Friday, April 18, 2008

Update on Great Grandma

After the doctors were able to stabilize great grandma at the hospital they were able to start the diagnostic process to find out what was going on with her little body. We've discovered that she had major congestive heart failure. A couple of valves that she had a bypass on 6 years ago had failed. Right now her heart is functioning at only a 1/3 of the capacity it was before. However the doctor felt that was repairable and recoverable.

The CAT scan she had later in the day didn't have as promising a diagnosis. In addition to her major heart failure, she experienced a massive stroke. From the CAT scan it appears her brain has suffered extensive damage - to the point that if she survives the next few days, she may not be able to walk, talk, or handle any daily functions on her own any more. At this point she is showing total listlessness on her right side. She is heavily sedated and breathing and heart machines are doing much of the work for her - though she is doing some breathing on her own and as mentioned before her heart is at about 30% functioning on its own.

Overnight her vitals didn't change much - for the worse or the better. It will be a waiting game for the next few days I think to see how her body begins to respond. We are praying for a couple things.

1 - We know our God is a God of miracles. We are praying that if God chooses to, that He would show his glory through miraculously healing Grandma.

2 - But if He doesn't, we pray that all will hold fast to the truth that God is God and He holds Grandma in His hands. We pray that if it is time for her to go Home, that he would take her home peacefully.

Thank you for your prayers - we feel them and are grateful.

I also have to give a major shout out to our friends the Lee's. They came in and pinch hit for us last night when we got the call about Grandma's stroke. They took the kids for the evening - and the ended up staying overnight! Our kids love playing at the Lee's house. Jake is around John's age and Laura & Rachel are in the same grade. Tracie & Boyd are great with the kids too - and it was awesome for us to spend some devoted time with family members and grandma last night. THANK YOU!


Wendi & Benjamin Wood said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this, but it sounds like your faith will sustain you and be a testament of you and your grandma! God bless you all. I will continue to pray for miracles and peace for everyone at this time...

Connie said...

I'm praying for you guys! It's so hard to see someone you love suffering.

Fredericks said...

I'm saying prayers for my father in law at the hospital. He is so weak but I don't think it's his time yet. Don felt it was his time to go over a month ago and chose to not fight it or go to the hospital. He suffered a lot and lost a lot of weight. He finally went to the hospital a few days ago and the doctors say it's an infection that is curable. It's amazing how even in these days of worry and saddness God brings peace and love into the hearts of his believers. And although he does not heal all our physical illnesses he does promise to heal our soul and a temple that is not limited by days.