sept 1 – update

Hello from Oklahoma City. Kent and I arrived back in OKC last night after spending 6 great days at our lake house with the “Empty Nesters”. We indulged in conversation, food, water sports, games (Kent excelled at all things Spades), a little John Wayne on TV (Hollis’ favorite), a lot of football and golf on TV (all the guys’ favorites), plenty of “girlfriend” time, and more food. All in all, it was a marvelous time. Kent did really well. He seems to be in a stable place right now, and we are enjoying it. His new Respirator Vest, which we have named “The Thumper”, works so well. Also, last week his OKC drs. added an inhaler to decrease secretions. We aren’t sure if it has done anything new yet, because when you are taking so many meds, it is hard to see the result of just one. But we do know he is coughing up enough to stay out of the hospital and have some ‘normal’ days. THANK YOU for praying about this weekend for us, because God granted grace for another very special, memory-making vacation this summer: this time with friends. We’re looking forward to this coming weekend as well. We are planning to spend special time with our family and extended family, again at the lake. It is hard to believe that this summer is almost over.

What a summer it has been! We are so thankful that God has granted us this time. You have certainly been instrumental in that happening. Your prayers and encouragement have kept us going, and we appreciate you. We know that consistent praying is hard work, and keeping up with it for an extended period is even harder. By the way, we pray for you, too. Many of you also have ongoing needs, and we meet at God’s Throne together in prayer. We feel like we have a very close-knit prayer family around us, and there is nothing better than a praying family!

A few new prayer requests:

  • After having a good yearly physical, I found out a few days later that the lab work showed severe anemia. My iron is so low that I have been getting iron transfusions. I have had two, and will get another one today, after which blood work will again be done to determine how many more I need. I must admit that it gives me a happy feeling to think that I can have more energy than I have had for the last several months! It isn’t just “life” that has kept me so tired. Pray for a quick response.
  • Kent’s blood markers that indicate inflammation (which, in turn, indicates the activity of the disease), dipped from 47 to 9 after he reached the top level of the cancer drug. Last week, it was back up to 28. That is still not a terribly high number, but it may indicate that the Imuran is losing its effectiveness. We just don’t know yet, and will keep watching it closely. He gets that blood test done every two weeks, so we will find out more next week. Pray that the disease stays in control.
  • Pray for our upcoming trip to Johns Hopkins (Sept 20-23). Drs need God’s wisdom about whether or not to take out the stents, and how to handle all the medications to give Kent’s body the best chance at having quality of life.

Have a good week, and I will talk to you again after this coming weekend. In Him, 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.

5 Responses to sept 1 – update

  1. Harold Armstrong says:

    I was very pleased to read that the annual gathering of the “empty nesters” went well. I well remember, in years past, talking with Bruce and Kent about what a blessing this tradition was to all involved. I’m certain you did, and will always, miss this the exuberance that Bruce had with your group. I know that I will always have fond memories of our contacts, in person and by telephone,

    Thanks for your faithulness in keeping us all informed. You will remain in our prayers.

    Because of Him,
    Harold

  2. Art Kimbrough says:

    Davidene…You and Kent are living evidence of answered prayer. Both of you are on our hearts daily. Every thought of you and Kent is a trigger for prayer.
    Yours in Christ always,
    Art

  3. J D Smith says:

    This is GOOD NEWS Kent…just amazing.We will continue to pray for the next few weeks that the body will continue to heal itself and that the hospital visit will go well.
    JD

  4. Jon Cook says:

    The couples group that Sherri and I have been a part of for the past nine years continues to pray for you guys. It occurred to me that you might want to know who is in the group! Sherri and me, John and Diane Loesel, Rich and Cindy Jefferies, Rich and Pam Kanaly, Larry and Lydia Travis, Gary and Shouna Olson. Incredible prayer warriors. It is a privilege to lift you up. Blessings to you!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. doug baskin says:

    Have enjoyed your updates. I spent some time with Doug Hunter in a men’s small group at Perimeter Church and he introduced me to your ministry and in turn I learned of your physical challenges through your blog. I was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer about the same time. my blog (link included) details much of my struggle and the victories also. I have related so much to your writings and the emotions and challenges etc. Hope all goes well and I do so relate to the precious time away from the disease where you can just enjoy your time with friends and family.

    Doug Baskin
    Cumming, Georgia

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