Wednesday, September 14, 2005

This morning finds a flurry of activity in BJ's room. Since the medical staff work 12 hour shifts, there are more people available at shift change time (7am/7pm). When I walked in a few minutes ago, 25 year old fireball nurse Natalie (happy birthday) was giving direction to other staff as they were moving BJ from his bed to an OR bed which will be used in his room (which doubles as an OR for apparent reasons). The surgery time is still 3pm, but to wait till later to move him would draw on too many staff from rooms they are needed in. When Natalie gives's best to do what you're told. (She is awesome, and we have been thrilled with her care).

BJ had a good night...Praise Jesus! His numbers are good this morning and we are very thankful. I hope and pray BJ has the opportunity to meet these nurses, RT's, perfusionists, and dr's who have been providing such wonderful care to him.

This morning, nurse Diana, who has been off for a few days arrived with a card in hand...laden with scripture and comfort. Social Worker Jennifer has done the leg work on so many trivial matters just to try to keep us going. Last Friday night when at probably one of the lower points of my life, nurse Anita, found me outside, and offered much needed encouragement and support...she told a story about how the there was such a sweet presence of the Holy Spirit in BJ's room at the conclusion of one of his procedures. Nurse Melissa went to Northside and gave blood, and has come in early, and covered extra days... not her normal weekend shift, to help cover BJ. RT Melissa suffers endlessly at my teasing and making fun of her...always smiles. Nurse Donna...our first nurse, and a pillar of strength for us. Nurse Susan...what a bedside manner..she is just amazing and gives us such detail when we don;t understand. These are just a few of the incredible staff here. I am probably in trouble for starting a list as there are sooo many wonderful staff. But Lord, I pray that you specifically bless and encourage these in this day, whether they are working or not. They call when not "on" to check on his progress. Truly, we are blessed to be here.

Please lift these and other staff before the "Throne of Grace." I cannot imagine surviving with a lesser staff!

Praise be to God for His constant provision!

BJ's dad

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At 8:16 AM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Glad to hear of a peaceful morning. It is so special to have a medical staff that is so caring - we will definitely continue to lift them up as they care for BJ. We also continue to pray for you & Deanna & the girls. You all are the first thing on my mind when I wake up and the last thing on our minds when we go to sleep. We are in fervent prayer for BJ's surgery today. We love you all so much!

Jes, Todd & Andrew Y.

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying here in Norman Oklahoma for B.J. and have passed on the request for prayer to the Senior Ladies Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of Greenwood Arkansas. We don't know you personally, but you are our brother in Christ and we are lifting you up to Him in prayer.

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for the many ways that He continually provides for us. Good to hear that BJ had a good night. We will be praying throughout the day for him and the procedures ahead. Your family is on our hearts and minds throughout the day.
In His Love and Care,
Kansas City

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Matt Snow said...

We have been praying for many things one of which is a supporting medical staff. It sounds like our Lord has also answered this prayer with people who love BJ and your family. We will pray especially for them today. We will pray for their continued strength and ability.

Thinking Upward!

The Snows

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I believe God puts those people there for us. We became very close to our nurses also when our son was sick. They are very special people. One of our nurses named her son after ours, and one went on to be a nun after telling her her how much we needed her.

I will by praying today
Love, Tammy

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are Holy Lord Jesus and we praise You for providing a team of intelligent, and loving nurses and doctors! I pray that Your Will will continue to be shown. Thank you for BJ's restful night and may his day be the same! In your son's Holy and Mighty, Amen

Praying in Carmel, Indiana

At 8:31 AM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

2Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 4Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
5All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

11With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.[b]

Be encouraged dear family as you draw on the multitude of prayers that are flooding the Throne. As always we are standing with you especially today and pray total success for ALL the procedures on BJ this day. MAKE IT SO LORD JESUS ! We love you..Phil & Paula

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

Praise the Lord for such a wonderful, encouraging staff. I am praying for BJ today as he has many critical procedures to go through! He is always in my prayers! Be encouraged today that the Body of Christ is lifting up your son and your family to the Almighty God!


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

Will be praying all day. What the medical team has done in ministering to you all is precious. I will pray that God will direct every aspect of all the procedures today and that He will bless them.
Praying for peace that passes all understanding.

Brenda F.

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

It gives me goosebumps to read the stories you are sharing about BJ's nurses, RTs, etc. Not only do they care for the patients, they care for the families as well! During our son's stays there, they have become almost family to us--especially the night shift as they are the ones there when the unit is quiet and you can't sleep at night. (And, they are the ones who listen to the parents snoring while they sleep!) I am so proud of them for taking such good care of BJ and all of you. There is a special bond formed when you have a critically ill child, and you will never forget them. BJ's medical team will hold a very special place in your heart and your memory for the rest of your lives.

We are praying that the procedure today goes exceedingly well, and that this would be an encouraging turning point in BJ's recovery. We will be watching for updates throughout the day.

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

Morning by morning new mercies I see....All I have needed thy hand has provided....GREAT is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me. (Be glad you can't hear me singing through your computer!)

I am so thankful that the Lord has provided you with a great medical staff that really cares about their patient & the family members as well! It is good to check in & see that BJ had a restful & quiet night. We continue to pray for the procedures ahead & pray that complications will be void & recovery will be quick. Praying also for your strength, comfort & peace as you face each new day & each new challenge that it might bring. We love you guys!


At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't great how sometimes God provides for our emotional and personal needs through people in our lives, or those He brings into our lives!?

We'll be praying for these special people ( and the other caregivers) and through the procedures. . .

Deut. 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (NIV)

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise Jesus! This is a big day. We will not neglect thinking and praying for you all day long. Praise Jesus for all the staff He brought specifically to work with you all.

"But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished." 2 Tim. 4:17

Rachel Long
Tulsa, OK

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are continually in my prayers.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD FOR PEACE! Still praying in Mississippi.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

I agree with you about the staff and I was only there four days. I was really impressed with all of them.
I am so glad BJ had a good night. I hope the rest of you did also.
This morning is my Bible Study group at church. I know they will be praying today for BJ, as he faces all the procedures of the day.
Last night as I was reading in my Bible Hebrews 4:16 stood out to me.
"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need"
We will be praying and remembering all of you all day.
Again this comes filled with love.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, CA

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord we know you have specifically placed all these people of medical profession in the Higgins's lives for a definitive reason. They are there, yes, to provide quality medical attention, but they have also been placed for your divine intervention. Thank you for all they bring of themselves and of you to minister to and serve this very faithful family. Protect them all and give them the wisdom, perseverence, and guidance they need to truly serve you in their profession. Thank you for them all. Be with BJ and the family in a very close and personal way this day as they face this surgery. Give them all the strength they are going to need. You are the sole healer in this situation, and we give you the praise and glory for what you are doing and are going to do. I pray this in your mighty name, Vicki Justice

I am leaving town again, but I will be praying and checking on ya'll while I am away. Love you all-----all ya'll! VJ Indy

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for the wonderful staff. That makes all the difference in the world when you have a medical staff who cares. Thank you Brent for all the details you give us. There are many of us who would love to be there with you, but you know we are there in spirit, and you know we are all praying for you guys. I check this blog so many times a day my computer should just automatically go there by now. Today is a big day, and we are praying for good things. Love you guys!

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning. I want you all let you know that every day I am thinking and praying for BJ. Our Father is good. I trust in His wonerful plans for us!! (Julio Rojas, from Trujillo, Peru)

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Praying for success and guidance today in all procedures. Praying for peace and calm for the family throughout the day. I can't imagine what Deanna is going through emotionally. My daughter has just been and is going through some tough times right now but nothing like BJ's problems. It is just draining. I pray that all will go well. I'm looking forward to the updates throughout the day as procedures progress. Thanks for the time you put in to keep us updated.

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

Good Morning!

Sounds like you had a good night. That is wonderful. Thanks for recognizing the medical staff, I am sure they appreciate it. I know you are growing closer to them as they are to you. Both sides are being a wonderful ministry to each other. Nurses and RT's do not get enough thank you's, so I am sure they appreciate what you are saying. I know when I worked in ICU, there were certain famiies that you became attached to and were very special, close to your heart. I am certain you all are one of those families to those nurses. We continue to pray today for the successful outcome of the canula removal and vein repair, for no bleeding/clotting issues, improvement in renal & pulmonary function. We pray for your continued strength, love you all.

Love, Nancy

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praises to God for all His mercy and grace. The strength He provides to all of us. Especially to BJ and his family. Praying for all the Doctors and nurses attending BJ in any way. You all are the last thing on my mind at night and the first thing in the morning. God is working in so many ways, we cannot see. Not only with BJ, but with all the people praying for him. Praise God. Charlene, Martinsville, IN

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Nicia said...

Buenos Dias de nuevo desde Guayaquil! Well, I see it's another morning in which we get to pray for you and your family.

THANK YOU for your reporting on the caregivers. What a gift from God in this difficult time. It's nice to know that there are loving, believing people physically by your side in those darkest moments.

Praise God that he has surrounded you with these special people. Continuing to pray here in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

Praise God for a good night. :-)

Thank you for sharing the info on the nursing staff. I know from personal experience that they are the backbone of the medical profession and they are the ones that often "make things happen" in patient care. Thank you Lord for such wonderful, kind and loving nurses and techs who are able to physically touch Beej with your loving hands.

We will be on our knees today as we pray for BJ's counts to be high and steady, no clots to form , the surgery to go uneventfully and for BJ to quickly recover from the many challenges (major understatement) he has had to endure. I have also been praying for Beej to be recovered enough to be able to be awake and talking for his 16th birthday on Oct. 1. With God nothing is impossible!!!

May you his precious family be surrounded by the strength and comfort of Christ today. I love you all dearly!!!

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

My thoughts and prayers are with you guys today.
Since they are moving beds around, today would be a good day to ask about the air bed.
Lisa R.

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

Thank you God for the restful morning thank you for BJ, his family and his nurses. Lord be with the surgons hands as they do the surgry. Thanks for me our God!

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...

Father thank you for such wonderful nurses that care for BJ heap blessings upon them, and create peace around today's furry of activity.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i get teared up everytime i see how many people are praying for bj! it's amazing how the Body of Christ can rally behind other brothers! i am still praying here in Kokomo! lauren i am thinking of you often!

kalee pruett

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have people in Kansas praying for BJ. Your aunt Lisa has been a friend for a long time and when she shared with us about BJ, his name went on numerous prayer lists. May God's peace bless all your family today.


At 9:51 AM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Good morning Beej:
Sounds like the Lord , of course, has blessed you and your family with many of his very own Angels. Should we expect anyhting less. We will be praying for all of you non-stop today, as I know that it will be a very long day for all of you and for us that will be on the other side of the computer checking in. We love you and will be lifting you all up in his glory..

We give thanks to the Lord almighty..
love the Leaf's

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that BJ's procedures today will be successful without further complications, for wisdom and strength for the medical team that God has put in place, and for God's peace to rest in your hearts as you wait.


At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May this be a wonderful day for the Higgins family! We continue to pray for BJ and for you Brent and Deanna and the girls. God is so good as He has put the right people at St.Vincent's to care for BJ at this time. May all the surgery go well today and just know that we all will be anxiously waiting to hear how it all goes. Our love to you,
Glen and Jean Peters in Santa Claus

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for the many doctors, nurses, perfusionists and RTs who are taking care of BJ. I know that they all worked hard in school, spent many sleepless nights in study and passed a battery of difficult tests--thank you for their hard work and their determination. Thank you that you put people in this world who want to be in the medical profession, even though they know how hard it will be. Thank you for giving them talent and skill. We lift all of these up to you, and pray that you would bless their personal and professional lives, that you would sustain them physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Give them eyes in the back of their head Lord, so that they will be able to see everything that is happening with BJ. Give them wisdom and discernment in treating him. Be present during BJ's surgery, and bless the surgeons' hands with steadiness and skill. Please protect BJ from internal bleeding, and please heal his veins and continue to keep his numbers good. You are a good God, and I praise You for the faith You have given the Higgins family.

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for the peaceful night. Praise our Lord for the medical staff He has there for you, to "carry" you in those low moments. You sharing this journey continues to reveal to me just how awesome God is, even admist the storm. May God's mighty hand be at work today with the surgeons and His healing hand with BJ's body and His peace be with the Higgins family.
Love, Lela, Concord CA

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

Isn't God the Master Networker, bringing just the right people, at just the right time, to just the right place? What a blessing to have such a wonderful medical staff overseeing B.J.'s care. The Dyes in Westfield, Indiana continue to pray daily for B.J. and will be especially mindful at 3:00 p.m. God bless!


At 10:43 AM, Blogger Cousin Beth said...

I got teary again this morning reading your update, Brent. God is using you in such a special way. There are a lot of people in Heaven who would be so proud of you. As a nurse, I know just how much your appreciation and care of the medical staff means to them. Caring the way you do in light of what you are going through, is going to make a difference in their lives and hearts. I believe that with all my heart.

We're praying that the removal of the canulas will go well today, that BJ's stats remain stable, that there will be no further problems with infection, clotting, or bleeding, and that the veins will be in good shape. We pray that one day very soon you will be able to communicate freely with BJ, and we continue to pray that God will give the medical staff wisdom beyond their understanding.
We pray for rest and strength for all of you.

This morning the Lord gave me the following verse for BJ.
"I will be your God throughout your lifetime--until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you." (Isaiah 46:4, NLT)

Give yourselves hugs from all of us.

Beth, Dennis, Angela, David, and Matthew (High Point, NC)

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Higgins Family;
I just finished reading this post and now have tears in my eyes. It is families like you that make me keep coming back, working the long hours, suffering heartache when things don't go as we'd like. You are an amazing family and I'm sure all of those who have been part of caring for not only BJ, but his family would agree that we are the lucky ones to have met you all! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during cannula removal and vein repair. I know that our Lord and savior will be guiding the surgeons hands and things will go just as we plan!

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi BJ's Mom and Dad,
I have your Aunt Maralyn Lyne in our women's bible study Wednesday mornings. And Chris and Marla have had most of our teenagers in the Youth group at our church at one time or another. Maralyn shared hospital pictures of BJ with us last Wednesday. Absolutely unbelievable!
Our group wants you to know that we are praying in the power of the Holy Spirit for BJ and you as you are going through this season of your lives. Our pray is for a complete healing for BJ.
Our love to all of your family,
Always His,
carole romero

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear BJ,

Just when we think we know it all we are reminded that God is in Control. WE are placing you inHis arms right now with everyone else for your safe keeping and Gods' constant care. In Christian Love, Barbara

At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bj, I forgot to tell you for your Map that the prayers from your sister in Christ, Barbara, were from Newcastle, ME here on the coast.

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family is praying in Zionsville, IN, where B.J.'s mom works. I know Mrs. Higgins because she was my music teacher in Elementry school. I hope that he can heal soon! To the whole Higgins family - I will pray for you guys every day until he's better! I wish my best wishes!

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Bonnie_NEPChurch said...

I will be praying BJ and for your family. I have also put you on our church prayer list and they will join me. Prayerfully, Bonnie and NEP Church


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