Prayer Request

Dear Christian friends:

As a fellow Christian I ask the favor of you to mention me in your prayers, mainly for a fast recovery from a near fatal health setback.

It began last week of September with what I though to just be my first experience with kidney stones at age 60 causing some bleeding.

It has also affected my liver, heart, lungs, stomach, and skin mainly on my back. It might have been caused by insect bites, or a bad reaction to the bottled water I started buying when Norman’s drinking water began to stink and taste bad again – for which my PUR water filter failed to correct. My kidneys and liver failed to remove whatever got into me. I’m guessing it was in sweat released through my pours, then acting like a chemical burn on my skin and causing a painful rash, destroying about a third of the surface skin on my back like a second or third degree sunburn. At its worst, included brief attacks of Cyanosis – skin turning blue in some places, my heart not delivering enough oxygen in my blood to cells, with some loss of feeling. Also severe coughing and feeling like I got hit in the chest with a sludge hammer. Symptoms have fluctuated, to 90% gone as if making a full recovery, then back to 100%. I now know I can no longer drink coffee or beverages like Dr Pepper, triggering symptoms to return – especially more painful rash burn on my back – as if I’ve become allergic to caffeine. I can no longer use Excedrin because of the caffeine in it. Use of Tylenol and Benedryl is helping some. Also, drinking cranberry apple juice. Those three items work best during sleep to reduce all symptoms, which were not healing or getting worse while conscious – sitting, standing, walking. Taking a shower makes the skin worse. Using Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder helps reduce pain and redness of the rash burn. There’s been loss of appetite and food doesn’t taste right, but at least there’s been no pain from esophagus and stomach ulcers so there is that one mercy.

I’ve had something similar 4 times in the past – 1977, 1997, 2001, and 2011. Doctors refused to do any tests, and told me to keep doing what I’m already doing to reduce it. I’m not suicidal or depressed, but it has been so bad this time that I’ve prayed for God to take me now or end the suffering. Maybe more power of prayer from fellow Christians will help.

~ Jim Lantern, 19 October 2016

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  1. I will pray for your healing and for relief from your discomfort. May the Lord lead you and guide you and help you to find some kind and thoughtful medical care. May the Lord comfort you emotionally and spiritually too, and make His presence known to you. Amen.

    I have no idea what is causing your rash, but sometimes rinsing in a weak solution of apple cider vinegar and water can help. A few teaspoons in a quart of warm water as a rinse and than just pat it dry can help to return your skin to it’s natural ph.


    • I now know it’s scabies, advanced kind, gets into blood, then damages kidneys, in turn other vital organs. So two skin disorders. First from scabies. Second from kidneys and liver damage. Neighbor has it. Usual transfer is person to person, but the mites can live up to 3 days apart from humans. Human kind can transfer to cats then next person having contact with cat. Also tenants using same laundry room at apartments complex. Normal kind treatable only with prescription, and I happen to be without a MD right now but have full coverage – need to find one nearby who accepts Medicare. The advanced kind of scabies I have is a more difficult problem to solve especially with vital organs already damaged. I will likely die soon, preferably sooner than later because I want the agony to stop.. My neighbor was helping homeless people. No doubt it is spreading among local homeless population and all who they come into contact with helping them.

      I’ll leave this WordPress site up, and write more if/when able to do so


  2. So sorry you’re going through this Jim. May the angels of healing be with you and surround you with their healing power… Blessings and praying you will feel better soon.



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