Friday, September 16, 2005

BJ is about the same this morning. They have decided to leave him on his tummy for at least 20 hours. He has had some bleeding from around the neck catheter. They had it stopped a couple times, but then doing x-rays or other routine procedures starts it again.

He continues to need blood products, and his temp remains low, so he still has the "Bair Hug" (yes that is the correct spelling) over him, around really looks like 2 people are in that bed. As long as it works!

I don't know of any procedures today...that will be nice.

His Sat's (blood oxygenation percentage) remain in the 90's, and his other gases are stable for now.

Lord Jesus, we look to You for a healing time, for the swelling to go down, for the bleeding to stop, and for the staff to be encouraged spiritually, and mentally, today.

BJ's dad

keep leaving your name, city, state or country info, please. Especially first time bloggers, as we are creating a map for Beej to see. Thanks


At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family is in my prayers, for healing, rest and comfort for all.


At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just help the whole staff to have knowledge and the guidance on everything. Just be with BJ and help his body heal. Continue to be with his family and give them teh enouragement.

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning!

We thank the Lord for a relatively calm night and look forward to a calm, uneventful day that might provide a time of rest for everyone. We will continue to pray throughout the day!

In His Love
The McMahans
Hudson OH

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey gang -

We're praying this morning for continued rest for BJ, for bleeding to stop being an issue, for continued draining, and for the medical staff.

We keep thinking of Jayden's parents...they are in our prayers, as well.

Please, please, please have a quiet uneventful day.

In Him,

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Brent, for the picture of BJ on his tummy and wrapped in the Bair hug. Praise God for inventions like this. Thank you, Lord, for the technology you are using to bring about healing. Thank you that you can heal with a word, with a touch, with

love and prayers
Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pryaing for BJ.

Indianapolis, IN

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying and praising God for all He has done!

Columbus, IN

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

October 1, is BJ sixteenth birthday. Why don’t we “bloggers” set a goal on that day BJ receives 1,000 birthday cards. The address we need to send it to is:

BJ Higgins
c/o PICU
St Vincent’s Hospital
2001 W86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get your youth groups, families, senior adults group join us in

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Pat said...

I have been praying for BJ that God will give him the strength to get through this and surround you all with His peace, grace and mercy.

North Babylon

At 9:03 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.
2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;
he will bless him in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness.

Lord God, yet another day we come before your throne for our brother BJ. We pray collectively as the Body of Christ that you heal our dear brother BJ. Please surround BJ and his family with a renewed sense of your peace and healing power. Touch his kidneys and bring new life to them. Protect BJ from any further complications this day. Show those of us who love him how we may be of service and support to the family. We claim complete and total victory over the evil one without exception. In the name of Yahshua, Jesus, our Lord and Savior we pray....Amen

May the words of this hymn minister to you all this morning...we love you..Phil & Paula

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

"Let not your heart be troubled," His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -
Glad to hear of a stable night. We will continue to pray for healing and no bleeding as the day continues! We love you all!

Jes, Todd & Andrew Y.

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

Praying at Pleasant View

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Sheila said...

We are praying for you and your family.
God Bless,
Sheila S.
Troy, IL.

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Brent, Deanna & BJ,

Just checking in. Glad to hear of a quiet night. It is good BJ is on his tummy, gives his pressure sores some relief. Will be praying for the bleeding issues, temp. regulation, swelling, renal issues and healing. We pray it is forward progress from here. Hope you two are getting caught up on much needed rest. We are thinking about all of you throughout the day and continue to pray. Take care.

Love, Nancy

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a lot to write but know that BJ and his family is in our prayers. GOD is still in the healing business and I see his thumbprint throughout the web page. When we are down and troubled, GOD sends the Holy Spirit for comfort. GOD has blessed BJ and his family and will continue to do HIS will.
In HIS service,
Charlestown, IN

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Carrieanney said...

Lord Jesus, I love You. I thank You for a day without procedures for BJ. I thank You for Your awesome grace. Lord, I pray that You would wrap Your arms of love around BJ and his family. Continue to strengthen and encourage them. Father, we have seen so many miracles throughout the last month, and we know that You are working! We will continue to give You all the praise and glory for Your awesome works! Amen.

I see the first comment on this page (from a spammer) and my first thought is, "how crass!" But, then the Lord reminds me that this is just evidence of a world full of people who need to know Him and His love.

Ouch. Don't you just love it when God does that? God's reminder to me makes me think of BJ and his heart for the lost. Perhaps even this web site will bring people to the Lord!! GO GOD!!!

Still praying...

Carrie G.
Xenia, OH

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LORD Jesus,
I lift BJ and his family up to you. Give them strength that never fails and a peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you Yeshua.

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

Your family is in my prayers. I will continue to pray for intervention, healing and strength.

Whiteford, MD

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Kim Mierau said...

still praying for BJ and your family. love *kim
marion in

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Praise HIM said...

You are in our prayers! Anyone reading the update reports can see the thumbprint of GOD all around BJ and his family. Have comfort in the Holy Spirit!

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Praise HIM said...

God's thumbprint is everywhere!

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

I stand in agreement with everyone lifting you up in prayer. Healing is the children's bread. The Lord is not finished with BJ, yet. May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding.

Oakdale, LA

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

God has blessed this young man, may we all be humbled.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna,
I'm glad to see B.J. had a somewhat uneventful night. I will continue to pray this day for each of you. May God help heal Beej's body!

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orange California is praying for you.

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

God please cause BJ to look more like a Higgins and less like a Hilfiker today. Thanks for a restful night, and please stop the bleeding.
love John&Jeannie

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Good morning!
I am so thankful for a relatively uneventful night. There really are two in BJ's bed... his Heavenly Father is right there holding him close.

Father, may today be calm and a day of rest for all the Higgins family. Lord please be with the medical staff as they minister to BJ with your hands of compassion and your wisdom. May his body respond appropriately to all interventions. Plese raise his temperature, prevent further bleeding, and cause his kidneys to work completely so that the excess fluid will be drained off and his body experience relief. May his body adjust well to the "turning" and please heal the bed sores and incission sites rapidly and prevent any further bleeding and infections. Give the doctors knowledge of the unknown mass in BJ's lung so that it can be removed and prevented from returning allowing his lung to work properly again.

Lord, please be with little Jayden's family during this difficult time and help them to be surrounded with your love and grace.

Thank you, Father, that we can come to you asking for your divine help and you are so quick to respond. Thank you again for your love, grace and protection over all the Higgins family.
In the Name of Jesus your Son we ask all these things believing.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger . said...

Be Still and Know - Stephen Curtis Chapman

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is holy
Be still, O restless soul of mine
Bow before the Prince of peace
Let the noise and clamor cease
Be still

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that he has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change
Be still

Be still and know that he is God
Be still and know he is our Father
Come rest your head upon his breast
Listen to the rhythm of his unfailing heart of love
Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come
Be still

At 10:08 AM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

Praying for a restful day on both BJ's and the family's part.

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for BJ.
Marco from Trujillo, Peru

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord Jesus we thank You for an uneventful night, we praise You that BJ had rest in Your loving arms and we continue to thank You for Your divine healing touch to his body, for Your comfort, peace,strength and rest that You alone provide to his family.
Lord we ask that You would continue to guide the dr's and staff who take care of BJ,giving them wisdom. We pray that all his levels return to where they need to be, should be and where You designed them to be. We praise You Lord for all that You have done, for You alone Lord are so worthy of our praises. Continue to make Your presence known in BJ's room, flood his body with Your Spirit and may You be the one who greets each person as they enter his room.
In Your precious name we pray
Amen and Amen

In His Love
Linda Ronne

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Was out of "blog" contact for a bit as I traveld back from Dallas, but continued to pray and talk to God about BJ.

I am so thankful for the progress, I continue to pray for his kidneys, the swelling and his body temps.

Father, thank you for all that you have done, thank you for allowing BJ's body to continue to respond, small step by small step.

Keep us mindfull of Your Almighty power and grace.

Father, Jayden's family continues to be in my heart, these are painful days for them. give them comfort.

May this be an uneventful day, without complications. Keep all the medical staff who are in contact with BJ and the family encouraged, focused, alert, and compassionate.

Father, may you give all a day of rest and make this a special day of rest and healing for BJ.

Praising you Father, seeking Your will and desires for not only BJ's life but mine as well.

In Jesus name.....Honoring You always, Amen.

Big hugs to all of you,

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning,

Praise God for a fairly uneventful night. I pray that you were able to get some rest. We will be praying for BJ throughout the day and we know that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. Isn't that the most amazing thing? God loves us!!!!!!!!! And because He does we can rest in the knowledge that any and everything He allows in our lives will work out for our good. We love you and continue to be blessed by your faithfulness.

In Christ
Dawn D.

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regard to the 1000 Birthday cards, maybe everyone could put one dollar $1 in their card.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to lift up Jayden's family that they experience the peace that surpasses understanding that can only come from our wonderful Lord

Dawn D.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger isaiah said...

"The light of God surrounds BJ
the love of God enfolds BJ
the power of God protects BJ and
the presence of God watches over BJ-
wherever BJ is, God is and all is well."

Unity Prayer for Protection
Tommy Crenshaw
Hilton Head Island, SC

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for calm night, and we pray for a good day.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Scott Harris said...

Our God is an awesome God he reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power, and love our God is an awesome God

We sang that song last night at BCM and it just reminded me so much that our God is awesome. He has ultimate wisdom and power over everything. Everything is in his hands, including BJ. He loves us unconditionally, even though we are all sinners; he desires an intimate relationship with us. BJ has that...

Still praying for y'all and the medical staff! I ordered a t-shirt last night... A pink one (in honor of BJ ô¿ô)!! Y'all can add Ponce De Leon, FL to your map... its a little west of Panama City. I have a friend who has gotten her family and church and friends she has there praying for y'all!

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

I think that the birthday card idea is great alo I feel that if everyone would put at least a dollar in every card that too would be awesome. I am so thankful for what the Lord has and is doing. We serve an awesome God. We are still keeping BJ and the family in our prayers at The Full Gospel Church of Martinsville.
Pastor Mike & Nancy Napier
Martinsville, IN

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with your family. I work with Kandi and keep up daily with news about B.J. My church is praying for you all.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your whole family is being prayed for. Indianapolis

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

Brent, We continue to pray...hard!
I read another posting that said: "Thank you, Brent, for the picture of BJ on his tummy and wrapped in the Bair hug." Would it be possible to add that photo and a few pictures of you and Deanna and your daughters, Lauren and Whitney, on the blog web site (Or if they are already on there, tell me how to find them?) Some of the people I am asking to pray have not meet your family. Betsy & Phil Fladung and family

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

Lord - it seems you have set aside today for rest - for all involved. We pray those kidneys will begin responding as they should, and that the bleeding around the catheter will not occur during future procedures.

Give the medical personnel enlightenment today as they plan their next steps toward BJ's recovery. We are so grateful for their skills and devotion - help them to feel Your presence today.


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

Zechariah 2:5 "For I, Saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in her midst."
As well Psalm 91

God is craddling all of you

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

I'm glad Uncle Ray was able to be there last evening and take you to dinner. I only wish I could have been there too.
I am soooo thankful for a peaceful night. We pray this is the beginning of real progress and a great move forward.
I was pleased that Phil put all the words of "His Eye is on the Sparrow". I know someone else put the first verse which was great.
It is a song that Ethel Waters made famous (probably before your day)
We love you and continue to pray for all of you.
I already have BJ's birthday card.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, Ca.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger sonya munson said...

We are praying and believing for BJ to be 100% healed....lots of love from Va Beach, Va

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all are in my thoughts and prayers today..
Love From KC Tracy

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, thank you for some calm through this time of turmoil. We praise you for keeping BJ's SAT's stable. We praise you because it seems progress is being made. Lord, Keep healing BJ, keep encouraging his family and us, his friends.


At 11:19 AM, Blogger Walker Moore said...

I likes the look of the Higgins and the Hilfiker's. I know that the Hilfiker's have been such a blessing to so many.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Sherry Page said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I appreciate all the thoughts about the helpful and encouraging staff. It's nice to put names to them and to pray for them by name.They are special people that can minister to physical needs, I admire them for that. I was so touched to hear about Whitney singing to BJ, that song lifted my spitits.Music is so special. There are so many times God will reveal a song to me to minister to me, that speaks just the words I need to hear. I love reading the scriptures that people write that are from God. I'm thrilled to know that BJ is on a lower bed and you can get close to him easier. I know he can feel so very loved and cared for.As you go through this day I know you will see God Working again and again, as He has and will continue to do so! Thanks for sharing about Jayden and the newborn,our prayers go out to them too. It was such a blessing to be able to worship with Northside, Brent, Whitney and Lauren, to praise God and be encouraged. May God fill your hearts with His peacful presence,and may BJ continue to make progress. Love and prayers to all!

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family has been and continues to be in my prayers. I am friends with 2 of the members of BJ's Peru team and they have told me amazing things about BJ and his passion for Christ.
His story and struggles have blessed me immeasurably and I know will continue to do so in the future.

God bless,

Katie Kyle
Piedmont, Oklahoma

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

Just wanted you to know that I am continuing to pray for all of you and follow BJ daily and have told everyone I am in contact with about him and about his site. You are very special to me and I am priveleged to know you. I can't begin to tell you what an inspiration your family is to all of us who are praying for BJ. Our God is an awesome God and I know BJ is in His care. I pray for healing, peace, rest & comfort for all of you. It was good to see you and to meet your Mom and Brother, Brent. You have a wonderful family.

Love you all,
Carol Wilson
Tulsa, Ok

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:5, NIV{

Praising God for all He has done and all I know He is going to do through the difficult times ahead! I can just imagine Jesus standing by BJ's bedside, holding him, suffering with him, and pleading to his Father in Heaven. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Praise His Name!

Always praying, loving, and believing,
Beth and family

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, BJ, this messaged is for you. I know you will reading these one day soon. You will be as good as new. I believe you will be better once you know what has been going on while you have been taking your long rest. I want you to know that you are surrounded by Gods love. You dont have to look far to see that. I know that you will use what has happened to you as a testimony to help bring others to the lord. You and your family are in my and my families prayers. To BJs Dad. Hang on, it won,t last forever. You will have your little guy back soon. I know it. Jamie Sova. Windsor Ontario Canada (Lakeshore St. Andrews)

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Scott Harris said...

Jesse (my 6 year old little brother) has been praying for you BJ! When he goes to bed and when he wakes up he says this prayer... "God, thank you for being my God. Jesus, thank you for being my Jesus. And God, please touch BJ and make him better."

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praying for rest and a peaceful, uneventful healing time. I think the birthday cards are a wonderful idea and the $1 is definitely not a hardship on anyone and would help you all tremendously. Thank you for making the T-shirts available for everyone. We ordered 2 last night and can't wait to get them.
Awe Star Mom in Tulsa, OK

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up."
-James 5:14-15
Praying for BJ without ceasing!

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with BJ and your entire family. May you rest in the grace and peace that can only come from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Nashville, TN

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there...I spent 11 days in the hospital last year for ruptured appendicts, and some complications, and God used that time to draw me closer to him than ever before. I experienced dreams of Heaven, Jesus and God really spoke to me. It turned out to be one of the greatest experiences in my life...except for the food!! God is totally in control, and He is awesome!

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, be pleased to glorify Youself in BJ's life. We recognize that You are the God of all flesh.
Nothing is too difficult for You.
Please allow BJ to arise to a life of power and praise in abandoned
relation to You. Grant life without fear of death nor fear of man for the earth-side privilege of
leading people to You through Christ Jesus the Lord.


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