My niece is a wonderful woman. She lives in Florida with her husband and children, and her best friend from high school is her brother-in-law. My niece has stared down a lot of demons in her life, but lately they have come thick and fast. In the past two weeks she lost a childhood friend to a staph infection (age 28 – gone just days after diagnosis) and her best friend has recently acquired a new set of lungs. What does this have to do with facebook? She has kept us all up to date on her B-I-L’s progress via her status updates. I just want to capture some before they get away. Don’t let anyone tell you that facebook is frivolous.
These are the words of my niece, MLRS, and I will ask for her permission before I print her name.
Feb 4 – 7:35 AM S- is hanging in there with God’s help and all your prayers. He is still very critical and still under heavy sedation. Thank you for all the support & prayers.
Feb 5 – 6:08 PM Today has been good S- has stayed stable, with being sedated and the ventilator doing his breathing he is resting. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Feb 6 -7:30 PM S- is staying strong and stable. Please just keep praying for the healing of those who need it. Love you all. Thanks.
Feb 7 10:04 AM S- may have a Donor we will know late tonight to early morning if it’s a go. Please Keep praying.
3:21 PM We got a time frame of when we will know if surgery is a go. It will be between 8 and 9 this evening. Everything is going well. Thank you so much
6:21 PM Just got word that we won’t know if Surgery is a go until around midnight. Nothings wrong with S- he’s doing very well holding on. Thank you so much.
8:02 PM They just took S- down to pre-op and we should know very soon if it’s a all go for the new transplant.
10:01 PM We should know in about 15 mins if it’s a go. I heard the organs are about to land and the doctors have to look at them, and clear them for an all go. Will be posting in a few. Thank you so much for your prayers and support.
10:22 PM Lungs have arrived and doctors are looking at them only a few more minutes before we know if they approve.
10:40 PM They’re taking forever to let us know so hopefully any minute now, I don’t remember it being this long 4 years ago when he had his first transplant
10:49 PM It’s a Go The lungs are being put in:-).
10:57 PM We will know more in 8 to 9 hours. keep praying please.
11:48 PM S-‘s New Lungs are in and he is doing well, they have to suture him up and take him to recovery.
Feb 8 5:58 AM S- is doing really good, it’s minute by minute but he is taking to the new lungs well. They won’t wake him for another 2 days. Thank you for all your prayers.
6:08 PM S- is doing great, just got a update. All his vitals seem to be right where they should be. He is still in critical stage but seems to be recovering nicely.
Feb 9 6:02 AM S- is amazing even the doctors with how good he is, he did great through the night and we are planning on a great day with him. Thanks for the prayers.
Feb 10 – 11:56 AM S- is striving on, taking to his new lungs great. They just put the feeding tube in his stomach, Still have sedated but he’s doing well. Thank you to everyone.
The power of the crowd. None of us could be there with her, but we were all there, linked by this crazy piece of software.
Photo by flickr member Nöe
UPDATE Feb 16: First I have to say Thank You to everyone for all the prayers and support that have been going around for our family, God heard all the prayers and we are so happy that he answered them. Today was a huge day for us S- is completely awake and with the Morphine being so low, he has come so aware of what is going on to him and what has happened to him. He sat in a chair for the first time yesterday, he is still on the ventilator at night and during the day they take the ventilator off and put a pass through valve in his trach and that allows him to talk and breath on his own, they also have a oxygen trach collar over the trach to just give him some oxygen because he was so weak before transplant and because he was put to sleep and on the ventilator prior to transplant he lost alot of strength so this just allows him time to heal and for his new lungs to strengthen more. He has told me to tell everyone Thank you. He is still in ICU and hopefully he wont be in here for much longer. —