Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Update on Shaun

Many of you have been praying for my friend Shaun, who is critically ill right now. He's a CF/transplant patient, who has, for reasons unknown to us, taken a turn for the worse this last month. He's had setback after setback after setback, but each time stabilizing somewhat. As of Sunday, he had stabilized from his most recent set-back, and started to improve a little. Today is a different story.

I called his Mom earlier to find out that he was not doing well. His prognosis was not good, and there was nothing else the doctors could do for him. His left lung has now collapsed, and consequently, has 4 chest tubes. His O2 sats are 73/74. He is on full pressure vent settings, as much as possible. His poor little body is as swollen as can be! It's now basically a waiting game, to see if God's ready to take him home or perform a miracle and let him continue his life here on Earth.

As I talked to his Mom earlier today, I became an emotional wreck, not knowing a lot of details, and hearing her crying on the other end. I panicked and called my Mom. I told her she needed to go down to the hospital to be there for Shaun's Mom and to see how he was doing. At the time I was doing my iv abx, and not dressed to go. I love my Mom...and she did just that for me. She stopped what she was doing (thankfully she was done with work), and rushed down to the hospital. She visited with them for about an hour, and is now on her way back home!

I will go up there tomorrow after my internship, as long as God doesn't decide to take him tonight. We know that from a medical standpoint, there is no recovering from where he is now, and that his prognosis is fatal, and is just a matter of days, if not hours. But God is in control, and I know personally he can change things around for the better real quick. It's still such a shock though to see this strong person, this fighter, who has never had one complication post-tx, now fighting for his life! He's loved all around, and will always hold a special place in my heart!

I ask you to pray for Shaun, his Mother, his two brothers (of which 1 has CF) and his Dad. I know Shaun is at peace right now and is not suffering or in any pain! I believe in times like these (and based on personal experience), God cradles you in his arms. Whether or not God takes him home tonight, or returns him back to us, we know it's for a reason and that God will NEVER leave Shaun.

Shaun..I love you man and are so honored to have met you and gotten to become close friends the last year and a half!!


Christy said...

They are all in my prayers. I'm especially praying for peace for everyone during this time.

65 Roses for Marcia said...

Thanks,I will keep praying.