Prayer Requests 11-30-16

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget to pray for The Gambia, and for Ajisuun as well. 

Anyone else?

Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day.

26 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 11-30-16

  1. I had a message from L last night at 10:30 that I saw this morning. She was getting her second blood transfusion of the day. I am not sure why she is getting so much blood pumped back into her but I am not a medical person and shy away from asking too much. She will also have to go home with a pick line and receive antibiotics twice a day. I don’t know if she will have to go somewhere to receive them or if someone will come to her home and give it to her, or how it will work. Yesterday she was quite down, which I would imagine anyone in her situation would be.
    Please continue to remember her in your prayers.
    Thank you.

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  2. Praying for L. All of that must be so discouraging.

    Third Arrow had a PICC line for a few weeks several years ago, to deliver intravenous antibiotics for Lyme Disease. We were trained by a nurse how to administer the medication at home. Not sure if that’s always the case — that the patients’ families are taught how to do it?

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  3. Blood transfusions are based on hematocrit and hemoglobin values. You must have enough red blood cells to adequately carry oxygen throughout your body.

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  4. A woman in my church is a traveling nurse whose job is to visit folks with pic lines and provide the nursing care they need. Hopefully L will get treatment like that. Prayed for her in the middle of the night when I wasn’t sleeping, among other times . . .

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  5. My husband learned how to work with the PICC for his late wife. My hunch is that if it will be longer term than a short treatment, they train the family.

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  6. PS I don’t know the spelling of PICC/pic/pick. Having seen it spelled at least two different ways on this thread, I chose the one that looked like it was an acronym and seemed thus likely to be correct. No cracks later if the editor chose wrong. 🙂 🙂

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  7. 6 Arrows, I wonder if you have any experience with alternative medicine through a naturopath for Lyme’s Disease? I know a family that has a son who had one round of anti-biotic and then decided to go the alternative route when that was not totally affective. It is very expensive and they do have several fundraisers. I have some concerns, but no input of any decision they make.

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  8. I had a PICC for six months. My husband was trained to set up the feeding into it but a nurse did have to come out every week to clean it, check it, and take a blood sample.

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  9. Prayer for the folks dealing with the devastation from the fires in the Smokeys. Our little fire last year was scary, I cannot imagine what it was like for those folk.

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  10. A visiting nurse can train family members to do lot of things we wouldn’t expect.

    After my MIL had emergency surgery to remove part of her colon, she had a large open area, about three inches long, two inches wide, & almost an inch deep. I was taught how to clean it & pack it in a sterile way. Part of that was the method of opening & putting on the sterile gloves so as not to touch anything with them. I often thought that someone with a lackadaisical attitude could easily cause an infection.

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  11. Thanks for the many prayers. We are receiving a good rain right now in Chattanooga; I’m so thankful for that.

    Tornadoes killed 2 in Polk Co. nearby, and at least 3 died in northern Alabama when a daycare was hit. There were high winds and tornado warnings in the a.m. hours. here, but we were spared this time.

    Gatlinburg fires seem to be under control, but 3 are reported dead and several airlifted to Nashville with burns.

    In addition, this is Gatlinburgs winter tourist season. The town is completely closed off, businesses shut, and many people are now without homes or jobs. Prayers are appreciated.

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  12. Debra, thanks for the on-the-ground update. In the five years we have been married, my husband and I have spent four weeks in the Smokies, including our honeymoon (in a cabin) and three separate weeks in a facility that seems to have been largely destroyed. And I have a brother (and grown niece and nephews) in Ringgold.

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  13. Hi, all. Thanks for all your prayers. It turned out the only part that had come out was the healing abutment, so all I required was some local anesthetic and they put a new one in. I should still be able to get a crown in a little over a month!!! Hooray!!!

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  14. Yes, Kevin is right, and I was just about to say that. 🙂

    Kathaleena, I’ve not worked with a naturopath, and have no experience with using herbs for Lyme Disease, though I’ve used them for other things, both as an individual and with my family.

    One family I know a little through the homeschool community used herbs with their daughter’s long-term Lyme Disease, but I can’t remember if they said they used it in addition to antibiotics, or as a substitute. (I think the former.)

    Another person I met once years ago talked about the herb cat’s claw for use in Lyme’s treatment (brand name Samento), but I never did go that route, as I didn’t feel knowledgeable enough about possible interactions between pharmaceutical drugs (antibiotics) and that particular herb, and I felt quite strongly that antibiotics should be used for Lyme’s. The reason being that I’d read somewhere in my research that, unlike, say, ear infections, which often can clear up on their own without antibiotic treatment (something like 75%), the rate of Lyme’s infections that the body can eradicate without antibiotic treatment is 1-2%.

    Whether that low percentage is brought up by the use of herbs that fight bacterial infection in Lyme’s patients not on antibiotics, I’m not sure. Herbs are generally slower acting than pharmaceuticals, and the possibility of Lyme’s spreading to vital organs before herbs have a chance to act was a concern of mine.

    Antibiotic treatment can have its downsides too, though, and herbs tend not to have as many or as serious side effects as pharmaceuticals can have.

    Working with a naturopath who understands these things better than I do would probably have been a good idea.

    I hope the family you mention gets good results from alternative treatment. Perhaps there are better advances in knowledge on effective alternatives to treating Lyme’s now than when I was looking into it years ago. I know there’s still a lot of debate in the allopathic medical community about the proper way to treat with antibiotics. Length of treatment is hotly contested; also, which types of antibiotics and how they’re administered (orally or intravenously) is a rather contentious subject, as well. And, yes, the expense is awful. It was almost 12 years ago my daughter had her PICC line, and the medicine then was $166.66 per day, given for 21 days. I can’t imagine how awfully expensive it must be now.


  15. Kathaleena, I guess you didn’t specifically mention herbs in your post — only alternative treatment, and I read “herbs” into that. Is it a different form of alternative treatment the family you mention has sought out for their son, other than herbs? Homeopathic medicine, maybe?


  16. I am not sure of all the things they are using or doing. I do know they only will have him eat all grass-fed beef and that there are many supplements involved. I have no problem with that, but was concerned when it seemed they may have decided against a second round of anti-biotic. I am not in the loop, so to speak, but am seeing things said on fb, for the most part. There are several fund raisers. Their insurance would pay for anti-biotic, but not for whatever they are doing.


  17. One of my daughters got married in Pigeon Forge. They have stayed in a cabin twice and she heard it is no more. She had just recommended it to friends last weekend. 😦


  18. Listened to “In the Market” tonight with Janet Parshall and heard her discussing the case of the woman whose son was given hormones to make him a female without parental knowledge or consent. The mother was alerted when the court refused to allow him to change his name to a girl’s name. He was told he could not do so without being emancipated from his parents. He was not living with his mother at the time he was doing this. They do talk. Please remember to pray for this woman and son. The case will not go to court until towards the end of January, apparently.

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  19. That case seemed so bizarre to me. Kind of like being willing to take a child across a border for an abortion but not being able to give an aspirin without permission.

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