Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I got off the phone with Lynette at 7 am this morning. My heart is breaking for them.

Their holding her skin to skin really helped Olive's vitals, but today she is jaundiced, so she has to be under the lamp. They got some tough news from the doctor's yesterday (during our night). On a scale of 1-4 (4 being the worst), Olive's brain damage from the rough night she had, the same night she had pulmonary hemorrhaging, is a level 4. She can no longer shut her eyes on her own. This is apparently due to pressure.They have to help her "blink." The hospital staff put gauze over her eyes, but when Lynette peeks, her eyes are still open. Lynette was crying as she explained this, her heart breaking for Olive.

The doctors were asking Lynette and Rusty how aggressive they want to be with treatment, which is a decision I can't imagine making. Lynette said the one doctor kept repeating that if she lives, she will be handicapped. They wish they could know how things will turn out. If she is going to be handicapped, so be it, they will continue aggressive treatment. If the treatment will ultimately be ineffective, she doesn't want to prolong her suffering. It's such a tough place to be and a tough decision to make. For now, they are continuing treatment, hoping & praying for a miracle, and preparing for the worst.

Thank you, Carrie, for your prayer for Olive. I find it moving, so full of love.


Stacey said...


I am praying. Thanks for the updates.


Melissa said...

i don't even know how to respond. what a low time ... praying that this roller coaster has more UPS left in it!

anna said...

I'm sooooooo sorry Melody!! It's been a while since I've experienced this much heaviness. We continue to hope and pray for mercy and miracles.

Gina said...

Melody, my heart breaks for all of you!! As bad as I feel, I definitely can't imagine how you & the rest of your family feels. We're praying for all of you guys-we love you!