Sunday, October 11, 2009

Monday Plans and Saturday Scare

Sara is still on track to come home tomm. It will be late afternoon. She is doing great and there shouldn't be any setbacks. But Saturday for about 2 hours, well...

I was with Abigail and Emma Grace at their cousin's, Gabriella, birthday party. Jennifer is at the hospital, we're keeping in touch by text, and I get a text that the doc was about to come, and then he was going to take the femoral line out of her leg. This is a type of IV line that goes into her femoral artery that was put in before the surgery. It is a heavy duty line that is actually sutured or sewn into her leg to hold it in place. The line runs up her artery almost to her heart.

Well, they were concerned about the line, possible infection etc.. so the doc was coming to take it out. Great, give her a regular IV till Monday for the rest of her antibiotics. Well, they had trouble finding a vein for the IV, got tired of sticking her and decided against it since she was about to go home and had enough antibiotics.

Then I get a text that they were calling the doc back, Sara's heart was doing something funny. Um, not good, that's not good. Look at the kids playing at the birthday party - how cute. Then words begin to be tossed around - possible blood clot from the femoral line. Oh, we're opening presents. The heart may be enlarged. It's time for cake. They're doing an ekg, looking at calling in the heart specialist. Oh, it's time to go get some pizza.

Jennifer calls me - it's ok, there's nothing wrong with her heart, it's the monitor. AAAAUUUUUGGGGHHHHHH - then - Thank You Jesus! I was beginning to think of changing my name to Job. Home tomorrow, thanks for praying, we'll keep you posted. Waiting for Jennifer to come home from visiting Sara, she's bringing a milkshake. I think Sara coming home tomm makes tonight a milkshake night. Even it is raining and 57 degrees.


  1. i realize it wasn't funny when it was happening but reading your manic play by play made me smile. glad it was a false alarm and it turned out to be a milkshake night after all :)
    stacy c.

  2. "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, 'says the Lord, who has compassion on you" Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)

  3. Whew - really stressful reading this post. I can't imagine what it was like to live it!! So glad it all turned out ok!
    Here's to a smooth homecoming!!