Thursday, September 15, 2005

BJ had a restful night. His swelling in his face is down enough to actually see his eyes slightly...haven't seen them for days. His ventilator pressures are down, and his sats remain in the 90's! Praise God!!!

His kidneys are still failing...not a total surprise, but they need to begin to function.

Last night Dr. Sichting said she was proud of him, and that he did not require any meds during surgery (for blood pressure, or heart rate, etc.), which she did not expect. She even stated that he keeps surprising them! Oops! She just stopped by to say that he looks great and is doing well. She said she hopes that we will see smooth sailing for awhile (I wonder what that would be like). She added, "He needs to cut us some slack for awhile."

A plastic surgeon is to come by at some point to view his bedsores, and recommend a plan for the future.

Another of the staff who has been optimistic along the way, and been a great source of encouragement on many occasions is Chris, a Pediatric Perfusionist. His role is to make sure the blood is "perfusing" throughout the body, or reaching all areas with oxygenated blood. He is responsible for the ECMO functions, and beyond. He always makes sure we know what is going on, and we understand it.

BJ's procedure this morning should happen around 9:9:30am or so. This is to put in a catheter, so he can be reconncted to the Cvvh machine.

We are amazed at how the Lord has moved in this process.

Thank you so much!!!

BJ's dad


At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update and we'll continue to pray for BJ and the medical staff throughout the day.
Christal Mearig
Huntington Beach, CA

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for a restful night, and that the swelling is down. Please help his kidneys to function, and may this be a peaceful, quiet day.
Thanks again for all of the postings, they mean so much to us.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13"Make level paths for your feet,"[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

BJ is the very first thought when I awaken. Again today, I will lift him and you all up to the Father. Lord God I pray BJ's Kidneys begin to function normally. I also pray for the bedsores to be healed and for the doctors and nurses as they do procedures to bring about YOUR healing.... Surround BJ this day with your GRACE. Be with the entire family and might they feel a NEW and renewed peace that only you can bring. Please let them know how much they are loved.....We are never far away and love you with our entire beings...Phil & Paula

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

Wonderful news this morning. We have our "prayer assignment" for this morning & will get right at it. What a blessing to join God in His work.

We love you because of Christ,
The McMahans
Hudson, OH

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praises and Glory to God. He is an awesome God. Still praying for BJ, I feel he is needed in this world to spread the good news to many more people, his job is just not done. I pray for rest, comfort and peace to all of you in this difficult time. Am praying constantly. love, Charlene, Martinsville, IN

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for a restful night.....Isn't it great when even the staff are surprised.. thank you Lord!!!!! We pray that YOU would continue to surprise the staff, fill the Higgin's a fresh today with all they need to sustain them through the coming days and may Your divine healing hand remain on BJ. Thank you Lord, and we praise Your holy name.
In Jesus precious name
Amen and Amen

In His Love
Linda Ronne

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for all that he's done in BJ's life and helping BJ through another night! Thanks for the update-I'll be praying for the procedure right after this!
Ellie Fillio
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We prayed today as a faculty for BJ. May God give each of you strength and peace.

Mooresville Christian Academy

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read that BJ had a good night . I hope that the rest of the family did too. I just keep praying that you have some "smooth sailing" for awhile.Take good care of yourselves so when BJ is up and running about you will be able to join him.

Love in Indy

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

Lord I praise you because the medical staff is even realizing that something supernatural is taking place. I ask you to continue to reveal to them what You are doing and how You are allowing them to be a part of it.
I ask You today to begin healing the sores on BJ's body and I ask You humbly to let his kidneys begin to function. Please Lord, let this upcoming procedure go smoothly. I also ask you to be with Jayden's family today and hold them so very close to you. Please comfort them as only You can. We love you Lord.

Evansville, IN

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Whiteny, Lauren,
We thanking and praising God that one more hurdle is over. I know that you all have to be exhausted. Will continue to pray for strength and healing. I am glad that you all will be able to "catch" your breath for a little while.
Will be praying specifically for his kidneys.
Thank you for all the updates.
Take care
We love you,

Brenda F.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

I'm so glad to hear BJ had a good night. Now to just get the CVVH going again and keep it going!! Big prayers going up for that!! See you all tomorrow night!

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying right now for the procedure that is or is about to take place, that all will go smoothly with no complications. I will also be praying continually throughout the day for BJ's kidneys to begin functioning and for wisdom for the plastic surgeon. Have a blessed day.

BJ--I can't wait to meet you and talk to you in person. Not only have you made a huge impression on Heather's life and spiritual growth but you have also impacted my own. Through your suffering my prayer life has grown tremendously and I will be forever grateful to have had the privilage of praying for you and your most wonderful family.

Love, grace, and peace,
Toodie (Awestar Mom-Peru '05)
St. Charles, MO

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, Thank you for the restful night. I give thanks for how far BJ has come. Please Lord, continue watching over medical staff through procedures and decision making today.
Please Lord, I pray BJ continues with his strength improvement to fight infections. Please Lord begin to focus on Beejs kidneys to function. You have taken your faithful servant BJ so far through this with your healing hand Lord I pray in Jesus name.
Lisa Gresh/Meils

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Dan Price said...

I'm friends with Trever and Amy Harden and saw the link to your page. I went through some similar things this past year as my father struggled with cancer. He eventually went home to be with our Lord, but I am praying for a full recovery for BJ. Take care.

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

A smile and a prayer is heading your way! Great news!
The Shaws

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

Thank you Father for a quiet night and once again for all that you did yesterday! You truly are a God of miracles! Please continue healing my brother and friend. Please help the rest of the process to go smoothly and quickly. I love you and I'm so grateful for all that you've done.

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."
Mark 11:24
Tara Ryan
Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, OK

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

God help BJ's kidneys to begin to function again. Help the bedsores to go away.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

The first thing I do in the morning is check this web site.
Praise the Lord for a good night.
We pray the procedure this morning is sucessful with no complications.
I'm sure glad we have this web site to come too. It saves Brad from getting so many phone calls from me.
Carsbad, CA.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praise God for small steps. I pray that BJ's body can now rest and begin to totally heal and that his kidneys begin to function properly.Still praying continually.
Awe Star Mom
Tulsa, OK

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus.. thank you for listening to our pleas!!
We ask you for the surgery to go well today and for the medical staff to continuously see your presence in all situations.. we pray the kidneys will soon be functioning the way they should and the bed sores to be helped by the mattress provided.
We will be praying ! love, Scharbroughs

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Heavenly Father for your Loving Grace...

I continue to lift BJ and your family up in prayer asking the Lord to provide a very peaceful and restful day for all of you.

Praise God for all that he is doing for and through BJ....

As BJ is at St.V's he is still on a journey doing work for our Lord and Savior...

Thank you for creating this website and for all of your sharing.

God is using each of you for his purpose and in return is drawing many of us closer to him.

Thank you for being such good and faithful servants.....

God Bless,

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna, Whitney, and Lauren,
I'm so glad that B.J. is doing well. I will continue to pray throughout the day that his next procedure goes well, and for B.J.'s continued healing! May God bring each of you peace and rest this day.
Thank You for the postings, We continue to keep up to date on B.J.'s progress.
Matt L.
Mooresville, FBC.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't tell you the number of times that the Lord has brought your precious BJ to my heart and mind! As I told Brad in an e-mail, when I see BJ's picture I can't believe how much he looks like his dad! The truth is though, he is an amazing reflection of his FATHER! Such mature journal entries that show such a passion for Jesus! Blessings on your whole family... I'm praying for continued COMPLETE healing and restoration in the name of Jesus!

Beth (Krupp) Bachran

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -

We are praying for BJ right now as he is in his procedure. I hope all is going well & that God is guiding everyone in the room working on him. How wonderful to get a glimpse of BJ's eyes. We hope you get more and more and more of those glimpses in the days to come! God is so good!

We love you all tons!

Jes, Todd & Andrew

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Carrieanney said...

Lord Jesus, I come to You lifting up praises for Your mighty work in BJ's body! I also lift up BJ and his family and the medical staff. I pray for renewed strength for the family, wisdom and understanding for the medical staff, and Your blessed hand of healing upon BJ. Specifically, Lord, I pray for BJ's kidneys to begin to function. They've been resting up just for this!! Now it's time to put them to work again! :D Lord, I thank You so much for Your awesome power! You have left no other explanation to the witnesses. CLEARLY, Your hand is at work here. It is nothing we have done, but only You, Lord. And we praise You for it!!!!!

We're still praying and praising!!

In Him,
Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

At 10:04 AM, Blogger . said...

Forever - Chris Tomlin

Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise

With a mighty hand
and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God
We will carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us

His love endures forever
His love endures forever
His love endures forever

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever you are faithful
Forever you are strong
Foerver you are with us
And ever
And ever and ever...


Marion, IN

Still praying....

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

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney,
We praise God for a restful night for BJ. We trust that you got some rest too. I am amazed at how you keep going. You guys are like the energizing Bunny! :) We are so grateful for the updates. I've been waiting anxiously as others to read each new update. We pray for a good day today as BJ undergoes one more procedure. We are praying that the kidneys kick in soon and start up again on their own. The bed sores will take time to heal. It's a very slow process. My mom had one on her heal and it's taken forever for it to heal but it's doing great now so patience is the answer for that one. Have a great day and we'll be waiting for the next update.
Love in Christ,
Jean and Glen Peters in Santa Claus

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

He's still in my prayers. May God bless you all real good!

Daniel L. Hale
Millersville, Missouri

At 10:18 AM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done.....Thank you Lord for so many miracles yesterday and all along for BJ. Please help his kidneys to start functioning properly. We pray for Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney too, thank you for the strength you've given them. We love you, Lord...thank you for continued healing in BJs body. Love Yous, Lisa (aunt) Oh Yes, Lord please also be with lil' Jaydens family in this time of sorrow.

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Praise God for a restful night. Will be praying throughout the day for continued healing. God's grace is so amazing!!
Love in Christ,

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for all of you in Wilmore, KY.


At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray Lord that you will help BJ with his kidney problem right now. I pray that you will heal them in Jesus name and that his kidneys will be as brand new again. I pray that you heal him 100% and that he will be able to do your work still on this earth. I love you Lord and I know you do mysterious things. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Hannibal, Mo

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent & Deanna,

So thankful that it was a quiet evening. Will be praying for those kidneys and that they start to function again. Praying hard that you all have some smooth sailing for a while so you and the medical staff can recuperate and catch your breath. I have been talking to a friend of mine who is also a nurse and she said she would like to help out, voluntarily, when BJ comes home. So, count on two of us to help with whatever you need medical or respite wise when you come home. I have several other friends in the area who are nurses that I can contact also, when the time is right. Just wanted to let you know that there are people that want to help make this easier on you guys. In the meantime, we will continue to pray for total healing and strength for all of you. Love you all.

Love, Nancy

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard about B. J. through a friend at church. I just wanted to let you know my prayers are going out for BJ and the whole family. As a nurse, I have seen some of God's greatest success stories in ICU! I have sent a prayer request to many friends from many churches.
Love in Christ,

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

Praise God! We're praying that God will continue to bless BJ and keep him stong! Thinking and praying for BJ in Carmel

Ann and Kendall Potter

At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear BJ and Higgins Family,

The pastors of Hannibal and the surrounding areas meet together once a week on Tuesdays at 7:30. We prayed for BJ this past Tuesday and we will continue to do so when we meet on Tuesdays.

Al Groner (DOM of Bethel Baptist Association)
Hannibal, MO

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

Higgins Family, This is Jayden's "aunt" Sarah and I just want to thank you so much for your care and compassion last night (and always). As we walked down the hallway to say GoodBye to Jayden it was comforting to see and hear your family gathered in prayer and praying for our family. Your family is awesome and I can't thank you enough for all the support that you gave to Tabby, Mark and the whole family. Your faith overwhelms me. I can say that I am a better person for having met your family and for seeing your constant faith in HIM. What a testimony BJ is going to have when this is all over. To GOD be the Glory!

Last night, as we watched Jayden "fly to Jesus" we sang "Jesus Love Me" to him and the verse "weeping endures for a night, but JOY comes in the morning" was brought to my mind. I cling to this! I will continue to check up on BJ and will pray for his healing and success after all of these trials are over and he can give God the Praise and Glory himself!!!! Thank you Jesus for the miracle of Your Blood!

Sarah Netherton
Greensburg, IN

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

doy gracias a Dios por la recuperacion de BJ se que el seƱor a estado con BJ en la operacion,y siempre agradeciendo aDios por el ,aca la iglesia de peru orando por el ,BJsiempre estaras en nuestros corazones ,y queremos verte otra vez ,te queremos mucho

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

We're an hour ahead of you here, and it seemed like I waited forever for a new update this morning. I hope you all are getting some much-needed rest.

BJ may be surprising the doctors, but he's certainly not surprising our God! We pray for no further complications, for quick restoration of his kidneys, and healing of his bedsores. We pray that all will go well with the catheter insertion today.

I feel like I want to shout to everyone, "Look what God is doing!"

All glory, all honor, to Him who sits on the throne!

Always praying in faith and with much love,
Beth (High Point, NC)

At 11:29 AM, Blogger natenamy said...

Some smooth sailing sounds kinda good right now! Praise God for the miracles that he is performing everyday.
We're still praying and we love you all LOADS.
Hugs and kisses,
Nate and Amy

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

Thank you God for continuing to hear us! Thank you, Bj's family for keeping us so updated so we can know hoe to pray for him better. I read a verse the other day that made me think of Bj this morning. It says,
"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
-Genesis 18
Let us continue going to our Father who cares for even the littlest or biggest of our needs.
-Brittany Allen
Pittsburg, California

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

I am so glad to hear how BJ is doing. We are still praying for him here at HLG and not only for BJ, but for you as well. I thank you Lord for everything you have done, are doing, and about to do, and I ask that you continue to have your hand on BJ and his family. I ask these things in Jesus Name, Amen!

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

Thank you for sharing so much and so often. The testimonies of grace encourage us all. Go, BJ!! Go, God!!!

love in Jesus

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you don't mind a question or two...I don't understand alot of what has been happening and it sounds like you and Deanna are ready for your medical degrees. After his kidneys start functioning, what is the next hurdle? When will he be allowed to wake up? I hope these aren't stupid questions. Praying for recovery and rest for you and Deanna.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger isaiah said...

I'm friends with Trever and Amy Harden and saw the link to your page. My thoughts and prayers are with you, with BJ.

I offer a prayer: The healing light of God's Love encompasses BJ and in this Light BJ moves and has his being. Those attending BJ are surrounded in this healing light and are guided by divine hands. You, the family and friends of BJ are wrapped in the loving arms of Love and Peace.

Blessings for healing-

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Hey Family- I just wanted to let you know im still praying. The Lord is doing some intense but amazing things in my life. My heart hurts for Jayden's family. Let them know i am lifting them up in prayer. BJ's situation hits close to home but Jayden...its to much like my sisters story. Anyways, I love you all and am praying for you. Brother Bj- I drew new pictures for you! I can't wait to show them to should get a good laugh out of them.
My prayer is that the Lord will continue to do amazing things in BJ. That his kidneys will once again begin to work in the way that they should and no further complications will mount. But if they do, that BJ's body will be prepared to fight and be sustained by our Lord.

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to God for the peaceful night for Bj--and therefore his family--You have all been so strong and steadfast through all of this--it is an example for all of us. Thank you for that! I know you were a comfort for Jayden's family in the lowest time of their lives--They are in our prayers also--There are many hurdles ahead for them.

We are praying that BJ's procedure to place a connection for the kidney machine went well and that now his kidneys and bedsores can heal too.

We continue to keep him on our minds--it is a strange thing--we do not know him personally, but we can see that he's definitely a child of God--I truly believe that God has great plans for BJ.

Praying with you --the Romingers in French Lick IN

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


At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hola bj esperamos que te recuperes bj todos los jovenes de la iglesia y con el pastor tito sevilla estamos orando por ty bj esperemos que salga todo vien ps bj bueno ya me boy cuidate mucho bj estaremos horando por ty bye soy de trujillo y de peru ps bye bj


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