Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Prayer Request for a Friend

Are you Coffee or Tea
You are Tea
You are mellow and reflective. You don't allow yourself to feel in a rush and frenzied.
You're likely to appreciated the ideas or connections that come up over a warm cup of tea.

While you do enjoy the energy of a caffeine boost, you love that it allows you to take a break.
You're not in a rush to do anything. You're content with your life, and in no rush to change it.

Are You Coffee or Tea?

I saw this and thought this one looks fun!! I love doing these !! It was over fifty degrees yesterday and now it is 27! Brr!!

I have a prayer request for one of my friends. Linda's brother Jay had a stroke last week. He is only 50. This is what his sister Linda wrote to me:

He is a miracle! He was only hours from dying with the amount of fluid that was pooling around his brain when they successfully got the shunt in his head to drain the fluid. He is able to speak, comprehend, moves both arms and legs! With our experience with our dad, this was such a huge relief to all of us.

His stroke is in the back portion of his brain and was very large. That part of his brain controls balance, equilibrium, and vision. Those are the areas he will need therapy to restore. His short term memory is also pretty fuzzy right now.

He did not have a good night last night. As his nurse was taking him down for a CT scan, they ran his bed into a wall and now his head hurts again. The CT scan showed a great improvement in fluid draining, but the doctor is leaving it in for 2-3 more days. They are also concerned that he doesn't have a lot of output from his kidneys.

The doctor took Brenda into the hall to speak to her. He told her Jay will be in ICU through the end of the week and in the hospital/rehab. facility for around 3 months and not back to work for probably a year. Jay and Brenda, like most people, survive on both of their salaries. Finances are a huge concern for them right now.

I know Linda's family would really appreciate your prayers for Jay. I had another update from Karen who talked to Linda and he did really well in Physical therapy today. In fact Karen left on Friday and went down to Texas to be with the family. She is home and very tired!! Their Dad had a stoke 10 years ago this month. Their Dad lived for several years after his stoke but his stroke effected his speech and his movement with is arms and legs. He is with Jesus now. Thanks for your prayers!!


7 comments:

Denise said...

Praying for your friend.....Dad had a stroke 10 years ago..... very scary things...... and at 50 that is tooooooooooooo young...... I pray that God continues to bless him and that the damage be minimal ..

Mary said...

Carolyn,

I am praying for Jay and hopefully when his therapy is through, there will be no lasting side effects. Mom has had mini strokes twice. About three years ago she was talking to me one night on the phone and told me she was staggering like a drunk. I had no car, but told her to call out to the neighbors who were in their yard. They took her to the hospital and my sister met her there.

I read the post below and am so glad Kelly is enjoying the new vehicle. I have had cars like the old one and it's nice to have something you can depend on.

I also enjoyed talking to you on the phone on Friday. We are like old friends who have known each other for years.

Glad to see you back online.
Blessings,
Mary

Denise said...

I will be praying for Jay.

Hootin' Anni said...

50 is way too young for having a stroke!!! Prayers for Jay.

Stay warm. We've been having high 70s and low 80s already, but that is quite typical. We're supposed to have a cold front move in over the weekend....with rain! I hope we get some much needed rain.

Have a glorious Thursday.

Nancy said...

Your friend is so young to have a stroke...prayers are going out for him!!!

Great pic of a great family...yopur grandson and his family. I know you are so proud of them spending their lives as missionaries, too.

Hope you and Nancy are both doing well at this time.

((( HUGS )))

Barbara H. said...

I got the same results. Funny it said I like a caffeine boost when I can't have caffeine. :-)

So glad your friend survived the stroke, and I hope and pray he recovers well and quickly.

Sandi said...

Praying for Jay and all the family.