Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Another surgery is about to begin. After speaking with the University of Michigan (those who invented Ecmo) the doctors have decided on a new course of action. They were told that bleeding is not entirely unusual, and not life-threatening, but a nuisance as it hinders healing. SOoo...they are prepping him now for the insertion of a chest tube to allow air around his collapsed lung to be evacuated. They are also going to move his jugular tube farther in, and suture around it to provide needed pressure to prevent blood from bleeding out at his neck. Also, the internal bleeding seems to have lessened as the blood content in his abdomen fluid is far less than they thought!!! Praise Jesus!

A new adult ventilator is being shipped here. Upon arrival, they will try to take BJ off of the Ecmo circuit, and with the assistance of this ventilator see if his body is ready to start working more on its own. It is intended as a trial, and they aren't at all sure he will be ready. If he goes back on Ecmo, it is not a defeat.

No new news on the infection, yet.

"Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord;they are pondered by all who delight in them." Psalm 111: 1-2

Please keep praying, you have lifted him and the rest of us immeasurabley,

BJ's dad


At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I continue to check the Blog throughout the day. I lift you each up to the lord, through prayer, so that his Grace may bless you all! I pray for B.J.'s continued improvement and healing. I will continue to pray throughout the day.


At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds positive. I will pray for the doctors as they do this procedure. Thank you so much for the updates, they are SUCH a blessing for me. I continue to pray for you, Deanna, and the girls.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Sounds like they are having more options! Praise God - we'll be praying BJ through his surgery.

Jes, Todd & Andrew:)

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying with you all as BJ undergoes these additional procedures.

Lord, watch over and strengthen the hands of the doctors and nurses. Give them wisdom beyond their experience. Stop the bleeding, clear the infection, and heal BJ's body. Strengthen Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney as they wait. May they find in You everything that they need.

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. 33:24a).

With love,

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its so good to hear that God is providing for BJ. Its obvious He is with him and has His hand on BJ and your family! Still praying.....

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you LORD for giving the family and doctors the wisdom and peace. We praise you with cymbals, guitars, keyboards, and whatever makes a joyful noise to thank you for all you have done and will do inYOUR NAME> AMEN Marlene we are prayin you all thru..xo

At 12:01 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Hey Brent, Deanna, Lauren, Whitney, and BJ--
I was glad to come home, check the blogspot and read the psoitive news. Nate and I will be praying that this procedure works well and that BJ is able to work on healing himself with out the use of the ecmo machine. Brent and Deanna, we are paying for strength and encouragement for you. Lauren and Whitney, we are praying for you as you start school. We're far away from you physically at this point but you are in our thoughts and prayers constantly. BJ, hang in there... our prayer for you is that you will feel His presence closely and that with His strength your body will heal. By the way, I can honestly say that I am so glad that you are grumpy... you may not get by with this too often, so make the most of it! We love you BJ.
Hugs and kisses all the way from Northern Ireland...
Nate and Amy

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that we are continuing to pray for the entire family and this situation. I have no doubt that God has awesome things in store for all of you! Looking forward to good news about today...
The Ramseys

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know much about medical stuff, but i think this sounds like good news!! I am still praying and i will keep praying! Also, is there any news on if the doctors have figured out what he has? I love all of you, and i hope you are getting enough sleep!

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for His healing!

Matthew 21: 21-22
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Praying for BJ even harder,
hannah d (peru, 04)

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep on fighting BJ all of monrovia high school is praying for you

Jacob Mackenzie
Andrew West

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ and Family,
Michelle and I organized a prayer meeting at HLG yesterday for BJ. The turn out was incredible. Our friends and people that we don't even know that well came out and prayed for BJ with us. Praise God! The power of prayer is this situation is so evident that it's incredible!

In Christ's love,

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im praying for Bj as he goes through the procedures.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger Danzeisen5 said...

Our hearts and prayers are right there with you now as all this is happening. Everyone here is praying and knowing God is there with BJ, holding his hand during all of this - and your hands as well!

We love you
Rich and Lynae

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God continues to answer prayers. The news keeps getting more positive throughout the day. I check for updates everytime baby Andrew takes a nap! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. I am sure BJ will do fine with the chest tube. Praying for a successful transition to the vent and off of the ECMO. Less sites to let infection in! Praying hard for a full recovery.

Love, Nancy & the girls.

At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. and family,
God has already let them figure out some.. the surgery will hopefully help him! God has heard our prayers and will continue to hear them! Psalm 91 is great and I am sure u know that!
God loves u B.J. and HE IS THERE!!!!
Love your sister in Christ,

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Christina said...

Hi, BJ's dad and family--

It sounds like you are stressed and anxious for a quick resolution to BJ's medical difficulties. We all are! Remember you need to take care of yourselves too. BJ is in good hands with all the doctors and nurses the Lord has provided. Please take care of you! You have people all over praying for you. My eight year old prayed for you all tonight. That just moves my heart. Know that even though you don't know us, we love you and are praying for you!

In His name and love,

Riga, Latvia

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about B.J. from one of my Sunday School students. She came to me after class and specifically asked if I would pray for him. "Yes," I told her. "I would love to pray for B.J."

I just learned of your web site today and I wanted you to know that many people you don't know and perhaps will never meet - are praying for B.J. and for each of you!

Remember: "All things are possible with God!" Mark 10:27 NIV

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for keeping us informed every step of the way. As I check the blog every couple of hours to see if there is any other news. Your son has definately made a difference in my life and I don't even know him. He is so much loved and We will continue to pray for healing of his body. God is awesome and greatly to be praised.


At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A group of 10 college age students prayed for BJ on Monday night. We are an internship at New Life Church in COlorado Springs and Kara, A friend of BJ's, has recently joined us. We will continue standing in faith and praying for BJ.

At 1:46 PM, Blogger ruawarrior said...

I really have been praying Hard for Bj, I also pray for you and the Doctor's. And will continue till he is healthy again. Ken

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family, I have and will be continuing to pray for BJ and your family. Your family is a model of how Christian should live. You all are such an encouragement. Megan Manning

At 1:49 PM, Blogger ron and vee ann said...

Hi all,

It does sound like progress is being made.That is an answer to prayer! I so wish I could take some of the burden off of you guys. I know what it is like to wait day after day in ICU. Ron and I also know that God does work miracles. Just look at Mary Ardene, if that is not one of God's miracles I don't know what is. We will be there Saturday with Mary Ardene and we can do a Starbucks run for all of you.

We love you.
Cousins Vee Ann and Ron

At 1:50 PM, Blogger kalee said...

hey i am a friend of lauren's from IWU, and i just wanted to let you know that i am praying for BJ and for your family! i know that this time is hard, and that there have to be times of questioning, but i truly believe that he is faithful and will be our portion. please know that there is a church an hour north in kokomo that is praying for you all too. lauren, if you need anything, i am around. i check this site constantly. thanks for keeping it updated. i'm praying!

kalee pruett

At 1:51 PM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

Dear Jesus,
You created BJ. You hold him in your loving arms. You have given him an awesome understanding of You and Your Word. You know he is a gift to all of us. You have given him Your love for all people. You know his desire for the unity of Your people. You are receiving Glory through his illness. Now with countless others, I ask you to bring healing to his body. Guide the medical staff during these new surgical procedures. Help these to work toward his healing. We Love you Lord and thank you for all you are doing, have done, and are going to do in the days ahead. Bless all his family, and give them added strength we pray. In Your precious name...AMEN (Aunt) Lisa

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know that you are being bathed in prayer- even by strangers. May God strengthen your family through this time.

-friend of the Mannings

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ and family,

I have never met any of you but, I'm friends with some of the team that went to Peru this summer. Heather is a very close friend of mine and she keeps me updated.

Lord, I pray that you would comfort BJ and his family at this time. Thank you for showing me your power through this. I pray that you heal BJ's body. I know that your name is being glorified Lord because many lives have been touched that don't even know BJ, but they do know that BJ is their brother in Christ. AMEN

Just know that I am praying for you!

Sister in Christ,

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, B.J. and girls. I have been praying, daily, for all of you and the doctors since I heard about you B.J. Today is the first time I heard of the site, and I think its great. What a way to let people know exactally what is going on. Since I first heard of B.J.'s illness, I have asked several prayer warriors to pray for all of you. These people are from all over Indiana to Texas. Each person I sent out the prayer request to was asked to put you on their church prayer list and pass it on to their friends and family. I am so sorry for all B.J. is having to endure and of course you to. Isaiah 41:13 says "For I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand. Who says to you, Do not fear. I will help you." In Christ's Love, Charlene Stovall

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know B.J but my friend Ashley does. When I heard about his condition I immediatley started to pray for him. I believe that God will heal him. Just have fiath and trust God. I will continue to pray for him.



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