Prayer Requests 9-23-17

Anyone have something to share?

Psalm 43

Vindicate me, my God,
    and plead my cause
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

19 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-23-17

  1. One of my distant relates, a cousin’s grandchild whom I don’t know at all, is unmarried and pregnant at about 20, maybe 19. (See how well I don’t know her). The family dynamics have been out of sync with “normal” for 50 years, so it’s unfortunate but not really a surprise.

    Please pray she carries; the pressures to abort will be large–I got the news via text from the big abortion rights person in the family, though she was merely passing information not editorializing.

    Later this morning my husband and I will spend time with the widower friend from last year (lost his wife in a terrible motorcycle accident), whose spiritual advisor from his youth may have died today. He’s struggling.

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  2. I’ve had a feeling of pain and nausea in stomach region for three days now. I went to a clinic yesterday and was checked out. I think it is somehow related to my cold – the symptoms of that are slowly subsiding – that the virus that caused the running nose and cough is one that infects all the mucous membranes of the body, which line the digestive as well as the respiratory system. It is slightly concerning, however, how long it has lasted.

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  3. Praises that my friends are going to my 50th Reunion tonight so I won’t be all alone. I wanted to go, but it is pretty scary for me to go all alone, knowing no one.
    Yes, it really is 50 years since my high school graduation.

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  4. I realized recently that I was mistaken about the filter that was inserted into one of Hubby’s veins yesterday. I understood it the first time it was explained – that it would be in a vein that goes to the lungs & heart, to avoid a pulmonary embolism – but then someone else’s explanation made it seem as if it was put over the clot to keep it in place (which is wrong), & I think that’s how I explained it here. But the first explanation is the correct one.

    So it will not necessarily prevent another stroke, but it will prevent a pulmonary embolism, which would be dangerous.

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  5. Kizzie, a pulmonary embolism is what killed my brother-in-law, so I definitely sympathize with wishing to avoid that! It sounds like he is getting very good, thoughtful care.

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  6. The filter can be thought of a mesh which allows blood plasma and cells through, but wouldn’t allow a clot large enough to block blood flow major artery in the lungs, brain, or heart. Clots in the legs form in the veins which are in the processing of returning to the right side of the heart and go from there to the lungs, so the first line of danger of a clot from the legs lodging is in the lungs, though it is possible for them to get through the lungs into the left side of the heart and from there into the brain or heart arteries. Often, however, the clots that lodge in the blood vessels of the brain or heart are formed in the left side of the heart due to atrial fibrillation – a condition where part of the heart muscle that powers the left atria (entry chamber) is quivering rather than steadily pumping. Whether in the deep veins of the legs or in a fibrillating left atria, the blood begins to clot because of stagnation and turbulent flow – the smoother and quicker blood flows, the less risk of a clot. That is why people are at increased risk of clots forming in the deep veins of the legs when they sit for long periods of time, as on airplane trips – veins have few muscles of their own (arteries are heavily lined with muscle) and so they rely on the contraction of the calf and other skeletal muscles to help pump the blood back to the heart.

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  7. Thanks for that explanation, Roscuro. So, are you saying that this filter can prevent a stroke being caused by that particular clot after all?

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  8. Kinda funny. I have my own nurse in the house, but we haven’t taken the time to talk about that. Although at this point, you (Roscuro) have continued further in your nursing education than she has.

    I’m sad that Nightingale felt she couldn’t afford to take classes starting this fall, but at the same time, seeing how that would have made things more difficult for all of us during this time, am relieved. Have I mentioned that she is planning on working as many days as she can next month? (They plan out the schedule for each month at the end of the preceding month, so September was already “booked up”.)

    Reading the info on Hubby’s new cancer med was interesting. It is considered chemotherapy, not merely another medication. One of the warnings is that caregivers need to use rubber gloves to clean up any vomit or other bodily secretions from the person on this med.

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  9. Kizzie, I may have missed some medical details of your husband’s stroke. When I first read the news about it, I remembered that he had a heart condition and I wondered if it was atrial fibrillation that had caused the stroke. But when the clot in his leg was mentioned, I wasn’t sure whether the clot in his leg was considered the cause of his stroke or whether the clot had developed after he was partially immobilized after the stroke. However, from looking up the literature, clots do not travel from the deep veins all the way to the brain, since the network of blood vessels in the lungs will receive the clot first. Deep vein thrombosis (the term for a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg) is, however, a complication following stroke. I’m assuming they have located a large blood clot in one of his legs – usually a sonogram is used to detect such a clot. When a clot is found, usually anticoagulants are the first response, but in some cases a filter may be placed in the vein to prevent a large clot from migrating to the lungs. It won’t prevent a stroke, since that is usually due to atrial fibrillation or spontaneous clot formation in the arteries (often from clogged arteries, since that creates turbulent blood flow).

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  10. The doctors seem to think the stroke was caused by the clot in his leg, & they think it probably developed from that first week of hospitalization before the stroke.

    They had him on the anti-coagulant Coumadin, but because the bleeding from his bladder came back & wouldn’t stop, they decided to put in the IVC filter & stop the Coumadin.

    His bladder is still being irrigated & the mixture of that & urine is still pink, although it was a fruit punch color for a while. (He’s had a Foley catheter in for about two weeks now, & had one in for several days when he was in the first hospital due to the bleeding.) We are praying that the bleeding completely clears up because if it doesn’t, it’s back to the drawing board. He has already been hospitalized, between the first hospital & this one, for over three weeks. (He was home from the first hospital less than 24 hours when the stroke hit.)

    Speaking of the stroke, he is considered to be recovered from that, & if it weren’t for the bleeding in his bladder, he would have been released over a week ago.

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  11. Rosduro – Emily just reminded me that they said they believed the clot passed through a small hole in his heart that was just recently discovered. Apparently it is not a big deal, due to how long it’s been there & where it is located or its size (or something like that – with everything going on I never was clear on it), but obviously he will be discussing that with his cardiologist, if he ever gets out of the hospital.

    So, that would mean, I think, that that hole saved his life, allowing the clot to keep on going. Wow!

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