*****Update****Thursday...May 15th....Hallelujah!!!!*** Folks I just received this email from my friend's daughter and Aunt to Stone, the young lad we have all been praying for...this is such great news...I had to share it and THANK each of you that has remembered this family and young boy in your prayers...again, many, many thanks!!
The doctors just came in and said, "Everything we
hoped for has happened!" Remember the three things we
specifically asked for in prayer:
1. No new bacteria would grow
2. The antibiotics continue to do its job
3. No extensive surgery
Well, all three prayers were answered! There is no
sign of new bacteria (it was only dead white blood
cells), the antibiotics are shrinking the abscess and
they are not scheduling the extensive surgery.
Stone will be in the hospital for only three more days
and be back next week for another CT scan.
We are rejoicing!
I ask that you please keep praying that the
antibiotics will completely rid the abscess on the
brain...That it continues doing its job. I will give
you an update next week. Thank you for walking this
journey with us....we couldn't do it without you.
Love to all,
Lindsay and family
A few months ago many of you may remember reading about a dear friend that lost his short battle with cancer. We have known his family for over 20 years and they are very dear to me and my family. Folks I need for all you prayer warriors to keep this sweet family in your prayers. Our friend who passed away and his lovely wife Barbara have 4 incredible children...all of whom are married with families of their own. There oldest daughter, Kimberly (who along with one of her sisters used to babysit our kids) has a son named Stone...Stone is 12 years old....On May 1st I received an email from Stone's aunt informing us that he had been stricken with a very rare bacterial infection of the brain...long story short...he had been having migraines for a few weeks, the doctors could not figure out what was causing them...then sadly Stone went into a Grand Mal Seizure...he was rushed to one of the top Children's Hospitals in the area...and it was determined after brain surgery that he had a very aggresive bacteria attacking the frontal and temperol lobes of his brain (two seperate abcesses). The doctors gave Stone a 1% chance of surviving the surgery...and were told if he did survive he most likely would have brain damage and not remember his family. Well, every one dropped to their knees and starting praying for him...miracles of miracles...Stone woke up from the surgery less than 12 hours after the procedure...but due to the fact he had tubes coming in and out of him he could not speak! He motioned for the nurses to let him have pen and paper...he looked up and his parents...wrote on the paper..." I love you guys" and then pulled them to his chest...YES, through God's grace...Stone had beaten the odds and soon was recovering at home with an antibiotic pump implanted so he could continue to be treated for the bacteria for the next 6 weeks. He was humbled by all the prayers, cards, visits and emails he had received and was very, very grateful!
Today I received another email from Stone's aunt asking for prayers and for us to ask God to perform another miracle. It seems that the bacteria has built up a resistance to the antibiotic and has mutated into another type of bacteria that will not respond to the current course of antibiotics. Today, they started him on a different round of treatments and the doctors are giving it till 1:00 p.m. CST tomorrow to show improvement. At that time...they will make an incision behind his ear to drain the fluids that have built up on his brain...if they see no improvement they will have to do a much more extensive surgery involving scraping away all the bacteria and damaged tissue from Stones frontal and temperol lobes of his brain where the abscesses are in these 2 seperate areas! Folks...we need prayers for the antibiotics to work and for Stone to NOT have to endure the more extensive surgery. I don't think the docs are as optimistic as they were before when they deemed him the "miracle boy"...but we all know he is strong, he is loved...and he is a child of God...and that miracle can and will happen. I ask you all to please remember them in your prayers...he is a remarkable young man...he even told his parents that during the first surgery he felt the presence of his grandfather (our friend Tommy) with him...he could feel Tommy's hand upon his head...of course this just shows me what a connection he not only has with his grandfather...but that God is in control here...he is comforting Stone...and showing him the will to live.
Thanks for indulging me in my prayer request...I could not have posted about anything else until I knew we had exhausted every possibly source of prayer out there...thanks so much and I will update when I know something. I am praying for a miraculous outcome!