Not Zack, It's Meg.

January 4, 2009 | Family News

It’s 6:57pm according to my husband’s computer and I am currently waiting for him to call me so that I can go pick him up at the hospital.  He’s there right now, in the waiting room of the ICU, where his father, Martin, is fighting for his life.

I have commandeered Zack’s blog in order to let all of you know what’s going on and to ask for your prayers, for those of you who pray, that Martin would pull through this.  Zack is doing his best to be hopeful, as are all of us, but his spirits are understandably low and he’s feeling overwhelmed and so if you think to pray for him, too, that would be amazing.  He could use them.  

Tuesday night, December 30th, we received a call from Elaine, Zack’s step-mom, that Martin was in the ER and that they were working to save his life.  He had almost gone into cardiac arrest.  The ER doctors told Elaine that had she gotten Martin there a minute later he most certainly would have died.  Martin has COPD ( or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ) which is a progressive disease that narrows the airways to the lungs and makes it harder and harder to breathe.  It is a disease typically brought on from smoking, which Martin did, for 47 years.  For as long as I’ve known him he’s had to carry around an oxygen tank.  Other than that he’s strong as an ox, quick witted, and most definitely not a frail old dude at all.  ;-)  He had caught pneumonia and was having a hard time breathing the day of the 30th and by the time he and Elaine got a little bag packed and headed to his hospital he could hardly breathe at all.  When Elaine pulled up to the ER he had stopped breathing entirely and had passed out. Right now he’s completely intubated ( on a ventilator and feeding tube in addition to a “port” into his heart where all meds can be injected into his bloodstream without the need for a lot of IV’s) and heavily sedated.  He’s been given ridiculously strong antibiotics to knock out the pneumonia but is now unable to breathe on his own.  Every time the attempt has been made to lower Martin’s need for the ventilator his Co2 levels spike rapidly and the oxygen has to be brought back up.  The worry is that his lungs have reached their capacity to be able to function on their own, thus rendering Martin with the need for A.  a lung transplant (which is highly unlikely since he’s 78) or B.  Having to remain intubated and sedated.  It’s frustrating because, like I said, he’s healthy in every other way.

I have to go get Zack from the hospital here in a bit.  He doesn’t know I’m doing this.  I just know that he’s in a fog right now and all the things he’d normally be doing he’s not and this year had started off a lot differently than we had originally planned.  Just know that we are, and have been, working on getting the new OneLight workshop dates set in place ( things are going to be a little…well…a LOT different.  In a very awesome way… ), new sites launched, new shoots to work on, studio parties, art gallery showings at the studio, travel, a new baby, etc.  So hang in there while we manage this crazy roller-coaster we’re on.  We appreciate everyone so much.

I hope this finds all of you well and in lovely spirits with a pocket of peace you can dive into.

Meg

P.S. For anyone who’s ordered a OneLight DVD in the past couple of weeks have no fear! We haven’t forgotten!  I am personally going to make sure that is taken care of tomorrow. Also Zack’s brother, Chris, sent out a lovely email that I posted on my blog if you’d like to read it. 




Discussion

  • Martin said on January 4, 2009

    Meg,
    Please pass on to Zack that I prayed for his dad (my name is Martin, too) which I am sure shocked God to no end. HE does not often hear from me. Give him my best wishes and you guys focus on your family and the business will be okay while you tend to what is really important.

  • wilsonian said on January 4, 2009

    I am the praying sort, so I will…
    peace.

  • David said on January 4, 2009

    Meg, Thank you for sharing this with us so that we can all be keeping Zack, Martin, and the whole family in our thoughts and prayers. Zack’s wonderful post from last fall when his stepdad passed away has radically changed the way I look at my portrait work, both from a commercial and personal perspective. You will all be in my prayers in the coming days.

  • Warren said on January 4, 2009

    Please pass on my best wishes to all concerned.

  • Scott Piner said on January 4, 2009

    Meg,
    Let Zack know that I am praying for him and his family during this time.

  • JD said on January 4, 2009

    Brother, Know that you have a large group praying for him and God’s will being done in this…..and we pray for you as well through this hardship.
    hang in there…..

  • Jason said on January 4, 2009

    Our prayers are with you.

  • Janine said on January 4, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Sandra Lemin said on January 4, 2009

    I’m so soory to hear this about your dad. Our prayers are with you and your famly.

  • Bill M said on January 4, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers.

  • Larry said on January 4, 2009

    Sorry to hear of your misfortune…..our prayers go out to your father and your family as well….hang in there Zach!!!

  • carlos benjamin said on January 4, 2009

    My mother in law had COPD. It is indeed difficult to watch someone who is healthy and of sound mind in every other way succumb to this disease. I will most certainly be praying for both Martin and Zack…..

  • Heather said on January 4, 2009

    You are all in my thoughts.

  • Laurel Housden said on January 4, 2009

    Thank you for sharing Meg…my best to you and Zack – and I have Zack’s father in my prayers….

  • Olin D said on January 4, 2009

    I am deflated to hear about what is befallen your family… Heidi and I offer our prayers to you all. Godspeed towards the best.

  • dave said on January 4, 2009

    I’m praying for you guys!

    Love you bro,
    ~dave

  • zack said on January 4, 2009

    Thanks Meg for posting for me and thanks to all those reading.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Doug Cranmer said on January 4, 2009

    Best wishes to you during this trying time. Zack, you’ve helped many people through your commitment to training others and making many resources available without asking for anything in return.

    May the giving that you’ve done, be returned to you ten-fold during this challenge. Best wishes and prayers.

    DC

  • David Escalante said on January 4, 2009

    Totally praying for you and the family. May you be strengthened and comforted in this difficult time. :) It’s often difficult to “lean not on your own understanding” in times like these, but like I said, I’m praying for you!

  • Allen D. said on January 4, 2009

    Dear Meg & Zack,
    I am very sorry to hear this about your father. I am praying for him and hope he can recover soon.
    You guys have created beauty for the world and helped others create beauty for the world. We photographers, who have learned a lot from you, really appreciate that. Please know that many of your friends, most of whom you never met, are with you and you have their prayers.

  • John_Amunet said on January 5, 2009

    You’re definitely in our prayers.. Godspeed.

  • NEd said on January 5, 2009

    Will be praying for your family.

  • Azhar Ariff said on January 5, 2009

    Meg, thanks for the heads up on the situation. Zack & Meg, I pray for Martin to pull thru. From Meg’s description he’s a strong man, and I pray that the situation will improve.

  • Farscapes said on January 5, 2009

    As Dylan Thomas wrote:

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Best wishes to your father and family.

    Cheers

    Rich

  • Jason Patel said on January 5, 2009

    Thinking about you and your family.

  • Glasgow Joe said on January 5, 2009

    Zack,You don’t know me but I’ve been dipping in and out of the site for the past couple of months (love the work), just wanted to say that I was sorry to hear about your Dad and I’m sure lots of thoughts are with you and yours.

    Joey

  • Craig said on January 5, 2009

    Meg, Zack, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time, its at times like this you appreciate how precious life is and the time we have with our families.

  • Jean Labelle said on January 5, 2009

    My prayers & thoughts are with you and your entire family…

  • rob jaudon said on January 5, 2009

    Meg,

    Thanks for the post and you all will be in my thoughts.

    Rob

  • Tiffaney said on January 5, 2009

    Meg,

    You, Zack and your whole family are in my prayers.

  • Anne McGlynn said on January 5, 2009

    hoping your father recovers very soon, best regards, Anne.

  • zack said on January 5, 2009

    Thanks everyone.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • luigi the photografer said on January 5, 2009

    Jack I’m not a prayer, but i believe that good people deserve good things ;)

    I hope that your father recovers as soon as possible.

    Cheers from Portugal.
    luigi

  • Chris Whitcomb said on January 5, 2009

    Zack+Meg Katie and I are praying for you and your family. Stay strong and believe!

  • matt miller said on January 5, 2009

    i saw your twitter a few days ago and i just read the blog post that megan put up and i just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that i am sending out some positive vibes for you and your father and i wish for the best for him and a speedy recovery. if you need anything (honestly!!) please let me know.

    matt

  • Kevin said on January 5, 2009

    May the peace that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ! I am praying for you and your family.

  • Roel Dixon-Mahatoo said on January 5, 2009

    Dear Zack and Meg,

    Thank you for letting us know and please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Roel

  • Suzanne Maitland said on January 5, 2009

    Meg, this was a beautiful gesture. Count me in as one praying for Martin and all who love him.

  • Elisabeth Wang said on January 5, 2009

    Meg & Zack – We’ll be praying!

    Elisabeth & Scott

  • Jeremy said on January 5, 2009

    Zack- just saw the blog update this morning and wanted to let you know that my prayers go out. I remember the photo you posted a while back of your father laughing at something off camera, sitting in the chair with the bubbles floating in the air. Beautiful work. I also remember your post a while back about why we take pictures; it really spoke to me.

  • Andrew Barickman said on January 5, 2009

    More prayers for the whole family are on the way. I wish you all the best.

  • Jason said on January 5, 2009

    Meg and Zack,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Martin.

    Jason

  • Peter Holloway said on January 5, 2009

    Will be praying too…

    Peter

  • Sara Speert said on January 5, 2009

    Zack, Meg and family,

    I wish your father a fast recovery and you the strength to stand by his side.

    Sara

  • Ariston Collander said on January 5, 2009

    Much love and support to you and your family. I sent a twitter message as well. @whoisariston.

  • Jaime said on January 5, 2009

    May the Lord bless your family through this difficult times.
    jaime

  • Glyn Dewis said on January 5, 2009

    Hi Guys,

    Much love and support sent from the UK.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Glyn

  • Justin Peter said on January 5, 2009

    Zack and Meg and family,

    I’m a longtime reader/lurker but first time commenter. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Justin

  • Daniel levy said on January 5, 2009

    Hang in there, we’re praying with you.

    Best,

    Danny

  • Andre Vospette said on January 5, 2009

    You’re in my prayers.

  • Tom Marriage said on January 5, 2009

    Meg,

    Thank you for keeping us informed. All of us that have had contact with Zack through the OneLight Workshops consider him a friend.

    Will be keeping good thoughts for all of you. All the best.

    Tom

  • Ali said on January 5, 2009

    All our best wishes are with your Dad, Zack. I’ve been praying for him every since I read your post on Twiter. I hope and wish that all of our prayers hep get your Dad well very soon.

    Ali

  • crossmage said on January 5, 2009

    May God keep y’all in his hands and watch over Martin. May the doctors have wisdom, skill and the ability to heal. May you know joy and peace even in the darkest moments when you least expect it.

  • shara lana said on January 5, 2009

    My prayers are being lifted for you and your Dad and family. May Peace be yours and may God’s healing be at work.

  • Jimmy Douglas said on January 5, 2009

    Meg, thank you so much for sharing. Nothing like the body of Christ coming together to lift one another in prayer. Nancy and I will pray for you all daily. Our hope is that his health will be restored soon.
    Jimmy

  • Ghislain Leduc said on January 5, 2009

    Family is the most important thing in my life and from what I read from you, it’s the same thing.

    I do not pray as I only believe in me and human kind but I do hope you’re father will recover !

    Take care ZA.

  • Melanie said on January 5, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care of yourselves and each other and keep hope in your heart.

    Hugs…
    Melanie

  • Alex said on January 5, 2009

    I am praying for you. You don’t know me, but I’m praying.

    Phillipians 4:4-7

  • David Knight said on January 5, 2009

    You and your family are in my thoughts. I don’t pray but I trust your father is in good hands and will make it though this trying time.

  • Ryan Walters said on January 5, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers for you and yours from St. Louis. MO. Hang in there man, and my best wishes for your father.

  • Nina said on January 5, 2009

    Meg, the music you’ve shared at B.C. and Zach’s story and work on this blog have moved me a great deal. Thinking and praying for you…

    Nina

  • sandeep said on January 5, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Joe Reed said on January 5, 2009

    Our best wishes and prayers are sent out to you and your family Zack. Thanks for posting Megan!

  • Derrick said on January 6, 2009

    Dear Zack and Meg,
    You two appear to be such beautiful people, so heartfelt and open. My wishes are with you and your father.
    Peace
    Derrick

  • siddharth siva said on January 6, 2009

    hello zack, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..

  • Chris said on January 6, 2009

    Hi Meg & Zack,

    my best wihes from germany, i keep thumbs pressed in this hard times for you.

    Chris

  • brandon b said on January 6, 2009

    hang in there! we are praying…

  • Michael Sink said on January 6, 2009

    Our thoughts are with you guys and your family.

  • Seth said on January 6, 2009

    I’ll pray for Martin, Zack, and the whole family.

  • Shannon Szwarc said on January 6, 2009

    Family always comes first Zack, and I couldn’t see you being anything other then a good son. Your professional life is simply a mirror of who you are in your private life. It is important example for new photogs in the biz to realize the importance of being kind-hearted in our profession.- to our subjects and to those family members who make sacrifices for us. My prayers go out to you and your father.

  • Mart said on January 6, 2009

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. From another Martin, in the UK.

  • Henry said on January 6, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family!

    All will turn to a happy end :)

    Best wishes from Germany,
    Henry

    P.S.
    Family is the most important thing in life!

  • Malcolm said on January 6, 2009

    Zack’s father is in my prayers also. I also have Martin in my name. Thank you for letting us know.

  • darren copeland said on January 6, 2009

    absolutely, we will pray for You, Zack and the Arias family

  • Hunter H said on January 7, 2009

    Zack and Meg,

    I don’t know either of your personally, but I would like to. I do check the blog each day and am thankful for your hard work. I wish you and your family the best. Hopefully, you will have many more years together.

  • Vinnie said on January 7, 2009

    My mother has COPD as well. It’s a terrible thing. I hope everything works out. Keep your head up. I’ll be wishing for the best.

  • TiM said on January 7, 2009

    oh my, our thoughts and whishes are with you guys, all the best from me and my little family here in germany. our prayers are with you.

  • Andre said on January 7, 2009

    I’m very sad to hear about this situation and our family wishes your family our prayers of hope. Zack is gifted in many ways but his love for his family and his dad is the greatest gift and we pray that he continues to share that gift with his dad healthy and at home for many more years.

  • Darryl said on January 7, 2009

    Thanks for the update…

    Peace and Blessings

  • Hussam said on January 7, 2009

    Zack and Meg and family,

    You are in our prayers

    Hussam.

  • Paul Douglas said on January 8, 2009

    My thoughts are with you Zack & family.

    God Bless

  • David said on January 8, 2009

    You’re in my prayers.

  • Gavin said on January 9, 2009

    I too have dealt with the struggle of having a father in ICU fighting for his life. I am praying for your family in this difficult time.

    Isaiah 41.10

  • Amanda S. said on January 9, 2009

    Thinking of your family.

  • Jim said on January 9, 2009

    Love, best wishes and prayers for all the family.

  • Gordon said on January 9, 2009

    Your family are in my thoughts. I know how stressfull this can be because at exactly this time last year my own father (80yrs old) was taken ill with pneumonia as well and waw sedated and on one of those horrible ventilator machines. We were told to expect the worst due to his age. It was extremely distressing. However, he pulled through. One day after a week or two he suddenly started to get better. After a month he was allowed out. I’ll send all my positive thoughts in your direction and hope to hear good news.

    Love to you all

    Gordon

  • Antenor Rambal said on January 9, 2009

    My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family; keep it up with hope and certainty that God is in control!
    Many blessings
    ART

  • ali said on January 9, 2009

    best wishes..

  • Kimla said on January 10, 2009

    Thank you for this privilege to lift Martin, and his family up to our Lord Jesus and thank You Father for the healing you have for them. May it be Your will and we thank You for the comfort each need to accept it. We know You understand we are never ready to let go, yet, we know You love Martin more than anyone. So we will rest in Your will and are grateful for the comfort, strength, and clarity to get through this time. We thank You for guiding the doctors and staff in their treatment and leading us in how to be of help. In Christ’s Name we pray, Amen.

  • Mohamed Shinaz Saeed said on January 11, 2009

    I wish Zack’s dad a speedy recovery.

  • Michael Warf said on January 11, 2009

    Hang in there Zack (and family), happy endings are close at hand.

  • Chad Penington said on January 12, 2009

    I have been praying as soon as I read the blog

  • walt Urbina said on January 12, 2009

    Zack, Beth and Family. I will pray for Martin and your family.

  • encikb said on January 12, 2009

    good man deserve good life. wish zack dad recover soon.

  • larry said on January 12, 2009

    praying for you and your family

  • Lawrence said on January 13, 2009

    Zack,

    I Pray your Dad makes a Speedy recovery!! Next time you write on here, it’l be about how well his health is improvinng.
    Take care

  • Angeli Ruiz said on January 13, 2009

    Hi Meg and Zack,

    I don’t have your email address and I lost the phone number you left on my cell. Please call me or email your phone number so I can call you. We’re praying like mad out here in California.
    Love you,
    Angeli

  • David Apeji said on January 13, 2009

    I pray that Zacks father recovers quickly and Zack holds it together.

  • Francisco Martinho said on January 13, 2009

    Energie of my praying will cross the globe!
    peace from Portugal

  • Dennis Boyd said on January 13, 2009

    Zach, Meg and family… I just want to wish you the best through this difficult time.

  • Fernando Delfini said on January 13, 2009

    Zack & Meg,

    All my best wish for you and your family, i pray for your Dad, and believe, he will recovery,

  • Mos said on January 14, 2009

    A Get Well Prayer ~

    This get well prayer is sent with love
    A special request to Father GOD above
    That HIS healing touch, soon be on the way
    Bringing for you well and brighter days.

    May from your loving heart once again
    There flow with happiness a joyous song
    May all the days ahead for you, be kind
    Blessing you with a healthy body, soul and mind.

    Please know my dear special friend
    That for you with love, always I am here
    GOD Bless You abundantly, is my prayer
    Always safely to be kept, in HIS loving care.

    Get better Zack. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    Mos

  • monyeen said on January 14, 2009

    still praying for your dad…

  • ed wiget said on January 15, 2009

    Hope everything is better. I know how hard this can be.

    Last October my father went to the hospital for outpatient surgery, a minor thing. He had a heart attack before he had the surgery. They thought it was minor and everything would be o.k. I didn’t get to be with him until the night before he passed away, 4 days after his heart attack. He never awoke after having bypass heart surgery. I told him everything would be all right and he passed away 4 hours later on my birthday.

    However sad this story seems, it made me realize that we have to slow down in life and cherish the things that mean the most to us. I had been so busy this year, I hadn’t seen my father much at all.

  • Will said on January 15, 2009

    May God be with you,He is there hearing every prayer. Hope your father get well soon!

  • Gary said on January 15, 2009

    There is nothing more important that what you and your family are doing – family is core to who we are! Zach from me and my family we wish you, your dad and your family all the best that is possible in this tough time! A speedy recovery to your dad physically and a speedy recovery to you and your family emotionally!

    Gary

  • luke said on January 16, 2009

    I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Ray D. said on January 16, 2009

    Zack & Meg, This is my first time posting on your site.
    I pray that the Lord will give you guidance in this difficult time and I believe that He is protecting your father in His own special way. Just remember the words “Thy will be done, not mine Lord”. Sometimes it’s hard for us to understand life and death but the comfort of it all comes when we COMPLETELY place everything in God’s hands and trust his Will. I lost my grandmother 2 days ago and it is tough….. definitely, but at the same time I have confidence that she is sitting with the Lord, most importantly………… without any pain. And that is truly what heals my heart.

    God has given you great talent and I as well as others here are very blessed that you are always willing to share and teach us the things you do.

  • Bob D said on January 19, 2009

    My prayers and thoughts are with you my friend. I am all too familar with COPD as my wife has it.

  • Derek (From OneLight/Beckstead - Redding said on January 19, 2009

    Hang in there, Zack. It’s all in God’s hands.

  • Tasra Dawson said on January 21, 2009

    We’ll be praying for you all. Please keep us updated on how things are.

  • Megan said on January 21, 2009

    Sending lots of love and strength your way…..

  • Daniel said on January 22, 2009

    I hope you and your family are well, you have or support!

  • Jarek said on January 23, 2009

    Zack,
    I hope that situation will get better soon!
    My prayers are with you.

    In tough times I always remember words of Pope John Paul II: “Don’t be afraid” !

    Best wishes from Poland,
    Jarek

  • Keith said on January 23, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers to you, Zack and Meg, from a perfect stranger who has benefited much from your teaching through the crazy internet box; I feel like I know you and that I have this great friend in Atlanta in crisis. Every time I check your site and see Meg’s letter, my heart goes out to you brother.

  • Alican Gaviola said on January 23, 2009

    Best wishes and god speed to the Arias family. I hope everything turns for the best.

  • Manuel said on January 23, 2009

    Dear Meg and Zack,

    I stumble upon Zack’s website looking for some tutorials for off camera flash. Little did I know that I will find a more human side compared to many blogs I’ve visited. The passion and love you feel for your husband during these difficult times is evident. I’m not religious by any means, but I have prayed for you, Zack and his dad. I’m humbled by the amount of work and dedication Zack has accomplished to get his family ahead during his second try at photography. He’s truly an inspirational figure and you two are very fortunate to have each other. Not to mention the hundreds of friends who have posted their support.

    Hang in there!

    With Kind Regards,

    Manuel Martinez

  • Peter said on January 26, 2009

    I hope everything all right with you all. No updates for long time :/ We’re with you.

  • Balagopal said on January 27, 2009

    My prayers and thoughts with you. May the god give you and your family , the courage and strength to pass through this difficult time.
    Peace!!

  • Joe Justice said on January 28, 2009

    Zack and Meg, it’s been a bit since I checked your blog and missed this. I found your site from someone on istockphoto.com praising your white background tutorials, and I’ve been a fan since.

    Zach, your father is in my prayers, and I hope he is doing better. Your father sounds like my father – who died of lung cancer, from 50 years of smoking (he quit 5 years before he died) and asbestosis he acquired while in the Navy in his late teens. the hardest part for me was watching him suffer from debilitating strokes due to lack of oxygen, since he was my hero and my rock (other than Christ and my wife.)

    Stay strong, God is good! I’ll keep praying for your family and Martin’s health. Hope to meet you guys at a OneLight workshop soon.

    Joe Justice

  • Jean said on January 30, 2009

    I found your site yesterday. I loved what I read and decided to come back today and learn more. So sorry for what’s going on. I will pray for all of you.

  • lisa smith said on February 7, 2009

    my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • oldwolf said on February 20, 2009

    Awesome video dude. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family in these trying times.

    The video really reflects how I feel some days.

    Thank you very much!

  • oldwolf said on February 20, 2009

    Sorry for the double post. I had you opened in two different tabs and posted to the wrong page.

    My thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family in these trying times.




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