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I'm posting a copy of the email update I sent out this morning:

Randy is doing a good bit better today. His leg is still swollen and still hurts to walk on, but nowhere near what it was last Wednesday. They did a sonogram on his heart yesterday and it was beating strongly and regularly. He takes short walks down the halls - walking helps reduce the swelling, and the more the swelling reduces, the less it hurts.
 
He was supposed to be discharged this morning, but this entire area got hit by a snow storm last night.  Snowfall ranged from 1-14" across the peninsula and over Seattle. Because of the mountain roads, the water, and the high hills of Seattle, we are not going to be able to go and pick up Randy. So he'll be staying another day. Snow is supposed to keep falling until 4 pm this evening, so I'm not sure about tomorrow yet, either.
 
None of this took God by surprise, even though each day has brought something surprising to us. And even though it brings us some angst, we can rest in knowing that God is in control and allows all things for our good and His glory, to form us to the image of Jesus. Some days it seems the clay's being pounded harder, but the end result is going to be beautiful!
 
Thank you so much for praying - I cannot express our gratitude strongly enough! Knowing that so many friends were praying has been a great source of comfort. We appreciate your continued prayer for his recuperation and the results of the hospital stay as well. 

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We were able to bring Randy home yesterday. It was late in the day when we finally got here, but praise the Lord! He has to go in tomorrow and get his INR checked so he can begin getting regulated on his warfarin. We aren't able to find a primary care physician right now, so he's going through the Urgent Care here. There is one place that he can apply to and maybe in 8-10 weeks he can get a doctor. Unless he wants to pay $65/month for a concierge doctor who then charges anywhere from $34-$248 per office visit. sigh... 

I would appreciate (I'm saying this an awful lot lately) continued prayer. For him - he has to walk often and it is still very painful; for his meds adjustment; and for our finances. We do not have insurance at this time and so we are rather flattened with this.  Randy's hours have been cut of late, even before this. And I have just found out that the second girl I homeschool may not be coming back - very little money from that, but it helped a bit. But we know our Father is in control and is more than able to help us. Hence the request for prayer.

 

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His walking gait is much better today - still a good ways away from being back to normal, but it's coming! He was not able to go to church this morning, because the way the church is set up, he couldn't prop his leg (a couple of the ladies talked about bringing in an armchair for him). Also, since it would involve several hours of weird sitting, he thought it probably wouldn't be wise.  So he live-streamed the sermon from the church we attended in IN. Interestingly enough, both messages touched on Esther.

Anyway, since we don't have a pastor yet, when someone wants to be baptized and/or when we have the Lord's Table, the pastor who helped found the church helps out.  There were two folks who needed to be baptized, and so we trooped over to the other church for the baptism and partook of communion.  Randy was able to go with us! Simple thing, but such a blessing!

Since we began attending the church, 5 people have joined (of course, that counts us). The first people to join since the previous pastor left 4ish years ago. Talk about excited to see that the church is moving forward!

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praise God he is improving. my neighbor had blood clots in her legs last year, she went to the pool each day and the doctor told her as long as she continues they won't come back. praying for you two....hugs

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I am coming to you again, asking prayer for my brother-in-law Everett once again. He is on his way to the hospital as I type this. They found another blood clot, this one on the lung. They live in OH, and we are clear here in WA, so it's hard on my hubs to be so far away. However, we have a prayer-hearing and a prayer-answering God. Everett is saved, and we are thankful for that. 

I believe I mentioned before that Randy's oldest brother died from a pulmonary embolism a number of years back. I would ask that you pray that God spare this brother. And that they will be drawn closer to God through this. Thanks.

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Randy goes in for another lab this morning. His number was up yesterday, so the woman told him he would likely be done with the injections he's had to give himself twice a day. Enoxaparin is what he's been injecting - it's a bridge from the Heparin to just Warfarin. It is REALLY expensive, so we are most certainly hoping and praying that he doesn't have to continue with it.

I got an update on my brother-in-law, Everett.  This is from my sister-in-law, Kim:

"For those who are attached to a prayer chain please put Everett DePriest on your list of folks to pray for.. he requested to have people pray for him. He has a blood clot in his right lung and now they have also found a mass in the same lung. Along with the 3blood clots in his left arm. 
I have no doubt the Lord is able to take care of every issue. I am in expectation of answered prayers! Thank you everyone!"

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On ‎2‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 9:59 PM, HappyChristian said:

I am coming to you again, asking prayer for my brother-in-law Everett once again. He is on his way to the hospital as I type this. They found another blood clot, this one on the lung. They live in OH, and we are clear here in WA, so it's hard on my hubs to be so far away. However, we have a prayer-hearing and a prayer-answering God. Everett is saved, and we are thankful for that. 

I believe I mentioned before that Randy's oldest brother died from a pulmonary embolism a number of years back. I would ask that you pray that God spare this brother. And that they will be drawn closer to God through this. Thanks.

LuAnne, is he anywhere near Belpre where you used to teach? I'll be praying and if you need someone to visit him, I may be able to go.

On ‎2‎/‎14‎/‎2017 at 10:39 AM, HappyChristian said:

Randy goes in for another lab this morning. His number was up yesterday, so the woman told him he would likely be done with the injections he's had to give himself twice a day. Enoxaparin is what he's been injecting - it's a bridge from the Heparin to just Warfarin. It is REALLY expensive, so we are most certainly hoping and praying that he doesn't have to continue with it.

I got an update on my brother-in-law, Everett.  This is from my sister-in-law, Kim:

"For those who are attached to a prayer chain please put Everett DePriest on your list of folks to pray for.. he requested to have people pray for him. He has a blood clot in his right lung and now they have also found a mass in the same lung. Along with the 3blood clots in his left arm. 
I have no doubt the Lord is able to take care of every issue. I am in expectation of answered prayers! Thank you everyone!"

I'll be praying for Randy and Everett.

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6 hours ago, 1Timothy115 said:

LuAnne, is he anywhere near Belpre where you used to teach? I'll be praying and if you need someone to visit him, I may be able to go.

I'll be praying for Randy and Everett.

He actually lives in Circleville, which is just south of Columbus. Thank you so much for praying.

Everett came home from the hospital, and they have him on anti-coagulants to help dissolve the clots. They will be doing a pet scan on the mass - at this point they don't think it's cancer. So we are thankful about that!

Randy was able to go to church last night. And he's done with the injections! Praise the Lord! He didn't have a lab today or yesterday, either. Tomorrow will be another lab, and hopefully they will be able to set the amount of Warfarin he'll need on a permanent basis. 

He is walking better, and the pain that causes him to have to stop and rest is lessening as well. Praise the Lord for improvement!

We still haven't found a doctor, though. Crazy, in this area there are doctors and medical groups all over the place and we can't find one. sigh. But the Lord knows...

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On ‎2‎/‎16‎/‎2017 at 7:28 PM, HappyChristian said:

He actually lives in Circleville, which is just south of Columbus. Thank you so much for praying.

Everett came home from the hospital, and they have him on anti-coagulants to help dissolve the clots. They will be doing a pet scan on the mass - at this point they don't think it's cancer. So we are thankful about that!

Randy was able to go to church last night. And he's done with the injections! Praise the Lord! He didn't have a lab today or yesterday, either. Tomorrow will be another lab, and hopefully they will be able to set the amount of Warfarin he'll need on a permanent basis. 

He is walking better, and the pain that causes him to have to stop and rest is lessening as well. Praise the Lord for improvement!

We still haven't found a doctor, though. Crazy, in this area there are doctors and medical groups all over the place and we can't find one. sigh. But the Lord knows...

Praise God. Still praying.

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And now, praise the Lord! - my hubs has insurance! The hospital he was in has a great charity program, but they want to see patients who have no insurance at least attempt to get it. The attempt worked! Randy is now insured, and so between that and the hospital charity, the bills will - hopefully - be manageable. Having insurance might make it easier to find a primary care doc, too.

Randy is planning on being in both morning services tomorrow, as long as the pain continues to lessen (one service if not). And then, prayerfully, tomorrow night he will resume teaching the soulwinning class. 

We've had no further word on Everett, but that old saying, "no news is good news" comes to mind. 

Again, thanks so much for praying. It is very appreciated.

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Wonderful news!

The Lord has blessed Randy, and you, in having the hospital bills more manageable, and in his ability to walk around, and continue life. God did answer the prayers of the saints.

Glad to hear that Randy is resuming the work of the Lord at church. I am sure that he is fine example to all the folks that hear him.

 

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