In the past several days the doctors have been giving mom round-the-clock powerful antibiotics to help fight off all those infections. They also gave her another blue dye test and it at first looked like her stomach wasn't leaking anymore. However, the next day, her drains were filling up again. This is a pretty big setback. We are not sure why it looks like she is healing one day and then the next day, something goes wrong. We really have no idea how bad she is cut up or injured on the inside from the original doctor. Her new surgeon has been hoping that she will heal on her own, without surgical intervention, but with this latest setback, he said it is looking increasingly more likely that surgery will have to be done. (If you remember, this would be a very risky surgery...the outcomes will be unknown. It is a last-chance type of scenario if we have to resort to this.) Even if surgery becomes absolutely necessary, at this current time, Mom is not in good enough condition nutritionally to have the surgery...it would be too risky. So, please pray that her albumin (apparently that is referring to blood protein) levels get into normal ranges so that mom could have the surgery if it becomes absolutely necessary.
On another note, unfortunately, with this latest setback it also means that mom may not be able to leave Arizona to come to our Family Reunion in Yellowstone Park in July. Because us siblings are all living in different states, we only get to have all of us (Mom, Dad, and their kids (including spouses) and grandkids) together once every three years...and this summer was our much anticipated reunion. We have had 3 new babies born into the family since our last reunion in 2008 and have all been looking forward to getting together so much. I have been hoping for a miracle...hoping that mom will be there with us, not just in spirit, but physically being there with us.
So, if you have some time, will you please plead with Heavenly Father to heal my mom enough so that she is stable and can safely come to the family reunion? If that is not Heavenly Father's plan, will you please ask for her body to show solid signs of healing in the next month so we know she will heal on her own without surgery? And if she can't be healed without surgery, then will you please pray that her albumin and other "nutrition" levels stabilize in the correct ranges so that she has the best chance of having a successful surgery?
Maybe if we all pray very specifically, we will all be able to help in some way. Thank you for caring about my Mom.