Friday, January 23, 2009

My Lifelong Friend...Update

I haven't updated my blog concerning my Lifelong Friend's health in a while, so I thought I would do that today. First things first....thank you to all of you prayer warriors who have been praying for her and her family. She told me last night that she was amazed by the prayers, cards, letters, visits, etc. from people she doesn't even know. Second....let me recap what happened and her situation. My friend (who I don't name to retain her privacy) delivered her baby boy, Shiloh, on January 5th. He was very premature....she was 24 weeks pregnant, and he left this earth the same day he entered....going to his heavenly home to live there with Jesus. The reason for the emergency caesarean was that my friend suffered from severe Pre-Eclampsia (very high blood pressure) and HELLP Syndrome (too complicated to explain, but in summary caused her plateletes to plummet). In turn, the combination of the high blood pressure and low plateletes caused a subcranial hemorrhage....in lamens terms, she suffered a stroke. Since that day she has been moved from ICU to the rehabilitation floor at the hospital which is where she resides today. No discharge date was given this past Tuesday when they receive their weekly "report card" from her doctors and therapists, but there is significant improvement in her left side (which she lost all movement in after the stroke). Yesterday she was able to walk, using the "evil walker" (which is what she affectionately refers to it as) all the way from the rehab room to her private room....HUGE progress considering last week she could barely stand up. Her "lucky fin", as we now refer to her left arm (anyone seen NEMO?), is much more mobile as well. She said it feels really odd....like it's someone else's arm, but she is regaining control. She has been working extremely hard in all of her gazillion therapy sessions, so she can go home....and be with her daughter and husband once again. The back and forth travel is wearing on her little 5 year old princess, and it is exhausting for her amazing husband....their home is a few hours away from the hospital. Honestly I really don't know what to expect as far as recovery for her, but I do know that it is in God's hands; and He has a plan and a purpose. My friend is in the best hands possible and for that I am so very thankful! Keep praying!

1 comment:

Following Him said...

Glad there is progress and she is starting to improve. Prayers go out to her and her family!
~Elyse~