Monday, September 19, 2005

Today there has been a general trend down in BJ's SAT number. He began the day in the mid 90's. After removing the Nitric oxide pump, his numbers dipped into the 80's then rebounded. A couple hours hours later, they began to gradually drop to where they are now...the low to mid 80's. Trying to keep things in perspective, there was a time we would have been thrilled with these numbers. But now, on the other side of ECMO we expect higher numbers.

They did an ultrasound and an x-ray, trying to determine if he has a bone infection or a pocket of infected fluid somewhere. Both were negative. We are thankful for this. Dr. Sichting even thinks the air pockets around his lungs are gone. Sooo, we have no answers, and are watching his numbers decline. His color has changed as well. He looks more purple.

Please pray for the Lord to turn the tide once again! Father You will receive all the Glory either way.

BJ's dad


At 8:07 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Praying hard! Keep looking up!

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 8:07 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 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgins Family,
I am thankful that there was no other infection! I will continue praying for you and BJ.
All my heart,

At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We never cease praying for BJ.
Walker and Cathy

At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to send BJ a birthday card! I'll send the message to everyone I know!

Encinitas, CA

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers continue with you all! Father continue to hear our prayers for your son BJ. We praise Your Name!

At 8:15 PM, Blogger isaiah said...

Stay strong, BJ-

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

Dear BJ and family,
I am continuing to pray for BJ and hoping that he gets better very soon. I know that the Lord can heal him. My thoughts and prayers are with you every day.


At 8:20 PM, Blogger Emily Jo said...

The steadfast love of the Lord NEVER ceases.....His mercies NEVER come to an end...Lord, we thank you that we can always be looking to see where you will move next, that you keep your promises, and that you are a God of perfect plans, perfect timing, and divine perspective. Help us to incline our ears to your voice, yield our hearts to your will, and submit our sufferings to your throne. We boldly ask for a DRAMATIC, MIRACULOUS HEALING TODAY!!! Lord, hear our cry...........
Emily Jo
Monrovia, CA

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

Here we have yet another opportunity to pray, and we're thankful. It's amazing the stages that God has brought us through, and how now, so many of us trust Him completely to do what He wills. Thank you, family, for being so willing to be submitted to God so that many, many others could learn valuable lessons. All praise and glory to Him.

Love in Christ,

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray...we will do so for each detail.

Lord, may you continue to be glorified and honored through BJ & his family. We lift him up and know that you are Jehovah Ralpha & can heal beyond our wildest imagination & ways. We ask that you might do so with BJ. Humbly, we so desire his healing - completely - yet, we want Your will & your timing. Please increase his numbers, return his healthy color & reveal his sickness to the doctors. Your will be done.

We remain committed to our knees on BJ's behalf.

Hudson, OH

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's on the prayer chain for immediate fervent prayer.

Lift we lift up this family to you. Give them your strength and your peace. Continue to hold BJ in your loving arms and let him feel your peace.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger . said...

Still praying....

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for BJ and family tonight.
Lots of Love and Prayers
Micah and Misti
Indianapolis, IN

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please please bring BJ's numbers back up! We don't know why they are down! Please give the doctors wisdom as to why this has happened! Please keep healing him! Bring his SATs back up into the 90s again! Let your glory be shown right now!

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

Praying without end for you all.
We love you.


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

God's got hands that heal..I'll pray he does.

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

Praying often! Believing that God will touch him tonight!!
Know that we are out here praying much for each of you!!

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God,
Please bring BJ's O2 Sats up and restore his skin colour.Take the swelling down and let the kidneys begin to function. Father, please let the Drs find the source of the infection so that they can treat it appropriately. He has come a long, long way but Oh, he is still so sick. We pray for protection for BJ's body tonight - protection from the infection that is raging somewhere within, protection on each organ that they will function as they should. Please be with Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney as they wait and watch!
In Your name,

At 8:46 PM, Blogger aC Biblestudy said...

It's really easy to "slack off" in our prayer lives when things start looking better to us. I will admit that I am guilty of not praying as hard or often lately as I should (not just for BJ but other aspects of my own life). I don't think I'm alone in this. We just see things appearing to turn around and our prayers have a tendancy to become fewer and further in between.

God doesn't like it and I think this kind of thing might be a reminder that we can't ever slack in something this important when the stakes are so high. I WILL be praying for BJ.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Praying for BJ with all my heart. Lord God, Creator of all things. As a believer in your Son Jesus I claim power and authority over the evil one and any force of evil that is attacking BJ's body. He is a child of the King. I command evil to take your hands off him. Lord I pray that BJ's numbers will rise once again and his good color will return. Give him a stable and restful night. Father I especailly pray for Brent, Deanna, Lauren and Whitney tonight. I cannot even imagine the swings they have gone through these past days and weeks. Lord please meet each one at the point of their need. I know how deeply they love BJ!! They have to be exhausted. Might they be encouraged and sense the tons of love coming their way. Surround them, cover them, wrap them with an overwhelming sense of Your Presence. Where fear creaps in give them confidence and peace. Confidence in a God who IS in CONTROL even when things seem out of control. When they wake tomorrow I pray they find BJ with strong sats, 90's + Swelling gone done and a renewed sense of peace that only you can bring. Please Lord God....make it so. In the Name of Yahshua our Lord...Amen.....We Love you....Phil & Paula

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Lord, we know that BJ is in your hands. I pray that you will help those numbers to rise. The doctors have no explanation, but we know that you do. Please be with BJ's family tonight as they have this additional worry tonight of the low numbers. Comfort them. I also pray for those kidneys. Return their function to normal Lord.

At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the faith. Still praying here. God is good and faithful. Let Your Will be done ONLY Lord Jesus! God bless all of you.

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Deanna said...

Father, this can seem discouraging right now, but we know that You are in control. We lift BJ before Your throne, right now. Please help bring his numbers back up to the high 90's. We implore You to heal his kidneys. Be with Brent and Deanna. Give them peace. Hold them close and help them to have a restful night tonight. We give You all the praise - Amen

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

Dear Father,
We lift BJ before you again and ask boldly for you to raise his SATs and restore good color. Help the doctors find the source of infection and Lord, please restore his kidneys to full function. In Jesus' precious name, Amen

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, Deanna and Family,

It was good to see you tonight and to hear about BJ's progress. Thanks for keeping all of us up-to-date regarding BJ. BJ and all of you are constantly in our prayers to the Lord for healing, direction, comfort, and peace during this troubling time in BJ's life (and our lives too).

As I shared with at the hospital, it is so human to ask why but we must remember that God placed on this big hunk of clay to serve, not to question. We'll understand it all - by and by.

Get some rest, let go and let GOD!

Thank You Lord for all that you are accomplishing in this trying situation. We rest in the full assurance that You are in control and Your Will - will be done! AMEN

Tommy and Debbie Linder
Indianapolis, IN

At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent, you say "we have no answers" when I think you mean "there are no medical answers at this time". We know the author of all answers because he knows the questions before we even speak them (Psalm 139...before a word is on my tongue you know it completely)
Please know dear family that I am praying for the numbers to improve, for BJ's coloring to come back, for his kidneys to begin functioning and for the Doctors to be able to identify the source and location of the infection. I'm praying for Dr. Chaten and Dr. Metz as well as Dr. Ruppel and Dr. Sichting and Dr. Williams and especially Dr. Belcher. and I thank God for those wonderful nurses that you've mentioned by name who help you in many ways.
Please rest in God's arms tonight while we pray on your behalf. As I read these blogs there aren't very many hours through the night that someone isn't writing or reading. God is so generous in putting believers throughout the world to lift BJ up in prayer.
Keep believing.

Evansville, IN

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

Praying for you throughout the night & will check back in as soon as I'm up in the morning. Praying that you will find His peace through this night, "comfort in pain, blessings in hard times".


At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying! Keep your faith and stay strong,Higgins!!

In Him <3

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

on our knees in KC.. We are praying for you guys tonight...
In his sons Precious name
Love Scott and Tracy

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

TheLyne and Schmaltz families are praying, praying praying.
Gregg is sending an email to all of his people and Marla is putting an update on the Church prayer chain.
My heart breaks for all of you. You are precious family members.
We are in constant prayer.
Aunt Maralyn
Carlsbad, Ca

At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im praying for you guys!!!keep on trusting!!!
~Melissa Peltz
San Diego, California

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

I am praying that God will give you a song at midnight, as he did Paul and Silas.

Carmel, IN

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Higgin's family,
I've posted a link to this site on my xanga, and all of my friends and family are praying for BJ and your family! Your unwavering faith and dependence on God is amazing and encouraging, I know He is working in this situation. We will all continue praying for you!

At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In agreement is where we stay, and stand. Thank you Lord for your Word that stands true against the lies.

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord Jesus, only you can do this. This is too big for man and nothing is too big for you. You are creator, redeemer, savior, friend, great physician. We pray that you will touch BJ in such a mighty way that there is no other explanation than a divine intervention. We are asking for that intervention right now and to you be all glory, honor, and praise. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father God, We rejoice in the trust in You that BJ and his entire family have shown us over and over. Thank you that you sympathize with us in our weaknesses, and that you are hurting with Brent and Deanna even as they cry out to you on their precious son's behalf.

Lord, we trust you for the timing with the kidney function, and we continue to trust you with the SAT numbers as well. We DO ask you to perform more miracles, mighty God. Please work in such a way that all who see or hear about BJ know that You, and only You, get the credit. Thank you that You haven't stopped working, that You haven't changed Your loving care for BJ, and that Your ways are higher than ours. Thank you for each one who reads and prays for BJ--what a blessing to be able to pray along with so many of the postings on this site!

Father, tonight we cry out to you as the Healer of all our hurts. Although some of BJ's problems have baffled even the doctors, we know that none of them are a mystery to you. After all, you formed the inmost parts of his body, and you know the exact places that need your healing touch. Like the centurion soldier, God, we are "under authority," and we know that all You have to do is say the word and BJ will be healed. We trust You for that word of grace and mercy in BJ's life and in our own lives.

Let BJ know your presence in, around, and through him through this night. Thank You so much for showing us Your glory through this young man. Let it pour!

in Your mighty and powerful name,

Pieper Family
Charleston, SC

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is during these moments when we learn to bless the Lord at all times. The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. And those weapons are our ability to sing praises, offer up sacrifices of thanksgiving, and faith that God word has already said that by His stripes we were healed. BJ already has God's promise that he is healed and like the friends who lowered the paraplegic down from the roof in front of Jesus, we too must use our faith to claim that promise. "For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." I know this promise is true for BJ has already been seeking the Lord with his whole heart.

Brent, Deanna, Whitney & Lauren,
Keep on believing for the best for I know Our God will surpass your wildest dreams. We will continue to hold all of you up in prayers as well as songs of thanksgiving for His mercy and goodness. "The Lord inhabits the praises of his people." Where there is praise, God is in the midst of it.

In His Love
Dawn D.

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry for what happend to you, but God works in mysterious ways. I am praying for you!

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

Continuing to pray thru the night. God is still in control.
praying in Kansas City

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...


At 10:12 PM, Blogger Nancy Post said...

Dear Heavenly Father,
We come asking specifically for another miracle in the life of this dear young man. He has endured so much and Your name has received much glory along with the pleading for this life. We believe You are in control and ask that the levels arise and the infection be brought under control. We know it will be only from You as there is no other obvious conclusion.
We love You, Jesus.
Awe Star Mom, Tulsa

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Father,
Please work Your Will in BJ's life. Oh how we want him to get better, to be strong, and healthy again. Please, give us the desires of our hearts!!
In your name!
still praying in Ohio

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying for BJ's recovery.

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, please be with BJ. He needs you more than ever now. Please heal him miraculously like you have been. I pray that your will be done, but don't let him be in pain. Heal him 100% and let him recover Lord.


Hannibal, Mo

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

Dear Friends, When I awaken in the night, a prayer for BJ and your family is on my lips. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.
Carla s.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Patsy Manix said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren & Whitney,

Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you constantly. It has been so nice that you are keeping us updated on BJ's condition and I check it often every day. We are praying hard for all of you.

Oregon, Wisconsin

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Karen Vesely said...

WE are still praying for your precious boy. God is STILL in control...Remember that.

Sending prayers that angels will come and fill BJ's room and that Jesus would be there right with you all night.

God Bless You,
Karen Vesely
San Clemente, CA

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

Continuing to pray with you and for you all, especially for BJ.

Sydney, Australia


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