Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The procedure went fine. The heprin drip (blood thinner) was shut off to aid clotting. So far, no go. However, it could take more time. His body handled the changeover pretty well, and we are thankful for that.

His left lung is partially collapsed with a pneumothorax (air pocket) having developed beside it. If they can get the bleeding under control, they can add an additonal tube to release this air pocket.

More tests will be run in the morning to determine if the infection is under control. They used a high powered antibiotic to try and knock it down.

During a moment when BJ came out of sedation, I told him of your support, and prayers. He shook his head "no" when I asked him if he was in pain.

Thank you to those of you who are praying and to those who are fasting and praying.

Thank you Sam for the translation. That was a timely blessing.

Words cannot express our continued gratitude...

BJ's dad


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

thanks for letting us hear from you.. i couldnt go to rest without knowing. we will be with you inprayers throughout the night.. we love you so much. Bill and Marlene.. I am happy to know there is no pain too.

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so good!! We continue to pray and know that God will answer our prayers. BJ is in the Great Physician's hands. May God's grace be with you all.

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

Thank you Lord that BJ came through this procedure ok. I ask you to give him and his family a peaceful night so that they can wake tomorrow energized and ready to face another day.

Let them feel your love and your peace and the support of their friends from all over the world.

And, I do ask that you heal BJ so that he can continue his life witnessing and professing your name.

We love you, Lord, even if we do not fully understand your plan.

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

We are thanking God that the procedure went well. We will continue to pray for the bleeding to stop, that the infection responds to the antibiotic, and that the air pocket can be taken care of. May you all find shelter in the shadow of His wings.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

We love each of you we'll be praying... Love Tracy

At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting tonight. There are many of us anxiously waiting to hear how the procedure went. We are all still praying and spreading the word. Your son has been such a blessing. Even in his terrible sicknes, he is spreading the word of God. I am utterly amazed and blessed by him. You have an amazing son.

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

We praise the LORD that the procedure went good.
We are still praying...

At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so Good! I am so thankful that the procedure went well and you were able to speak to your son. Praying that BJ continues to heal and that y'all feel God's embraceing arms during this time.
Because of HIM,
A sister in Christ in Alaska

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you guys know that my family and I and even a some of my friends are praying for BJ and your family!

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Thank you so much for updating us about how everything went. I'm so glad it went well and will be praying hard that the infection is totally gone and that everything else is healed. Keep trusting in HIM. BJ will get through this.

Your sister in Christ,
Ashley Reagan (peru 04)

At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Family,
We are praying for BJ's complete recovery and for your sustained strength that only God the Father can provide. We are close friends of Walker Moore and support his ministry. Please know that numerous people in Tulsa, OK are praying for BJ and for you. I am praying for God's divine wisdom to fall on BJ's physicians because HE is the Great Physician. God Bless you all, Robyn George

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so good to get your update tonight! While it could never approach your waiting ordeal, Corrie and Ellie and I are never a few minutes away from another prayer for BJ during and after home school hours. What a blessing to have the ability to huddle together during the school day to pray for BJ! We check your website and share in the prayers of others here in Indy and far away. Oh yeah, we always pray for each of you at the same time!

May you have a restful and peaceful night!

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

our God is an awesome God! I"m so glad to hear everything went ok. I'm still praying God will continue to heal Bj's body. I sincerely hope he feels better. There's no better hands to be in than the Lord's!God Bless the entire Higgin's family.

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying and writing this note to encourage you to hold fast to God and His word. My daughter is an HLG(Hannibal La-Grange) girl and she has seen first hand the results of BJ's love for GOD and his witness to her friends who were in Peru with him this summer. Our hearts are heavy for him and you his family and friends. But know that when we hurt He hurts too. May God's will and wisdom be evident and may He be glorified in All that is said and done in these days.

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you.

At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only i knew wise words of comfort to give you. but, at least know that me and my friends are definately praying for bj constantly. He's in good Hands...but you probably already knew that. hang in there, and we're praying for you bj!!

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wanted to let you know bj and his family will be in my prayers, may God bring you comfort and strength in this trying time,know that you are loved very much

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Hey Dad! Thanks for much for keeping us posting. Its in those moments where i read those lines of 'it went fine' that my heart starts to beat a little more normal. I think this is the time were we are really going to see the power of prayer and how mighty our God is! Know im still praying and thinking of you all. I see where BJ has had a physical picture of a Godly man in his life and its almost like seeing you from seeing what an man BJ himself is. And girls, (mom too)-I know i dont have words to tell you all the amazing things he said about you all in Peru. You have some amazing men in your family. Im praying for you sisters! Love you bunches!
Tara Case

At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. -Ps. 16:1
I know God will keep BJ safe and he will be such an inspiration to others just as he is now. The Higgins family, you are in mine and my family's prayers!
Your sister in Christ,

At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello higgins family,
my name is crystal hunt. i attend monroiva high where bj once attended. i didnt really know bj as well as others but from reading his story i feel as though i have known him all my life. im am praying for bj every night and asking the lord to please watch over ur family and to comfort you guys while you wait for bj to get better. i pray for bj every night and ask him to help his family

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear the procedure went well!! :-) Praise God!


At 11:07 PM, Blogger Paul said...

I heard about BJ's situation via the internet. I have had 21 surgeries, over a hundred lumbar punctures, and unfortunately am familiar with situations similar to this one. I just wanted to say that he is in my prayers, and I will be hoping for the best. It is a great thing to be able to keep a strong faith and will to live in times like these, and oftentimes it is that more than any medicine that helps us survive. Best of luck.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Paul said...

I heard about BJ's situation via the internet. I have had 21 surgeries, over 100 lumbar punctures, and unfortunately am familiar with situations similar to this one. I just wanted to say that he is in my prayers, and I will be hoping for the best. It is a great thing to be able to keep a strong faith and will to live in times like these, and oftentimes it is that more than any medicine that helps us survive. Best of luck.

At 11:18 PM, Blogger laura said...

Thank you so much for the comments that you make daily to the blogger. There are soooo many people praying for him. Let the Lord work his miracle and keep your faith. The say if you have enough faith you can move a mountain. God is good and we continue to pray for his well-being and full recovery.

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is awesome!!! Let us priase his name. I have 2 children and to know that they are in critical care would just devistate me. I know that you are under a great deal of pain. Just remembre the Lord knows how much you can take. He will only give you as much as you can take. He is an awesome God, and he knows what is going to happen before we all do. God knows right now, if he will be healed or if he is not. We are to pray and expect him to get better. We need to ask God to heal him completely. "God I pray in Jesus' name that you will heal BJ, you said if we ask in Jesus' name it shall be done. I ask you again God, to heal BJ's body completely and fully. I expect him to be healed. God your an awesome God. Please heal BJ and his family. His family love you and need you to heal their son.

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a friend of the Leaf family and I just wante to let you know that I am praying for your son as well as you...I have friends around the world praying for you...I sent e-mails to friends in: MO,OK,Iowa,NJ,PA,WA,Mass,Florida,TX,CA,VA,NC,Romania, and Ukraine...May God be with you, and we are all praying for you!

At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with godly people.
How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them.
Everything he does reveals his glory and his majesty.
His righteousness never fails.

Still praying for BJ and the family! He truly is an awesome man of God!

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Jacktopher Meils said...

If you could the next chance you get, tell him his brother Jack loves him and is seeking the Lord with everything.

Thanks, I really love the Higgins family. If there is ever anything I can do, you know how to get ahold of me.


At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We think of you everyday and pray that BJ pulls through. It's good to hear that the x-rays are starting to show some clearing and the ECMO change over went fine.

Shane and Kathy

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Scott Harris said...

That is great news!! We just got power back not to long ago so as soon as I got my computer back online I came and checked out BJ's status...

Spoken like Yoda
Praise God every day do I, for this summer, knowing you. Pray for you always I will. Awesome God is.

Also, don't think that I'll go any easier on you next time we play ultimate frisbee.... ô¿~

At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are all praying for BJ. We believe that the Lord is using this situation even now to minister to others. BJ is working for the Lord even from his hospital bed.

God keep you in His perfect grace!
Yadi Garcia
Greenwood, IN

At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, I pray that you would give Brent and Deanna the rest that they need tonight. I pray that you would surrond them with your love.Lord, I pray that you would give the doctors they rest that they need to be able to help BJ to the best of their ability. I pray for Whitney and Lauren, that you would be their source of comfort and peace as they go through their classes each day, Lord, that they would feel your arms around them. Lord, I pray for BJ. I pray that you would keep his body as strong as possible. Lord, only You can bring healing. We trust in You to continue to do powerful, amazing things!Amen.

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Bill P said...

Trust in Him. I will be praying for BJ and you and your family.

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray daily for BJ and all of the family. We understand the pain in your hearts and at the same time understand your faith and reliance in our Lord!

We love each and everyone of you and pray for BJ's healing!

Dave, Lori, Jeremy, & Alison

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying in Mooresville for continued healing and lessening of complications. Praying for God's wisdom, mercy and love to be with everyone tonight.

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

when i read this entry today, and the ones from the last week, it broke my heart. why is it that the ones who are so passionate for Christ have such big struggles like this? BJ is obviously very strong. what a guy. we are praying for him in ft. carson, colorado. speedy recovery for BJ and grace for the family.
rachel knoop

At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Higgins,
My name is Colton and I am 4 years old. My mommy tells me that your boy is sick. I will pray that Jesus makes him better and I will draw your son a picture to make him laugh and be happy!
Love Colton

At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colton's Mom says,
We live in Alaska and were checking one more time before we went to bed BJ's condition. Colton is always asking what I am looking at when I check your updates and he just wanted to tell you that he too is praying. We are 3 hours behind y'all so we have prayers going late late!:)
Because of HIM
Colton and his Mommie

At 1:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be praying for your whole family. I will be praying that God being the great God he is will do a miracle in BJ's life right now. May Christ sustain you all in every moment.

At 4:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ones,
I woke up early this morning. God decided I needed more prayer and less sleep. I've been praying, reading, and singing for BJ's dliverance. God brought the "Cares" chorus to my mind the moment I awoke.

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.
And anytime that I don't know what to do.
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Elsie Jay

At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, Whitney,

Amy and I wanted to let you know that while you are all asleep, the time change from Indy to Ireland allows us to be awake and praying for a miracle. We are glad to hear of the latest news, and praise God for the blessings he continues to pour out on BJ. As we have shared BJ's story with Amy's family, they have been touched as well as moved to lift him up in prayer as well. We love you all very much, and continue to keep you all in prayer

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beginning my day going before the Lord asking for His healing for BJ.
Praying for His comfort and peace for Brent and Deanna, and praying that He will be with Lauren and Whitney today, as they try to go to their classes and continue on.

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family:
I'm not sure where to begin. You have such an amazing family and you guys have impacted my life in so many ways. Brent was one of the 1st people I met when we first came to northside and he just welcomed me in such a loving way and i will never forget that. And BJ has always been and always will be such an inspiration to push forward and share Gods word and draw closer to him on my own. I cannot wait to talk with him again and just be awed by how passionate he is and his confidence. God is so AMAZING!!!
Always praying,

At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Higgins Family

Debbie and I continue to track BJ's progress via Brent's timely updates (thank you for these update as they mean so much to some many). We continue to seek God's wisdom during this ordeal and ask for God's guidance, grace and comfort. During our discussion of BJ condition yesterday, Debbie and I both agreed that in the short time BJ has been with us here on earth he has done more for the Lord and His return than we have done combined during our time on earth. Quite a testimony for BJ and a wake-up for us to use what time we have left furthering His return. Brent and Deanna, thank you both for having such a fine son, and for raising him to be such a fine Christian example to us all. We continue to pray for BJ's recovery.

God Bless,
Tommy & Debbie Linder

At 7:22 AM, Blogger tryoumans said...

Higgins family,
We're so thankful to hear that BJ came through the procedure OK. We continue to pray the bleeding stops and that his body can fight off this infection. It's good to hear he's not in pain. We pray that God is not only with him and his doctors and nurses, but also with all of you and that He comfort you throughout all of this.

Todd, Jes & Andrew Youmans

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Brent, thank you so much for keeping this updated. I check this site several times a day, to see if there is an update and to read what people have written. I know Gregg and Marla do the same.
We are so thankful BJ came through the procedure as well as he did.
We are continuing to pray that the infection will leave quickly. Also that they can get the bleeding stopped and the lung procedure done.
You are all constantly on my mind. Your California family love you all and wish there was more we could do. This site certainly helps us to feel more involved.
Love and prayers,
Aunt Maralyn

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Ashley Darnold said...

Thanks for letting us know how the procedure went. And praise the Lord that it went ok! It really helps get through the rest of the day to know how he is doing. I continue to pray for you all, to ask God for healing and comfort.

May the grace of God be with you, Ashley

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers are being said in Owosso, Michigan for your son. The Lord will watch over him.

At 7:43 AM, Blogger ron and vee ann said...

Brad, Deanna, girls

It is always great to hear of progress in BJ's condition and that he can respond when able. Vee Ann and I are so blessed to be a part of such a great and loving family. Our prayers continue and we have passed the website along to many others. We are always thinking of you and looking for your updates. We will see you on Saturday with Mary Ardene. God Bless all of you and keep BJ safe.

Love you all

Your cousins

Ron and Vee Ann

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for making a site where we can track his progress. I attend HLG and am touched my BJ's story, will continue praying for him and your family. God Bless!

At 7:50 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Good Morning BJ!!!
(you should read the good morning very loud so that he knows it is from Tracy)
I'm thinking of you and your family this AM.
Michael shared your xanga page with me last night.
I am so amazaed with you. No matter what you do you glorify our Lord! You can even spread his word without speaking. I was listening to Casting Crowns this morning.. A band you introduced me to. The song What if his people prayed.. Well I think now we know..
I love you and will be praying all day..

Bent,Deanna and girls, I love you guys and miss everyone so much, We are praying through out the day and thinking of each one of you all day and night.. just like many others I have been awakend in the night time to pray. Last night we had a youth prayer time at our church and many prayed. I know there isn't anything more important then prayer that we can do. We love and miss you Scott and Tracy

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying throughout the day...
Lisa R.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear BJ reports of no pain. I know that the Lord is in control and He doesn't promise easy--just that He will be there for us. I pray that BJ has a great day today and that the Lord will give you all some sign of improvement to help lift your spirits. We are praying for all of you! God Bless.

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Thialand this summer, I had the oprttunity to talk with BJ in a small group at debrifing his heart was so on fire for the people of Peru, it was amazing to here the stories and watch BJ's eyes light up when he talked about all the salvation he witnessed. I want you all to know that I am praying for BJ and he is in God's hands. Thank you God that he is not in Pain.

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the peace and strength of God be with you each and every day. I was made aware of this prayer concern through a friend and I am now adding BJ to my prayer list and will pass it on to others I use on my "prayer tree".

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so relieved when I checked the update this AM that the procedure went well. God is still on the throne. I stand in awe of His amazing power. God is so good!!! Thanks to the family for keeping all of us updated. As a friend and prayer warrior for Jayden and his family, I have witnessed first hand (at the hospital) your faith in God. You all are amazing. I continue to lift up BJ and Jayden in prayer.

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psam 73:28 say, "But as for me, how good it is to be near God . . ."
I am thankful that your family is there and that BJ can rest in that as God continues to direct his life.
We pray for complete healing as the Master knows exactly what to do.
We are friends of your CA family.
The Hayduks

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great News. Stay Strong.

In Him
Jonathan Haag

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent & Deanna,

Have been praying all night for BJ.
I hope the medical staff have been able to get the heparin drip adjusted so it can do the job, but alleviate the bleeding. Also been praying that the bleeding subsides so they can get the chest tube in for the pneumo, and for the antibiotics to start kicking this staph infection. It is such a tight balancing act when you are in this condition. It is truly in God's hands. Will continue to also pray for you and the girls.
Let us know if we can do anything at all for you.
Love, Nancy

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter and I are praying for BJ's recovery. May god bless each of you! Have faith in the lord.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger A praying stranger said...

Oh, how precious is the name of Christ Jesus. To be walking with Him is so sweet,and so glorifying. I understand the love you have in Christ Jesus. Your journey has been great, and will become greater in a better sense that my time has not yet known. GOD's love is wonderful to behold. With my spiritual eye, I hear, I see the glory of GOD in the words that BJ has wrote, and shared. The tears I shed are tears of joy. The prayers I continue to pray are from a stranger,and a believer,knower,and lover of Christ and the word of GOD. I pray for you all. BJ has touched and moved so many,bringing some to Christ(GOD's will be done), healing others in Christ Jesus,giving us strength,and hope knowing the power in prayer and having faith-trusting in GOD. BJ you are blessed to be a blessing. I thank you. I thank you for your love. May the glory of GOD be with you all- always. Sincerely, A stranger with a prayer and faith in GOD.

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear family,
Praise the Lord that BJ got through with the procedure! We will be praying even harder now that the Lord will completely heal Him from this illness. May God's peace, comfort, and love surround you and yours today!

with love always,
hannah d (peru, 04)

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."

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so good! He was in no pain!!!! God is with B.J. and he is in my prayers and my mom's! and my friends...
Hold strong B.J. God is with you!
GOD IS THERE!!!!!!!!!
Love your sister in Christ,


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