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Posted by Katherine Putnam on May 28th, 2010

“Bring him peace, bring him joy. He is young; he is only a boy. You can take, you can give; let him be…”

Boy do I have a big prayer request to send out, blogosphere. Some of you (dear, few readers) may already know the situation I’m speaking about, others may not. Either way, here’s my summary and request:

Last Thursday Josiah Lindquist (oldest of the Lindquist kids, eleventh grader, Mad Hatter, etc) started complaining of a migraine. The migraine continued into Friday; by Friday night he was so sleep deprived and in such pain that he began having delusions. Saturday morning his parents took him into the hospital and they gave him medicine that seemed to help for awhile. However, by Saturday night he was, again, in such pain that they rushed him to the hospital again (he also experienced extreme dizziness whenever he moved, and vomited whenever he tried to move). They performed a CT scan of his head and discovered a very large abscess in his brain.

This diagnosis kicked off what has been one of the scariest, most stressful, horrible, nightmare-ish weeks that we (Lindquists, Chris, and myself) have ever experienced. To give a summary of what has occurred since is difficult, as the information and plans have changed hour to hour and minute to minute. First the Lindquists were told by a (doctor) friend to get him out of the country as soon as possible; so they made plans to get Erik and Josiah out first and have the rest follow. Johns Hopkins agreed to take Josiah on and asked for a copy of the MRI that was performed on Monday. Unfortunately, after seeing that they did not clear Josiah for flying/medical evacuation, so the travel plans were halted. After this switch, arrangements were made for Josiah to undergo surgery here in Cochabamba.

The surgery took place last night from about 8:30 to 10:30. If I’m remembering my details correctly (and if I’m not, then I’ll edit this), they removed 20 cc’s of pus from Josiah’s head. We were also told that there is a lot of swelling in the brain. They’ve been keeping him sedated (and on a breathing machine) and were performing another CT scan this morning to check on the swelling.

More than this, we don’t really know right now. The estimate was: surgery, 2 days in ICU, 9 days to 2 weeks of physical therapy, and then transport him back to the States. Of course, all of this is just an estimate. The surgery went well, but it is clear that Josiah is not out of the woods yet.

Please, please be in constant prayer for Josiah and the family. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for the doctors; pray that he would guide every decision that they (and the Lindquists) have to make. Pray for COMPLETE HEALING for Josiah; he is a wonderful, Godly young man who is going through trials that I cannot even begin to imagine. Pray for rest and peace and strength for Molly, Erik and the kids. Pray that God would smooth out all the details for them and shepherd them through this time. Pray. Just pray unceasingly for this family. I’ll update when I can.


Katherine Elyse

2 Responses to “Only a boy”     

  • Pastor Misty says:

    Dear Katie,
    I’ve been praying for you and Chris all this time and began praying for Josiah last week when your Mom told us about him. I continue to remember you and your Bolivian family with all my heart! Please continue to blog so we can be updated. Let this family know that there are many of us here at Mechanic Grove in prayer for them!

  • Pastor Jim says:

    Katie, we put him on the church prayer chain and prayed for him the other Sunday!

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