Monday, April 24, 2017

Still In Houston

My mom is still in Houston, Texas.  Nothing super serious, but some "hiccups" as the surgeon calls them that have prevented her from coming home.

Last Wednesday she had to be re-admitted to the hospital to have the drain put back in.  The fluid was accumulating faster than her little body could get rid of it, and her white count was a little elevated, so they put the drain back in, got her started on IV antibiotics, and kept her overnight for observation.  They released her to go back to the hotel Thursday afternoon.  We had a "changing of the guard" on Friday.  One sister and my dad headed home.  My other sister arrived to take care of mom.  Friday and Saturday weren't the best days as mom just couldn't seem to get over the hump from having the drain reinserted.  She had no appetite, very weak, and in pain.  So, by Saturday evening she was dehydrated and my sister took her to the Emergency Room.  They readmitted her and she's been in the hospital ever since.  

Yesterday the chaplain of MD Anderson came to see mom on his day off and prayed with her.  Since then, I can tell you that we've had a BIG TURNAROUND!!!  Mom has eaten better.  She has got up and walked.  She has been able to take her oral meds and keep them down and that is HUGE for mom as swallowing any kind of medicine is a struggle for her.

My mom has been in Houston, Texas for 22 days.  She had surgery on April 6th.

So here I go again, asking you to PRAISE THE LORD WITH US FOR ALL OF THE MIRACLES HE HAS PERFORMED.  Mom's liver is back to 100% of the size it was before they removed 70% of it on April 6th!!!  While she has had some minor setbacks, NO MAJOR COMPLICATIONS!!!  Mom is tired and weak and she wants to go home, but the surgeon wants to make ABSOLUTELY SURE she is stable before she makes the 750 mile trip back home.

If you've been praying for my mom, I ask you to continue.  We aren't settling for 1/2 of a miracle, we want it all!!  We want complete healing and we will keep praying for it.  

Please pray for strength for my mom, both physical and mental.  As you can imagine this surgery, and 22 days away from home, have taken their toll.  Pray for no infection, and for the fluids to be reabsorbed so they can remove the drain.  Pray for her appetite to be strong, and her stomach to be settled.  Pray for ease of taking the medications.  Pray for her to do lots of walking.

And pray for my sister that is down there with mom.  It is exhausting being a care giver.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart  for your continued prayers.  Please know that I am a "pray-er" and if you need prayer for something I am honored to lift your need before the Lord.  He never fails!!!

I hope to be able to tell you SOON that she is headed home.  In the meantime, I pick up my beautiful daughter from the airport later this week, and she graduates from college on Saturday!   Pictures to come!!!

May the Lord bless each and every one of you.  He is good.


  1. God is good. I am amazed at the speed the liver has rebuilding itself. What wonderful doctors too. Blessings to all of you, keeping the family in prayer, xoxo, Susie

  2. Continued prayers!! As you pray, please lift up a special friend of ours who is also down there trying to get a medical action plan as he, too, has C.

  3. You know I am continuing to pray for your mom, Robbin---and for you, too. Being a caregiver is NOT an easy role to play-especially when it is a parent as there is a role reversal that goes against the way we were raised.

    God bless your mom and I am glad they kept her there where they can monitor her and make sure she doesn't suffer any setbacks. xo Diana

  4. I can't believe it has regenerated to 100% so quickly. Miracle indeed. It is very hard on the care giver. Glad people are able to switch off on this.

  5. Thank You Jesus for Your intervention, for You are the Lord who heals us of all of our diseases. God is good. His blessings are evident. We thank you lord. Amen.
    Sounds like there is a lot to be thankful for in this report! We cry out to the Lord and He heals us.
    Praying for your mother, and for your father who also needs strength and rest. I will be praying for all family who is supporting Donna in this. God sees the need of each. He sends His word and heals us. God bless.