Her ability to fight back from what ever happens to her is amazing. She never gives up.
Last night as I was getting ready to go to my sleep closet ( actually a sleep room down the hall . Ed sleeps on a bench in Teresa's room so one of us can be with her at all times in case she awakes so we can comfort her), the ECMO cannula cracked as Teresa was being repositioned in her bed. Thanks to the very fast reaction of her wonderful nurse , a crowd of Doctors, nurses and ECMO specialist descended upon her room within seconds.
Several Doctors applied pressure to the site, ordered more blood , called surgeons and called back to the hospital an ECMO expert.
Ed and I stood by helpless watching as Teresa was hemorrhaging. Two chaplains were called in to pray with us.
The Doctors were unsure on how to repair the canula , because this had NEVER happened before. It was finally decided upon to change out the entire stop cock( the piece that had cracked). She was taken off ECMO as they repaired the broken piece and we all held our breath . Like Teresa ALWAYS does she bossed her heart and stayed strong.
I can not imagine having to go through this alone with out Ed here. Right now work, house payments and bills don't even matter. Comforting little Miss T is all that matters. Her strength and determination to live is giving us strength. She is a amazing!
The great news this morning is her creatinine levels have stopped rising ( kidney function). This is what we needed for her kidneys to start working again. Praying hard for her kidneys to heal .
The stop cock (the portion that cracked ) will be sent back to the manufacture for investigation to figure out how and why it cracked. It should not have broken just by repositioning her head. This is a photo of Teresa after she was stabilized and cleaned up a little. The white thing sticking up is the stop cock and it cracked at the base.
I have so missed hearing her little voice, so I have been watching her videos . I thought everyone else might enjoy them to .
The Boss has spoken!
So thankful for the wonderful Doctors and Nurses here at CHOP !