Aloha to our Friends & Family,
Theresa is certainly not being neglected here. As I type this, there are 4 MDs, 2 ICU nurses and a respiratory tech all squeezed into her small ICU room. Unlike a school dance though, having many suitors is not necessarily a good thing here. Under these circumstances, being treated like a wallflower may be preferable.
That said, the past two days have seen highs and lows in Theresa's recovery. Although she made it through Friday night's marathon surgery to repair both of her femurs, other leg fractures and stopping of the blood loss, a serious complication arose on Saturday morning. The neck fracture that previously was not deemed critical asserted itself by pushing against one of the vertebral arteries that supply blood to the back of the head. Left untended, this could result in blood loss, clots, or worse. An emergency angio procedure was ordered to close off that artery by inserting platinum coils through her femoral artery all the way up to the neck, similar to the method used almost two years ago to close off Theresa's aneurysm (that girl may end up with more platinum in her head than most people have on their fingers.) Amazingly, by the time the interventional neuroradiologist started the procedure, the CT scan showed there was no longer a problem. A large clot had formed and the result was the artery had sealed itself off. For good measure, the surgical team packed some coils on both sides of the clot. To me, this self-repair was God's doing and qualifies as a miracle, the direct result of your outpouring of prayers and healing energies. Please keep them coming.
Today (Sunday), the surgery to replace the herniated disc in the neck was scheduled but canceled due to low blood oxygen levels. Thus the immediate goal is to improve Theresa's breathing before any further surgery can proceed. In conjunction with the pulmonary intensivist (who makes up these titles?), the respiratory tech is spending much of his 12-hr shift trying to boost Theresa's breathing. I ask you to join me in praying that her oxygenation improves to the point where the surgery can go ahead without delay.
On a semi-related matter, there now seems to be a feeding frenzy among the press regarding this story but it is entirely one-sided to the point that the "unidentified Waikoloa woman that drove the other car" is relegated to footnote status. I felt it important to let people know that this woman has a name and she has touched many in the community, including hundreds of Theresa's former patients. Here is a link to today's front page article in the West Hawaii Today that helps to set the record straight:
The reaction to this story has been positive and the show of support for Theresa is evident in posts to her Facebook page and elsewhere. I won't waste any more valuable energy feeding this media circus and even turned down a TV interview today. The hospital did suggest I field some questions over the phone to relieve their communications department from the constant media inquiries, so I agreed and gave a short phone interview and two photos to KHON2, the local TV station. Such is the price of an accidental brush with fame.
Mahalo for your continuing prayers and support, each day is better than the previous one.
David (and Theresa by proxy)
P.S. One of my former classmates wrote a beautiful prayer for us and I have asked her permission to include it for all to share. Thank you, Loraine. Your prayer is a gift from God.