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    Update One

    June 7, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    I wasn’t going to keep updating this blog during this time, but I find I would like to have people praying more specifically, so from time to time I am going to post copies of emails I’m sending out to family.

    Overall, the trend is toward improvement, though we have a long ways to go. We are probably looking at quite a long stay in the hospital, and longer at home improving while having regular checkups, etc.

    Today included an abdominal x-ray, another plasmapherisis, and also another transfusion of red blood cells. Anyone who is sick may NOT visit with him right now {or visit with someone who plans to visit with him} as his overall immunity is compromised due to the blood issues.

    Really not a whole lot to say. Today felt like a “normal” hospital day, if there is such a thing.

    Please pray for the children. They are weepy, each in their own way. I feel so torn, but I simply cannot leave Si alone in the hospital when he is this weak. Right now, his brother and sister are with him while I do a couple quick things at home.

    {6/6/09 9:30PM}

    Last night was worse for Si. He had many bad dreams, and I think he woke up in poorer spirits than yesterday, even though his blood results tell us he has improved slightly. It is hard for me not to ride this roller coaster with him; having him wake up saddened makes me worry all over again.

    In addition to getting well, please pray for peaceful sleep. He is very impacted by the quality of his sleep right now. Pray also for the children, who have asked me why they have to sleep at their grandparents’ {in the words of my four-year-old} “forever and ever and ever.” They are homesick and desperately want their daddy back.

    Thank you all for your prayers. My days have been filled with small miracles, mostly of needs being met before I have even begun to pray for help.

    Love and blessing to all of you,

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  • Reply Rachel R. June 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Oh, Brandy, I’m so sorry! I’m a bit behind on my blog reading, so I’m just now hearing about any of this. You all are in my prayers.

  • Reply Brandy June 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Jan,

    I am so humbled that YOU are praying for US because the plan was that WE would be praying for you.

    I found a recipe for a very nourishing soup that is very easy on the body. When all of this is over, I’d like to make it for you so that you can eat it on days when your tummy is not so happy from your treatments.

    Love, Brandy

  • Reply Jan Sublett June 9, 2009 at 2:21 am


    Please tell Josiah that I am praying for the return of his health and the comfort of your family.

  • Reply Anonymous June 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Prayed for you today.

  • Reply Kimbrah June 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Please keep praying! Si just had a brain scan and is being moved to the intensive care unit. The kids are really missing their daddy and anyone local can give blood donations in Si’s name. Thanks to all who are praying. I knew Brandy didn’t have time to update, but would want you all to be praying for her family the best that you can. She didn’t ask me to update, but I know it’s easier to pray when there is updated information, and I know there are folks here who are awesome prayer warriors!

  • Reply Willa June 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I’m glad you’re updating. Continuing to pray.

  • Reply Jennifer June 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 cor 4: 7-9

    We are praying. We love you guys.

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