Two weeks ago in the morning hours of Monday, October 31, our daughter Alissa, was taken to the ER at Duke University Hospital after she suddenly became critically ill due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes. Thankfully, the skilled physicians and nurses in the ER were able to stabilize Alissa and to them, we will be forever grateful. The seriousness of her medical emergency, however, left her in a coma and required her to be transferred to Duke’s intensive care unit. Alissa is still in the ICU and remains in a coma, but we find great comfort in knowing she’s receiving care at one of the top hospitals in the world.
At this point, the obvious questions we have simply can’t be answered. We don’t know when Alissa will regain full consciousness, or if she will have a full recovery, or how long her recovery will take. The only thing her doctors are able to tell us at this point is that in most cases, recovering from a coma is a long and difficult process. That said, we do want everyone to know Alissa has been showing some signs of improvement. Over the last few days she has shown “signs of awareness.” At times she will squeeze our hand when asked. There have also been times when she’ll open her eyes and focus on something or someone. She has rolled over to one side or the other in an attempt to get more comfortable. This is all very encouraging and gives us much needed hope.
We will share more information as Alissa progresses, but right now we would like to ask everyone to please pray for Alissa and to have positive, optimistic thoughts about her recovery. We believe that prayer and positive energy from family and friends will help give Alissa the strength she will need to get better.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support. We are truly grateful.