Wednesday, April 29, 2009

4-29-09: Pneumonia Treatment Complications

Sarah is still in the hospital being treated for pneumonia. She is taking four different IV medications for the pneumonia. All the IV meds are causing fluid to be retained in her lungs making it difficult for her to maintain good oxygen saturation and keeping her from breathing comfortably.

Sarah's condition has been degrading for the last few days. The doctors believe she is unlikely to survive the pneumonia. They are still actively treating her pneumonia and trying to reduce her fluid retention, but they are not giving Sarah a good prognosis.

Pneumonia can be hard and even deadly for healthy people let alone a four year old girl having gone through what Sarah has. We know the doctors could be right about this complication for Sarah, but continue to pray and have hope for her Sarah's recovery. This is a very hard time for Sarah and our family. Sarah has been working very hard to survive especially as of late and we do not know how much her little body can take. However, the little girl inside her little body is still very strong and she continues to insist on taking care of herself as much as she can. We love her very much.

Sarah's white blood cell count and associated blast count remains in check and at a low level (thanks be to God). We have not made any progress regarding the clinical trial as Sarah is ineligible with her current infection.

Please pray for Sarah's recovery from the pneumonia and fluid retention as well as continue recovery from her cancer.



Anonymous said...

Dear Jones Family,
Believing with you for Sarah's immediate recovery from the pneumonia! and that her blasts and white blood cell count will stay low. Heavenly Father hear our prayers! We are your faithful saints calling upon You! Heal Sarah from this! Thank you God and all praises and glory to our Most High God!

Instant Coffee said...

We are praying for Sarah and your family. May God who holds the world in His hands and ordains all things after the counsel of his wise will, give you great grace during this time, and comfort beyond understanding. We are very burdened for all Sarah and your family has been through and we will continue praying for you, as will our home fellowship.
It's really hard to be "on display" to some extent during such an ordeal. At DHMC, we praised God when we were told by a nurse incredulously "that lady has 9 kids and they are all very well behaved!!" We are praying that God will continue to make you shine as a "city on a hill that cannot be hid," a testimony to God's grace and life lived in Christ Jesus. Through this most difficult trial, may God be glorified and may people be turned to the Savior.
If there is anything that someone from this area can do to ease any practical burden from your family, there are believers here that care and would love to help. Please keep us in mind if we can do anything for you and we will arrange it.
Love in Christ,
Anna Thorburn (from room 540)