Monday, September 12, 2005

update beyond below msg....doctors just decided to postpone to tomorrow am (don't know what time). starting cvvh now...

BJ's procedure will happen at 3ish. They will remove the neck canula (tube) and if the vein isn't too damaged, insert a catheter for the Cvvh (dialysis) machine. He is not urinating and has about 5 liters of excess fluid in his body which is starting to seep into his lungs via the blood vessels. Obviously, this is a problem. The Cvvh will pull impurities off and dispose of them, partially relieving his excess fluid. If they are unsuccessful, they will go to a back up plan involving the 2 tubes still in his legs.

His other stats are at an acceptable level right now, and he has been void of fever most of the day.

Please pray that the vein isn't damaged, and that the surgeon will skillfully negotiate his way through this. Also we don't want bleeding or infection. That reminds me, they have decided to restart him on a low level of Heprin to thin his blood, and not clot off the Cvvh. Pray he does not have bleeding in his chest from the procedure last week, as they had hope not to restart Heprin until tomorrow for safety reasons (prevent internal chest bleeding).

Thank you, beloved of the Lord. I look forward to praising Him together with you one day. Until then, lets do it now!

BJ's dad (Brent)

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At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just do it .thank you Jesus. Marlene

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Tracey said...

Praying right now. ~Tracey, VA

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm Stephanie from Tulsa, OK, but I go to OBU. I'm praying for BJ and your family right now. Our campus is actively praying for you as well as my home church in Tulsa. Be strong and coureagous.

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan and I have been praying for you every day, at every meal, and any time we pray or are reminded of BJ. I have set my alarm for 3 and will pray again then. Ryan and I love you all very much! God bless you and keep you strong!

Love, Daphne.

First Baptist Church, Mooresville

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Lynn Dailey said...

We continue to pray for Jesus to be with BJ and the proceedures to come. I am headed over to Rebecca's so we can pray together during the 3:00 proceedure.
May the Lord Jesus be glorified!

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Jeannie Hilfiker said...


At 2:20 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

Thank you so much for the continuous updates. It helps to know how to pray for all of you. God must be smiling on your family for your bold display of faith during these difficult days. I pray that He will meet all your needs today.

Heidi Cowen

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Lynn Andrews said...

I just called my closest prayer warrior and gave her the specifics for what to pray for this afternoon. I will continually lift BJ, his medical team, and your precious family up to our sweet and loving Lord.

"Peace I leave you. My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 NIV

May the precious peace of our Savior sustain you all through this hour and those to come.

In His Love,
Lynn Andrews
Macon, GA

At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm saying a prayer for you, BJ, and his doctors. We have a good God who feels our anxiety, grief, and fatigue even more than we's so good to have a God who empathizes--we never have to explain to Him our hurts and fears. Amen for all He has done! Blessings of peace, joy, and courage.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Nicia said...

I return to your site at least 8 times a day for updates. Throughout the day, and even when I awake at nights I ask the Lord to answer our prayers and give us our desires for physical healing.

While we all ultimately want what Jesus wants, I ask as only a child can of his father, for what I want. I want BJ to be returned to his earthly family.

Thanks so much for the constant updates. I understand how the up and down reports over long periods of time can be disheartening--but they are needed. It's one of the things you can do besides pray and be by your sons side.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Guide the doctors as they do this procedure and help them to make the decisions that are best for BJ. We know that it is hard to know what to do in a case like this. When they restart the blood thinner keep the other surgery site from bleeding.
Hannibal MO

At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will lift BJ up in prayer.

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for His touch and relief for this precious young man. Steve and Barbara Fazzini
Youngstown, Ohio

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Anna Vaughn said...

Still Praying! Anna Vaughn, HLG, Hannibal, MO

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Jessica & Todd Youmans said...

Brent & Deanna -
We will be praying for BJ at 3...and every minute until then! He is always near the forefront of our minds. We love you all - I will pray hard that Beej's veins are okay!

Jes, Todd & Andrew Y.

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you'all.
I actually know people, that know people, that know people, that know people, that know BJ. (Sounds weird but my sister goes to HLG and she went on mission trips with a couple people who went to peru with BJ.)
west central Illinois

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Nick C said...

Hello again family and friends of BJ. I just wanted to tell you again how much BJ is in my prayers.
As I was worshiping a song came to my mind that in many ways reminds me of this situation.
It is called Deliver Me and is by David Crowder
Deliver me out of the sadness
Deliver me from all the madness
Deliver me courage to guide me
Deliver me Your strength inside me

All of my life
I've been in hiding
Wishing there was someone just like You
Now that You're here
Now that I've found You
I know that You're the One to pull me through

Deliver me loving and caring
Deliver me giving and sharing
Deliver me this cross that I'm bearing

Oh, deliver me

Jesus, Jesus how I trust You
How I've proved You o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus precious Jesus
Deliver me
Come and pull me through
Come pull me through

Nick Cancemi
Mustang Oklahoma

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stil praying, till the next update.

In His Love
Linda Ronne

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying! Love you Beej!


At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

Rusty Pickens from X-Church in Tishomingo Oklahoma here. We've been praying along with you all for about two weeks now and I thank you for the constant stream of updates so that we know how he's doing and what to pray for specifically.

To Nick (the above post): That song is awesome and I can't get that last line as Crowder sings it out of my head "Come pull me through".... It's amazing to think that as God created us in His image that BJ's body may be lying there unconcious, but that his spirit may STILL be in continous contact with God! What comfort can be taken in the fact that the God who created us all in the first place has BJ right in the palm of His hand.

I'll leave you with a passage from one of my favorite Psalms (and coincidentally a Mercy Me song from back in the day!):

15 "My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
-Psalm 139 verses 15-16

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Sara said...

I have been keeping him my prayers daily. I don't know him but heard about him from a friend.
I pray that the Lord will guide the surgeon's hands and guide the doctors into making the right decisoins.
Quincy, IL

At 3:18 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Father, it's three o'clock and room 2001 at St. Vincent's hospital is buzzing again. I pray that you would make your presence very known as the vascular surgeon works to remove the cannula from Bj's neck. Be near him and hold his hand steady as he performs this intricate surgery, Father.
Jesus, please be close to BJ as this procedure is underway. Give him your peace and allow him to rest so that he is able to recover. Please be present in every fiber of his body, Lord. Keep his numbers steady. We thank you for what you are doing in BJ's life.
Be close to Brent and Deanna, Lauren and Whitney, Father. Wrap your loving arms around them and hold them close as they await the results of this procedure. Thank you for their amazing witness to all of those around them, Father.
We pray all of these things in the precious name of your son, Jesus. Amen.

Hugs and kisses to all of you!
Nate and Amy.

At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wore my shirt at Indiana State today. It was a really neat experience. So many people asked me about what the shirt was about and who BJ is. I had the amazing opportunity to share BJ's story and the verse on the back. Even one of my professors asked me about the shirt. Several of the people said that they would be praying for BJ as well. Just thought I'd let you know that people here at Indiana State are praying for BJ and know his story.
Laura Floyd
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, Indiana

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to ask, are the shirts available in any other State?

Linda Ronne

At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you. STAY STRONG.

Jonathan Haag

At 3:40 PM, Blogger . said...

2 Corinthians 4:7-12

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.


Still praying....
Marion, IN

At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying...the new surgery time is in the hands of the lord..his timing...praying for you Brent,Deanna,Whitney,Lauren,Brad, and the rest of your fabulous family...Praying you made it through my last meal with out meat!!!
God is almighty!WE love you all!
Lora J@cobytown

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im Katie Branscum from Perry, OK. Just coincedence that i found the page really, but am praying for all of you!

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for Beej right now... Wish I could do more, love you guys,


At 3:55 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

praying for you all again today.

Ashley Dawn (peru 04)
Bixby, Oklahoma

At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BJ- I've been praying for you and lots of people have been praying for you and I'm sure you knew all that but it's all good. Everyone continues to pray for you and your family.

Much love and prayer for you all,
gizele r
carmel, IN

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

College Station, Texas

At 4:08 PM, Blogger phil4yahshua said...

Yahweh, Creator of All things, we come to you as the Body of Yahshua we are united and pray in unity with One Voice. If it be your will, we ask you to deliver BJ from this illness that has taken hold of him. We together rebuke every and any evil spirit that might be attacking him and his dear devoted family. You alone have the power of life and death so we come before your throne and ask on behalf of our dear brother BJ. Hear the voices being lifted up from all over the world. We ask that YOU Deliver BJ and make him totally whole renewed in body soul and spirit so that in doing so your name may be magnified throughout the earth. Satan has no choice but to obey and take his evil hand off your chosen servant BJ. We lift our voices and will continue to lift our voices until that moment that BJ rises up made whole. Do we believe you can heal BJ??? The answer is YES! So we will be diligent to surround BJ and his entire family with our love and with the protective and collective arms of the Body of Christ. We thank you dear Lord for the mighty work you are doing in delivering our dear brother. Thank you for using the doctors and nurses to bring about the total and complete restoration of our brother BJ. We believe, we worship and we thank you with all our hearts. Please hear the words of this unworthy brother and sister...Phil and Paula....Let it be dear Lord God...Let it be..!!!

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amazed at your strength and perserverance in the LORD! Our God is Awesome and I know He will see you through.

I'm glad Mom got to be with you for awhile. I wish I could, too, but I would probably not be able to control my tears. It's hard enough now across country from you.

The Gideon Ladies and Community Bible study Ladies are praying, as well as our church and some of theirs.

I Love you Sis and family.
Lifting you up to Him,

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wondered about the T-shirts, too. . .did they originate with your church there? Maybe could be done as part of the fundraising effort? I know some SC pray-ers who would love and wear them. . .

Continuing to pray for healing and strength in the Name of the ALL-POWERFUL One!

Marti Pieper and family
Charleston, SC

At 4:22 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...


At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers -
Brian Campbell from Concord Baptist in Jefferson City, MO

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for Bj and his family and to whom ever it may concern for strength to get through this and i hope he will make it through.

God bless,
Alli from Grove City, Ohio

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for the skill and wisdom of the medical staff. Praying that the dialysis will provide relief of the fluid overload in his body and the kidneys will start kicking in soon.
Continuing to pray for the bleeding issues, and vascular issues. Brent & Deanna, hope you both are doing ok, I know the days are turning into weeks now. I am especially praying for your strength and endurance throughout this journey. Love you all.

Love, Nancy

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still praying


At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i found out about this page through hannah- just wanted to know that my family and i are praying for your family and BJ :)
irvine, ca

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All God's timing is perfect. Someday it will be neat to see how everything is interconnected for His Glory!

We're off to group studies tonight, where there'll be some heart-felt group petitions on behalf of the Five Higgins! Sounds like a singing group!

Hang in there for a restful night...we'll be on the prayer watch...We love you!

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying all through out the day. Kids will be home in a bit and they will want to check his stats. Thank you for the updates. Remember, there are 1000's of people praying for BJ and there are alot of us who don't know him, but through all of this God has brought us closer in some way or another.

God bless your family!

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for his complete healing!!!

Nicole, CA

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Kaeli Cockrell said...

I will pray right. I have told lots of people at y school to pray for him and they always ask me how he is doing. I tell them to visit this website. I hope everything goes smoothly.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will keep prayin 4 all of your strenth and 2 be coraged. i will pray 4 bjs recoveryrey if thats even how u spell it i love u all so much.
i will keep prayin 4 good news and no more bad i have 2 get ready 4 a weding. i love u all so much

At 5:29 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Always praying. Am always to thrilled so hear how BJ is doing, Stay strong, dont let satan have a foothold in your life.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord.

Still praying & praising God for the glory that many are witnessing through BJ and the whole family!

McMahan Family
Hudson, OH

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll have some guys out here at the Seminary praying for him.

Emmitsburg, MD

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Met "Walker" at our church yesterday. What a "walk" he travels. He is so proud of BJ for the walk he and your family are faithfully going through. God alone knows the lives that are being touched by your struggle. Thank you for sharing it. Our prayers are with you.

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW what a blessing it was for me to be able to talk to you this morning. As you were updating me on BJ's current status I sensed a calm in your voice that could only come from our Heavenly Father. It gave me an emotional as well as a Spritual high that I have carried with me all day.

Thank you for taking the time to visit with me and as always STILL PRAYING not only for BJ but your entire family. Praying that God will make you aware of His presence with you at all times.


At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a friend of Lynae's from Norfolk, VA. My family and I are praying for all of you.

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City of Bristow, Ok has you at the top of our prayer list

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

My name's Josh and I heard about all this through MercyMe. I will certainly be praying for BJ. It is incredible what God can do. It just amazes me at how many people are praying for BJ right now. I will be sure to tell my church at Purdue and my home church in Bloomington about this. I will continue praying for BJ's health to improve.

Josh Johnson
Bloomington, IN
(currently in West Lafayette, IN)

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Kortnie Smith said...

Hi. My name is Kortnie from Ada, OK. Your family is in my prayers everyday. BJ is in God's hands! God is in Control! AMEN!!! I love you guys so much, and I will continue to pray for you! Thank you so much for all the updates.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Genuinely Lu said...

I will keep BJ and his family in my prayers. My roommate from University of Dayton told me about BJ's website.
Xenia, OH

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be praying.

Jayme, Oklahoma

At 6:39 PM, Blogger g said...

What an amazing support network you have! I was on my knees for BJ this morning, although I have never met your family, I can tell what a wonderful young man he is. How amazing that our gracious God knows what it is like to love a son as much as you do. The power of prayer is stronger than anything else..God is sovereign! Our prayers continue to be with you! gretchen (McAllen. tx)

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear BJ and Higgins Family,

You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Our family is so grateful for your willingness to share this difficult time with us. I find myself reading entries in BJ's journal over and over. It is difficult for me to find the right words to express how awesome it is that BJ is able to use this illness to minister to thousands of people. I do not understand why God has chosen this illness as a way for BJ to minister.. I do know that BJ was prepared. He has helped many people years older than he to understand God's plan and purpose for our lives.
In the past several weeks I have often thought about BJ and Jonathan when they were in kindergarten at TCA. I am so glad that they have kept in touch these last 10 years. As a family, we are extremely blessed that God has allowed us to know all of you.

God Bless,
Kathy Haag

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for the last few days....daniel crowe, st. george, sc.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and much of the Baylor University Community are too! - Tara- Waco, TX

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



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