Sunday, September 18, 2005

I just talked with the doctor and they are going to take him off the CVVH (dialysis) machine for 24 hours to try to get his kidneys going. This too will make it easier to prone him. All this is happening during most morning worship services - we are reassured again that God is in control.

A quiet night, just one brief unexplained period of time when his oxygen dropped to the upper 80's, a few minor adjustments were made and he was back in the 90's again. This time he wasn't suctioned, so my professional theories I guess I'll keep to myself... The vascular doctor looked at his canula sights and they are healing well. They will turn him back to his stomach today. Continue praying for kidney function. They're checking his blood gases every 6 hours now, so that's progress. His face is looking more like himself, however, when he's back on his tummy, that may change (the swelling is more evident when he's prone - on tummy)

Relish your worship experience,
BJ's Mom


At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise Jesus for His faithfulness through this whole journey. It's wonderful to hear positive updates and to know that healing and progress are occuring. I'm off to praise Jesus with many others in church, I pray that all of you there would be filled with worship, and that the Father would supply you with everything you need today. May this be a day of healing and rest on the Sabbath. Matthew 12:8-13

Rachel Long
Tulsa, OK

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

We will be praying for healing to continue.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

looking forward to hanging out with the saints this morning, praying for a "turn for the better" as bj rests on his tummy today. love and prayers from 'grace city' NV

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

Good Morning Deanna....

Thank you so much for the postings, it has been such a blessing to read your postings.

Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you this morning and continue to lift up my inspirational family of faith to you Lord...

Please continue to heal BJ and provide him with whatever need he might have today....

Lord, I want lift up Brent, Deanna and the girls to you as well, and ask that you will continue to provide them with great strength and peace, may the Holy Spirit guide them throughout their day today and bless them with much love....

I pray this in Jesus precious name, Amen.

Your Sister in Christ,
Noblesville, IN

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Thank you Father for a "quiet" night. Pray that you will continue to to grace this family with "quiet time".

We're praying and praising wiht you guys!

Love you!


At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Higgins,

I am praying for your son. We miss you in music.

Love Katie Ross
Zionsville, IN

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

We continue to praise GOD for his mercy. It endures forever. We thank you for your updates. It helps our prayers to be specific. May our LORD grant you the strength, endurance and the hope that only can be found in HIM. Please know that your faith and the demonstration of that faith is making a difference any so many peoples lives.

Indianapolis, IN

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our congregation will lift your family up this morning. We love you.

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad that you guys had a good night.

My prayers are with you.

Praying in Denton, Texas

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Brent and Deanna, Sorry I didn't get to say goodbye before leaving for the week this am. BJ was good last night and we had another boring night. Boring is good!! Take care, I'll be praying for you all and doing my pee pee dance here at home!!

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Deanna, you have sure gotten the positive responses to your update. It was great to see you doing some of the updates. I know that it wasn't easy for you to do.
Today we will pray for the turning process, his lungs and the kidneys. You are always in our prayers and we know God hears and answers. Because we are so human we want a quicker response. We are so thankful for the quiet days and nights.
It is sooooo good to see that some of his nurses write it. They are certainly a caring group of people and doing a fantastic job.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, Ca

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

Praise the Lord for a good night!

We are on a different time zone & later we can pray specifically right now!

In Him,
The McMahans

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Higgins Family,
We are just getting ready to leave for SS and wanted you to know that we will be lifting You all up this morning..
Last night at worship we heard a wonderful message and was reminded of how precious our life is to God and how much he loves us.
Our minister used
Psalm 23:1-4
1.The Lord is my Sheperd;
I have everything i need.
2.He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads beside peacful streams.
he guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.

4 even when I walk through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

(How I pray that he will continue to renew your strength each and everyday and BJs as well.)

At 11:02 AM, Blogger toddyoumans said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,
We will definitely be praying for BJ today as they take him off the dialysis. We pray that this will result in yet another positive for his recovery from all of this. We have been excited to hear about the progress he's made and the incredible way that God continues to intervene and show His blessings through all of this. May His love continue to hold all of you up and give you the strength you need to get through today and the days to come.

Todd, Jes & Andrew Y.

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

Praising God for the positive reports. Praying for you thru the morning.

Kansas City

At 11:45 AM, Blogger isaiah said...

Each cell in BJ's body is rejuvenated as healing light surrounds him, flows through him, and emanates from him. As healing progresses may all those in his contact be healed as well of all doubts and fears. Peace fills the hearts and minds of those near BJ, for those praying for BJ and for those who have already realized and affirmed his complete recovery.

Tommy Crenshaw
Hilton Head Island, SC

At 12:14 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

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Sunday School class continues to lift you and your family up daily.
Parkview Baptist Church
Tulsa OK

At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,

I am glad to hear that BJ had a quiet night and I will be praying that everything goes well once he is being taken off CWH machine.

Amber Luedke
Westfield, IN

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

Hello Mom.
Deanna I pray for your family to have a Blessed Day. I pray for BJ's continued improvements. Please God watch over BJ's doctors and care givers, please guide them throughout their many decisions to make, and please God, guide their timing throughout the day. With your healing hand we pray.
Lisa Gresh/Meils
Indpls., IN

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Mandi Howeltt and I went to Peru a few summers ago and I would do anything to go back. My heart longs for the people and soul desires to tell them of God's greatness. Your son seems like such a cool guy. God has a plan for his life. I know that just hearing his story so far has really effected me. I am praying for your family daily and will continue to pray. God loves you and knows what he is doing. Keep your head up and smile!
Luv Mandi Howlett

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all you. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family,

Don and I are praying for you all. Thank you for showing us all how to cling to Jesus.

Kristin (Englin) Ryan

Highlands Ranch, CO

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray and sending lots of love to BJ and his family. . .talked with a man today who visited our service who had spent several months in the hospital after a terrible car accident. It changed his perspective on life. I am grateful that God had already changed BJ's perspective "from death to life" long before he faced this situation. We are lifting up BJ as the dialysis stops. . .go kidneys, go. . .

love in Him,

Pieper family
Charleston, SC

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Precious Lord and Savior,
Please help BJ's kidneys start working and once they do please let there be no further complications with them. I thank you that his canula sightings are healing well. Please keep his swelling down...especially when they turn him today. Please Lord, just keep BJ in your healing hand...sustain him and heal him 100%. I thank you that you have brought so much glory to your name through this whole situation. We can totally see your hand in all of this. Thank you.

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I trust all went well coming off the
CWH machine. We prayed for BJ in the 9:30 and 11:00 services this morning. We continue to cover you with prayer.

If it makes you feel any better Deanna...I agree with you. Our son had issues when he would be suctioned as well. Mom's always know their your instincts. I pray strength for you everyday.

Youngstown, Ohio

At 1:41 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,

I know how very hard and slow the healing process can seem, first hand. I continue to pray for BJ's Kidneys to awaken and for his sats to remain high. Even though it may seem slow, BJ is on the LORDS timetable. That always amazes me and yet brings me peace. BJ is EXACTLY where the Lord knew he would be today. Again today I reach our to you through the Holy Spirit. Rather than visit you personally I pray you sense my heartfelt connection with you and how I long with every fiber of my being for BJ to be restored. I wish there was more I could do for you but I know you are surrouded with loved ones. Draw comfort and strength from those of us who continue this journey along side of you. I cannot think of a place I would rather be this moment then approach the Throne of Grace by your side. For however long it takes, I am here for you with non relenting prayers until that day comes that you report BJ has been made whole. From my heart and Paula's to yours...we love you !!!
Maranatha!!! Phil

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful day in the Lord it is. What a blessing it was to be among fellow believers & praise our God this morning. He is awesome!!

I can't tell you how much Friday's journal entry from BJ spoke to me. In fact, it's the main reason I was able to put everything aside & just worship the Lord knowing that He blesses us when we are obedient, not when we are perfect. To serve Him when He asks above our insecurities and worries, forgetting our inadequacies & limitations (because He ALWAYS supplies whats needed), being a servant to His people and not focusing on ourselves pleases the Lord. Thanks for your insight BJ!!

Glad to hear about boring days! Glad to hear about healing. Praying for continued strength & praising God for answered prayers, rest, and His faithfulness. We sang "Great is His Faithfulness" this morning & it is 100% true, isn't it??


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

My prayers are with you! I'm sending you a little package, so hopefully you will recieve that soon! You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, day and night. I love you guys!
~Mary (from Peru trip 05)
Houston, TX

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Deanna, Brent, BJ, Lauren & Whitney-

Hope you all are having a peaceful Sunday. Will definitely be praying for his renal function to kick in. Larry showed the dvd from Northside today, pretty powerful. There is a lot of pain in the world, only way to get through it is with God's help, that was pretty evident in the dvd. I know Larry & Brenda are probably up there now bring some goodies, Hi guys! Just wanted to let you know you remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout each day and into the night. Love you guys. Oh- we are in the "pink" today! Take care.

Love, Nancy

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Praise God for his awesome intervention in this whole thing, He loves BJ so much and will conntinue to stick by him and his family through this.
Keep strong things are getting better.
Always Praying!

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This morning, Lynne, our pastor's wife here in Gray, Ga shared BJ's story with us. I know what it is like to have a son struggle to live and to spend many nights praying in an ICU waiting room or stretched out flat on my face in a hotel room, praying that God would save my son. I read every journal and wept and praised God with you. Especially, I praise God that he chose this young man for himself. I was humbled when I read his journal entries. So wise for a 15 year old. Only God could give that kind of wisdom. I also wanted to mention to you a possibility for your son's illness. My husband is a veterinarian...he mentioned leptospirosis.Very common in Peru in the water. I doubt with all the antibiotics that BJ has had over the last 2 months that there is much evidence of what 'bug' it was that started this medical odessy. But nonetheless, this journey God allowed BJ to travel has touched the hearts of so many.
Plus I have a true story I want to tell you about. Katie, who is now 18, traveled to South America with a missions group from her church in Rome GA. I believe it was Peru. Everyone returned home with an upper respiratory infection. Katie just got worse and worse. She ended up at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta GA. They gave her family no hope. At that point, the infection was in her brain and the lining of her brain. Her mother was praying and God told her that Katie would recover. Unkown to her parents, their Church in Rome called a prayer meeting on a friday night to pray for Katie. When we lived in Rome, many years ago, we were members of that church. Well, at this prayer meeting, 100's wept at the alter. Two prayers seemed to be consistant with everyone...that Katie would have a sudden, miraculous recovery, and that the doctor in charge (an athiest) would say, "I am amazed at her recovery."

Saturday passed...Katie remained comatose, barely hanging on. Sunday at noon, she began to cough. Her mother saw her open her eyes, and Katie began pulling at the vent tube. She ran out the door yelling for help. The nurse later said she though Katie had died and her mother had finally 'lost it.'
They called the doc, he thought they were lying. He came in and they removed the vent. Katie sat straight up in bed and said, "I'm starving...can I have something to eat." The doctor, sat back and said, "I am amazed."

May God bring BJ a miracously swift recovery.

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My minister told me all about this website and BJ he is praying for him continually. So I have started praying for BJ too. I am so glad to hear the positive news. God is definately intervening in his midst. I am continuing to pray for Him, and his healing.


At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ is in my prayers. As we speak, angels are surrounding him. God is going to do great things and you will be blessed. I have no doubt that Jesus is comforting BJ and preparing him for the time ahead. God is with you and will never leave you. Remember is faithfullness and never doubt his absence. I pray for healing and protection and that you will soon be able to hold your BJ in your arms as you have so long wanted to do. Do not be afraid for God is beside you and he will never stray from your side. Trust his goodness and his strength and good things will come from this hard time. They always have.

San Antonio, Texas

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear lord,
please be with bj and help him through this really rough time that he is going through right now.
lord please be with his family and friends just touch their hearts. and help them to believe in you.
in christ's name,

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Great Lord and Savior, I pray that you put your healing hand upon this young man and his family. Lord take whatever it is that has invaded his body and bring this great servant of you and the father back to health and let him get back to spreading the name of JESUS throughout the world. I ask all this in the name of my GOD and SAVIOR amen.
Russell Burks Sr Whiteford, Maryland


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