Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 7 cont.

Lucas' intracranial pressures are currently better with a combination of prayer, cooling him down, positioning (sitting up supported in bed), and another dose of hypertonic saline allowed after his sodium levels corrected. (I think mostly prayer, so please keep praying!)

His arterial pressures continue to respond to medicine and fluid.  He has had some complications develop. He has a pneumonia and is currently on antibiotics.  He also has blood clots in both arms which present a risk to break off and go to the heart, but are currently untreatable due to risks of bleeding with his injuries.  These, along with his cervical and leg fractures, are by themselves bad situations, but take second place to the brain pressures. However, continue to pray for the intracranial pressures to remain low as well as these secondary issues as they remain significant concerns.

We are thankful for all the voicemails (hard to take actual calls), emails, and texts of prayer and support. For those who have visited us, we apologize for only being able to spend a few minutes with you after you have driven so far, but our time can be stretched thin. Most of all we appreciate your prayers near and far for our son and for our family. Please continue to pray that God would perform a great miracle of healing in his life. Pray for knowledge, wisdom, skill, and compassion on the part of the doctors, nurses, and others taking care of him. We see Him at work through them and know your prayers play a part. Pray for Tina and myself that we would remain strong in this trial and that we would lean on Him and not on our own understanding. Pray for our son Spencer... I know his heart aches for his big brother. Pray God would give him special peace and comfort. Thank you all for your concern for him and your reaching out to him. Pray for Sydney, Lucas' girlfriend. He loves her and so do we. Pray for her family as I know they suffer in this with us.

And to all Lucas' friends... we are so blessed to get to know you. We are sorry it is under such circumstances. But you have been an encouragement to us in knowing how much he is loved and cared about by so many in the community. We are praying for you as well. We are trying to keep Lucas quiet and avoid any undo excitement that might increase his pressures (although he does remain in a medication induced coma) and so do want to limit visitors in his room at least for the next few days... but feel free to come by if you just need to be here for him. We are happy to meet you and spend a few minutes lifting him up with you.

Finally, please continue to PRAY. Many times it is difficult to know what or how to pray. Don't worry, the Holy Spirit knows... you just pray. Especially at night... if you happen to awaken, would you pray for Lucas that he would heal and pray for his parents that we might have some rest.

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Blessings to you all. God is good.



  1. Isaiah 43

    1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    2 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

    3 For I am the LORD, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
    I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush [a] and Seba in your stead.

  2. Your family is constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I woke up several times during the night last night and each time offered prayers for Lucas and all of you. Know that I will continue to do so. May God's peace surround you.

  3. We are praying for your family.

  4. Family of my friend Lucas, I was in a bad car wreck around seven years ago. When I got to the hospital, the doctors told my parents that I was going to die. If I somehow survived, I would be a vegetable. But here I am.
    I have since then graduated from high school, undergrad, and am now in grad school. I live in an apartment by myself, and overall am very happy with my life.

    I tell you this so you know that it is very possible to come back from this. I know Lucas, and I know he can do this with your help. Pray, send up positive thoughts, whatever you feel comfortable with, but never give up hope.

    My mother refused to believe the doctors when they told her I was going to die, and here I am. I gave her this url so she can offer you hope and advice. Just, please, know that Lucas can and will come back to us.

  5. Burnie and Tina-
    Here is a word of encouragement that another homeschooling mom (Pattie Curran) asked me to share with you:
    I will pray. If you think it would be helpful=-- let them know my husband’s sister spent 2 ½ weeks in a coma after a car accident and had a brain injury—the day they sent her to rehab, her parents were told she was not a candidate for rehab….

    She graduated with a degree in biology several years ago and is doing well. She crushed her acetablum and limps because of that—had to have pins in her spine and had a tracheotomy, etc….

    I will be praying….. please keep us posted. I will try to follow the blog, too.

    Peace be with you,

    We continue to lift both of you, Spencer, Lucas and Sydney up in prayer. We seem to be getting the same Word from the Holy Spirit. I too was awakened several times last night to pray. At one point I had say, "Tell me how to pray about this Lord, I don't know what to pray." You are correct. The Spirit knows what our minds can't fathom.
    If we can do anything at all please don't hesitate to call or email. We are all hugging you in our hearts.

  6. Tina and Burnie,
    Lucas is in my prayers as well as you, Spencer, Sydney and your extended family. I don't know you and you don't know me, but we know the One that makes all the difference; our Lord Jesus Christ. He is good and faithful.
    I know that you must be full of questions as to why this happened to your precious son. We don't know the answer to that. I can tell you though that God is receiving glory even through this blog. Do you know how many people are hearing your testimony and the gospel; maybe for the first time? It's so easy to be a Christian in the good times but you are praising the Lord in what is probably one of the worst times of your life. Kind of like Job, huh? And God rewarded him greatly for his faithfulness.
    Psalm 27:1,5,6b,13,14
    The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    Whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the strength of my life;
    Of whom shall I be afraid?
    For in the time of trouble
    He shall hide me in His pavilion
    In the secret place of His tabernacle
    He shall hide me:
    He shall set me high upon a rock.
    I will sing praises to the Lord.
    I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
    That I would see the goodness of the Lord
    In the land of the living
    Wait on the Lord;
    Be of good courage,
    And He shall strengthen your heart;
    Wait, I say, on the Lord!

    Nahum 1:7
    The Lord is good
    A stronghold in the day of trouble
    And he knows those that trust in Him.
    With the love of Christ,
    Tina King/RN
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