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    Update Eight

    June 19, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    Dear Family and Friends,

    Well, I ended up still being quarantined at home again today, and was never able to see my beloved. It’s not that I feel bad so much as I fear inadvertently bringing a bug into the ICU and giving it to my husband or any other patient there.

    However, Siah won’t be in the ICU much longer! Today he was released to move, but last I heard there weren’t beds on other floors available for him. So hopefully tomorrow he will be moved to a regular room on the fourth or fifth floor of the hospital. I’m not sure what to expect as far as how long he will have to remain in the hospital. I know he still needs plasmapheresis once per day {though he is down to receiving only 14 units of plasma daily instead of over 20}.

    Yesterday, I went to see our family doctor and he told me in no uncertain terms that Siah’s recovery is a miracle. To all of you who were praying, our doctor wants you to know that it is God who ultimately heals. For those of you who are familiar with the story of the birth of our fourth child, you know that this is not the first time that God has brought a member of our family back from the brink of death. I am surrounded by walking miracles, it seems.

    On the home front, I think it has been good for me to have the extra time with the children. You might remember that our seven-year-old had planned to quit today, but that never materialized. A friend of mine once told me that great men are not forged in cushy circumstances. She was saying this in response to my expression of a desire to protect my children from as much pain as possible. Seeing my son persevere through the pain reminds me that I am not the only one being refined through this.

    So what can I say? The Lord is good to us. I pray you all have sweet dreams this evening.


    ps. I do have one prayer request. I would really, really like to convince the neurologist to try and wean Siah off of his anti-seizure meds while he is still in the hospital. The neurologist does not seem to have any vision for Si’s full healing, even though only 8% of patients typically need to continue the meds. I know we could get a second opinion later on, but I would feel so much more comfortable testing this path with a full staff of medical personnel around.

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  • Reply Rahime June 20, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Brandy, I wanted to thank you for taking the time during all of this to write/post updates here and on twitter. It has really helped us to know how to pray and to understand (to a teensy tiny extent) what you, Si & family are going through. We love you and are praying that God will continue the miraculous healing that’s taking place. Love you!

  • Reply Willa June 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I’ll pray for your request about the anti-seizure meds. So glad to hear such great news! It really made my day

    I can go along with what your friend says — Sure, we don’t want to MAKE trouble for our kids, but when God sends trouble it’s sort of a proof or validation of our efforts to raise kids to trust in God strongly, isn’t it? I saw benefits from our Aidan’s medical experience with my older kids, even though it was wretchedly painful for me at the time to know I couldn’t protect them from all the sadness and stress.

    I just read the verse from Philippians that I’ll paraphrase as “do not worry, but turn everything to prayer.” It’s hard not to worry, but I’ll pray that the Holy Spirit converts your concerns into faith and grace.

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