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February 21, 2020
We are thrilled to let you know our little
Elijah John has arrived! He was born this morning at 1:23 am. He weighs 8
pounds, 14.5 ounces and is 20 and 1/4 inches long. Elijah and I are both doing
well. Feel free to share our happy news with the brethren!
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February 20, 2020
Deana (Garrett) writes that Lucile had a heart attack. The doctor has said it will be stressful for lots of family to be there at the hospital, but it may be their last chance to see her. He said, if she does survive, she will not be the same and unable to care for herself. Deana will probably have to quit working to take care of her, which she is perfectly willing to do. She does not want to see her suffer. Please pray that God mercifully intervenes, and that Lucile, Deana, and their family have the strength and peace that only He can give in this very difficult time.
February 20, 2020
Margi requests prayers for pain she is
experiencing due to an abdominal hernia that appeared after she began working
out about a year ago. She has been given a diagnosis of a
spigelian hernia, a rare herniation that is considered high risk for bowel
strangulation. She is scheduled for a surgical consultation in the near future.
Her recent pain and discomfort have been brought on by a minor cold that left
her with intense coughing for four days now. She asks for relief from the pain
and the coughing and, if it is God's will, that the herniation be healed
completely without surgical intervention.
February 18, 2020
Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Morrison who is at the hospital receiving tests for what appears to a heart-related matter. Please pray that God will heal her of whatever it is.
Still trying to escape from ICU. They are
working on getting me a bed in another section. Looks like the problem is A-Fib.
I will have two procedures tomorrow sometime. They will be shocking the heart
into a normal rhythm. I'm concerned about being on blood thinners for the rest
of my life. It will probably be weeks later trying to get to a new normal.
Thanks for your prayers.
Update February 19: Text received from
Mrs. Morrison's step-daughter:
Update February 20: Hi. I will be
escaping this afternoon. Feeling like I need a lot of rest. You don't get sleep
in a hospital. There is still something in my throat, but I must go to a new
doctor for that. They are putting me on meds that I really don't want, but must
use for now. Thanks for all the prayers.
February 16, 2020
I guess I have the flu (temperature, sore
throat, runny nose). I also have a horrible headache right now. It's so bad.
Nothing is working. Iím asking the brethren for prayers. I would really
Update February 17: I am feeling well
enough to be out of bed, but still having trouble with the sore throat and
headaches. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Ed Martel Jr.
February 13, 2020
Ed is experiencing kidney issues. Your prayers are appreciated.
February 9, 2020
They had to call 911 for Idza. She's bleeding again. This time it is worse. She's now in the hospital. She's been bleeding for 15 minutes.
Update February 10: Thank you all for
your prayers. Last night, the doctor was apparently able to find the spot where
the bleeding is originating from (very high in the nasal cavity), and was able
to cauterize all the area (very painful though). We got back home around 3am,
now on rest. I have to follow up with the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. Now
I'm dealing with the pain and burning from the cauterize. I prefer that burning
rather than the excessive bleeding from my nose and mouth.
The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist was able to
see me this morning. He put in a packing (painful, very painful), sent me home
and wanted to see me on Wednesday for removal of the packing. But a few hours
later, at home, I again felt the blood coming down my throat and through the
other nostril. I called the doctor. He told me to go back to his office. Just
came out of his office, he removed the packing and placed in a longer packing
(balloon style). He explained that the bleeding is from way high. Hopefully this
will help, and if I start bleeding again, I will have to go back to the ER for
him to admit me and do a surgical procedure to pack it, and will have to go
through some other procedures.
Update February 11: Sadly, even with the
last packing the ENT placed yesterday, I started bleeding at around 3am this
morning and then again more heavily at 5am. Felix brought me to the hospital.
They are doing blood work and I will be admitted to have surgery. It was not the
outcome I was hoping for, but our Father in Heaven has other plans. There is a
reason why He is allowing me to go through all this and I accept His perfect
Update February 12: We just got word
that they may transfer Idza to Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. I am at work,
getting everything ready to go to Fairview Hospital. They mentioned something
about checking for "Blood Disorders" and calling the hematologist. I am not sure
of all the details. My brother is already on his way to be with her. I'll go in
about half hour.
Hello. Transfer to Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
has been scheduled for 3:30pm today. Idza keeps bleeding on and off. Has hard
time drinking. Is weak. Little rest, little "food" intake. Mostly chewing on
ice. Drank a bit of chicken broth. Hematologist came to see her. Ordered blood
work, being drawn as of this message. On her last bleeding, doctor was called.
We're waiting on news from doctor. Treatment at Main Campus depends on doctors
that see her there. Thank you all for your messages and continued prayers.
Hello. Just made it home from Cleveland Clinic
about 8pm. I am very pleased to share that Idza is doing much better.
Update February 14: Iím finally home,
feeling much better and, thanks to God, no bleeding since Wednesday night before
the irrigation, and new packing with medication. My hemoglobin dropped from 13
to 8.5 during all this process and it is one of the reasons I feel weak and
needing to rest. But, with Godís help, I will continue to get back to normal.
February 9, 2020
Your prayers are requested for Mr. Charles
Beabout who is spending the winter in Florida. He developed Bellís palsy on
Friday and spent time in the hospital. According to
mayoclinic.org, Bell's palsy is a type of facial paralysis that results in
an inability to control the facial muscles on the affected side. Mr. Beabout has
numbness in his chin, canít close one eyelid and has slightly slurred speech,
but otherwise feels ok and is able function normally.
February 2, 2020
I just spent 4 hours in the emergency room with a another kidney stone attack and kidney infection on top of that. It came on very suddenly, as kidney stone attacks tend to do, with no forewarning at times. I woke up at 3:30 this morning feeling absolutely fine. Woke up again at 5:30am with extreme nausea and pain and finally went to the ER at around 8:00 am. They treated me with some medication by IV to dilate the kidney ureters, etcetera, to help any stones pass through easier and gave me a pill for the nausea. I declined the IV pain medication. They also did x-rays and an ultrasound. I got back home around 1:00pm with prescriptions for pain (I opted for Ibuprofen over Vicodin), medication for the nausea and an antibiotic for the infection. I'm am feeling a little better with only occasional pain and queasy stomach so far, but I do have a very low grade fever. Please pray that the stone or stones will pass and along with God's healing intervention I'll feel better soon. Also, prayers that I will be able to tolerate the antibiotic.
Blessing in Christ to all,
February 1, 2020
Gary Shamblen asks for your prayers for his
mother, Janet, who is 79 years old. She suffers from dementia and now is in the
hospital with a serious gall bladder infection. Please include his father, Don,
in your prayers as well as they have been married for over 60 years.
January 29, 2020
Dora has been diagnosed with vitreous degeneration in her right eye (she already has no vision in her left eye). This condition can potentially result in retinal detachment. Therefore, your prayers are greatly desired for Godís intervention and restoration of clear vision for Doraís eye.
January 29, 2020
Leon (brother of Anita Showers) is in the hospital and being treated for cellulitis in his legs, which is responding and which has, thankfully, not developed into congestive heart failure. In addition, doctors have found a spot on his adrenal gland which will be seen by an endocrinologist. He and his wife, Gloria, appreciate your prayers for a full recovery.
Update February 20: After an angiogram procedure his heart is clear, but doctors will continue to monitor his condition in the coming weeks because of atrial fibrillation. Continued prayers are appreciated.
January 29, 2020
Please keep Midge (Dorothy) in your prayers as she deals with the symptoms and challenges of ongoing congestive heart failure.
January 27, 2020
Your prayers are requested for Mr. Norman
Oliver, who has recently been diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease and dementia.
According to his granddaughter, who contacted Mr. Les Miller, last night Mr.
Oliver had an episode that left him in the fetal position on the floor, while
hallucinating and talking senselessly. He also couldnít walk because his feet
were swollen. Mr. Miller recommend that Mr. Oliver be taken to the hospital, but
is still waiting to hear back from the granddaughter.
Thank you for your prayers! Hereís an update
from Mr. Miller:
Update February 1: Mr. Oliver continues to be doing better. He knows everyone, can walk a little and speak. She took him to see his doctor this past Thursday. The doctor speculates the episode he had may have been a mini stroke. The doctor also found fluid in his lungs and he said that he may have Emphysema in addition to Parkinson's. His feet have some swelling again. Perhaps, due to fluid building up. They scheduled several tests for him on February 17th.
January 22, 2020
Jane is asking for your prayers concerning surgery for cancer that is scheduled for January 31st. Thank you in advance.
January 15, 2020
Jerry Biles is requesting your prayers for his brother, Claude, who is now in the hospital with an upper respiratory tract infection. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Update January 16: Jerry Reports that Claude is not doing well. The doctors have informed him that his brother, not only has an upper respiratory tract infection, but pneumonia, bronchitis, and a very bad case of the flu. Please continue to keep both Claude and Jerry in your prayers, as Jerry needs to make some important decisions concerning caring for his brother, once he is well enough to get out of the hospital. Jerry appreciates all of your prayers.
Update January 18: Jerry reports that his brotherís condition is much worse. Claude is now in the hospital ICU on a respirator and sedated. Jerry would very much appreciate your continued prayers on Claudeís behalf.
Update January 28: Jerry would like to thank everyone for their prayers. Claude's condition is still grave, with a very poor long term prognosis, if he survives, but he has gone from what the doctors had said was "hopeless" with a 5% chance of survival to 50/50. They flew Claude by helicopter to the University hospital in Winston-Salem, where they have him on a machine to oxidize his blood. Please continue to keep Claude and the family in your prayers. Jerry is very grateful to all and especially to God for His merciful intervention.
Update February 2: Jerry let us know that after they took his brother out of the induced coma, he had a stroke and is now in a coma from the stroke. Claude is still on a respirator, along with the blood oxygenating machine. They have not been able to determine, at this time, the amount of brain damage he has suffered from the stroke. They know he has bleeding on the brain. Jerry knows it is all in God's hands and he appreciates all of your prayers for Claude, as well as Jerry and his family, as they go through this difficult time.
January 15, 2020
Sheila Mottram is suffering from an upper G.I. bleed as well as congestive heart failure. Please pray for God's intervention and healing. Thank you.
January 13, 2020
Phyllis Harper, sister of Ronny Graham, is requesting prayers for God's healing of her husband, Mark Harper. He has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has also spread to his liver as well as his lymph nodes. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
January 12, 2020
I have been experiencing stomach problems lately, with some discomfort in my mid-section. I have an appointment to see a gastroenterologist on the 16th. It may be due to stress. In addition to my previous condition, I request prayers to our Great God to guide me in what to do. Always, I thank you for your prayers to our Great God and your kind words.
Update January 17: I was at the gastroenterologist yesterday and he prescribed a medication to try that will be available from the pharmacy this afternoon. Also, I have a MRI scheduled for the 27th of this month. Above all, I give thanks to our Great God, because, after the assistant took my vitals, I realized that this has been the calmest that I have been in a few years. I thank you always for your prayers.
December 29, 2019
Val is recovering from a recent hip replacement surgery and would appreciate your prayers that the pain levels will be manageable so that she can make a full and thorough recovery of her range of movement and mobility.
December 29, 2019
Ed Scarpari (son of Ed and Marlene Scarpari) lives in France and has been diagnosed with a blood clot in one lung and a growth in the other. Medical care in France is not always prompt and Ed is experiencing increasing weakness. His family asks for your prayers for Godís healing, and intervention in his medical care.
Update January 6: Ed's cancer has metastasized to his bones. He has circulation issues in his legs and blood clots in the other lung. He will undergo chemotherapy treatments and his family asks for your prayers for Godís healing and intervention in this very serious health crisis.
December 29, 2019
Joanne Paslak requests your prayers for her father, Bruce Keen. Mr. Keen was transported to the hospital this morning. He has been suffering with severe diarrhea and dehydration. We will update as more information becomes available.
Mr. Keen has been discharged from the ER. He was administered a liter of fluid to hydrate him. He has an infection, but is now walking and talking. Joanne thanks each of you for your prayers.
February 14, 2020
Crystal is in
critical stable condition in the intensive care unit in San Francisco. She is
slowly growing stronger. Her blood pressure has improved (not as low). Please
pray fervently that her kidney function would improve and that her breathing
would stabilize. At times, she has difficulty breathing, which can be
frightening for her.
Update February 19: The past 2 days have
been very positive days for Crystal. Yesterday, when I walked into her room, she
began to speak to me using a
Trach collar. This was the first time I have heard her voice in 2 months.
She sounded strong. To hear her speak brought tears to my eyes. So good to
listen to her talk. She is very weak but is growing in strength. We thank God
for her improvement. Please pray that she grows in vigor, and that she would be
protected from infection. Her kidneys are functioning much better as well. Psalm
103:3 speaks of God as the great Healer. This verse is what I am reminded of
this evening as I write to you. More updates later in the week.
December 14, 2019
Shelly would like to thank you and also ask
that you continue to pray about her spinal condition. On December 9th, she saw
an orthopedic specialist because of the severe pain she's been experiencing for
about 2 months. She gets shooting pain, like an electric shock, up and down her
spine and the backs of her legs. She believes there is new movement in the
bones. She is asking that God would intervene and also give her the knowledge
and wisdom concerning the best decision.
November 4, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Sophia Pape,
daughter of Bryan and Lisa Pape. She has appendicitis and is scheduled for
surgery today at 11:00 AM. Your prayers for a successful surgery and quick
recovery are appreciated.
Update November 6: Please continue to keep Sophia in your prayers. She is recovering slower than typical and is still having a good bit of pain. She has been up walking a few times today and is drinking liquids, but has no appetite. Her white blood cell count was up higher this morning than yesterday and she is running a fever again, so her body must still be fighting off infection.
Update November 7: Sophia is doing better this morning, her fever is gone and the white blood cell count went down this morning. She also has been asking for food and did ok with eating solids this morning. The surgeon said we could bring her home this afternoon. Thank you so much for all your prayers!
October 31, 2019
Please let everyone know that God has answered
our prayers and I have been released from the nursing home and am comfortable
recovering from my fall and sciatica attack. It will take a few weeks for me to
overcome the bruises from the fall, but I am planning to be back at services
this Sabbath. Please pray for quick recovery of my right shin bone and knee.
They were both bruised badly in my bathtub fall. I am using a wheelchair right
now, but am working on my next step, which is the walker. The urinal tract
infection seems to be completely gone. Thanks to everyone for their prayers.
October 31, 2019
Ian Healey (grandson of Louis and Carol Petit) had wonderful news during the Feast. Ian had a successful kidney transplant and is now recuperating at home!
October 31, 2019
James Guy (son of Jimmy and Lily Guy) is recovering from a severe E-coli infection acquired during the Feast in Mexico. Your prayers for a thorough recovery are greatly appreciated!
Van Zuyen Family
October 24, 2019
Mrs. Carol Van Zuyen has been hospitalized in Flagstaff, Arizona. Carol, her daughter Christina and Christina's husband, Mark, were on their way home from the Feast. They were unable to awaken Carol from sleep. At this time, she is unresponsive to any stimuli.
Update October 25: Christina informed us
that doctors believe that Carol had a stroke. She is not conscious. Please pray
that God's hand would strengthen the family during this time of stress. And pray
for Carol! We will update you regarding her condition.
Update December 3: The memorial service
for Carol is being held this coming Sunday, December 8th, from 11:30 am - 2:00
pm. at the Whitendale Center.
October 21, 2019
Please keep Mrs. Shirley Monson in your prayers. She was in Williamsburg and was having difficulty breathing. She is now in the hospital with congestive heart failure and renal failure with fluid filling most of her lungs.
Update October 22: Mr. Sheldon Monson announced today, that his Mom was feeling somewhat better. She was able to sit up and eat some. Her kidneys have improved somewhat and they drained all but 5% of the fluid from her lungs. She should be out of the hospital in a day or two, but will rest a week or so before returning home. Thanks for your prayers!
Update November 2: Mrs. Monson came home this past Wednesday evening. She is doing much better. Her blood pressure is back to almost normal. She still tires quickly, but overall, is doing much better.
August 28, 2019
I would appreciate your prayers for my upcoming
back surgery on September 3rd. I'm hoping to only be in rehab for 2 weeks.
August 21, 2019
Kirk is having serious pain from his gall
bladder, gall stones, fatty liver and high pancreatic numbers. They believe a
stone was stuck in the pancreatic duct and has now passed, leaving high liver
Update August 23: Kirk had the gall
bladder removal surgery yesterday morning. He has been discharged to go home in
another hour or so.
August 13, 2019
Please remember Marleta in your prayers. During
an examination today, a 100% blockage of an artery was discovered. A stent was
placed in the blocked artery. We will have further information later.
Update August 20: Marleta is still in the hospital. She has injured her knee. Please pray for her heart artery blockage issue and knee problem. She needs to be able to walk so she can go home to recover. Thank you for your prayers. We hope to update you again soon.
August 5, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Mancini who
is suffering from a severe illness that has hit her hard during the last few
days. She had been doing better the last few weeks after many months of illness,
but now she is asking for Godís quick intervention and relief for her suffering.
August 1, 2019
Lori, who lives in Tennessee, requests your prayers. She has been experiencing chest pain and several arterial blockages have been diagnosed. She is scheduled for surgery this coming Friday, August 2nd. We will keep you updated.
Update September 10: Lori is back from
the hospital and feeling better. She had blood clots in her leg and lungs. The
blood clots no longer exist and we thank God for this outcome! She thanks you
for your prayers. Please continue to pray for her full recovery.
July 16, 2019
Mrs. Pat Snodgrass is requesting prayers for
healing. To her ongoing health problems, additional difficulties have recently
appeared. She has been experiencing dizziness and vomiting. This has resulted in
a significant loss of hearing in her one good ear. She is being treated, but if
this situation persists, there is the possibility of complete loss of hearing.
Update August 2: Iím writing you on
behalf of my mom and dad (and myself and our whole family.)
Update August 4: We just received news
that Pat Snodgrass died around 12:45 AM today. Your prayers for the family are
Update August 7: A memorial service for
Pat Snodgrass is scheduled for August 31st. Here is the location and times:
July 8, 2019
Al Ashurst is requesting prayer for God's healing. He just received some bladder tests that raised questions and is going to have further tests this Thursday. Please pray that no serious problem is found.
Update July 12: The
cystoscopy procedure confirmed the earlier CT scan indications of two tumors
in the bladder. The urologist has schedule me for surgery to remove the tumors
the first week in August. Please ask the brethren to pray that the tumors are
benign and that the surgery goes well.
Update August 2: Iíve been in hospital
for two days because of an unexpected drop in hemoglobin. I had been having
bouts of dizziness, and blood tests revealed a 40% drop in hemoglobin in four
months. The surgery to remove bladder tumors has been rescheduled for August
Update August 13: My son drove me and
Eleanor to the hospital for my bladder surgery this morning. Everything went
well, maybe even a little better than the doctor expected. He wanted me to wear
a catheter for at least one week and then do a post-surgery checkup. I was home
by 2:00 PM and am now resting quietly for the rest of the day. There is some
soreness, but nothing serious or unduly discomforting. Thank you for all the
prayers on my behalf. I was thinking of you all this morning before we left for
July 6, 2019
Brad and Kayla Hauenstein request your prayers
for Kayla's health. She is in the hospital, due to severe fever and infection.
Please pray for her improvement and encouragement! She recently gave birth to
their daughter, Emma. We will update you on her situation as soon as we know
Update July 7: After some meds and a medical procedure, and most importantly, your concern and prayers to God, Kayla is doing much better and should return home sometime tomorrow! Thanks for your love and messages!
Update July 11: Kayla was discharged
from the hospital Monday night and is very happy to be back home with us! Emma
and I are glad sheís home, too! We are trying to let her take it easy. She was
still very sore and tired, but they prescribed some pain medication and more
antibiotics. She will follow up with her doctor next week to make sure sheís
healing alright this time. Please thank everyone for their continued thoughts
July 3, 2019
Barbara Roush requests your prayers for her
son, Jason. Two weeks ago, he bumped his head pretty hard. He has been
experiencing severe head pain since that time. He has been hospitalized and at
this time, they do not know what the underlying issue is. Barbara is traveling
to his home in Texarkana to assist.
June 25, 2019
Please pray for Leatata Pedersen. She is in the
hospital battling congestive heart failure. She is doing better, but her
condition is serious. Please pray for her recovery and for her strength. Leatata
has been a member of God's Church since she was very young. She is a dedicated,
Godly woman who is needed by her husband and God's Church. We need her to be
Update June 27: Pete and Leatata thank
you for your prayers. She is now at home, seeking to regain her strength. She
has congestive heart failure and limited kidney function. Please pray for her
strength and healing. We will update you again soon. We trust that God will
Update July 5: Pete and Leatata send their thanks to each one of you for your prayers for Leatata and the cards she has received. Leatata is slowly progressing in regaining some strength. They thank you in advance for your continued prayers on her behalf.
Update July 26: Leatata has been admitted to the hospital, due to increased difficulty concerning her kidney function. Pete and Leatata thank you in advance for your continued prayers.
Chris and Margie Carothers
June 23, 2019
Please pray for Chris and Margie Carothers. Their landlord just told them they need to move out of the house they rent, as the owner wants to bulldoze down the house and rebuild. This was an abrupt and shocking request made by the landlord. Chris maintains the very large lawn for the landlord, and has been of great help to that family over the years. Also, the brethren have been using the Carother's rented home to meet in Ohio, as well as us holding the Passover service and Holy Days in their home. The Carothers have been wonderful and very hospitable to all of us who meet for Church in Ohio. Losing this home is an unexpected and sudden shock to the Carothers. They will need to find housing quickly. Please pray that God would direct Chris and Margie to find a suitable home in the next few weeks. We will keep you updated.
June 22, 2019
This week, Jim had an urgent, second, detached retina surgery on the same eye as before. He is now home and beginning a more extended recuperation period. Your prayers for complete healing and clear vision are appreciated.
June 15, 2019
Steve was diagnosed, this past week, with stage four colon cancer that has metastasized to the liver. Your prayers for God's healing are much appreciated.
Bruce and Emily Keen
June 13, 2019
Update June 21: We would like to thank each
of you for your prayers on our behalf. Though our lives have been greatly
affected by the recent flooding, we are in the process of getting settled into
new living quarters. The many gestures of kindness and support have been most
encouraging and uplifting to each of us. Once again, thanks so much.
September 3, 2019
Alene is having
another test today, they will then decide how to proceed with the pancreas
operation. Your prayers are much appreciated.
Update September 4: Alene slept well last night. They got the blood work this morning. Siegel's team, Dr. Amber Schussler was in.
Here's a Summary of the visit:
Update September 8: Alene was in the
Hillcrest hospital all of this week and was transferred to the Brookdale nursing
home yesterday. She will be there until Thursday of next week, when she will be
transferred back to Hillcrest hospital for an operation on her pancreas next
Friday. The doctors have determined that she has a tumor on her pancreas. She is
in good spirits and is looking forward to relief from the pain she has had since
May. She tells me often, about how much she has appreciated your prayers, cards
and letters. Thank you for your continued prayers for Godís help and strength.
Update September 12: Alene was doing
pretty well yesterday. She is in a nursing home in Richmond Heights. She has
been receiving therapy and showing some strengthening. She has also gained some
weight from using the feeding tube. She will be transferred to Hillcrest
Hospital this morning for a doctor's appointment in preparation for her pancreas
operation tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers.
Update September 13: Just met with Dr.
Siegel. Surgery ended early because they found cancer that has spread to her
lymph nodes. It is inoperable. Next, we will talk to the oncology (cancer)
doctor to find out what treatment options are available.
Update September 26: Alene is better. We
moved her to a nursing home today. We're not sure when she is coming home, but
it is on the schedule. She will receive physical therapy here, every day. She is
at Brookdale in Richmond Heights.
Update October 17: Update from Mrs.
Update October 19: Text received from
her sister at 4:08 am, France time:
Update October 23: Here is the link for Mrs. Hagmaierís obituary and memorial information:
Newcomer Funeral Home
Visitation: Sunday, November 3, 2019 from
11:00am to 1:00pm
May 26, 2019
This past week was
Olivia's 4th anniversary of the original diagnosis. She is now coming up on her
1st anniversary of her bone marrow transplant. The following is excerpted from
her mother's update:
Update July 29: From Sarah (Mom): ďWe are doing our best to conquer summer! Hard not to feel like we have so much fun to make up for after all that time in the hospital. Over the last month, Olivia has made tremendous progress in terms of her energy levels, strength and emotional well being. Hard to be in a good mood when you're feeling yucky. As a result, our days have been filled with adventures (of varying sizes). It feels pretty tremendous to be able to make plans and to watch her swim and run and skip and sing and jump and play with friends. Medically, she's doing great as well! We're still in the long process of weaning her major immunosuppressant and overall it's going pretty well. She's down to about 25% of her original dose and has about two weeks until the drug is completely weaned. We were at the hospital on Monday and her counts are looking great as well. In exciting news, we don't have to head back to the hospital for four weeks! Her appointments have been every 7-10 days, so this is a massive jump! Plus, it's a huge vote of confidence from our medical team, that they're confident in her amazing progress! There's still progress to be made. She isn't back to her pre-transplant energy levels and we have some cognitive setbacks to work through. She still has some pain from time to time, mostly in her feet and legs. They think it's probably residual neuropathy from some of the drugs and hopefully it'll resolve over time. Thanks for your continued prayers and support, we feel so blessed to have so much love in our lives.Ē Please keep this brave young girl in your prayers.
May 25, 2019
Greyson is the 11 year old grandson of Jim Parkhill in New Mexico. Greyson has a congenital and now life-threatening digestive condition. Please add him to your prayer list.
May 19, 2019
Bess fell early last week and broke her hip at the care center where she now lives, in the Cincinnati area. The repair surgery went well and she will be receiving strength recovery therapy in the coming weeks.
Hedgepeth and Rupp Families
May 19, 2019
Early last Friday morning (about 2:00 a.m.) the Pennsylvania home of Esther (Rupp) Hedgepeth and her husband, Gene Hedgepeth exploded, killing them and severely injuring their son Rod. Mrs. Hedgepeth was the sister of Marlene (Rupp) Cowell, wife of elder Jim Cowell. Marlene comes from a very large family, many of whom are in one organization of Godís Church or another. Please remember the family in your prayers for Godís comfort at this time of terrible tragedy.
Update May 25: There will be a memorial
service, Saturday, June 1st, at 2pm, at
Desiderio Funeral Home:
May 19, 2019
Ian Healy (grandson of Louis and Carol Petit) Ė ďCarol and I would appreciate our brethrenís prayers for Ian. He is going to the doctors on Monday to have extensive tests to determine if he is healthy enough to do dialysis. He is scheduled to go into the hospital on May 24th to have a tube put into (I think) his stomach for dialysis. He will do dialysis at home every evening until he has an operation to put in a new kidney. We're not sure when that starts. He was put on the donor list a couple of weeks ago and there are about 5 people who said they would give a kidney to Ian if they are a match. Our prayers were that Ian would not have to go on dialysis, but it looks like he will have to. Judith, Ianís mother, is quite stressed so prayers for her are also appreciated.Ē
May 19, 2019
I would like to request prayers for Patti Reed. Patti is my sister. She had a massive stroke. Please ask God for His intervention.
May 4, 2019
Neal has been experiencing extreme pain in his neck and legs.
May 4, 2019
Jenny has been suffering from very severe bursitis and would appreciate your prayers for Godís healing and relief from the pain. Especially, please pray for Godís healing of a severe, open-sore bruise on her leg.
May 4, 2019
Mitch's prostate surgery went quite well. The doctor was satisfied that he removed all the cancer, but will need to verify that with follow-up testing. Mitch thanks you for your prayers.
Update May 12: Mitch got word from the doctors that his scans are clear, the pain has subsided, heís up and around, and feeling well! He and Anita thank you for your prayers!
May 2, 2019
We just wanted to let you know that Sam was
admitted to the Cleveland Clinic yesterday, May 1st. He will be having open
heart surgery because they found a clot. That is why his machine kept going off.
Surgery will be scheduled for one day next week. We will appreciate thoughts and
Update May 15: Sam had exploratory open heart surgery. The surgery was to determine if there was a blockage in his heart or a mechanical malfunction in his artificial heart pump. They did not find any blockage in his heart. They were able to determine it was a mechanical issue in the pump. He is supposed to be released sometime this week.
April 29, 2019
David and Holly Eury want to thank you for your prayers on behalf of Holly's mother this past week. Holly's mother died this morning.
April 21, 2019
Dick has made some good recovery and is presently at a rehab facility across the street from Akron City (Summa) Hospital.
Update May 4: Dick has been home a few days, receiving home nurse visits to administer medication. He and Janice appreciate your ongoing prayers.
April 20, 2019
We are requesting prayers for MatŪas as he
continues to have congestion, cough and now a slight fever. He's had congestion
pretty much since birth, which, at times, seems to be better. He has been pretty
congested this past week, with increased coughing. We're praying he'll improve
Update April 21: MatŪas hasn't had a
fever all day, thank God. He's still congested and coughing, but at least it's
the getting mucus out. He never misses a feeding and is acting normally,
especially when he sees Carolina.
Update November 9: Please keep MatŪas in
your prayers. He has been vomiting off and on since last night. He's not really
wanting to eat anything, but nurse. He's teething and fighting off a cold as
well. Also keep Carolina in your prayers as she has been recovering from asthma
flare up this week.
Update November 11: MatŪas has been
doing well. Still a bit congested, but no more vomiting and he is back to eating
as usual. Thank you for all your prayers.
April 9, 2019
Connie has suffered with an auto-immune
disorder for a number of years. In addition to the chronic problems associated
with that, the doctors have discovered that she is experiencing bleeding on her
brain. Please remember to ask God's mercy upon her.
Update April 11: Connie is in the
hospital in Sacramento, California. Doctors have told her she has an infection
in her lungs, a type of pneumonia. Please continue to pray for her, as she has
extreme difficulty breathing.
April 8, 2018
Lori has found a lump in
her breast. An appointment has been made for May 1st with her doctor. She
requests prayers from the brethren for God's intervention.
Update May 2: Lori will have 4 days of
testing to determine a course of treatment for her breast tumor. Your prayers
are requested for healing. Results will be in Friday, May 9th.
Update May 10: Lori's tests came back negative. The cancer is confined to the tumor. Her surgery is set for May 20th. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Update June 21: I apologize for not posting earlier. We have been very busy with doctors for Lori and her parents. Lori's operation was successful. Pathology reports were clear. She's now preparing for radiation treatments. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Update September 15: Lori completed
radiation treatments this week. Please pray that the cancer is now in remission
and this trial will end. It has been a three-year battle and we are worn out. We
appreciate the prayers for Lori and look forward to our future rest.