update – january 5th

Today began with no apparent improvement with Kent. He was very weak, could not cough up the mucus in his lungs, and was still struggling mightily to breathe. By this afternoon, there had been a marked change for the better. He has a long way to go to get back to the strength and energy he had, but there is definite improvement in his breathing and coughing. We are encouraged. There are several specific things you could pray about:
1. Pray that the mucus in his lungs can be coughed out, and not turn into pneumonia.
2. Pray for rest for Kent. The massive steroids that he is receiving are leaving him unable to sleep, so he has had less than 3 hours sleep a night for the past 4 nights. It is necessary treatment, but the resulting exhaustion makes it harder for his body to heal.
3. Pray for energy to walk the halls. It will be very helpful to his circulation and healing when he can move around more. He is retaining fluids, and walking will help this condition to recover.
4. Pray for his doctors. They have been helpful and caring, but they need wisdom from God in Kent’s complicated situation.
5. Pray for God’s discernment as to when to release Kent from the hospital. Patients are no longer kept there until they are completely healed. As soon as the doctors think that the bronchitis has worn itself out, and that pneumonia is no longer a huge concern, they will send him home. They can continue large amounts of steroids there. He will not be well, but he can continue healing at home after he is passed the danger stage. The trick is in knowing when that point is reached. We do not want him sent home too early, only to relapse. So wisdom is needed in this matter.
6. Pray for family peace. Our three children, their spouses, and I have been in constant comunication, and God’s peace and grace have been abundantly supplied. I am always amazed by how much support is inherent in such a tight-knit family group. I treasure my children and their children. What encouragement and wisdom they bring to me!
We thank you for your wisdom and prayers.

I would like to tell you about something that happened to us last Tuesday. Kent has a phrase he uses to describe events in which God brings two people together to accomplish His purposes; he calls them “divine appointments”. God gave us such appointment that will always stay in my mind. Kent became very ill during the night hours early Tuesday. About 1:30 a.m. I heard him trying to breathe, and when I turned on the light I saw him standing up, leaning against a dresser for support, and trying to breathe. I threw on my clothes, quickly packed the car, and started driving home. We arrived in Oklahoma City at 5:00 a.m. Thankfully, Kent had settled down some during the trip, and was able to rest for a few hours. Early on Tuesday morning, I phoned Kent’s pulmanologist, only to learn that the medical system had changed. His doctor is now in a group of four doctors called “intensivists”. They only work for the hospital in the intensive care unit. We could not see or talk to our doctor. His nurse advised us to call our primary care physician. That doctor told us to come in to his office immediately. When we arrived, he phoned the pulmanologist’s office himself and asked them to please see Kent, describing the crisis situation he was in. They agreed to see him later that afternoon, after Kent had a chest X-ray to determine if pnuemonia was there. We went to the hospital X-ray department and signed in. By this time Kent was unable to even talk, due to shortness of breath. He was wheezing and trying to get air by standing. The receptionist told him to wear a surgical mask and to sit down. The mask further inhibited his breathing, and we were in a tiny room, packed with waiting people. Kent stumbled out into a larger lobby, and I stayed in the waiting room, afraid that we would miss his name being called. After 5 people were called, I was still standing there, worried about Kent and not even sure where he was. All of a sudden, a sweet lady walked in. I recognized her immediately. Her name is Katy, and she was our first respiratory therapist during Kent’s numerous hospitalizations in the summer of 2010. Kent had been under her care during 5 stays in the hospital that summer, and we all became great friends. We have kept in contact with her, but had not seen her since August of 2010. I hugged her, and through tears of relief said, “I can’t believe you are here! Why are you here?” She didn’t answer right away, but said, “I saw Kent outside, and I’m going to help him.” She disappeared into the X-ray department. I could see through the door window that she was talking to someone in animated fashion. She returned, took my arm, and steered me quickly out of the waiting room. She got a wheelchair and began a quick trip down a different hallway. Suddenly we were in another X-ray department, where Katy was obviously known and respected. Within 5 minutes, Kent’s X-ray was done. While the X-ray was being taken, Katy was across the hall on the phone with the pulmanologist. She said, “Dr., this man has an appointment at your office this afternoon, but he is not going to make it out of this hospital. When you see him, you will admit him, so why don’t you cancel the office appointment, let me take him to a trauma unit right now, and you can admit him through the ER.” We were then whisked away to the back entrance to the ER, where a trauma team was waiting, and where Katy had respiratory theray going before anyone knew what had happened. It was an amazing display of God working in our behalf. I cried with relief as Katy, (who loves our Lord) , admitted that Tuesday wasn’t even her day to work! She has three little children, but felt that she “was supposed to go in today”. She did not know why the urge was so great, but she made accomodations for her children and went in to work on her day off. She said, “Now I know why I was supposed to be here. HE sent me.” Isn’t God good? Katy and I talked about what a huge difference it makes when hopelessness is given hope. I am SO grateful to God for this specific blessing.
Have a good day, and watch for God’s blessings – big and small. Have I mentioned that it was a warm, sunny, and totally gorgeous day in Oklahoma today? It was.

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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.

11 Responses to update – january 5th

  1. Art Kimbrough says:

    What a beautiful story of diivine appointment! In the midst of trama, tension, and terror, He shows his healing, helping hand to provide a means for comfort, compassion, and care – physical and spiritual. Our prayer is your prayer, and we know God already has control of the answer. We love you. Art & Michele

  2. We are praying and will continue to pray for many such divine appointments. It is always such a joy when the Lord allows us to visibly see His powerful hand in action. Cindy and Chad Puckett

  3. susan fowler says:

    Love those God moments! He is so amazing! I am so thankful Kathy heard His voice and obeyed so diligently. Praying for continued wisdom and God appointments!

  4. Juha Tentke says:

    We will pray for you all!
    -Juha & Jaana

    Psalm 18:30-33
    As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.
    He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
    For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
    It is God who arms me with strength
    and makes my way perfect.
    He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    he enables me to stand on the heights.

  5. Laura Manahan says:

    So glad to hear some progress is being made. Davidene your story of Katy brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart. Just another re-assurance God is there all the time working for our good. Your updates in their own way are a testimony to all those who read and may need encouragement of their own. Prayers continuing for both of you!!

  6. Scott Little says:

    Praise Him!

  7. Roslyn Robinson says:

    God is so awsome and I thank God for allowing me to have contact with your family. I definately cried, but they were tears of Joy because I know that God is so good! You both are awesome examples of Christ filled people, I consider you my family. I thank God you both! God says he will never leave nor forsake thee. Thank you for sharing your lives with me. Davidene it was a great joy to see you. Please tell Kent that my prayers are with you both.

    Love you both

  8. Annecia Pinkston says:

    Your family is in our prayers and the story of Katy is so awesome. We serve a mighty God who can move mountains, stop the sun from shining and bring a lady like Katy to tend to Kent! WOW!
    We will continue to pray for all your needs!

    Annecia and Wiley

  9. Jim White says:

    Leave it to the Humphreys family to again be used by God in creating yet another story for us to learn to apply FROG (Fully Rely On God) and to see once again that He is never in a hurry, though we are, but He is always on time. Thanks for sharing Davidene and know that you two are being used mightily while enduring these difficulties. May the Lord deliver Kent from this medical trauma as He has so faithfully done so in the past. God be with you!

  10. Maydelle Oslund says:

    Thanks Davidene, for sharing that absolutely wonderful blessing from the Lord!! Praise God!! Will continue to pray for your requests especially for wisdom for the doctors, no pneumonia, good sleep, strength to walk down the halls, etc. Praying for good rest and peace for you for you also! II Sam. 22:33 Maydelle

  11. Tomi Sue Fisher says:

    Davidene – wanted to share something very similar about your daddy. Our son was just a baby when Dave took his tonsils out. Everything was fine and he had been returned to the hospital room when he began hemorrhaging quite badly. The nurses could not stop it and they were unable to get ahold of your dad. As Dave told us the story, he was walking out of Baptist doors when God just stopped him and said “Mickey Fisher is in trouble”. Dave said that he immediately walked right back in and practically ran up to 10th. He took Mick directly into surgery again and was able to stop the hemorrhaging. God truly does do wonderful things, doesn’t He. You must know then how we felt about your daddy ….

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