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Bringing the World to Our Hospital Room

A week ago, we made our way to the Emergency Room. Prince Edward Island and the friends we made there seem so very far away now. The days are running together and blending into one long endless stream of medical routines. I’m glad they write the day of the week on the white board in his hospital room; I frequently have to check it to verify that unit of time.

I’m so weary and sleep deprived that I’m not even sure I should be attempting to write blog posts, vocabulary words are scarce and I don’t know if I’m even making sense, but the Spirit urges me on. I want you to be included in the journey He’s taking us on and to experience His goodness with us.

They moved us to a different floor of the hospital last night. The seventh floor. That number feels good. Seven floors above ground. I like it. But as they were wheeling LeRoy away from the fifth floor last night, the nurses were saying things like, “Oh, no, you can’t take Mr. Wagner, he’s our favorite patient!” “We will miss you, Mr. Wagner!”

The new room was smaller and cramped, but it had a comfortable chair that I could pull close beside LeRoy. The poor soul next door wailed through the night. She sounds tormented. LeRoy couldn’t sleep at all. She was still calling out all day, my heart aches for her.

This is an excellent medical facility, but our new room developed a problem. The toilet wouldn’t flush. A working toilet is pretty essential, but especially for someone who is ill, on a walker, and not able to navigate very far. The nurse called for maintenance people to come and look into the problem. She called repeatedly, but no one ever came. And I’m so glad they didn’t. That precious nurse, from Nepal, she went and found us a new room. Not any old ordinary room. No, she put us in a room that feels like a luxury penthouse suite.

The new room is a double size, big enough for two patients, but with only one bed, so the other half of the room has a large sitting area. There are two couches and a wall full of large windows. We’re high above the city with a beautiful view of the skyline. I cannot stop praising God for His goodness in blessing us with such an incredible hospital “home.” There was plenty of room for me to play with the girls during their visit to Poppy. Esther beat me at checkers.

We’ve met so many beautiful people here from all across the globe. The Lord is bringing the world to LeRoy’s bedside and he’s engaging each individual in personal conversation that conveys that he cares for them. He freely shares the love of Christ and the staff loves him for it.

But the Plasma Exchange Treatments are leaving LeRoy weak and depleted. Late yesterday afternoon, the Plasma Exchange (PLEX) team came by to tell us they determined they needed to do his next exchange this morning rather than doing another one yesterday. It has a lot to do with blood levels, coagulants, numbers, big words like fibrinogen, but especially the fact that the scheduling and timing of this procedure matters a lot.

We certainly don’t understand it all, but are so grateful for these doctors and their care, but especially grateful we are in the Father’s hands.

They gave us some semi-encouraging news when they told us that they’ve seen some amazing recoveries take place: paraplegics regain their ability to walk! But they also told us that PLEX is not a permanent solution, it’s just temporary, and additional measures/meds/treatments have to continue.

At this point, they’ve still not determined what they’re dealing with. It is amazing with all the excellent medical personnel involved, Neuro doctors, GI Doctors, Infectious Disease doctors, PLEX team . . . numerous tests using his blood, spinal fluid, and skin samples . . . they still haven’t been able to diagnose what is attacking my man. They see evidence of various things it could be: rare Infectious diseases, rare autoimmune diseases, but do not have a conclusion yet. It should not surprise those of us who know him! We’ve known all along how special he is!

He is holding up well, although after each PLEX treatment, he’s extremely depleted. He gave us quite a scare the night after his first treatment; he was so weak he couldn’t open his eyes, his oxygen and blood pressure dropped quite low. The nurse alerted his doctors and one was at his bedside in minutes, thoroughly checking him over at 3:30 am. But yesterday he was able to have a break and began regaining strength and we’re so grateful.

Prayer Praises:

1. First PLEX treatment seems to be having some positive effects.
2. Attentive medical crew.
3. Our son, his wife, and their girls arrived safely and it made their Poppy very happy!
4. We are blown away by how many people are praying for us, pouring out their love and support for us! It’s touched us deeply. Tears are flowing often. Grateful.

Prayer Requests:

1. Our daughter, who lives more than a thousand miles away, is expecting her fourth little one and thought she was going into early labor last night–please pray for her and baby.
2. This series of PLEX procedures: protection over LeRoy, that his veins will remain strong to tolerate the procedures and he will not have to receive the frozen plasma but that his plasma levels will hold up!
3. Asking God for a definitive diagnosis and course of action.
4. That God will use us in whatever way that will most please and glorify Him.

We live in confident hope, no matter what, because of God’s goodness and the proven reality of His power displayed through the resurrection:

[box]“I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.

You have made known to me the paths of life; You will make me full of gladness with your presence.” (Acts 2:25–28)[/box]

26 Comments

  • Susie

    Kim and Leroy,
    I am praying for you both as you walk this journey. Thank you for continuing to update us so we can pray!
    Tim and Susie Hobbs (Branch, AR)

  • Laurel

    Kim, you’ve both shown great courage in proclaiming God’s glory through His design for marriage. We have an enemy who steals, kills and destroys; this we know. We are lifting you up to our great God with grateful praise for all his wondrous works through you and Leroy.

    With love,
    Laurel and David

  • Suzanne Russell

    Continuing to pray for and with you, Kim. Stay strong. Don’t lose courage. Get some rest whenever you can. thank you for keeping us updated.

  • Karen Swedberg

    Kimberly, I am on your prayer team. We are missionaries in Brazil. I wonder if they ruled out parasites? They can be vicious.

  • Annette Schorre

    Dear Kim, I also am praying for you and you dear husband.
    I find myself so much in your story.
    Thank you so much for having shared it!
    I am not so far down the road as you.
    But the Lord is changing my heart.
    Thank you for your example.
    There is hope!
    Let us be daughters of Sarah!
    Yadira Gorek informed me about the illness of your husband.
    With love, Annette

  • debora

    Kim nos conocimos en RD.Soy Debora de Argentina. Nuestra familia esta orando por ustedes! Dios sea con ustedes como poderoso gigante!

  • DEBRA LAHMAN

    Kim, I commend on your Instagram post mentioning Bud and Elaine Harding. My husband and I along with our three children actually attended Central Baptist Church here in Richmond, IN for a short time when I church, Hillcrest Baptist Church, was going through a difficult time. Leroy was such a blessing to us and encouraged us to stay put. So we have been at our church now for over 40 years. There have been other trying and challenging times but have stayed put as God has always led us to do. We both have fond memories of Leroy and you and wanted to let you both know how blessed we were to have had the privilege to sit under Leroy’s preaching, guidance and encouragement for that season of our lives. You both are in our prayers during this journey you are going through. 2 Corinthians 1:3❤️

  • Matt &Resie Promise

    Sister Kimberly,
    We have not met you personally but we just recently bought and reading your book on Fierce Women and the one that your husband and you wrote. We are praying for you during this time.

    In Christ,

    The Promises

  • Mona Weaver

    There is an “A O Analizer that could do wonders for hubby. I with I could connect you to Becky Sawslville in Wisconsin. There was a man with terminal cancer and drs. said to get his affairs in order for he didn’t have long to live. The analizer totally cured him and he is alive today.

    God is still in the Miracle Business. Your family is in my prayers.

    Mona Weaver

  • Ope

    Thank YOU FATHER for all you have done the Wagners. Thank you for THE VICTORY you made happened eveey concerning Pa Leroy’s health and every Soul that on his account come to saving knowledge of JESUS as they come in contact with him.
    Thank YOU FATHER for strengthen veins. Thank YOU for THE BLOOD OF JESUS that surges through every cell,tissue,organ and system within him and doing a total cleansing and detox.
    Thank YOU JESUS because in his pathway is Life there is NO death in JESUS NAME!

    Thank you FATHER for their daughter. As Zion was in labour she froth her sons. We declare that she brings forth with ease. We declare shout of Joy and Rejoicing everywhere. It is noised abroad that JESUS did It Just Like That!

    I pray ma’am Kim that she strengthen, not overwhelmed. She one tire out. Continue to be her encouragement in JESUS NAME!

    Thank You for the entire family because EVERYTHING have ended in praised and thanksgiving to the glory of YOUR Holy name.

    We Rejoice because Victory is ASSURED in JESUS and in this matter. HE’S Come Through!

    You continue to be in our prayers. We love you both! xoxo

  • Ope

    Thank YOU FATHER for all you have done for the Wagners.

    Thank you for THE VICTORY YOU’Ve made happened concerning Pa Leroy’s health and every Soul that on his account come to saving knowledge of JESUS as they come in contact with him.

    Thank YOU FATHER for strengthened veins and Plasma.

    Thank YOU for THE BLOOD OF JESUS that surges through every cell,tissue,organ and system within him and doing a total cleansing and detox.

    Thank YOU JESUS because in his pathway is Life there is NO death in JESUS NAME!

    Thank you FATHER for their daughter. As soon as Zion was in labour she brought forth her sons. We declare that she brings forth with ease. We declare shout of Joy and Rejoicing everywhere. It is noised abroad that JESUS did It Just Like That!

    I pray for ma’am Kim that she’s strengthened notand NEVER overwhelm. She Will not tire out. Continue to be her encouragement in JESUS NAME!

    Thank You for the entire family because EVERYTHING have ended in praise and thanksgiving to the glory of YOUR Holy NAME.

    We Rejoice because Victory is ASSURED in JESUS and in this matter. HE’S Come Through!

    You continue to be in our prayers. We love you both! xoxo

  • Sarah Krause

    I’ve prayed each request and will continue. Know that you, LeRoy, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ~ with MUCH love ❤️

  • Tommy MaSTERS

    Kim if the would let me give Leroy plasma I would drive to Dallas to do so but I have k antibody when I had to have blood give Leroy Darla Leroy we pray that they find out soon and You and Leroy can come home Love your brother in Christ Tommy Masters

  • Colombia Cefai

    Dear Kim and Leroy
    Please note that you are in my prayers especially today the great feast of our Holy Mother.

  • Kathy Leverett

    Praying for you and LeRoy. When we should be encouraging you, you are encouraging us to trust God in all circumstaces!

  • Gaye goines

    Kim, I’m so sorry that you & Bro LeRoy are having to go through this. Please give Bro LeRoy our love & tell him we are praying for him. I know there are a lot of prayer warriors out there lifting him up in prayer. Thank you for keeping us updated on what’s going on & how to pray. I pray he will get some answers soon. I also pray that you will both be able to get some rest, I know you must be beyond exhausted. Tell him to keep up the positive attitude, we know that with God, ALL things are possible!! Our love & prayers, Butch & Gaye

  • Laurie

    Kimberly, I just found out about your situation. If there’s anything I’ve learned in recent years it’s we should never take our health for granted. I will be praying through each of your requests daily. Praying for wisdom for all the doctor’s to diagnose him correctly soon. May His grace be running over, filled to the brim, and overflowing, so that you experience His perfect love, comfort, and a peace that surpasses all understanding as you both continue to bring Him much honor, glory, and praise!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Karen ~

    Yes, they tested for various ones, especially thinking it could be Shistosomiasis, but the doctor just came in to tell us that all tests and biopsies for Shistosomiasis are negative. The Neurology team thinks it’s an autoimmune disease, the Infectious Disease doctors believe it is a rare slow growing bacteria. Still waiting for reports on those biopsies.

    Thank you so much for your prayers 💕

  • Karen Swedberg

    We continue to pray and the blessing is that God knows what it is. May both of you get rest. Your testimonies are an encouragement and blessing.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    So grateful for each of you!! We are touched by your kindness and blown away realizing how many of you are praying for us! I’m so sorry that I’m unable to reply to all of your comments, it’s pretty much a continual stream of medical personnel and activity here that prevents me from having enough time to let you know how grateful we are for you all. LeRoy is so encouraged by your comments, sometimes asking me to read them all again. Just knowing you are praying is a source of comfort to him! 💕

  • Christine Beattie

    “Heavenly Father, heal LeRoy by the power of Your Word. Thank you for sending Jesus to bear our sins in His body so that by His wounds, LeRoy might be healed. Surround LeRoy with righteous intercessors and church leaders who will pray with faith-filled, powerful, and effective prayers that make sick people well. (Ps. 107:20, 1 Pet. 2:24, Jas. 5:14-16)

    Daily renew LeRoy inwardly, Lord. Guard him from focusing on his present failings, and help him to view life from Your perspective. Remind him that his troubles are achieving an eternal glory that far outweighs what he suffers now. God of hope, please fill LeRoy and Kimberly will all joy and peace as they trust in You so that they may overflow with hope by the power of Your Spirit. Thank You that as they continue to hope in You, they will never be disappointed.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18, Rom. 15:13, Is. 49:23.)