Prayers please!

Dec 23


This morning’s x-ray showed that the pneumothorax (air inside the chest cavity) has gotten slightly larger, which means that the right lung is still leaking air.

So, instead of signing my discharge papers, the team has ordered a new x-ray at 1pm.

If the x-ray shows “no change” from the previous x-ray, I get to go home.

If the x-ray shows that the pneumothorax is growing, I will probably have to stay in the hospital and I will probably be getting a new chest tube.  And, honestly, I will probably cry.

Would you please pray, pray, pray that my lung seals, my pneumothorax disappears, and I am discharged???  I try to reserve my asking-for-a-miracle-here-God moments for actual life-or-death scenarios.  This one is just a mama moment in a week where I’ve already missed a week’s worth of mama moments.  I want to be home with my family; happy, healthy, NED, together.

Thank you!


  1. Kim Rourke /

    You got it! Will be my mantra.

  2. ohiofishergirl /

    Done! Praying and will be praying again at 1pm for “no change” on the x-ray. Hang in there Jen and I know you’ll be back home soon… Love you!

  3. Firm believer in the power of prayer. On it!

  4. Oh Jen, I’m SO sorry to hear about this latest setback :(. Sending tons of positive thoughts your way and keeping fingers tightly crossed for better news this afternoon.

  5. Shannon Weiss /

    Sending extra prayers!!! Thinking of you guys!

  6. Susan Walsh /

    Praying for you!

  7. Dear Jen,
    May this prayer bring you healing-
    Lord, I come before you today in need of your healing hand. In you all things are possible. Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body, and soul.

    You gave us life, and you also give us the gift of infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me. Guide me towards better health.
    May you receive the healing grace of Jesus.

  8. Absolutely praying for you to be home ASAP. Stay positive and visualize the healing and sealing of your lungs. I will be doing the same thing.

  9. Praying for you extra hard today!! I am visualizing your lung sealing and healing.

  10. Marsha Vonderwish /

    Praying now!

  11. Terri K /

    Somewhere along the way you must have prayed for patience. Isn’t that what they always say… when you pray for patience; the Lord sends trials to teach you patience? It’s terrible to be going thru this so close to Christmas w/so much to do, & little ones waiting at home, but just as you expect your girls to learn patience, the Lord in his infinite wisdom is working on you.
    Oh Jen of mighty strength! Keep your eyes on the big picture; NED for many Christmases and not just this one.
    Prayers for the best possible outcome.

    James 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  12. Jennifer /

    Praying for God’s mercy for you and your family.

  13. Praying!

  14. Karen Pedigo /

    My prayers for you & your beautiful family never cease! But today I will be specific in my requests! I have prayed everyday since we met!

  15. Praying for you from Maryland!

  16. Kristin Russo /

    NO CHANGE! NO CHANGE! NO CHANGE!!! 🙂 Positive vibes your way!!! 🙂 xoxo

  17. Becky Palmieri /

    Praying hard! Praying that the Lord that moves mountains and commands the sea to obey will put this mama home with her lovies for Christmas. Stay strong sister (crying is allowed; it does not mean weakness)!!

  18. Just saw this and praying right now.

  19. Praying with momma tenacity for a sister momma whose request centers around the desire to be present for her girls.

  20. nalynne /

    yes, praying…

  21. In the Name of Jesus I declare your lung seals, your pneumothorax disappears, and you are discharged!!!

  22. Janey McKinney /

    Praying for you and believing in miracles that you will be home by Christmas

  23. Rebecca /

    Praying fiercely!

  24. Praying!

  25. Praying from Seattle!

  26. Prayers!!!

  27. Stephanie /

    Many prayers being sent your way! xoxo

  28. Jen powers /

    Praying with my car load right now…

  29. Emily Smith /

    Jen, we are all praying over here at the Smith home for you to be HOME for Christmas!!! Thanks for the updates. Know that you are heavy on my heart and I’m interceding for you and cheering you on!!!

  30. Sweet friend, I am praying!!
    I’ve kept up with you the last few years, and have been thankful for God’s faithfulness throughout. He can’t be anything but that! He can be trusted!! But, trust me, I get it. I spent many a celebration in the hospital. It is so hard on the Mama heart.
    Praying for healing and Mama peace.
    Love love

  31. Praying day and night. So sorry.

  32. ShannonK /

    Oh Praying!!!!

  33. fredda ferris /

    Praying…don’t apologize for asking for prayer for non “life or death moments”…all the moments are important, and you feel them so deeply at Christmas. Praying expectantly, God is good!

  34. Praying now! So sorry Jen!

  35. Christin /

    Yes, Jesus! Please!

  36. “I keep my eyes always on The Lord. With Him at my right hand I will not be shaken.” Psalm16:8. I’m praying for your recovery.