Most of you know, or know OF my brother's girlfriend, Nycki. They have been together off and on since they were 16. They dated for about 6 years as rebellious teens, broke up in their mid-twenties...for the following years they remained friends, but moved on romantically. Nycki has a son who is now 8. Life brought Jason and Nycki back together again after divorces. Over the last two years they have been testing the waters and dating pretty seriously, trying to see how dating as 'grown ups' works. This last Thursday I picked Jason up at work to take home his dog (he usually takes public transportation, but his co-worker gave him a puppy from a litter of dogs he owned, and he knew I'd want to meet it). I dropped him off, and left to attend a meeting, and run errands. My Mom tried to call Jason that evening to ask about Peanut, but got no response. He tends to go to bed early b/c he gets up early, so this wasn't too unusual. This is a story for another time, but I had a lot of trouble falling asleep, I was completely awake until almost two, and then drifting in and out of fog when the phone rang. I remember that Jason was on my mind. The caller ID had his number. He told us that he had been at the emergency room all night. He had mentioned previously that Nycki had not been feeling well for the last three weeks (she is sick quit a bit), but he also had been pretty sick. He said he had been worried because she wasn't eating, and she lost a lot of weight (something she could not afford to do), and he had been urging her to go to the doctor, and each bite of food had been a battle. When he got home on Thursday he found her passed out. Fortunately, they live about a mile from the hospital. He took her to the hospital when she was unresponsive. After test, the hospital determined that her kidneys have stopped functioning, and her insides are completely septic because of kidney failure. The doctors gave her a 50/50 chance of survival. We've been praying for a recovery, but so far she has progressively been getting worse. The infection has not responded to antibiotics, her liver is now having problems, and there is fluid around her lungs. Today, they were scared to discover her hands and feet have started losing circulation. They have kept her sedated through this ordeal. You can imagine, everyone is completely devastated. Her parents, and friends have been able to be with her in the ICU, and Jason has been staying at the hospital all the hours visitor are allowed. He's gone through a roller coaster of emotions feeling hopeful, and then having moments of realizing how different his life, and the life of all who love her will be if God chooses for her to go during this ordeal. Her son does not know about the seriousness of her illness, and has not been up to see her due to the machines they have working to help her recover. I can't even imagine how her parents are feeling. They have another son my age who was sick as a baby, and due to a high fever now is mentally handicapped. They have a great deal of things to balance as they are caring for Nycki. I pray for Nycki's recovery, and God's comfort to be with everyone during this time. My human mind can't imagine how the worst could be the 'best' for all involved, but I hold tightly to Romans 8:28 "All things work together for good to those who love God." I have proof of that in my own life. I trust God, and ask that you lift up Nycki and all those who care for her as God's plan is unraveled.