Some of you may remember that about six months ago my son’s fiance “Kitty” dealt with a burst appendix and many complications. She’s been having increasing pain and discomfort for the past few days, and today it reached the point where she really couldn’t function, so they are waiting for doctors to tell them whether they can do an office visit or must go back to the ER.
I haven’t spoken to Kitty, but I can imagine she is feeling pretty upset, if not by the pain, then by the potential havoc this may wreck on her semester and her clients. The illness last year set her graduation back, messed up her internship hours and otherwise put all of the things she’s working for — certification, etc — on hold. I know she does not want that, again.
So, if you could, please whisper up a prayer for Kitty, and for my son, too.
And while we’re praying, reader Sarah — who believes your prayers helped when her kidneys appeared to be shutting down — sends this note:
A friend’s 10 month old niece awoke Monday morning with a high fever and was rushed to the ER. Parents were told little Gracie has a lymph node infection, severe, and she was ambulanced to another hospital. By that time, her groin lymph nodes had swollen to the point they couldn’t put her diaper on. She will be operated on this afternoon and the surgeon asked the parents to get everyone they know to pray. He said “she needs a lot of prayer.”
I know I am asking a lot. I know you aren’t running a prayer site. But, it may be your prayers for me were answered with such alacrity I would tell my friend so she could ask for these prayers for Gracie. Would you please ask for prayers for her?
Yes, let us keep Gracie in our prayers, as well.
Meanwhile Shana — a longtime friend of this blog — is also writing, asking for prayers, for a friend of one of her daughters:
Elizabeth, who is 16, began having seizures a few weeks ago and doctors cannot figure out why she has them. They even hesitate to call them seizures because much of the time she is completely conscious when she has them, but cannot control her body’s movements. Tonight, she completely lost the use of her legs. She cannot make them move. Her family rushed her to Pittsburgh to one of the better hospitals there in hopes that some doctor can figure it all out.
Please keep poor Elizabeth in your prayers, E. And her parents. they must be FRANTIC. Her dad, Paul, is legally blind (and that was an improvement after extensive eye surgery late last year. He is also considered disabled while his eyes heal and he prepares for possibly another surgery). Her mother, Rebecca, is pregnant with their 8th (or is it 9th? Elizabeth is their eldest.) They’re in the crucible rather deep and hot right now! Thank you!
Wow. Clearly we need to pray for the whole family, and for a proper diagnosis and treatment for Elizabeth.
Finally, if you will, someone else has asked for prayers — a man named Jerry, who lost his job about 6-8 months ago. He’s a smart, capable, guy who has been floating his resume and looking for work, but so far nothing is surfacing, and the situation is becoming a bit dire, by now.
Kitty, Gracie, Elizabeth and Jerry. There is a whole world of hurt out there, and a whole world that needs prayers, of course. While we do, if we can prayer for some by name, all the better. Thanks.