I took all my “day in the life” photos from Monday but haven’t had a chance to process them and write up my post. Hoping to do that tomorrow.
I did want to update you on something I mentioned earlier, the daughter of our friends who is in the hospital. I gave you some general overviews, but here are additional details. Makayla is 12 and entered the hospital Saturday evening with difficulty breathing from what appeared to be the flu. She quickly went downhill and was admitted to the ICU, where her life is being sustained by a ventilator, an ECMO machine (I believe this is a super-fancy life support machine that oxygenates her blood for her), and highly skilled medical personnel. She has Influenza B, either staph or strep (I’ve been told both, so I’m not sure which), and bloodborne MRSA. Due to a number of pneumothoraces (basically tears in the lung tissue), she has experienced several lung collapses and has multiple tubes in her body to relieve the pressure. After the second collapse today, they discovered that her lungs – which were described by saying they were as fragile as wet tissue paper – are also filled with a thick, infected pus.
Makayla is very sick.
If you are the praying sort, I know her family would deeply appreciate your prayers. If you are not the praying sort, please hold them in your thoughts. I am speechless when I think of what it would be like to have a vibrant, healthy child sicken to the point of grave illness within a few short days. Her parents are very comforted and sustained by the care and prayers of others.
You can follow her story here, and if you choose to comment but do not know them personally, they have said they’d love to know how you heard about Makayla’s story.
If you feel led, please share Makayla’s story with your Facebook friends, Twitter/Pinterest followers, and real life friends/family so her covering of prayer continues to grow.