Lucas had an uneventful night and Tina and I were able to get some much needed sleep. Thank you for your prayers.
It occurred to me that in updating Lucas' condition I might be providing details that are too graphic and I want to be sensitive to Lucas as well as to his friends, family, and prayer partners. So I will try to be just specific enough so that you know what is going on and how to specifically pray, but remember, God knows exactly what He is doing... just keep praying!
Lucas intracranial pressures are stable in an acceptable range. Pray this would continue and that swelling and inflammation in the brain would subside completely. But his blood pressure continues to drop and it is a delicate juggling act to keep his blood pressure up and not do anything to affect the intracranial pressure. Pray for wisdom on the part of the doctors and nurses in managing his blood pressure.
He still has a pneumonia, but is on antibiotics. Pray for rapid healing.
He has blood clots in both arms, but no plans for treatment, since this could affect bleeding in the brain. Pray that no clots would break off and go to the heart or lungs.
Continue to pray for knowledge, wisdom, skill, and compassion for the doctors, nurses, and others caring for Lucas. Pray that God is at work through them.
We have asked you to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess 5:17). We ask that you continue to do so for healing for Lucas. The gospel of Luke records the parable of the persistent widow...
Don't hesitate to pass this on to your church, prayer groups, facebook, etc.
We love you all.
God is good.