Monday, April 26, 2010

Septic shock is a nasty little thing

Well we might have some answers. The doctors have narrowed down what type of bacteria family it is and now they are tailoring the antibiotics to see which ones might work to start attacking the infection. At this point we still don't know how and where it started, but the cultures that came back at least might have the docs on the right track. She still is extremely sick and like they said they need to fight the infection bacteria before anything else will start looking better. A lot of her system has been compromised by this lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, but we are hoping things are progressing in the right direction...

I'm not sure if all of you know how bad it really is, but they have said she is the sickest patient in the CCU and that treating septic shock can be very difficult. She is very puffy from all the fluids and is still unconcious. Please continue to pray.

On a positive note, the head doctor of the CCU heard mom was a teacher and he said in her first 30 hrs at Michigan he would have rated her an F and that she almost died, but in the last 8-12 hrs he gave her a grade of an A, so that made us feel like at least SOMETHING is getting better!:)

Her room is in CCU 6D, Room 6808 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. I don't know exactly how it would be addressed, but those are the major items that would be needed. People had been asking, so there you go! More to come later. I send my love and thanks to all of you!:) I'm the family optimist and my glass still remains half full!:) More later...



  1. Dear Kate and Nick,
    Please tell your mom I'm praying for her and anxiously looking forward to having lunch at Sportsman's when she gets better. Tell her to keep her "grades" up. I'll be praying for both of you to have the continued strength you need.
    Kim Alexander

  2. Odd, I thought I'd posted the extrapolated mailing address. Here goes again:

    CCU6D, Room 6808
    University of Michigan Hospital
    1500 East Medical Center Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109

  3. Thanks for the specific info, Kate. This helps in praying. We'e got your back in prayer!

  4. Thanks, Don! :)

    She's still doing about the same.