Todd Werner was in the hospital from December 30, 2013 - April 2014. He was admitted with Viral Pneumonia and Pancreatitis—we believe it began with H1N1. On December 31, he was admitted to ICU because his blood oxygen had dropped to the 70s. He needed to be intubated and put in a medicated coma. His kidneys failed shortly after and dialysis started. For about a week, his blood oxygen was in the 80s but on January 6, 2014, it dropped into the mid to upper 60s. The doctors told us his lungs were hardening and they could no longer suction the fluid from his lungs. We were told he wasn't going to make it.
I immediately called Argyle UMC. Pastor Chris called me back quickly and dropped everything to come to the hospital. Todd's mom called her church in Plano who also had some members come up and pray. Pastor Chris came up and we all stood around Todd's bed as he led the prayer. By that evening, Todd's blood oxygen came back to the 90s (first time since being in the hospital). He was in a medicated coma for 2 weeks, had a tracheotomy & feeding tube. Dialysis continued. When the medication stopped that put him in a coma, he never woke up.
The doctors would tell us he may never wake up—that he may be in a vegetative state the rest of his life, but I refused to believe that because I know I serve a God of miracles. I would just tell myself, "I am not moved by what I see or hear. I'm only moved by the word of God". I also had Matthew 19:26 on Todd's board in his ICU room that reads, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
His EEG showed little brain activity but I still refused to believe anything but that Todd was going to be healed. After 5 weeks of being in a coma, Todd finally woke up but they weren't sure of his brain due to the lack of oxygen for so long. He left ICU in March and by the time he left, his kidneys began functioning again. He was moved to the 4th floor of the hospital for a couple weeks until he could be moved to a rehab hospital. He had to learn to walk all over again, first with a walker, then a cane. He now walks about 5-7 miles a day.
Todd is a miracle and I remind him of this all the time. He still has some memory issues and some neuropathy in his feet but I continue to believe that God will heal him when He is ready.
Despite the fact that we want things to happen quickly, God knows best on when things should happen.
I would tell Todd's mom there was a reason God wasn't allowing Todd to wake up—one being the pneumothorax (ruptured lung) he had at one point. There was no way he could've handled the pain that comes with that and the needle they stick into your lung. God made a way when it looked like there was NO way. Pastor Chris, Kim Thomas, and Lisa & Jessica Whipple were all instrumental in helping me through this as well as all of the prayers from those who prayed for Todd during that time and the beautiful prayer shawls that Kim brought made by the ladies at the church. We love Argyle UMC and the wonderful friends we have met and we are so grateful for the miracle God worked in our lives.