To help financially during this time of great need, please forward your offering to Tom's sister:
Darla Wexttsen, 16738 N. Tolle Lane, Mount Vernon, IL 62864
checks may be made payable to "Grace Community Church"

There is also a deposit account set up at US Bank to help defray Deb's uncovered medical expenses.
Visit any US Bank branch office to make a deposit in cash or by check for "Deborah A. Smith Memorial Fund".
Please be sure to mention Charity Paddock or Nellie Haverkos to be sure the gift is properly deposited.

If you use this link to join, then go shopping there, as much as 26% of your purchases will help the family.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Recent news -- Deb has asked for specific prayer

I just spoke with my mom and she asked me (for the first time!) to blog about her recent situation.

On Saturday, she was readmitted to Mercy St. John's Hospital in St. Louis. Her nausea was completely out of control. She asks for prayer for her vision again. She doesn't want to go blind. She's not sure when she will be back home again.

Thanks, Charity

Dear Ones,

Deb's nearly constant nausea at this time appears to be related to a change (increase) in the morphine dosage she is receiving through the morphine pump. Please pray without ceasing (1Thess 5:16) that God will relieve her discomfort and draw Deb very close to Him, assuring her of His Boundless Love and Mercy.

If any readers of Loving Deb Smith are able to offer practical help on the morphine related nausea, please e-mail a note to Loving Deb Smith. Thank you.

As noted elsewhere in Loving Deb Smith, Deb's vision is under attack by cancer effecting her retina. Your fervent prayers that God will restore her vision are most needed at this time.

Be Thou my Vision
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul's Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Dal­lan For­gaill, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Rob tu mo bhoile, a Com­di cri­de );
trans­lat­ed from an­cient Ir­ish to Eng­lish by Ma­ry E. Byrne, in
"Eriú," Jour­nal of the School of Ir­ish Learn­ing, 1905, and versed by El­ea­nor H. Hull, 1912, alt.


Marc O'Hara said...

just wanted to share with you that my wife has experienced excessive nausea when she was ill. Her doctors prescribed Phenergran at the time. That provided some relief for her. Phenergran is usually given in a rectal dosage if it cannot be kept down orally. However my wife Linny was taking it as needed in oral form. She also took Valium. One of the things that Valium does is relax muscles, including the diaphragm and stomach.

The other drug is called Compazine. It cannot be taken together with Phenergran. I'm certain that Deb's doctors will determine what course needs to be followed. I'm sure she is on IVs to replace electrolytes and fluids to prevent dehydration.

Deb is constantly in my prayers,

Marc O'Hara

Paula Clouse said...

Hi Friends,
I've been researching mayo clinic's website as well as emailing oncologist's about Deb's condition(s). Several have referred me to this article...much of it i'm sure you already know, but I'm certain there are some ideas here that may yet remain untried. I think it's worth a read...please go to mayo clinic's website and type in "CANCER TREATMENT" in the search bar to read more:

Praying and fasting on Deb's behalf...

Paula Clouse

Charlie Eger MD said...

Dear Charity and family;

Have been in constant prayer for your Mom. Transderm scop patches are for motion sickness and may help if suggested by Debs oncologist. Give our love to your Dad who married my wife Sadie and I 30 years ago- a great foundation of faith.

God bless!
Charlie Eger MD

John and Donna Keele said...

Dear Tom and Deb

John and I continue to lift you up in prayer many times a day. If we can bring food, mow or do anything to help you around the house/farm, please let us know. We love you and miss you.

John and Donna