Posts Tagged ‘acute pancreatitis’

Update!

I don’t have much time this morning to give you a proper update, but Matt will have surgery again today. Please be prayin! Things are looking up, friends! God is so, SO good!

Until later…

Sarah

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Update, Update, Pray All About It!

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Hello, friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on my brother. He went in for an MRI which showed cysts on his pancreas, but showed no cancer! So that was great, and very encouraging. He then went in to the pancreatic specialist where he told him to go back on the liquid diet for a week (he’s never truly gotten off of the liquid diet! He’s still waiting to eat a “real” meal for two months now), that week ends tonight. Tomorrow he will go in to the hospital so this specialist can perform a scope, where they will examine his insides further and see what’s going on. Since he will already be under anesthesia, they will put a feeding tube in as well. He will be able to go home tomorrow.

He will have the feeding tube for a month, which will allow the “food” to completely bypass the pancreas. This will allow his pancreas to rest fully, and hopefully recover. The specialist is hoping to have him fully recovered by the time Matt & Laura’s baby is born, which is late October. We are joining him in that hope!

Anyway, Matt is upbeat and optimistic, he’s refusing to be depressed or worried. He’s excited for the feeding tube, he will finally have nourishment!!

Our GodParents are in town for a visit, perfect timing! They were able to go and anoint him with oil and pray over him tonight. What a blessing!

Matt also told me today that their new baby, a girl, will be named (middle name) after me! Her full name will be Hailey Sarah. Ahh! What an honor! I’m thrilled and can’t wait to meet her. October can’t come fast enough!

On another note, my husband’s uncle Tim was in a horrible motorcycle accident last night and is suffering severe injuries, in critical condition. He’s got multiple broken bones, swelling on the brain, and internal bleeding. Please lift him up in prayer.

One of my besties has two family members in the hospital right now, please keep them and their family in prayer as well.

My daughter’s elementary school music teacher’s son died over the weekend in a river accident, please lift that family and all involved in prayer. Her son had just been married a few weeks ago.

Praise Report: The sun came up today! We have another day of air to breathe! God is good!

Thanks for lifting everyone up in prayer, I pray for you often as well! If you have a specific prayer need, please feel free to leave it in a comment below, or email me at mrsmendiola@me.com

You are blessed!

Sarah

Encouragement: Better Than Discouragement!

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Have a great day today, and take the time to make someone feel special. We all have a spare moment to do a little something for someone, or say a kind word to someone. A little encouragement goes a long way. Go on now, get to it!

Also, please continue praying for my brother, Matt, today (Thursday) as he goes into a new doctor. We are praying, and believing for, answers! And solutions! And progress! And peace! And total healing! The enemy is fighting hard, but we know that his fighting is a reaction to The Lord doing something good. He wouldn’t fight if he had nothing to fight against. So we praise The Lord even through the trials. Everyday with Him is a beautiful one, challenges or not.

You are blessed,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Encourage Someone Today!
By Andy at http://www.gospel.com

There’s nothing quite so uplifting as receiving an unexpected compliment or a kind word in the midst of a hectic day. And on the flip side, we’ve all had a day ruined by a careless or cruel remark. Words have tremendous power to encourage or to hurt. That’s the message of this devotional from Daily Encounter, which challenges us to offer encouragement to someone today:

Every one of us “young and old alike” needs encouragement. To encourage someone is to put courage into them. To discourage is to take courage out of them. It costs nothing to put courage into another… to speak a kind word… to let them know you appreciate them… to tell them you believe in them… that you admire them… to thank them and so on.

So, today, make a point of putting courage into your spouse… your children… your boss… your employees… and the clerk at the local store. Go out of your way to do it. And in blessing others you will be blessed yourself.

Offering encouragement is one of the simplest but most effective ways you can reflect Christ’s love to others. Take a look around you, whether you’re sitting in an office cubicle, your living room, or an airport terminal. Who do you see who could use an encouraging word? Why not take a moment to say something kind?

Prayers for Matt

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(Matt and his wife, Laura, mountain biking somewhere)

My brother, Matt, is still fitting acute pancreatitis. He’s back on an all liquid diet for the next week in hopes to lower the enzyme count significantly. If he’s still not out of the “acute” stage by next week, they will go to the next step – an internal scope to see if they can find anything malfunctioning inside of the area affected.

We appreciate your continued support and prayers for my brother. It’s extremely hard to see him struggling, but we know that – even now – The Lord is turning this situation for good. We are praising Him in advance for Matt’s healing, and kicking out any doubts the enemy tries to sneak in.

As the Kari Jobe song, Healer, says:

You hold my very moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You, I trust in You

I believe You’re my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe

And I believe You’re my portion
I believe You’re more than enough for me
Jesus You’re all I need

You hold my very moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You, Lord I trust in You

I believe You’re my healer
I believe You are all I need
Oh, I believe

I believe You’re my portion
I believe You’re more than enough for me
Jesus You’re all I need

Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands

Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands

I believe You’re my healer
I believe You are all I need
Oh, yes You are, yes You are

And I believe You’re my portion
Lord I believe You’re more than enough for me
Jesus You’re all I need
More than enough for me
Jesus You’re all I need

You’re my healer

Video link:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=5vIH67lYRGo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5vIH67lYRGo

I know that my Father is my brother’s Healer. It’s in Him I place my hope!

Blessings,

Sarah

Prayers for Matt

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(*Disclaimer: That’s not actually me and my brother. 😉 )

I have an update, friends. Turns out my brother, Matt, doesn’t have the flu. He is fighting acute pancreatitis. He’s been admitted to the hospital, so we are believing he will begin recovering quickly!

Please join us in continuing to pray for him, and that The Lord would direct the hands and minds of the Doctors and Nurses who work with Matt while he’s there. We know that The Lord will turn this situation for good, and that His plan for Matt’s future is a bright one!

A few things about Matt…He is one of the most caring and giving people I know. He gives until he has nothing left, and then he gives some more. He has a heart for those in need all over the world. Matt isn’t happy with just talking the talk, he regularly walks the walk. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. I will never forget seeing the pictures of him on a mission trip, surrounded by children. Playing games with them, laughing with them, just spending time loving them. He never boasts about the things he does, in fact we have to drag the information out of him! If he read this paragraph he’d probably tell me to delete the post! He just does good because thats who he is, not because of how it makes him look in the eyes of others. And, holy cannoli, is he funny. He can get me laughing like no one else can. I can’t magically transform myself into a doctor and fix him, even though I’d love to! But, I can do something even better. I can call on our Jesus, and I know He will come to the rescue!

Thanks so much for praying with us. I want you to know that you all are in my prayers as well. No matter what you’re fighting, there is a God who cares for you. He knows every hair on your head, He hasn’t forgotten you. You matter! If you ever have a prayer request, please feel free to email me (mrsmendiola@me.com), or leave the request on one of my posts in the comment section.

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them. – Matthew 18:20 NKJV

Video link:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=swEPwjlLjDw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DswEPwjlLjDw

Blessings,

Sarah

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