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July 15, 2018
Greetings. I would like to ask for a prayer
request for myself. I've been dealing with some severe neck, mid-back and arm
pain issues this past week. Two of the days I had a fever (which was not related
to the pain issues). The pain issues have prevented me from sleeping more than
about 2 1/2 hours per night, since last Monday night. Needless to say, I am
totally exhausted. I've been examined by by 3 health care professionals in the
church and the final advice is to get an x-ray, asap. My immediate request is
for our loving God be to heal me. The pain is extreme. The prospect of suffering
through the 7th sleepless night is very daunting. Please pray for God's speedy
healing. Our prayers continue for all the brethren in trials. May our merciful
God deliver us speedily. Thank you in advance for your intercessory prayer.
July 12, 2018
Louis Lawson is in the hospital. He just had a severe heart attack. Please pray for Mary, Louis and Raymond. We will update you as soon as we have more information.
July 9, 2018
Shirley Decker is asking for prayers that God will guide her family through a situation they are presently dealing with.
July 4, 2018
William Sheppard (father of Bill Sheppard and Brenda Gaug) is in Akron City Hospital, due to injuries from a fall. A couple of days back, Bill was apparently trimming his shrubs and either tripped and fell or passed out and fell, hitting his head. It was about a day before someone discovered him laying in the yard. Tests had shown that he only had minor injuries, but in the interim, he developed some heart trouble. Tests are scheduled in order to determine if any further procedures need to be made. Please pray for his swift recovery and the ability to return home soon. Thank you!
Update July 9: William has been moved to a rehabilitation center to gain back his strength, in hopes of returning home. Please continue praying for his swift recovery.
June 23, 2018
The troublesome vertigo condition has Regina mostly homebound presently. She would appreciate your prayers for that condition.
June 18, 2018
Harold Crottinger has been in the hospital most of the week with his heart condition. He would appreciate your prayers for strength and stronger heart function.
June 13, 2018
Clyde Voltz had a slight stroke, just recently, from which he recovered. But now, he has mobility and grip issues with his right hand. Please pray for his swift healing.
Update June 18: The good news is, that Clyde is regaining his hand and arm control and strength after the stroke. However, he needs us to pray about his congestive heart condition which had him in the hospital for several days this week.
June 13, 2018
Joy Jones, wife of David Jones, is in the midst of a major battle with breast cancer, please add her to your prayers.
Update June 18: Joy had a single mastectomy this week and the pathology reports her now cancer free. Follow-up requires her to be on Herceptin, a cancer antibody that is much easier on the body than chemotherapy. Joy, husband David and their children thank you for your continued prayers for her complete recovery.
June 8, 2018
We received a phone call from Don Roth this
morning, telling us that Mike's cancer has returned, and that the doctors say he
has about two weeks left (without a miracle, which we will be praying to the
Father to grant). Alice is leaving for Arizona, Sunday morning. Mike is in the hospital there.
Update June 14: The situation with Mike has deteriorated. Please keep praying for the entire family.
Update June 18: Mike rallied a bit last
night and clearly spoke a few words. It is a matter of time now and he said he
looks forward to being in the resurrection with all of you.
I am taking the night shift tonight. Steve
stayed last night and Mark and Linda all day. Don was able to spend quality time
with Mike today. Brethren are giving us beds and meals.
Update June 20: Nothing much is changed
here at Casa de la Luz in Tucson. Mike can go from sleeping for an hour to
saying a few words, then to anger and back to sleep, or any combination of that.
Don and I are both here with him 24/7 with Linda giving us a break as much as
possible. Brethren have helped a lot with transportation, meals and even beds at
their homes. Even the doctors are surprised at Mikeís endurance. Thanks to all
for the prayers and encouragement.
Update June 23: Mike's stay at the
hospice facility was limited to 5 days. He is very tired and has only been able
to eat a portion of a "smoothie". A church family in Tucson volunteered to take
him in. Mike and family are due to move there shortly.
Update June 25: Mike will not be moved
today from the hospice facility. This morning the doctor evaluated him and she
knows his pain is not totally controlled. They would like that to happen before
going to a private home. He is extremely weak and sometimes disoriented then
lucid for a short while.
Today, Mike had pain that the hospice was
having trouble controlling. He had a truly great nurse and she advocated with
the doctor to keep him there. His insurance company agreed and he will be at the
hospice for another 5 days.
Update June 26: Slowly, Mike is slipping
away. He is mostly peaceful with all the medication and no longer responsive.
But, we talk to him anyway. A minister was here last night. He is a man Mike
really liked, so we appreciate him coming and talking to Mike.
Update June 28: It is with sadness, that
on Wednesday, June 27th, we bid our final farewell, in this life, to Michael
Roth, son of Don and Alice Roth. Brother of Mark and Steven Roth, Laurie Rohloff
and Sarah Uhing. And also, Edward Welch (a close family friend in Alaska). A
memorial service is being planned, in Tucson, on Sunday, July 1st. A Wisconsin
memorial is being planned for later in the fall.
Update June 29: Don and Alice are
spending the Sabbath in Tucson Arizona. The memorial service for Mike will be
Sunday and they are flying to Wisconsin on Monday, expecting to be home that
Mike's Obituary in PDF
Mike Roth circa 2015
June 3, 2018
Weíd like to ask for prayers for my mom, Sandy
O'Malley. She started to have headaches last week and then experienced nose
bleeds and severe nausea. On Friday, she was admitted to the hospital after
becoming disoriented. An initial CT scan revealed that a tumor had developed
behind her nasal cavity, connected to the pituitary gland. On Friday, she was
transferred to Kaiser Permante in Fontana, CA, where she underwent further tests
including an MRI. The headaches and nausea have subsided somewhat since being
admitted to the hospital.
Update June 8: Sandy was released from
the hospital last Tuesday. The tumor that was discovered during her hospital
stay has been determined benign. She has been placed on a medication regimen
where it is hoped the medication will shrink the mass over a period of several
months. She is doing well and the doctors are very hopeful the medication will
resolve any problem she may have. Thank you for your prayers.
May 31, 2018
Steve is in the hospital waiting to have tests
done because both his gall bladder and pancreas are swollen. He cannot eat or
drink for 24 hours before the tests. Your prayers are appreciated.
Update June 3: Please pass on my thanks
for everyone's prayers. I am feeling so much better. They will be releasing me
this afternoon to go home! God's mercy never fails!
May 25, 2018
Mr. William A. Lemmon has been in the hospital most of this week. The doctors have determined that he has an irregular heart beat and is receiving treatment. He is requesting prayers from the brethren and said he has appreciated the prayers from the brethren in the past. He is scheduled to be released tomorrow.
May 19, 2018
I have not been feeling well the last few
weeks. So, here's the run down on what's been gong on. A couple of weeks ago, I
had a reaction to an ingredient in a nutritional supplement I took and had to go
to the emergency room. I was sick for the entire week and then, except for my
fatigue, I finally started feeling better. Unfortunately, this Thursday, I
started feeling ill again and I also had some intermittent symptoms that
concerned me, as they could be heart related. Today, I ended up going to the
Urgent Care Center. They ran an EKG and it showed an unspecified abnormality.
They were preparing to start an IV and transport me to the ER, but the EKG did
not show I was having an active heart attack and it was not necessarily
something serious, so I declined to go. I said, if any kind of symptoms returned
this evening or tomorrow, then I would definitely not hesitate to go to the ER.
They were not too happy about my decision. I hope, instead, to wait and contact
my doctor first thing Monday morning and see what she would like to do, probably
some more tests or refer me to a Cardiologist and not an ER visit. I pray that
it's nothing serious, maybe even just stress related, and that I start feeling
better. My daughter is flying in to visit me this coming Friday and I've been
looking forward to spending some quality time with her. The prayers of the
brethren would be greatly appreciated. Again, I thank everyone in advance for
your prayers and thank God that by His stripes we are healed.
Update May 25: I am feeling better the
last few days. I saw my doctor yesterday and she wanted me to go to the ER so
they could run some STAT cardiac blood work to see if I may have had a slight
heart attack. Since I was feeling OK and no longer having symptoms, she agreed
to refer me to a Cardiologist for follow-up testing instead. I have an
appointment on June 8th.
May 19, 2018
Jim is to have a surgery to remove a large facet cyst from his spinal cord on Monday. Heíd appreciate your prayers.
May 12, 2018
Dalton Parish (son of Mark and Gwen Parish) was hit by an auto while bicycling to work late this week. Here is Markís report: ďDalton had a CT scan and the fractures are of no consequence. His skull only showed one to have any concern with, but they felt it would heal normally. Stitches and staples are up over 60, but will heal well. There was a lot of glass in his face from going through the windshield. The helmet saved him from life altering scars or death. Still pretty significant, but nothing like it could have been. He called me and we had a very sound conversation. Iím so thankful and relieved. He is now at his home with Gwen.Ē
May 5, 2018
Joe is still having ups and downs regarding his painful neuropathy. Please keep both him and Bess on your prayer list.
Update June 13: Please pray for comfort for Bess Gabriel in this time of grieving after husband Joeís death.
May 5, 2018
Daleís very itchy skin cancer continues. The pain-relieving ointment his doctor prescribes, works for a couple hours and the terrible itching returns. He sends his greetings to all of us and thanks us for our prayers.
May 5, 2018
Ed has a severe kidney infection. At last word, he is in a rehab facility. Please keep his wife, Sharon, in your prayers too.
Update May 12: Weíre happy to report that Ed is now back home and doing somewhat better!
May 5, 2018
Michelle was just informed by her foot doctor that fusing the bones in her feet is needed to relieve the intense arthritic pain. However, later that day, she was informed that she has active breast cancer. Please keep her in your prayers.
Update May 19: Michelle is scheduled for a Lumpectomy in early June and then a plan for treatment.
Update June 18: Michelle would like to thank all of you for your love and prayers regarding her health condition and treatment for breast cancer. She underwent a surgical lumpectomy this past week to remove the growth. The procedure went well. The results indicate that all the cancer was removed, and now she only has to have radiation and not more chemotherapy.
May 5, 2018
Freeman has come down with a case of shingles. He would appreciate your prayers for Godís healing.
May 5, 2018
Dick has a faulty heart valve that his doctor has explained to him. He requests your prayers for Godís healing.
Update June 18: Richard had two stents put in this past week, with a heart valve replacement yet to be done. Heíd appreciate your continued prayers, therefore.
Update July 7: The heart valve procedure went quite well and Richard was able to go home mid-week.
May 5, 2018
Marlene Ware requests your prayers for strength, so the aides wonít have to use the lifting machine, to get her into bed. She has some pneumonia and needs healing for that too.
May 3, 2018
Bruce Keen (husband of Emily and father of Joanne Paslak), will undergo a procedure for his heart which includes placing a pacemaker. Please pray for Bruce and the family. Bruce's health is fragile. He is a very good man and loved and respected by everyone. Your prayers are deeply appreciated.
Update May 5: Thank you for your prayers
for Mr. Bruce Keen. Mr. Keen had the pacemaker installed in his heart yesterday.
The procedure went very well. Thank you brethren, for your prayers.
Update June 1: Brethren, your prayers
are earnestly requested for Bruce. He has suffered with a multitude of serious
health issues recently. The pressing issue, at this time, is acute kidney
failure. He has been in and out of the hospital several times this week and is,
at this time, hospitalized in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His kidneys are failing and he
will require immediate attention. Also, please pray for his dear wife, Emily.
With all the upheaval, she has been without rest for over two days.
May 2, 2018
My test results came back positive. Cancer has
returned. I'm asking for prayers from the brethren for Godís intervention.
Update June 15: Some have asked about
Lori so here is an update. Lori ended cancer treatment in May and has refused
any further treatment or testing. She has put herself in God's hands from the
last chemo treatment in September. Treatments for estrogen finished in May. God
has maintained her health, so we must assume her prayers were answered and the
cancer is gone. She still suffers from tremors from the chemo treatments. Your
prayers are still requested for continued healing. We are truly grateful for
your prayers and support during this horrible trial and mostly for our merciful
April 30, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Pat Snodgrass. She just received a phone call from her doctor, urging her to get a blood transfusion right away, based on the results of a blood test Pat recently took. Itís too early to tell exactly whatís going on, but she is asking for prayers from the brethren for Godís intervention.
Update May 1: Please thank the brethren
for their prayers. We are home with Pat having received two units of blood.
While this transfusion brought the various aspects to acceptable levels, we
would appreciate prayers for God's healing from what would otherwise be an
ongoing chronic issue, which could ultimately prove life-threatening. Please be
aware that God completely healed her of a similar condition twenty years ago,
and He is certainly no less capable of doing the same today.
Update June 4: We would like to request
prayer on Patís behalf for the blood condition that she has. She is scheduled
for a bone marrow biopsy tomorrow, June 5th. There is concern that, as her
counts are dropping, the condition may be worsening. We would appreciate
prayers, that when the results come back, this is not the case. We know that God
can not only reverse the trend but heal her completely.
April 28, 2018
I waited until this morning to be sure, but
this bulging hernia is getting no better, and I had a difficult night. Iím not
sure what Iím going to do today, but if the pain associated with this condition
continues or gets worse, I think Iím going to Emergency. I was hoping to attend
services this afternoon, but right now, thatís not likely to happen. Could you
please have prayers said for me?
Update June 7: Your prayers are again requested for Al Ashurst, who is heading to the emergency room, due to bleeding from the bowels. We will post more information when we receive it.
Update June 8: Thank you for sending out
that prayer request. It's been a trying day and I'm tired. At least whatever is
causing the bleeding, doesn't seem to be as serious as I thought it might be.
The doctor gave me an injection and sent me home. Whatever he stuck in me seems
to be working, as the bleeding has subsided somewhat. Whew! He also is putting
me on a 30-day prescription program that's supposed to completely clear up the
bleeding. See? Those prayers do work! And I do appreciate them.
April 12, 2018
Mary Lawson requests your prayers on behalf of her sister, Clara Meyer. She has been hospitalized for two weeks. She continues to struggle with fluids accumulating around her lungs.
Update April 21: Clara was
admitted to the hospital into the ICU on March 21st and on April 20th. She was
finally moved to a regular room. Thank you to all, for the prayers. She still
needs prayers, but this is a big step.
Update June 22: We would like to thank
everyone for the prayers for Mary's sister, Clara. At approximately 11:45 AM
today, Clara died. She will now rest until the resurrection. Many thanks for
prayers and love to you all.
April 12, 2018
Mrs. Kitty Paloma is requesting your prayers on her behalf. Her most recent blood test has shown that she is once again afflicted with thyroid cancer. She has suffered with this condition on three different occasion in the past years. Please remember her in your prayers.
March 17, 2018
Benjamin Phillips (grandson of Ruth Murdock), who is severely autistic, has been experiencing a severe bowel problem and will now have a colonoscopy surgery. Ruthís daughter-in-law and son very much appreciate your prayers on young Benjaminís behalf.
March 16, 2018
Your urgent prayers are requested for Mr.
Sheldon Monson. One of his eyes was damaged, yesterday, while he was doing yard
work. He had emergency surgery, last night, at Johns Hopkins University. The
lens was destroyed and he currently has no sight in the eye (his other eye is
fine). The two main concerns, right now, are that he doesnít develop infection
in the eye and that there was no further damage behind the lens. Heíll have
another surgery in the next couple of weeks to remove the lens and determine if
there is any other damage to the eye. Then, a third surgery will be required to
insert an artificial lens.
March 13, 2018
A short email to let you know my mother died at
about 10:20 pm tonight. Please let others know. Thank you.
March 10, 2018
Please keep Mariah in your prayers for healing of a deep vein blood clot in her leg, which is very rare for someone already taking prescribed blood thinners.
Update March 24: Mariahís leg is improving and is no longer causing her pain. She would appreciate your prayers for continued healing and guidance of her health professionals to ascertain the nature of the clot and best treatment going forward.
March 7, 2018
Calvin Hood (brother of Donna Redd) had a biopsy performed a couple of weeks ago, and results are coming in now from that biopsy, along with other tests that were done. It was confirmed by the doctors that it is indeed an aggressive, fast acting brain tumor (which is what was initially suspected). An option for treatment was discussed, but the treatment (which could possibly prolong his life to some degree) provided no guarantee that it would work, and possibly, would do nothing at all. Calvin, talked this over with his family, and has declined treatment. What he wants to do, is to take it day by day. He said that he doesnít want to spend his time being sick, and going back and forth to the hospital for treatment. Instead, heíd much rather spend his time at home safe and secure with his family. Calvin is completely at peace with whatís going on in his life and heís leaving the amount of time he has left in Godís hands.
Update March 17: Calvin has informed doctors that he is declining treatment. Calvin is completely at peace with whatís going on in his life and heís leaving the amount of time he has left in Godís hands.
March 7, 2018
Sandy Feiock (mother of Sue Kocher and Brent Feiock) is going to Ohio State University for Esophagus Surgery this coming week and would like to request your prayers for a successful outcome.
February 22, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Jim Mancini. Mr. Mancini was diagnosed with a small tumor of cancer in the top part of one lung. Tomorrow morning, he will have a test to see if the cancer has spread. Mr. Mancini is asking for your prayers for Godís help and intervention for him.
Update March 9: Mr. Jim Mancini will be
having surgery, Monday morning, to remove the cancerous tumor on his lung. From
the various tests heís undergone, it appears that the cancer has not spread, but
they will not know for sure until Monday.
Update March 15: Mr. Mancini was
examined by three different doctors, two of which said they were ď95 percent
sureĒ he had a fast-growing cancer. However, the tumor that was removed, turned
out to be a benign ďnon-cancerous growth"! As Mr. Mancini told us, ďI think we
both know what happened.Ē
February 10, 2018
Richard Cleveland underwent a colonoscopy this
past Thursday and doctors discovered a cancerous growth in his large intestine.
Surgery to remove the growth will probably be scheduled for late February or
early March. Richard also has been diagnosed with a condition that is causing a
progressively diminishing capacity in his lungs to oxygenate blood. As a result,
he experiences low energy levels and tires easily. Richard thanks you in advance
for your prayers.
February 9, 2018
Your prayers are requested for Norman Julag-ay. Norman suffered a heart attack last night and is currently in the ICU at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Bacolod City, Philippines. His doctor stated that the next 72 hours are critical. We will pass along more information as we receive it.
Update February 11: It is with great
sadness, that we learned today, that Norman Julag-ay died at around 1:00 a.m.
Sunday morning in the Philippines. Funeral arrangements are still being made. As
you can imagine this has been a terrible shock for the Julag-ay family and the
brethren in the Philippines. Your prayers for Godís comfort for the family and
brethren is much appreciated. Cards and letters can be sent to his wife and
family at the following address.
February 7, 2018
Gary Dullum, 67, was hospitalized last month
after developing a swollen leg. Subsequent tests revealed pancreatic cancer that
had already spread throughout his body. This came as a total shock to Gary and
his family, since he hadnít experienced any symptoms of illness previously. He
began chemo treatments last week and hasnít suffered any bad reactions thus far.
Gary, his wife, Faith, and their son, David, thank you for any and all prayers
and are grateful to be a part of Godís family.
February 2, 2018
Loren Enders, oldest son of Max and Sharon
Enders, died this past week. The cause of death is unknown. Please pray for Max
and Sharon that God will strengthen them during this very difficult time. Unless
you are very close to the family, please wait to call them until they have had a
space of time to adjust to the loss of their son. Thank you.
Allen and Odessa Harris
January 29, 2018
Allen and Odessa Harris request your prayers.
Allen has been battling prostate cancer for several years now and his PSA level
just rose significantly over the last several weeks. Doctors want him to try a
new experimental drug and he is praying for healing and wisdom to know what
decision to make.
January 26, 2018
Beulah Sexton's heart catheter procedure went well. She has some degree of blockage, but the doctor is not concerned about that at present. The family is very pleased and they thank you for your prayers and continued prayers.
January 26, 2018
Hello. I wanted to update you all on my recent
knee replacement adventure. It was mostly routine (though, a little scary to me
as I'm going into unfamiliar territory). I had my left knee replacement surgery
last Tuesday morning. It went well. I stayed one night and most of the day,
Wednesday. Up to his point, everything has gone as expected, with roller coaster
pain and mainly manageable discomfort. Many thanks to each of you for your
January 26, 2018
We spoke with Kitty Paloma yesterday. Kitty and her mother, Betty Dove, are requesting your prayers on behalf of Betty. Recent tests have shown a high and concerning level of certain enzymes in her pancreas and liver, which is seriously effecting her general health.
January 23, 2018
Brethren please pray for Joyce Kerns. Joyce is
currently in the hospital with an
AFib problem. On Wednesday, her cardiologist will attempt a procedure to get
her heart working in a normal rhythm. We will update you as we know more. Please
ask that God would restore her health and energy as it relates to her heart.
Update February 2: I would like to thank
everyone, not only for your prayers, but also for the many sweet cards and texts
I received! This has been so encouraging to me, and I would also like to thank
Levi for his Scottish greeting!!! I am doing well and gradually getting my
January 13, 2018
We just received a phone call letting us know that Mr. Steve Morrison is experiencing a medical emergency. Your prayers are appreciated.
Mr. Morrison did not recover from his medical
emergency and died tonight. Mrs. Morrison said he went quickly. As you can
imagine, she is in shock.
Update January 17: Mr. Morrisonís
children have chosen to have a ďcelebration of lifeĒ for their father.
The family requests memorial donations be made
to the charity of your choice. Arrangements completed with:
January 11, 2018
I'm requesting prayers for my mom. This
morning, she experienced what looked very much like a seizure after my dad and I
walked her to our car so she could go to Blackwater Falls and receive treatment.
As this newly-discovered healing center is only thirty minutes away from us, mom
elected to go there and see what its doctor has to say about her condition
before going to the hospital. It's clear to us that her hemoglobin is
dangerously low again, and that she needs another transfusion imminently.
Update January 25: We were notified by
the hospital, yesterday, that Mom's white blood cell count is now at 244. Unless
God lowers it during the next few days, we can probably expect imminent organ
failure. The doctors have said that Mom may not live through the weekend. We can
only hope and pray that God says otherwise.
Update January 30: I just received a
call from Mrs. Walsh to let me know that Janice White stopped breathing at about
5:30 pm. The family is asking for no phone calls tonight, but your prayers for
them are appreciated.
Update January 21: Here is the
information for Janice Whiteís funeral:
January 10, 2018
I was feeling so poorly this last week and just
found out that it was my main nerve that goes from my back to my feet. We just
returned home this morning from the hospital. I will need to take it easy till
my nerve heals. Please let everyone know things are on the mend now.
Update January 13: Please let everyone
know that I am doing much better now, with no pain, while trying to sleep. My
left leg is not quite like a 16 year old's, but it is much better. Thanks for
all of your prayers, phone calls, emails and especially, Thanks to our great
December 30, 2017
Bob Miller experienced a severe reaction to an
antibiotic, causing extreme swelling of his tongue and restricting his ability
to breath. Bob is presently at the Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz, where
lab results also revealed his blood count was very low. So, they are keeping him
overnight and giving him two units of blood. Bobís doctor told him, Friday, that
itís possible that he has stomach cancer. But, there is a small possibility that
itís only a bleeding ulcer. Whatever it is, Bob and Nancy very much appreciate
your prayers for a complete healing of this condition.
Update January 13: Bob was hospitalized for a short time, but is now home. He thanks you all for your prayers.
December 26, 2017
Prayers are requested for Tom Blair. Tom has
Parkinsonís Disease. This disease causes all kinds of mobility and balance
problems. This last Friday evening, Tom fell in his apartment, hit his head and
also suffered a stroke. He was not found until Sabbath morning around 9:00 a.m.
December 25, 2017
Al Pachinger is still in the hospital, but the
doctors believe they have ruled out any stroke-type activity (such as a T.I.A.).
Instead, they think his difficulties are related to the heart issues he's had
for many years (initial difficulties in the early 1990s, a major heart attack in
1998, and angioplasty with stents inserted four years ago).
Update December 26: I've heard from
Janet Pachinger with news of her dad. His pacemaker implant surgery was earlier
this morning and the surgeon is pleased with the results.
December 22, 2017
Please pray for Shanna. She fell down the
stairs this morning and hurt her left elbow. She went to emergency for
Update December 28: Shanna is scheduled for surgery to repair the broken bone in the elbow. Surgery will last a few hours and she will be home tonight. We will send an update once the surgery is over.
Update December 29: Shanna came through the surgery with no problems. She is resting. Her elbow was damaged beyond repair and needed replaced. She will need therapy to regain movement in her left elbow. Thanks for all the prayers.
December 21, 2017
Can you please pass along a prayer request for
Jane Brown (she is my daughter, Asiaís grandma on her dadís side). Asia just
emailed me a little while ago. Hereís the facts so far:
Update December 22: Well, it was a long
night for my daughter, Asia, her father and Jane. Although, she remained
unconscious the entire time.
December 18, 2017
I have a job interview this Wednesday. I am
really hoping that I get this job (if itís Godís will of course), because I have
been working 50-60 hours a week at my current job and they have proved that this
wonít be changing anytime soon. I feel that with my current job I am neglecting
the important things in my life like in-depth Bible study, my family and my
health. I have made it very clear to my current employer (even before taking
this job) that I needed to only work 40 hours a week - no more than that. Which
they said would be the norm. It hasnít been since July. They were not honest and
upfront with me. I have mentioned it several times that I canít keep doing this
and they just keep saying everyoneís working long hours and it doesnít show any
sign that they even care. Weíve lost two employees and they arenít hiring anyone
to replace them. They only plan to hire two entry-level employees, who donít
have any experience doing what I do. That wonít provide any relief.
Update January 5: I wanted to give a
quick update on my job situation...
December 17, 2017
We're writing because we'd like to request
prayers for Samarys. She's been diagnosed with flu. We've been in the hospital
since yesterday and they'll keep her again tonight. There's been little, to no
success, in keeping her temperature down. She's also been throwing up, coughing,
with diarrhea, all on and off, but it just won't go away and she's not eating as
well as she should.
Update December 18: Just got good news from the doctor. She'll be released. We're going home, finally. She's still a bit "under the weather" but going home. Now I'm the sick one. Anyway, thank you all for your messages and prayers. Truly appreciate it!
December 14, 2017
Joe and Katie Wengerd want to pass along their
thanks for your prayers regarding Joeís hernia surgery today. All is progressing
well and Joe is at home resting and recuperating.
Carol Cable's Granddaughter
December 10, 2017
I am asking for prayers for my 11-year old
granddaughter, Gracie, who had a heart transplant 5 years ago. She is going
through very serious emotional and mental issues.
Update January 1: Carol would like to thank you for your prayers regarding her granddaughter, Gracie. Gracie is doing better and her discouragement is lifting. Carol thanks you for your prayers for Gracie and believes our prayers have made a difference. Thank you!
December 10, 2017
This past week, Larry Wilson died peacefully. He and Rita had been married for 45 years. Please keep her and daughter, Angie, in your prayers.
December 8, 2017
Burk McNair, a friend of many and longtime minister and pioneer of the early days of the Church of God, died on December 5th. After coming to Colorado a few months ago, Burk was cared for at the home of his daughter, Susie Weaver, of Roxborough, interspersed with a stay in the hospital and over a week in a rehabilitation facility. Burk was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Sue, in February 2017.
Memorial services for Burk McNair will be held
this coming Sunday, December 10th, at:
December 8, 2017
Connie Tuck's sister died Tuesday night. She
lived in St. Louis. The funeral is next Thursday in St. Louis. Please pray for
Connie and the family.
Update December 24: Connie's youngest sister, from Detroit, died suddenly this evening of apparent heart failure. Please pray for her and the family. Thank you.
Cards may be sent to the address above.
December 5, 2017
Ron Froedge, age 63, suffered a stroke Monday
morning. He is currently paralyzed on the left side, has limited communication,
cannot eat solid food and there is still the concern of another clot breaking
off from the main carotid artery. The family is requesting prayers for a full
recovery and that no more strokes will occur (as this is a risk).
December 5, 2017
Stephen and Michelle Fields are requesting your
prayers on behalf of their new baby daughter, Caliah, who was born at the end of
Please add your prayers to those the of the
Fields family and beseech God for His strengthening of Stephen and Michelle and
His healing of Caliah.
December 1, 2017
George Evans, father of David Evans, was hospitalized yesterday because of great discomfort and what appeared to be an intestinal blockage. After further testing, it was determined that Mr. Evans has a twisted intestine. Given Mr. Evansí age and health, they are quite concerned. The doctors are hoping that a decompression procedure (under sedation) can help the intestine to realign. However, if that does not work, surgery is the only option, which at his age and health, is very risky. Your prayers are requested for George Evans requesting Godís divine intervention, giving him relief from this serious condition.
Update December 6: George underwent the
intestinal decompression procedure, and initially, his intestine was untwisted.
However, after about 18 hours, it was discovered that the intestine had not
stayed in place, and is lax. Surgery is not an option at his age (85) and with
his current health. Mr. Evans returned home on Sunday, and is under hospice
care. Because of his age and overall condition, he is not completely aware of
Update December 15: My family and I are
sorrowful, yet relieved, that my father, George Evans, died peacefully yesterday
morning, December 14th. After returning from the hospital on December 3rd, he
was able to enjoy a few days at home, mostly in his cherished recliner. Last
Sunday evening, December 10th, he began feeling less and less mobile, and had
increasing pain. The hospice caregivers and our family members strove to
decrease the pain and help him feel as comfortable as possible. Wednesday night,
he was able to sleep soundly, and early Thursday morning, his breathing began to
become shallow and slightly strained, yet he seemed to remain asleep until his
final breath shortly after 9 a.m., with family members close by.
November 29, 2017
Weíd like to request your prayers for Shirley Topovski. She went into the hospital on Thanksgiving Day with severe abdominal pain and has remained there in Wooster Community Hospital. It appears that the pain is being caused by a hernia that is pinching off her colostomy. The local doctor feels that surgery to repair this condition would be more than he is comfortable performing. So, she is currently resting and awaiting transfer to University Hospital in Cleveland, where it is assumed that rather extensive surgery may be necessary to repair the hernia and whatever else may be needed. Please pray for Shirleyís strength and healing.
November 18, 2017
From Marc Buchholz: I am writing this prayer request to ask all of you for your prayers regarding me being admitted to the hospital for a urinary tract infection, and some ongoing stomach issues. I also found out the IV in my leg has yeast as well. This is not good because it turns into a blood infection when it is in the IV in my leg. I would appreciate everyoneís prayers regarding this hospitalization, and Godís Will on this situation. I will update everyone once I know more. Thanks so much in advance for your prayers.
Update December 10: Marc is still in the hospital in NY dealing with the UTI and ongoing stomach issues. He had progressed and hoped to go home early this past week, but came down with a fever which meant remaining in the hospital for more days. Please keep him in your prayers.
Update February 17: Marc underwent treatment for gall stones related to his quadriplegic condition.
November 18, 2017
Leon Sexton (brother of Anita Showers), unfortunately, has had another stroke and is in serious condition at the moment. Gloria, his wife, also needs prayers. This is very hard on her. Anita requests that you may feel free to forward this request to other brethren you correspond with.
Update December 10: Gloria reports some progress. He is able to swallow again and is walking with a walker during therapy. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
November 14, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Janice Timmons, a shut-in member in Chillicothe. She recently fell and injured her knee, and is suffering with a lot of pain as result. Her hands have also started shaking, which is causing her concern. She is asking for prayers from the brethren to beseech God on her behalf.
November 10, 2017
Mrs. Joyce Upchurch has asked for your prayers
on her behalf. This past Wednesday, she had a defibrillator installed to help
regulate her heart function. At this time, she is experiencing great pain.
Please ask God's mercy regarding the pain and that she might have a full and
November 10, 2017
Good afternoon Brethren,
Update November 22: Renee has been in
the hospital for over two weeks, battling the very serious infection in her
foot, with two surgeries required so far. The situation is complicated by her
diabetic condition. Following the second surgery, November 20th (a skin graft to
close the wound), her doctors are pleased that there appears to be no further
infection, but the minimal circulation levels in her foot give them concern.
Update November 23: We need to ask your
prayers for another specific issue regarding Renee's health.
Update February 2: Janel and I have
returned a short time ago from visiting Renee Williams (and Ray) at the nursing
home in Wellington.
Update February 9: Renee had her surgery
today, which, as you know, involved the amputation of her right foot (below the
knee). The operation was finished by about 1:30, and her husband, Ray, their
daughter-in-law Barbara (Matt's wife) and I were able to see her, in the
recovery room, by about 3:30 p.m. We had only been there a few minutes when they
came to move her back to her hospital room.
November 10, 2017
Prayers are requested for Bryant Ellis. Bryant was hospitalized, Tuesday evening, with what was later determined to be a heart attack. He also has fluid on his lungs and is on a respirator. It is possible he could be taken off the respirator as early as this weekend. After he is more alert, further tests will be administered to determine to what degree his heart has been damaged. His wife, Karline, and family would appreciate your prayers for Godís intervention for Bryantís complete recovery.
Update December 29: Bryant had surgery Sunday, December 24th, to debride a bed sore on his bottom side. He felt much better after that surgery, however, on Wednesday, December 27th, they placed a wound vacuum on the area of the operation and administered colostomy surgery to prevent further infection of the bed sore area. His triple bypass surgery was a success, but having to lay in bed for over seven weeks brought on these other issues. The prayers and cards of support from the brethren and our Fatherís intervention have helped Bryant and his wife, Karline, tremendously. Please continue to pray for his complete recovery.
Update January 17: We are saddened to
announce that Bryant Ellis died this past Sabbath afternoon, January 13th. His
wife, Karline, and family members appreciate all the cards, calls, visits and
especially the prayers for Bryant during his recent illness. In lieu of a
memorial service, Karline and the family have decided to have a special luncheon
at her home this coming Thursday, January 18th, to honor Bryantís life. He very
much enjoyed being with his family and friends and was the life of any party. He
will be sorely missed by all. His race is now over, and he awaits the
resurrection at Christís return.
November 9, 2017
We received the following update this afternoon
from Mrs. Altom (Chelsey Bredenberg's mother):
Update November 10: Chelsey has
pneumonia in both lungs. It's so bad that the pneumonia is even in the tissue
surrounding the lungs. They are giving her an echocardiogram because of the
stress on her heart.
Update November 15: Chelsey's strength
has improved over the past few days. She and Derek thank everyone for their
prayers and concern, it means so much to them.
Harold Van Brunt
November 7, 2017
Harold is 75 years old and is suffering from a continual high temperature due to his health condition (Harold suffers from Leukemia). Please pray for Harold and Helen during this time of stress and ill health.
November 5, 2017
Cara, Caity and I would like to request prayers
for our dad, Steve Kovatch. He has been having pain in his esophagus and stomach
for the past few months. After having an upper scope this past week, it was
found that he has cancer. A biopsy was taken, however, we will not know the
results until later this week as to what specific type of cancer he has, the
prognosis, treatment options, etc.
Update November 10: I wanted to give you
a brief update on my dad. I was able to go with him, yesterday, to his initial
oncology appointment at Western Reserve Hospital. The doctor we saw, yesterday,
confirmed esophageal cancer. He has a malignant tumor at the bottom of his
esophagus where it meets the stomach. At this point, that is all that we know.
We have requested a referral to the Cleveland Clinic. We are waiting to hear
from them with the next appointment date and time, which we should hopefully
know by early next week. From there, he will be ordered a PET scan to see if the
cancer has spread anywhere else in his body, as well as an endoscopic ultra
sound to determine the stage and size of the tumor in the esophagus. Once this
information is determined, treatment can be decided upon and begin. For now,
unfortunately, we are at a stand still.
Update November 30: Cara, Caity and I
would like to ask for continued prayers for our dad. Over the past few days, he
has had PET and CAT scans, lab work and an endoscopic ultrasound. We have met
with an oncologist who specializes in cancers of the esophagus and the stomach,
a gastroenterologist and a thoracic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.
Update January 6: Cara, Caity and I
wanted to give another update on our dad. A few weeks ago, we were given some
very disappointing news that our dad would only be able to be treated
palliatively and that his cancer was definitely stage 4, with no chance of cure.
The plan was to radiate locally to shrink the size of the tumor for comfort and
then to begin a chemo regimen that he would do for the rest of his life, 3 days
every 2 weeks. He was told that without treatment he would have approximately
3-6 months to live. This was the toughest appointment by far for everyone and
shocking to my dad.
Update February 1: We are once again
asking for prayers for our dad, Steve Kovatch. He was admitted to Wooster
Community hospital today. He has been trying to stay at home and called this
morning letting me know that he didn't feel like he could drive to today's
appointments with his oncologist and radiologist. Caity went to pick him up and
took him in. The oncologist took one look at him and sent him right to the ER.
Even with his anti-nausea medications, his nausea has been almost unbearable and
he has been unable to keep even water down for about the last 4 days. He has
been unable to sleep much and he was also running a fever last night and this
morning. These are dangerous indicators of infection.
November 2, 2017
Sam Dungan is requesting prayers. He has been
Central Serous Retinopathy (fluid on the retina). He went blind in the left
eye within a week. The doctor would like to do a laser procedure if he doesnít
show improvement within a few weeks. He would love to regain full eyesight
without any further problems. Please pray for Godís guidance and ultimate
Update December 15: Sam had his follow-up doctorís appointment regarding his eye yesterday, December 14th. His eye is completely healed. His vision is actually better than before the eye issue. The doctor and his assistant were dumbfounded because they said no one heals that fast. It normally takes months for healing. God definitely intervened! Sam and his family are very thankful for all of the prayers, cards and calls.
October 31, 2017
On Monday, I went to the spinal specialist. He
said I am a mystery to him, but I know Iím not to all of you. He is very
concerned with my lower back and what the MRI showed. He said he does not
understand ďhow you get out of bed every morningĒ. I know how, God allows it. My
neck was okay, but the MRI did not vary off enough to get the shoulders and
thatís what is really causing me much pain right now. Iím not sleeping at night,
I hurt constantly and of course it has now interfered with daily living. Getting
cloths on and off, brushing my hair and anything over my head is just NOT
do-able. Because this doctor can only deal with my spine, he has ordered MRIs
done on both shoulders and will be sending me over to a doctor who deals with
Update November 17: I must ask for
prayers for Christine once again. She has found out that she has a torn rotator
cuff in at least one shoulder. Also, her spinal doctor told her, that if she
started having numbness anywhere below her waist, to get into the ER right away.
They will then transport her to Cleveland Clinic for emergency surgery, so she
won't end up in a wheel chair. This morning, she woke up with numbness and
severe pain below her waist. She is waiting to hear back from the doctors to see
if she should go in. She, of course, does not want surgery and especially while
her rotator cuff is causing her such pain. If she has back surgery, she would be
forced to lay on her shoulders, which would be unbearable, so it's a very bad
situation. If we could ask our brethren, to pray to our Father, to once again
intervene and have mercy on her in this ongoing situation, we would very much
appreciate it. We are praying we might even be able to attend services if she
can get some relief.
Update November 20: I just wanted to
give you an update. I am at a local ER waiting for an ambulance to take me to
Cleveland. I don't know when surgery will be till after I get up there and talk
to the doctor. Sure do appreciate prayer that all goes well.
Update November 24: Itís been a crazy
few days here, but they have Christineís pain under control for the most part.
Though, the good news of the second MRI showed that her spinal cord was not
being compressed, it was too close to send her home, so she will stay in the
hospital till her surgery on Tuesday. This will be part one of a two part
surgery. On Friday, the second will take place.
Update November 27: My surgery is at
1:45 tomorrow and is part one. I don't know what time on Friday for part two.
The surgeon gave me a couple of things that could go wrong and when he was
finished, I told him I had prayed for the surgery and for his hands so we are
good to go. I am not sure what he was thinking about that. It is all in God's
Update November 28: Christine finally
got out of her first surgery after 6 and 1/2 hours and I am told that all went
well. She is, of course, sleeping right now and under heavy sedation. After I
speak with her tomorrow, I can let you know more, but I do know her second
surgery is still on for Friday, so continued prayers are definitely appreciated
for her and for me as we weather this trial. God has been so awesome and giving
us that piece that goes beyond our understanding. I'll keep you posted. Thanks
Update November 29: The nurses are
surprised at how well she is able to get around, considering. However, she has
numbness in her toes she did not have before. We think it is due to swelling
around the nerves and the fact that only half of the surgery is finished. She
will be having the next surgery Tuesday and not Friday. There was some
scheduling confusion and both procedures together take about 14 hours and they
could not get the additional surgery room time at University Hospital until
Tuesday. She is not out of the woods by any means, but we know that God does and
has heard all of our prayers. Please thank all of the brethren for their prayers
and cards and phone calls. She is up for visits if anyone would like to call or
visit. She is in room 6081 on the 6th floor at Lerner Tower. Her direct line is
1-216-844-9681. We both look forward to being reunited with all the brethren
Update November 30: I need a prayer
request immediately please! I have a pain running down my back into my legs. It
feels like a bad muscle spasm. I need prayers for it to be taken away, right
away, please! The doctors are coming in.
They are taking
Christine to an MRI to see if something moved while she is waiting for the
second half of the surgery. It would be a blessing if the surgery room was made
available for her to get the second surgery before Tuesday.
She was in so much pain they could not do the MRI.
They are regrouping to see how to get the MRI pics they need. God knows and is
guiding all of this, but how He does it remains to be seen. I know our prayers
affect how He answers in so many ways.
They found that the metal mesh shifted and they
will have to go in tomorrow and do the second part of the surgery. That is what
we wanted originally, but not with the horrible pain. God knows what needs done
and how to get it done. Thank you all for your prayers. I don't know the time
for surgery tomorrow, but I am praying for the person that is going to have to
be bumped to another day because of this. Will update as I know.
Update December 1: Christine went into
surgery at 9am and was back in her room at 3pm. I spoke to the surgeon and he
said all went well and there was no damage from the movement the evening before.
She is in a lot of pain, but that is to be expected. Please thank everyone for
their prayers, as she has at least 3 months of total bed and chair rest in which
she cannot do any bending or picking anything up. We would ask continued prayers
that there will be no accidental movement of any kind that might cause a further
delay of her recovery. Please also pray that our Father will speed her healing
so she will be able to resume normal activities as soon as possible and that the
tear in her rotator cuff in her shoulder will heal during this time as well, it
is giving her even more pain from the positions she has to lay in after this
Update December 2: Last night was an extraordinarily bad night. Not so much the back surgery itself, but they blew out my veins put medicine into my tissue. Both hands are messed up this morning. The blood drain tube was broken. There was blood everywhere, so I could really use some prayers to cheer me up and get past this thank you.
Update December 4: So, giving you a
little bit of an update, straight from the horseís mouth, so to speak. The
doctor set up an emergency surgery again for tomorrow morning. He is thinking
that the cage they were using and installed in the first surgery must have
moved, even though it looked in place during surgery number two. It doesn't take
much for it to become ensnared with those billions of nerve cell endings we all
have. When he went in to look at things during that surgery, he felt it looked
so good, that he just went on to continue with the last part of this plan and
things got closed up.
Update December 5: I am out of surgery.
Not sure how things are until we give it some time and I'm able to get up and
walk. Having a little trouble getting my blood pressure to stay up though. It
plummeted after I took a bunch of meds, so I need prayer to get me up and out
and going quickly.
Update December 10: Christine came home today. It was definitely a miracle from God. The doctors were just stunned when she woke up. In fact some of them made a special trip up just to see for themselves. To our brothers and sisters, our sincere thanks for all of your prayers. Our Mighty God and healer has heard and delivered, and we are so thankful for that! We have a long road ahead of us, but at least she is at home and doing well at this point. Thanks again and hope to see everyone soon.
Update December 13: Christine is at the
ER. Her heart rate is 170 and she has severe abdominal pain and her left leg is
very swollen. Prayers are appreciated for relief from the ongoing complications.
Update December 14: Christine's heart
rate is under control as of 4am this morning. They have not found the cause yet
and are going to keep her in the hospital, as they are continuing to run tests.
Her infection is under control. Continued Prayers are very much appreciated.
Update December 19: The
original surgeon was going to send Christine home, even after her heart rate
almost caused her a heart attack, due to what they suspected was an infection.
Thankfully, God was watching over things and the doctors ignored the surgeonís
directions and kept her over until they could do a CT assisted extraction of the
fluid in a cyst that was in her belly. They found out that she did indeed have a
lot of infection in that cyst that had developed and had she gone home, she
would have probably gone into sepsis and probably had a heart attack. But thanks
to Godís Mercy and Grace, they have so far, drained about a pint of infectious
fluid. She will remain in the hospital until the infection is totally gone.
Thank you and all of our brothers and sisters for the prayers and cards and
those that have visited. It has been quite a rough ride, but God has provided us
so much encouragement, we both feel we are so blessed. We do need continued
prayers for Christine and I appreciate prayers for strength that I can serve
Christine in her time of need.
Update December 20: Good news,
they will be releasing Christine either tomorrow or Friday. However, she is very
down after being in the hospital for over a month, so any calls or encouragement
would be very timely. The number to her room is: 440-285-6652. She is in bed B.
I know she would love any calls.
Update December 21: Christine
just called me in tears. They thought, because her belly tube was not draining
anymore, that it was a good sign and she could come home. But, after todayís CT
scan, it showed that the tube had moved and the infection fluid has been
building back up instead of draining like it was at first. She is devastated.
She wants so bad to come home after a month in the hospital and is so very down
at having to be there for at least another few days or longer. I know everyone
is praying for her and that is so appreciated, but to anyone who might want to
call, I know it would be helpful. Not being able to see the brethren and being
on all the medications, so she cannot study like she wants to, just some
fellowship would brighten her day. I hope to bring better news next update. She
is still fighting this infection, which could be fatal, if God does not
intervene through a direct miracle or His direct guidance of the doctors. Satan
is clearly doing his best to discourage us, but we are determined not to let
that happen. She will be there for, at least, several more days at this point.
We are praying that possibly she might be able to be moved to a nursing home
facility close to home, so itís not an hour away each way for me to visit.
Update December 22: They are
now going to have to put two drain tubes in and find a surgeon to open her up
and clean the wound out. The staples have been in to long, so he will have to
remove them at the same time. She is feeling somewhat better after the calls and
encouragement for which we are both so grateful! She particularly was blessed by
a call of one member in the Akron congregation who read to her from Psalms and
while it was a simple act of kindness, it meant so much to her. Thank you all
for your continued prayers and encouraging calls and visits. Looks like she will
be there for at least a couple more days. That being said, God has intervened in
many ways to keep Christine safe and breathing.
Update December 23: Christine
is still in the hospital and has had another tube put in to drain the infectious
fluid. However, the CT scan has shown that she has many of these pockets of
fluid. So, she is going to be transferred back up to University Hospital to have
her wound reopened through surgery, scraped, cleaned and packed until all the
infection is gone. This means, probably, another week in the hospital. As you
can imagine, this is devastating to both of us. Please continue to pray for her
that this infection can be gotten under control.
Update January 2: I just
wanted to give you all an update since arriving home at the beginning of Sabbath
last week. I am, of course, very sore and tired. Iím doing well, getting up and
around for the most part. I'm not sleeping in bed, so far. Itís just too much to
try and get in and out. I had a really bad day yesterday (January 1st), as I
started to throw up and just was, generally, not feeling great. My temperature
went up a bit too, which is a bit scary with this infection. Today, I woke up
feeling much better, just still fatigued. I so enjoyed my first shower in 7
weeks, there are no words. I am trying to get my appetite back, but Iím sure,
over time, I will, as if you would think that should be a problem, right? (hahaha)
I do ask that you continue to remember me, that this infection will be
completely gone and that this problem with my leg works itself out. A physical
therapist was here this morning and said he would wager no surgery for the leg,
despite how weak and how numb things are. There is motion and some strength,
which you normally donít see with Foot Drop. He said, that sort of pushes one to
thinking that itís a matter of those nerves healing. As for the surgery on the
stomach again, that is up to the surgeon and I so pray that God will deliver me
out of that one as well.
Update January 6: I believe I
am doing pretty well with the infection, though thatís just my opinion. There
are a couple of things that are giving me some problems and I would like to pray
specifically for these. First, is this horrible pain that used to be on my left
side, which is now on my right. Last night, I could hardly walk and my groaning
from pain kept us both up most of the night. Steve was close to calling the
ambulance, when I finally got myself in a position with pillows, blankets and
heating pad, where we could all finally fall asleep. I donít know why itís here
but I am asking that God remove it. The other problem is my left leg. I still
have very little strength there and itís huge compared to my right.
Update January 8: After an
excruciating night of pain, I am being admitted to the hospital. I am actually
at the main surgeon's office right now. They are going to try to get to the
bottom of this leg pain and what's going on in my left foot and my shoulder.
They don't think the infection is something we have to worry about, but they're
going to do a little bit of antibiotic therapy, just in case. They are then
going to run some blood work to get some new results, but the doctor said he's
least worried about that part of it.
Update January 10: They tried
to do an MRI yesterday, but the pain got so severe, we had to stop. They will be
doing an MRI again today. Please pray that we find out what is causing all this.
Thank you for all your prayers. They are so appreciated. More than I can say.
Update January 17: I want to
give you an update on Christine. She is actually getting worse and can no longer
even get out of bed to go to the bathroom. She has a slight improvement on the
fluid inside her wounds, but there is still infection. She is in horrible pain
and is still under heavy sedation, but even that is not working very well. We
continue to pray for Godís intervention. He is giving us strength and appreciate
Update January 18: Pain has
increased to where I must use a bed pan and it has gotten difficult to hold back
the tears. Tonight, they are doing another MRI to see what they could have
possibly missed. I ask for your prayers to please help them find out what's
going on or for Christ to take this terrible thing away, all to the glory of God
our Father in heaven. Thank you for the wonderful cards. I start to cry as I
think how wonderfully I am protected and cared for by my Father, through the use
of his Holy Spirit and your hands for each letter or card that is written. A
special thank you again.
Update January 19: We just heard from Steve that Christine is scheduled for another surgery on Tuesday, in an attempt to fix whatís causing her so much pain. So far, everything the doctors have tried has not worked. As you can imagine, this is very discouraging for Christine, so please continue to pray for Godís intervention.
Update January 23: I'm going
to be going down to surgery in a little bit, once the MRI is done. So, I guess
they're just going to bypass the CT scan and go directly to the MRI. Then they
will operate, based on what it shows. You might like to know that He's blessed
brethren for praying for me and my husband. Our family is thankful to God for
all that we have and thankful to Him that we have such wonderful prayer.
Update January 24: Christine's
surgery will be at noon tomorrow, as the MRI took over 5 hours to complete.
Thank you all again for your prayers. The good news is that the infection is
gone and that the largest fluid build up is gone, with only a small one left.
Until he gets in there, he can't be sure what it looks like.
Update January 25: Surgery
number four went well. They removed some scare tissue and did an antibiotic
cleanse. I haven't been up on my feet, but the normal pain while resting is
gone. Praise God.
Update January 26: Christine
is still able to get up and move around. She is experiencing bad muscle cramps
and pain in her leg again, but not as bad. They are trying to fit her with a
pain pump and the ability to take the IV antibiotics at home. If everything
falls into place, she might be able to come home Sunday or Monday. We ask for
prayers for the pain and that she can come home after 2 months, to heal here
Update January 30: I just
wanted to give you an update. They are hoping to be able to send me home, either
today or tomorrow, but there are a few things that have to happen first. They
want to make sure that I can make it through the night without this horrible
pain that comes on. The other thing is, they have to put in a PICC line so that
I can receive the antibiotic at home. Someone is supposed to come and teach
Steve and me how to do it. Please join me in prayer that we can achieve what
needs to be done so that I can get home. I know that part of this is selfishness
because, I so long to be at home, but I also don't want to put a extra burden on
Steve by shouting out and crying from the pain. I am leaving it in God's hands
whether I leave today or tomorrow. I sure am homesick. Thank you so much, all of
you, for your prayers and I pray that God will in turn bless you for the time
that you gave to Him for the service of prayer.
Update February 3: I just
wanted to let you know that I made it home last night, kind of late, but still,
I am home, doing well. Steve's taking good care of me and I want to thank
everybody from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much for your prayers and
your thoughts and cards. I cannot tell you how much that means to me. Please let
everyone know that they can call me at home if they want. You're free to give
them my information. Thank you again, so much, for all those prayers. They
really were heard and God has answered.
Update February 9: Christine
is tired but doing better. Her feet are still 3 times the regular size and the
doctors are trying to address it. She is still on IV antibiotics, so prayers are
still needed. Compared to two weeks ago, she is way better.
Update February 10: Iím just
overwhelmed with the cards and the prayers. Godís children truly are a gift and
a blessing. Thank you so very much.
Update February 16: Thank you,
once again brethren, for your prayers. Just a bit of an update for you. My legs
are doing much better. The right looks just about normal and the left though,
still swollen, is not as bad in size. While size has a lot to say, so does
sensation. Both feet are really sensitive to the touch. Just having Miss Belleís
tail go across the top of either of them sends me into orbit. Iíve been able to
sleep in bed a bit. I start out there and then end up on the chair midway. For
some reason though, I feel like I sleep better, but I wake up a lot more stiff.
I was hoping, that when I saw the doctor on Monday, he would remove the stitches
from the last surgery and also tell me I can get this pic-line out of my arm,
but that didnít happen. So, for at least the next two weeks, everything remains.
We are praying things go well and perhaps we can make it to services tomorrow.
Update March 15: Iím not sure
how to word things, so Iíll just be blunt. I, of course, am asking God for
healing for my back. That kind of goes without saying. Iím afraid Iím going to
start looking for wigs soon, unless God turns things around. My hair is coming
out so quickly, that it sticks to my hat, my cushions and when I shower or brush
my hair. Well, letís just say that birds could build a lot of nests around here.
I have no idea what is causing it. Some say itís from the anesthesia and others
give me a number of reasons. Despite the reason, I would just like that to stop.
Update April 29: I am asking
for prayers for Christine. I had to take her to the ER this morning and they are
keeping her overnight for observation. Her blood pressure went up to 200 over
127 and it also did that on the way home from services. We are praying that God
will intervene and she will be healed. Satan does not like to see us at services
every Sabbath, evidently. But our God is stronger than our adversary and prayers
to Him are needed.
Update April 30: Please let
everyone know that Christine is coming home this evening. Shortly after the prayer
request, her blood pressure began to come down and now she is under medication
that should keep it under control. God knows the cause, so we continue to ask
Him to heal her completely.
Update May 25: Ended up at the ER. They can't say whether or not I have a lupus outbreak or shingles. Asking for prayers please.
Update May 29: I found myself,
yet again, at the ER last night, due to my head and face turning into some
mysterious lump field. I ran my fingers through my head just to see if there
were any changes. Not only were the lumps almost complete gone but the itching
is much less, much, much less. Right now, I want to shout out loud, ďGod you
heard my tears and crying, thank you, FatherĒ. I of course did thank God but
Steve is still sleeping so I had to turn my shout meter down to very low,
hahahaha. I must have had at least 20 bumps on my head and 2 on my face and
three around my ears. I had used Benadryl tablets and lotion as well as a few
other things we had here with no effect on the horrible itching.
Update June 7: So, the
Featherston saga continues. I was diagnosed with Staph/MRSA at the ER the other
day. I am on antibiotics, but itís a bit scary this soon after major back
surgery. I spoke with the surgeonís nurse today and she said that itís possible
that it could affect the surgery site, but that as we know, is in Godís hands. I
will call my family doctor tomorrow and find out if he can order IV antibiotics
or not, as this would be a more acceptable route and more thorough. I sure would
appreciate prayers for protection. Thank you so much.
Update July 13: I am asking
for prayers for my situation with my legs and sweating. My legs have become
almost unbearable at times. This is not due to the surgery, but with one of
these diseases they say I have. Either way, itís very uncomfortable and
downright painful. The closest I could come to describing it is Shin Splints, if
anyone knows what they are. I want to be in services tomorrow, so please ask God
to heal and if He is not ready to heal, then to give me the comfort I need to be
at services. Thank you so very much.
October 31, 2017
Gayle is back in Mt. Carmel, East, in MICU with
some pneumonia and blood infection. She seems to be responding well to
antibiotics. All prayers are welcomed for a good outcome. Thank you.
Update November 8: Your continued prayers are requested for Gayle. She has been in the hospital for over a week, due to a severe respiratory condition. Today, the family made the decision to remove her from the machine that has kept her breathing, and the doctor does not expect her to live much longer thereafter. Your prayers for Godís will to be done for Mrs. Rice, and to be with Mr. Rice and their family during this very difficult time would be greatly appreciated.
Update November 10: Gayle has died. Details below. Thank you for your prayers for Mr. Rice and his family.
Family will receive friends 4 Ė 6 p.m. Sunday,
at Cotner Funeral Home where her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Burial following at Glen Rest Memorial Estate. Messages may be sent to Gayleís
family by visiting
Cotner Funeral Home.