Prayer Up Dates and NEW House Guests here at Martha’s Vineyard!

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Dear Family and Friends:
We know we have hit the warm season here.  Thank goodness we have our back-up motel to help us out!  But, God always finds a way for us.
Jordan Lo physically is doing a little better.  No more fevers.  Infection appears to be at a minimum according to mom, Susie also.  Jordan’s sodium level appears to be running above normal too.  With this in mind, he is to be transferred to Select Specialty hospital here in Pensacola for further physical therapy.  Per mom, Jordan is not moving his left side at all.  He spasmodically moves the right side.  Tries to pull out tubes, lines, etc., like a “typical” traumatic brain injury patient.  His communication abilities appear to wax and wane also according to mom.  He is not giving them a “thumb’s up” like he was when he initially appeared to be waking up.  Traumatic brain injuries sometimes takes months to get better.  Simon, Jordan’s dad came back in this weekend to spend as much time as he could with him.  This family is trying so hard to remain strong. “Time” is not one of their favorite words right now.  ALL prayers are appreciated.
We welcomed in the family of Jeanette Flowers from Cullman, AL.  Per son, Cody, mom, a sister, and friends came to Gulf Shores this week for a “Girls out” week.  Jeanette collapsed at the condo.  Per Cody, she has high blood pressure and they have been told a blood vessel in her brain has burst.  Jeanette is just 49 years young.  Her husband’s health is not good either.  Cody has told us he is in congestive heart failure and not able to travel here.  We have several family members at our back-up motel.  Cody is staying here.  Jeanette’s older brother is to stay here also.  Jeanette is on full life support at Sacred Heart hospital.  She is not waking up or showing her family any signs of coming out of her coma per Cody.  ALL prayers appreciated here too.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
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Prayer Up Dates here at Martha’s Vineyard!

Heirloom
Dear Family and Friends:
Aaron Dickinson is to go home to his parents’ home by next weekend.  He is doing really well at his rehabilitation facility here in Pensacola.  Mom and dad are out-fitting their home to accommodate Aaron in his wheel chair.
Jordan Lo’s week has been an up and down hill roller-coaster.  According to mom, Susie, he had been running a fever that the doctors suspected a lung verses bladder infection.  When spoken to, he will give you a “thumb’s up” but will not focus on you according to mom.  Dad and sister, McKayla are back in from Arizona to spend time with Jordan.  They are all very concerned about him.  The tracheotomy has made his breathing easier per his ventilator.  He is, according to mom, breathing almost all the time on his own.  But, they all realize that with his traumatic brain injury, Jordan has a very long way to go.
Please continue to pray for both of these families.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty and Dennis Tackett
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Prayer Update and a Special Praise!

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Dear Family and Friends:
We ask each family that comes to Martha’s Vineyard if we can lift up in prayer their family member that is in the hospital.  We consider it a privileged to pray for all of them.  What a blessing it has been never to be turned down for those prayers!
This week has been an emotional roller coaster for Jordan Lo and his family.  Tuesday the family was told that they had possibly two more days to declare Jordan brain dead.  He was not responding to any of the neurological tests the doctors were performing on him.  Before we could write this report, we really wanted to be sure of the what started about 2 am Thursday morning.
Please understand, Jordan was within just a few hours of having a nuclear flow study to determine brain death. We know so many of you have been praying for this young Navy helicopter pilot.  As fate occurred, he was the most injured of eight total Navy pilot students that were injured by a drunk driver last Saturday night.
At first Jordan’s nurse noticed his right hand started moving.  He was encouraged to grasp the nurse’s hand.  He did.  He was asked to move his left arm.  He did.  His mom was quickly called in.  With her voice, she asked him to let him know she was there.  He slowly raised his right hand and gave her a “thumb’s up”!  He has repeated this with other family members and friends also.
Jordan has a long way to go.  But, at this writing, he appears to be coming out of his coma.  Friday he received a tracheotomy and feeding tube to further protect his airway and now get some nutrition to him.  ALL of his doctors are amazed.  God is our great physician!
The family wishes to express to EVERYONE who has prayed for Jordan, a very special “Thank You”.  I asked Don, Jordan’s uncle what scripture he would like to claim for him.  He gave me 1 Corinthians 13:4-5.  He told me that this experience this past week has taught him the precious relationship of loving each other.  Because, as he realized, we could lose that loved one in an instant.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
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Prayer Up Dates on Our House Guests here at Martha’s Vineyard

Oaxacan
Dear Family and Friends:
Jordan Lo continues to remain in critical condition at Baptist Hospital.  Some of Jordan’s fellow Navy officers are coming in to see him as well as more family.  We will make it work here at the Vineyard. Please pray for peace, rest, and comfort for this very tired family.
I have to apologize, and correct my last update.  No one died at the scene of the accident where Jordan had his traumatic brain injury. I had received inaccurate information.   Another fellow Navy officer did sustain a shattered fractured leg.  He is awaiting surgery.  There were other injuries, but Jordan, unfortunately, sustained the most severe.
According to Christine & Billy Dickinson, their son, Aaron is doing really great in rehab.  They have temporarily left for home to get the house ready to welcome Aaron back home hopefully by the end of next week!
Heard from Kelly Kachelle.  We continue to lift up her husband Larry for good reason:  Larry is still not home yet!  He is recuperating in a rehab facility in Orlando, FL.  According to Kelly, his speech gets better every day.  He is gaining weight.  It has been a year long journey since his motorcycle accident.  Kelly, as always never forgets to praise God for every step.  No matter forward or backward.  Because, as she puts it, “I have Larry today!”
What a blessing.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
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New House Guests and Prayer Up Dates here at Martha’s Vineyard

Dahlias
Dear Family and Friends:
Earlier this week we could not take in two large families.  We were able to assist them with lodging at our back-up hotel.  We received a call Thursday from the Navy.  Keith Harris, U.S. Navy had sustained a motorcycle accident.  Mom and fiance’ was coming.  But, thankfully, Keith was not transferred from Georgia.  He got to go home to mom’s to finish recuperating!
Then today.  I received a call from the Lo family.  Son, U.S. Navy Jordan Lo had been involved in a car verses pedestrians accident last night at a local festival.  Seven people were hit.  Jordan’s friend, and U.S. Navy enlisted was killed at the scene.  Jordan is extremely critical prayer partners.  His mom, Susie, and dad, Simon are asking for prayers. Sisters, McKayla, Nicole, and Parris are in from Arizona along with Jordan’s uncle Don.  Thanks so much Jeanne McCutchen and Penny Cavender for helping us with all of these family members.  Jordan is at Baptist Hospital.  According to mom he has sustained brain damage.  The next couple of days are critical.
Christine & Billy Dickinson are still with us from Sweetwater, AL.  Their son, Aaron is still recuperating from surgery now two weeks ago at Baptist Hospital. According to his parents, he is doing great.  Transferred to a rehab here in town.  His parents believe he is going to be there another two weeks.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
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New House Guests here at Martha’s Vineyard !

Plumier
Dear Family and Friends:
As always, this place continues to stay busy.
We welcomed in earlier this week the Johns’ family.  Seems Mr. Tommy Johns had to cut his vacation over in Ft. Walton, FL a little short when he had a severe heart attack.  Wife Linda is staying with us.  Tommy’s brother flew in from Chicago to be with all of the family too.  We are also caring for three other family members.  Tommy is now at Sacred Heart hospital awaiting triple by-pass heart surgery.  But, his lungs are congested from his COPD.  Keep him in prayer please!
We also welcomed in Billy and Christine Dickinson from Alabama.  Son, Aaron is at Baptist hospital re-cuperating from his required amputation of his leg.  According to mom, Aaron lost the other leg to diabetes two years ago.  Now, he is a double amputee.  Aaron is just 51 years young.  His son is coming over from Louisiana to see dad.  He. too, will be staying with us.
Kelly Kachele called and said husband, Larry is doing well in the new re-hab in Orlanda.  Larry still has struggles with a loss of appetite, and just the physical struggles keeping him from walking on his own.  It has been over a year since the motorcycle accident.  Yet, Kelly never forgets to praise God for having her husband every day.
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
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A Happy & Blessed Easter to All and Blessings Shared!

Spring Garden Bed
Dear Family and Friends:
A Happy & Blessed Easter to All!!
As always we had a busy week here at Martha’s Vineyard.  Rebecca Kalmach was able to be transferred to a rehabilitation center near New Orleans, LA.  For all of her family this is a huge blessings.  Rebecca had been a patient at Sacred Heart hospital for nearly 2 months.  She had a horrific car accident mid February in which she hit a large dump truck at 70 mph.  It did not look very good for her for several weeks.  Her mental status, along with nearly every facial bone broken and a severed optic (eye) nerve left many questions for her parents and family to wonder what would they have of Rebecca when and if she made it.  Several times I shared with all of you that because of the frontal lobe damage, she did not appear to even know her parents.
But, God had other plans.  At the time she left Sacred Heart this week, Rebecca was talking and now knows her parents and several close family members!  She is walking with assistance.  God is NOT done with this beautiful 27 year old young lady! Yes, she is blind in one eye.  But she has fairly good vision in the other.  Her mother, Jennifer left us this note to our church family and ALL of our prayer partners:
Dear First Baptist Church and Prayer Warriors:
We wanted to thank you for ALL the prayers, cards to Rebecca and LOVE you’ve shown our family.  I am including a picture of Rebecca before the accident and a picture of a recent Christmas gathering of our immediate family.  We wanted you to get an idea of how many people’s lives your prayers have affected.
Thank you ALL!
Love and Respectfully!
Jennifer Pella-Mother of RebeccaRebecca Kalmach +
Another Blessing:
As many of you know, Martha’s Vineyard started storing household goods, furnishings, and kitchen/bath items in a climate controlled storage facility a little more than a year ago.  When we receive a call about a family needing household “stuff”, I help them “shop” for the needed items.  Just this past week, got a call from Samaritan Hands, our food and clothing ministry.  A couple that volunteers there wanted to donate a nice queen size mattress and box springs.  Picked it up the next day.  On my way to the storage, I had to stop by my vet’s office for some paperwork.  While there, one of vet technicians asked me “What are you going to do with that mattress and box springs?”.  I told her I was putting it in storage until someone needed it.  Very quietly, she said she needed it.  She didn’t have a bed.  She was new in town, just got this job, and was sleeping on a love seat couch for a bed.
Did the Rankins know they would be witnessing to a single young lady Thursday?
Love, Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis Tackett
Resident Servants
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
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