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Susan’s Story

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Mound, MN 55364

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Sincerely, Sue's Family and Friends 

Sue was brought to the ER at the U of M Fairview on Friday, February 22nd.  She had only been sick for about a day and a half.  She thought she had the flu.  She had some diarrhea and vomitted.  She called her friend Kay Pederson on Friday morning to say that she couldn't get the cap off her water bottle.  Kay was alarmed and of course luck be have it was stuck needing to get shoveled out to get out of driveway!  She called JD who was able to go to Sue's. 

That was a string of luck too as JD was just leaving to go out of town for Paul's ski race.  When JD got to Sue's she found her very ill and complaining that she couldn't feel her hands.  911 was called and off to the hospital she went.  Although she was initially alert in the ER her condition deteriorated rapidly.  It was found she was septic from a large kidney stone that blocked her kidney.  She was taken to the OR where a stent was placed to drain the kidney.  From there she went into complete organ shut down. 

On two occasions we were told she would not survive the night.  Our family all gathered and we held hands and asked God for a miracle and believe it or not the next day she had improved!!!!!!  Sue still has a long ways to go. She is still on a ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis.  The aftermath of this horrific infection is that she developed a horrible clotting condition called DIC.  This developed from the massive infection.  This resulted in poor perfusion to her hands and feet. It is possibly she may lose some fingertips or toes but we will have to wait and see. 

I can't say enough wonderful things about the care she has received.  The doctors and nurses have truly saved her life.  My family wants to thank everyone for their prayers, texts and love!  It has meant the world to us.



Latest Journal Update

another step forward

Sue had the second phase of her nasal reconstruction surgery today.  Everything went well and she is staying with me this weekend.  Wanted to let everyone know,  Dr. Chaudry said they would evaluate the outcome and decide if any further tweeking needs to be done in 6 months and she is already breathing better out of her nose.  Thanks to everyone for your emails, cards, texts and support.  It makes Sue's day!  Love, Jane