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Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

It is with a heavy heart that I share with all of you, beloved friends and family, that Lois passed on from this life today. Funeral arrangements will be shared on this site in the next day or so, as soon as we are aware of them. We will be celebrating her life with a Baha'i funeral in Rochester, later this week. 

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom will be in the hospital over the weekend, at least.

She’s in isolation because of the severity of her Cdif. but she’s got the nicest room on the floor, so she’s not complaining!

Her vitals are looking better today. Sodium is still very low, blood pressure is better, white blood cell count is very very high. They are carefully balancing these issues, and are continuing tests to more specifically determine her internal condition, as to heart, lung, intestinal, etc. she has Some fluid in her lungs, and she’s still dehydrated, tired, and very weak.
Thank you all for the continued prayers and love, visits, cards, gifts, and support! She’s not up for a lot of visits or phone calls, but really enjoys hearing posts from her Facebook, here on Caring Bridge, and texts, etc.

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

We are back at the u of m medical center. Moms been admitted, and is on a general medicine floor, with dehydration, low blood pressure, and a very high white blood cell count. She’s also in and out of lucidity, is cold, has no appetite, and in general is not being sassy at all. That’s as much as we know at this point. She’s super tired and weak. She’s going for a ct scan and there will be more tests tonight, but so far that’s all I can tell you. Please pray for a big turnaround for her so she can get better.

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

We are back at the u of m medical center. Moms been admitted, and is on a general medicine floor, with dehydration, low blood pressure, and a very high white blood cell count. She’s also in and out of lucidity, is cold, has no appetite, and in general is not being sassy at all. That’s as much as we know at this point. She’s super tired and weak. She’s going for a ct scan and there will be more tests tonight, but so far that’s all I can tell you. Please pray for a big turnaround for her so she can get better.

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom has been at Estates of Roseville, with the intention of doing rehab with physical and occupational therapy, for about a week and a half. Her condition has not improved- still very weak and on oxygen, unable to sit up without assistance, and is overall increasingly low. She’s getting daily pt and ot, but has not been able to do much. Her diet has been “unstable” as the staff has struggled with internal communications from dietitian to cook to aide.
Now, over the weekend, she contracted C.Def. She’s been debilitated with constant diarrhea, which makes her not really want to eat.
So to be honest I don’t really know what to say or how to help at this point. If anyone has ideas, I’m all ears. We could, of course, use all the prayers we can get!

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom will be transferred today to a Transitional Care Facility to begin rehab again. She will be staying at The Estates of Roseville, and I’m sure the next few days will be a big transition as she gets accustomed to a new place, new people, and a new schedule. I think she has a longer road ahead of her now, than she did after her first hospitalization, so please continue to pray for her health and strength!

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom was transferred from the TCU location back to the hospital yesterday, after experiencing shortness of breath, really low blood pressure, and a few other symptoms. She’s in ICU now, and the diagnosis looks to be septic shock. She has  very low blood pressure, still struggling to breath, her white blood count is extremely high, and is having some organ failure. She’s a little out of it, but she’s trying to fight this thing. She’s even giving the staff a hard time, when she’s up for it.

The medical team has been excellent. They are still working to isolate her source of infection and the extent of damage done, but they have been very attentive.

We could use prayers, and when she is feeling a little better, I’m sure she would love phone calls or visits, etc. 

Thank you so much for continuing to support our family through this past month of ups and downs. It means so much to my mom to know that she’s loved and has people praying for her and thinking about her. 
Lois’s Story

Site created on March 21, 2018

On the morning of February 15, Lois fell in her tub and was unable to get up. She did not get help until the morning of the 17th, when a friend found her.

She was taken by ambulance to the ER in Sandstone, and was found to be severely dehydrated, hypothermic, with extremely high blood sugar, and multiple pressure wounds. She was also found to have a large gangrenous infection in her left leg. This may have been the original source of her deterioration in health, that led up to her fall.

She was transferred to the University of Minnesota Medical Center and had emergency surgery the same day. She stayed in ICU for a few days, then transferred to a regular floor. After.a week and a half in the hospital, she was transferred to a Transitional Care Unit, to begin Physical and Occupational therapies.

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