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Times Like This, Even I Need Prayer [Update at #292]
My own heart | 1.24.07 | Michael King

Posted on 01/24/2007 10:24:26 PM PST by mhking

As most of you know, my time is generally not my own these days -- I am a web producer for the NBC station in Atlanta, plus at this time of year, I'm also a tax preparer for H&R Block. Plus I always keep a side-hustle of some sort or another (I've been doing a lot of mystery shopping the past year or so)...

In any event, sometimes God reaches out and rattles the cage to remind me who's truly in charge.

I received a phone call yesterday that truly rocked my core.

My 42-year-old younger brother had suffered a stroke. My dad called me at work with the news, sounding so much older and weary than I had heard him in many years. He and my mom were at the hospital in Chicago, along with my sister-in-law and her entire clan.

Thankfully, I had enough presence of mind not to jump behind the wheel, realizing that I was in no condition to try to go home. After a silent prayer, and a rushed phone call to my wife, I threw myself into my work, trying to get through the night.

He has no movement on the right side of his body. He cannot speak. But, my dad says, he has recognition of those around him. He's able to nod and shake his head yes and no.

The doctors say that with what they called aggressive rehab and therapy, that he should regain the vast majority of what he's lost. They say that his age is in his favor.

A good sign is that he has been fighting to try to move his right foot and hand.

A CAT scan today showed no blood or fluid buildup in his brain. An MRI tomorrow will look a bit deeper, to be sure.

The physical therapist came in to see him today, and said that Rick was trying to pull himself up with his left arm, and using that arm to pull his right arm across, which, too, is a good sign.

I'm in Atlanta, and my sister is with her husband in San Francisco. We figure we'd be in the way if we tried to go home now, so we are waiting a bit -- perhaps until he comes home. We figure there will be more of a need for us to help out then.

And while I'm praying real hard for him, I can always use more hearts praying for him. And for myself for that matter. I'm not being selfish; I just need to have more strength to endure and be strong for everyone else.

Our family -- blood and extended -- is a strong one, and we're all there for each other. I just know that extra prayer is always in order. I thank you all in advance, folks. And God bless each and every one of you.


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1 posted on 01/24/2007 10:24:27 PM PST by mhking
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To: mhking

Prayers up for your brother and for all those who love him. The initial recovery signs sound very positive.


2 posted on 01/24/2007 10:27:41 PM PST by JennysCool (Blink 182 isn't just a band, it's Nancy Pelosi's per-minute average.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

A great FReeper needs the crew!


3 posted on 01/24/2007 10:28:54 PM PST by JennysCool (Blink 182 isn't just a band, it's Nancy Pelosi's per-minute average.)
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To: mhking

That's so awful to hear, Michael. But it's good that they expect him to recover. I will pray.


4 posted on 01/24/2007 10:29:59 PM PST by TheBigB (Do you think "Lady in the Water" is in Ted Kennedy's NetFlix queue?)
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To: mhking

Dear Michael, I have said prayers for you and your family. Praying for much strength in your direction as well.

May God Bless,

-JDM


5 posted on 01/24/2007 10:30:33 PM PST by jdm
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To: mhking

Prayers for your brother, you and family.


6 posted on 01/24/2007 10:32:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... California 2007,, Where's a script re-write guy when ya need 'em?)
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To: mhking

Absolutely. You and your entire family will be added to my prayers tonight. Thank you for sharing. It means a lot that you trust us enough to share.


7 posted on 01/24/2007 10:45:37 PM PST by MovementConservative (The US will win in Iraq. Thank you all US troops.)
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To: mhking; trussell; Pegita

Prayers up for Rick, you and the rest of your family.


8 posted on 01/24/2007 10:46:45 PM PST by Allegra (Vote Dulcie / Finbar 2008)
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To: mhking

Michael, prayers up, and a Psalm that speaks not just of this life but 'eternal health':

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2091&version=31


9 posted on 01/24/2007 10:55:45 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: mhking

Prayers for your brother and for the doctors and nurses treating him, and for you and your family.


10 posted on 01/24/2007 10:57:43 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Growing old isn't so bad, especially when you consider the alternative!)
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To: mhking

God bless you too, Michael. And God bless your brother and your family. I will remember your brother and you in my prayers, and ping other "prayer warriors" here as well...


11 posted on 01/24/2007 11:13:12 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: mhking

Prayers for you and yours.


12 posted on 01/24/2007 11:17:13 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

Our FRiend mhking and his brother are in need of our prayers...


13 posted on 01/24/2007 11:19:45 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: mhking

Prayers up.


14 posted on 01/24/2007 11:22:52 PM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: mhking

Mike: I'll say prayers for your dear brother, that he make a full recovery and that you all have the strength to stay positive in the days ahead.


15 posted on 01/24/2007 11:28:28 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: mhking

For what it's worth, my now-85 year-old grandmother had a serious stroke in her mid-30s, and recovered fully. Prayers for your brother's full recovery, and for your family's strength in this difficult time.


16 posted on 01/24/2007 11:37:51 PM PST by ellery (The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. - Edmund Burke)
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To: mhking

My prayers & best wishes.


17 posted on 01/25/2007 1:09:11 AM PST by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: mhking
I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope Rick makes an unprecedentedly speedy recovery. Here's a 48-hour prayer candle for all y'all:

Burning a Candle for mhking's brother

Light An FR Prayer Room Candle

18 posted on 01/25/2007 1:35:27 AM PST by Rte66
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To: mhking

Prayers for Rick, you and all your family.


19 posted on 01/25/2007 2:23:57 AM PST by lysie
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To: mhking

be thinking of you, my friend!


20 posted on 01/25/2007 2:26:43 AM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 2...GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: mhking
I hope that your brother recovers - may God look after him, you and your family.

Regards, Ivan

21 posted on 01/25/2007 2:27:57 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: mhking

Thinking of you and your family.


22 posted on 01/25/2007 2:28:20 AM PST by LuLuLuLu
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To: mhking
(I've been doing a lot of mystery shopping the past year or so)...

I know what that means!

In any event, sometimes God reaches out and rattles the cage to remind me who's truly in charge.

Please see today's Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers thread here; I hope it will greatly encourage you.

He has no movement on the right side of his body. He cannot speak. But, my dad says, he has recognition of those around him. He's able to nod and shake his head yes and no. The doctors say that with what they called aggressive rehab and therapy, that he should regain the vast majority of what he's lost.

What they are telling you is true. Do not lose heart; only believe!

We figure there will be more of a need for us to help out then.

There is wisdom in this: Rick will need motor and speech therapy/help/practice continuing after his return home, and you and your sister will be great instruments of that healing.

And while I'm praying real hard for him, I can always use more hearts praying for him. And for myself for that matter. I'm not being selfish; I just need to have more strength to endure and be strong for everyone else.

Absolutely right on. It is a hugh privilege to be a part of Christ's Body on the earth: when one member suffers, all suffer with it. Out of the resources of one part, another is compensated, amen. I'm praying with you!

23 posted on 01/25/2007 2:38:10 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: mhking

I will pray for your brother, his family and you all for strength in this time of trial. May the Lord Bless You All.


24 posted on 01/25/2007 2:49:12 AM PST by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: mhking

Prayers for you, your brother and your family.


25 posted on 01/25/2007 3:05:38 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: mhking
May God provide your bother, family and friends with patience, strength and perseverance during this difficult time.

I'm very pleased to hear the medical team's encouraging prognosis. Hang in there Mike.

26 posted on 01/25/2007 5:38:44 AM PST by NautiNurse (Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.)
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To: mhking
JUST DAMN!!!!

Oh dear FReeper FRiend Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your brother's stroke. Rick is MUCH too young to have suffered this and I know how it must trouble you to know that your parents are there and under the pressure & pain that is so present in these situations. But parents are always parents...no matter how old they or the "kids" are & their care, love & nurturing is now again being needed.

Prayers for all of you along the way & I think you are wise to step back & realize this is NOT the time - unless TIME & MONEY are no object - where your presence will be most appreciated. It is hard to be so far away when those you love are hurting or in need, many of us here can attest to that. I wish I had $1000 to send to you & say, fly home for a few days & check things out & give everyone a hug.

Know that your FReeper FRiends are with you in spirit & prayer in this matter. All of us have appreciated over the years your wonderful sharing of fun, frustrating & informative things you have pinged us with to brighten our days. And now we are grateful for your sharing a bit of your soul and pain now.

I had not followed about the work you are doing in Atlanta.. bravo!!!

27 posted on 01/25/2007 6:09:07 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: trussell; Salvation

our FReeper brother Mike is in need of our prayers. Would you let the people on your lists know?


28 posted on 01/25/2007 6:11:22 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: mhking

Oh, ((( Mike ))) you, your cherished brother and your family have my humble prayers.


29 posted on 01/25/2007 6:13:54 AM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: mhking

Prayers for your brother Rick. He sounds like a fighter, and has the blessing of your strong family.

You take care of yourself too.


30 posted on 01/25/2007 6:14:02 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: mhking
Prayers and good wishes, of course. Sometimes events that "ought" not occur until late in life, come early. I've seen strokes, I've had heart attacks, at an early age. What your brother is showing, intention to work hard and get back his functions, are the best indicators that he will accomplish exactly that.

Do what needs to be done for your family, both your brother and your own family. Slow down on your work schedule. No one, when they are dying, says, "I wish I'd spent more time at the office."

And when you can, tell your friends here how things are going for you and yours,

Cordially,

John / Billybob

31 posted on 01/25/2007 6:59:46 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Please get involved: www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: mhking
They say that his age is in his favor.

It really is.

My mother had a very poor prognosis after her stroke, but even at 70 she was eventually able to get about 2/3 of function back. A woman she met in rehab, who was in her early sixties, came back twice as fast as my mom (much to Mom's irritation).

Now think about the difference between 42 and 60, health and strength-wise.

Your brother has a lot of work ahead of him, but every reason for optimism.

32 posted on 01/25/2007 7:13:10 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: mhking

Prayers up for your family -- and for you.


33 posted on 01/25/2007 9:59:02 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: mhking

Our thoughts are with you and your family. Our deepest wishes for your brother's speedy recovery.


34 posted on 01/25/2007 10:03:42 AM PST by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...

I didn't send up the smoke signal when I posted this last night -- I was in one of my down-swings when I wrote it.

This has been an emotional rollercoaster, and I'm sure the ride isn't over yet.

Thank you and God bless you to all who have responded. I'm sure your prayers coupled with mine and others have helped raise our moods, our spirits and our hearts. The spirit of the Lord is certainly in this place.

Rick (Richard Curtis King, for those who needed to know) was scheduled for an MRI this morning to provide a deeper scan of his brain and cranium.

My dad told me that last night, Rick's wife took off his necklace and put it on his chest. He reached up and took it in his left hand, looked at it, put it back on his chest and patted it.

My dad, playfully, reached over, snatched it and backed away, holding it up and grinning.

Dad said that Rick rared up in the bed and opened his mouth as if he was going to say something, and then huffed.

Dad held the necklace out to him. Rick took it back, and put it back on his chest, patting it assertively.

'Mine,' his motions seemed to say.

But that told volumes. He's in there. He's aware. He's fighting. He's willing to do what needs to be done.

And that's the brother I know. That's the man that grew from the boy I grew up sharing the same bedroom with. And if my sister and I have to fly to Chicago to kick his ass and make him walk when he gets out of there, we'll do it. 'Cause that's what families do.

I finally ate something last night, but my appetite isn't back to normal yet -- I suspect it won't be anytime soon. And I did get a decent night's sleep last night, not like the fitful night prior.

And thankfully, the phone did not ring.

I'll keep everyone apprised as I learn more. But I can't thank everyone enough.


35 posted on 01/25/2007 10:38:29 AM PST by mhking (I make my livin' on the evening news....)
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To: mhking

mhking,I have been praying and we prayed on the air for him.I just have not had time to post.This is great news and we will keep praying,fatima


36 posted on 01/25/2007 10:45:13 AM PST by fatima
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To: mhking

Our prayers are with you and yours, Michael.


37 posted on 01/25/2007 10:46:20 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: mhking

My thoughts are with you and your family.


38 posted on 01/25/2007 10:48:56 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: mhking

Rick,you and your family are in my prayers.


39 posted on 01/25/2007 10:51:07 AM PST by najida (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: mhking

Prayers for your brother, you and your family. Please keep in touch and let us know how you all are doing.


40 posted on 01/25/2007 10:54:00 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mhking

Prayers for you and your brother, Mike


41 posted on 01/25/2007 10:54:53 AM PST by Tribune7 (Conservatives hold bad behavior against their leaders. Dims don't.)
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To: mhking
Prayers and blessedness to your brother and all family.

You are a favorite poster of mine on FR. I appreciate you including me with some great stuff. I hope that you take this terrible event as a health wake-up warning for yourself. We all know the higher odds of strokes and heart disease among Blacks, men in particular. Please see a doctor regularily and make sure they follow up with tests and screenings. Strokes and heart attacks come without warnings in many cases. God Bless you and yours.

42 posted on 01/25/2007 10:56:11 AM PST by moonman (`)
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To: mhking

Oh, Michael, what a terrible shock. Know that you will all be in our prayers. The prognosis really is encouraging.


43 posted on 01/25/2007 11:03:15 AM PST by Bahbah (.Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: mhking

Prayers for your entire family.


44 posted on 01/25/2007 11:15:35 AM PST by Eaker (You were given the choice between war & dishonor. You chose dishonor & you will have war. -Churchill)
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To: fatima

Prayers to you and yours.


45 posted on 01/25/2007 11:15:39 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: Theresawithanh; mhking
Prayers for your brother and for the doctors and nurses treating him, and for you and your family.

Excellent prayer, all bases covered. All that's left is, "Amen".

Peace and healing.


46 posted on 01/25/2007 11:23:15 AM PST by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: mhking

Prayers going up for Richard. My Dad had a stroke so I know something about it. Sounds like Richard is going to fight this one out. I am encouraged by what I hear.


47 posted on 01/25/2007 11:28:24 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. Now, what's the question?)
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To: mhking
Prayers up. Keep us posted when you can, good to hear he wants HIS necklace!
48 posted on 01/25/2007 11:33:01 AM PST by null and void (<----- Shocked and odd...)
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To: mhking

Dear Heavenly Father, we know that you are a healing G-d. G-d we pray, faithfully, for healing for Mr. King's brother. Touch his body, Lord. We pray for peace and strength for his family while you work out his recovery. G-d we are looking for the miracle that only you can do. Guide the physician's and nurse's thoughts and deeds to help this man on his way to healing. In the name of your precious Son Jesus we pray. Amen


49 posted on 01/25/2007 11:36:28 AM PST by brwnsuga
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To: mhking

Prayers up for your brother, FRiend.


50 posted on 01/25/2007 11:37:50 AM PST by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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