Thursday, September 22, 2005

Dr. Sichting just stopped by to update us. She told us they have found that his lower left lung lobe never has re-expanded. She had an ultrasound done today, and discovered he has thin fluid and thick fluid in his chest cavity, preventing it.

She has a surgeon coming by this evening or in the morning to re-adjust his chest tube on the left side to try and drain the thin fluid. The thick fluid is likely clotted blood, and will require scraping, which cannot happen while he is on blood thinners. The hope is that draining the thin fluid will allow re-expansion.

Skin care Nurse, Nancy came by today to look at Beej's multiple skin breakdown issues. The worst bedsore has little change, but the multiple small lesions are healing faster than she expected! We Praise Jesus for this! She was enthused, too.

Much fluid has been removed from BJ's body, but much still resides there, putting pressure on his kidneys, and keeping them from functioning. Keep praying, please?!

Please continue to leave your name city, state or country with your blogs as we are still trying to map for BJ all the places he/we are hearing from!

The Lord has even placed some of His own in the computer department here at St. V's who are helping us with technical "stuff". Isn't our God Good?

Beej's dad


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

Praying for the best

At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray here in Yukon, Oklahoma!!! I feel so guilty being concerned about my knee that needs sugical intervention...God let us see a true miracle of healing with this wonderful young man and his wonderful family!! We praise you Jesus! Randie Case and Tara
Yukon, Oklahoma
(Tara was in Peru with BJ this summer)

At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all you. Have a restful evening and night. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Familia de BJ. Oramos al Señor que les cplme de fortaleza y paciencia en estos momentos dificiles, todo lo que esta sucediendo con BJ. es para que el Nombre de Nuestro Dios sea Exaltado
Dios les Bendiga
Tito Sevilla

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father,
Please heal my brother and friend. Please help the fluid in his lungs be drained...all of it so that re-expansion can occur! Please heal his bedsores....especially his worst one. Please bring complete healing to those. Please help the rest of the fluid in his body be drained so that it takes pressure off of his kidneys so they can start functioning again. Just place your healing hand on BJ and do an even greater miracle than we have already seen! I thank you and praise you for all that you have already done. I love you Lord!

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nurse Nancy is wonderful! She followed Sam when he was in the NICU. We haven't seen her for almost two years, but we remember her fondly. She will take great care of BJ's skin!

I am coming to the hospital on Friday evening to visit a friend of Sam's on the 4th floor. If there is anything you need or anything I can bring you, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail message. (

I'm happy to hear that they have identified a source in his lungs which may be the cause of his desats. We continue to pray for all procedures to be successful and bring healing.

I always tell my Sammy that he is the bravest boy that I know, but I think BJ is right up there in the bravery department too.

Just keep hanging in there and don't be discouraged.

Leslie Harley
Indpls, IN

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want you to know that the congregation at The Full Gospel Church of Martinsville will be lifting you all up in prayer tonight. We pray for the left lung to expand, skin breakdown heal quickly, and fluid to leave the body. Lord also keep this family strengthend and stronge. Have a restful and peaceful night.
Love In Christ,
Pastor Mike & Nancy Napier
Martinsville, Indiana

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying in Denton, Texas
and will not let up

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Steph said...

Thanks for the update .I'll pray know .

MONROVIA, Stephanie .T.

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On break at work and just read the update. Please know that it is my joy to be able to lift BJ and the rest of your family up to our gracious Father. My church has been praying for y'all daily and my little brother has even been lifting BJ up as well.

April Cowan
Odessa Tx

At 5:15 PM, 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
St Vincent’s Hospital
2001 W86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get your youth groups, families, senior adults group join us in
PS I think that day everyone should wear their “” T-shirts.

At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about BJ in the Baptist Messenger, Walker Moore's column, which I hardly ever miss.

I'm praying that God will give you and your family comfort and strength to go through this very difficult situation. His GRACE will see you through!!

Karen in Enid, OK

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

Dear Higgins Family,
I was happy to hear that the doctors found out what was happening with BJ's lung and now it is time for the Lord to help heal it. I am praying that his left lung can get working properly and that his kidneys can start up again! Stay strong in your faith even though it may be hard at times.
Lots of love,

Encinitas, CA

At 5:35 PM, Blogger . said...

How 'bout this?

On Oct. 1, anybody who doesn't have a "" shirt yet could wear another pink shirt?

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord
Hear our prayers
We look to you our Lord for guidance, strength, and miracle hands ,
Please Lord Help heal your Faithful servant; BJ Higgins.
Keep BJ strong through procedures
Bless BJ's doctors, nurses and care givers.
And may fluids diminish successfuly
We pray for BJ
Dear Lord
Hear our prayers

Lisa Gresh/Meils and Family
Indpls., IN

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With unity of spirit, in agreement with the prayers of God's people. Grateful for all HE has done for us. Praising HIM for the work HE continues to do in BJ. Thank you Lord for kidneys functioning properly, and a restful night for the entire Higgins family. With love from LV,NV.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Still praying for you all. Keep looking up. It's good to hear that a few places are healing well! God bless.

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been praying for Bj and I continue to pray! I just found out that his sister knows my older brother who goes to IWU. It's amazing how many ppl are praying for Bj. God works in amazing ways! Praise God for all he has already done!
Swayzee, IN

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent-My group in AZ continues to pray. I admire your strength and faith. I know you must be overwhelmed at how our Lord is meeting you right at your point of need, moment to moment. I pray for physical strength for you , Deanna and the girls. I praise God that He knows exactly what is going on in BJ's body!
BJ is having a ministry across the world right now! I'm glad God doesn't ask us to understand His ways right now, only to have faith in what He is doing.

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well definately be praying for all the fluids in his lungs as well as his bed sores. Praise God that some are begining to heal. We will also remember his kindeys and their need to function. And we won't forget you, wonderful family, who are enduring this so patiently while giving all the glory to the One who deserves it. We love you and so much, and will be praying for you daily.

Your friends in Dallas, TX

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of Kents kids...With the whole ordeal of living at the hosiptal I have a clue as to what you are going through after seeing Kent and Amy. I know that Kent is constantly praying and thinking about your family. Through Kent our youth group has formed a bond with you! Stay strong...I have seen God do some pretty amazing things

Kelly (one of Kent's kids)

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey family!
We are still praying for BJ every moment we can get! God is good and His promises are real. We have faith that in due time, all things will be well. May God's love and warmth hold you all closely today...
sending all our prayers and love,
Hannah, family, and church family
Canoga Park, CA
Orange, CA
West LA, CA

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Emily Jo said...

Lord, we lift BJ up to you to tough his body, and expand his left lung. May his sores heal, his SAT's stay strong, and his kidneys power up, with your might!!

Emily Jo
Monrivia, CA

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so I ordered my pray for bj shirt...that was such a good Idea...I have so much faith and hope for you bj...You REALLY ARE going to make it have the "beyong best" support from everyone... I love you guys and I hope still for the best!!!! Still praying,
Liz Wiseman

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying in Strong, Maine.

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be sure there are prayers being said for BJ here at Anderson University (IN).
Kristen Noonan

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family,

BJ's journal entries remind me so much of David's writings. I love to hear his heart, so keep 'em coming! We in Northern VA are praying for BJ, and praise God for the revelations He's shown the doctors thus far.

May some of David's words comfort you this evening, and give you rest.
Brian, hamilton, va

Psalms 28: 1-2, 6-9

1 Lord, I call to You; my rock, do not be deaf to me. If You remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Pit.
2 Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

6 May the Lord be praised, for He has heard the sound of my pleading. 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.Therefore my heart rejoices, and I praise Him with my song.
8 The Lord is the strength of His people; He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.
9 Save Your people, bless Your possession, shepherd them, and carry them forever.

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

my heart goes out to your son and your family. We have a big big god who loves us and will do amazing things for his people! My husband and i are bible college students and had planned to go to peru on a missions trip this past summer. BJ seems like a young man with an amazing heart for the Father. I pray that the Lord will touch his body with a miracle! We often do not understand things in this life but we must trust because we have an almighty and sovereign God. I pray he will wrap his loving arms around you during this time.

In His love,
ryan and april
Jacksonville, fl

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to let you know ---

I will share Bj's story with my fellow students during chapel and prayer time and ask them to lift him up in prayer. Be strong!
God is good all the time!

love, April
trinity baptist college
jacksonville, fl

At 7:24 PM, Blogger isaiah said...

Stay Strong- Holding you all tenderly in prayer.

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Liz McMahon from Carmel. Brent and I were friends at school and I was also on swim team w/ him. I just want you guys to know that I continue to pray for brent and your whole family. I know alot of us at Carmel have you guys in our thoughts and prayers. In Ephesians 1 it ways the Lord makes everything work out according to his plan. And never forget the Lord will always give you strength.

In Christ

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Matt Snow said...

Higgins family,

We continue to pray for you all. Enjoy the good times and don't dwell on the little set backs.

You mentioned that some St. V's IT staff are helping... Did you think that Computer Geeks don't love Jesus also? ;) Glad to hear Jesus is surrounding you with people who can provide even the most "technical" non-medical needs!

Thinking Upward!

The Snow's

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Brent and Deanna, It was great to see you both tonight. I wanted to explain why I wanted to introduce you to little Tyler. It seems to me that no matter how bad of a day I'm having, seeing a baby face makes me smile and I was hoping he'd have the same effect on you. It was so nice to see you make each other smile! Also, he is living proof (not that we really needed it) that miracles do happen. By all rights that baby should be resting in God's arms right now, but God decided to leave him down here with us so we could love him even longer!!

Hope you enjoyed our visit as much as we enjoyed seeing you! PS, Joshua says hi too!

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Praise You Father, that BJ was turned today without further complications. Thank you!!

Dear God, I ask that BJ will begin day 40 stronger and his lung will have re-expanded and his kidneys will be relieved of pressure and functioning.

We are rejoicing and are so very thankful for the beginning of healing on the skin issues. I pray that continues and that there are no added bed sores. We know that BJ has a long way to go through recovery, thank you for the attentiveness of nurse Nancy. Bless her as she treats BJ, Lord may you use her hands and skills to do YOUR WORK.

I give YOU the glory and grace for this quiet day. I pray that this has brought comfort and rest to the entire family today. Father, go with them through the night, cradle BJ in your loving, healing arms.

Lord I pray for a good night's sleep for all.

Thank you for all of Your grace, all of the many examples You have given us of Your mercy and love. We love You, Jesus. Amen.

Deanna, Brent, Whitney and Lauren have no fear, a quiet day at the hospital does not mean a quiet day of prayer before God's throne. We're all still praying.

Love you all.


At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how much of that map you've been able to update. . .but surely lots of states and several countries/continents are represented by now! We ARE joined together in prayer for each of you through the days and nights. IT people, we are grateful for your wise assistance. This site has become a "favorite" for many--and we love to see the way God is glorifying Himself through BJ, his family, the many prayers, and the encouraging words shared here,

in Him,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Bobby Markham said...

Just wanted you to know that Markham Street Baptist Church's youth group will be praying for BJ. This Sunday we will each be making him a birthday card for his Oct. 1st B-day. We come to know about BJ through Walker Moore who is a close friend of ours here in Little Rock.

Bobby Markham, Youth Pastor
923 Youth Ministries
Little Rock , Arkansas

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know that we continue to bombard heaven with our prayers for BJ. Aren't you grateful we can come boldly before the throne of Grace. Have a blessed night and remember to be encouraged in his presence for it surrounds us continually.

In Christ's love,
The Dickersons

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

We're still keeping you in our prayers. One day I would like to meet BJ, he must be an outstanding young man. Keep your faith.


Cindy, Emily, Bethie, Brian & Claire
Zionsville, IN

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

Dear god,
please protact Bj with all of your heart. even though i have never personally met him, Mrs. Higgins was my music teacher. she was a great music teacher and it is sad for this to come up like this. God bless you. and let the lord be with you.

~Natalie Estes

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

I am praying that God will heal you and give you a miracle.


At 9:14 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

still praying!!!!!

At 9:20 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

I will be praying for you all tonight..
I have to be gone this weekend to a conference and probably will not have access to a computer.. Though I know my family will keep me updated, I know it will not be the same as checking it myself.. So I want you to know that I will be praying all weekend and thinking of all of you. Besides what else should I be doing at this conference, listening to the speakers?

I may need to go to BJBlog Anonymous..
I think I may have an addiction here..

Thank you for sharing so many blessings with us...
With all my love and prayers, Tracy

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

Recently I began attending classes through one of St. V's educational programs. It wasn't long before BJ was mentioned--he's a very special patient here and I would be surprised if there was anyone on the staff that didn't know of him. We are all praying that his stats take a miraculous turn--and eagerly await each entry in hopes of good news.

I try and walk by his room every day just to see how he's doing. The pictures on his door and in the blog personify him as such an amazing individual. I truly look forward to meeting BJ when he's back on his feet :)

(The other day I was called to help with one of his procedures--and felt lucky to be in his presence. I agree with others who have said that there is an "air" about him. His room has such a bright, loving energy to it... he definitely has more than a few angels looking over him.)

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

Still in my daily prayers! Anna<>< HLG, Hannibal, MO

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

I cant help but sing, "You said, ask and you will receive" over and over. Not me looking to sing it but it seems to be just pouring from my heart. Lord i ask that YOU interven more so than you ever have. Tonight, father, in the coming days...i ask you to begin to have BJs kidneys work and the fluid build up to go down. What all is going on in his body has far surpassed my understanding, but you know exactly whats going on. Lord please continue to give us all strength. My BJ be comforted by the voices of his family, by your promises..the words he has hidden in his heart. Lord I ask! I ask in the name of jesus christ! Because i know i can do nothing and this is out of all of our hands..except yours! Continue to give the doctors wisdom. Direct there hands and feet as they work on bj. We praise you jesus for you are worthy! The only one worthy! In your precious name jesus! Amen.

Tara Case
Yukon, Oklahoma

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in our prayers in the Fellowship class at First Baptist Church in Whitehouse, Texas. Thank you for the constant updates. We praise our Lord for each step forward and for the wonderful people taking care of BJ.

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

i just wanted to let you know that i am prying for BJ's recovery. i pray that God will use bj as a witness to many people and that he will use this experience to testify to people, and show them that we serve and awsome GOD. God bless.
love always in Jesus Christ

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

Lori and Kallie Jacobs(TCS-Brenda May)

Our prayer is for a miracle for BJ and for comfort and peace for you, his parents! May God reveal Himself in a mighty way, and grow your faith accordingly. -Lori

All of the students in my class are praying for BJ. We feel like we know him because Mrs. May updates us daily in homeroom time! I just hope that he will get better so that he can continue to serve his Father! -Kallie

At 9:43 PM, Blogger David Post said...

It is hard to put into words how I feel. I have had a lump in my throat each time I start to think about BJ. I have the wallpaper on my screen and I start to remember and see his smile and it makes me pray even harder to see his smile in person again. I want to see and hear him talk about what God has been teaching and see him teach others how to read a card in another language. I am amazed each time I think about BJ how deep he was even from the first time I met him. I remember him trying to figure out if he should go with Awe Star or not. The choice was either Awe Star or being able to get an award for going to camp for 7 straight years. I remember him telling me that if he went to camp it would be to show himself off and he did not want to do anything to point at him. Brent I hope you remember it was in the car on the way to lunch on Sunday the first time I came to Indianapolis. I love him like a son and will never stop praying for his healing. I am learning through this how much each one of my team members really means to me and how I really would lay down my life for each and everyone of them. I still feel that to this day. I would lay down my life for BJ and anyone that God calls me to.
Love you all,
David Post

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

Hey, just read Walker's article.
I want you to know that I and my
family will be praying for you.
Also, I will put all of you on the prayer list at New Hope Baptist
Church, Muskogee, OK. We have prayer every Weds. before our preacher brings the lesson. BJ will be on our hearts and minds.
God Bless you all.
Larry and Glenda Voigt
Muskogee, OK

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

You constantly thank god but rarely, if ever, thank the nurses and doctors who are the ones contributing most to BJs health on your blog. Not thanking the doctors and nurses is akin to saying that their help is not needed and the only one truly deserving of praise is god. If thats the case, take BJ out of the hospital and put him in a church. If, however, you truly value the work these people are doing for the health and safety of your son then do not neglect to thank the doctors and nurses.

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never met the Higgins family, and I am only aware of them through this blog. I wanted to respond to the previous post. If you will read through the entries over the past few weeks, you will see the names of doctors (Sichting, Ruppel, Belcher, Metz, Williams, Chatten). You will see names of many nurses and respiratory therapists. Over and over again, BJ's parents have talked about the wonderful care that they have received from the medical staff. (And although they probably haven't mentioned it on the blog, I'm sure that even the housekeeping staff, cafeteria staff, and even the receptionist at the front desk know how much they are loved and appreciated by the Higgins family.)

Not only is the Higgins family thankful to the medical team, many of the bloggers have thanked them for taking such good care of BJ and the Higgins family.

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

Lord, we just pray for the healing of BJ's lungs. We ask you Father to remove the fluids, both thick and thin by your mighty hand. We are grateful for the daily improvements. We know BJ has a long way to go and so we faithfully come before you praying on his behalf. I ask you to continue to supply the needs of Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney. I pray also for Dr. Sichting and the rest of the staff and ask you to continue to bless them with wisdom and knowledge. I pray for a peaceful night for all. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and for being faithful to us. We love you so much.
In Jesus powerful name I pray. Amen.

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

For Bj and Family,

Keep your Eyes on Jesus and not at the storm. He (Jesus)knows and He will steadily walk with you through it all... Psalms 23:4 "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil: For you are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me". Psalms 34:15 "the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry". Psalms 46:10 "Be still and Know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"
Isaiah 50:7 "For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I will set my face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed".

God bless you all, and give you His comfort. He is loving and compassionate. He is very near to you right now as it is written in Psalms 34:18 "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit."

God will exalt himself in Bj's life! Amen
My prayers are with you!

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey bj!...i do not know much about you but im here to let you know that ill be praying for you! thats really cool that you were able to spread the gospel before you got sick and for some reason i dont believe your done with that. Im sure God has so much more for you to do so stay strong and rest in the arms of your father. May he touch you physically and heal your every hurt, may he lift u up before God and claim that you are his and this one needs to be healed. have faith and to your family:do not give up praying!! ohh and start thanking God ahead of time for your healing b/c it does say in the Bible to ask and you shall recieve but believe you have recieved it and it will be given unto you. god bless you child of God!! love, danielle.


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