I’m sorry to be a MIA blogger lately! My excuse(s): Beautiful weather, long hours of work, and having to handwash nearly all of my maternity clothes…
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Now, for the subject of this post, I’d like to ask anyone reading this to please send up a powerful prayer for the Shook family. Brooke and David Shook live in California; Brooke is the sister of our dear friends, Trey and Betsy Perryman.
In August, after enduring two weeks of labor, uncontrollable bleeding, mystified doctors, and nearly dying herself, Brooke Shook gave birth to fragile baby Grant, born over three months early. Praise God for the miracles of modern medicine, for Baby Grant was actually born alive and has been in the NICU from the moment he was born.
Brooke had to quit her job and commutes 45 minutes to the hospital every day to pump breastmilk and to spend time with her delicate baby son, who is constantly fighting to breathe, eat and have regular bowel movements.
David is back at work, but he has the added stresses of taking care of and spending time with his sick baby son and wife, closing on and moving into their new home, and taking care of their home.
In the middle of all of this, Brooke and David have also had to deal with Brooke’s health complications, the understandable financial difficulties of their situation, and a This-Had-to-Happen-to-THEM freak car accident that totaled Brooke’s car. Additionally, last week Grant’s recent weight gain has been found to be water on his lungs–a very serious problem indeed.
This family desperately needs prayers and support.
Grant Shook’s due date was about a month before Baby Franco’s, and Michael and I have felt a special call to prayer for him and his parents since the Perrymans first let us know that Brooke was having complications with her pregnancy.
I just want to pass along the Shook’s story to my little blog community so that we can be instruments of more prayer, support and peace for this family. Thank you!