Saturday, June 27, 2020

Update on Brian 6/27/2020

"For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."  
Psalm 86:5

The family gathered around Brian yesterday, and after speaking with three doctors, the decision was made to stop life support.  Doctors say that the only brain activity seems to be from his brain stem (if I am understanding this correctly?) and all of the physical movements are just reflexes.  He is having seizures and remains unresponsive.  We were able to get more information yesterday as to what happened in the beginning.  He had a massive heart attack outside his workplace, someone revived him and helped him stagger inside, where he had a second massive heart attack and was without oxygen for 20 minutes.  He felt face-first onto the concrete and broke both of his jaws and possibly his nose, in the fall.  His heart was shocked six times (not four, as I previously stated) before they could get his heart beating again.

Yesterday, when the life support was removed, Brian's brother, Shawn, (the nephew who was born about five weeks before me) was SO upset and crying and Sharon told me that a tear trickled from one of Brian's eyes.  Oh, my goodness.  That touched me to my core.  I can't help but believe that he is hearing things ~ I know they say the sense of hearing is the last thing to go ~ and I still hold out hope that there is life in there somewhere.

The last I heard from my sister, Brian continues to breathe on his own, and no one knows how long he will live.  As a matter of fact, none of us know how long we will live, do we?  In Brian's state or just walking around healthy.  The death angel could come for any of us at any time, and we would be powerless to do anything other than to surrender to the will of God and go.

"There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death."  Ecclesiastes 8:8

That is why it is so vitally important that we remain ready to meet the Lord.  With the world reeling out of control like it is and end of time prophecies being fulfilled everywhere we look, I can tell you this ~ I don't think it will be long before Jesus splits through the clouds to take us all away with Him.  But, even if Jesus tarries His coming, and the world continues to go on, ALL of us will be called to leave here one of these days.  It could happen anytime.  I guarantee you Brian did not expect to collapse from two massive heart attacks the other day.  No doubt, he got up, went to work and about his daily activities, just like every other day, thinking he would go home that night.  He never made it back home.  He more than likely never will.

So, this should serve as a reminder to us all.  If there is anything at all between you and God, it is high time to get things cleared up.  He is a merciful, forgiving God with arms stretched wide open, waiting and hoping we will come to Him, repent of our sins, and live the life of victory Jesus died to enable us to live.



I ask that you please keep praying for Brian.  No, I am still not giving up hope.  Call me crazy.  I've been called worse.  I still know that God is on the throne, and life and death are in HIS hands.  He is in control of this and every other situation of life.  May His perfect will be done.  

Please pray for all of our family, especially Sharon (Brian's mother/my sister) and Shawn (Brian's brother/my oldest nephew), Brian's sisters, his kids, and all who are grieving right now.  Your prayers are SO appreciated.  Thank you for every comment, email, and gesture of kindness.  Each one means SO much!

So thankful my Jesus has big shoulders.

16 comments:

  1. I agree...you are not crazy, he can hear and needs to hear Scripture and joyful words and hymns from his loved ones. Still praying for his salvation. Hugs to you and your family.
    Shirley

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  2. Yes, Cheryl, I will continue to pray for Brian, Sharon, Shawn, and the entire family. It is such a sad time for them all . . .

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  3. You are NOT crazy my dear Cheryl. Brian is still there. As MountainLaurel said, hearing is the last sense to go and he neds to hear God calling out to him through each of you as you pray, sing and talk to him. This sounds so eerily like what happened to my nephew Brian last March. He was 39 years old and went to work and had a massive stroke. He didn't recover but his organs gave life to 5 people who are all doing well and 136 other people through various other transplants.
    I certainly hope your family doesn't have to face this, but it did make us feel better because our Brian was all about helping others. He was a firefighter, police officer and security guard. He spent his life taking care of others and continued it in death. He was a Christian so we know we will meet again someday.
    WIshing your family peace and calmness of spirit and may they feel the Lord near to them.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Oh, my, you know I do remember when your nephew, Brian passed away! That IS so eerily like what happened, and they have the same names and are our nephews! Isn't that something? Wow. That is just wonderful how many lives your nephew saved. It is so sad, but God brought such goodness out of such pain. Thank you so much for your kind words, support, and most of all your faithful prayers!

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  4. Oh Cheryl what an extremely difficult time for you and your family. I am praying with you for him.

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  5. Prayers for your family. I agree with the others, Brian can hear. This is so very sad and painful, may God give your family peace!

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    1. I believe he can hear, too. Absolutely. Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words!

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  6. Brian and all his family are in my prayers. You are not crazy for holding out hope for his recovery. Yehovah is mighty and most capable of miracles, and with you and your family through this crisis.

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    1. Thank you SO much, Donna. Your words were such a comfort and encouragement to me! Yes, He IS mighty and most capable of miracles! May the Lord bless you!

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  7. Sweet Cheryl, praying with you. Girl, you are not crazy. WE as Christ followers have HOPE. People without hope will perish. God will surely do what He sees fit but we can trust Him for sure. Oh....everyone better be ready because every knee will bow and every mouth will confess He is Lord...Believer or non believer! But for me....I will surely be enjoying every ounce of my Savior in heaven. Our pastor preached on this yesterday. Everyone has a choice...Heaven or Hell. Hugs and blessings to you dear Cheryl.
    Cindy

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    1. Amen, and amen, sweet friend! Thank you for those anointed, inspired words! They were such a blessing and uplift to me tonight. May God bless you. Sending hugs and blessings back to you!

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