I try to update my sidebar prayer list. Sometimes I find that I haven't done it in a while. I've had a number of prayer requests come to me, so I feel the need to be a bit more in depth.
1. Pastor Henry- (my previous pastor from the church I attended for 30 years) Was rollerskating with the 5th grade. He was trying to be fun sub for the day and he went down. He broke his femur in 3 places, requiring hip replacement (if memory serves) and a bit of attachment surgery. He's out substitute teaching for the remainder of the year. He is very diabetic and that is of great concern to me. He is home and on the mend.
2. The pregnant ladies. We have Janeen (a cousin) expecting her 3rd in August. Heather, a very good friend, is expecting her 4th in October. Megan, a friend of Rachael, is expecting in the fall. Megan had some issues with a previous pregnancy, so those concerns can't help but to sneak into her brain.
3. Jillian and her family- This is a family who is friends with my friend, Kay. Jillian, at the tender age of 8, has just been diagnosed with cancer in her leg. She is due to have surgery on April 5th to remove lymph nodes and do some general exploration. They'll be doing a skin graft from her backside and not only is cancer the concern here, but also the 4 hour ride home. Becky, the mom, has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the middle of all of this. She has put her care on the back burner right now. That is of great concern. There are two brothers whose names I cannot recall. The middle child has a "spot on his brain" that is giving him migraines. The spot hasn't grown, so there is no definition of cancer or not. Still, headaches remain and that is a bit disconcerting. The youngest who is now 4 found out from the new dentist (previous retired suddenly and passed his office on to a new dentist) that major dental surgery is needed for the deterioration of teeth in his mouth. A 3 hour surgery is expected.
4. Danielle and Logan. Danielle is on the PTA board and had emergency surgery yesterday. She's had a number of female reproductive issues this year and I suspect this is also in that same surgical family. Her son, Logan, rode a Razr scooter down the sidewalk of a very large hill. When he reached the bottom, he hit a piece of gravel and flew. He landed on the top right of his forehead. He was in the hospital for several days. This has obviously given him a big ole concussion and has left a kind of "squishy spot" on his brain. It will heal, but it will take time. When he did this stunt, he was still in a cast from having broken his thumb a few weeks previous. He is in middle school, perhaps 7th grade, so my guess is that he is 12 or so.
5. Rachael and family. A family member has been very ill and is nearing the end. She was able to spend some time with her family member, but still-- loss is hovering closer and closer.
6. LeAnne- (my sister) About a month ago, she had experienced some fairly heavy rectal bleeding. While it stopped in a few days, she is just going today for an appointment to schedule a colonoscopy. Right at the moment, she is on state insurance and care doesn't get approved quickly. The thought is that she has colitis, which runs in the family, but then so does colon cancer. Yes, I will be getting a colonoscopy in a few years. Ugh.
7. Cooper- (newborn of a cousin) Cooper had jaundice when he was born, then had to go back to the hospital for several days as a result. He has been home for a week and a half. Prayers that he is over all that and that his development continues on a positive course.
8. Mrs. B-'s mom- (K-'s teacher) Mrs. B-'s mom has had several falls. She is very overweight, extremely diabetic and has been found to have one leg significantly shorter than the other. Lifts were put in her shoes, which made a dramatic difference. Still, she fell last week, resulting in hospitalization. Services have been secured, physical therapy and such are coming to the house and hopefully, her recovery can be in a forward motion. Mrs. B- is retiring at the end of May so that she can get her mom up and moving more regularly.
1. My nephew, L-, suffered from a horrible case of the lower digestive funk and as a result, he is now potty trained. LeAnne was saying about how burned his little bum was getting and we had talked about this being prime time for him to get out of the diaper and onto the throne. It worked! I'm sorry that it took the flu to get him there, but he has made it and is now happily pottying away.
2. K- has recovered from her digestive flu. She was gifted a lower level case (thank you God!) and I have to say that I think that might be in part to the probiotics that she takes every day. She missed 2 full days of school and came home early on Monday. She worked (without pressure from us) for 5 1/2 hours yesterday and another 1/2 hour this morning on the pile of papers that came home. She wanted to go back to school fully back on track and frankly, didn't want to stay in for recess to catch up. Can't blame her. I saw her several times in the hall today and there were no complaints of digestive yuck. Hooray!
3. Garden Fair seeds have been distributed. I now only have to get some soil to set out and we are in business. The teachers seemed to be very intrigued by the seed option of Garden Fair this year. I'm hoping that we have great participation in the fall. My thanks to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for accepting us into their Seeds for Peace seed donation program!
That might cover it. If you have anything to add to the list, feel free to do so in the comments.