Monday, November 21, 2011

Prayer request


Hello friends.

Many of you know that my family has experienced a number of health problems over the past few years, including three open-heart surgeries. The photo below shows me with my husband (who has had two heart surgeries) and my 18-year-old son Preston (who had open-heart surgery in 2008).

Last night, Preston had to have emergency abdominal surgery. He was in a great deal of pain, so we ended up in the Emergency Department of Duke Hospital. A CT scan revealed air in his abdominal cavity. He had surgery to locate and repair a tear in his stomach.


Preston's care is complicated by the fact that he has an artificial heart valve. He is doing okay this morning, although he is very uncomfortable. Surgeons have told us to expect him to remain in the hospital 5-7 days.

Would you please pray for Preston? I would really appreciate it.

Thank God for his care.


49 comments:

  1. Oh yes Richella I have prayed just now for Preston and I will continue as the Lord brings him to my mind. I also prayed for you and the family. May peace come to your heart as you rest in Him concerning your son.

    "He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think!"

    Love, Linda

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  2. I am sorry that you are facing hospitals and surgeries again. Praying with you for your son.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  3. Richella, prayers coming your way for all of you! Watching our children hurt (physically and mentally) is very hard. Sounds like Preston is in good hands though and that is another thing to be grateful for. Will you all be dining at the hospital for Thanksgiving? At least you won't have to cook! Many blessing to you and your family and prayers for a quick recovery!

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  4. I'm sending prayers and healing thoughts your way.

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  5. May God bless Preston this Thanksgiving and prayers are going his way too! Kepp the faith in our Lord and he'll be well soon. FABBY

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  6. Praying for Preston and your dear family.

    Kathryn in MI

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  7. I will definitely be praying for Preston and your entire family. God has you all in the palm of His hand.

    Hugs,

    Lisa @ Buttercup Bliss

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  8. Praying for a speedy recovery and good health for your son!

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  9. Your family has been through so much. I'm so sorry. Just prayed for you all. Among other things, I asked for lots of good changes and progress today. I'm thinking of you. Will keep praying.

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  10. Oh Richella, I cannot even imagine one of my boys going through what Preston has gone through. I am sending you and your family blessings, prayers, good thoughts, and everything I can think of.

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  11. Praying for Preston to have a full recovery and also praying for you and your husband. Have faith.

    Terry

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  12. Lifting Preston & your whole family up as I write this. May God's peace & strength be felt by you all during this very difficult & overwhelming time.
    1 Peter 3:12
    For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer;

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  13. Praying for a quick recovery for Preston. Also praying for comfort for your entire family during this stressful time.

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  14. Richella, I'm so sorry to hear about your dear son and yes, I'll be praying for him. Lord, we bind our hearts together to lift up Preston. Thank you his surgery went well and we ask You to place Your healing hands on him and heal him swiftly so he can get back to his life. Help him to not to feel so uncomfortable. I pray for Your peace and calmness to fall over Richella and her husband as I know they are so concerned and can't help but worry about their child. I thank you in advance for all You're doing in this situation.
    Amen :)

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  15. Praying for Preston and all of your family to feel the healing touch of the Father and the peace that only He can provide.

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  16. You are at the best hospital with the best God and praying friends. God bless you as you walk through yet another health issue. Preston is blessed to have you.

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  17. We are praying Richella!
    Heather and Vanessa

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  18. Praying.
    And thinking of you, my heart aches for you.

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  19. Praying for your son. Hope he will recover soon....also, prayers for you and your husband.....

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  20. Oh Richella, I'm so sorry to hear this. Keeping Preston (and all of you) in my prayers this week. Keep us posted as you can, sweet friend
    sending hugs and love
    xxxxx

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  21. I'm definitely praying, having been through abdominal surgery myself. The recovery is long, slow, and difficult, so I will be praying for peace, patience, and comfort for him. And also that he won't fret about his classes.

    I'll pray for you too, as you care for him, Richella.

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  22. Praying for Preston (and all of you!). Praying for peace and healing.

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  23. Richella I'm praying without ceasing for Preston. I wish I could give you a big hug right now! I know that God is in control and will comfort you all during this time.
    Love you! Cyndi

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  24. Praying for God's healing grace on Preston and his peaceful love on the rest of the family as you go through this difficult time.

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  25. Oh I'm so sorry to hear that he is not well. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers!

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  26. I pray God will keep your son in his loving care and he will get well soon. God bless you and your family. I found your blog by accident this evening. My family and I went through a health crisis last year at this time with my daughter. Wishing you the best and may God comfort your hearts. Donna

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  27. Bless his heart! I am praying for Preston! I will pass this information on to Catie and her friends. I'm sure they will join us in lifting him up in prayer. May God bless you all. Carla

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  28. sending prayers for healing and strength, comfort and courage for Preston and the entire family.

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  29. Of course, dear Richella, I'll keep Preston and the rest of your family in my prayers. Let me know if I can help in any way.

    Hugs,
    Erin

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  30. So sorry to hear this Richella, praying for Preston & your family.

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  31. LIfting Preston and you all up in prayer! keep us posted.

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  32. Your whole family is in my prayers Richella! I hope he is doing much better today!

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  33. Will pray for Preston's quick recovery. Even if you have had a lot of health issues, still it must be difficult to be going through this.

    Take care of yourself,

    Jeannette

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  34. Oh Richella! Preston is absolutely in my prayers! Praying for your family and for you. Believing with you in a quick and full recovery for Preston. May God, who is the author of peace, bring peace to your heart this Thanksgiving. Love you!

    Heather

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  35. I will pray for Preston & your family! I'm glad that he goes to school so close to home so that you could be there for him!! I'm sorry that you are at Duke again... but thankful that you live close to such a fantastic medical facility. I've had several abdominal surgeries- please make sure that Preston doesn't do too much too soon afterward!! It is easy to get a hernia in that area.

    Blessings! :) Erin

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  36. Praying for peace for all and wisdom for the doctors.....Blessings,Lisa

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  37. Praying for your family Richella, God is in control!!

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  38. Prayers for Preston and your entire family.

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  39. I will be praying for Preston and your family! Love you, sweet Richella!

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  40. Will pray for Preston, may God Bless your family.

    Take care, Susie Freeman

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  41. Yikes!! I had open heart surgery when I was 17, so I'm familiar with the struggles. I will pray for Preston today!

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