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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. Morrison’s
children have chosen to have a “celebration of life” 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.
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. Bob’s doctor told him, Friday, that
it’s possible that he has stomach cancer. But, there is a small possibility that
it’s 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
Parkinson’s 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, Asia’s grandma on her dad’s side). Asia just
emailed me a little while ago. Here’s 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 it’s God’s will of course), because I have
been working 50-60 hours a week at my current job and they have proved that this
won’t 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 hasn’t been since July. They were not honest and
upfront with me. I have mentioned it several times that I can’t keep doing this
and they just keep saying everyone’s working long hours and it doesn’t show any
sign that they even care. We’ve lost two employees and they aren’t hiring anyone
to replace them. They only plan to hire two entry-level employees, who don’t
have any experience doing what I do. That won’t 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 Joe’s 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. Evans’ 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 God’s 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
We’d 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 Shirley’s 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 everyone’s prayers regarding this hospitalization, and God’s 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.
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.
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 God’s intervention for Bryant’s 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 Father’s 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 Bryant’s 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 Christ’s 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.
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 doesn’t
show improvement within a few weeks. He would love to regain full eyesight
without any further problems. Please pray for God’s guidance and ultimate
Update December 15: Sam had his follow-up doctor’s 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 I’m not to all of you. He is very
concerned with my lower back and what the MRI showed. He said he does not
understand “how you get out of bed every morning”. I know how, God allows it. My
neck was okay, but the MRI did not vary off enough to get the shoulders and
that’s what is really causing me much pain right now. I’m 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: It’s been a crazy
few days here, but they have Christine’s 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 horse’s 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 surgeon’s
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 God’s 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 today’s 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 it’s 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. I’m doing well, getting up and
around for the most part. I'm not sleeping in bed, so far. It’s 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 I’m 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 don’t see with Foot Drop. He said, that sort of pushes one to
thinking that it’s 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 that’s 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 don’t know why it’s here
but I am asking that God remove it. The other problem is my left leg. I still
have very little strength there and it’s 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 God’s 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 what’s 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 God’s intervention.
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 God’s 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 – 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 Gayle’s
family by visiting
Cotner Funeral Home.
October 29, 2017
Diane Shamblin was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She requests your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.
Update December 30: Diane reports that the last chemotherapy treatment for the breast cancer has given her many wearying side effects. Her doctor reported that the mass is half the size it was five weeks ago. In the second week of January, she begins 13 weeks of phase-two of the treatment. She requests your prayers for healing and strength.
October 29, 2017
Bonnie Dorita is homebound due to a chronic health condition. Bonnie would appreciate your prayers for healing and strength.
Update November 28: Bonnie is now in hospice care for her chronic COPD condition, but at last report this week, was feeling somewhat better.
October 29, 2017
David Hershberger has been experiencing severe sciatica related back pain.
Update November 11: The MRI this week, indicated a disc that is pressing on the sciatic nerve. The next step is consultation about possible therapy before surgery.
Update November 18: David reports that his physician plans an out-patient back surgery on the 28th. Here is his report: “It is evident to me that God is most certainly involved in this trial, providing guidance and comforting answered prayer. The type of surgery is a micro discectomy and is a routine, outpatient procedure to which I am considered an ideal candidate due to my (good) physical condition. The surgeon noted that there were no other issues identified by the MRI, and that I suffer from a “young man’s injury", more common to 25 year-olds than 50 year-olds. The surgery will provide immediate relief from debilitating leg pain, though I’ll experience back pain for a couple of days afterward. I want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and I look forward to returning to normal and getting back to church.”
October 26, 2017
This week, Alan Hood, faithful member of the
Richmond, VA congregation, died in a tragic accident when he was struck by a
vehicle as a pedestrian. To give you a little bit of background, Alan’s mother’s
health has steadily declined over the last year, and he and his wife, Sarah,
have been providing all of her necessary care. They moved her to a nearby home,
and look after her each day. On Monday night, after bringing his mother food and
checking her in for the night, Alan made way for home. He was walking, due to
the fact that his vehicle is in the shop, and Sarah had their secondary car with
their four daughters, running errands in town. On his return, he was struck by a
vehicle, driven by a young man, and later died in the hospital from multiple
internal injuries. After speaking with the police, there appears to be no
negligence by the driver, simply a terrible accident with many in need of our
prayers. Due to the sudden nature of the accident, and with no insurance, his
wife and four young daughters are faced with heavy financial burdens at this
October 26, 2017
Please remember Tom Fair in your prayers in the grieving process after Mrs. Fair’s death during the Feast.
October 26, 2017
Harry is recuperating after treatment for a cancer on his ear. Please keep him in your prayers for God’s complete healing.
Update December 10: Harry is now at a hospice care facility as his cancer progresses.
Update December 23: Harry died at the hospice center a week ago. They are in the process of organizing a memorial service after services on an upcoming Sabbath. Please remember his extended family.
October 26, 2017
This past Sunday, Marcia Wehman fell in her
home breaking two ribs. Following her brief hospital stay this past Wednesday,
her family is thankful that it was not a hip fracture. She is in pain and this
has added to her pre-existing mobility issue due to a past stroke. Please pray
for her pain issue and that she can regain her realistic attitude regarding the
October 26, 2017
The foot surgery, last week, to remove the
bone-infected big toe went fairly well, but George has now contracted gangrene
in the surgical area. He is recuperating at:
Update October 29: George is making progress in recovery from foot surgery. At last report, the gangrene condition seems to be abating.
Update November 11: George is home from rehab after his toe surgery and thanks everyone for the prayers on his behalf.
October 20, 2017
We received news that a long-time member, who
was baptized in 1954, Sarah Sprinkle, died yesterday afternoon. She had been a
shut-in in the Dayton area for a number of years.
Viewing: Monday, October 23rd 5:00–7:00 PM
October 19, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Clayton Burrow.
Clayton became sick during the Feast and had to come home. He was subsequently
admitted to the hospital and has been diagnosed with a bile duct blockage caused
Klatskin tumor on his liver. This caused abdominal pain and jaundice. He
will have a surgical procedure this week to remove the left side of his liver.
The hope is that it will grow back within seven weeks. He and his wife, Inez,
appreciate your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.
Update November 28: It has been some
time since an update about Clayton, but the family had been waiting on the
biopsy reports from the tumor removed from his liver. Half of his liver was
removed in a surgical procedure on Monday, November 13th.
October 19, 2017
Allan and Joey Levitt from the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, congregation, were killed in a tragic car accident on their way to the Feast of Tabernacles in Cochrane, Alberta, on Wednesday morning, October 4th.
Cards may be sent in care of:
October 19, 2017
Please remember Bill Mullen in your prayers. He fell and lacerated his head this morning, requiring six stitches. He has been admitted into Akron City Hospital.
Update October 22: I was admitted to the
hospital on Wednesday. I had bleeding ulcers and lost 40% of my blood. I'm
expected to have a full recovery. Continuing prayers would be appreciated.
Update October 27: Bill spent four days in the hospital, is on antibiotics, but is feeling great and “can dance a jig.” This is great news indeed! Thank you all for your prayers. Let’s all thank God for His great love.
October 15, 2017
It is with great sadness we inform you of the
death of Marilyn Geiser. As you all know, Mrs. Geiser has been a pillar in the
faith for decades and she will be greatly missed. Below, Karen describes the
arrangements that the family has made for a memorial service on October 21st.
I’m sure we’ll have more details to follow.
Beech Mennonite Church
Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
The obituary is published online at
Stier-Israel Funeral Home
September 26, 2017
Betty Catron requests our continued prayers for her son-in-law, Perry Harold. He will be undergoing surgery this Thursday to remove a mass that has been growing under his brain and is pushing up against it, causing severe headaches. Thank you for your kindness and consideration.
September 19, 2017
My grandmother, Eloise Shields, is currently
recovering from gallbladder surgery. She had gallstones removed on Friday,
September 8th. This past Monday, she also had drainage tubes inserted and is
being given medication to help dissolve and remove the remaining stones (not all
were removed in the initial surgery). It was the least invasive type surgery
that was done. The tubes will be removed after 6 weeks’ time. The biggest issue
is that she has been very agitated and at times combative with her caretakers in
the hospital and now in the medical center in the retirement community where she
lives. She has dementia, as well as hearing loss (she resists wearing her
hearing aids). She can't see well and therefore gets very confused in new
surroundings and with unfamiliar people interacting with her. We would like to
request prayers for calm and peace as she goes through the recovery process from
her surgery. She's 95 years old and has always been a fighter, which has helped
her deal with many things. In this case, it would be helpful for her to calm
down a bit. Thank you for your prayers!
September 14, 2017
Juanita Stephens' sister, Lucy Catrone, had
open heart surgery last week. Although the doctors thought she came through the
surgery well, she has taken a “turn for the worse”. Her kidneys have shut down
and they are trying a new medication to start the kidneys. She also has a
breathing tube. Doctors say, if she comes through this, she will have a long
recovery period. She is in Akron City Hospital.
September 2, 2017
Regarding Val Maurer's eye surgery, the doctors will use a laser so that the fluid build-up within the eye can drain faster. At least that is what they hope will happen. Numerous medications, tried so far, have not stabilized the eye pressure. If not remedied, it will permanently destroy the vision in that eye.
August 31, 2017
Please pray for my mom, Barbara Hyatt. She is
in the ER for lung/breathing problems. The staff said she refused to get out of
her chair the last 3 days. They have a mask on her, and after they stabilize
her, they plan on transferring her to a different hospital. The nursing staff is
unsure if her condition is life threatening or not at this point.
Update September 5: Hi. Just wanted to
give an update on my mom's condition. I did confirm she already had an existing
COPD condition in addition to the pneumonia off and on since childhood. The
short version is she is still not in the clear and this could still go either
way. Please keep her in your prayers.
Update September 11: Great news...
August 31, 2017
On Wednesday, Ruth fell in our driveway and
broke her right hip. She was taken to Grant Hospital. On Thursday, she had an
implant. I saw her today and she is in great spirits and wants to go home. She
had a (sliding hip screw) installed. You can look it up on the internet and see
what it looks like. Today, she set up on the edge of the bed and took a few
steps with a walker. They are very excited about her progress and says she is
way ahead of the game. She will come home first, and after 30 days, she will
have physical therapy. We would appreciate your prayers.
August 20, 2017
Mike Arritt fell down the basement stairs and
suffered some broken bones and other injuries, just over a week ago. He was sent
home from the hospital, but here is the concerning update sent by his wife Rita,
Update August 31: Mike was able to go home after his second time at the hospital. His body chemistry is now better balanced, but he still must deal with the pain from the seven broken ribs.
August 20, 2017
John Cafourek had a major heart attack and
underwent double bypass surgery. Here is his latest update from his wife Sandy:
Update August 31: John is making progress in recovering from a major heart attack and double-bypass surgery.
Update October 19: We sadly announce the death of our brother John Cafourek, 70, on October 12th. Earlier in August, he had a heart attack, but had been recovering well.
He and Sandy went to the Feast of Tabernacles
in Bend, Oregon. While there, he experienced congestive heart failure symptoms
and they both went back to Salem, where John had an echocardiogram. An
unexpected situation was uncovered. He has had a pseudo aneurysm, a hole in the
wall/muscle tissue of the heart.
You can send cards to:
August 12, 2017
We just received word that Mrs. Nadine Knowlton was admitted to the hospital, last night, with potential heart problems. Your prayers for Mrs. Knowlton are appreciated.
Update: We just called the hospital and were told that Nadine is in intensive care. Please pray for God's swift intervention.
Update: Mom is resting a little more
comfortably, after the first sleepless night. She started on her first beta
blocker today and will have a heart catheter on Monday. I'm really hoping and
praying to take her home after that! Thanks for all your prayers!
Update August 13: Clarification about
Mrs. Knowlton: Mom was never in intensive care. She is feeling much better. They
are giving her lasix for the fluid problem and she will be released when they
get the lasix right.
Update: Miraculously, the doctor allowed
mom to be released today and skip the heart catheter test. We will follow up
with heart doctor in a few weeks to see if new meds help strengthen her heart.
He kept saying that it is very weak, but he might not be acquainted with the
power of prayer!
August 5, 2017
Ed Martel has a very serious, diabetic-related, impeded circulation, condition that is threatening his foot. So far, none of the treatments have been able to reverse the condition. He will undergo a surgery in a few days where, with stents, the doctors will seek to restore healthy blood circulation. He and Sharon very much appreciate your prayers for God’s intervention and healing.
Update January 6: Ed’s leg amputation went very well as reported by his surgeon. He has developed some pneumonia, but was feeling better today and with a good appetite. He and Sharon thank you so much for your faithful prayers.
August 2, 2017
Please pray for Lori Powell's 22-year-old son,
Ryan. There is some concern he may have Lymphoma (cancer of the Lymph nodes).
More testing will take place on Friday. This is a very stressful time for Lori.
She lost her father to cancer this past year. We will update you as we know
August 2, 2017
Nearly a year ago (August 10, 2016) a prayer
request was sent out for Teresa Gueller. She was suffering with diabetes and
kidney failure, with a host of symptoms. Since then, it has been a rocky road
with numerous critical visits to the hospital, dialysis four times a week, and
so on. A major step forward was taken a few weeks ago, when Teresa received a
kidney transplant. She is now in a long recovery process from this surgery, and
so far, it has gone well. The new kidney is not being rejected.
August 2, 2017
Gene Maxwell had a serious cerebral hemorrhage and is going into emergency surgery within the hour. The procedure is complex and there is a possibility he will not survive the surgery. If he does survive, there could be lasting damage to his kidneys, along with other complications. There is also the possibility that the procedure will require additional surgeries to stem the damage from the stroke. His wife, Helen, is with him, but all other family members live some distance away. The Maxwells would appreciate your prayers for a safe and successful surgery and a rapid healing.
Update August 10: Gene Maxwell is in a
July 29, 2017
Dale Harman's original cancer cleared up, but he was diagnosed with Leukemia, which after a couple of months, was also gone. He had considerable hand pain (preventing piano playing), but that has improved dramatically. Dale is presently receiving treatments for an itching rash, but he does have energy at age 92 and a positive outlook. He thanks you for your continued prayers.
Update September 16: Dale writes: “After a blood test and meeting with my oncologist, Monday, my blood cancer percentage has returned from zero, a few months ago, to 39% today. I am exploring new options for treatment of leukemia with my doctor – not happy with any at this time – may continue with previous chemotherapy instead, or none at all. Your prayers as my brothers and sisters will be appreciated as they have been in the past.”
Dale will not be able to travel to the Feast this year.
July 25, 2017
Mark Sloat, age 61, is in need of prayers. Mark
was found unconscious, in his home, two weeks ago. For several years, Mark has
had issues with ulcers on his legs, caused by a vein disease. Apparently, a
recent outbreak of the ulcers became infected and Mark developed sepsis, a
severe, life-threatening blood infection. He requires a ventilator to breathe.
Doctors are considering what their next move will be. They are considering
transferring him to a hospital where there are more experienced specialists, or
possibly just removing the ventilator. His condition is very grave.
Update July 29: Mark has been in grave health since being found unconscious at his home earlier this week. He is now at a very critical point. Doctors have decided to discontinue dialysis. They are no longer detecting any brain activity and the infection seems to be worsening. His sister, Brenda, will arrive tomorrow this afternoon and will meet with the doctors to determine his condition and prognosis. They are likely close to deciding to discontinue the ventilator and any further medical effort.
Update August 1: We are sad to report
that Mark Sloat died on Sunday morning, July 30th. He never regained
consciousness and died shortly after he was removed from life support. Mark was
a dedicated man, completely committed to his faith—he was an unassuming, humble,
gentle man who was an outstanding servant.
July 24, 2017
Mary Lawson went to an appointment with her doctor today and her blood pressure was very high. They have admitted her to the hospital to run further tests. They think she may have a heart condition. Please pray for God's healing.
July 23, 2017
Margie Carothers was admitted to the hospital
this morning. She was having pain from
diverticulitis and found out that she is beginning to abscess in that area.
They started her on antibiotics. If that doesn't work, she may need surgery.
Please pray that surgery is not needed. She will be in the hospital overnight,
while they monitor her situation. Thanks in advance for your prayers.
Update July 24: Margie was able to meet with the surgeon this afternoon. He was surprised that her white blood cell count was back within a normal range so quickly, so she thanks everyone for all of their prayers. She has been started on a diet of fluids now and will be moving up to soft foods later today. As long as these are tolerated, she should go home sometime tomorrow. Thanks again for all your prayers and concern.
Update July 29: Margie would like to thank everyone for all of their prayers, cards and concern. She is feeling much better and even went back to work this week. She is to return to see the surgeon for a follow-up in two weeks. The turn-around, from last Sunday to today, has been amazing.
July 22, 2017
Shirley Showers, thankfully, did not have any heart damage from her mild attack and is recovering at Parkside nursing home in the rehabilitation section. At this time, they are fairly certain she will need a heart valve replacement. She will be seeing a heart specialist to confirm and perform the operation. She is doing so much better than expected. Thank you all, so very much, for your prayers.
July 20, 2017
Sandra Dreaden was diagnosed with metastatic
liver and gall bladder cancer on July 6th. She is still undergoing diagnostic
testing, but surgery is not an option. Of course, Sandra and her husband, Art,
who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, and four sons and wives, are
reeling with this unexpected news, but are facing it together. Your prayers for
God’s healing, mercy and direction in the decisions to be made would be very
Update August 10: After additional
testing, Sandra has been diagnosed with incurable, stage four, metastatic
disease. The testing, which included a full-body PET scan and liver biopsy
pathology analysis, shows the cancer did not originate in the liver or gall
bladder (or pancreas, upper GI, stomach, colon, lungs, ovaries or breasts).
Update January 11: Art and Sandra
Dreaden thank you for the prayers and many, many cards of encouragement.
July 15, 2017
Max, at age 92, is temporarily in an eldercare facility. He would appreciate your prayers for strength enduring the health issues of great age.
Update August 5: Max has been experiencing some disorientation and other age-related health issues. Please pray especially for his mental clarity and peace of mind as well as the physical ailments of old age.
July 15, 2017
Joe is presently at Altercare in Stow recovering from pneumonia. He is receiving physical therapy and making progress regaining his strength. He is beginning to feel better. He and Bess thank you all for your prayers, visits and cards.
Update July 29: Joe is back home again. He and Bess are very tired after his time at the care center to build his strength. They would both appreciate your prayers for more energy.
Update August 5: Joe reports that he is gaining a little strength, but expects it to take some time. Please keep him and Bess in your prayers. They are looking forward to feeling up to attending services and especially being well enough to go to the Feast.
Update September 14: Joe has been experiencing recurring bouts of intense neuropathy pain, accompanied by unusual amounts of anxiety, this past week or so. He and Bess definitely request your prayers for healing. They are very much looking forward to making it to the Feast this fall.
Update November 11: Joe’s doctor has diagnosed three tumors in his lungs and has explained that there is nothing more medically that he can do for him. Joe and Bess ask for your prayers.
Update December 10: Joe is now receiving hospice care to help deal with his presently untreatable lung tumors. He and Bess would appreciate your prayers for healing and energy in this long health trial.
July 13, 2017
Jeromy and Tara Plagenza would like to ask for
your prayers on behalf of their daughter Gredel. Gredel was burned when she
pulled down a bowl of boiling soup on herself. She is going to Shriner's burn
unit in Sacramento to be cared for.
Update: Gredel is now at the Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento. She did sustain first and second degree burns and possibly some third degree. They will pop the blisters that have now formed and keep her overnight. Shortly afterward, she went to sleep. A further evaluation will be made in the morning. The ride to Sacramento was a two hour trip. She slept the entire trip. Jeromy and Tara thank you for your prayers and ask that you continue to pray for their daughter.
July 12, 2017
We’d like to request your prayers for Marty
Miller. A short while ago, he cut his fingers on a table saw and is on his way
to the ER. As he said, “I just cut my fingers on a table saw. No bones or
anything. They will be normal again, it'll just take some time.”
Update: Just a quick update. I don't want people to
worry about me.
July 12, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Nancy Elliott.
She has had ongoing issues with one of her kidneys and recently was informed by
her doctor that several things are causing it not to function properly. A
treatment plan is being formulated. Also, she is dealing with kidney stones,
which she has had before. Your prayers for God’s intervention and complete
healing would be greatly appreciated.
Update July 14: Nancy had surgery for the kidney stones and came through fine. They weren’t able to completely dissolve the stones, but were able to break them up somewhat. As a precaution, they also installed a stent. Nancy will have follow-up x-rays next week. At this time, she is extremely nauseous. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Update July 20: Nancy has been recovering well from her kidney stone surgery last Friday. A treatment plan has also been established to help with kidney function, and once completely recovered from the surgery, that treatment plan will begin. She wants to thank everyone for all the prayers and cards received.
Update August 1: Nancy had her follow-up surgery last week. The stones were removed from her left kidney. That kidney apparently does not filter well. Once she heals from the surgery, Nancy will start a regimen to determine why this is and hopefully correct the situation. She appreciates your continued prayers.
June 23, 2017
Michael’s lung cancer has metastasized to his
brain. He now has two brain tumors, one approximately three inches and one
approximately nine millimeters in size. The oncologist recommends surgery on the
large mass and targeted radiation on the smaller mass. He is meeting today with
a neurosurgeon to discuss the options.
Russell and Natasha Collins (Christian and
Update January 2: Your continued prayers
for Mike and his family would be greatly appreciated. Mike and Teresa spent the
night in the hospital. Mike is extremely weak and in constant pain. He has
endured three weeks of full brain radiation for the tumors, and chemotherapy
treatments for the cancer, which have taken their toll on his entire body.
June 22, 2017
Scott's emergency gall bladder surgery went fairly well and he hopes to be released tomorrow, at last report. Please pray for a full recovery.
June 20, 2017
Bill Walker is dealing with significant prostate and heart problems. He requests the prayers of the brethren on his behalf and he expresses his appreciation in advance.
Update July 15: Bill went to the hospital toward the end of the week. He and Connie would appreciate your prayers for his healing.
Update July 29: Bill is facing a list of several concerning, painful and increasingly urgent health conditions, which may involve surgery. He requests your prayers for healing, peace of mind and for God's wisdom to know how to deal with each condition.
June 19, 2017
Garrett has had several bouts of very intense vomiting and dizziness. The first time he thought it might have been food poisoning, but when it happened again, today, he went to the ER to have it checked. The doctors think it is most likely being caused by a stroke. Tonight, they will do an MRI of his brain, and he will be in the hospital, at least, overnight. He and Geri would very much appreciate your prayers.
Update June 20: Garrett's extreme dizziness has continued, though somewhat abated. However, this morning (Tuesday), he will undergo a surgery to open up a compromised or "blocked" vein or artery from his heart to his brain. After that, the doctors will hopefully have a better assessment of what is causing his current condition. Please keep Garrett in your prayers.
Update June 22: Doctors did a procedure to ascertain the nature of the stoke. The procedure went reasonably well and Garrett is resting at Akron-General. His nausea has abated somewhat, which is particularly relieving. He and Geri are still waiting (as of late this afternoon) to be briefed by the surgeon.
Update June 24: Garrett and Geri thank you for your continued prayers. Garrett is scheduled to go home Friday afternoon where he will better rest and receive ongoing physical therapy.
June 16, 2017
Connie had a colonoscopy this morning. The doctor found a large polyp in her colon. The doctor informed us it must be removed, either through scope or surgery. In addition, the doctor has to wait on the biopsy results to determine if the polyp is benign or malignant. Please pray for God's intervention and healing.
Update July 4: Connie’s biopsy results on the polyp in her colon came back benign! She now must have it removed, either by laser or surgery (ideally laser). Thank you for your prayers.
Update July 20: The surgeon told Connie that the polyp would likely require laparoscopic surgery. Ideally, the removal could be done by scope, so that there is little or no recovery time and no incision.
Update July 21: We received this
clarification from Reggie after posting yesterday's update:
Update July 28: Connie saw another
surgeon today. This surgeon told Connie that she would require major surgery,
that would involve removing a third of her colon. This would involve a hospital
stay of 6 days and a recovery time of 2-6 weeks. The doctor told Connie that
even if she had the least invasive surgery they might have to go back in and
remove part of her colon. We are planning to get a second opinion. Please pray
for God to guide and direct us to the best course of action.
Update August 15: Connie has her surgery
tomorrow morning. She is not feeling well today. She is on a liquid-only diet
today and probably won't be able to eat for a while after surgery. She has to be
there at 6:45am. The hospital is University Hospitals of Cleveland. I will keep
Update August 16: The surgery was
successful no cancer was found. We will be able to see her shortly. I will let
everyone know what her room number is later.
Update August 17: Connie's room number
Update August 18: Very good news! Connie
will be released from the hospital tomorrow, some time in the afternoon. She is
feeling well, except for some dizziness. She will have to be on a very
restricted diet and limited activity.
Update September 19: Connie is
recovering well, but she suffered a setback. One of the incisions from the
surgery is not healing and continues to bleed. In addition, she has sharp pains
in her back on the same side that the surgery was performed. She has contacted
the doctor that performed the surgery. She has an appointment this morning.
Please pray that the incision will heal and that her back will also be healed.
June 7, 2017
Please remember Kim in your prayers as she will go into surgery on Thursday, June 8th. She is scheduled for surgery at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas. The surgery should take place in the morning, and the surgeon said it will last about 3 hours. Kim's mother, Joyce Kerns, will update us regarding Kim's hip surgery.
Update June 9: Just a short update to let everyone know that everything went really well for Kim with her hip surgery. If everything continues on this path she may be able to get out of the hospital by this weekend. The family thanks everyone for their prayers.
June 3, 2017
Eleanor is in great pain. I am having to watch
and help her do everything. I will be absent today and maybe tomorrow for
services unless she improves dramatically. Please pray for us.