A Hard Night And A Hard Day

Last night didn’t end up being the quiet, restful night that we had hoped for. The MRI was originally scheduled for 2am, but Greg’s blood pressure got really low so they decided to postpone it until today. They worked throughout the night getting his blood pressure up to an acceptable range. Greg continued to have vomiting throughout the night, as well as a lot of pain. Unfortunately, the first IV drug that they gave him for nausea ended up causing him to have a tremendous headache, so that just added to his pain issues. With all that was going on, we both got very little sleep.

This morning Greg was vomiting again, but this time it was blood that he was vomiting. So the MRI has once again been put on hold until the cause for the bleeding has been determined. It appears to be old blood, rather than active bleeding. They are leaning towards thinking that the bleeding was caused by the ibuprofen that Greg took when he had a fever for so long a week or so ago. He did take quite a bit of it to try to keep the fever reduced and often it was on an empty stomach since he was eating very little at the time. They won’t know for sure what’s going on until they do a test where they scope him and use a camera to see if they can pinpoint the problem. This test is scheduled to be done sometime tomorrow morning.

Once they figure out what is going on with his stomach, they will proceed with the MRI of his back to get a better idea of what’s causing his pain. For now, Greg is receiving a continuous morphine drip, with extra doses in between if needed.

Around 2:30 this afternoon, Greg finally stopped vomiting and went to sleep and has been sleeping most of the rest of the day. He is heavily medicated and this is helping him to sleep. His nausea and pain seem to be under control at the present. I am so thankful to see him resting peacefully after so many days of pain, nausea, vomiting and no sleep. Although, it is kind of scary seeing him SO out of it at times, I know that his body is exhausted and needs this deep rest. I am praying that he will continue to sleep throughout the night, despite the fact that I know the staff will be in and out frequently checking on him.

Please pray for the following:
1. That our family would handle our present circumstances in a way that pleases the Lord and points others to Him
2. That Greg would sleep well throughout the night
3. That his pain, nausea and vomiting would continue to be controlled
4. That his blood pressure and temperature would stay in acceptable ranges
5. That the tests would be able to be done as planned tomorrow and they would be conclusive as to what’s going on
6. That the doctors would have wisdom regarding the next steps in Greg’s treatment
7. That our family will continue to stay strong, courageous, faithful, hopeful and joyful as we cling to the One who is our Healer.
8. This is small compared to what Greg is going through…but if you could please pray for me. I did something to my hip before we left town on Tuesday. I think I was twisting my body and lifting something at the same time and maybe I have pulled a muscle or something. It’s causing me a lot of pain, which is making it difficult for me to care for Greg. Plus….this chair/bed contraption that I sleep on here is not very comfortable even when I’m not hurting!

We love and appreciate you all!

Trusting His Plan,
Greg, Sandra, Katie, Emilie and Jacob

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Sewell
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 21:39:03

    I am so sorry, Sandra. Lifting you and Greg up to the Father right now. May His love, comfort and peace be with you.

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  2. Lisa Masters
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 21:50:53

    Oh, Sandra. Please know I’ll be praying for both of you and for what ypu’ve requested. I hope Greg will be relieved by the rest he’s getting. I’m thankful he’s at a great hospital that can give him the best care possible. Please try to get some rest for yourself, too. Love to you both. Lisa

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  3. Gina Ramsey
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 22:13:15

    Sandra, as always, thank you for keeping us updated. Please don’t ever hesitate to ask for prayers for yourself! I pray for you as often as I do for Greg. We all know that you are a very important part in his healing and he needs you to be at full capacity. I love and admire you and your steadfastness.

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  4. Cherie Maurer
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 22:41:48

    Praying for both of you as I always do!!! Just got home from a revival meeting at church…all the suffering, pain, and trouble that we experience is for God’s glory, somehow. The speaker used the story of Lazarus in John 11 as the basis for his message. Don’t ever give up hope in the One Who is always Faithful!!! It is for His glory that we live!!! Love to both of you!!

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  5. Sherie Evans
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 22:45:42

    Sandra praying for ALL of your requests tonight. so sorry about all of Greg’s pain, but glad he is able to rest now. We always pray for you and will continue. Praying for the pain in your hip and for you to get some rest as well. I can not imagine all of the stress you are in, trying to be strong and taking such good care of Greg. We love you both. Know that all of us back in GA are on our knees for you both.

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  6. Laura
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 23:46:58

    Praying for relief. So sorry for your pain.

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  7. Gloria Cann
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 00:13:52

    Praying for your needs now. I am so sorry to hear this. I can’t imagine all you are going through, but am glad to lift you up in prayer.

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  8. Norm & Christy
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 05:40:30

    So sorry for Greg’s pain. We are praying they will be able to do the tests today, and praying for rest for both of you.

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  9. Teri
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 08:03:21

    Praying for you. God is faithful!

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  10. Claudia
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 08:12:51

    Thank you for the update. Praying for each concern. That chair is horrible to sleep in!

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  11. Karla Lail
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 08:13:05

    Praying for both of you today!

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  12. Mary Beth
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 11:37:33

    I pray for you both everyday throughout the day.

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  13. Linda and Dale
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 19:17:07

    Praying for you all! God’s healing, comfort, peace and blessings for Greg and you!

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  14. sonya
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 09:50:04

    Sandra, thank you for giving us updates and specific prayer request. I am so so sorry for the pain. Physical and emotional! I will continue to lift you guys in prayer.

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  15. Lara M
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 11:55:43

    Sandra, we are praying for you all and the children as they are traveling.

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  16. Linda and Dale
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 22:35:25

    Continued prayers!

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