Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday Eveninig Update

"The eyes of all look expectantly to You." Psalm 145:15

That was the first verse I read this morning, and how our great God has been at work as we corporately as a family and the family of God have looked to HIM.

Late this afternoon Laura was given a beeper to keep with her at all times which would notify them that the team received word about a heart.

There was a wee bit of confusion since the report this morning seemed to indicate that we were not at that point.

The team felt that since she had improved (infection) that she should be put back on the priority list in the event this is a viable option.

So how do we pray? Our prayer is that God would make it very CLEAR and PLAIN about the next step. We are praying that if HE is going to heal Lindsay through the heart transplant, that the miracle will be a heart as soon as possbible. However, if God wants to heal the her present heart, we are praying that He would hold off on a heart.

We don't presume to know HIS will, so pray that God will speak to the hearts and minds of the team of doctors and nurses providing her care.

Laura went back to check on her before going to dinner and her nurse said that Lindsay was wiggling around. She told Lindsay that if she could hear her, to open her eyes and she did! Now they have had to increase her medications to keep her sedated, but it is very apparent that Lindsay is in the fight! Praise the Lord.

We will keep you posted as we receive updates. Thank you again for your prayers.

Our dear friends, Robert and Joyce Hayes do a song that is called "When A Whisper is Enough." Well God didn't just whisper to us today -- He shouted! Praise God.


How can I (we) say "Thanks" for the things YOU have done for me (Lindsay and us). God is awesome, words cannot express.

Eph. 3:20-21 Now to HIM who IS ABLE to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to HIM be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen

Words are hard to find, but scripture has become so precious. The Lord has been talking to us every step of the way. Your prayers have been felt by all of us and I believe the nurses and doctors are feeling and seeing it as well.

We are not out of the woods, by far, but the Lord has sent through some rays of sunshine for us to bathe in. Keep praying for Lindsay, Jon, Laura, Tanner, Warren, Phyllis, Bill, and GrannyApple(Jan) as we await the Lord's next step. Pray for all our kids as they are all far away and wait for news hourly. We are humbled by HIS presence here.

As we sing to Lindsay this song, we share it with all of you as well:

We love you a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck. A hug around the neck, and a barrel and a heap, and a talkin' in our sleep about you. We are praying for all of you as well.

Continue to pray for Logan (10 mths - 3 surgeries) who is having some difficulties. His parents have become dear friends. Also continue to pray for Lance's parents (who have become dear to us, too)and family as yesterday they had to say goodbye. The Lord has brought these families into our lives for a purpose and pray that they will not see us, but Jesus.

Love to all of you around the world,
Jan for my grandbaby, Lindsay, and all the Groens and Weltes

Thursday Noon Update

Hold on to your seats ...

This morning Lindsay had her procedure which included the rinse and exploration of the mitral valve and some additional tests.

Dr. Emani reported that the mitral valve is now mild-to-moderate, which is a big improvement from SEVERE! He then shared that he is AMAZED at the way her heart is beginning to show signs of getting stronger!!!

There is a concern about the left lung, so pray about that as well as praying for the eradication of the infection. His theory now is that the infection could have caused the cardiac arrest.

Right now he is suggesting that they begin to back done the ECMO to see how much her heart can do. If this continues to improve, his recommendation is that they allow her to regain strength, and move towards doing the coronary bypass down the road and not even consider the Berlin Heart or transplant.

Laura and Jan said he kept using the word AMAZED and said we moved from the valley to the mountain. He was cautious to say we could be back in the valley in an hour, but he was encouraged.

Laura shared with him that her prayer has been that if God was going to heal Lindsay, that it would be to the AMAZEMENT of the the doctors and that they would be blown away. Jan shared that there are 1000's of people praying for Lindsay, but that we were asking everyone to pray for the doctors and nurses too! They said at that point he was very teary-eyed!

We give God the glory for what HE is doing in Lindsay's heart! Thank you for praying. Don't forget to sign your names!!!

Thursday morning update

This morning they are going to go back in to do another "cleaning" of the chest area, and the surgeon is going to check out the progress of the mitral valve surgery and explore some other options with the heart.

From my limited understanding of Jon and Laura's comment about Lindsay's being a "dire" situation, she cannot be on the ECMO machine for an indefinite period of time. Right now the team is thinking through every possible scenario because the clock is ticking.

The Berlin heart cannot become functional until the infection is completely gone. Until the infection is gone she is on the inactive list for a heart transplant. There was some talk about the remote possibility of doing some type of "bypass" surgery, which would obviously be better than a transplant.

This morning as I began my quiet time, I was crying out to the Lord for something fresh and new from His Word. These were the verses that God gave to me:

"The eyes of the ALL look expectantly to you." - Psalm 145:15. There are literally thousands praying for Lindsay from coast to coast as well as places like Tel Aviv, Israel - people we don't even know are praying for her.

"HE gives life, breath and all things. The Lord is good to all, and HIS tender mercies are over all HIS works. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. The same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help? Behold as the eyes of the servant look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God.

The Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. It will be said in that day: 'Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will rejoice and be glad in His salvation. If we hope for what we do not see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." (Acts 17:25; Psalm 145:9; Matthew 6:26; Romans 10:12; Psalm 121:1; Psalm 123:2; Isaiah 30:18; Isaiah 25:9; Romans 8:25)

I trust this update will be helpful in your praying. Thank you to the hundreds of you checking the blog and meeting the Lord with us at the throne of grace. We are all humbled and amazed at this outpouring of love and concern.