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Mom update

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mom is out of immediate danger. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. I am so very grateful for them.

It turns out that she isn't actually bleeding internally. We burn through red blood cells on a regular basis; we dispel them through sweat and urine and such, and our kidneys tell our body to make more red blood cells accordingly.

Mom's kidneys are now so weak and subfunctional that they no longer signal the body to make red blood cells. She has to start kidney dialysis, but she wanted to go on one last vacation before she started. She went to her doctor last week, who told her that she needed to get a iron pack and a blood transfusion. But since she has had so many transfusion over the last couple of years it makes her blood very difficult to match due to antigens, so she didn't want to wait for the blood to be ordered, which would have disrupted her vacation schedule, and decided to wait until she returned from vacation and at that point her blood numbers weren't that bad.

Well go figure, the morning they were to leave it all went south. She was lucky to have made it to the hospital in time because she was in heart failure due to the fact that her blood level was so low. The doctor said if her body wasn't used to running on low she never would of made it. Then the big problem came--the only blood to match was in Salt Lake. It was basically over (do not resuscitate papers and all Ugh) And then we got our miracle: someone in the hospital had blood that was close to hers and didn't need all the blood that they had ordered from Salt lake. It was a bit risky but her only chance and thank God it worked.

She burned through that blood really fast because it wasn't a perfect match, but close enough to hold her until 4 in the morning when the good stuff got there. Now her numbers are up and with dialysis and the occasional transfusion we get to keep her with us for a little longer. Thankfully she is so determined to be here she just keeps fighting.
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TATTER3 9/20/2013 10:23PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!! Prayers for you and yours.

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LKWQUILTER 9/20/2013 8:31PM

    Praying for all of you. Seems like when it rains it pours. ((HUGS))

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/20/2013 6:31PM

    What a roller coaster the last few days have been for you. I'm glad your mom has stablized. I hope things go okay for her. She sounds like she wants to live life to the fullest....that vacation meant a lot to her. I can understand why she wanted to go for it.

Hugs,
Kay

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LEANNROCKS 9/20/2013 6:30PM

    Yay for the fighting spirit in your mom!

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JANETRIS 9/20/2013 5:59PM

    So glad your Mom is doing better. I'm still holding her and your family in my prayers... emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 9/20/2013 12:31PM

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HILLSLUG98239 9/20/2013 11:35AM

    I'm glad to hear she's a fighter. I guess we know where you got it from. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/20/2013 11:09AM

    I'm glad she is doing better!! Hopefully the dialysis will do the trick.
There are so many outpatient hemodialysis places around that she'll be able to take a vacation and get dialysis while she's gone.

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DOGLADY13 9/20/2013 11:08AM

    You must be relieved. I'll keep praying for her, for you and for everyone in your life.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/20/2013 10:23AM

    I am so glad that your Mom is doing better! Lets hope that the dialysis works wonders for her! Will she be able to get the machine that she can use at home? I will be keeping her and Becca and all involved, in my prayers.

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4DOGNIGHT 9/20/2013 9:36AM

    WOW, you are really going through a lot right now. ANd your MOM sounds like a fighter for sure! You are definitely in my thoughts.

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RICHILA 9/20/2013 9:36AM

    Keeping the prayers going for you and yours. emoticon

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