Sunday, September 11, 2005

There have been few significant changes in the course of the day...and that is not a bad thing! He continues to fight a fever, his heart rate is elevated, but his SATs remain in the mid 80's as they reduce pump oxygen percentages and pressure. We are still waiting for those kidneys to kick in.

Tomorrow he will have his neck canula removed. Tuesday, he will likely have surgery on his left leg vein which is host to another canula. This vein is damaged from the invasion of plastic. The surgeon told me there was a 50% chance of this working. If is doesn't we are looking at real circulation issues for that leg.

Please pray against his fever, that his heart rate will come down and for the surgeons as they remove canulas and repair veins.

The medical staff have been outstanding, and we are so thankful that this is where the Lord directed us. I can't remember if I shared this before or not, but Beej would be gone if we had gone to any other hospital in this area, as none of them do ECMO on anyone but babies. God is Sovereign and He knows all. We bow down before Him as He continues to work miracles in room 2001.

with deepest gratitude,

Beej's dad

Please continue to put your name, city, state or country after your blogs as we are mapping.


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

hey you guys!! I am praying so hard and I know so many other people are. God has blessed us all by getting to know your whole family. You are constantly in my prayers!! Love! Lauren and Kraig Bontrager!

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of the Higgins Family,

Praise God as He gets you all through this time. We lifted up BJ in prayer during our church service this morning and we will continue to do so as he continues his fight. One day at a time, BJ. Strength, comfort and peace to granted unto BJ, oh Lord, and unto his family as they await patiently for healing to continue. Guide the medical staff in their decisions to bring BJ's body closer to healing with all that they do. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

Cedarburg, WI

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I hope you are holding up as this must be terribly hard on you. Marla was talking to us at our church about how tough this is but that God has the whole world in his hand's and that he loves us. I just hope that He can protect BJ and help his fever go away and to bring his heart rate down. I hope that God can help BJ's leg and to watch over the surgeons helping BJ. I know BJ can get through this and that he will come out with an amazing testimony of how God saved him. I can only wait for him to tell his tale to the world. I continue to pray for BJ and everyone in your family.
You're in my heart,

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost forgot! I'm from Encinitas, CA


At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you during dinner. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey family
thanku 4 the updates i will
continue 2 pray 4 your family
Dear heavenly father,
help brent and diena and loren get stronger and be coraged and have faith in u
let witney have a good year in college and dont let her be distrackted let her have faith in u as well
LET BJ CONTINUE 2 GET BETTER AND HEAL QUILKY please let their be more good news and no more bad news.let his fever go away.and dont let it come back
i will continue 2 pray and thanks 4 the updates u could just be sitting in their with brent but you are sharing how he is so thankfull 4 that i love u all so much
just keep having faith!!!!!
Julie Meils-
Indianapolis IN

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all,

Just checking in for another update. Will definitely pray for all those things you mentioned, Brent. It is no surprise his kidneys are struggling, so many meds and perfusion problems. Will pray hard for kidney function to return. I am sure you both realize what impact BJ has had on people and how he is still impacting everyone who hears about him. My youngest, Kim, has really been putting a lot together and yesterday when she knew how critical things were, she kept speaking to me about the impact he was having on the medical staff at ST. V's and maybe, in her mind, that is why God is allowing this.
She was hoping that those who didn't know Christ could see Him working through BJ and your family.
Pretty good for a 10 year old. Thank you for your witnessing, for your son & daughters, who are all so positive role models for the younger kids. You are truly a very special family and we are so blessed to have met you. Love you all.

Love, Nancy

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

Good to hear that encouraging signs are taking place. We are so relieved to hear you say that St. Vincent Children's Hospital is the best place for BJ. We agree on that! Last summer when we thought we were losing Sammy, I told Dr. Ruppel in the PICU that Sammy is a better child because of St. Vincent Hospital, but St. Vincents is a better hospital because of Sammy. We are so happy to hear that our "friends" at the hospital are taking care of your entire family in the same loving and caring way that they have taken care of us. Although the journey to recovery is long, we continue to pray that BJ is able to leave the hospital with a huge smile on his face and know that he's made an impact on lives, careers, and other patients who will be at the hospital not only in the present but also in the future!

We continue to lift BJ up in prayer, but we also pray for you as parents. We know that the days (and nights) are long and weary. The emotionally draining days are also physically exhausting days. Being thrown head-on into a medical world is no picnic, and the long-term illness of a child is something that few people can truly understand. If there is ANYTHING that we can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Steve and Leslie Harley

At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that we lifted up BJ in church this morning. We will continually pray for his recovery. Thank you family for being such a witness to all of us. Your family has shown such tremendous faith in the past weeks that it is a true blessing to us all. Keep your faith alive and God bless you all.

Laura Montgomery
bakersfield, california

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for everything!
Indy, IN

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear BJ and Higgins family. . .I know many of us wish we were closer physically so we could be hands and feet, even though much of the "work" of this trial can only be accomplished by your family as you surrround BJ there in the hospital. We must, however, be content to serve in that most important way of all: through effectual, fervent prayer.

I would love to see a form of that map on the site someday as we continue praying and praising God from around the globe!

We pray specifically right now, Our Father, that you will bring healing and strength and function back to BJ's kidneys--that you will allow them to work in the way you have planned. We pray that his fever will decrease and again, Lord, that you will bring blessed healing to His body. Thank you for the blood gas levels, God, and please continue working so the numbers will be what BJ needs.

We are awed at the many ways you have brought glory to Yourself through these days. We plead for your mercy on this young man and on His family as they wait, knowing they will continue following You no matter what. May they each experience You in a very intimate way, surrounded as they are by Your loving care and by the constant prayers of the saints. We praise You, Lord, for Your grace and goodness,

in Jesus' Holy Name,


Marti for
Pieper family in Charleston, SC

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Paul said...

I want you to know that you are being prayed for by people of all faiths. BJ, you are a true soldier for Christ.
Today at our service I could not get you off my mind, our Reading was from Rom 14:7-9
Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Brent and Deanna, although I don’t know BJ personally I know from reading all your updates and Hearing 1st hand how he is doing, that he is a true Christian always doing Gods work. It is obvious he is following in some pretty big footsteps. May God bless you and always be by your side.

At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Beth Renfroe and have been praying for BJ. Today it hit me that my dad went through a bacterial pneumonia 2 years ago and within 24 hrs the infection had spread over his body and he was at the point of death. At that time,the physicians tried a new antibiotic on him which was called "Xigris". They stated at that time that they were one of a few doctors that could administer the drug. Through prayer and this drug, my Dad was nursed back to health. You may just want to mention to the doctors there to see if this could be a possibility for BJ's recovery. We are keeping you in our prayers.

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord and Savior, please please heal my brother BJ completely! Please take away his fever and bring his heart rate down to a normal rate. Please bring BJ's SATs back up. Guide the doctors as they try to repair the vein in BJ's leg. We know that you are the Great Physician! Please heal Beej!

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for you all! And I will continue to pray for as long as it takes. Our God is awesome and I know He will do amazing things!
Sabrina Garman
Oklahoma City, OK

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you guys are getting some rest. You are such a blessing to all of us who have been reading these postings and anxiously waiting for news. Thank you so much for that. I pray BJ has an uneventful night and tomorrow will be a good day. Still praying here in Fishers, IN

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be praying consistantly for bj. I live in Kansas City, MO. My friend at church(Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, MO) was informed by her friend. As a nursing student I understand and appreciate all the medical terms and abbreviations being posted. It helps me to know what to pray for and to understand the situation better.

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3


At 7:38 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Brent, Deanna, and girls:
I didn't get a chance to say goodbye this morning before leaving for the day. I was glad to see that you got some sleep and weren't up at the crack of dawn. BJ kept me quite busy Saturday night, but I'm so blessed to be able to care for him. We, at St. Vincent, are better people because we've had the opportunity to care for BJ and get to know you all.

You are an amazing family and I pray for you constantly. I will see you next Friday!!


At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying continuously for you all!!

dacula, ga

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

I'm so glad to hear the good news! I will be praying for his fever to go down and for eveything else mentioned. Keep looking up! God bless!

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey all.
Thanks and praise be to God for all the good things he has blessed you and BJ. It is nothing short of miraculous. I got my pink BJ shirt and will wear it as often as I can throughout the week. B.J.'s story has been such a wonderful way to share the healing power of God to those I could normally not reach. BJ's ministry still continues, he just doesnt know it yet. My prayers will ceaselessly continue for BJ and for Brent, Deanna, Whitney and Lauren. God be with and bless you all,

In Christ,
Ben Hackler
( Guess where :-)

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traci and I, as well as Traci's family (the Harmons) continue to pray for BJ's recovery and the well being of all of your family.

We are in Powder Springs, GA.

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is good and His love endures forever.

We're still praying for y'all.

dacula, ga

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Still praying for you...
love ya'll, erin

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Debbie Linder said...

Thank you Father for today. You know every hair on Bj's head, You know every need, we ask that you would touch his body and provide him with relief and healing from this illness and all of it's complications.

Father please meet the family's need for rest. Give the doctors insight and clarity and thank you for the care they have given this far.

In Jesus name we pray that you hear our heart's plea. Amen.

Love your precious family.

Tom & Debbie

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to check the website often and hold BJ and your family up in prayer since Kent told us about BJ on August 27th. It is difficult for us to understand why God permits such suffering, but we have seen His ways and know that He wants to be glorified in everything.

"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you." I Peter 5:10

Larry and Nancy Hannum
Shelby's grandparents
New Palestine, Indiana

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

hey family,
Am always praying, God will be there for you always and forever.
Never give up and loss your faith.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family & friends are praying for BJ and all of the Higgins Family. We're thinking of BJ and we're praying for his complete recovery. I am a Medic myself and I know how difficult this time must be for you.

God bless
Jens Schaefer
Lauterbach, Germany

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family,
I heard of BJ's situation two weeks ago from my sister who lives in Indiana. Your family, and especially BJ,have constantly been on my mind. What a strong witness you have been for our Lord.Through your personal struggles I am sure that many have been won to Christ. I will continue to lift you up daily in prayer.May God give you comfort and peace.God bless you.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lifting you all up in continuous prayer! Our church is also praying for you guys.

Angela, Merom IN

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins family,

We have checked on you all you didn't know someone was watching, did you? We'll keep praying and are looking forward to some special prayer times tomorrow.

John and I have our small group meeting with Scharbroughs, Gillilands, Bechmans, Whiddons, and Smiths (Ken & Rhonda) Monday evening. These people will be doing some powerful praying! Also, the 7th Grade girls meet for THEIR small group Monday evening also. Rachel Gilliland is their leader, and those girls are powerfully burdened to pray for BJ also.

I'm sure all of these people have been praying constantly, but there's also something beautifully powerful when we pray together, side by side.

Isn't it great that God loves us and each hair on our head?! Uh, Brent, Sr., he loves your head especially.

Praying unceasingly. . . . .


At 8:40 PM, Blogger . said...

Dear Higgins,

This morning, before church, I checked on BJ. While I was checking, God told me that He was going to give me the opportunity today to pray at the altar for BJ. Church this morning--nothing.

HOWEVER--tonight at CWC we had a guest preacher. He preached on John 4:46-54 (the healing of the nobleman's son).

He said:

1. When you face an impossible situation, be willing to admit you're powerless to do anything.

2. Simply believe that God will meet your need, before the miracle happens. --The nobleman started for home, just on Jesus' word that his son was healed.

3. When you ask God for a miracle, be prepared for something amazing to happen!

Then, at the close of the service, we sang "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" and he asked people to come forward to pray for themselves OR ANOTHER!!

ISN'T GOD AWESOME??!! He had the whole thing planned out in advance!

"Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: MY PURPOSE WILL STAND, and I will do all that I please."

Isaiah 46:9-10

At 8:41 PM, Blogger . said...

Oops! Obviously, CWC = Marion, Indiana!

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

I know you all have had a busy day.
We have thought and prayed for you continually. See you in the morning.
Love John & Jeannie

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not know you all personally but I have grown to know you through this site. I am praying for your family everyday. Your son will be added to my church prayer list this week! You have a wonderful son and I know you are so proud of him. May God continue to be with you all!!! Always remember to F.R.O.G.(Fully Rely on God)

Misty Clem
Cumby, Texas

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory."
Romans 8:16-17

What a testimony of faith it has been for all of us as we share in your joys and sufferings during this time. BJ is a testimony to a faithful servant and you as a family, a testimony to true faith and trust in our Lord. You all continue to be in our prayers, and we are assured that no matter the outcome, there will be victory.

As an encouragement to your family, we were able to see God's hand in this situation through the t-shirts that were made in honor of BJ. What a special tribute!

Ashley has requested prayer from her pastor and church family in Green River, WY. Your son is touching lives and is being lifted up in so many places, AMEN!

Katie Bearce and Ashley Mozley
Louisville, KY

At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,

I've been praying for you, BJ and the medical staff since first hearing of BJ's condition several weeks ago. I check many times troughout the day and appreciate your faithfulness with the updates. I am the Minister of Youth at Parkside Baptist Church in Columbus, Indiana and have been encouraging our students to pray for BJ everytime we are together. I've asked several family members and friends to pray for him also. May God bring healing to BJ and glory to Himself through this situation.

Kevin Fritts ~ Columbus, IN

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad God has sustained him thus far. I pray that He will continue to do so. I know that if God wants his leg healed the chances are 100%. Love ya'll so much. Have a good night, Beej.

Kayla Terrall
Dallas, Texas

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

Walker (Texas Ranger) told us about you today at Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City, MO. I am from Hinton, OK doing work here. I pray that God will be glorified with your experience. My prayers are with you brother.

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

Today was the first time we have been home on Sunday since BJ went into the hospital. As we walked in we were met by people wanting the latest on BJ. After church it was the same. Many of them knew we had been to see BJ and the rest of you. They talked about how glued they are to the web site. It was so special to know they are praying and truly care about BJ.
We certainly are praying for wisdom for the Doctors and Staff as they face each new challenge in BJ's care. We love you all and pray for strengh and peace for you.

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ, God loves you. I am praying that He will continue to touch you with His Healing Hands. As commanded in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Let us give Him thanks for He is faithful to fulfill His promises under any circumstance.

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

Still praying! Anna Vaughn, Hannibal, MO HLG

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

Dear family:

What a blessing it is that you found that hospital. It sounds
like Bj is right where the good Lord wants him.
Thank you for giving us specific prayers and as often as you do.I'll pray for Bj's heart rate, his fever and the surgeons. We wont stop praying til Beej makes it home.
We love you


At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops almost forgot

Paula Miller
Tallmadge Ohio

At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Walker mentioned Beej at Concord Baptist church in Jefferson City Mo. I am praying for Beej and hope that God will restore him.

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

My prayers are with all of you. A friend of mine is one of BJ's nurses ( Melissa Hess), and sent out a prayer request. As a mom of two young children, there is no greater heartache in the world than to see your child sick or in pain. May the Lord be with all of you and give you the strength to make it through this difficult time. As a respiratory therapist in a hospital, I have seen the many miracles that Our Lord and Savior performs every day. Have faith and stay strong.
Jodi--Fort Wayne, In

At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tonight I prayed with a small group of adults from Broken Arrow, OK, for BJ. My family is praying, so you can put Riverside, CA, as well as me here now in Tulsa, OK.

I love the Lord. His miracles are new every morning. Praise Jesus for the miracle of BJ's life, the miracle of all God did through him in Peru, the miracle of your whole family changed by this, the miracle of the body joining together in prayer, the miracle of BJ surviving for so long and God daily giving him the strength he needs to overcome each battle. We fully expect that the Lord will meet our every need in this. BJ has attempted great things for God, and now we all expect great things from God.

Jesus I pray that You would bring a peaceful coolness to BJ's body, that his fever would come down, that his heart would beat steady, that his kidneys would grow strong and do their thing. I pray that every part of him would function as you have designed, and that You would cause things in him to happen, strengths are recoveries, more wondrous than seem possible. Amen.

I'm praising and praying with you.

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance"
-James 1:2,3

Thank you God for giving is the gift of prayer. Thank you for the mirales that you did and the miracles that you still do. Show us your MAJESTY and GREATNESS Lord through healing.

St. Paul, MN


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