When Life Turns on a Dime

Patricia Bradley Faith, Life 14 Comments

I had planned on an entirely different post today. But life happens. Today, instead of being at home working on the first book in the Cold Case series set in Memphis, I’m sitting at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. I’m with my family waiting to find out when my nephew will have surgery for an inflamed and infected gallbladder. He was flown from Kennet, MO to Memphis in a helicopter, which he thinks is cool.

And if that isn’t enough, he’s become septic, meaning the infection has spread to the bloodstream. Oh, and they have to work around him being born with Spina Bifida. IMG_0600

He’s in God’s hands, but prayers would be appreciated. For us, too, as we hurry up and wait.

I’d like to give you a little background on Brad. He has been a fighter all his life, starting with when he was born. He’s been in and out of the hospital more than a little, but he’s never lost his smile.

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There was a time the family had to beg him to eat. That’s no longer the case.

Brad has accomplished a lot in his life–cum laude when he graduated from Dyersburg State, then a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SEMO. His van is a familiar sight on I-55 going to Cape or St. Louis; he even comes to see me sometimes.

I’d appreciate prayers for him. And next week I’ll give you an update.
Quick update: Brad is much better and it wasn’t the gallbladder, but a urinary tract infection, and he’s doing much better.

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  1. tlrosado

    I love that he has that infectious smile. It is so evident how much you love your nephew. I was relieved to get to the end of this post and read that he is doing better. I will pray for his continued wellness. You are a special aunt, Patricia. Thank you for sharing. – Terrill

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  2. dtopliff

    Thanks for posting. So can he avoid gallbladder surgery? Interesting that his diagnosis is same as my friend here was just hospitalized with–I hope he recovers more quickly than she has so far. Prayers for you and all.

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      Patricia Bradley

      No, he’ll have to have the gallbladder removed to keep from having more attacks with possibly life-threatening consequences–like pancreatitis. Thanks for the prayers!

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