Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Update on Friend with Brain Tumor

Back on the 23rd, I asked for prayers for an emergency situation, at this link. We thought the biggest problem was the cranial angiogram that was scheduled two days ago, on Monday, and surgery scheduled for Tuesday, yesterday, for removal of a tumor lodged between the skull and brain.

The situation has grown progressively worse. Testing was initially difficult, and still is, because he thrashes from time to time, trying to remove the IVs and feeding tube. To alleviate this, they have kept him mildly sedated. His wife has not been able to speak to him and have him answer her since Thursday night.

Subsequent testing showed clots that moved to his lungs, and also his brain, causing several little strokes. He can’t move his fingers or arm yet. For now, they are focusing on keeping his vital signs stable and getting rid of the last of the clots. They are grateful that, for now, he is alive and can understand commands such as “lift your legs” or squeezing fingers and opening his eyes. But his eyes are still unfocused and he is not aware of where he is or what has happened to him.

The surgery for the tumor is on the back burner for now.

If I’m not mistaken, they would be celebrating their 15th anniversary a week from today.

This is one of my favorite couples, and good neighbors and friends. It breaks my heart. They are both in their late 60s.

Lord Jesus, please continue to look gently and lovingly upon these people. Do whatever you can for him, heal him, soothe and comfort him, and help his wife to get through this with the least amount of stress possible in this situation. We trust in you.

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