"Viral meningoencephalitis" is the official diagnosis of my cousin's son in intensive care. So many of you have responded to our requests for prayers and then thought to ask how he's progressing. I want to answer in this post.
But before I do, I want to say that from time to time I have seen others' requests for prayer on blogs, especially urgent ones, and I have stopped and prayed, wondering about the efficacy of rather short prayers (2 or 3 sentences?) for people I do not know. I'm not spinning my wheels over that anymore; I truly believe every prayer is heard, and although I don't know why God set up the system of prayer, he did, and we are encouraged to intercede for one another and treat other believers as if they are family. That's what you have done, and I believe your prayers counted. I'll never read another on-line prayer request the same way again.
The way I'm staying in touch with my cousin is through a care page which their family updates several times a day. Sometimes the messages seem hopeful; sometimes the reports aren't so good. So I'm kind of afraid if I say one thing, an update might suggest another thing. But ... things are looking good!
Nate (a young guy in his 20s) has been heavily sedated since the middle of October. At this point, the doctors are ready to cut back his sedation and let him wake up. This is done fairly slowly, a cutback every 6 hours or so. So now, they're waiting for Nate to wake up. His mom and dad want to be there when he opens his eyes, but there are moments they need to step away. So, if you can handle another request, please ask that 1)Nate does indeed wake up 2)That his parents will be there to comfort him.
You all are great. God is good. --Wait a minute--I think I got that backwards!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!