may 28th – update

Kent and I have been back home from Baltimore for an hour, and I could hardly wait to sit down at my computer to say the biggest “THANKS for your prayers” that you will ever hear. I used to hear people say things like “I just felt all the prayers”, and I thought that I knew what they meant. I had even personally experienced that power and peace that only divine intervention, spurred by prayer, can bring. But words cannot express what the past week has been like for Kent and me. I can only say that God poured out grace upon grace on us, in every area imaginable. He proved again that He is sovereign, in control, and His timing is perfect. He blessed us with superb doctors, wonderful companionship (two of our children, and Davidene’s brother and his wife) and physical support, and, most of all, a great result. Kent can now breathe normally, and is learning how to clear his lungs of secretions to ward off infections. He needs rest and recuperation time, which he plans to begin by joining our family at the lake for a few days. He will do nothing but relax, be waited on, and enjoy family.

While at Johns Hopkins, Kent saw both a pulmanologist and rheumatologist, both tops in their fields. Both stressed that Kent’s disease and the current aggression of it is very serious, but both held out the hope of things to try. We came away encouraged, but still praying for continued success of both the stents and the efforts to find a medication that can control the disease. The stents help the symptoms; control of the disease would deal with the problem.

When the pulmanologist did the first bronchoscopy, he discovered that Kent’s ability to exhale had continued to fail. He now had only a 5 % opening in his major bronchial tubes while exhaling. (During the CT scan a month before, he had 25% opening.) So we certainly got there just in time for effective surgery. The very next day, the stents were inserted during surgery, under general anesthesia. Kent did well during the procedure. He stayed a night in the hospital, and the next morning another brochoscopy was done to ensure that the stents had stayed in place. They are perfect. The hard part is coughing, which totally exhausts him. That will continue to get better over the next few days, as will his energy level. We are so grateful for God’s provision in so many ways, not the least of which is your prayers. Keep them up, please. There is no power released like that of God’s family in prayer, and we are so blessed to have friends like you.

Love In Him,

Kent and Davidene

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

6 Responses to may 28th – update

  1. Susan Dage says:

    Dear Kent and Davidene,
    I know you do not know who I am, but I have been kept informed of your progress, Kent, through my good friends, Peter and Terry Weaver. Also, my daughter, Dana, and her husband Dustin Renner, are good friends with your Lance and Stacy. Phyliss Bennett, your realtor, is a close friend of mine also.
    I just want you to know how thrilled I am to hear such good news about your surgery, and that I have prayed, along with many, many others, for your healing, comfort, and recovery.
    Our God is so good, and He hears our prayers, and surrounds you, Kent and Davidene, with His
    loving arms and all the prayers sent up to Him from your family and friends.
    I will continue to pray for your complete healing
    and many years of health and happiness.
    Blessings,
    Susan Dage

  2. Donna Edwards says:

    Great news! Have been praying for Kent’s health. Hope you have a great time at the lake and that Kent continues to gain strength.

  3. Debbie Priest says:

    I just read your report, and want to join in those prayers for Kent’s health! We love you, and hope you have a great time with your family this weekend. Much love, Monty and Debbie

  4. Tina says:

    Thank you God!

  5. Gib Bush says:

    What great news. Our God is so very very good! we are continuing to pray for Kent and you as you both work through this in different ways. Cheryl and I love you both dearly. Tell Kent to rest, rest, rest!!!!!!

  6. Jim White says:

    What great news! That’s a real PRAISE THE LORD if I have ever heard one. It sounds like the procedure went extremely well and I can’t wait to hear about Kent’s recovery and new lease on a breathing. Smiles from here in Oregon. Jim & Susan

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