Posted on March 4, 2018
Posted on March 4, 201803/04/18 2:00 p.m. Update:
Allison went for her follow up bronchoscopy at Chapel Hill on Thursday morning (March 1) and everything went wonderfully with the procedure. She has an appropriate sized airway, the scar tissue has not regrown, and her lungs looked great. After the procedure, Allison’s oxygen levels dropped, so the doctors decided to keep her overnight for monitoring. (Due to Allison’s spinal injury her lungs are weaker than an average person’s lungs so they are not able to drain fluid as quickly as they should. This negatively affects her breathing.) Aside from getting only a little sleep, Allison had a good night and was discharged on Friday. Since then she’s been playing and resting at home with her family. God is so good!!
Please pray that no germs or sickness followed Allison from the hospital this time and that she continues to gain weight and strength. She begins her normal routine of PT and OT appointments this week.
Please also pray for Allison’s family as they adjust to being a one-income family with the added pressure of enormous healthcare costs from no longer having an employer-sponsored healthcare plan (which was previously available through Jessica’s job). The family knows and trusts that God will provide all their needs as Jessica stays home and cares for Allison and her sisters full time. [Sarah’s side note: As a former career-focused woman who chose to stay home with my daughter last year, though we mothers may believe to our core that staying home with our babies is the right thing to, it can be mentally challenging at times to give up what we worked so hard to achieve and lose our financial freedom in the process. We know God’s got us, but we are human, after all. Please say a special prayer for Jessica in this regard.]
“For [this reason] I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” -2 Timothy 1:12 KJV
Posted on February 20, 2018
Posted on February 20, 201802/19/18 8:15 p.m. update:
Praise the Lord, Allison is finally back home after 3 weeks in the hospital!! She got home earlier today and everyone is adjusting well so far to life post-trach. Prayers are needed for her continued strength, a strong cough to keep her lungs clear, and a healthy appetite so she regains the weight she lost in the hospital. Allison is taking a break from therapies this week because she needs time to regain her everyday strength. She goes back to UNC in a couple of weeks for another bronchoscopy so please pray for continued healing and protection against any other germs!
We are so thankful Allison is home — We give all the glory to God.
Romans 8:31 - “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Love and hugs to all! Thank you for praying us through!
Posted on February 7, 2018
Posted on February 7, 201802/06/18 Update:
Allison has had a great day today! She was successfully extubated over to high flow oxygen at 10 liters. She has been weaned down to 6 liters and is doing well. Her arterial line has been removed, she was able to drink juice, and her mom got to hold her for the first time in two weeks! 😍😍.
The next step will be to move over to a regular cannula to receive oxygen, and then prayerfully to no oxygen and then HOME!!! Please pray that we have an uneventful night and that she continues to keep her oxygen levels up.
Also - Allison’s bacteria levels were down to 1.3 this morning which is great! And her stomach issues seem to be resolved as well! God continues to bless us over and over! We serve an amazing God who is worthy of all praise!