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Louisiana's Thoughts And Musings: Johnny Update #3
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Louisiana is growing more encouraged by the news of her hospitalized son's recovery, yet at the same time, her heart breaks for another child.


Weds., September 26, 2007, 11:14 p.m., D.S.T., Nashville, Tennessee~

Dear Journal~

I know it's late; can't sleep. I know, I know: I need my rest, for the twins inside of my belly, but I am too keyed up, too worked up, to be able to sleep.

I am amazed at how quickly things have turned around for our son, Johnathon, who is in the hospital; tomorrow will mark his fifth day there. He went in with an episode of status epilepticus; for a while, things looked touchy, but today, according to Bill's latest report, Johnny is coming along. He's awake (still has the vent in, but that will probably be taken out tomorrow, as will the nose hose), and he is responding very well to the commands from his doctors and nurses.

It seems funny, but when he first went in, things looked very grim at best. Now it looks like the sun's come out again. Johnny has not suffered permanent damage to his brain, which is nothing short of a miracle; the doctors think he is going to be just fine.

I don't know how long Johnathon is going to be in the hospital yet, but as long as he keeps improving, that's all that matters.

As for Susie Callaway, unfortunately, things for her are not going well at all. She has suffered severe brain damage from her attempted suicide, and things are looking darker and darker. Very discouraging news; I feel bad for her family! Such a bright little girl, and now she's thrown her life away. Why?? I just don't understand the reasonings behind her actions; I guess I never will.

Rebekkah Cohen is doing better, too. She realizes what she almost did, and now she is receiving mental health therapy to help her deal with her emotional ills. She feels remorseful, and she is determined to try to get her life back on track.

Ronee' seems to be coming down with something: she's achy and tired, and she says her joints are really hurting. I hope it isn't another flareup of her JRA coming on; one kid in the hospital is bad enough; I certainly don't need two of them in at the same time!

Bill is going to spend the night at the hospital, but he'll be back home sometime tomorrow. He doesn't want to leave Johnny's side, lest something should happen unexpectedly. I honestly don't blame him. Kids have a way of surprising their parents when they are sick, so many variables, so many things can go wrong when you least expect them to.

It's like the one time we were visiting Ronee' when she had her stroke six years ago: she was in the PICU, and things seemed to be going well--that is, her vital signs were stable--, but then she had a seizure and then arrested. A Code Blue was called on her behalf.

We were so scared; we thought for sure we were going to lose her, but she came back, and now, six and a half years later, she is fine. No lasting effects; the stroke is but a distant memory for her, and she doesn't like to bring it up.

Johnny has been on the receiving end of many a Code Blue (or a Code Pink) many a time: he'd be doing well, and then something would happen to cause his body to go into a state of disarray, and he'd either stop breathing or his heart would race (or stop entirely).

It would take all the wits of the medical team (and our desperate pleas to God) to bring Johnny back.

There's nothing more unnerving to a parent than to see a child suddenly start gasping for air, go into a seizure, or see their vital signs go awry, or to hear the sudden, high pitched wail of monitors as the child arrests right in front of their eyes. It is the stuff of nightmares, and I wouldn't wish it on any parent! It is one of the worst experiences we can ever endure!

(Think pleasant thoughts, Louie. You need to be positive; don't always assume the worst for  your child---)

Well, I am going to go now; I just upset myself; think I am going to have a good cry. This past week has been stressful, and I really haven't cried. Maybe a good cry is exactly what I need; they say that crying is a great tension reliever! Take care, and God bless! Will write in here again in a few days with further updates on Johnny, Susie, and Rebekkah; stay tuned!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend, Louie May. :(
 


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Reviewed by chris stienstra 9/30/2007
There are earthly angels.....
Our prayers do not stop, but, continue daily for all of you,(and the little ones in the incubator!)
My very best
Chris
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/27/2007
Louiw May sounds like she may be facing immenent burnout syndrome and perhaps time for her to take a "me" day. Well done again Karen

Fee
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/27/2007
I thought that only angels could guard the little ones, now I know better, there also was you...
Georg
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/27/2007
This is an amazing story as always, you bring Louies thoughts and feelings to life on the page, thank you for sharing
God Bless
Michelle~
Reviewed by Jean Strickland 9/27/2007
A perfect example of what my Mother always says, "When you think you've got it bad, someone somewhere has it much worse." You should write movies or soap operas girl! You have an awesome mind. I am saving some of your stories for winter when I can't get outside so I'll have something to look forward to. *hugs* Jean
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/26/2007
Karen,

Louisiana's thoughts are all over the place, and yet, who could blame her? One sick child in hospital, another coming down with something, pregnant with twins, on bedrest due to said pregnancy, worries about friends and their children...excellent expression of emotional overload! :) Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.


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