012 08:20 PM (GMT)
Just wanted to update you on my mom's condition. She is still in ICU and considered critical, but she is improving. She is off the ventilator and blood pressure medications. She is awake, kind of, and talking, although she is rather groggy. Sometimes she is aware and other times she doesn't know what's happening. I think this is probably from the pain medication. They are also beginning give her some liquid to see how her stomach does.
This is a very long road for her and us, but we are all making progress. I want to thank you all for your prayers and ask you to continue. We still have a long way to go...
mrsteasley - January 13, 2012 08:58 AM (GMT)
Will continue to pray.
Pastor Rick - January 15, 2012 02:02 PM (GMT)
There has been a serious setback. My mom apparently suffered a stroke early this morning. She is not a candidate for aggressive therapy as they do not know exactly what has caused the stroke. There is a strong chance that such therapy could makes things much worse.
As of this moment, we don't know whether she will recover or not.
Please continue to pray for her as well as her family. And I could use some prayers for wisdom and strength, as well. There are difficult decisions ahead and I'd like to be able to make the correct ones.
And please let me take this opportunity to thank you for your prayer efforts to this point. Donna and I really appreciate them...
Naomi - January 15, 2012 03:29 PM (GMT)
I will continue to pray for all of you. Please keep us posted.
Dunggate - January 16, 2012 12:38 AM (GMT)
Rich I had already replied at another site and copy pasting here.
Rich I am forever reminding others and myself ...
before you call I will answer.Isaiah 65:24
Thank you Jesus.
Praying right now. As I have read even though I am late getting here God knows.
Heavenly Father we come before your throne not worthy of anything of ourselves but through the blood sacrifice of Yeshua and humbly come before you asking forgiveness please for our sins and unbelief, asking in your mercy and grace to forgive us and perform mighty works and miracles in our mids in spite of us. Lor God you know the end from the begining and you sustain us and we would ask please for you to undertake right now please discernmenmt is need wisdom for those who attend also and Father above all a miraculous touch from you please. We ask in Jesus precious name for your Glory alone. Amen
Peony2007 - January 19, 2012 02:16 AM (GMT)
I am agreeing with others here in prayer. To God be the Glory. Amen.
Pastor Rick - January 20, 2012 10:47 PM (GMT)
My mom is beginning to recover some from the stroke. She received a tracheostomy today. This allowed the doctors to remove the breathing tube from her mouth, making her more comfortable. They hope to wean her off the ventilator more quickly and easily this way. If she tolerates this, they will put in a valve that will allow her to talk. And if she continues to progress, they will remove it completely and she will left with a scar.
No idea how bad the stroke was as yet. She hasn't been awake enough to tell. They won't have to keep he under any sedation now, so the hope is that she will be able to respond better to the evaluations. While she was not too responsive today because of the anesthesia, she did know I was there. Yesterday, she was more awake, knew I was there and recognized me. She also understands what has happened. I'm hoping for and looking for more progress from this point on.
The doctor feels she is still a good candidate for rehab and Donna and I are committed to her returning home at some point. Now I am realistic about this and recognize it may not happen, but it will not be because of lack of effort on our part! As far as the original surgery, it appears everything has finally started to function again and she is on the mend from that.
How I wish I could have spared my mom all of this, but it is what it is and we have to play the hand we're dealt. I appreciate everyone's continued prayers and want to thank you all for your efforts on our behalf...
Dunggate - January 23, 2012 02:17 AM (GMT)
Many have been our problems at this time and I am able to draw on the promises and strength which God has promised us.
Father I am late getting to read but you have said before you call I will answer.
You always know what is best in our lives for a purpose. It seem so very glib to us when spoken but you see the heart and concern when prayers go up; we who have suffered know the urgencies and would lift before you our God and ask you plase undertake as only ou are able, give each of us strength for this journey, lift up your hand please Lord for healin would ask for guidance in each of the curcumstances in your childrens lives that we may be VICTORIOUS and BRING HONOUR TO YOUR NAME LORD.
In Jesus mighty name we proclaim AMEN .
Pastor Rick - January 31, 2012 02:21 AM (GMT)
My mom continues to make progress, although slow to my way of thinking. Still the doctors seem happy considering what she has been through. They took out the drain from the original surgery and closed the incision this afternoon. Yesterday she was brighter and much more responsive to us, moving her foot. She laughed a bit and smiled. But by the time we left, she was tired and less responsive. This morning, she was not particularly responsive and this blue mood concerns me.
We are still praying that she will recover enough to come home, but recognize that will be a long way off at this point. Thank you all for your continuing prayers. We hope the Lord will have favor upon us...
Dunggate - January 31, 2012 12:29 PM (GMT)
Glad to read of some progress. Thank you for keeping us updated.
Pastor Rick - February 7, 2012 09:32 PM (GMT)
My mom had the feeding tube placed last Thursday. Although she has not had much of any pain to speak of, the surgery has set her back a great deal. Yesterday she began spiking fevers. The doctors are uncertain what the cause is and are investigating. Would appreciate prayers on that. She is back on the vent but is in the process of being weaned off again. The surgery was successful and she is taking liquid nourishment and handling it well. She is sleeping a lot at the moment. Please continue to pray for her complete recovery.
mrsteasley - February 7, 2012 10:22 PM (GMT)
I continue to pray for your Mom and you my dear friend.
Pastor Rick - February 8, 2012 07:54 PM (GMT)
We have had a severe setback. My mom has developed an infection, possibly pneumonia. She is on strong antibiotics. Her blood pressure is low and they are struggling to try to raise it. They have been giving her a lot of fluids and her pressure seemed to stabilize while I was there. Looks like we'll be going back to ICU. The doctors don't appear to be optimistic at this point. She did wake up while I was there and squeeze my hand which was a good sign.
Please continue to pray.
Barb - February 9, 2012 02:17 AM (GMT)
Just a set back...God is stronger...praying!
Pastor Rick - February 9, 2012 02:57 AM (GMT)
I am sorry to say that my mom passed away a bit after 7 pm this evening. Her heart just couldn't take any more, I guess. I want to thank everyone who prayed for her. It means a great deal to us. I would ask for some prayers for Donna and myself at this point. We have a difficult road ahead of us over the next few days and we could really use that support.
Thanks again for all you've done for us.
Naomi - February 9, 2012 08:15 PM (GMT)
I just now read your post. I am so very sorry to read about your mom passing away. I understand what it feels like for a person to loose their mother.
My mom passed away quite a few years ago. I will continue to keep you and your wife in my prayers.
Dunggate - February 10, 2012 10:20 AM (GMT)
So sorry to read of the passing of your Mother.
Praying for you.
Both my parents are now with Jesus and we have
the blessed assurance one day we will be with them forever.
May our God sustain you.