Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Update from SFO

I'm in San Fransisco. I was with Ali and Charity today. I spent about three hours at Ali's side this afternoon after I arrived. She is in a coma.

I spoke at length with the medical team that is caring for her. I feel like they are handpicked by the Lord to care for my granddaughter. Ali has a breathing tube in her mouth to help her breathe. She is taking about six breaths a minute on her own and needs the help of the machine to get all the oxygen she needs. She is responding to the breathing tube with gag reflex and little coughs. This is good. Her little arms move, also. I talk to her and sing to her the songs I've sung since she was an infant living in our house. I'm confident she hears me and takes comfort in my off key songs.

My friend Kathy, whose a nurse and very close friend of the family, had the chance to speak to the nurse caring for Ali. It was a good conversation.

Here's the bottom line: Ali needs to do her part. Pray that the Lord would strengthen her to do her part and get better.

Thank you so much, my friends, for your prayers and moral support. I am blessed by the friendship shown me through comments left, phone calls, emails, and prayers. This is an incredible ordeal and I'm thankful that I'm not shouldering the load on my own.


Anonymous said...

Hey bro our family is with you in prayer! I can't imagine the strength that is required to handle this. We will conintue to lift your family up and pray Ali's recovery.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. We will keep Ali and family in prayer!

Anonymous said...

Please know that Randy and I are hurting along with you and prayiing for Ali to make a comlete recovery.
Love and prayers, J&R Goeppner

Lyndsey said...

Little Ali is so blessed to have you as her grandpa. You guys have been constantly in my thoughts and prayers.

Unknown said...

I'm glad you are there for ali and charity. I will continue to keep everyone in my prayers.

m brunjes said...

April and I are thinking of you and praying for the family.

Anonymous said...

Bryon and Susan ~
Thom and I just prayed again after getting this update and we'll share with the kids in the morning and get them praying more as well. If you have an address for out there that you could share, I'm sure we aren't the only ones who would appreciate it. We love you guys and vow to stand by you in prayer all throughout each and every day. We'll check back for specifics to pray for.
God is good!

Anonymous said...

I'm just catching up after doing very little blogging, in the past several days. I'm so sorry to hear about Ali!

We went through some really rough, touch-n-go times with our youngest granddaughter, and later, with her little brother. I was relying heavily on the prayers of friends and family, and God brought both children through. I'll join in the prayers that He'll do the same for Ali, and give her mommy and daddy and grandparents peace and rest.