Blood Transfusion

by gary-foote on February 13, 2012

Today I’m taking a bit of a break from my normal writings about Catholic youth ministry, Catholic youth speaking, and Catholic youth retreat leading. Yesterday evening I received a phone call from my wife while I was attending Mass and preparing for a night of ministry to high school youth. She called me to let me know that our 2 year-old son was being ambulanced to the emergency room. He had been taken in to the doctor’s office for a normal appointment because he wasn’t feeling very well. While at his appointment, the doctor ordered some tests and discovered that his condition was much more serious than the symptoms he was displaying. We are still at the hospital awaiting test results and really don’t know what news will be given to us. He’s currently watching Mickey Mouse as I sit by his side and blog. In the middle of the night he had to have a blood transfusion and more poking and prodding than anyone should have to. A sleepless night for my wife, my son, and myself. As I sit here this morning and think about all of the events that have happened in the last 15 hours a few things have come to mind:

1)   Sometimes I just don’t understand God’s ways. I’ve been asked many times the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I usually quote C.S. Lewis as I try to answer this difficult question: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pain It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (The Problem with Pain). As I sit here this morning it is hard to try and listen to how God is whispering, speaking and shouting. I guess it’s time to try to be even more attentive.

2)   The middle of the night blood transfusion had a big impact on me. I’ve given blood several times without batting an eyelash, but this is the first time that I had ever seen someone’s blood being used to help another person. My wife and I both jumped to give our blood for our son when the doctor told us that he needed a transfusion, but we were told that regulations would require that our blood be tested for diseases, compatibility, etc. and that those tests would take too long so we would need to use an anonymous donor’s blood. As I look at my little guy, I am so grateful for whoever it was that donated their blood so that he could be helped in his time of need. The blood transfusion also made me think of how badly I need a blood transfusion on a regular basis: Jesus’ blood for mine. I don’t have the strength to live my day-to-day to life without the Holy Eucharist.

3)   Once again I am at the mercy of patience and waiting. I use to be a pretty patient person, but much of patience has faded away over the years. I hate having to be patient, but it is entirely out of my control. I guess it’s just another example of how things are in God’s hands and not my own.

If you wouldn’t mind, I’d really appreciate some prayers during this time. I hope that you are off to a great week and I will post an update as soon as I can.

In Christ,

Gary Foote


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Valerie Saiz February 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Prayers coming your way Gary.

Cheryl Kelley February 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Please know that I and my family are praying for you. You will be put on our nightly prayer list. I can’t say that i know what you are going through, but I do have some understanding. We have spent many long days and nights in various hospitals watching and waiting for our daughter to get better. It has been almost 5 years since the last time it happened, but I can still remember it as if it were happening now. If there is anything more I can do or if you just need an ear to listen, I’m here.
May God heal your son and grant you all peace,

Cheryl (Barile) Kelley

Mary Paula February 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Gary and Sara,
Please know that Grandpa, Sadie and Shawn and Myself are praying for your (OUR) family. Call me if you want Grandpa down there.
Love, Aunt M.P.

Joyce D'Epagnier February 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Dear Gary:

We will be praying for the healing of your son. Keep the faith. God is good.


The D’Epagnier Family
Paul, Joyce, Alexis, Chanel and Will

Sharon Riker February 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Gary – you and your family have offered so many prayers for my family, please know that we all have Micah in our prayers…..

Love to you all, Sharon

Aileen Blachowski February 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Thank you for your faithful witness during this time of trial for your young family. I don’t know you, but pray for your perseverance, your “amen” to the Holy Will of God in your lives at this time, with your very own beloved son. God, Our Heavenly Father has stood in your place. The Blessed Mother has known your wife’s anguish. Jesus Christ, Himself, has carried this cross. Be faithful, and participate in this act of redemptive suffering for the salvation of many. You are the face of Christ to soo many. May God richly bless your faithfulness and, like Job, restore your family with many-fold more than what you started this journey with. I’ve been reading PJII’s Salvifici Dolores, on the Christian Meaning of Suffering, and I thank God for disciples that are faithful to the call to participate in His redemptive work by offering your suffferings, out of love for Christ, so that others (or maybe even you and your own family) may have eternal life. Storming heaven for your little guy! A sister in Christ.

Mary Poirier February 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

JUST heard this news of Micah!!! Went to noon Mass and know we are praying for him and your family! Love you guys!!! If there is anything we can do, please write or call!

Rikki Daniels February 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I am praying for your sweet son Micah.

I hope everything is ok.

God Bless!


Mary Ellen Baily February 15, 2012 at 3:52 am

Gary and Sarah,
Y’all are absolutely in my prayers!
Mary Ellen

Zdenka De Gree February 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hi Gary,
We just found out about this. We’ll be praying – asking the founder of Idente Missionaries for intercession, too.
Can I help your family somehow on Saturday? Dinner, watch your daughter, anything?


John De Gree February 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

Dear Gary,

My family will be praying for Micah and offering up his needs to the intercession of Fernando Rielo, Founder of Idente Missionaries.

I will pray for you and your wife. You are an inspiration for my faith, and I appreciate your blog. Please continue to write.

In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

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