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Endoscopy-esophageal ulcers won't heal

15 January 2019 - 03:58 PM

Dear Lord,


As you know, I've had Barrett's esophagus for probably over 10 years, along with ulcers that won't heal + a recurrent stricture. The doc brought up the idea of removing part of the esophagus again. but it's a huge + risky surgery, even for a healthy person. Supposedly it would help prevent cancer, since I've had high grade dysplasia at least some of the time. 


Please guide me. I'm still recovering from the hip replacement, + finally getting more mobile. The last thing I want to do is subject this poor ravaged body to ANOTHER surgery that could take up to 6 hrs. That would be another big stress on the transplant kidney, + there can be plenty of problems afterward that make people regret they ever had the surgery done in the first place. I heard of at least one woman who had to have a 2nd surgery bc the first one caused her so much trouble. I can't see putting myself through all that. 


My strong inclination is not to agree to surgery. You've protected me from cancer all these years, so I'm praying you'll continue to do so. If for some reason You want me to have this surgery, then please speak to my heart about it. Otherwise, I'm not going to do it.


There are 2 more tests in the works to assess swallowing + pH impedance. We'll see what those show.


TY for taking care of me so wonderfully all these years.


In Your precious name, amen.

Please pray for SH

26 October 2018 - 12:40 PM

Dear Lord,


You know SH's story. His parents refused to abort him even though the docs said he was not worth saving. They said he had no brain + too many medical problems for them to deal with.


The parents honored You, + You honored their faith. SH does have a brain after all, but he has heart, lung, neuromuscular, speech, + other problems. He can't walk-just scoots around in a little scooter- + can't really talk, even though he is about 6 by now. He has to go to a special school + has a lot of trouble swallowing. The problems are monumental for anyone except an almighty God.


This family has been through tremendous trials, but they continue to put their faith in You. Please keep them strengthened as this journey goes on + on. I esp. pray for the older brother, who likely feels as though his little brother comes first. They're aware of this + try to give him the attention he needs too, but it is very hard.


I can't imagine what kind of medical bills they have, either. Little SH has had multiple heart surgeries + other procedures. 


Bless this family + give them great strength + hope. May SH continue to do much better than expected. May laser surgery on his tongue be a possibility so that he'll be able to talk- or whatever it takes to make this miracle happen.


In Your precious name, amen.

Please pray for my friend's 8 year old daughter

26 October 2018 - 12:33 PM

Dear Lord,


My friend M has 4 girls, + AS was just diagnosed with ADHD. M  is afraid her daughter might be bi-polar. She is trying to learn everything she can about the best way to treat this. Please guide M + her husband to the right medical professional who will do what is best for AS.


This is causing upheaval in the family, even at bedtime. Please help them navigate this journey in a godly + trusting way. I'm so glad they all believe in You-this will help a lot.


Help me to help any way I can.


In Your precious name, amen.

Please pray for MJD's salvation

06 October 2018 - 10:41 AM

Dear Lord,


I don't know what MJD believes about You but pray that You reveal Yourself to him soon. Keep pursuing him, please, so that he may know + confess You as Lord.


May he become a committed believer who seeks to follow You with his whole heart.


In Your precious name, amen.

Please pray for healing of hip incision

04 October 2018 - 10:31 AM

Dear Lord,


I had a real scare yesterday when the steristrips came off + there was a small area of apparent dehiscence at the top of the incision. This can be so dangerous not only d/t the risk of infection, but because an artificial joint has no blood supply. That means if an infection sets in around the joint, it usually has to be removed. The person has to get 6 weeks of a very toxic IV antibiotic which usually causes hearing loss, because it damages the auditory nerves. It can take a year to recover + some people have to go without a joint at all.


So you can imagine my panic. I cleaned the area + put a sterile dressing over it. It had bled a little but not much. I went through this dehiscence problem before after an incisional hernia repair, + it took 4 months to heal.


However, this morning the incision looked like it had closed overnight. There was a tiny, slightly puffy area but it isn't red or swollen overall. Such grace! I TY +praise You for this degree of progress. A home health nurse will look at it in a few hours + we'll see how it appears then. I pray it stays closed + no infection sets in. May that tiny, puffy area smooth out + flatten + may everything heal well w/o any complications.


Lord, I praise You for all You've done for me.


In Your precious name, amen.