Sunday, February 15, 2009

My mom . . . an update

Thank you so much to all who have prayed for my mother and written and asked how she is doing. I think we have finally turned the corner, and can confidently say she is getting better. Although the doctors like to remind us that there are still a lot of things that can go wrong, I prefer to only think positively.

The past few days have been very traumatic. Out of respect for my mother's privacy, I won't go into all the details, but when I arrived in Utah I was not prepared for how bad it was. She was sepsis (most of her organs infected and inflamed) and was shutting down. She was in kidney failure, not breathing on her own, unable to speak and in agonizing pain. On Wednesday, following some tests, it was determined she needed emergency surgery that she only had a 50% chance of surviving. The next three hours were some of the most difficult emotionally of my life. My family had all gathered at the hospital and we were placed in a separate "family room", probably so we would be alone if they brought us bad news. I spent most of my time pacing the hall.

We also called and emailed everyone we knew and asked them to pray for her. It was at this time my husband had an interesting experience that hopefully he won't mind if I share. As he began to pray he said he could literally feel the power of the many prayers being offered and knew they were being heard. I felt so comforted by that and appreciated all those who joined their prayers with ours.

We felt so blessed when the surgeon told us she had survived and was stable. The following day, however, we were hit with more bad news. They felt she was also suffering from metabolic encephalopathy, which is basically brain damage caused by the lack of nutrition from her kidney failure, that may or may not reverse.

However, today, only three days later, her kidneys are functioning normally, her breathing is almost back to normal, and she is slowly beginning to communicate with us. On Friday we were encouraged when she blinked her eyes in response to a question, and then on Saturday she started moving her head.

Progress is slow, but we are optimistic. And today is the first day we didn't get any bad news when we arrived at the hospital. In fact, the doctor told us things are going as well as he could have hoped. Improvement is going to be slow, but it is happening and there really isn't any reason we can currently see, that she can't be completely healed.

Thanks again to everyone for your prayers, love and concern. It means so much to me. I thought I was holding it all together well, but today at church one of my mother's neighbors told me there wasn't a moment of the day when she wasn't praying for my mother. When she told me that I broke down and cried. I know that your prayers are not only helping my mother heal, but have been sustaining me as well and I am so grateful for it.


Becky said...

What a relief to know she is improving and that prayers for her are being heard. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donise Price said...

Lori, this is wonderful news. Your mother is a fighter and wanting to stay here with her family. We will continue to pray for her. I too can testify of the power of people praying for you. In times of crisis, I could physically tell when the word was out and people started praying. It was as if others were helping to carry my load. Love you!

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Very good news, sounds like your family has experienced their very own miracle. What a blessing! I'll keep watching for an update.

((hugs to you))

Lisa said...

I'm so glad that your mom is gaining strength and feeling better. What a scary time for your family. When I was going through a scary health trial I turned to the Book of Mormon for comfort. The pages opened to 4 Nephi 1:5. It was just what I needed to hear, maybe it will give you and your mom comfort too.

Heidi Ashworth said...

I don't know how I missed this post--so sorry! But glad to know that the Lord is working on your mom's behalf!

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Hello there - it's been a while since we've heard an update on your mother, just wanted to let you know I've been thinking about you and hope things are going well.