Prayer Requests 9-20-17

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajisuun and The Gambia.

Anyone else?

Psalm 40:1-5

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

17 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-20-17

  1. The urologist will be in today to discuss options with Hubby. He is requesting prayers for wisdom on which direction to go, & for our future. Thank you.

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  2. Carol sees the doctor at 1 p.m. — apparently the shock expressed by the home nurse who comes to see her is that her surgical wound wasn’t stitched up ??? This all sounds strange to me, I’m so glad they’re getting her to the doctor today. Why would the surgeon have left that open? It’s quite a large area, apparently, so that has caused the alarm. Carol thinks maybe they purposely left it open so things would drain, but why wouldn’t they have talked to her about what happens next in terms of trying to close all that up? Or is there some expectation that it will close on its own? No communication at all going on, with any of this, from the sounds of it.

    I suggested she ask her driver from the facility to come into the appointment with her today (she said she’d do that) as an extra pair of ears is always good to have — as is another brain to think of questions that should be asked. I told her to jot down some of her questions in advance as well.

    She said she’s worried that these wounds will cause her death in some kind of semi-imminent way and I secretly worry about that as well. Here health really is failing and the risk for infections, which have really plagued her for years and especially of late, is so high when you have open wounds like she does (though she said the open fistula from her hernia surgery from 2+ years ago is now finally shrinking a bit, thankfully).

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  3. DJ – Right before moving in with us, my MIL Mary had emergency surgery to remove a section of her colon. When she came home, she had a large open wound that needed sterile packing & dressing every day. (I was trained by the visiting nurse to do that procedure myself.) The wound was about three inches long, at least a couple inches wide, & seemed to be about an inch deep (sloping into the middle). I was shocked at how large it was.

    But they also made sure someone could do the sterile packing & dressing, they didn’t just send her home that way.

    Praying for Carol’s healing, & for peace in her heart about all that is going on.

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  4. The latest on Hubby: They are now talking about needing to take him off the Coumadin, & instead inserting a filter over the clot in his leg, to keep it in place. There is still a possibility of having to cauterize something in the bladder.

    The first thing they were talking about was Hubby having to keep the Foley catheter, & learn to irrigate it himself. That would most probably mean he would not be able to do any kind of work he is used to, if any. Let’s hope & pray that they are able to resolve it with what I wrote above.

    Thank you all for your continuing prayers. God bless!

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  5. If she’s got her phone, she should record everything said to her–and should come in with a recording of your questions. Use the technology if possible.

    Very complicated and challenging to understand.

    Shingles seem to be resolving. Miss EMT weighed in yesterday (I’d forgotten to tell her), and was satisfied. Today I’m thankful and have a purring kitten on my lap.

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  6. I just hope she has questions to ask, I’m afraid she’ll walk out of there with no additional news because she froze up again — and doctors are in such a rush to get you in and out, they’re happy to spend as little time as possible.

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  7. Please pray for my widowed, childless friend J. She returned from her first vacation in years on Saturday and has now been called to her 92 year-old mother’s bedside. The frail woman has an obstructed bowel. J does not anticipate her mother surviving the surgery expected tonight.

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  8. Another good suggestion, Kizzie, but saw it too late — I’m not even sure she got the one I sent at 11 a.m. about using her phone’s recorder. Argh. Juggling two stories and a couple interviews today, and I need to find a “goodbye” from the group card tonight. I’ve been looking but they’re all either for retirements or promotions, neither of which are just for ‘moving on’ from a job.

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  9. Doctor also wondered why surgeon didn’t stitch the surgical wound, but sounds like he will be in touch with him (and Carol also is to go back to him); she also needs an X-ray and ultrasound of lungs & heart — one concern (which has come up before with her) is whether she might have CHF (she’s had difficulty breathing in the past few days — and she just didn’t sound good on the phone tonight 😦 ).

    Still not enough answers for my satisfaction, but at least it sounds like they spent some time with her today and they did draw blood so will be getting back to her about that. Woman who took her to the doctor did NOT stay with her, she went back to the facility and picked Carol up when it was over. So frustrating, I really think she needs someone to be with her during these appointments, she either doesn’t think to ask things or forgets what’s said, I’m not sure which, but she has only the haziest idea of what transpired & what was or wasn’t said when she leaves these appointments it seems to me.

    I think I’ll call the administrator and see if I can talk with her about providing a bit more oversight for Carol, I’m concerned she’s developing what could be some life-threatening conditions if they’re not caught and addressed more efficiently.

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  10. Clinics and other similar facilities should hire medically-knowledgeable people to accompany patients who are alone at their appointments — people who can lend an extra listening ear, who can ask relevant questions, and who can write the pertinent information down for the patient to take home. I don’t know how a medical facility would implement something like that, but I think it would be helpful for those patients who don’t have family members or others who can be with them.

    Praying for Carol, for Kizzie’s Hubby, and for J and her mother. Glad the shingles are resolving, too, Michelle.

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  11. That’s probably true. I didn’t think of that. OTOH, who are the women who step into the examining room when, say, a male gynecologist does a Pap smear. (Or my husband says there’s an attendant who is called into the room when a female dermatologist does a full-body check for moles.) I wonder if people who do those jobs could also do work like what I suggested above? Do those assistants, or neutral third parties, or whatever you might call them, have access to medical records? Are they only allowed in the room under certain circumstances?

    Just some stream-of-consciousness thinking/writing here — and I don’t know if anyone will even see this. 😉


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