Saturday, August 8, 2009

They're Baaaack!!

It has been a trying few days. The hiccups resolved after six hours, but then returned. Currently, they are intermittent. They stop when he vomits and then return within the hour. Drinking Dr. Pepper seems to give some relief, too. The vomiting has left him very weak and dehydrated. He has the TPN through the night, but it can't keep up with the fluid loss of vomiting. His stomach is not wanting to drain, although there is not a blockage. The condition is called gastroparesis. If he drinks fluids to stay hydrated, the stomach fills and then has to empty the wrong way.

Bryan is discouraged. He was looking forward to preaching on the holiness of God tomorrow. Now, we aren't even sure if he can attend church. It's a big Sunday with a baby recognition for two new little people, welcoming some new members, the last Sunday for two returning college students and Grace's birthday. The latter is not a church event, but it means something to her since she will be 5. When you are five it is difficult to understand things like cancer, but you know what it's like to vomit and "it isn't fun, Mommy!"

Please pray for God's mercy. I also ask for wisdom as to how I can best meet Bryan's needs. Should I take him to the hospital, again?

Lord, give us wisdom, direction and hope!


Mama B said...

We are praying.

Please, Lord, give Susan and Bryan Your wisdom and please steadily move Bryan toward complete healing so he can lead his family and his (Your) church.

Jeannie said...

Dear Susan,
I am praying for wisdom and strength for you and Bryan...sometimes I don't understand Gods really are on a journey of suffering and only He can sustain you!!
I will keep praying.

Joan said...

So sorry to hear of the latest challenges. We will continue to pray for all of you. John will be glad to hear that Dr. Pepper has some medicinal value, after all! :) Much love to you all.

Anonymous said...

I just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers continually. We are so thankful for the way God has used you in the lives of our loved ones (Puyallup Ngs) as pastor and friends for so many years, and as a support to us during the past year as we learned how to be a cancer family. We have enjoyed watching your family grow (in number as well as in maturity) and we are blessed because of you. We are praying that God will minister to you in a special way today... with physical relief and spiritual strength. We love you all. Joy

Dina said...

Oh BOY...! Lord, only You know! Please give them wisdom!!! How you keep hanging in there is a testimony to your reliance upon Him to sustain you through these crazy, trying times!!! God bless you, Dina

Nanci Smith said...

So sorry to hear this. Praying for you all.

I love to watch this beautiful hymn because of the words of the hymn and the beautiful images of Jesus. Maybe it will help you quiet your souls...

May the Holy Spirit refresh and restore you in this trial.

Bryan and Susan said...

Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts!