Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 14 cont.

Lucas' intracranial and blood pressures have remained stable throughout day. The dosage of one of the medications needed to keep his blood pressure up was decreased today. His respirations seem improved. These are all answers to prayer.

Please remember he remains gravely injured. The above are merely complications of the real issues he faces. The medication inducing a coma is nearly out of his system. He has a cough with suctioning of his breathing tube, but this is only a reflex. Otherwise we see no neurological function. We await testing by the neurosurgeons, perhaps tomorrow or the next day, but we are unsure.

Our prayer remains that God would fully heal the structure and function of Lucas' brain and that he would have a full recovery. We continue to pray for his other injuries that are also very serious, but that cannot be treated until he is more stable neurologically.

We continue to feel your love for us as the Lord strengthens us in response to your prayers. Your words of encouragement, scriptures, and prayers are like manna through which the Lord sustains us daily. Pray for continued strength, courage, and wisdom.

Please pray also for my younger son, that the Lord would especially watch over him while we are away from him. Pray for my dad, a prayer warrior, that God would especially comfort and encourage him during this trial as he is dealing with some health issues of his own as well as life transitions.

Continue to remember Lucas' doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and all others involved in his care, that the Lord would be at work through them with all manner of knowledge, wisdom, skill, and compassion.

We love you all.

God is good.


  1. Days and nights in the ICU are physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausting. But my prayer for you tonight is "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man," and that you would have renewed hope in "...Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." Eph. 3:16 & 20

    Love you guys--Jean

  2. Shout for JOY to the LORD, all the earth!
    Serve the LORD with GLADNESS;
    come before HIM with joyful songs.
    Know that the LORD IS GOD.
    It is He who made us, and WE ARE HIS;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

    Enter HIS gates with THANKSGIVING
    and HIS courts with PRAISE;
    For the LORD IS GOOD and HIS LOVE endures forever;

    Resting with you in His Truth tonight...with a thankful heart that Our God never slumbers,

  3. Burnie and Tina,
    You are all at the top of our prayer list. We read your blog faithfully.
    In Him,
    Paul and Cathie Greve

  4. Burnie,

    It's been a while since I've seen you, we used to worked together at MFP. I just found out about your son, and I want you to know that I have been praying off and on all day for you and your family. I don't know if you remember way back to 2001, but you prayed for me (this was before I worked at MFP, when I was just a patient) when I had found out that my late husband was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. To this day I remember how you were not afraid to ask a patient, that you did not know, if you could pray for them. You were really a blessing to me in my time of need. God is always with us, our constant hope and ever present guide in times of trial. I am praying for you and your family.

    Felicia Carle Snider

    I've copied Psalms 42 below.
    My pastor read this to my husband while he was in the hospital...

    As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, O God.
    2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
    3 My tears have been my food
    day and night,
    while men say to me all day long,
    "Where is your God?"
    4 These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
    how I used to go with the multitude,
    leading the procession to the house of God,
    with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
    among the festive throng.
    5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
    Why so disturbed within me?
    Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and 6 my God.
    My [c] soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
    from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
    7 Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
    all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.
    8 By day the LORD directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.
    9 I say to God my Rock,
    "Why have you forgotten me?
    Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?"
    10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
    saying to me all day long,
    "Where is your God?"
    11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
    Why so disturbed within me?
    Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.