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Wednesday Update

Today the doctors removed the shunt in Peter’s brain. His ICP was fairly stable and the tube was not draining fluid, so that means his body has been absorbing the fluid. These are good signs.

The doctors have also found some infection in his lungs and are giving him an antibiotic for that. They do not seem to be worried about it at this point, but it is still a prayer concern.

We are still uncertain as to when the tracheotomy will take place, but that should be the next procedure Peter needs to have now that the shunt is removed.

The doctor also told us today that he does not think that Peter’s brain activity will be vegetative. There have been some small signs in Peter that have made us very guardedly hopeful. His movement seems to be more cognitive rather than reflexive. It could still be a couple of weeks if/until he wakes up and we can begin to see the extent of his brain damage.

We have been warned to expect Peter to show us some good signs, and then relapse. The doctor said this is quite normal, but it will be a roller coaster ride. We were also told to be prepared for anything when Peter wakes up.

1) Pray against further infection.

2) Pray that as Peter begins to wake up and realize what is happening to him for the first time that God will give him peace.

3) Continue to pray for our patience in this and our physical health.

4) Continue to pray for healing in Peter’s body and especially that the swelling will continue to stay down in his brain now that the shunt has been removed.

5) Pray for our emotional stability during this tumultuous time. Pray that we will only look to Christ to be our strength and refuge.

Again, thank you.

For the family,

“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” Psalm 61: 1-3

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  1. Pam Morse
    August 5, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I was talking to our daughter, Becky Morse, this evening and she told us about Peter’s accident. I can only imagine your pain right now. My nephew had a brain hemorrhage about 11 years ago and was kept in a drug-induced coma for a number of days. It was so very hard on everyone. He is actually fine now, but was a very difficult time, especially though those uncertain hours and days of waiting.

    Peter and your family will certainly be in our prayers. I will also put him on the choir’s prayer blog at Grace Community Church and ask the choir to pray for you tomorrow evening.

    What a comfort in those times when there are no words to know God is in control. My heart goes out to you.

    Pam and Al Morse

  2. helen
    August 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you for the updates on Peter. I have been receiving updates on his condition from my sister Sherri Heinzman. Please know that my family, and church are praying for you all. The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.–Numbers 6;24-26.

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