Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Full Day

Today was a busy day. Justus has had a great day. He got alot of lines removed and drugs stopped. That is excellent news. He is now clear to move to acute care. We are just awaiting a bed. It is a busy time on the floor right now. So now Justus continues to try and re-learn how to nurse. We are having a difficult time. We will get through it. He is also having to rid his fluid level - he has more fluid in his lungs. This is a bit normal after open heart surgery. We just don't want it to continue to build or else it may cause problems. Overall - Justus is doing great! Thank you to all who have prayed for our son!

I have also gotten to know a young lady named Alecs who has a five week old boy named David who is in the CICU battling for his little life. He is critically ill awaiting a heart transplant. This morning he almost passed. They were very close to putting him back on life support. If they put him on life support he gets his name removed from the list awaiting a heart. His oxygen saturation levels were in the 30% range all night last night. I prayed with his mother and when we re-entered his room we could see on the monitor his levels were rising. Praise be to God! That said - he desperately needs a miracle. His father is in Istanbul pastoring and cannot re-enter the states. His mom is here at the hospital and only has her mother and father here in town. If you think of them could you please pray for peace and perhaps a miracle for David? Thank you.
I know God's hand has been in all of this. I know this is one of the reasons why our son, Justus, had such a difficult time on Sunday. It may have been a setback for Justus - but it was God's providence that allowed us to meet and pray with Alecs while in the waiting room during my son's fight to recover from fever. I KNOW that is why this all happened. She knows it too. She refers to Phillip and I as family to the other nurses and staff. She is thankful to our Lord for the support from our Pastor as well. Think of it moms... if you were watching your infant son struggling for life and all the while standing by his bedside alone! I am honored that Christ has allowed me to come alongside her and hold her hand. Her family is precious to us. Sunday night I wept and asked God why my son was going through so much - He didn't have to give me an explanation or show me why - but He has. Alecs met Justus today. She held his hand and said thank you. She said to my little "Butter" that if he had not been there she would not have gotten to know all of us (Phillip, myself and Pastor). This is all to God's glory. Not of myself, nor anyone else. This is just how Christ works. To offer her encouragement when she needs it most. He truly never forsakes....
Thank you for your prayer on behalf of David, Alecs, Caden, and Justus.


John said...

I'm so glad Justice is doing well! Praying that he will pick up nursing again quickly.


Garth and Becky said...

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end."

God is good and greatly to be praised! We continue in prayer.

Anonymous said...

It is a wonderful thing to see how God works! And to be given the "gift" of knowing why something has happened! We are continuing to pray for you as well as baby David and his family (Caden and his family too). We also pray for the "other" family should the Lord choose to give David a heart. Knowing that this gift would mean another baby goes home to be with God. It truly is a heartbreaking thing to think about, but we know that God is in control. I am so thankful that God put you all into the path of Alecs and her son & husband. Her husband has been in contact with mine through e-mail. What an opportunity to even meet them to pray for their ministry as well!! God definately orchestrated all of this!! God bless you!! We love you!! Give Justus a kiss on the top of his sweet head for us!!


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear of Justus's improvements and how God has used this experience to minister to others and be a blessing in ways only GOD knows. Thanks for keeping us updated. Vi Abing