Prayers Needed

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by lmarie086, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. lmarie086

    lmarie086 Well-Known Member

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    I thought there was a general thread for prayer requests, but I couldn't find it. So apologies if I missed it.

    I just wanted to ask for prayers for my dad; he's been sick for the last month or so, and was admitted to the hospital about two weeks ago now. We thought it was just the flu, but then it progressed to being pneumonia. Then it was double pneumonia AND an infected aortic valve. He had valve replacement surgery yesterday, which was successful, but the surgeon found that his whole heart is infected.

    We got a call from the surgeon after surgery was over that we should be prepared for the worst, on account of how bad the infection is. He said my dad is fighting hard, and I'll never be so grateful for his stubborn nature as I will be through this experience.

    I drove home from school to be here for the surgery yesterday, and I've gotten to see him a few times. He looked a lot better this morning and he was awake and responsive. But I'm just here to ask for prayers, because he really needs them. Thank you.
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  2. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

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    A prayer is lifted for your father.
  3. l'etoile

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    ((((lmarie086)))) My prayers are with him. My late-mother once had serious complications after maltreated acupuncture procedure--the infection almost got her heart-- and doctors told my family to prepare but she miraculously survived the surgery and recovered. Do believe in prayers.
  4. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    I'll be praying! Please keep us posted!
  5. CynicElle

    CynicElle Well-Known Member

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    Sending good thoughts to your father and you.
  6. Kruss

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    Prayers said!!
  7. Vash01

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    (((Imarie)))

    So sorry to hear of this. Here are some prayers for your Dad. I hope he recovers and gains full health.
  8. topaz

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    I'll say a special prayer for you, your dad and your family.
  9. skatesindreams

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    My prayers are with you, as well.
  10. Wiery

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    Sending my prayers to you, your father, and your family.
  11. overedge

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    ((lmarie and family)) Sending my prayers as well.
  12. Bailey_

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    I will say a special prayer for your father and your family tonight. My thoughts and best wishes are with you. Hang in there and don't forget to take care of yourself during this very stressful and difficult time. God Bless.
  13. KCC

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    Adding my thoughts and prayers for your father and your whole family.
  14. Cachoo

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    Praying now.
  15. skipaway

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    Prayer and healing thoughts for your father.
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    I'll pray for you and your family this evening. AndI I echo what Bailey said: make sure to take care of yourself. My warmest thoughts go out to you. Peace.
  17. lmarie086

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    Thank you all so, so much. This all really means a lot.

    We (my mom and I) went back down to the hospital this afternoon after going home for a quick cat nap. And when we got there my dad was more awake and actually talking to us-briefly of course, but it was good to hear his voice again. He's very sore, and more exhausted than he ever knew he could be, he said. A main concern right now is getting his heart rate back down-apparently it's common for about 30% of open heart surgery patients to have higher than average heart rate, and his was quite high. The nurses put him on some medicine to help bring it back down.

    The old aortic valve is being sent out for testing to the medical staff can isolate what bacteria it was exactly. That will be a big help in determining how the ensuing treatments go.

    My mom and I ran into the surgeon on our way to leave for home, and he was very frank with us. The only reason (that he could see medically) that my dad even survived the surgery is due to the strength of his heart. Because other than this horrible infection, his heart is really strong. The surgeon said my dad really shouldn't have made it through, and he believes God was in the room with him and that angels were watching over my dad, and that prayers were helping to save him. The fact that my dad made it through the night last night and is slowly starting to stabilize is good progress, but the surgeon said we still should be prepared for him to possibly not make it.

    So please, keep praying for him. And I'll make sure to take care of myself so that I can help take care of him. That's my motivation right now.
  18. agalisgv

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    Lifting your father, you, and your family up in prayer.
  19. kittyjake5

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    So sorry to hear about your father. Praying.
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    (((lmarie086))) Sending many prayers!
  21. lulu

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    Praying for your dad.
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    Adding my prayers to the mix. Blessings and peace to you.
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    You've got my thoughts & prayers with you all.
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    I just said a prayer.
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    A hopeful prayer for you and your family.
  26. Meredith

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    Your dad, you and your family are in my prayers, Imarie086.
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    Adding my prayer.
  29. lmarie086

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    We got a call from the med staff this morning- they will be taking the chest tube out today hopefully, because that seems to be the main source of his discomfort. They also apparently want to try to see if they can get him walk a little bit. So it'll be a hard day for him. But he's still fighting, so that's a good sign for now.

    And again, thank you all.
  30. Bailey_

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    You dad sounds like a very strong man. Still thinking of you and praying for the best.
  31. skatingfan5

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    Thoughts and prayers for your father and for you, lmarie.
  32. l'etoile

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    That's a really good recovery. Hope he keeps up his fight!
  33. skatesindreams

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    You are welcome!
    Please, keep us updated.
  34. Holley Calmes

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    Praying for you so hard! Your Dad sounds like the angels are taking care of him! I really believe he is going to pull through. He will be a walking miracle! Take care of yourself and your other family members, too. Your Dad needs you to be healthy! Big hugs!
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    Adding him to my prayers.
  36. lmarie086

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    Thank you all! Today is the first that I've really felt optimistic at all. Cautiously so, but still optimistic. It was a positive day; my mom and I got there after dropping my brother off at work, and he was sitting up in a chair next to his bed. The medical staff took out the chest tube before we got there, and my dad said it was quite an experience, he was hurting a lot. But he seemed much more aware, and though he was completely worn out he seemed pleased to see us and to hear our chatter. We stepped out of the ICU a few times to give him a break to rest, and he was always ready to see us again when we came back. He also got to walk a little bit today, and his heart rate is still coming down. It is higher than it should be, but the range is lower every time I see him.

    The valve test results are still not in yet, but once they are the doctors will know exactly what to do, it sounds like. And the current antibiotics are working well. So just pray that the trend continues.
  37. attyfan

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    Will keep praying ... and thank you for keeping us posted.
  38. kittyjake5

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    Glad to hear the encouraging news about your dad. I will keep him in my prayers.
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    Glad to read the positive news.
  40. barbk

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    Take care of yourself, lmarie. Sending good thoughts for your dad, your mom, and your whole family.