February 14, 2011

Common Questions

We have heard several questions from several of you, and I thought it might be helpful for many of you to try and answer a few of those questions.

1. Is Garren in a coma? This question is tricky. There is disagreement among medical professionals as to what the true definition of a coma is. According to Garren's doctor, someone who is in a coma is completely brain dead, with little or no hope for even waking up. That is the "technical" definition. Garren is not technically in a coma. Instead, his brain is injured and we are waiting for it to heal and recover.

2. Does Garen still have his hair? Yes! They had to shave just a little bit where the incision was made. I know many of you will be happy to know, Garren still has his beautiful blonde hair.

3. How long will it take for Garren to recover? One of the doctors today mentioned that the greatest period of recovery usually happens within the first 6 months. We will have a pretty good idea of what Garren will be able to do then. Like I said before, Garren has a long road ahead of him. He may have opened his eyes yesterday, but that is just one very small step in a long period of recovery. How soon Garren recovers depends on how badly his brain was injured, and how well it heals. We will wait with Garren each day and look for new progress.

4. Can Garren hear us? We believe absolutely that Garren can hear us. There are times when he seems to get agitated, and we can take his hand and talk to him, and watch him relax and calm down. We read our Bible to him twice a day. We play music for him. We play your messages to him.

Thank you for continuing to pray with us for Garren's complete healing.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Geoffrey it is a privilege to pray for Garren and your family... and we will continue to pray.

Stephanie Gates and Family

Hannah said...

Geoffrey, Just a word of encouragement for you today. God is watching over Garren and has heard your prayers. Continue to talk to him, he definitely hears you and you will find out later that your voice was a source of hope for him. We will continue to pray and will rejoice with every sign of recovery we hear about. Love and prayers, Pastor Bobby Humphrey

Anonymous said...

He definitely hears you and he knows your touch and your scent. Is there any familiar scents from home the docs will let you bring in...like lotion or a pillow from his room or anything to pull that memory in for him?

Continuing to pray for him and for each of you?

Anonymous said...

Still praying...

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the updates. We check the blog several times a day, hoping to hear more good news! We continue to pray with you here in Panama.

Blessings,
David and family

Anonymous said...

Hello, Geoffrey and family

We just wanted to let you know that we're praying for all of you here in Peru.
Ade, Rachel and Danny Yanac

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

Thanks for the answers. These will really help with the teens in the church who ask and my small boys who wonder as they pray for him.

Anonymous said...

We are praying daily for alll of you.

Blessings,

Bob, Brenda, Nate, Jake Fischer

The Mowerys said...

I find you all on my mind at the strangest times..and I say a little prayer. I keep telling the children to keep Garren close in their prayers. Harrison missed Kelsey at school today. He made a little card for Garren yesterday and tucked it in with her Valentine! He wants her to hang it in his room on the wall with all the other cards! We know that God is with you and that he is using Garren right now for a powerful message! Our hearts are heavy for you...but we continue to pray for more signs from God! Keeping you close to our hearts!!

Anonymous said...

Night has fallen, but God is still your Light, and the source of all that is good...I just want to encourage you and Nancy..Hang on to the truth that God loves you in a way that you can't begin to fathom...and if that is so (and it is) He certainly loves Garren more than we can imagine..praying for healing for Garren and hugs for you from God....love, Sandy & Russ

Anonymous said...

Well it is again the 2am check in. Not sure why I have been chosen to be on watch @ this hour. As you mentioned the other day when Moses grew weary Aaron & Hur were there to hold up one of his arms. And so we are all there holding up your weary arms. For the battle belongs to the Lord we will stand in the trenches & fight along side.so sleep well Garren God has you in His strong & able arms. He is your Great Physician He is able to heal. Rest well all God is able. Kathleen Colpaert