Tuesday, January 27, 2009

She has moved : ))

Later yesterday they had moved Kris to a different part of the trauma unit.....I believe it is called Trauma recovery. She is still doing quit well, Kris has begun to wake up more and more but is still a little confused, she has made some attempts to talk but she only gets a whisper out.
I am sure that with time over the next few days that will improve. She had that tube in place for such a long time that I'm sure her throat is sore and agitated.

Mom had said that some therapist had started working with her, one being a speech therapist, so it sounds like things are moving along, but we know it will still be a long journey for her.
I can't wait to see her again!! it has been incredibly hard to be away from her knowing she is so close, but I will continue to honor Clint's wishes.

Thanks for you continued prayers and all of the encouraging e-mails! It is exciting to check my email each day and my facebook as I have had an overwhelming amount of support.
I love you all very much!!!


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Good news....

I am so thrilled to report that they have taken Kris off the breathing machine and she seems to be breathing well on her own!!!!! Thank you God!!!!

she is still under sedation but is resting very well.....Emily Kailah and Isaac are here and have been in to see her. It is so awesome that they can see her without the tube in place!!!

I am thankful that she seems to be doing well, lets pray that each day continues to bring good news! I have faith in God that it will.

Love you

It's so hard to wait....

Hi family and friends,

I'm sorry for the lack of updates.....there hasn't been much change, so it has just been a matter of patiently waiting for more word.

Yesterday, they did another MRI, but still had not gotten the results back from that, so hopefully at some point today we will here about that.

She had a good night last night, so that is good to hear. They have also started allowing her to breath more on her own and that seems to be going well.

They still continue to monitor the swelling in her spin, and the swelling and bruising on her brain.

I thank you all once again for keeping up with her status, and I'm thankful for the technology of today, that allows us to keep each other in the loop, so we can know specifically how to pray for her on a daily basis. I know my Grammie, who is 80+ years old, doesn't understand how this blog thing works but she is thankful all the same, it helps her to feel close to her dear Krissy even though she can't be with her!!!!

Much love to you all,


Thursday, January 22, 2009

My heart is broken.....

Hi, we just got word from Clint moments ago and I wish I could say I have good news.
They brought her to Emmanuel Hospital, here in Portland because they were unable to land in Seattle. Emmanuel was one of the possibilities they were considering if she couldn't go to Seattle.

The doctors just got through doing her assessment and looking at all of her cat scans and x-rays.
Clint said it is much worse than they had originally thought. She has a severe spinal injury and her brain injury is not looking good. They told Clint, at this point she may never walk or talk again.

It is still incredibly early, so that's all we know, Clint was very exhausted!!! His uncle from here in Vancouver was going to be picking him up and taking him to his Grandmas, that lives here in Vancouver as well. The doctors said at this point absolutely no visitors.....Clint will not even be able to see her today.

I don't even know what else to say right now.....except that my heart is broken into a million pieces, as I' sure yours is as well, so lets just take this hour by hour, day by day and PRAY!!!

The doctors said she will be at Emanuel for several weeks, probably even a couple of months. I'm glad she is close


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

going to Seattle.....

Hi everyone, I was hoping to hold off on this update until I got a few more details but I know that you are all just as anxious as I am, so I will tell you what I know so far, and then update again this evening.

The face doctor came in to see Kris this afternoon and decided that the surgery on her face could no longer be put off. They believe that the fractures in her face are the cause of the infection that is getting into her brain. They have decided that she needs to have this surgery in Seattle, as the hospital there is better equipped for this kind of procedure. I have heard from several people that this is one of the best trauma hospitals in the northwest.

We are still waiting to hear when they plan to move her. I don't know if it will be tonight or first thing in the morning. So as soon as we hear from Clint or Emily, I will add another update.

oh yeah.....almost forgot......the name of the hospital is Harbor view Medical Center, in Seattle Washington.

Love you all,

A week has past.....

Krissy had a bit of a rough night last night, her fever was up again , so they have put a blanket around her that is circulating cool water. It is my understanding that it is some kind of plastic blanket that has continuous cool water running through out it. As of this afternoon it seems as though her fever is still there but it has not gone up.

She is also leaking some cerebral fluid (spinal fluid) from her nose and the Doctors have said that they think this is an indication that the bacteria is in her brain. Bacteria in the lining around the brain is a form of meningitis, so they are taking all measures to treat her as if that is the cause of the bacteria and fever.

They have decided not to try and remove her from the respirator at this point, for obvious reasons. They want her to rest as much as possible. They have also decided not to allow any visitors other than Clint and immediate family, as to keep her quiet.

We know she is in Gods hands and He will get her through this new phase of issues, so lets keep the prayers going!!! It has been so encouraging to see and hear all of the people who are praying for Kris, not only are family and friends praying, but the latest I heard, was that Kris is on the prayer chain of 17 different states across the country!!!! people who have never met her or don't even know her, have heard through distant family or friends of friends of friends about her accident and have put her on their churches prayer chain....AMAZING!!!!!! I have said it before and I'll say it again, GOD IS GOOD!!

Blessings to you all,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Post surgery update.....

I just got off the phone with Emily and she gave me the low down : )

Surgery went well...they did not use bone from her hip...(that's good...one less thing to heal)
they put 4 screws and a plate in her neck. They will continue to keep her sedated so that there is as little movement as possible to ensure stability.

I asked Emily how her fever was doing and she said that yesterday it was high but it's under control today. They suspect that she has some bacteria somewhere, possibly in the brain, which would be a type of meningitis, or some bacteria in her lungs. Emily said they took some pictures of her lungs but found nothing really conclusive, however that is where they think it is most likely coming from. Unfortunately there is just know way to know for sure. They have started her on a 14 day cycle of anti-biotics, so hopefully the bacteria will subside.

They are going to try and take her off the respirator later today!!!! (sorry, I think I have been calling it a ventilator all this time, hope that didn't confuse you)
They have been doing short little trial runs all day, to ensure that she will be able to tolerate breathing on her own. One of the concerns with keeping her on the respirator as long as they have, is that it increases her chances for respirator infection, so the sooner they can get her off of that, the better.

Emily was on here way back to Spokane and will return on Thursday or Friday. Kailah and Isaac went back to school today and she said her dad has been going home each day. They are trying to get a little bit of rest and sometimes going back to the day to day things helps. I'm sure their emotions have been exhausted. I continue to pray rest and strength for them as it is much needed for this long journey.

I will let you know if I hear more this evening on how she is doing with the respirator....until then Blessings to you all : )