Monday, February 6, 2012

update on my Mom's new lungs

it doesn't feel like there are a lot of updates to give, although a lot has happened in the past few days.

The biggest news to us i think is that my Mom will be in ICU for months. that was not expected at all to me. i don't think my Dad expected that either.
not great news at all, but i would rather know that to prepare myself.

They have tried taking her off ECMO (the heart-lung machine) a couple times and it hasn't quite worked out yet. getting her off of ECMO would definitely be a good step.

they did take her off the heart pump though.

she had been having some internal bleeding and they did get that stopped too.

Getting this fluid off of her lungs is probably the biggest issue right now.

and her Kidneys started to have problems too so they put her on a type of dialysis.

they also put a trache in a few days ago which her vent is now attached to. and i think they are going to put in a feeding tube soon as well.

probably the hardest news to swallow was that 2 other lung transplant patients that have been on the ICU hall there with my Mom both died this past week.

it's all so much to handle. not sure how anyone might carry it all without Somebody to lean into... without Someone to trust in. Someone to trust in Who knows what's up even more than these Doctors do.
Dumping some cares on That Guy i trust in daily.

and i still have absolute hope that the God we've trusted in this far will heal my Mom. i believe that one day my Mom will be running in the backyard chasing her granddaughter, Keira... with an awesome pair of new lungs.


Thomas said...

Sorry to hear about that. Hope she has a quick recovery. She is in all our prayers. Best Wishes!

Erin Colby Jasunas said...

Patrick and family,
My class has been praying for your mom each day and we look forward to hearing these updates whether they are good or bad. God has an awesome way of taking a difficult situation and turning it into a way to show His glory. I know I am not telling you anything new. As I recall, you were one of the strongest Christians I have ever met. However, every now and again, it is good to hear that God is faithful and He will bring it to pass according to His perfect will. Know that you are held up in prayer and that our Wonderful Savior has His hands on your mom and is caring for her.

becca said...

We're continually in prayer for Mrs. Edith - thank you for keeping us posted!

patrick mitchell said...

Thomas & Becca - thanks so much.
Erin - that's awesome. thanks for the encouragement & tell your class thanks so much!