Please pray for Mickey R. He is the husband of a dear friend that I have worked with for 15 years. This is our first year not to work together. Mickey, who is 50 and in great health, has had what he thought was a sinus infection for about three months and about a 10 days ago, what he and his wife thought was the flu. One morning at work about 8 days ago, she received a call from a complete stranger at a convenience store in a town 20 miles away that said there was a man there who was disoriented, did not know his name, and thought he was dying. She asked him for his cell phone and started looking for numbers and this was the first. My friend left work with the vice-principal and they raced to the store where Mickey was having what appeared to be a panic attack. He knew his wife, but did not know her name. They got him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a rare illness called herpes encephalitis. The first night, they told her that he had two weeks to live. That's been about 8 days ago. I've been researching this and herpes encephalitis is a swelling of the brain due to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (the cold sore virus) getting into the sinus system and into the brain. It only affects 1 out of 1 million people and is usually fatal if not detected quickly. They no longer think that he is going to die, but the prognosis for his mental state is questionable. The first few nights, he would pull the IV's from his arm and try to escape from the room. They had only been able to give him the IV's at night after sedating him. He cannot speak properly. He knows his wife and daughters but cannot tell their names. His wife may say, "Which one of us is 'Susie'?". He does not know. The girls are 20 and 25. They have extended his antibiotic treatments for another 21 days. They are placing him on a floor in the hospital where he will get less attention, but will not cost as much. Mickey and his wife are very, very private people and neither are wishing too many visitors right now. His is frustrated beyond belief and those who have visited have told me that he loses attention and acts like an Alzheimer's patient. He has a good job and so does she. I know that her insurance is good, but I don't know if she has him ON her insurance. Please pray the Mickey will have a complete and 100% recovery. I know for a fact that he would NOT wish to linger and be combative and unable to work or communicate. This has been a shock for everyone and I am just about tired of deathly ill people and funerals in my community. It seems like it's coming in a wave the past month. I have another funeral Saturday. I've had 4 in the last 4 weeks and too many people critically ill. Pray for Mickey R. Thanks.