Monday, January 19, 2009

Power of Prayer

Once in awhile you have a moment in life where things are so obvious. Things are clear and concise and the grey area disappears. Over the past few days as our family has carried a prayer for this family. I know many others have as well. I know this because I have been told as much but I also know it because of the update I am about to tell you all about.

The words thank you cannot express the level of gratitude I have but they are the only words I have.

Here is where the power of prayer comes in.

From here on in the boy I told you about will be called Mr. Incredible. The Incredibles have been through so much in the past week and over the weekend we got a lovely email detailing Mr. Incredible's progress. First and foremost. He woke up. His family waited for hours before he spoke but when he did it was to say he was dying of thirst and he was starving. All very good signs. He was in fact very hungry and thirsty. He hadn' t eaten anything since before the accident.

Here is an excerpt from the email we got regarding him:
Mr. Incredible's brain bleeds have stopped. He is still in ICU until Monday, then they hope he can be moved to a pediatric bed unit in the hospital. They do not know how long he will be there since that all depends on how he responds. Incredible Mom has asked me to ask the ward members to please send her via email, a photo of those who know Mr. Incredible. They are making a slide show of familiar people, places and things on their laptop computer that can be played for Mr. Incredible over and over. They are hoping this will help with his recovery.

Incredible mom sent an update about his specific condition as well.

Wednesday night Mr. Incredible fell from the banister at the top of the stairs landing on his head at the tile floor. He has several head fractures. The worst being a long line from over one ear around to the other ear. It's not over the top like you'd wear head phones but just a little on the back of his crown. He was unconscious for more than 24 hours and his head is swollen. He woke up yesterday (Fri.) morning and was finally talking by afternoon/evening. We are so thrilled. He's still tied down to the bed so he won't take out the catheter or remove all the gadgets and needles attached to him. He is sooooo hungry. He calls out as he twists "I'm going to die! I need water!" Then he'll call out "Food! I must have food!" He hasn't eaten since dinner on Wednesday. Imagine that for a growing 8 year old boy :-/ He has pneumonia as well probably from inhaling some of the fluid he'd been vomiting out so much while in his unconscious state (different from a coma).
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. It's only from praying and fasting that he's gotten this far - and Incredible Dad and I too. It's been a tough ride. If you want to send him pictures or make a little movie for him that would be good. According to the head trauma doctor he needs familiar objects (books, toys, etc) and pictures of people he's familiar with.
Thank you so much!
Love to you all.
Incredible Mom.

Now I have changed names for obvious reasons but I really wanted illustrate how prayer has helped this family. This recovery has been a miracle. I know my family has cried and prayed and rejoiced over this past week. When we got this last update every member of my family sobbed and hugged eachother in relief. We know Mr Incredible and his family have a long road to traverse yet but it is amazing the strides he has made. My family thanks you as does the Incredibles. Keep doing what you do. More updates will follow.

Till next time
Mrs. F.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Update and a continued request.

I just received an update a few minutes ago and I don't know if anyone is reading but I am updating because it makes me feel less useless in this situation.

Our friends son it has been determined , has several skull fractures and bleeding on the brain. He is currently sedated as they monitor his condition to determine how best to continue his treatment.

It is scarey how easily this can happen to anyone and how much they need our good thoughts and prayers. Please if you can, continue the faith chain and get the word out about this little boy. He and his family can use all our best.

Mrs. F.

Something bigger than you and I.

It has been far too long since I have posted. So much has happened in our lives and yet I would log on only to find it hard to post here. For a long time I didn't realize why that was but it dawned on me this morning when I received some horrifying news, that I was looking to write about something bigger and far more important than myself.

Now I love posting about my family and have been told I have a knack for humor and finding meaning in mundane and obvious things. Finding a perspective in something seemingly meaningless. All that was very fulfilling for awhile but I recently found myself turned off when faced with posting about myself. I can't explain why except that perhaps I just don't see what others can see in me.

The reason todays post has come so easily is because it is not about me. It has nothing to do with me yet I am inspired. I want to DO something. I want to spread something positive out there that maybe starts a wild fire of positive energy and love.

The story as far as I know it :

This morning I received an email giving the barest of details about a small boy in our Church family. I know almost nothing about him and his family which is sad on its own merit. This is what I know. He is around four years old give or take because as I said I don't really know. Suffice to say he is very young. Last night he fell two stories and landed on his head. As with many head injuries the extent of his injuries are not well known at this time. He was med evaced to a nearby hospital and here you and I now sit together. You know as much as I do. This family has asked for my prayers and now I ask for yours. Even if you don't pray then I ask that you do whatever it is you do when faced with crisis. Do what you do when you are faced with knowing someone who is facing an unbearable burden. Pray, sing, cry, meditate, send positive energy out into the world to aid this family. This little boy and his family will use it all.

My request to you is to simple. If you blog mention this family and their son. The only reason being to give another degree of the world a chance to do what they do on behalf of this family. If you don't blog but you email then do that. This isn't something I want to become a forward that is simply deleted before it's read. I just want as many people to touch this as possibly can. What can happen if one person prays? A miracle. Imagine what would happen if we all did? I truly believe in the power of prayer . I have seen its workings first hand. I truly believe in the power of people. I have felt their workings first hand.

There is no expectation on my part for anyone that reads this. Some people don't pray or even believe in God. This isn't about personal beliefs. I only ask that you do what you do on behalf of this lovely family. Help me start a faith chain. Whatever your faith is give a little of it to this family. They need it. I would consider this a great personal favor. Something I could never repay.

I leave this with you this morning as I look over my own children and count my immense blessings that they are safe and healthy. Imagine how it might feel to be a part of something far bigger than yourself or your own life. Parents know this feeling already. Brothers and Sisters know this feeling already. Children know this feeling already. We all do. When you are part of a family you know what it's like to have your heart walking around outside of your body. You know what it feels like to worry and wonder about a loved one. Come be a part of my family today. We are currently worrying and wondering about a loved one. Do what you do.

Mrs. F.

I will update as I get news.