Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ICU Visit

I just got back from the ICU. Kate is more responsive than earlier and the nurse said Kate twitched her left toes, it only happened once and she couldn't repeat it. Kate is aware of the situation and mumbled, "I can't make my left side move". She sounded worried. The positive is that she has feeling on the left side, but just can't control it yet.

Thank you for praying for wife during this unexpected trial within a trial.

Also, please pray that I can get some rest in the ICU waiting room.

Dave

25 comments:

April said...

God's throne is brimming with prayers for Kate's recovery of her left side control. My spirit utters prayers even as I write this.

May the night bring rest, and the morning bring good news of recovery and renewal.

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of them that bring good news!

Anonymous said...

praying for you dave to get rest and for news of recovery for kate in the morning.
carrie clark

Kathy b said...

Mark 6: 30-31a The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” You probably don't have a place by yourself but Jesus knows you need rest.

Anonymous said...

Dave...thank you for your words @ Kate's status. Twitches are good. Yep. Good. Mike and I are praying tonight for you. I called my Dad in on the requested "urgent prayer needed" update, and he's letting Taeko know (one of the mightiest prayer warriors I know...hey-ya, ho-ya, hey-ya, ho-ya). We're all beating our tom-toms in the direction of St. John's tonight. Laura Joback

Anonymous said...

Thankful that Kate is awake and aware even of the trial within a trial. Thankful that she has feeling on her left side. Praying for her during these fear filled hours of ICU. Praying that God grant her sweet peace right now.
Sara

Williams' Family said...

I am still praying in WI! I am looking forward to reading in the morning the mighty works God has continued to do in Kate through out the night!

Anonymous said...

Dave... just checking in to get the latest before I go upstairs for my dedicated time of prayer for Kate. SOOOO glad to read about that twitch and the feeling she has on the left side. Praying for more movement, followed by a good night's rest for both of you. Stacey Preis

Sue said...

Dave (and Kate):

These scriptures (to follow below) were shared with me recently in a time of difficulty. They blessed me, and I hope they will bless you too. Know that you are in our prayers. Please tell Kate to be strong in faith, and God will be faithful. (And tell her I said hello.)

Sue Jenkins

***

Sleep:

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Proverbs 3:23-25

Rest:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:27-29

Restoration:

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psalm 51:11-13

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; Jeremiah 30:17a

Peace:

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:26-28

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:10-11

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:7-8

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:2-4

Strength:

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Psalm 18:1-3

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
Psalm 18:31-33

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1-3

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Joy:

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:10-11

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:12-14

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:9-11

Anonymous said...

Hey, I know that I just left a comment like 5 seconds ago or something, but I was just thinking about how "the tincture of time" is a biblical principle. I'm glad that the commenter just above me went "all scriptural" on ya' b/c that's what I'm about to do, too! The verses just started popping into my head about how WAITING is something that God often calls us (much to our dismay)to do...

Psalm 27:13-14 "I would have despaired unless I had believed that I WOULD SEE the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. WAIT for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, WAIT for the Lord."

and (the old favorite)
Isaiah 40:30 "Yet those who WAIT for the Lord will gain new strength (sounds good, huh)...They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."
OK, I'm gonna quit talking and go pray. That's all. Laura Joback

Mrs. I. said...

Praying that the Lord will grant you, Kate and your family members sweet, peaceful sleep tonight and that Kate will wake up in the a.m. to 100% restored function on her left side with no deficits of any kind, whatsoever. Praising Him in advance and thanking Him for what has already taken place.

Heather said...

Dave,
I thank you for updating so often. When you first spoke of the left side weakness my heart skipped a beat. I know how scarry this is first hand. I don't know if this will help or not, but I feel the need to share it. On December 20, 2006 Aven endured major brain surgery because of his left side weakness and other problems. When the surgery was over we did not see results right away and we were disappointed. The doctors seem to have felt the same way. They told us Aven would have to remain on medication the rest of his life. Very slowly, Aven began to improve. It took around 6 to 8 weeks, but now he can move both sides perfect. It is a great sign she could twitch her toes. I am glad you are not drawing conclusions. She is such a fighter as are you and your family. I am praying for left side strength.

Heather said...

Dave,
I thank you for updating so often. When you first spoke of the left side weakness my heart skipped a beat. I know how scarry this is first hand. I don't know if this will help or not, but I feel the need to share it. On December 20, 2006 Aven endured major brain surgery because of his left side weakness and other problems. When the surgery was over we did not see results right away and we were disappointed. The doctors seem to have felt the same way. They told us Aven would have to remain on medication the rest of his life. Very slowly, Aven began to improve. It took around 6 to 8 weeks, but now he can move both sides perfect. It is a great sign she could twitch her toes. I am glad you are not drawing conclusions. She is such a fighter as are you and your family. I am praying for left side strength.

Anonymous said...

Kate and Dave,
I'm praying for you--have been all day today--but all the more now as I read what you're facing re: Kate's left side. I'm praying that Kate will wake up in the morning with movement on that side. And in the meantime that you BOTH get sufficient sleep as you experience that "peace that passes all understanding."
God has not abandoned you--nuthin' doin'--He's closer than your breath.
Love you,
Tiffani G

Anonymous said...

I'm back in Louisiana this week and the client network blocks blog sites. Grammy has been sending me emails with the updates and comments throughout the day, and she's called me several times. I'm back at the hotel and now I finally have access to the blog.
It was GREAT news to hear that Kate has feeling on her left side. Full recovery is not far away! I'll continue to pray for her, you and the grandsons.
I also wanted you to know that you have a team of prayer warriors down here in Baton Rouge. A few weeks ago when the news came that Kate had to have another surgery I sent a "Prayers requested and appreciated" email to my company project team and to the client project team. The prayer response was overwhelming then and has only grown stronger these past few days. Many of the team members came to my cube or stopped me in the hall to find out the latest news (no blog access for them either!). So be strengthened by the fact that a lot of Cajun Christian prayer warriors were with Kate and the Snodgrass family today.

Lots of love and prayers from Louisiana :)

XXXOOO
Pop Pop

Anonymous said...

Kate:

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

I'm praying for your left side tonight Kate. It's very encouraging that you have feeling there. God will take care of the rest. Get some rest tonight and things will be much better tomorrow. Sue Meyer (CBS)

Michelle said...

Psalm 116:1-7
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, save me!" The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.

Dave and Kate,
The Lord gave me this Psalm to pray over you tonight...we are in constant prayer for Kate and her "great need". May you be at rest tonight.
We love you,
Michelle Roloff

Greg said...

Continuing to pray in Chesterfield, MO!
Love,
The Harter Gang

Judy B said...

Dave,
God LOVES you and Kate SO much!
We love you too,
Hugh and Judy

jamie b said...

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."
"He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble." Psalm 91
Our hearts and prayers are with you guys every minute.... we have been checking the blog constantly and praying to our God who is trustworthy and good, all the time.
We believe HIM and are praying in faith that He will restore and heal you completely. We love you so much Kate and Dave
Lynn and Jamie

Anonymous said...

From the devotional book, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young:

“Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction:

You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings),
And I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances).

This is a spiritual act of obedience-at times, blind obedience. To people who don’t know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heart-rending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.

Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting from adversity.”

Anonymous said...

Dave and Kate - Thanks for the updates so that we can gear our prayers and boldly ask God for what you all need. Dave, praying that you have a restful night so that you can have strength for the days ahead. Kate, praying that you awaken and pump up your left arm in victory yelling a big AMEN!!!! I know you will. You're a tough cookie and it seems to me when you put your mind to something, you do it!!! The below comforts me and hope you too find comfort tonight. Looking forward to good news in the a.m. Stacy J.

Paul's Prayer For The Ephesians
Ephesians 3:14-20 NIV

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 1may have power, together with all the believers, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Gram said...

Now I lay me down to sleep. Pray the Lord my soul to keep.
When she was a little girl she would wake me up very early in the mornings. She would stand at my bed and ask for cereal and muk. She couldn't say milk. So she would repeat several times cereal/muk until I stumbled to the kitchen to get her a little bowl of cereal and milk.
Tonight when I looked at her lying in that ICU bed I remembered the little girl who wanted cereal and muk. I remembered so many things. She has made life rich and worth living. I tell her when I think she is prideful and she tells me when I have bad breath. She always gets excited when the grocery store is selling a 5 lb. bag of potatoes and giving one free. She will call to let me know she has a bag of potatoes for me.
As this long day draws to a close I will share the power of God's Word this morning in my devotion. The Lord is in your midst. ZEPH 3:15; Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isa. 41:10
I realized tonight when I gazed on her that it was the face with no makeup and the turban hiding her hair that reminded me of that little girl.
Occasionly today I kept thinking about the old hymn "Because He lives I can face tomorrow.Because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives"
If I should die before I wake, pray the Lord my soul to take.
Gram bidding all a good night.

Anonymous said...

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'
Psalm 91:1-2

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91: 4-5

Praying that tonight you will feel enveloped by God, comforted by His peace, and that you both have an unusually restful night; that you will both be restored tomorrow- including lots more wiggling on that left side! :) Thank you for updating us so often, Dave. It is a privilege to pray for your family, and we are so thankful for the specific prayer requests.

Love,
The Hausers

Anonymous said...

Psalm 30:5
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Sorry, just had to post again because that verse popped out at me and oh how appropriate. Here's wishing for an a.m. filled with happy news. Stacy J.

Anonymous said...

Dave, I can't be there to sing to Kate, so you may need to do this. At least, maybe you can read it, since I don't know the depth of your musical talents. . . .:)

What a Friend we have in Jesus,All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful, Who will al our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our Refuge; Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In his arms He'll take and shield thee; Thou will find a solace there.


Text by Joseph M. Scriven
Music: Charles C. Converse

All of us are taking all of your family to our Lord in prayer