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    Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Drew.Rub on January 17th 2012, 8:33 am

    Got this email from a friend of mine in Kansas. Isaac is her son....

    He was hit by a car. A car came through my front yard, missed Cora, and hit Isaac and two other vehicles. The driver was speeding. They say he will live which is not something they were able to say last night. The miracle is that they don't think he will have permanent brain damage but there is brain trauma and recovery will be determined by the amount of brain swelling he has. He also has a fractured skull and some lacerations on his head. He is in a medical coma and never regained consciousness after he was hit.

    Please pray hard for the family. Sarah Jane just moved to KS and started a new job/life, so this major event on top of all that has got to be very stressful.

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    Post  WhiteBoy on January 17th 2012, 11:28 am

    Praying.


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    Post  Paeter on January 17th 2012, 7:54 pm

    Will do. Thanks for posting this.


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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Drew.Rub on January 20th 2012, 7:14 pm

    Wanted to update the community on how things are going......

    "The pneumonia is looking better today, improvement from yesterday.
    The Intracranial pressure has been consistently low since they started Isaac on the stronger drug yesterday afternoon. The doctors are giving him another day on this medication. As a result, we are expecting an uneventful day, medically speaking. The plan is to allow him to rest and for his body to rally.
    Isaac is still in a very deep coma, however, the vitals and data indicate that he is comfortable and the swelling is being controlled.
    Lots of family travelling in today."

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    Post  WhiteBoy on January 20th 2012, 7:22 pm

    Thanks for the update.


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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Paeter on January 20th 2012, 7:30 pm

    Drew.Rub is somewhere that blocks his access to the forums, but asked me to post this update on the situation:



    We have many things in the works around here and ministry is happening. The most current is Isaac Manica (6th grader regularly involved in our middle school ministry). Over Christmas Isaac moved away from Newburgh with his mom & two sisters back to Kansas City to be close to his mom's family... (mom also found employment) Less than 3 weeks had gone by and tragedy struck. Isaac was indirectly hit by a van while playing in his driveway this past Sunday afternoon (both of his sisters witnessed the event)! The outcome: extensive trauma to the head that led doctors to medically induce Isaac into a coma. Then the Church both in Kansas and here in Evansville was called to pray. By Wednesday morning, the doctors needed to reduce brain swelling and perform surgery--removing a portion of his skull cap. And still the Church was praying. More joined the ranks praying throughout the day and into the night. This Thursday morning his swelling had not improved and appeared to be rising. This situation left few alternatives for Isaac's mom... either remove more skull plates and risk potential brain damage or possibly wait and risk death itself. And the Church waited and prayed even more. This afternoon I received an update on Isaac's condition and this is what I learned... "At this time, Sarah Jane is NOT being asked to make a decision about another operation. She will not have to make that decision unless the ICP rises again. Right now it is at 15, which is where it should be. The hospital staff is incredible and Sarah Jane feels blessed by them. We are continuing to pray that the ICP remains under control and that God would heal this young man in a mighty, mighty way. Rejoicing over this bit of news, here!!!


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    Post  WhiteBoy on January 21st 2012, 2:01 am

    Thank our awesome God!


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    Post  Drew.Rub on January 22nd 2012, 12:40 am

    It is with great urgency I update this evening.

    The doctors have weaned Isaac off of the two heavy medications that are keeping him in a coma, because the EEG readings have been steady. It will take hours to see if the ICP ( intracranial pressure) levels remain low.

    The goal is to determine if the brain is maintaining due to medication only, or if Isaac is brain dead.
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    If he is not brain dead, the physicians have told Sarah Jane that Isaac will be severely impaired.

    She has asked me to share this with you and to ask for us to pray for brain function to be evident.

    Our goal is to do just that. Honor her heart, encourage her as best we can, and pray for divine healing for Isaac's brain function.


    This came from a caring pages site created for Isaac. In Acts, the author tells us about the miracles that Peter and John and the other apostles performed through the power of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Right now, I ask all of you to be bold in your prayers and ask God to fully restore Isaac's health. Abraham prayed on behalf of a people God had decided to wipe out, and because of his faith and boldness in prayer, God changed his mind and spared them. If we are bold enough in our prayers, God can change his mind as well. Please, I beg the community, be bold in your prayers for this young man.

    Our country is in decline right now. A miracle of this nature can't be denied. This is a chance to ask God to prove to the unbelievers (yes, there will still be some) that He and his church are alive.

    Paeter, I think you said that the coffeehouse question was something about what would we like to emulate of the early apostles (or something to that effect). This is what I'd like to emulate; to have not the slightest doubt in my faith, to be an effective tool and so filled with the Holy Spirit that I can say to a sick and injured person, "Get up, you are healed." not for my glory (like Simon the Sourcer wanted), but for God's glory.

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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Paeter on January 23rd 2012, 6:37 pm

    Your words are stirring Drew. I will be praying.


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    Post  Drew.Rub on January 23rd 2012, 10:56 pm

    Well, I had intended on inserting an image here, but it doesn't seem to like that idea. So instead, I'll jsut tell you what I know......

    Isaac has brain activity! Hopefully this linkwill take you to the image of his eeg.

    He's not completely out of the woods yet, though. We still don't know about how severe any potential damage might be. Please be prayerful about God blessing them with a complete restoration.

    And thank you, Spiritblade community for your prayers.

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    Post  Paeter on January 25th 2012, 12:33 am



    That is great news! Please keep us posted however much you'd like about this.


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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Drew.Rub on January 25th 2012, 3:43 pm

    From Facebook;

    17 hours ago
    The results of the CAT scan show that there is still swelling in Isaac's brain. We are continuing to pray that the swelling would stop and the ICP would remain at a healthy place.

    On a detailed note: The pentobarbital level ( medication used to induce coma state) was at 124 two days ago, and still at 64 yesterday when brain activity registered. The level is at 60 today. It should be at 0-3 in order to make the next assessment.

    All said to say, Isaac is still under heavy sedation. It is taking a long time for the medicine levels to leave his body so we continue to wait and pray with hope.

    Posted a few seconds ago
    This morning finds Isaac's brain still swelling. As a result, his medical team has put him back on the pentobarbital because the Intracranial Pressure is remaining too high.

    On a more intimate note, Sarah Jane has a statement from Adelaide to share today. She says that what she ( Adelaide) has heard from God is that " God is taking care of Isaac and will do what is best for him".

    On that note, we continue to pray, with faith like children, for God to continue to take care of Isaac. We ask for healing and we trust our Heavenly Father to do what is best.

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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  WhiteBoy on January 25th 2012, 10:38 pm

    Thanks for the update, man.


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    Post  Drew.Rub on January 26th 2012, 11:05 am

    Proof that our God is good and does answer prayers!!!!!!!!! Re-postsing froma friend's Facebook update.......


    Today was a good day for Isaac and his family.

    Monday there were three options: that we would lose Isaac, that there would be varying degrees of impairment, or there would be complete healing.

    Today, his medical team has confirmed that he is not in physical danger and brain death has been ruled out. We are rejoicing!

    Now we continue to pray for complete healing.

    Tomorrow, the goal of the medical team is to begin to wean him off of the pentobarbital. Once that has happened, further assessments will be made.

    Sarah Jane has been blessed by your cards and letters, they bring a smile to her face in the midst of this most difficult time. Thanks so much for your support, encouragement and continued prayer for Isaac and his family.

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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Paeter on January 26th 2012, 8:45 pm

    GREAT news! Thank you for the update!


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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Drew.Rub on January 28th 2012, 12:11 am


    Isaac is doing well tonight.

    The pentabarbital level is significantly lower today. Even so, we
    are still in the waiting phase. Isaac's

    medical team is looking for specific reactions and purposeful
    movements to determine

    brain function.

    We are uploading a pic of Isaac holding Cora's prayer bear to
    the album.

    Thank you for continuing to stand with us in prayer for Isaac's
    healing.


    Paeter, thanks for providing this forum for things like these prayer requests.

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    Post  Drew.Rub on January 29th 2012, 9:59 am

    Here is a long awaited news update about Isaac Manica. Please take these next two minutes (yes, right now) to praise God for his specific hand in Isaac's health! We rejoice in good news!
    "Sarah Jane has just given us some wonderful news! As of this morning, Isaac is opening and closing his eyes, moving his shoulder, his left arm and his legs. The doctors have said that these are purposeful movements that indicate brain function. These are the first demonstrations of cognition that he has had since the accident. We are praying for continued progress and rejoicing as we see what is happening. It is such a blessing to see Isaac moving! We rejoice over what God has done and are excited and hopeful to see what He will continue to do as we pray for Isaac's complete healing."

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    Re: Major prayers needed for a friend

    Post  Paeter on January 30th 2012, 6:40 pm

    Drew.Rub wrote:Please take these next two minutes (yes, right now) to praise God for his specific hand in Isaac's health!

    Thanks for the update and for including these words. It's easy to rush through posts like this instead of taking time to thank God for revealing himself through acting in response to our prayers.

    Awesome news, and I'm praying that God will reveal himself and his goodness even more in this situation.

    Thanks again.


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    Post  Drew.Rub on February 2nd 2012, 12:25 pm

    Another quick update:


    Today brings some new specifics for us to pray about.

    Isaac has been weaned off of all major pain and sedation medications. The medical team has started him on a blood thinner to break up some clots in his arms from the picc lines. They are keeping a close eye on him to make sure that the new medicine regime doesn't cause any more bleeding in the brain.

    Isaac is still gradually waking up, and he will continue to do so over the next few days. This brings him increased agitation and discomfort.

    Each day is filled with physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy visits. Between these and the respiratory/cough treatments, he is busy most of the day.Hopefully, this activity will help him settle into a more normal day/night schedule and he will start to sleep more soundly.

    As always, Sarah Jane, Adelaide, Cora and Isaac are thankful for your prayers, kindnesses and support.

    We continue to thank God for showing Himself mighty in Isaac's healing process and are asking for continued healing, for peace and grace for the various treatments and therapies each day, for rest, freedom from pain and for no bleeding issues. Thank you all for standing with us

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