Tuesday Night

What a day,  we are realizing now we are in for a long haul.  Many people are asking how serious this is and I would tell you He is fighting for his life and his family.  We are seeing small steps in recovery.  We know our lives will be forever changed, but our God is bigger than our problems. The positive is that we are seeing slight movements forward when it comes to recovery, and no movements backward. He is still in a coma(that is not drug induced), but tonight we were getting several “reflex” type responses.

We are getting some of the best care we have seen in a hospital.  At this point 3 different neurological teams have been in on diagnosing the problem.  All of them have said this we are seeing movement forward and nothing backward. However they are quick to point out it is only very small steps. One group even said the steps are not measurable.  But My sister was quick to point out that ther have been no steps backwards. We will take anything…

Today He had an EEG today to measure brain activity we will get the response to this tomorrow afternoon.  They also are starting him on some medicine to get some of the brain swelling down. The positives he is showing now is that his eyes are reacting to water drops, through a blinking reflex.  However, he is not waking up, but at this point we need any positive we can hold on to. However, We still have not seen any purposeful response. We were told today that they do not believe death is “on the table” at this point, but that the worst case be that he remains in the coma-like state he is currently in.  The best case is God works a miracle.

We have all been reading your comments and are touched by the impact this man made in all of your lives.  He truly was a giant for such a small man.  There are so many stories about how each of you has helped us.  Today a pastor from a nearby church visited us because someone in my dad’s Sunday school class called a friend, and It was just at right the time.  We are seeing God through you all.  You all feel like part of our family, and what a family it is.

If you have ever met a Presley you can only imagine what his ICU hospital room looks like.  On more than one occasion we have been heard several floors down singing the Atlantic City High School Fight song.  Yes, this was the Alma mater of Whale, and Yes he made sure we all knew the song.  The room is filled with prayer, laughter and tears as we encourage our father to keep going.  We know he will not give up it is not in his nature, and we know our God will not give up he never has.

Please pray for these things:

1) Purposeful response.  The doctors are looking for anything that show is brain is taking in and processing information.  This could be eye movement or response to vocal commands like squeeze a hand. 2) Please pray for my family this is going to be a long fight.  Several of my siblings have stayed up all night by his beside and are extremely sleep deprived.  Pray for them by name (sons and daughters of whale) Kari, Kijsa, Whitney, and Stephen.  You can also pray for my mother (wife of whale) as she tries to plan out the end of her summer. 3) Pray that the swelling on his brain stem goes down.  I will wrote about this earlier this evening.

Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.  I am reading the dozens of comments to my family, and my father, whale.

15 responses to Tuesday Night

  1. Pam

    I just left a comment on your sister’s blog and I wanted to tell you too that I am praying. I am very familiar with the hospital corridors (Firefighter husband’s lung transplant and subsequent rejections). What I have memorized is Joshua 1:9. And please tell your father, from me, the following scripture, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” We always read the Bible to my stepfather when he was in a drug induce coma for as my brother-in-law Pastor Rich said, “The Bible says, “My sheep hear My voice.” I hope this helps you. A coma cannot stop your dad from hearing the Lord’s word. We pray for the swelling to go down and for the doctors to have wisdom. I ask that you give your mom a hug for me.

  2. Tommy and Trisha Stanley

    Presley Family,
    Continue to stay strong in Him as we continue to lift you up in prayer. Remember Luke 18:27, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” and Luke 1:37, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

  3. Lindle Grigsby

    Everyone at Eastfield is deeply concerned and praying for Mark’s speedy recovery and return. We anticipate the “Whale” walking these halls and sitting in our Council meetings again soon.

  4. Spengler/Budjenska BFG

    Know that our BFG is praying for your family. I also have been updating some of the teachers at MHS as they are wanting info. Thank you all for letting us see Christ through you in this tough time.

  5. Kim

    We will continue to pray for your dad and your family. We will also pray for the medical staff caring for your dad.

  6. Debbie & Lane Sanders


    Lots of prayers yesterday in staff meeting and I have no doubt that there were many more during our quiet times this morning. Hang in there…God was not surprised by this. Lane and I are specifically praying for peace for you and your family as well as physical strength. We’re also praying for your 3 requests as well!

    Lane & Debbie

  7. Lori Paschal

    I have been praying for all of you, and you will all continue to be in my prayers. I love your family, and I know how much strength you all have. God will certainly get you all through this. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you all.

  8. Nancy Josephson

    Presley Family (I’m a friend of Whit’s)-
    Hey Whit, Thanks for sharing this. I am sorry that you are going through such a difficult time. I am more sorry that your dad is going through it! I am definitely sending my prayers/juujuu for purposeful response and that the swelling goes down quickly. From my own perspective…I’m not sure if you knew that my ex-husband is a neurosurgeon? During our 6 years together, I saw some amazing things – both the ability of these doctors to truly help their patients and, moreover, the brain’s own ability to heal itself. Time is going to be a double-edged sword for a while…the brain needs a lot of time to heal (but it can!), and you’ll just have to wait and watch. You have such a great family and strong faith, so I know you’ll all get through this together. But et me know if I can do anything at all for you from my corner of the world.

  9. We love you, and are praying for the whale all the way down the coast in Charleston. God doesn’t necessarily orchestrate the tragic, but sure does make a statement with his goodness in the midst of it all! Trish, myself, and the boys will choose to wait on the Lord as he will certainly demonstrate himself in this through, and to, your family.

  10. Carla

    I am lifting you all up to our Father. Whale for healing; Mrs Whale & little whales for comfort, strength and peace and the medical team for guidance. Mark, your FBC family is watching after Melissa & the boys. My love to all of you.

  11. Tamy Smalskas (MHS)

    You and your family are in my prayers and everyones prayers here at MHS. We love you dearly and know God has you and your family in his hands. We are here for you and let us know if there is anything I or MHS can do to help you. God Bless!

  12. Donna Kilgo

    Presley family,

    I chuckle to imagine the noises coming out of that hospital room with all those Presley’s! Our family is praying for a miracle for your Dad and family. If there was ever a family who would give God the glory – it is you. I still beleive in miracles. Loving you thru the storm,

    The Kilgo family

  13. Your father lives on through amazing family he has raised with your mother. So much impact in such a short time, and our world will always be influenced by the man he is. Your family is in my prayers and I will be there to help you celebrate a life well-lived Aug. 2.

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