Wow....what a complicated ordeal. And what a praise for God's work throughout this situation! Thank you for the good report, and may your granddaughter continue to heal quickly and enjoy a normal life again soon! She has work to do in the Kingdom!Thank you all for the prayers. I have been home for over a week now and seems I stayed sleepy all the time and seldom got on the computer. Husband, dog and cat were all alive when I got here so they fared fairly well while I was gone!
Stevie is in Lake Jackson, about 45 minutes from the Heart Institute/St. Luke's hospital in Houston. Dr. Frazier, and many of the nurses and techs said this is the first patient that had gotten to go home as soon as she did. We were told it was probably due to her age, attitude and the fact that she is in great health except for her heart.
It was touch and go in Lubbock where they had to put her on a ventilator the first day and nite that she went to hospital and the next morning had a balloon/stint surgery. They flew her to Houston for a heart transplant and didn't know if she could make the flight. On arrival she was kept on a ventilator for four days. After checking her condition they found her heart had begun to heal on one side so after consultation, decided to insert an L-VAD heart pump. (she's right up there with D i c k Cheney I told her!) She was put on a ventilator again for 3 days. An program was started which meant dragging the stand around with all of the tubes plus batteries for the pump, then back to the large battery for when she was in bed. At last, completely off of the large battery and on to two batteries (one on each side) and lessons on how to change them, cleanse the site where wires come out of the side of her body that is connected to that battery. She has to have a caregiver with her 24/7 plus an alternate caregiver so all had to learn about the L-Vad, the battery changes and cleansing care.
After a little under a month she was sent "home" with a large battery to hook to at night, four batteries to alternate ...two charging and two wearing...and one charged for 12 hours for emergency power outage.
The 3rd day 2 of us where there when the electric went out. She had laid down to take a nap, the large "nite" machine went off and she set up in bed and said, Oh no, I only have 15 minutes to put on the batteries. Then said.....whoops, I have the batteries on. I told her it was good that happened as if the same situation happened at night she would have already gone through the ritual. We had read that they should have a generator available and one at been installed at the house. But, when I asked the tech he said no as there were too many surges connected to a generator and the large battery had a built in surge protector.
She will be on the L-VAD for at least 6-9 months hoping that the heart completely heals. If not, or some condition keeps happening, such as infection, then she will have a heart transplanted so she is back on the list again. Even if one became available she has to gain weight and let her body heal from this surgery before they would transplant.
Please keep Stevie...and her caregivers...on your prayer list. We saw so many miracles happen to her while we were there and that can only be attributed to our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus. The L-VAD could have a malfunction, infection from the site of the exit to the batteries and a power outage that lasts longer than they have battery power.
We were impressed that Dr. Frazier and all the other people prayed before surgery and that Dr. Cooley had trained them so well plus he observes many of the surgeries including transplants and the devices. When you have that atmosphere, you do seem to have more miracles that are seen by believer and unbelievers.
Thank you all again and we know that "“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16),