sept 25th – update

We are back in Oklahoma City as of late last night. Yesterday was a busy day, starting with the appt. with dr. hellmann, then a short rest, then flights home. The trip was uneventful; in fact, both travel days were exceptional. Every detail went smoothly. It was another grace that we were able to get on the same flight  (even the same seat assignment!) that we were to have taken the day before – and on a friday night! Amazing. Everyone seemed to want to help us all along the way – from the hotel clerk (Yolanda) to taxi drivers, to airline personnel. Kent did well through it all, and is still resting this morning. It is surreal now not to hear his every breath. He sounded like Darth Vader three days ago. Now he can breathe quietly and cough easily. We are thrilled.

Let me tell you what we learned. Both drs (pulmanologist and rheumatologist) had plans for the future for other treatments they can do to help Kent through the progression of the disease. The pulmanologist says that he will probably need to use the stents again later, but he gets a break from their side effects for now. The rheumatologist was pleased with his lab numbers and is leaving him on his current regime for now. He did, however, propose the most interesting therapy idea for the future. He has developed a type of stem cell transplant for RP patients, and has tried it on a few already. It is a similar procedure to what they currently do for leukemia and other blood disorders, but with some differences. In the cases they have tried, 20% of patients had an apparent total cure. 20% were not helped at all. 60% showed marked improvement. All things considered, it is a viable option for Kent. We’ll wait, of course, until it is totally necessary, and by then it may not be experimental.

It is hopeful that there are new things to try that weren’t available at all even last year! Medicine is definitely a “practice”. Dr. Feller-Kopman even said, “This is not a scientific decision (referring to taking out the stents). We try what we think may help, and if it turns out to be a bad decision, we put them back in.” And so they did the surgery. After taking out the stents in the morning, Kent spent 10 hours in the surgical prep room in case they had to go back to surgery to replace them. They weaned him onto breathing entirely for himself very slowly, by using forced air into his airways to hold them open for him as he came out of anesthesia. It worked, and Kent is breathing nicely. He has very little stamina or breath support, but he did not have much anyway. Now he can adjust again. We are glad to be home where he can do that in peace and quiet.

Sadly, we learned yesterday afternoon that Kevin died earlier yesterday. Please pray for his family. They are all open to talking about eternity now. I will spend as much time as possible with them, and help them through this funeral time as much as I can. I went to the house at 11:00 p.m. last night, as soon as we arrived home. They were all awake and waiting on the front porch. We talked about everything. It would be wonderful if Kevin’s death is the thing that brings the whole family to the Lord. Keep praying, and thank you for being a part of this with me. I haven’t been in quite this situation before.

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.

4 Responses to sept 25th – update

  1. Joy Fischer says:

    Woms-
    I was just wondering about Kevin. So sorry to hear about his death.
    Love,
    Joy

  2. Kevin & Debbie Hanni says:

    So glad to hear the good reports from John Hopkins. I am praying for you guys as well as Kevin’s family. You are such an encouragement to me that in the midst of your own difficulties you continue to minister to others. God is good in that He always shows us He is working and shows us He can use us when we are willing. You guys are a blessing because you are willing to be used. Your actions reflect what we are learning in the Jonah Bible study. What we could see as interruptions are God’s divine interventions where we have a chance to see Him do great things when we are yielded and ready to be used by Him. I will be praying for you guys as you are used to minister to Kevin’s family. And I will continue to be praying for God’s healing touch on Kent.

  3. susan fowler says:

    Praising God for His goodness. I am so thankful for the vast strides medicine is making and indeed it is a practice. So grateful that you are there to minister to Kevin’s family and walk with them this journey. May God reach their hearts with His amazing love and peace. Praying for strength for you as you allow God to use you in this time.

  4. Cathy Westm says:

    Davidene, thank you for Kent’s amazing update. My dear cousin, Gary – who lived in Phoenix passed away in his sleep early morning a few days ago from COPD & will be laid to rest in St. Louis @ Jefferson Barracks tomorrow. I am praying the same for his children as we are praying for Kevin’s family. God is guiding you all the way. We know this isn’t the end for them… but just the beginning. May all of us learn from and never forget how special each breath God breathes into us really is. For those waiting to exhale… I pray they breathe in Christ Jesus and His peace. Thank you & Kent for sharing each blissful breath of today. Lord God, please heal Kent. Blessings.

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