So, I just HAD to share this email with you. It is from a good friend of mine who happens to be a nurse. If there is any question as to just how miraculous Anna's recovery has been, read below:
I will start with telling you that as a nurse I really understood the severity of Anna's condition. First, she was most likely bleeding inside of her uterus when she passed out during labor. So, for baby Micah to have survived that with no complications is a miracle in itself. Anyway, then I started to add up Anna complications. The DIC that she had is deadly in itself. It causes all of your clotting factors in your blood to start clotting, so you end up with clots everywhere. This can cause massive stroke, heart attack, and PE, which Anna does have (although out of all three, I would say that P.E leaves the least residual effect.) Anyway, while all that is happening, your blood is left with no clotting factors so that is why you can bleed from really anywhere with DIC ( she was bleeding from surgical wounds). The procedure in which she had the filter placed above her kidney to keep a larger clot from traveling was extremely dangerous. They had to puncture her jugular to get a filter all the way down her artery to block the clot if it decided to break loose from the vessel wall. With DIC it is SOOOO easy for someone to bleed out and for them to directly be able to puncture her artery with NOO complications is really crazy to think about. With the amount of bags of blood that she recieved she had her entire blood supply replaced 4 TIMES! Then for her surgical wound to remain open and packed with gauze for days and no major infection if any is awesome! That tube she had placed is now draining any fluid in her abdomen, so an infection can't brew on stagnant fluid. Oh, and I forgot to mention the 5 or 6 surgeries plus everything else we don't know about. There really is no reason why Anna is still here!
I also wanted to share with you about one of the times I was praying for Anna. I was washing dishes in my kitchen and I was just crying for Anna and her family as I prayed. I was begging for Him to heal her and I prayed that if He healed Anna that I didn't think I could ever doubt his power again. Medical intervention helps, but I truly believe that nothing other than God saved Anna.
Kirsten, to respond to some of the things in your blog: I know I don't know Anna at all, but I strangely don't feel like a stranger. I knew God had the power to help her.....but to see it in action, I will NEVER doubt how mighty He is. THOUSANDS of His children were cyring out to Him and He LISTENED! I truly believe that this event has strengthened my faith more than I can say. I am in utter and complete awe of our Mighty Mighty God!
Amazing. Thank you so much Lyndie for sharing!! She obviously still has far to go on her road to full recovery, but it is certainly nothing less than a miracle that she has made it this far. In God's kingdom there is no such thing as coincidence, and this is no exception!
A few highlights from today: Anna has been taken off the sedatives. She had her breathing tube removed and is now breathing on her own. They have been giving her nutrition and her GI tract is working properly. Her blood levels continue to normalize and her vitals look good. Her swelling is visibly going down right before their eyes.
Specific prayer requests include: Continued kidney improvement, no infection and wisdom for the doctors concerning starting heparin (mediation for blood clots). Also, continue to pray for the children.
Thanks for praying without ceasing, so specifically and so expectantly! To God be all the glory!