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08.30.10 – Update

On Saturday evening we had a consultation with the head doctor of the trauma unit. We learned that the small responses we have been seeing for at least the last week or so are signs that Peter has barely emerged from his coma. This is sobering, but the doctor told us that Peter has age on his side, and that in young people his age the brain still has repair enzymes operating. He said the biggest thing is that Peter has a lot of family love and support in his favor. The doctor frankly admitted there was still much that is unknown about the brain and can give us no certain prognosis. We voiced our confidence to him that Peter is in the hands of the Lord.

Peter is doing very well breathing on his own since 2 a.m. Sunday. The doctors did find staph in Peter’s blood, and that is a pretty serious concern. If Peter continues to breathe on his own, in addition to the seriousness of the infection, the infection will prevent us from being able to bring him home. We were told that 50% of brain injury patients who make it this far die of infection.

Now that Peter is emerging into consciousness, these are our prayer requests:

1) That Peter would have strength to fight infection. Specifically the staph infection and any fungal infections.

2) That we would have wisdom and direction in giving Peter the most effective stimulation that would produce the greatest response from him.

3) That we would be able to mentally absorb a daunting volume of information on rehabilitation from traumatic brain injury.

4) That the Lord would cause each cell in Peter’s brain to make new connections, spark new pathways, and regather new and old memories and that Peter would have an abundance of those “repair enzymes” associated with his youth.

5) Mom had an appointment with a state funding agency today.  Please pray that Peter will be approved quickly for a state government funding program for people who need rehabilitative services.

Thank you.

For the family,
Hope

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

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  1. Jackie
    August 31, 2010 at 3:35 am

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/brain-rehabilitation/

    Your post has me praying each breath I breathe..standing in the gap

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