11.11.2008

Thanks And An Update

Thanks a TON for the prayers for my dad and for my family over the past few days. I truly have felt supported and strengthened by our heavenly Father.

It has been a crazy roller coaster which has brought no real sense of direction as of yet.
When we took my dad off his life support on Saturday night, we were told he would survive anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple of days, so we all braced ourselves for what was to come.
Now, a few days later he has stabilized to the point where they believe the best thing for him is to return home and "let nature take it's course" which could happen extremely suddenly or take a couple of months. His heart is at functioning at about 17%, his blood pressure is extremely low and his heart rate extremely high. It's basically a trifecta of bad scenarios that his body can only endure for so long. The hope of having my dad around for a little longer is thrilling, but the uncertainty of the situation is so much more un-nerving than I would have anticipated. In essence we are in a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, week-by-week posture.

Right now, I'm enjoying a few moments of alone time at Peet's Coffee trying to figure out how best to structure my life and time for the short-term future in order to maximize time with my dad without abandoning everything else.

10 comments:

Phil Jacobus Update said...

Dear Kurt -
We have never meet, but I think we have a common friend in the YM world, Ryan N who used to be at Irvine Prez.
Still praying for you and your family. Sounds like you have a great example in your dad as to the father you want to be for your kids. Keep sharing those stories with them. Peace to you and yours.
Adam J

Ariel said...

Oh Father God, won't You please give Kurt wisdom and insight as to how to leverage his time in order to be with his dad as long as possible, while still keeping his commitments and responsibilities.

And give the Johnston family peace and comfort as they have this precious time left to show their love, and when the time comes, may they grieve with hope.



I'll continue to keep you in my prayers, Kurt.

Diana said...

We're praying for you guys. I really don't know what more to say.

Darryl Nelson said...

we are continuing to pray for your father and your family! Enjoy the last times with him, make sure you laugh with him and cry with him! God Bless Kurt!

Paul said...

Kurt,
I'm praying for you and your dad

paul gostanian

Kate said...

'with' you guys...

brian c. berry said...

I was in Mexico when you first posted this and only caught a comment or two on twitter that made me assume something was up. I'll keep praying. thanks for the update.

Brian

LINDA LOU said...

Kurt our prayers are with you and Rachel and the kids. Know your Mother is hurting so badly also. Glad we were able to me your Dad even if it was several years ago. No matter what are we are it hurts to lose someone we love.
Lord bless you,
The Cherrys
Jeff & Linda

Dan said...

Hey Kurt,

Just read your blog here. My dad died one year ago, and it was an out of the blue sudden freak accident sort of a thing where he ended up with a brain injury. We had to go through a waiting process. I shall be remembering you daily in my prayers.

Dan

Mike Conner said...

Kurt, I am praying for you and your family. Not much more I can say. I am like others on here, we don't officially know each other, but I met you at a conference a couple of years ago, and follow you on here. So, with that said, I am praying for your entire family as you go through this difficult time.

Mike Conner