Ally has made it through the night!!! She is slowly improving, and I mean slowly! She has lost some fluid on her body, the dialysis is working and she is urinating much more. Her blood clotting is getting better, she is off the osalator machine, her settings on the ventilator are also improving. We are heading in the right direction, but the road ahead can always change within a second, this we know.
Last night was the most difficult night we have ever faced! Not much sleep, alot of crying, and thankful for the huge team of doctors, nurses, medicine, and prayers that kept Ally alive. Without the support from everyone, we would not be able to do this.
Today looks to be another long day. The doctors are working around the clock to bring Ally back to health. Ashley is also here today, and will be getting a small lesson with some great people here on some medicine and what Ally is dealing with. Ashley has not seen Ally in this condition in a very long time, and needs some education before coming into the room to see her little sister.
On top of all this, Pittsburgh has been well aware of the situation, and Ally has moved to a status 1 on the transplant list. Not that it means much now, because she is too sick for the surgery, but if we can get her just a little better by next week, hold that status, we could be going from here to Pittsburgh.
Another decision being made is whether or not to close her g-tube site while she is on the vent. This would help with some bleeding issues we where having since Ally likes to pull at her stoma site, causing it to bleed. We have to weigh the decision on do that surgery, run the risk of a set back, or hold steady and see if transplant calls.
On a more positive note, before Ally was sedated on Tuesday, she was watching her favorite Disneyland video saying she wanted to go there. Well, starting today we are going to contact the Make a Wish foundation to see if her dreams will come true after she awakes from sedation. We want to make sure she gets there before we may never have the chance.
You never realize how precious life is until your back is up against the wall like last night. Be thankful for all you have, tell the people you love, just how much they mean to you, because all I could think about the last few days was what I said last to her before I went off to work, thankfully we both said I love you to each other!
We will update again later this afternoon with any more changes.
Please remember if you have not had the chance to think about joining us on the Donor Awareness Walk this April 22nd, or maybe just a small donation to the team. Without the Gift of Life support we would not have Ally today, nor would many others be able to continue living. Your donations help support the Gift of Life continue their education programs to help save lives. Last night was a perfect example just how important it is to do all we can to help others. The blood bank was pretty much out of Ally's rare blood type AB negative, but somehow managed to save her through miracles of medicine. To here that you may die because someone could not take the time to donate blood, and realize that impact is mind blowing. Something so simple we take for granted, could one day effect your life in a huge way. So please consider helping the Gift of Life today! The link is on Ally's homepage to our team. You can join the walk, or just a small donation is greatly appreciated!!!!
Thanks to everyone for you words of encouragemnent, we look forward to reading all them when we have time during the day. It's very comforting to know your there, and were not alone! Thanks.
Sara Weller / Sunday, April 1 2007 06:48 PMHi Jill and family, It's good to hear Ally is stable. You're all in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Sincerely, Sara