Prayer Requests 5-11-17

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

13 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 5-11-17

  1. So, the visiting nurse for the man staying with my parents sent him to the hospital yesterday. He was developing what I recognize as signs of acute kidney failure, no doubt due to dehydration from the C. difficile infection. He contacted my mother this morning to say that they were keeping him in hospital for a few days.

    In reply to those who said yesterday that nursing home facilities can have people with superbug infections, you are correct, as there were isolation cases in the facility where I trained. However, those people would have developed the infection while living at the facility. It is one thing to deal with superbugs in those who are already residents, it is another to take in a new resident with such an infection. C. difficile is one of the Clostridium family of bacteria, which includes the bacteria which cause botulism (C. botulinum), tetanus (C. tetani), and gas gangrene (C. perfringens). The Clostridiums have a unique feature which makes it practically impossible to entirely eliminate them from an environment – they have both an active bacteria form, on which disinfectants and antibiotics can work, and a dormant spore form, which is extremely hard to kill, as it is resistant to heat, cold, or dryness. The spores can exist for years in soil or other environments, which is why we receive tetanus shots every decade or so, because a dirty cut could be contaminated with C. tetani spores. Studies have shown that C. difficile can be cultured from surfaces in the hospital months after exposure, even after repeated cleaning. Repeated applications of bleach, which is what my mother is now using, and steam cleaning are the only things that are somewhat effective against the spores. Alcohol hand sanitizer has no effect on the spores, which is why soap and water must be used after dealing with a C. difficile-infected patient, not because the soap and water kills the spores, but because the running water will flush them away. So, it is never a routine matter to take a person already infected with the bacteria into a nursing home facility.

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  2. Carol is still in the hospital but sounds good when I talk to her by phone (she actually sounds in a better mood when she’s in the hospital than otherwise, maybe it’s the potassium IV getting her back to some normalcy). She said the infectious disease doc came in again and asked some more questions (I’ll have to ask what the questions were when we talk next) but not as many questions as he asked the first time. Makes me think they believe something might be going on besides just the MRSA which she’s had for years.

    She did have another UTI (that’s a regular occurrence for her) and her fistula is of concern. She’s hitting that stage where she’s having multiple ongoing/chronic issues which is never a particularly good sign, I know.

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  3. Renee-in-Minnesota is having her shoulder surgery today. It had been postponed for almost two months due to an issue with her heart. Please pray everything will go well, no complications, & that she will have a quick recovery without too much pain. Thank you.

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  4. Too tired to type much on my phone but procedure was smooth and successful and I was discharged today at noon. Didn’t sleep much last night so nap time now. Thank you for all your prayers.

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  5. Good to hear, Kevin. Thanks for checking in. (And glad you got to check out of the hospital!) 🙂

    Prayers for all above, and more.

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