6/2/15 (Elijah) 

A quick note from Brenna: 

“The doctors have adjusted Elijah’s medication and he is doing much better.  He had very peaceful afternoon yesterday, and a very quiet night. He is opening his eyes more again; he seems to be regaining the awareness level he had a few days ago. 

Please be praying for wisdom and discretion about which LTAC (long term acute care facility) in Colorado to move him to; we have narrowed our options down to two!” 

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“Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, oh my soul. While I live I will praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help . . . Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth forever: which executes justice for the oppressed: which gives food to the hungry. The LORD looses the prisoners: the LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loves the righteous: the LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and the widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down. The LORD shall reign forever. . . Praise the Lord!”  | psalm 146

How sweet it is to remember the Character of the God we are waiting on –for life, breath, food. . . healing. May you all have a day filled with the light of His face! 

Our anchor holds. 

|| Haley 

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15 thoughts on “6/2/15 (Elijah) 

  1. I am praying for both Elijah and Autumn. They are on our prayer list at church. My grandchildren, Lauren and Emily Butler compete with them in Speech and Debate. They were recently together in South Dakota Resolve is their speech club. Our pastor in Pueblo, CO went through something similar with his 19 year old son, Josh Rogers. Josh was riding a scooter at night on his way back to his dorm in Lancaster, CA. He was hit by a car and had significant brain damage. Through the power of prayer, Josh walked out of the hospital and went home with his family to Colorado. These words, ONLY GOD…is what we all learned when Josh was healed. Josh still has some challenges, but after two years since the accident, Josh is still at school and working two jobs. God is good all the time! I wish I had some grand words of encouragement for you, but I’m at a loss. I follow all the updates and praise God he is using you in this trial. Our Pastor, Gordon Rogers admitted he would go through it all again to be close and walk with God as he did when the accident happened. God bless you all, and I’m praying for wisdom for God to help you to narrow down where Elijah will finish his recuperation time. God has a special place already where Elijah can be a witness.

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    • Hello Rebecca,
      “…and all the time, God is good!”
      Thank you *so* much for sharing that with us. I’m rejoicing to hear Josh’s story, and his Father’s testimony! Can’t wait to pass it on to Brenna. 🙂
      That was a gift! I hope your day is richly blessed.
      ||Haley

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  2. I have been following Elijah and Autumn’s progress. My name is Paula Weems and I work in the Admissions Office at the University of Wyoming. I just wanted to share that my husband spent 8 days in the LTAC in Colorado too. He had been in a drug induced coma for about 2-3 weeks at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, WY. He was ventilated and had a tracheostomy (due to influenza A and double bacterial pneumonia). His body atrified and he was not even able to push a nurse call button or walk or swallow normally. They expected him to be in LTAC for 21 days and then move to the short term care for 2-3 weeks. He ended up only spending 8 days in the LTAC wing. They took really good care of him there. He spent 10 days in the short term care and was able to come home to finish his physical therapy. I have asked our church (First Baptist Church) to also pray for Elijah and Autumn. God blessed us during our time of need and he will with Elijah and Autumn.

    Sincerely,

    Paula Weems
    University Of Wyoming
    Admissions Department
    Office Assistant Senior
    Dept 3435, 1000 E University Avenue
    Laramie WY 82071
    Tel: 307-766-5160
    Tel: 307-766-9300
    Fax: 307-766-4042
    Email: admissions@uwyo.edu
    Email: pweems@uwyo.edu

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    • Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Paula. It is so good to hear stories affirming the excellent care we’ve been told about in CO LTAC’s. Thanks so much for reaching out, and for standing with us in prayer!

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  3. Brenna, I am a friend of Nita and Sally’s. I have been praying for your Elijah and Autumn from the beginning. And for you and the families.
    You are writing HIS book and enduring. Stay strong and courageous “Mighty Warrior”. HE’s got you and Elijah and Autumn. I pray Matthew 17:20 over you – the mountain is your precious son’s recovery and I continue to ask our faithful Father to move this mountain and restore your precious son totally to walk out the “rest of His story” in your painful journey. You are becoming HIS warrior is will NOT be easily shaken in a fallen world. I will continue to follow when you and Cinnamon and wonderful Haley write and will continue to pray and share this with my praying friends and family. Trusting and believing in total recovery for Elijah and Autumn……….
    “Sandy”

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  4. Praise to You God! He hears us when we call, and He is lighting the path just a bit at a time.. We will continue to trust in Jesus as we take each step with Elijah and Autumn, even if we can’t see very far ahead down that dark path, Jesus will continue to light if for us one step at a time. What an awesome God we serve, who we can and should trust with all that is within us..

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  5. Haley,

    I thank my God for you and your continued dedication to keeping the prayer warriors up to date with Elijah & Autumn’s condition. You are our anchor and connection to the families. What a gift! Praising God today for Elijah’s more restful condition. May God, our Great Physician continue to heal Elijah’s broken body. In the name of our precious Saviour, Jesus. Amen!

    Kim Branson

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  6. Praise ye the Lord, who oer all things so wondrously reigneth, Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth. Has thou not seen how thy desires eer have been granted in what He ordaineth?

    Praise ye the Lord, who with marvelous wisdom hath made thee. Decked thee with health, and with loving hand guided and stayed thee. How oft in grief hath not He brought thee relief, spreading His wings for to shade thee.

    Praise ye the Lord, o let all that is in me adore Him. All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him. Let the Amen, sound from His people again, Gladly for aye we adore Him.

    written between 1665 and 1878

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  7. Precious and great news! We are rejoicing with you and fully in agreement with your prayers. Jesus, thankyou for pouring Your love on these who delight themselves in knowing You…may Jesus be glorified AGAIN TODAY : )

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  8. I don’t want to presume upon the choices of a Colorado LTAC facility, but my elderly mother some years before her passing was in Craig Hospital in Englewood. I know from posts you have made that physicians at Craig are already familiar with Elijah ‘ s case. I’ve asked around and no one has ever heard anything but glowing praise for that facility. Perhaps it would not yet receive Elijah because there may be some baselines he isn’t yet at. But my experience and the collective experience of others commends Craig very highly. I’m praying not only for guidance for you, but also that Elijah reach admission baselines for the very best rehab centers …. particularly, Craig, and other places with special dedication to traumatic brain injuries. My apologies for making a “pitch,” but I prayed first and there was no doubt that I should say these words.

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    • Hello Leland,
      Yes, our preference is for Elijah to be transferred straight to Craig. He isn’t quite stable enough, though; he has to have at least one response to a command (squeezing hands, blinking on command, etc.) before he is eligible to be transferred there. This is definitely what we’re working towards. Thank you for praying with us that he reaches this level quickly!
      || Haley

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