PRAYER REQUEST SUNDAY
JULY 22, 2012
Prayer Vigil in Aurora, Colorado
GOD IS STILL GOOD
MAN IS NOT.
GOD IS NOT CAPABLE OF EVIL
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in YOU.
In God, whose Word I praise.
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,
but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
This week I received a heartfelt prayer request from Follower Friend Mary,
I copied and pasted her request for you to read and pray as God leads
Good Evening. I'm a regular reader/follower of your blog, and follow your prayer requests faithfully. I wonder if I could call upon you to add my Great Nephew to your list.
Caleb is now 9 years old (will be 10 in March as he likes to remind us). His mom has had her challenges through her life, but the very second she found out she was pregnant, she turned her life around, and has devoted herself to Caleb.
About a year ago, our fun loving boy developed a nasty headache & Sarah (his mom) did all the right things. After a day too long, she took him to the local health care clinic. They told her kids get headaches. (NOT!) After another couple of days, she took him to their regular doctor, who made a referral to their local Children's Hospital.
While waiting for the appointment, Caleb's headache got worse, and worse, and his neck became very sore, and arched to the point he was looking at the ceiling. An emergency trip to Sick Kid's was made, and he was whisked off to ICU. Of course, the first thought was meningitis, but that wasn't the diagnosis. He was many days in ICU (where the wonderful staff rigged up a television to the ceiling so he could watch TV!).
Caleb was diagnosed with AVM (cerebral arteriovenous malformation is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins in the brain that usually forms before birth.).
This occurs in less than 1% of people, and symptoms can occur at any age, but at Caleb's age it's very rare. There is a huge risk of hemmorage, stroke, brain damage, etc.
Because of the location of Caleb's AVM, surgery is not an option. They have operated and done what they can, but they could only go so far. They have now done radiation surgery (This procedure delivers very focused radiation directly to the area of the AVM to cause scarring and shrinkinge.)
He had a CT scan done the end of June, follow ups with his medical team early July, and everything was looking good.
However, last weekend his head started aching again. He had vomitting with the headache the second day. His mom took him to the local ER (they were vacationing at her parents' cottage), and they said he was OK, to just monitor him, and if he got worse to get back to the city to Sick Kids.
Of course, the worse came. When Caleb woke on Monday, he had lost use of his leg & arm on one side, so a trip to the city ensued. He was admitted (after 36 hours in the ER because there were no beds available), and he has significant swelling in his brain. The paralysis is not letting up, and an MRI shows there is "significant" swelling deep in his brain where the radio surgery was performed.
He was released from hospital today, but things are dicey. Prayers for this young fellow would be greatly appreciated. Although he's on meds to relieve the swelling, his doctors aren't very hopeful, and can't give his Mom anything to hope for.
Sorry for the long winded email, I'm just off the phone with my niece, and she's beside herself. If you could add Caleb (and Sarah) to your prayer list, I would be very, very grateful.