June 13, 2017 with update on July 10, 2017 Laura is in the hospital. She became critically ill on Thursday, June 1. She was diagnosed with necrotic pancreatitis and air lifted to the U of M hospital in the Twin Cities. The serious issues were respiratory distress, Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, and multiple organ failure. She was intubated and placed in a coma. Her blood pressure has been difficult to manage. Her triglycerides were extremely high, which is a common cause in pancreatitis.
Chronic pain, after being a passenger in six car accidents, also plays a role. In the seventh accident, she was driving when the GPS told her she should have turned left. She looked at the screen and veered into a tree, totaling the 4 Runner she'd been given by Papa Ted two days prior. She was 100 feet from her grandparents' driveway. She suffered a broken sternum that went undiagnosed for a month, and badly injured her back. Shortly after, the abdominal symptoms began. Recurrent kidney infections, Chronic Vomiting Syndrome, constant nausea,
At UMMC, she has had several life-threatening events, including multiple episodes of her trach coming unattached. She is unable to replace it and often cannot find the call light in time before passing out. She's choked a few times. Laura was deemed fit for transfer to a LTAC, and nearly died. She was returned to UMMC the next morning, spent an agonizing day in ER and was finally "rushed" to the OR. A football-sized hemotoma was not removed until the second surgery, as it was in a different compartment of her abdomen. Weeks ago, she contracted C diff, a nasty infection that is common in hospital settings. Laura currently has a fever of 102.5, a heart rate in the 140's, and multiple surgeries to finish removing the hemotoma . Through it all, she has proven to be a WARRIOR of great strength with a crazy-strong will to live. We couldn't be more proud.
Since this began on June 1st, staff have had to move Laura's room. As of 7/10, she's had 11 room changes. We are hoping for frequent flyer miles. And a trophy. And matching t-shirts like the other family here on Team Andrew.
Your prayers and healing wishes are welcome. The support has helped us put one foot in front of the other.
Her address, if you'd like to send a card, is: Laura Smith 4A Surgical/Neuro ICU East Bank Campus 500 Harvard St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455