Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Denise in Very Bad Condition

Here's what's changed since Denise went into ICU
yesterday. Things are getting worse, and she's in very
bad condition.
She's been sedated, breathing tube inserted, feeding
tube inserted, catheters for measuring blood pressure
inserted, lung cam inserted to look around.
Lower white cell count and more lung fluid than

They're administering Xigris, a new drug that's not
been tested on pregnant women yet. The focus has gone
from doing what's best for Denise and the baby to
simply doing what's best for Denise.
As more procedures & drugs are administered, the
chances of damage to the baby have increased. The
ObGyn said we might need to prepare ourselves to have
the baby delivered early, and there would be poor
chance of survival for the baby.
In the latest phone call, the doctor stated that
there's a 53% mortality rate among patients in
Denise's condition. The good news I've heard is that
Denise's heart is as strong as ever, and that's going
to be a great asset in the fight.

Please forward/call the requests to other friends.
I've had some address book problems, and I know that
some of our common friends & family have been left out
of the loop. Sorry to those of you that didn't get all
the updates from the start. Oh, no visitors are
allowed except family in the ICU. Thanks for the
offers to visit, though. I'm driving over right after
I send this off.

Pray and pray some more, friends!
Thanks for all the verses! They're a great comfort to
me right now. Particularly, I liked this bit from a
song by the Newsboys...

"Lord, I don't know where all this is going
Or how it all works out
Lead me to peace that is past understanding
A peace beyond all doubt"

Glory to God, no matter what!

:O) Phil


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