Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sunday- Day 9

We have had some set backs today regarding Brent’s progress. This morning he was moved from the third floor to the fourth floor, which is a step down ICU. During the night he had some complication and collapsed the upper section of his lung. (This happens when a person has shallow breathing patterns.) We need this section of the lung to improve to insure the surgery on his shoulder will be performed first thing tomorrow morning. He is still breathing on his own, but with the help of a breathing machine to help regulate it. This morning Brent asked to practice his breathing exercises that the nurse had shown him earlier this morning. I was able to visit with Brent a little this afternoon and he seemed to be doing alright. It was good to see Brent making jokes with the doctors as they were attending to him. Brent has not lost his personality, that’s for sure. He's a trooper! He was having some irritation on his shoulder so they temporarily have taken the sling off his left shoulder. They have also done this to assess for tomorrows procedure. He is physically uncomfortable right now, but I assure you that the Lord has comforted him as only He can!

For the next 24 hours while Brent is in the step down ICU they are allowing family only in the room with him. They are asking us to take shifts with Brent throughout the night to help monitor and calm him. He tends to get worked up when surrounded by a lot of people. We are telling Brent of all the friends that are coming to visit. He knows he is loved by each and every one of you. We were told that they will allow some visitors other than family tomorrow after the surgery. Thank you so much to all of you that have been there to comfort us as a family throughout this. Your love and support has made an impact on us that we cannot even begin to express the degree of our appreciation. To all of you that have been at the Blood drive in Brent’s name. Thank you!! I wish we could sit down and tell each and every one of you how much you have impacted us, and how much we greatly appreciated you. We feel like we are home with family when we are surrounded by you. We cherish the relationships that we have formed.

Please continue to lift Brent up in prayer. Tomorrow is an important day regarding his rehab. He is going to need as much strength in his arms as possible.

Although today has been rough, we firmly know God still has his hand in this- He will never give us something we can’t handle!


Kathy said...

We are sorry to hear about the setbacks, but are praying that everything will improve so that the surgery can take place tomorrow and that it will be completely successful. We are constantly praying for all of you. Hardly a moment goes by that we aren't thinking of you.

Robin, Kathy and Christopher

Judy May said...

Brent is in our daily prayers and we have added him to our prayer list at church. We know God is taking care of him and will see him through this ordeal. Our prayers and thoughts will continue for him and his family.

In Him,
Judy May (Richard's mom)

Lynnetta said...

Pete and Kathy and family. Sorry to hear that Brent did not have a good night. We will be praying for his strength for his upcoming surgery tomorrow. We will also pray for your strength while you wait. We love you. Lynnetta and Benny.

ddwilkerson said...

Mom and I pray for Brent and the family. We pray for him our small groups on Sunday. We love you all and lift you up to God.
Gloria and Donna Wilkerson

ddwilkerson said...

Mom and I pray for Brent and the family. We pray for him our small groups on Sunday. We love you all and lift you up to God.
Gloria and Donna Wilkerson

kcmo said...

We're praying for Brent each day. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you all. Your extended family in Kansas City.


Randy,Pam,Taylor&Jared Witt

The Brown Family said...

Hey Brent, I don't know if you remember me or not from Harding. My name is Lane Brown, (was Coles at HU)and I definitely remember you. You had such a sweet spirit about you. My husband Heath Brown(also from Harding) and I just want you to know that you are in our prayers and are constantly checking your site to check up on you. We also want you to know that you are in a lot of peoples thoughts and prayers in NW Arkansas as well, and you have been added to our prayer list at church. I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well. Our God is such a good God!

Cindi Burleson said...

We have been watching your daily updates. Our family and many across the country who received daily devotionals are praying for Brent and the whole family. You are in our prayers daily.

Mickey and Cindi Burleson

Laura Day said...

To all of you attending to Brent- We pray for Brent daily, as well as all of you. We are praying for God to strengthen you and uphold you as you take this journey together. We're so sorry about the setbacks, but our confidence is in what is UNSEEN, not what is seen, so take heart; GOD IS WITH YOU!
The Days

LaDonne and Ray said...

We are praying for Brent daily, and that his surgery this morning will help him be more comfortable and another step to his recovery. He is on our prayer list at church. We all love Brent and our prayers are with the famiy too. Continue to know God is always with you, and will take care of you!

God Bless, Love, Ray and LaDonne

Renee (Nay) said...

We are praying right now for Brents surgory to go as the doctors plan. We know he will be watching over and he will never give you more than you can indure.
Your attitude is wonderful and you all are such inspirations to us all. I don't know Brent but from all the wonderful words written about him he seems like a very strong christian man. May God give you the wisdom and strength to move forward. In Him, from Kansas City, Mo.