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Visiting Suzanne: Special Needs Parenting 101 (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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The woman who has the comatose daughter continues her vigil at her daughter's bedside, hoping, praying for a miracle.


This is Suzanne's mother again.

I wrote in here last week, telling our story about how Suzanne ended up in the predicament she's currently in. Well, a week's gone by since I last wrote, and nothing's changed.

Suzanne is still languishing in her coma: doctors come in several times every day, check her vital signs, neurological functions, etc.; they only end up shaking their heads, which makes me depressed. It's like they have no hope for her, and it's really making me angry!

Nurses here have been wonderful: they've been bathing her every day, washing her hair, changing her tubes out, changing her diapers when she messes in them, etc., making sure that she's comfortable. I try to help out, too, but a mother can only do so much; I'll leave the medical stuff to the nurses, like the tubes, vital signs, and stuff.

With Christmas coming up, Suzanne's situation is becoming more desperate. If I could ask for anything for her, it would for her to be waking up from this damned coma that she's been in for the past six months! I am so tired of seeing no change in her condition, hearing about "no hope"!

If Suzanne were awake, she'd be all gung-ho about now: she LOVES Christmas! I can remember with fondness last Christmas: she and her friends got into a major snowball fight (we'd had two feet of snow on Christmas Eve; we woke up to a winter wonderland), and they spent the day in the snow, giggling like a pack of little elementary school kids. She'd also gone to the senior citizen's home to serenade the senior citizens with Christmas carols. It was a wonderful time for her.

Now those days are but a distant memory: she lies there, in a fetal position, on the hospital bed, a respirator breathing for her (she had pneumonia last week; her lungs were really damaged), EKG monitor and BP cuff recording pulse/blood pressure rates, a pulse oximeter checking blood oxygen levels in her body, etc. She doesn't respond to the doctor's commands; she just lies there, unblinking, unmoving, unchanging.

Every two hours, her position is changed: two hours on her left side, two hours on her back, two hours on her right side, so she doesn't end up with another nasty bed sore. She's had several rounds of those during her time here; it's really set back her recovery. It's really frustrating at best.

I wish she'd wake up so she could see all the pretty Christmas decorations, hear the strains of "O Holy Night", "Joy To The World", and "Jingle Bells" wafting through the nursing home's overhead radio, or see the pretty snow flurries outside our room window! She'd love it!

Well, Dr. Armind wants to talk to me about Suzanne's situation, so I'll go for now. Hopefully he'll have some answers--like when and if she's ever going to wake up from this coma ever again!

What a Christmas Miracle that would be!!

~End of Part Two.~
 


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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/4/2007
Karen:
I can almost feel the Mothers pain
God Bless
Michelle~
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/4/2007
I think Carole just gave you the perfect comment!!

Love & Peace Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 12/4/2007
The power of prayers can bring miracles...
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Charlie 12/4/2007
What a hard thing to go through as a mom. --Charlie
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/4/2007
I believe in Miracles, especially at Christmas time, and I hope and pray you get yours.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 12/4/2007
If from a little prayer can a miracle come to be, then a bunch of them should also bring a smile with it...
Georg
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/4/2007
Karen,

Christmas also means hope...maybe they'll be a miracle? Well written, a mother's anguish.

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


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