Selma man in near coma, citywide prayer is planned

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 19, 2002

That’s what Carroll Long remembers one of the doctors who have been examining Randy Long for the past week telling family members Wednesday.

Carroll is the sister of Jo Ann Long of Selma. Jo Ann’s husband, Randy, has been battling an unknown illness since last Thursday. The prognosis is not good.

Jo Ann is holding up about as well as could be expected for someone whose world is falling to pieces.

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Although doctors aren’t calling it a coma, Jo Ann said her husband is no longer responsive.

Jo Ann first noticed something wrong with her husband last Thursday.

She later found out that he had wandered over to Carter Drugs. They called to say that he was there, but that he was confused and disoriented.

Jo Ann picked him up and took him to the home of Dr. Don Blanton, a family friend. &uot;He was acting peculiar. He was having trouble buckling his seatbelt,&uot; she said.

She took him to the emergency room at Vaughan.

The hospital kept Randy overnight for observation. Hospital forms list &uot;change in mental status&uot; as the reason.

A CAT scan came back normal. But the next morning his temperature spiked at 102 degrees. More tests were ordered. He began having seizures and was placed in intensive care. Monday, he was transferred to UAB. There, a whole new round of tests began.

Word began to get around. Friends began calling local churches and placing Randy’s name on the prayer list.

Wondering what else she could do, Blanton latched onto an idea. What if everybody in Selma prayed for Randy Long?

This is what Judy Blanton is asking everyone to do. Tonight, wherever you are between 7 and 8 p.m., please stop and pray for Randy Long.

Tonight. Between 7 and 8.