june 22 – update

What a busy day! We had three drs appts. today, and Kent did really well. They were scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., so we had the fewest hours away from home as possible.

I had researched equipment for helping to break up mucus and work it up into the area of the lungs from which Kent can cough it away. Through a good internet savvy friend, I was led to the Cystic Fibrosis network, and found the “Clear Lungs Vest” – airway clearance system. It is a vest that uses air to “pound” the chest and back – used for 20 minutes twice a day. I showed the information to the pulmanologist, and he was very affirmative that it would help. He also complimented our present system of me pounding his back, because Kent’s lungs were improved. The vest will be a big improvement, of course, but I may continue my pounding – just for the fun of it!

On the medical side of our dr. visits, the conclusion is that Kent is clinically better. He looks better, breathes better, and has more strength and stamina. On the medical side, there are a few minor problems that we will address this week. He has a early infection in his lungs, and is taking an antibiotic which should clear it up within 7 days. It is not one of the more “dangerous” kinds of bugs that can get into lungs, and it was found very early (no fever or aching). It was a wake-up call to keep a good eye on infection possibilities, and I’m impressed with our drs who are cautious but aggressive with their treatments. They are not letting anything get by. Another problem was that Kent took a certain type of breathing test, and it indicated that there is a blockage somewhere in his lungs. The most probable cause of the result is that the bronchial tubes below the stent are collapsed. But just in case the stents have moved, the Dr is going to do another bronchoscopy on Fri. morning. It will be outpatient, and we will come right back home. If a stent has moved, it can be resettled in its proper spot during the procedure. They will also give him a good suction while they are in there. It is probable that these procedures will happen on a somewhat regular basis from now on, just because of the nature of the disease.

The next question came – can we go to Lost Valley? The answer was YES! – with stipulations. 1. We have to drive, not fly . Kent has now been on immune suppresant drugs long enough that we have to be careful not to get him around someone who might cough in his face, or into enclosed air systems such as a plane. 2. We will take all of our breathing equipment with us (nebulizer, CPAP, and vest), getting an adapter for the car so that treatments can be done on time. 3. We now have a big-time antibiotic to have with us at all times, because we can’t afford to get an infection going in his lungs. Even 24 hours could make all the difference. 4. Even though we won’t need the information, we are going with the names, location, and driving map to the Denver hospital that can handle pulmonary stents patients. Finally, he can not have a major setback between now and then. So, you now know how to pray. And THANK YOU everyone who blogged encouragement and advice for me. I can’t wait to get a quiet spot every day to open these blogs and get a refreshment for my spirit. You are all so dear.

We’ll talk tomorrow,

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.

10 Responses to june 22 – update

  1. susan fowler says:

    Praising God for this great report. God is good. I will continue to pray for health and continued healing.

  2. John Wilson says:

    We appreciate your updates, Davidene. It is so encouraging to read about Kent’s improvements. So, how are YOU holding up? What can we be praying for Davidene? Can you share what verse of scripture the Lord has given you during this time of need?

    John and Nell

  3. Ross Hill says:

    Hi Kent,
    Man, we are all pulling for you. We are praising God for the great progress you are making and we are asking God to heal you completely.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Kent and Davidene
    Am excited for you!!!! Lost Valley is in sight.. Will pray for you daily to continue to make positive strides toward strength and health and a wonderful vacation without any side trips to Denver. Love to you both. Bruce & Cheryl

  5. Jon Cook says:

    Kent and Davidene,
    Sherri and I are praying daily for you guys and now especially that you will have a wonderful time of vacation with your family. I am forwarding your updates to many people who are joining us in prayer. Know that you are loved and appreciated.
    JON

  6. Laura Manahan says:

    So glad to hear encouraging news – very happy to hear you are cleared for your family vacation. I know this is a special time each year for all of you and will be especially nice this year after all Kent, and you have been through. God is good and your prayer warriors are interceding away in your behalf. Take care of yourself lady and know my prayers are just as strong for you each day.

  7. Kent and Terri Shirley says:

    Kent and Davidene,
    We are so glad to get the update from Jon. Praying for you and we are so glad you are getting to have some time away to relax and enjoy family. You are in our prayers! Would love to see you guys. It’s been a long time. Somehow I feel we could pick up right where we left off. Love you guys and we are praying for your time away. Kent, you do what the boss says!!

    Kent and Terri

  8. DEBBIE PITMAN says:

    DAVIDENE & KENT, BETWEEN JANET & DANNA WE HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP WITH YOUR INFORMATION. WE CONTINUE TO HOLD ALL OF YOU UP IN PRAYER. TODAY I AM THINKING OF THE SCRIPTURE THAT IT IS OUR WEAKNESS THAT HIS STRENGTH IS MADE WHOLE.
    LUKE WAS QUITE ILL ( BEGINNING AT 5 WEEKS WITH A BAD CASE OF DOUBLE PNEUMONIA) THE 1ST 3 OR SO YEARS OF HIS LIFE. WE BROUGHT EVERYTHING TO BEAR ON IT, INCLUDING A VERY RESTRICTED DIET. BUT PRAYER WAS THE CATALYST FOR EVERYTHING WE WERE LED TO DO & GIVEN THE STRENGTH TO DO—IT’S INTERESTING, BECAUSE IT INCLUDED THE “CUPPING” POUNDING ON HIS BACK. HE WAS SMALL ENOUGH THEN THAT I COULD HOLD HIM SLANTING DOWN. WE WERE RELIEVED WHEN THE TESTS FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS CAME BACK NEGATIVE. WHEN I READ OF YOU POUNDING ON KENT’S BACK MANY MEMORIES COME BACK.
    TODAY, I LOOK AT LUKE & SEE GOD’S STRENGTH!
    BLESSINGS ON YOU AS YOU CONTINUE TO FOLLOW GOD’S LEADING AND AS KENT CONTINUES TO TAKE HOLD OF GOD’S STRENGTH. LOVE YOU, DEBBIE

  9. susan fowler says:

    Davidene
    Prayed for you and Kent during the early morning hours when I had a little trouble sleeping. I know today is an important day for you. I too have an important event, the trial run of the radiation treatments. God has brought a peace that passes all understanding today.
    Praying and praising God for doctors and the medical technology to help us feel better. Knowing God is the greatest Physician of all.
    Susan

    • Susan, I know we are going through similar circumstances, and that our God is veery involved in every detail of both of our journeys. I’m praying for you, too. Keep looking up, Davidene

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