august 3 – update

THANK YOU, Friends, for your encouraging words and all of the prayers. When we tell you that we can feel them, it is true. I wish I could adequately explain what this prayer-bouyed journey is like. God’s grace is a tangible thing! Although we are walking in a dark thorny valley, there is light for the way, and peaceful soft places to sit at every interval where we need one. There are spots where flowers and fireflies abound, and all along the way are friends with loving arms and soft voices to walk a little while with us. We need it all.

Kent is still in the hospital. He has had a rough time since the bronchoscopy, and just felt “sick”. I think he needs to come home so that he can get well! I’m planning to discuss this very thought with the dr tomorrow morning. Of course, his breathing is still ragged, but the dr has tried another method to help – we are going to get a vest respiratory unit tomorrow to use at home. This is a vest made by Hill-Rohm, mainly for Cystic Fibrosis patients, to help them get rid of mucus. It should help. The possible down-side is that any stimulation to his lungs (like a bronchoscopy) is usually a catalyst for even more mucus production. So pray that this will help without any negative side effects.

The OKC pulmanologist sent the pictures from Kent’s bronchoscopy to the Johns Hopkins pulmanologist by e-mail, but the image was not clear enough. So the actual photos were overnight mailed yesterday. We hope that the two drs. can talk about the case by tomorrow. I will certainly let you know what they think, as soon as I know. The options that are being considered are:

1. Take out stents

2. Leave in the stents, but do ?

3. Start processing the possibility of a bi-lateral lung transplant. It seems like Kent would be an unlikely candidate for this, but they are exploring it anyway.

Keep praying for God’s guidance for the drs., and for patience and acceptance for us. We are doing good. We are thankful to have each other, and have found things to laugh about, even in the hospital. I think God has given great grace to Kent while he has been in the same small room for 5 days. He has been a perfect patient – meeting new “friends” on staff, and seeing old staff friends. It is amazing how people start to look familiar, and you actually begin to know those families who have been there for a long time. We talk about our “patients” while riding elevators, walking down halls, and popping in and out of the cafeteria. You can pray with complete strangers in a hospital, and no one thinks is it strange! Well, it is late, and I must get some rest. Talk to you tomorrow, Davidene


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 august 3 – update

  1. susan fowler says:

    Praying and praising!

  2. Art Kimbrough says:

    Davidene…your words are a blessing of communication. Distance shrinks and keeps us near Kent’s bedside along with you. It is difficult to hear details of how the disease is ravaging Kent, but comforting to know the truth as it develops so we can encourage both of you through prayer as you both have done for us so many times. Keep fighting for strength and healing. Our God expects no less. We are in this fight with you and Kent. Our weapons are faith and prayer. We continue this battle with you and Kent.

  3. gib Bush says:

    Thank you for allowing to walk this journey with the two of you. We love you and are continuing our prayers for you both. As I was reading you note this morning Psalm 23 came to mind. This disease is the enemy you are facing but at every turn you see God’s leading and your cup keeps running over. Keep pressing onward and we will keep lookng upward, bringing you before the throne room!

  4. Brett Yohn says:

    Thanks for the update. Praying this morning for God’s mercy and presence with you both. THis whole scenario is unimaginable to me. Your faith and Kent’s is pleasing to God. Heb. 11:6 Nothing is impossible with God.

  5. Cathy Westm says:

    Praying for Kent & your continued inner peace,
    Continued freedom from fear,
    God’s wisdom for the doctors,
    No more mucus in Kent’s lungs
    & complete healing through the awesome & total power of Jesus!

  6. Eric and Kathryn says:

    As I read through the comments above, I rejoice that I am in the company of such prayerful and faith filled sisters and brothers who are interceding for you, Kent and for you, Davidene, and for the rest of your family as you journey through this valley with glimpses of the heavenlies.
    Eric and I join our prayers with all those out there who are praying for God’s perfect outcome for what you are experiencing (for there is power in agreement)…giving God all the honor and glory and praise only He deserves!
    We love you and hold you close…Eric and Kathryn

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