Meeting of the Minds

When I entered the ICU with Baran’s mother, two things grabbed my attention: the loud pulsating of a ventilator hooked to Baran, and the emptiness of the room, other than a group of doctors and other medical professionals gathered around the foot of Baran’s bed. It is not often that one gets to see so many medical personel spending thirty minutes devoted to nothing other than the prescription of treatment, and this occassion for Baran. Over the course of weeks, I have seen other children come and go from the unit, yet Baran remains, nearly alone in the unit, without much variation in the condition of his health. I had the rare opportunity to listen in to this meeting of the minds because, remarkably, they were speaking in English.

The first item I heard them discussing was that they were satisfied with his oxygen remaining above 92 and currently at 98. However, despite this saturation, the left lung is collapsing down again, and the loud intrusive ventilator is what they are attempting to use to keep it open. Despite the vibrations and obtrusiveness of the machine, Baran appeared to be more relaxed and in less pain than with the previous ventilator. The next item on the agenda was in regards to his cardio system. He had low blood pressure previously, and the pressure readings they currently have still seemed to indicate and detrimental pressure issue, so much so that one of the medical team members questioned the reading's precision. In regards to this, the team wants to do a catheterization as soon as possible in order to further explore this enigma. Following this they, discussed fluid levels and intake. The cortisol level in Baran is maintaining a slight dearth but is almost in an acceptable range (currently around 58). There is a continued want by the doctors to increase his nutrition intake to improve his weight, but there is difficulty in balancing fluids, medicine, and supplement levels. At that point, he had no fever but later in the day he got a fever making the catheterization not possible for the time being.

It has been over three weeks since the initial heart surgery, and there is definite evidence of the need for intercession on his behalf. Baran’s mother is downtrodden. Though she is always happy for our visits, we see her essentially living at a hospital, looking on as her child lies in a feeble state. She is powerless to help him,  and it breaks my heart. We must pray in earnest. Much like the doctors wracking their brains together for the best solution, we should wrack our hearts together and call out to God for Baran’s healing.

“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.” -Luke 18:7-8 

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