March 6, 2013

UPDATE (3/6/13)

His oxygen setting on the ventilator had to be bumped to 80 this morning (that’s crazy high!), about 5 minutes before we walked into the room. This really scared me, but Leah has found a great deal of peace this morning over the situation. We began today with a lengthy devotional time together reading a lot of scripture and talking through this difficult time. It was encouraging, even though our situation really hasn’t gotten any better (possibly a little worse).

We are still waiting to hear the results of his infection, and are certainly eager to hear what it is and how it’s going to be treated. They are saying that he has something called Atelectasis (where his alveoli in his right lung is closed). His lung is not collapsed, they just need to do CPT and reposition him to get his secretions loose.

We really don’t know much more, so I will conclude there. Feel free to join me in a passage Leah and I read together this morning. God’s Word has been so comforting and encouraging to us. Don’t hear me wrong, it isn’t always that way for us. There are many times where reading the Bible is the last thing we want to do as if to self-medicate ourselves. But God is speaking to us through his ‘Word’, and we are choosing to engage and listen. It is alive and active, and sharper than any double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Even if you don’t believe ‘this stuff’, please give it a shot, and read along with me Mark 9:17-27…

Mark 9:17-27
17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

Oh, and Beckett peed twice all over Leah this morning….it was hilarious!

— with Leah ‘Whiteley’ Rupp at St. Vincent’s Women’s Hospital.

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