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Cochran, JosieColton, California
Josie would like to thank you for your prayers, cards and support. She is very appreciative. She reports she is improving and knows her life is in God’s hands.
Josie is home now after being hospitalized over the weekend for a brain blood clot. She is recuperating with her family. She struggles, but is in good spirits. She continues to need, and requests, our prayers for a full and complete recovery.
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1720 S. Mountain Avenue, "B"
Ontario, CA 91762
Josie Cochran of the Colton, California congregation is requesting prayers for herself and her family. She had a stroke sometime this weekend and is now in the hospital. She's scheduled to have an MRI soon, and the doctors are going to examine her heart as well. Thank you for your prayers.
Last Wednesday, one of our does had triplets, all girls. Sadly, one died 36 hours later of unknown causes. The other two seem to be doing well so far, though. We are keeping them in the house until they get larger and the weather gets a little warmer. We take them out periodically to feed and for them to be with their mother during the day.
I seem to have injured my back and am going to look into having a specialist check into the problem to determine if it is long or short term, so I can see what the best option for treatment will be. The pain itself is not so much a problem as is the shaky, weak, unsteadiness in my legs, which deeply worries me and makes even walking difficult. I have almost fallen a few times because suddenly the leg muscles seem not to respond properly (something like limited localized paralysis due to nerves being pinched at the sides of the spinal column, and this is the reason I am going to seek out a spine and nerve specialist. We continue here to pray for all of you with your various trials, and we thank you for your prayers for us here.
Fletcher, DanYork, South Carolina
Dan was discharged from the hospital today. Adjustments were made to his pacemaker settings, and from now on, he will have to take medication to help with his abnormal rhythm. If this course of action does not help long term, the doctors may recommend a cardiac ablation. The family wants to thank everyone, and asks for continued prayers regarding Dan's regaining of strength, appetite, and healing from his ongoing infection.
Dan's pacemaker went off several times this morning. He is alert but in pain due to the shocks. He is being transported to Charlotte Medical Center to get him stable, after which he will likely be transferred to Duke Medical Center. Please pray for God's intervention on Dan's behalf. Thank you.
Ford, MikeOxford, Georgia
A viewing for Mike Ford will be held on Wednesday, January 13, at 5:00pm. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 14, at 1:00pm and conducted by Martin Collins. Both the viewing and funeral service will be held at:
Mike's obituary can be found here.
We are very sad to report that Mike Ford died at 10:15 EST tonight. Phyllis would like you to know their family very much appreciates all of your prayers and support throughout this very difficult time.
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393 Edwards Rd.
Oxford, GA 30054-4103
Please pray for Mike Ford and his family. Phyllis writes:
Things have gone very badly for Mike today. We are at the hospital with him and have been told there is nothing left to do, so we are taking him off the ventilator and letting him go in peace. He is not expected to last much over an hour beyond that.
Phyllis writes this morning:
Mike is off sedation at this moment and not responding to commands. He opened his left eye. Vitals are okay. His oxygen started dropping last night even while at 100 percent on ventilator. Went down to 70's so they suctioned him and got out a lot of mucus. It went up to 85 but now going down...at 80. They may suction him again. He had a low grade fever last night. White blood cell count is up. CDC hasn't seen him yet but will come today. Liver and kidney numbers still up. Nurse doesn't know if MRI is planned for today. Probably depends on oxygen levels. It was not done yesterday because his blood pressure was dropping.
The hospital remains in lockdown. We continue to wait on God to take care of these many difficulties confronting Mike and fervently pray for His intervention. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Phyllis' most recent update: Today, Mike was awakened but did not respond to commands, so they did a brain scan and found he possibly had a stroke which affected the left frontal lobe. They think this happened while he was in Afib the other day. His CO2 levels are up again, so they looked at lungs and found a collection of air and fluid. The CDC is to see him to determine the type of infection he has. Oxygen level was reduced to 95from 100 percent. Liver is fine. Kidneys remain challenged. Neurologist is to call back about stroke.
We greatly appreciate all of your prayers and ask for continued prayers for Mike and the Ford family.
Phyllis Writes: "Today was a better day. We are still on the roller coaster but the good news is we got no clear indication to take further steps than to wait on God. The hospital has once again mandated no visitors whatsoever because of increasing Covid numbers. Please pray that I can see Mike daily and God will continue to guide us through this maze."
Please keep the Ford Family in your prayers. Phyllis writes:
"After yesterday, I thought Mike was improving. Today is not good. His heart is struggling and been in afib most of day. His lungs are severely scarred as of morning X-ray. Liver is failing and oxygen back at 100 percent. Doctor came in to tell me prognosis is very bad. He said if it was his father, he would let him go in peace. Please pray for us to see God’s will and be strong enough to do it."
Phyllis would like everyone to know that since it has been 21 days since she and Mike were confirmed to have Covid19, she was finally allowed to be with him today. Although he is still sedated, to her surprise, after she said hello and began to take off her coat, he lifted his hand to her. The nurse told her he could hear her, so she spent the rest of the day holding his hand and reading all of your wonderful cards to him and telling him of all your prayers and well wishes. Again, in answer to prayers his oxygen level went from 100 to 88% and the CO2 levels dropped to 50.
The other good news is that she can be with him again tomorrow from 9 to 6 and then she, Tara, Kelly and Cody will take turns spending the day with him. Again, the whole family wants to thank you all for your prayers and humbly thank God for His answers.
Hunt, CalPrevious Requests
Cal was in the emergency room for three days of tests and monitoring. The doctor was initially going to experiment with medication changes to try to regulate Cal's heartbeat, but it appears that a better solution may be to add oxygen to his CPAP device, which seems to solve the problem of his irregular (and sometimes stopping) heartbeat overnight. Thank you for your prayers.
Cal would appreciate your prayers because he will be going into the hospital early tomorrow for 2-3 days of testing of his heart to determine the best course of action regarding his irregular heartbeat. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
The VA hospital is going to check Cal to see if he needs a pacemaker. So far, they have issued him an oxygen unit to keep his blood oxygen at a safe level at night while sleeping. Although his oxygen level is usually in the low- to mid-90s during the day, it recently dropped to the mid-70s, resulting in his needing an oxygen generator on wheels (since it is so large). Also, he recently discovered that his pulse drops as low as 45 to 34 ppm for a short time several times per night, but he needs to maintain at least 50 ppm. Please pray for God’s intervention for Cal and that God’s will is done on his behalf. Thank you.
Johnson, SheilaPrevious Requests
I want to thank the brethren for their prayers for my sister. Her biopsy on Tuesday went very well. There was very little pain and discomfort during the procedure this time. Today I received a text from her saying that the cysts are benign. Thanks to all who prayed and to our Great God for His loving kindness and mercy.
My sister [Julie Redmon] has to have a biopsy Tuesday morning. Doctors found two irregular cysts that are highly suspect. The biopsy is very painful and she is dreading that. I am asking for prayers that the pain will be manageable and that God may comfort her at this time. Thank you very much.
Price, ShirleyLancaster, Pennsylvania
Shirley Price and her son, James, are in the hospital for the second time this week. Both tested positive for COVID-19 at the first visit (earlier this week) and were sent home and instructed to self-quarantine for two weeks. In addition to the congestion, fever, and other symptoms, Shirley's oxygen is now low. Her preexisting, extreme muscle and back pain are worse, making sleep and rest almost impossible. (She just turned 90 years old in December.) COVID-19 is now adding to the difficulty of James being able to control his diabetes, with which he has had some very serious situations. Also, Shirley's son, Andrew, and daughter, Kathy, are waiting for their COVID-19 test results. The whole family is being affected in many ways from this situation. Please pray for them all. Thank you.
Please keep Shirley Price in your prayers. She is quite sick with congestion, fever and fatigue, which is increasing the pain she has due to her severe arthritis. Please ask God to mercifully ease the pain that she is experiencing and return her to good health. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Sakala, MusondaLusaka, Zambia
We are most grateful concerning your prayers concerning floods in our area. We have so far survived the rains and need continued prayers for the remaining two and a half months of the rainy season. In addition, I need prayers as the increasing covid-19 cases have disrupted my training calendar so far. This means my income gets affected. I also need prayers for God to enable me to develop another line of work that I've already embarked on and that I'll produce products beneficial and useful to my clients. And that He may guide and help to avert challenges in this line of work. Thank you in advance.
Please pray for my parents and their household; there seems to be sickness of flu-like symptoms among them. Please pray that the Creator my come to their aid and allow recovery and correct treatment to see them through this. Thank you.
Smith, GregPrevious Requests
I began to feel a slight cold coming on last Sunday morning. Through Tuesday morning, all symptoms have remained light and there has been no fever. However, for the sake of all I have or may come in contact with, I did get a Covid test this (Tuesday) morning, and have confirmed I am positive for having Covid-19. You may know Sande had quintuple by-pass surgery in June of 2020, which would very much put her in the vulnerable category of people. Please ask our merciful Father that, if it is His will, Sande be spared from getting Covid-19 at all—and also that He would protect me from any serious effects of the disease. Thank you.
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