Sam’s current medical status: Today Sam had elbow surgery to repair his broken arm. He had some pins inserted in his upper arm and a plate was inserted right above his elbow. He has a mild case of pneumonia with a slight fever that is being treated with antibiotics. The oxygen level going through his endotracheal tube was decreased from 20 to 15 percent because he is breathing better on his own. He was supposed to have a carotid angiogram last week (measures the blood flow to the brain) but that was postponed. We aren’t sure when that will occur but we will need lots of prayers when that does happen!
Prayer encircles the family: I added a new blogroll hyperlink to White Fields Ministries which is maintained by Sam’s uncle Greg who is a pastor. Greg was out in Bethesda with Eric (Sam’s dad) praying over Sam for the past two weeks. The hyperlink takes you to sort of a prayer chain within Greg’s web site.
When I spoke to Erin today, she related to me an interesting story from Greg’s web forum about how we are all connected in some way. Sam’s cousin Courtney went on a camping trip with her in-laws this past weekend. Her in-laws (the Phelps family) were at their annual church camp out up above Grass Valley Ca. When they were gathered for the communal dinner, Courtney looked down at one of the food tables and saw a card with a picture of Sam and Erin and a note that requested people pray for Sam’s recovery! She was so shocked and couldn’t figure out where the card came from.
Here is the connection: I’m in a bible study group with my dear friends Bernadine and Sami. Bernadine thought it would be a great idea to make up prayer cards for Sam to pass out at the camp out. So, Sami made up some wonderful cards and passed them out to everyone. Sami, Bernadine and my family are all members of St Lawrence church in North Highlands California. Courtney’s in-laws have also been members of St Lawrence for many years.
Erin also mentioned that when she was growing up she spent many Sunday mornings staring at all the cute Phelps boys whose family (to this day) always sits in the front pew of the church on Sunday morning. We are all connected!
They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.