Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No significant updates yet.  Everything is happening in Chrissie's PICU room.  Talked to a lady who left the room about 30 minutes ago who said they had opened the chest and weren't able to get much out.  Maybe trying to buy time till Dr. Kupferschmid gets here?!? 

FYI:  Found out just before we were kicked out of the room that Chrissie's right atrium is totally compressed/collapsed, probably due to a large pocket of blood  the outside of the heart that is growing larger and has completely collapsed the right atrium of Chrissie's heart.  I know they needed to relieve that pressure in order to get the ECMO to work properly.  (The ECMO cannula is in the right atrium, trying to suck blood from her heart to the ECMO, which is life-saving.) 

Lots of prayer for all of you faithful prayer warriors!!! Grateful for you beyond what words can express.

PS  I don't think Dr. Kupferschmid is here yet.  Need no traffic so he can make it here FAST!!!


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Praying now!!!!

Vivian M said...

Sending prayers your way. My heart goes out to you all as you wait. May G-d bless your beautiful angel.

MamaOfTwo said...

Continuing to pray for your baby girl. The Lord continues to Hear us. He holds her. And He is holding you.

Unknown said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. We've never met, but I'm praying fervently for your little girl. May God heal her and give you peace throughout this trial. May He give her doctors wisdom. I have not experienced circumstances just like yours, but I almost lost my husband 4 years ago to congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy - he was only 33 a the time. I have seen God's healing hand work in miraculous ways in my husband's life, and I pray that He would miraculously heal your little one as well. May God bless you and keep you safe in His arms.

cheryl g. said...

continuing to pray, my friend~

Melissa G said...

Lord, please clear traffic so the Dr. can get there quickly. Please guide those who are with Chrissie right now. Please give Chrissie's family peace as they are in this storm. YOU are in control, and we trust you!

Michelle said...

let me preface this by making clear that i am in NO WAY trying to play down the gravity of the situation little Chrissie is in right now. i know it's just as serious as you're saying, probably even more than the words on the computer screen can convey.

that said, if the fact that she's going downhill quickly could be COMPLETELY explained by clots, isn't that a "good complication"? obviously it's not good, but what i'm trying to say is, doesn't that mean it's something they can KNOW and therefore do something about?

if they get the clots & control her bleeding, she should get back to where she was pre-clots, right?

i'm just trying to understand. i was DREADING checking the blog because i'm so scared for Chrissie & all of you, but my faith allows me to brace myself every time i refresh the page (Chrissie gets her own window on my laptop so i can keep checking!) and believe that whatever happens, God is in control. i nearly died during/after brain surgery a year ago, so i understand what it is to know that He is the author of life.

Family Rebuilding the Wall said...

Praying for Chrissie...always praying and checking in on y'all.


Oh : Lord

Please heal Chrissie and very soon. Princess Chrissie has been through so much in her short little life. Please heal her and make her be able to swim, run, and play with her siblings. Chrissie you are a very strong little girl. We have all been praying for you for a long time. We prayed for you to find your forever family and now we pray God heals you so you can spend many fun years playing with your family and good friends.

Sending hugs your way from Montana and from our Serbian `Montana Princess Bella.

Hugs to you all~

Michelle said...

to Chrissie's parents: PLEASE READ THIS!!! i know it's a little lengthy but God is asking me to share this with you... don't know why, but i don't really need to know.

i'd like to share a little story with you. at first i wasn't going to, but i sense God leading, and where He leads i'll follow. ;-)

during my first brain surgery - 12/4/08 - i was in pre-op when the Neurosurgeon & Anesthesiologist talked with me. "Michelle, we need you to sign these." "What are they?"


of course i knew it was a serious situation - i mean, it's brain surgery - but that really shook me up.

i was 22, and not ready to die. i fought through 11 YEARS of abuse, a kidnapping, and chronic pain... God carried me through all of that, and i wanted the chance to live.

as i was laying on the table in the OR, there was another Michele in the room, a nurse. as they placed the mask on my face to put me to sleep, tears started falling from my eyes. i wasn't "crying" really, but definitely had tears just pouring from my eyes. Nurse Michele held my hand tightly, and said, "we'll take care of you. you're gonna be okay. i won't let anything happen to you."

it was VERY reassuring, but deep down, i KNEW that God ALONE was in control.

so as i breathed in the anesthesia, i prayed silently.

and in that moment, as i fell asleep KNOWING i may not live through the hour, i felt an INDESCRIBABLE PEACE - the kind only God can give.

i knew - KNEW - that my eyes WOULD open again. that does NOT mean that i would necessarily survive on this earth... but it DOES mean that i would open my eyes no matter what.

it could be in the PACU... or it could be in Heaven.

either way, i would live.

so with that reassurance, that PROMISE from the God of all creation, from the One who loves me SO MUCH that He gave His Son just for me, i forced myself to give Nurse Michele's hand a final squeeze, take a very deep breath, and off to sleep i went.

CHRISSIE WILL LIVE. obviously we hope & pray that means she will be here on earth with your family for many years to come... but no matter what, Chrissie will live. that is a PROMISE from GOD. not a human who can back out, or find themselves unable to fulfill a promise they've made, but God, who has NEVER BROKEN A SINGLE PROMISE.

Chrissie will live. your little girl is going to be okay, regardless of where that will be.

praying so hard that her place of residence will continue to be this world... and that God will give ALL your family PEACE in the PROMISE of life.

- michelle

Carissa said...

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:24-28

C'mon God, show us Your stuff!! Heal Chrissie's tiny, broken heart! Lay Your hand of peace on the Patterson family right now, and Your hand of mercy on Chrissie. Guide the doctors' hands (and CARS!!)

Anonymous said...

Praying in Iowa for your Serbian Sensation to hang in there so God and the doctors can do their work!

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