Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

As many of you might already know, I’ve got a real tendency to procrastinate.  I have to make a deliberate effort at self-discipline to keep myself on the ball.  It is part a problem that my mind constantly seeks new puzzles to solve and loses interest once I figure out the solution- even if I haven’t fully implemented that solution.  Some tasks, like learning a new language, bore me to tears.  But these are things I must do.  My to do list for this summer includes:

  1. Learn Spanish: To develop a fluency in reading the language NOT speaking it.
  2. Research: I would like to have a paper ready for publication by December 2008/January 2009 (more…)

Amazing news.  Remember how yesterday I blogged about how Kane had lost deep pain sensation in one of his hind legs?  Well one of Kane’s doctors called this morning and she sounded absolutely giddy.  Apparently this morning they took him out to pee and not only did he pee on his own, he was also able to stand up on his own.  That means he has the ability to place weight on his back legs which is a tremendous jump since yesterday when he couldn’t even feel deep pain.  His progress is so significant that his doctor admitted that they were shocked by his rapid improvement in a single day’s time.  I am thankfully that the Lord has heard our prayers and answered my request that he would heal Kane in such a manner that his doctors would be amazed by his progress.  The sound of the doctor’s voice confirms that my (and our) prayer(s) were answered in a wonderful way.  (more…)

That is Kane, the black and tan one in the background hamming it up.

Surgery is complete.  Is wasn’t perfect since he did have some spinal degeneration and fusing consistent with his age.  However, the vet was able to remove the flap of bone that was causing his spinal cord to bulge.  His spinal cord is now running straight as an arrow.

Now we are waiting to see if he can fell pain tomorrow.  Even better if he can move his legs tomorrow.  I will take a trip into town tomorrow to meet with his neurologist and of course visit the billing department.  I hate to say this again, but since this wasn’t cheap, if you feel you can afford to help and feel led that way we sure could use the assistance.  We would love to get together about $1,000 from donations if possible. We are also looking into grants and charitable organizations, but have found nothing thus far that will work.

Please keep praying about those grants and also pray that Kane will not only feel pain tomorrow but that he shows signs of movement and control in his hind limbs.  Thanks to everyone!

I just got off the phone with the head neurologist.  The news is mostly good.  Kane will need surgery.  His chances of a significant recovery after surgery are 80-90%.  However, he has apparently had this disc problem for a while so there is some kind of significant build up around it that could cause some complications with the surgery- making it harder to remove.  Please pray that Kane’s surgery is successful and if you can help us with the cost of Kane’s surgery please click here to see how and where to donate to Kane’s surgery fund.  Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.  We are almost out of the woods.  We will know more in about six hours.

and in case your wanted to see how we play with our dogs in this house, just click the read more button


Kane is the black and tan dog on the right.

[By the way, if you want to know why I love this dog so much just click here and read this post about man’s best friend.  He was all that AND MORE!]

I just got back from the animal hospital.  My dog Kane woke up this morning with a limp in one leg, I let him out to pee.  By the time I came back outside to get him 15 minutes later his hind end was immobile and I had to carry him inside the house.  I called the emergency 24hour vet and got him in immediately.

The vet says his problem is neurological.  He CAN feel pain in his feet and legs, but he CAN’T move them at all.  According to the vet, his words, “he is about one level better than the worst case scenario.”  We had preliminary X-rays done, but they didn’t show anything conclusive.  So three options remained as possible causes for his paralysis.

  1. A tumor
  2. A herniated disc
  3. An infection of some kind

The vet gave us the option of running a cat scan (Price tag: $1,500) but he admitted that while it might give us a better idea what we were dealing with the cost of fixing either a tumor of a herniated disc was in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 dollars (not including the cost of the cat scan).  The last option, the infection, could be treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds.  Since we are unable to pay for options 1 or 2, and we weren’t ready to put him to sleep without checking to see if maybe it was option 3, we opted to get the meds and take him home.

Over the next few weeks we will have to help him pee by pushing on his bladder.  I will have to take him outside several times a day to pee and defecate.  And he will require three types of meds throughout the day.  We will have to continuously test him to make sure he is still feeling deep pain.

I ask of you, my friends, please lift up our family and or dearly beloved family member Kane in your prayers.  Pray for healing.  But if that isn’t to be, then please pray God gives us the strength and wisdom to make and follow through on the right choices for Kane.  Thank you all in advance for your prayers and thoughts.

How am I?  I’ve done all the crying I can do for one day.  I am going to take strength in the Lord and see what happens.  Right now I am praying for just a little movement in either one of his back legs, a flicker of hope.  But I know that with God all things are possible- perhaps a full recovery tomorrow?  I pray for such.  Please pray with me.

Although most of the big ticket items of the adoption process are being paid for by L.F.S. and grants from the state, we are still facing a significant amount of costs for various and sundry things ranging from a fire inspection to medical exams. After you read through this list, I ask that you please add the prayer requests (listed at the conclusion of this post) to your prayers for the next several days. (more…)