Prayer Request.

Discussion in 'Prayers and Well Wishes' started by greyhawk50, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Asking for prayer for my son.
    Received a call today around 1530 hour to let us know that our son, Barry, was in route to the hospital due to a stroke. He is 42 and suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. We just got home about 2300 hour. For now, he is OK and resting. Praise God that the effects were tempory(only a few minutes) because it effected the entire right side of his body. He lost sight in the right eye as well as loosing the use of his right arm and his right leg.
    They ran all kinds of test to determine that he had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack). It is a form of stroke but with temporary effects. Sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke but is, in reality, a warning stroke. http://www.strokeassociation.org/ST...nsient-Ischemic-Attack_UCM_310942_Article.jsp
    He will be kept in the hospital overnight and will undergo further testing tomorrow.
    As for now, he seems normal except for having a drunken feeling (unstable on his feet) (not sure if it is trauma related or caused by medication) and his right eye appears to be sagging slightly. You wouldn't notice unless you knew him as we do. He is also having some confusion problems.
    Thank you in advance. Lord Bless.
     
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  2. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

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    God bless you sir! I have him, and his family on my prayer list. I'll pray for a complete recovery. Hopefully that will be in Gods will.
     

  3. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Moderator Moderator

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    Prayers sent to him and family
     
  4. havasu

    havasu Well-Known Member

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    Buy, that's tough. Prayers being sent for a full and quick recovery.
     
  5. glock26USMC

    glock26USMC Well-Known Member Supporting

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    Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery
     
  6. Bucky

    Bucky Well-Known Member

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    Grey
    Please wish him a speedy recovery from Lyn & Myself
     
  7. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Update;
    I spent most of the day with him at the hospital. They ran more test this morning and again at noon. Haven't heard from the doctor or anyone else for that matter.
    It appears to me and my daughter (retired RN) that he suffered more than "just" a TIA. Although, Praise God that it wasn't any worse than it was.
    His right eye appears to droop a little. The right side of his mouth appears lazy. His right hand doesn't do what it is told to do and he is still unstable on his feet. Could be a balance thing or could be his right leg/foot won't follow commands. Some therapy may be needed. He has good strength in his hands, arms and legs. He also doesn't know his right from his left when explaining things to the nurse.
    We're making progress on finding him an acceptable doctor to control his diabetes and blood pressure.
    Again, Praise God!!! Things could have been a lot worse.

    Thank all of you, ever so much, for your thoughts and prayers.
     
  8. lingr

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    Greyhawk, May God bless you and your family. I pray that your son continues to recover. And praise him that it wasn't worse than it was.
     
  9. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Further update;
    The doctor came in after I left. We received a text from his wife concerning his analysis.
    He said that, based on the test results, that there wasn't any permanent damage.
    Praise the Lord!!
    However, he will remain in the hospital until he regains his balance and stops dragging his right foot when he walks. He will definitely be there tonight and maybe a few more days based on his recovery.
    Again, thanks for your concerns & prayers.
     
  10. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Continued prayer needed.

    About noon today. my son had another stroke while in the hospital. This one was referred to as a CIA (constrictive) Stroke. Caused by a constricted artery of the brain. It started with unbelievable headaches and vomiting. They ran MRIs and MRAs to determine the cause. From there, they moved him to ICCU where he will get closer monitoring. They gave him morphine and when we left, he was resting peacefully. I think (hope/pray) that the worst is over. If/when he is stable and released, he will undergo rehad. for a while.
    Again, Praise God that there wasn't any detectable damage beyond what he already had.
    Thank you for your continues prayer.
     
  11. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

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    Keep your spirits up. We haven't quit praying! Have the Dr said why he keeps having them?
     
  12. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    After my post last night, we got a text that he was having another attach with severe pain. Needless to say, I didn't rest well last night. While having my morning coffee, I was thinking of him and had a little break down. But with the help of my wife and calls from a couple friends, I was able to regroup. When we got to the hospital this morning, things were much improved. "God's mercies are renewed every morning".

    Finally, on the afternoon of day 4, we got to speak to the Neurologist.
    Barry's first attach on Monday wasn't a TIA as we were told. It was a full blown Stroke. The attach on Wednesday was a second stroke. That is not uncommon. The doctor fells that "we are over the hump" and starting down a road to recovery. Just need to get his sugar, blood pressure and headaches under control.
    There is brain damage but not to the part of the brain that controls major motor skill. Thank God for that blessing. Only slight trouble controlling his right hand and he drags his right foot a little when he walks. Still unstable on his feet. All of that should recover fairly quickly.
    However, he has lost the peripheral vision in his right eye. That may or may not ever be the same as before but it should improve. Also, his ability to decipher what he hears is affected as well as his ability to form sentences. There is also a problem with his memory, at least the short term part. The problem with the headaches is a result of the damaged brain cells and that should go away as the brain adjust to it's new environment. They will try to control that with medications for now.
    He is scheduled, within the next day or two, to be evaluated and accepted to a Rehabilitation Hospital about 40 miles south west of here. There, he will get full time and intense therapy. Lord willing, he'll be back to "nearly" normal in 60 days or so. The eye sight is the biggest concern. Being so young at 42 will play a major roll in his recovery in that area.
    He has a lot of hard work ahead of him but he's pretty strong. And we will be there to support him as much as we can.
    Thank you so much for your prayers.
    Unless someone ask, I'll likely not post anymore for a while. I'll drop a line from time to time about his progress.
    If you want to leave us on your prayer list for a couple months, I would be truly thankful.
    And again, Thank all of you and Praise God for his Grace & Mercy.
    Just to give you a face to go with the name;
     

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  13. Gumpy

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    I'd bet the farm that God has a plan through all this! I just hate to see a young man like that go through all that. It goes without saying, y'all will stay on the prayer list. Take care and Gods blessings on all of you.
     
  14. Gumpy

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    Greyhawk? How are things going? We are still praying!
     
  15. greyhawk50

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    Prayers are certainly being answered.
    He is to be released from the Rehab Center tomorrow about noon (after only 8 days of therapy).

    He'll be staying with his mom, my Ex, for a while. She will make sure that he makes all of his doctor appointments as well as his out-patient therapy. She'll call if she needs help.
    His full recovery prospects are good albeit he has a ways to go yet. He's still suffering emotionally with this whole issue. His balance is still a little off so his walk is slow and deliberate. He's regaining control of his right hand. All areas are greatly improved.

    My biggest concern is that he doesn't know Jesus as his Personal Savior. In my thoughts, #1 prayer request.

    His biggest concerns are the loss of his peripheral vision in his right eye and the damage to the portion of the brain that retained the knowledge that he learned in pre-school. He can do his ABCs and can spell words but can't recognize letters, numbers or colors. Therefore, he can't read. That should all come back in time. He's concerned about whether or not he'll ever be able to return to work. I'm sure that too will come in it's time.

    Thank you so much for your continued prayers. The prayers of the righteous are a powerful thing.
     
  16. glock26USMC

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    Great news greyhawk, I'll keep continued prayers for the future
     
  17. Bucky

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    Lyn & I are thinking of you all the time Mate.
    We both wish your "young fella" a speedy recovery
     
  18. 28Shooter

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    Grey,

    I'm so sorry that I didn't see this sooner but I retired July 1 and have tried to give myself a break from the computer. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you folks for healing and Barry's successful recovery. As Brothers in Christ, we know that the Heavenly Father sometimes put us though the fire to help us to find his Son...maybe that is his plan for Barry.

    God Bless You
     
  19. greyhawk50

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    I want to thank all of you for your prayers.
    I haven't seen him for a week or so. When we last met, his improvement process is slower than at first but he is still getting better every day, little by little. Most of his eye sight has returned as well as most of his mobility. He's still having trouble with his memory and his reading. That too is slowly coming back. Still no decision as far as the Lord is concerned. We're still praying for that to happen.
    Thanks to all for your continued prayer. This world is but a vapor and some day will pass away but eternity is forever.

    28 Shooter; Congratulations on your retirement.
     
  20. FOUR4D4

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    never under estimate the power of prayer