Wednesday, August 31, 2005

BJ had a relatively restful night. He wakes (to a groggy state) more frequently as his body has grown used to the sedatives. They have introduced new drugs to help him rest.

Staff believe the bleeding at his left leg tube has clotted. He continues to bleed internally and from his neck tube. The Heprin has not been turned back on to try to allow the other areas to clot. Please pray that the Ecmo pump doesn't bog down with "thicker" blood, and that he stops bleeding.

No word yet on the infection, and whether it had been eliminated...keep lifting that up, please, as that is a potentially very serious issue. He won't have another chest x-ray until tomorrow, but looking at the last one alongside his worst ones, shows a little improvement.

In my experiences, a grumpy hospital patient equates to a healing hospital patient. This morning when I went into his room and touched his arm, he began to show signs of uncomfortableness and agitation. I'm choosing to look at this as a positive sign...I know I'd be grumpy and agitated if I was hooked up to all the paraphanalia he is...as a matter of fact, I AM a little grumpy and agitated that he is hooked up to all that stuff!

Please continue fighting the battle...and may He be glorified through this.

BJ's dad

33 Comments:

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent,

You are so right, a grumpy pt. is a recovering pt. That is a good sign. If they have the energy and awareness to react in a disgruntled way, that is good. Like I said in my last blog, we are definitely praying hard down here. Hope you have a peaceful day.

Nancy Reed

 
At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay Strong. Praying for all of you.

In Him

 
At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for you BJ!

 
At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in our prayers. We are in the hospital at this point with our 1yr old daughter...we know the frustrations and hurt you feel for your son.

We will pray for god to give you strength.

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear of an uneventful night. I'm also glad to hear about the grumpiness from BJ, and even from you. You and your family are allowed to feel that way too! We will continue to pray for you guys, and that the infection will get better. I especially will remember the girls, especially Lauren as she gets ready to go back to school. I know it will be hard for her to leave.

 
At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent,

Thanks for the updates on BJ. I know that people are checking this site every minute if not seconds of the day. I will continue to pray for all of you. I just keep trying to find the right words to write to help you through this tough time. Your family has been tested and continues to be tested and I see the light of Christ shining through. That is TOTALLY AWESOME!!

Tammy

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger laura said...

That does sound like a positive sign. Keep your faith alive and strong and just keep lifting up BJ to the father. We are continuously praying and seeking God's will for BJ. In my heart, I believe he will pull through this. Like I said in my other blogs, Sometimes things get worse before ever getting better, and he is showing signs of healing.

God bless your family!

 
At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for all he has done! I pray for all of you every day and constantly think about you. Keep in there!

In God's love,
Ellie Fillio

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will continue to pray continually that today and the days to come will show miraculous healing in BJ's body! I know you all must be very tired but God will give each of you the strength to carry on and YES, I think the agitation is a good sign. Your in our thoughts and prayers today, Stay strong.

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Keep hanging in there. You all are always forefront in my mind. Some fellow teachers here at Northwood have shared that they are praying for you as well.

Todd & I are praying hard for BJ & the machines. We'll also keep praying for the results of the bloodwork. We love you guys.

Jessica, Todd & Andrew Y.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Praise God! Another day I've been given to fight for my brother. That we have all been given. Thats how we have to take it...one day at a time. All i know to do is keep asking the Lord..he is faithful. My God, i just want to lift up my brother bj, not that thoughts of him were ever far from my mind..but I want to specifically pray for the bleed in BJs neck. Lord you said ask and you will receive and so im asking...That you just allow his body to work im ways never seen before. Continue the clot the blood in the his body yet allow the emco machine to continue to work as it should. I know you are bigger than any machine or any human idea of how it all works. So Lord I just give you the praise and glory today...for another day. Show yourself and may we continue to seek you and be faithful to you!

Another day for His glory!
Tara Case

 
At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent and Deanna,
Your faith still amazes me. It seems almost cliche to say that God won't put you through more than you can handle, but it's so true. The fact that your family is going through this is an incredible testimony to your faith.
God's proud to say you're His.

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deana and Girls,
We want you to know that our church down here in Santa Claus are praying for BJ and your family. Jes' dad Glen had a special prayer for BJ last night at our Sunday School Appreciation Dinner. We feel as though we know you through these updates. I keep our church posted by email and referring them to this website. BJ is a strong young man to endure all this for our Lord! Please allow yourselves to get a little rest! You must all be exhausted and I know your church family wishes they could sit for you. As a parent, I know it would be hard to leave them. Take care and May God continue to Bless you as He certainly has us through this website.
Glen and Jean Peters (Jes' parents in Santa Claus)

 
At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ,

My name is Brandon Sichting and I am the Associate Pastor at Good Shepherd Baptist Church. One of our teenagers, Vince Ringer, let me know about your website and your illness. I just wanted you to know we are praying for you.

In Christ,

Brandon Sichting

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Brent Jr. and his family,

I went to Peru with BJ last summer and grew quite close to him during our time there. Together we started a journey to complete surrender of our lives to God's heart, His service and His will. I have always been amazed at BJ's maturity and dedication to service at such a young age. He has encouraged me beyond words. I praise our Father in heaven for creating him. I am praying for him constantly. He is always on my heart. Be encouraged, my dear family, God's will shall be done and He will be glorified through it. BJ, you are a blessing to this world.

I love you,
Chrissy

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here at hannibal lagrange college there are many who are constantly praying for you, BJ. Sports teams and large and small groups alike are praying for healing. we love you.

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Votaw said...

My friend told me about B.J. last night. It seems that he has been a great servant for the Lord. Sometimes He asks His servants to take a beating in doing His will, and B.J. seems like the kind of fellow that is up to the task.

I will be praying for you.

Jeremy

 
At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so faithful. Praise Him for a somewhat restful night. Praise Him for uncomfortableness and grumpyness. God truly works in mysterious ways.

God, we join togeter now and pray for BJ's circulatory system. You know that he needs it to clot in his blood stream and not in the machine. You know exactly what needs to happen in BJ's body for it to heal. We're asking you to make it so. BJ is Your child and sickness has no place in his body. We ask you to cast Satan out of this equation. He doesn't belong here. Most of all we ask for Your glory to be shown in the life of our brother. Thank You for all You're doing and all You're going to do.
~AMEN

Beej - Hang in there, buddy. We standin' with you. We won't stop praying for you...ever. Know that you're being lifted before the throne of our majestic God hourly.
Love in Christ,
Kayla

 
At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying!! stay strong

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our youth continue to lift him up.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

Brent,

I was very burdened for all of you all day yesterday and could not sleep well last night, so prayed when I'd awaken. I ache so much for all of you. I understand the scariness of all you heard and saw yesterday. I pray that God will give you renewed peace, comfort, and strength, and that you will feel rested even when you've had no rest. I pray for a complete recovery for BJ in God's time and way. I pray for the bleeding to stop and for complete healing from the staph infection. I pray that the ECMO machine will continue to function as needed. I pray that God will touch all the medical personnel who are working with BJ, that He will give them wisdom they don't have. I pray that He will help them to know exactly what to do in every situation, for He is the Great Physician. I pray that He will minister and speak to the hearts of all the medical personnel through all of this. I pray for continued help and healing for the other young patients and families there with you. I pray for God to give you joy in the midst of your suffering. I pray for His mighty hand to hold you up and to supply every need you have.
I love you much and wish I were closer. Thank you so much for letting us know what is happening. I check the computer so much that I don't get much work done, but I think that's because God wants me to pray. You're always in my thoughts even though I'm far away.

Love,
Beth

 
At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all in my prayers.

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying in Ohio. His Peace to you all.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Barbara Ann said...

Last night God gave me these verses...

"I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one was we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
John 17:22-23

It just amazes me, because that is what is happening! People all over the world are lifting up BJ. We are being unified so very much. Some people say they dont know him, but when you think about it...we all know each other because we are sons and daughters of a KING!! So praise God that what BJ was reading before he went into the hospital is happening even as I type...

Still praying...
Barbara Ann Sheely

 
At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for you! We just heard about you via Brian Christy and have spread the word in OH, WI, D.C. & IL as well.

We know that our God is Jehovah Rapha and El Elyon! How awesome to know that He is in CONTROL and we are not...nor the doctors, nurses, medicine...our creator, healer, sovereign God is!

Keep up the race!

 
At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just wanted to take a moment to let you know BJ and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of the Fishers Fire Department. It refreshes us to see the strength of a family, who in the face of danger, still puts their faith completely in God. That's all we can do and it's all we ever need to do. Stay strong and keep your eyes on HIM!

In Christ,
The Fellowship of Christian Firefighters Fishers

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are going up for you BJ & this wonderful devoted family. Your faith in God will keep you strong. With caring regards & lots of Hugs, Kay

 
At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay! BJ is getting better! grumpy means... well, i dunno what it means. but it means something good, that's for sure!!! i'm still praying for all of you! Hang in there, Bj! I love you!!

 
At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello B.J.'s family,
I am happy he is sorta starting to wake up! That means soon he will wake up a little more at a time and that means the less uncouncious he will be!
B.J., seeing u move is a good thing to ur parents, God is watching u!!!
GOD IS THERE
love your sister in Christ,
Emmy

 
At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about BJ on MercyMe's site. And I am almost 15 and couldnt imagine going through what you are. I have been a christian since I was 4 and I am happy to hear that there is someone my age going on missions trips to other countries to talk about Jesus' love for everysingle person on his beautifully created earth. Christianity is a big part of my life and I am happy to hear that you are doing better. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for showing Gods word around the world. I hope soon my youth Group ( THE EDGE)Eternally Divine in Gods Eyes) will be able to witness like you BJ... My prayers are with you!! Kayla Barker

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgens -


Stay strong.We're all praying for you.

In Christ

 
At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a friend of Scott Harris at UWF. We are all praying for all of you I hope that things soon take a turn for the better.:)

Christie Evans

 
At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I do not know you, but a friend told me you are very bad. I'm from PerĂº, I wanted to say that I'm praying for you. I want you to stay alive and happy, because God is with you. I will ask Him for you to get better.

Lupe Silva

 

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