June 5th (12:30pm)
ANSWERED PRAYERS... KEEP PRAYING!
Andrew's liver bilirubin level went down! ANSWERED PRAYER! Andrew's chest x-ray showed his lungs got markedly better! ANSWERED PRAYER! Fluid build up is getting better as well. ANSWERED PRAYER! With all the critical care he is getting, I have almost forgotten the post transplant process and his engraftment. Andrew's donor's cells are fully engrafting and flourishing! ANSWERED PRAYER! As prayers are being answered, I am reminded of a few verses, reminding us all of His faithfulness:
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." (Matthew 7:7)
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
Andrew is far from being out of the woods. He remains on crt (dialysis) and is still on a ventilator. Since Andrew is showing improvement, the experimental drug to cure the VOD (potentially fatal liver condition) will be on hold for the moment.
Overnight, Andrew's blood pressure went up and down prompting a constant struggle to keep it at a normal level. Andrew looks less bloated and the dialysis is helping the fluid removal and Andrew is back at his "normal" baseline weight.
The doctors and nurses say that Andrew can probably hear whomever talks to him, but he seems unresponsive for the most part. He twitches at times, showing he may be somewhat aware and awake, but the sedation is keeping him from getting up. I wouldn't want to wake up with a breathing tube down my throat, huge tube in the side of my neck for dialysis and the myriad of tubing going in and out of his body.
|Andrew's growing "tree of life" and the aqua colored contraption is his dialysis machine.|
But an interesting things happened last night. Andrew's sister, Emily text and asked that I say "I love you" to Andrew for her. I went up to Andrew's bed and whispered to him that his sister loved him, others are rooting for him and praying for him and a very special friend from Texas, Victoria, may be visiting and all of the sudden he twitched. I know he heard me. I know it. I have been whispering encouragement and Bible verses throughout the day and keep on thinking of Philippians 4:13:
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I ask you to continue to pray for the prayer requests I have posted in the previous post:
CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR COMPLETE HEALING OF HIS LUNGS, KIDNEYS AND LIVER.
PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR:
-LIVER BILIRUBIN LEVELS TO BE BACK AT NORMAL LEVELS.
-THE KIDNEYS FUNCTION WOULD COME BACK TO NORMAL.
-THE DIALYSIS WOULD CONTINUE TO REMOVE EXCESS FLUID.
-THE PNEUMONIA WOULD CONTINUE TO CLEAR UP AND BE COMPLETELY HEALED.
-INSULIN LEVELS WOULD BE BACK AT NORMAL LEVELS.
-HIS BLOOD PRESSURE WOULD STAY AT A NORMAL LEVEL, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE IS REMOVED FROM DIALYSIS AND RECEIVES ANY FLUIDS.
-PRAY FOR THE WHOLE TEAM OF DOCTORS, FELLOWS, RESIDENTS, ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE AND NURSES HAVE THE WISDOM TO TREAT ANDREW THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE.
-PRAY FOR EMILY, OUR 14 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, WHO WAS TOLD HOW SERIOUS HER "OPPA" (BIG BROTHER IN KOREAN) IS SERIOUSLY ILL. SHE DOESN'T SHOW EMOTIONS A LOT, BUT SHE WAS CRYING LAST NIGHT AS I TOLD HER. CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ANDREW'S LITTLE SISTER BRY, 10, WHO KNOWS SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT WITH HER "OPPA".
-PRAY FOR MY PARENTS WHO WILL SEE ANDREW FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE ICU. I KNOW THIS WILL BE HARD FOR THEM. IT WAS FOR ME.
I can't that you all enough for the blankets of prayers of protection and healing for Andrew and our family. Thank you for sharing Andrew's fight with others and their churches and places of worship. Your prayers and especially your words of encouragement, comfort and affirmation are sustaining Jennifer, myself and our family. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!
PLEASE, SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT ANDREW TO YOUR PLACES OF WORSHIP, FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I KNOW MY SOCIAL NETWORK FRIENDS ARE SPREADING THE WORD AND I THANK YOU ALL!
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