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Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Moms still in the hospital. They are looking for a transitional care facility for her, even though she frequently still requires oxygen. She is feeling much better, but wears our fast due to low o2. I swear they move her from room to room just to keep her on her toes! Please reach out to her via text if you can- talking is still hard but she can text!!

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mike, the girls, and I stopped by to visit mom today and found her in good spirits, very much herself, and feeling much much better! She was transferred to a floor with a lower level of care, as well. She isn’t quite ready for visitors but has her phone and has enjoyed texting over the last few days. Woo hoo! We are so happy to see her feeling better. Thank you so much for your prayers and love over the last few weeks. I know she’s not out of deep water yet, but the shore is in sight. My prayers now are that her health continues to improve, and that we are able to find a great transitional facility for her to get high quality care, and the right kind of physical therapy to help her regain strength, mobility, and independence.
Easter blessings to you!
Mahin

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom spent the last few days weaning off O2 and the Vapotherm treatment. Her energy is creeping back up, enabling her to eat and move a little. We are waiting for results of her Tracheal Echocardiogram, which she got done yesterday. They are already talking discharge some time next week, and that feels right, if she continues to improve at the current rate. She even looked at her phone yesterday (watch out world!) I’m sure some phone calls would be fun for her now, if anyone wants to reach out, here is her cell number: ‭1 (320) 372-0647‬

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom did leave icu yesterday, and after a fairly stable night, was taken off the Vapotherm treatment this morning. It seems to be going ok, though she feels low on air and energy. Her pH and CO2 are still high, but they are hoping her body will compensate by coming off Oxygen. Her medical team explains it better. They are taking it slow, as she does not respond to aggressive changes. She may have a slowly returning appetite, and is starting to have energy to think about the outside world. That’s promising!

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom did end up getting move back to icu yesterday. They almost intubated her due to her elevated CO2 levels, but were able to try a new treatment on her that seems to be having slow progress. She may leave icu AGAIN tomorrow, but it sounds like we are playing that by ear. She does have a little more energy but still no appetite, and very weak and sleepy. This due in part to the CO2 in her blood. So she’s closely monitored, getting good care, and sleeping between the many pokes and prods.

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom was moved to a higher level of care tonight. She’s not back in ICU, but is in a cardiac/respiratory unit where they can provide for her better. And woo-hoo...she’s in a single room. Her vitals look good but she’s very very weak. Hoping some sleep will help turn things around.

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom was moved out of icu yesterday, but has a very difficult night and some complications with a very high heart rate, a staph infection that developed, and no sleep due to all the hubbub surrounding her complications, a noisy roommate, and just generally feeling miserable. She’s exhausted, frustrated and still struggles to breathe. I’m asking for prayers today for her medical team to help her through this, for my mom to find hope and strength, for her to get some real sleep, to get her lungs opened so she can breathe easier, for this new infection to get turned around, and for her to get her own room!

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom still feels terrible, very low energy, still struggling to breath due to all the fluid built up in her system. But her numbers and vitals have been progressing to the point that docs are ready to move her out of icu today. They expect her to be in the hospital into next week, depending on how she progresses over the weekend. Thanks for all the support and messages so far! She’s still not up for phone calls or visits, but I’ll update as she begins to feel better.

Journal entry by Mahin Hamilton

Mom is still in ICU with not much change. The medical team continues to work closely to support her, and are moving medications around as needed. We are asking right now for NO VISITORS so that mom can focus on breathing and resting as much as possible. Please please continue to keep her in your prayers!

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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