by cooperal 08 Feb 2018

Here's another prayer request! Our oldest daughter has marfan's syndrome. To put it simply, the connective tissue in her body is weak. The big concern is that the aorta will dissect from the heart! We were made aware of this from her early teens and she will be 50 in the doctors have been monitoring her all these years. Here's the brief version of what's happened. Two weeks ago (Thursday) she went to work, felt weak with chest pains and numbness in one leg; had a coworker call for an ambulance; was in emergency for 23 minutes and was then sent from Oliver to Kelowna (lights and sirens all the way for a 1.5 hour drive). By late evening she was air ambulanced from Kelowna to Vancouver General Hospital. Friday, around 9:00 a.m. I spoke to one of the heart surgeons who had just seen her and they were preparing her for the OR. I had a call at 2:35 p.m. to say that the 5-hour surgery went well. Her aorta had a tear in it and they repaired it by putting in 2 stents. She will be monitored by the marfan group regularly and will need one or two more surgeries...maybe open heart. Anyway, we drove to Vancouver and brought her home Sunday. We had planned to have her stay with us today as she shouldn't be alone. My husband went to pick her up and she asked to be taken to emergency. She's dizzy and has a lump at the place of one of her incisions. Just 2 weeks ago today this all started and I feel like we've been on a treadmill with no "off" switch. I'm so glad we know we are all in God's hands. Please pray. I will keep you updated and many thanks for standing in the gap. Blessings to you all, Avis


by meganne 11 Feb 2018

Sending prayers for your daughter.

by rachap 11 Feb 2018

Lifting you all up in prayer. I know having a critically ill child, no matter their age, is harder on the parents than most realize.

by jerrib 10 Feb 2018

Thoughts and prayers through this rough time.

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by cooperal edited 09 Feb 2018

UPDATE: I am reminded of the song, "How can I say thanks for the things that You have done for me..." and I now say a huge THANK YOU to each one who prayed. It's amazing how you can just feel arms of love surround you when you know people are praying. God is GOOD! Louisa is doing quite well. I took her to see the family doctor for her first checkup this morning and he seems pleased with her progress; however, it will be a slow return before she is able to go back to work. We have family and friends here in Oliver who truly care. Meals are being brought in, offers of rides to various appointments, short visits with her in her home (she sleeps a lot!), friends that include Brandon by taking him for trips to the ski hill and on and on. I have read all your comments and added * to each. There are probably others who prayed but didn't leave a comment and my thanks include them as well. Today I feel so very blessed. May the Lord shower blessings on each of you. Hugs to you all. Avis

pennifold by pennifold 10 Feb 2018

This is fantastic news Avis, I pray every night before bedtime for all of our Cute friends and family who are experiencing pain, surgery or any other mishap. Please be assured of my continual prayers for Louisa, you and yours. Love Chris

dailylaundry by dailylaundry 10 Feb 2018

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!! Continued prayers for Louisa and you and your hubby! Hugs and love, Laura

by crafter2243 Moderator 08 Feb 2018

This is a lot to deal with. I will lift her and your family up in prayers.

by barba 08 Feb 2018

Prayers are being said for your daughter to regain her health and for you and your family to be blessed with strength when it is needed. Hugs, Barba

by mary51 08 Feb 2018

Prayers are sent

by kustomkuddle 08 Feb 2018

My heart and prayers go out to you and your daughter during this difficult time. May the Lord be with you all.

by graceandham 08 Feb 2018

This is so hard. I will pray for you all as she recovers.

by dragonflyer 08 Feb 2018

Thinking of you and your family, Avis...

by ansienaude 08 Feb 2018

may the Lord keep watch over her and her family

by PeggyJ 08 Feb 2018

She is added to my prayer list.

by basketkase 08 Feb 2018

My goodness, Avis....what an ordeal for all of you....I trust all will go well for you daughter....will add her to my prayer list.....God bless!

by laurasomi 08 Feb 2018

I am so sorry, my thoughts are with you and your family

by liliana1 08 Feb 2018

So sorry to hear this. Your daughter and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers.I know how very stressful this is when surgery is required as our eldest granddaughter has right side hyper plastic heart syndrome when she is having surgery hospital always about 3 or 4 months one time went into cardiac arrest 9 times. Please take care of yourself.

by 02kar Moderator 08 Feb 2018

Avis, you must be devastated. My prayers are being added to yours. Please keep us updated.