Dear Family and Friends:
Today as I stopped by to visit with Alice Oakleaf at Baptist Hospital and Zakk Gossett at Sacred Heart Hospital, I found them both asleep. Alice, whom normally talks “up a storm”, just could not seem to wake up. Parents, Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf had to make the “monthly” return to Little Rock, AR, to check on the home. They are due back in this coming week. The nursing staff for both of our very special young people here could only share with me that both of them have been sleeping “a lot” today. Please pray that even though they are in different hospitals, that neither one has something else going on–like an infection of some kind.
Glen and Annette Davis came to honor their daughter’s memory today. Quest is the organ donation organization that has a celebration of life for organ donor families and recipients. Tiffany just one year ago claimed the “most organ and tissue” donor ever from the Pensacola, FL area! What beautiful, life-giving gifts she gave. To every family of organ donors, my personal “thank you” for providing these gifts of life. From major organs to tissue samples, these gifts can NEVER be duplicated, under-valued, or considered anything but extremely rare and precious. In my earlier career, watching an infant or child get a second chance at life from organ donation, watching their family, and actually being able to be part of the organ-procurement team made me realize how valuable each life is. God would never have entrusted us this knowledge without knowing we needed to give HIM ALWAYS the glory!
Elenor Hale was moved from Select Hospital to Baptist Hospital SICU a couple of days ago. Ms. Elenor had been doing really well just a week ago. But, according to daughter, Jenny Porter, she developed a serious infection in her stomach and difficulty breathing. She is at this time on full life support in the SICU. Her condition is very grave. According to Jenny, her stomach, kidneys, and possibly liver is not working very well. Brother, Jay is due back in possibly Monday.
A special prayer request for our dear friends, prayer partners, and “food supporters” here at Martha’s Vineyard, Tommy and Barbara McVoy. Tommy had to be taken by ambulance to Baptist Hospital for congestive heart failure according to Barbara. Tommy is just 87 years young. These are precious friends of ours.
Love, Always in His Name!!
Martha’s Vineyard of Pensacola
P.S. Continue to pray for Larry Kachele who is still at Sheppard’s Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Kelly, Larry has made great strides since his near-death experience from a motorcycle accident now 5 months ago. Kelly reports to us that the therapists have discovered that Larry learns better by literally reading verses oral instructions. He walks with assistance. His verbal skills have improved too. BUT, he has had several infections that have caused set-backs. Please be in prayer that he continues to receive rehabilitation from yet another center once this time is up at Sheppard’s.