Monday, December 24, 2007

Brent is still in ICU, sleeps much of the time. As noted earlier, it looks like we are not going to see any surgery until after Christmas. Currently respiratory is trying to clear Brent's right lung, although the new chest drain is helping--it isn't enough. Every two hours Brent has to use a "Percussionair -- Impulsator" to help clear his lung, if this doesn't work they may have to put him back on the ventilator.

Yesterday, Kathy, Bryan, Amanda and I were able to worship with the Pleasant Valley Church and also attend Brent's Bible Class. Very uplifting for our family!

Amanda flew to Kansas City late yesterday afternoon be with her husband as they spend their first Christmas together. Bryan will fly home (Leesburg, Florida) late tomorrow.

It has been great having both Amanda and Bryan here for the past few weeks, for years Kathy and I took care of them--now it seems they are the ones we are leaning on.

Again, our family would like to thank you for all the support, cards, food, words of encouragement, love and most of all prayers!

God is opening doors of opportunity around the hospital everyday-- trust me when I say this. Bad as we think things are, I can relate many stories now of the trials and suffering I have seen at UAMS! There are so many opportunities to show the love of God!

Pete & Kathy

9 comments:

Brett Jones said...

Just want to tell ya'll Merry Christmas. Take care and be strong! God is by your side. I think of the poem "Footprints in the Sand". Right now instead of 6 prints for your family there is 1.

The Takseys said...

You are all doing such an amazing job as a family. We know this is tough on all of you but, as you know, God is standing beside you all the way. We will continue to pray for everyone throughout each day. We love you guys very much and we wish you a Merry Christmas. May God fill you all with his peace and joy tomorrow.
Love,
Paul, Kim and Zane Taksey

Cindi Burleson said...

Pete & Kathy,

We are thinkging of you often and praying for you always. God will bear you up thorugh this time. He will strengthen Brent. Trust in His comfort.

Mickey and Cindi

Renee (Nay) said...

Kathy and Pete we want you to know we will be loving, hugging and taking care of Kyle and Amanda in K.C.
Our hearts are sad for you but we know God will see you through. Your family is wonderful you should be very proud of how you've raised your children. Keep up the FAITH God LOVES us all. In Him, Renee in Kansas City Merry X-mas

LaDonne said...

Pete Kathy, Brent and Family, Our prayers continue through this Holiday Season. Continue to stay strong. You have a wonderful family, and God is always with you and he will continue to keep Brent in his loving arms and comfort him. Kathy, as a mother, I just think of you so often, feel my out stretched arms around you. God Bless, Love, LaDonne

Lynnetta said...

Pete, Kathy and Brent
Just wanted to let ya'll know that we continue to pray for your strength. I also pray for Brent to grow stronger each day and that Brent's lung will clar so that he does not have to return to the vent. I know ya'll are celebrating Christmas in February or March but I still wanted you to know that we are thinking about you during the holiday season and continue to pray for your family. If there is anything we can do for you to help take care of things in Leesburg please let us know. I have always known ya'll were very special people. Now there are hundreds of people that are benefiting from your influence. We love you. Lynnetta and Benny

Anonymous said...

Wanted to wish you ALL a Merry Christmas. I'm still praying for Brent and the entire family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Your faith during this hard time is amazing!
Ashley Bennett Bryan

Misty McGough Roark said...

Pete and Kathy,
We just recently heard about Brent's accident. Just wanted you to know that the Pittsburgh, PA area churches are all praying for Brent's recovery.
We pray that God will continue to reveal Himself to you throughout Brent's continued recovery. I can tell that He has held your family in His hand and is taking care of you. You are all in our daily prayers. We love you!

Misty (McGough), Jason, Elijah, Josiah, and Joshlynn Roark

LyndieLou said...

Tell Brent we are thinking of him out here in Texas on Christmas day! I know that God will continue to take care of your family during this time of recovery and healing. Keep the faith. Rest. Eat well. Take one day at a time. Love you all.
Lyndie Reynolds Clack and Family