Prayers Needed Tonight

The Leslie family needs our prayers tonight.  Audrey has taken a turn and has been transferred to Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.  Rachel and Chris are scared tonight and the prayer list is long.  Can we as their circle of friends and family lift them up tonight more than ever before?  I ask that of us once again, that we be prayer warriors to stand strong behind Audrey and her family and help them find the strength to keep fighting.

Audrey has had a difficult couple of nights.  Her breathing has been labored and the oxygen flow levels have had to increase to support her.  Today it became dramatically worse to the point that measures had to be taken.  As of two days ago Audrey’s oxygen flow had been set at around 100 cc/minute.  When the decision was made to transfer her, the oxygen flow was set at 1500 cc/minute.  She is struggling.  Her blood oxygen level is too low – she needs a blood transfusion.  The nurses at Mercy tried to place a line in both of her hands and her head, but to no avail.  They had to stop trying to let Audrey have a break from the stress.  They also had to have an echocardiogram done on her heart.  This is where the cardiologist identified areas of concern, the abnormal flow of her blood, being one of the concerns.  He couldn’t pinpoint exactly what needed to be done, but he could see enough to know that whatever was to happen, Mercy wasn’t set up for it.  Audrey would have to move to OU now.

So, this is where we stand, two scared parents, following their daughter who is in an ambulance on her way to the next facility of new surgeons, new nurses, new everything.  Farther away from home, uncertainty on what they will find in the next heart echo that OU will have to do to identify next steps.  When it comes down to it, Audrey had to move to be closer to a prepared surgery team in case they are needed.  Rachel is sad to leave Mercy.  They were cared for so deeply there.  They were encouraged and felt safe.  Leaving what was comfortable in an otherwise desperately uncomfortable situation is added stress that no one wants to endure.

They have hit a valley, but this story is much bigger than this day.  This story is about a fighter – a precious baby girl that is battling against all odds for her place in this world.  This story is about a family carrying themselves with strength and grace that can only be supernaturally given.  I believe we will hold this family up, give them strength to battle, give them love through this day and the days to come.

How do we pray today?  Pray that Audrey receives the blood transfusion that she desperately needs.  Pray that they find themselves surrounded once again by nurses and physicians that care from the heart and will provide not only the care that Audrey desperately needs, but the compassion that Rachel and Chris desperately need.  Pray that Audrey stabilizes and that medicine can answer the needs of her heart tonight and the days to come until she is strong enough for her heart surgery.

I wish I wasn’t the one writing this post.  I wish this was Rachel sharing one of her beautiful posts from her heart.  For me to be the messenger is painful because as we all do, I want so badly for Audrey to be triumphant.  To go home.  To be safe and loved and surrounded by family and friends.  My heart hurts for you tonight, Rachel and Chris.  But we all hope you know – you FEEL – the prayers, the love, the uplifting of you to our God most high and that tonight, you are NOT alone.  Audrey, you are not alone.  You are surrounded by family and friends and we KNOW you can keep fighting!  We believe in you.  Be brave.  And we will all be here, ready to celebrate Audrey’s next victory.

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”  Romans 8:37

Love, Carrie



28 thoughts on “Prayers Needed Tonight

  1. Thanks for standing in the gap for the Leslie’s. The transfer was smooth, she is settling in well and has already taken a bottle. She seems to have stabilized on the current oxygen flow. Not much else to report otherwise. Thanks and love to all who are praying. It is evident .

  2. Our prayers are with your family. I cannot imagine the stress and worry your family is experiencing right now. I can say that OU Childrens is amazing and has extremely compassionate and wonderful nurses and doctors. The cardiologists there have been amazing with my daughter and I hope you find the same level of comfort, caring, and compassion as you experienced at Mercy. We will continue praying for little Audrey and your family.

  3. Carrie, thank you for so beautifully writing the specific needs of prayer. Audrey will be in great hands once again. Come on Audrey, we all love you so much…you can do it sweet angel. Prayers, prayers, prayers…

  4. Hey everyone I have started a prayer chain sign up. Please click the link below and sign up for an hour out of your day over the next few days and dedicate an hour in prayer, in His word, listening to His music, whatever you need. My sister in law did this awhile back and I think it will be incredible with the outpouring of love and grace they will feel from this. So please click and sign up!

  5. Endless prayers from Minnesota for Audrey, Chris, Rachel, and big brother, Cooper, and for each healthcare provider that has direct care for lovely little Audrey~xo May God bless you and keep you in his tender care.

  6. Praying for your precious baby girl tonight, for all of the Leslie’s strength and bravery and for God to work his hands through the doctors and nurses who care for Audrey.

    Not an hour after I read this update, with you all weighing heavily on my mind, I made a phone call to schedule something for the boys and the receptionist who answered the phone answers with “Hello, this is Audrey.” God is SO hearing our prayers tonight. Amazing.

    We love you and are sending you big hugs. xo

  7. I can’t imagine what your hearts are going through. And your minds. God knows. Let Him hold you all. Praying fervently. For Mercy, Love, peace and comfort.

  8. Sending specific prayers of healing for that precious baby and prayers of comfort and peace for each of you. The waiting game is so very hard but His timing is perfect…

  9. Hi sweet Leslie family. In praying for you guys and baby Audrey this morning, I read a verse that really touched my heart and I felt like I was supposed to share with you.

    Psalm 125:2
    “As the mountain surround Jerusalem, so The Lord surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.”

    I honestly didn’t realize mountains surrounded Jerusalem, so I looked up a picture on google. And there was Jerusalem. Tucked right in. Cradled. Surrounded. That is my prayer for your whole sweet family.

  10. In praying for you guys this morning, I read a verse that really touched my heart for you.

    Psalm 125:2 “as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so The Lord surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.”

    I honestly didn’t realize mountains surrounded Jerusalem, so I googled a picture, and there it was. Tucked right in to the mountain range. Cradled. Surrounded. I pray this over your whole family. Hugs and prayers!

  11. Dear Leslie Family,We are keeping all of you in our prayers and hearts.Glad to know, that Audrey is stable . She is such a fighter and so precious. Many Blessings to all of you!

  12. Chris, Rachel, and Cooper:
    We are sending our thoughts, prayers and positive energy to all of you. Please know that you are supported by the circle of friends & neighbors that surround you. We are here for you and will uphold you through these trying times. Please let us know if there is anything at all that you need.
    Amy & Rob

  13. Your sweet Audrey has been on my mind all day. I spent my commute this morning in prayer for her and I will continue to pray relentlessly.

  14. Rachel and Chris, I am praying for God to stabilize Audrey and to sustain you with His strength today and to direct the doctors and you in making decisions. Because God’s word is living and powerful I share a couple of scriptures that have sustained me when I’ve been confused and afraid. May God’s peace reign in your hearts today as you run for refuge under His wings and keep your eyes on Him.

    June Cromling
    (Julie Mesa’s mom)

    I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word. (Psalms 119:28 NLT)

    Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. (Psalm 57:1)

    We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NLT)

  15. We pray for complete healing for Audrey, and the peace and comfort from Jesus for her family and loved ones. In His name

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