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An Unexpected Intubation

At 2:00 this morning, the doctor gave the order to intubate our only daughter, Rebecca. She has been in the Loma Linda University Hospital since last Sunday with a severe asthma attack, but at our last visit yesterday, the doctor came in, agreed with Rebecca that she was better, and spoke of moving her from the ICU onto a different floor. But during the night, her heart rate increased to a dangerous point, and just before intubation, she was assessed to not be moving air at all.

Because of some communication problem at the hospital, for which they have profusely apologized, they failed to notify us of Rebecca’s increased problems, and we only found out later in the morning through Dearrah who had called to talk with Rebecca.

We contacted all our children, of course, and Andrew and his family came right away, as did Dearrah, Steve’s wife. Steve and Michael are out of state. Jerry and I spent most of the day with Rebecca, and a short while ago left the hospital, bringing four youngsters home with us, including Nathaniel, Rebecca’s only child. Andrew and Shawnna are still at the hospital, but will come here in a few hours.

Rebecca is a bit better this evening, or we would not have left her at all, and I will call the hospital throughout the night. Those of you who know how, please pray for her.

Update: At midnight, when I called, Rachel, her nurse, said she was stable and that her condition was much the same.

2:30 am Saturday Rebecca is not sleeping well, so Rachel plans to increase her narcotics.

6:30 am Rachel tells me that Rebecca slept from around 4:00 and is asleep now. All her vital signs are good.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

16 replies on “An Unexpected Intubation”

Although I do not know your daughter Rebecca I do know how to pray and I will do so for her and your family. I pray that God will heal and give strength to Rebecca and all those involved. I pray for wisdom for the Doctors and nurses.
Thank you for your openness and honesty.


We are praying now for your daughter. We also pray that God will strengthen you and Bro. Buxton. Will also contact the church for prayer .

We’re looking forward to a good report.


Aunt Shirley,

I am so sorry to hear about Rebecca. Please just know that I am praying for her speedy recovery and strength for you and Uncle Jerry.




I didn’t know if you would see this post under the finch sock link, so I reposted it here.

Thx for this link on the finches. I love birds and I have a huge Bird Aviary in my back yard stocked with finches and canaries. If you like, under my ‘projects’ tab, I have “How to Build an outside Aviary” on my website.

I’m in the process of converting all my website projects, trips, etc. to blog format. So, I’ll be updating my blog with these website entries and hopefully have everything in ‘one place’.

I’ve posted a new entry this morning. Come have some ‘morning coffee’ with me. Have a great day! Regards.

©Our Universe Õ¿Õ¬


We’re praying for God’s sovereignty over your situation. Our hearts and prayers are with you as your family faces such a hard season. May you find His grace to be sufficient.

Mark & Jeanette


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