Sunday, August 15, 2010

Amber: Patience with the process.

*This post is an update in a series of posts on my friend Amber, who is currently in the hospital. You can read the earlier posts here.

**Also, the family has set up a blog to keep friends and family abreast of what's going on and also to help reduce the feeling of obligation to update everyone individually. Most of the posts will be duplicates of my posts on this blog.


"If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain."

Amber is back under the coma-inducing medication for at least the next 24-48 hours. The doctors believe the cause of the seizing is the infection, but sometimes it's hard to really pinpoint what the true source of a seizure is. It could just be a coincidence. It's just not always apparent. What the doctors do know is that the antibiotics are working. The infection is improving and the inflammation numbers are down. All of her other tests are coming back with favorable results. The doctors feel like we are on the right road.

At this point, we don't know how long things are going to take to reset. This can sometimes be a long process. The good thing is she is stable. Nothing seems to be getting worse and no additional symptoms have shown up. They are watching her for any changes and we feel they are on top of things. They are protecting her brain with the coma and that is what is important. We are just going to wait for her to heal more. They have had success with this process, but sometimes it just takes a little longer.

Over the next 24-48 hours they will continually monitor her brain waves, watching for improvement and when they feel like there has been enough improvement, they will try again to bring her out. If she starts to seize again as she comes off the meds, then we will just repeat this same process all over again.

Everyone is discouraged that she didn't wake up today, but it's not the end of the world. This is just a process and we have to be patient. We feel positive that she will pull through. She is strong. We just have to get her body ready to accept her mind. So we are just going to wait for her body to heal. We continue to be extremely hopeful and thankful for your love and prayers.

1 comment:

Dana & Ken Tischer said...

Thank you for the update - she is on our minds and in our prayers.