Thursday, March 26, 2009

Unexpected Scare--Welcome Relief



Tonight we had a horrible scare--our grandbaby, Catherine (18 months old), swallowed a bean and it went down her windpipe. She couldn't breathe, and they couldn't get past it to put a tube into her lungs. As a result, she was airlifted here to Spokane to Sacred Heart Hospital.

After about a two hour "laryngoscopic" surgery and us waiting in the hospital, (thinking that the more time they were in the there, the worse the outcome) they were able to get down with a special tool and remove the obstruction.

I can't tell you how relieved we are. It's a miracle--and just shows how quickly life can change when you least expect it.

Tonight we have the other grandkids here with us while Catherine recuperates in the hospital. She's on a respirator and under close observation for the next few days. But there is so much relief and happiness now--watching her siblings--all of us very thankful that we did not lose a precious life tonight.

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  2. Your dad and I are sending prayers out for Catherine and her entire family. Love, Mom

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  3. Wow, Linda. I'm glad things have turned out okay. My thoughts are with you.

    Kara

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  4. Oh, Linda, what a scare! Now that I'm a new grandma, myself, I can't even begin to think about how scary that was for you and your family. I'm so glad she is okay!

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  5. So glad to hear she's on the mend! I have choked on something to the point of needing the heimlich and it's scary to not be able to breathe, can't imagine what a youngster like that would be thinking :( Sending good thoughts her way for a speedy 100% recovery!

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  6. I saw your comment on my blog and it scared me! I came right here to check up. I'm so glad to see good news! I can't even imagine how scary that must have been for all of you. I hope her recovery goes without a hitch.

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  7. Good thoughts coming your way, Linda. That is very scary. Hope she recovers quickly.

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  8. I am so, so glad your little Catherine will be okay! What a fright you and your family had, it couldn't have been easy. Life is so precious, sending prayers and hugs her way, hoping every day she's that much better.

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  9. Thank you--all--for these sweet comments. She is doing about the same today--on a respirator and morphine--and paralytic--to keep her from moving and tearing out the tubes. The fear is neurological damage from lack of oxygen--but there are some very positive neurological signs--so they think she's going to be okay. The doctors and nurses really thought it was a MIRACLE she survived it. They all said that there were a number of coincidences that made it possible to save her--people being in the right place at the right time--a Doctor, who instead of being home, was right out on the sidewalk--and many other similar things. The more they've all told about the details, the more we've understood it is a miracle we have her today. I'll keep you all posted as things change.

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  10. So glad to hear she is going to be okay. It's so much more scarey when you have no control over what is happening. It is truely a miracle. How wonderful. I will keep her in my prayers.

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  11. Oh my goodness. I am so happy that they got the obstruction dealt with. I cannot imagine what you and the rest of the family were going through. I hope thins continue to get even better.

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  12. Thoughts and prayers to Catherine and your family.

    Here is to a speedy recovery for Catherine.

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  13. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Things are moving along about the same. Tomorrow is the day they take her off the respirator. We're staying very busy with the three grandkids--taking them back and forth to the hospital to be with their parents and watching them here. But they're all doing well. Mom and dad won't leave the hospital for a second, and the hospital is amazing at making it comfortable for them. I'm really impressed with Sacred Heart. Today I'm taking the kids on a horseback ride--weather permitting. They're going to ride Old Red. :)

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  14. What a horrible thing for you all to go through. I'm so glad everything turned out Ok. Arlene.

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