Sunday, September 5, 2010

Serious Prayer Request!

Ok - calling all PRAYER WARRIORS!!!  We need some serious prayers .... Dad is still not able to make his own blood or platelets yet and we are all struggling to escape discouragement.  Dad has had platelet transfusions every single day and his platelet count continues to fall- today he is at a mere 2 (normal is 50) - this is a cause of not only worry for us and dad but of discomfort- when his platelets are this low his nose and throat among other things continuously bleed.  They have not been able to figure out why his body is rejecting the platelet transfusions- they even tried switching to single donor bags yesterday but based on his low number this morning that wasn't the solution.  So, please please please pray hard for him today and for us - especially for mom who is being SO strong standing right by him as all of this is happening.
We want everyone to know how MUCH your prayers, support, and love have meant to us through this whole thing and how much they continue to be such a source of strength and hope for us!  I do want to ask however that if you are talking to any of us (me, mom, especially dad! and i don't want to speak for dan but ya know) that you please please rely on these blog posts for info and updates on dad's condition as it is really difficult for us to talk about right now and we are trying to keep our focus strong and positive and talking about the "scary stuff" accomplishes the opposite for us... that said we DO want to keep everyone informed and "in the loop" so i am trying to update lots and PLEASE feel FREE to comment with questions if you have them and i will happily share what i know- or you can email me and i will do the same.  If you want to call dad please do - but share a funny story or happy memory - you wouldn't believe how MUCH he perks up when someone calls and makes him laugh and forget about all the "tough stuff" for a while!! It is such great medicine for him :) His mental and emotional strength are just as important to his health as anything else right now and so we want to minimize the amount of sick talk he has to do - thank you all so so so much with you help with this and for your understanding :) Keep praying please - we need them and they mean SO MUCH! 
Love to all!


  1. Jessica - Please know that Fr. Frank (St. Anselm) is offering some special prayers for Melvin now. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Keep strong, keep tough! We are all behind dad, mom Dan and you. Take care. Claudia S

  2. thanks so much claudia! we need all the help we can get!

  3. Sending thoughts and prayers for renewed strength and hope for all of you! Asking for your specific prayers to be answered!

  4. Psalm 30
    1 I will exalt you, O LORD,for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

    2 O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

    3 O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.

    4 Sing to the LORD, you saints of his;
    praise his holy name.

    5 For his anger lasts only a moment,but his favor lasts a lifetime;weeping may remain for a night,but rejoicing comes in the morning.

    6 When I felt secure, I said,"I will never be shaken."

    7 O LORD, when you favored me,you made my mountain stand firm;but when you hid your face,
    I was dismayed.

    8 To you, O LORD, I called;to the Lord I cried for mercy:

    9 "What gain is there in my destruction,in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

    10 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me;
    O LORD, be my help."

    11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

    12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.

  5. Thank you all for all the loving prayers and wishes, keep a vision of a better platelet level tomorrow. In Jesus Name Amen!