Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The surgery is over, earlier than we expected. The surgeon told us it went as well as it could have; BJ's vital signs stayed consistent throughout the procedure! BJ's jugular is now tied off permanently, but other veins will enlarge to compensate. The filter (to prevent blood clots to his heart and lungs) is now in place in his abdomen. Clots caught by the filter will most likely cause chronic swelling in his lower body, but compared to the alternative, we're okay with that. His two femural veins have been repaired as best they can be, but clotting in these locations is still a significant risk.

Thank you so much for being with us in prayer throughout this day. Praise the Lord for another hurdle successfully jumped!

Love in Christ,


At 5:46 PM, Blogger Matt Snow said...

Praise God! We will pray for you tonight!

At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prasie the Lord!!!
We are so blessed to have been apart of this day.. we'll continue to pray ..
Love fromKC The Leaf Family

At 5:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord - your mercy is so appreciated. We continue to lift up BJ's body to you and ask for continued healing. We are so grateful for your guidance with the medical personnel. Please give his parents and family peace and rest.


At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Gracious Heavenly Father for answered prayers!

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad the surgery went well. I'm still praying for you guys!!

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for a night of good rest for B.J. and you all. May it be a peaceful night.
Youngstown, Ohio

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Praise you Father! Please continue your grace and mercy witht his family.

Give BJ's body rest and restoration. This seems so big to all of us but we know that is is not too big for you.

This has been a long day for the family, may this good word give them some sense of relief. Father give them moments to rest. Give BJ a peaceful night that they too may gain rest and new strength.

I pray that all of his vitals would remain stable, the healing process to today's procedures would begin and that no new complications would arise. Father, please limit any new swelling.

Father comfort this family as they minister to Jayden's family. Praise you for their focus in always wanting you to be glorified.

Thank you Jesus for today, please take them peacefully through the night. Amen.

Close in my heart and thoughts,

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Thank you Lord Jesus!!!!
Continuing to pray throughout the night for stable stats and no clots.
Now Lord please be with little Jayden and keep him in your constant care.
Love in Christ,

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie Meils-
Im so gratefull 4 all of this.
o and thankyou so much 4 the update.
It makes me feel happy sence we cant
be their. I love u all. I will keep
prayin with all of my heart and jesus
is in that heart. Just have faith and
God will left u up.

Dear Hevenly father
Please lift the higgins family
up and bring them joy!!!
Let their be good news and no
more bad. we are thankfull that
they are here with us today AND they are sharing bjs life
we love their family so much
your loving daughter
Julie Meils

Indiapolis IN
i love u all so much
i will continue 2 pray 4 strenth
Julie Meils-

At 6:20 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Praise Jesus! Glad to get home from work and see that the surgery is now complete!

Father, thank you for your provisions for BJ, Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whitney today. Thank you for the good news from the doctors.
Jesus, as BJ's surgery was successful, we remember little Jayden. Please hold him close, keep him safe, and if it is your will, allow him to handle coming off the ECMO well. Protect Jayden's mommy and daddy. Let them feel your comfort. Hold them close in your arms.
Jesus, we love you, and we thank you for listening to our prayers.

Hugs and kisses to all of you.

Lotsa love,
Nate and Amy

At 6:23 PM, Blogger . said...

Yay God!

Still praying....
(for a restful, uneventful night for everyone)

At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!
Our prayers will continue for BJ and Jayden.
Suzanne's Mom

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Praise the Lord !!
I'm so glad it went much quicker than expected. 2 and 1/2 hours is certainly better than 5 when you are waiting.
Now we will pray there is no clotting and no complications.
We also are remembering Jayden and his family as he is being taken off the ECMO machine.
We serve and great God who has BJ in his care.
Love you.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, Ca

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Thank you for a successful surgery and for keeping all of BJ's vitals stable. Help BJ's family to get some needed rest tonight. Also be with Jayden's family as they are worried about him. Help him to remain stable after being removed from the ECMO.

Perry, IL

At 6:33 PM, Blogger David Post said...

God you are amazing and we get the privilege of watching you work. We are amazed to see what you are doing in and through BJ. We know this is for your glory and we thank you that we get the opportunity to praise you in everything that we do and see. Thank you Lord for BJ and how he is affected my life.

David Post
Tulsa, OK
Awe Star Ministries

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

i saw this link on a friend of mine's xanga. so being curious to what it was about-i clicked it. i couldn't stop reading, i was completely amazed. wow. i know i don't know any you and there's a really good chance i never will. but i would like you to know that he will be continuously in my prayers.
may God bless you and give you strength.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie Meils-
I just made
up a poem from
standing out the
O rain washup
betwean us
let the angels
no we care let them
no that we are here.
not the best
i dont care im
just happy 2 be here!!!
Well im just tryin 2 say
that i am still prayin
4 u all. I no thats the
ya- anyway im still prayin
with all of my heart
and jesus is in that heart
I love u all so much!!!
I hope 4 good news and thanks
so much 4 the update!!!
we are so thankfull 4 that sence we cant be their. I LOVE U SO MUCH
Julie Meils-

At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!!! Thanks for the update. I pray you will get rest tonight. I just read an August archieve (BJ's latest entry) About dying to self everyday, not just Sunday and Wednesday. BJ is going to be so "annointed" and "special" when he gets through this trial. I believe the Lord has GREAT plans for him. I believe his sister is right, this time is not being wasted, I'm sure God is w/ him and re-filling him. Even though he is very weak and unable to live his life...God is filling him up even more. He his going to continue being a "GREAT MAN of GOD". Continuing to pray. God Bless.
Loretta Baudile, Boardman, Ohio

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

Praise God! He is so faithful and so gracious! He truly is a God of miracles! I love you all. I'm praying for BJ constantly and for encouragement and peace for your family!



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