Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Alison is off the ventilator

When Alison was brought up to ICU, she was in a lot of pain. She was communicating with us though, trying to write us notes. She came off the ventilator at about 2:30 this morning, which the doctors were very pleased about. One of the first things she said was, "How is he"-meaning her donor. We assured her that he is doing well although in a lot of pain as well. Joe and I both spent the night. Alison's pain continues but we will really have to push her today-it's seems like it's so soon but the doctors say that her breathing and moving her legs are so important.


  1. I'm so relieved to hear that Alison is doing as well as possible. She is a trooper! Will continue to pray for your family. Love, Shellie

  2. Karen - I have been thinking of you guys all night!! I'm so happy for great news... If I can come by with anything today let me know!! Lots of love...

  3. Thank you so much for updating, hearing that she is progressing well brings tears of joy! The prayers will keep coming!!

  4. Hi Karen, my love and prayers are with you. God Bless all of you. Love lois

  5. Hi Karen, Joe and family,
    I am so glad that the surgeries went well and she is off the ventilator. Thanks so much for the update. We will keep Alison and her donor in our prayers for a complete recovery.
    Many blessings to all of you.

  6. Such wonderful news. So happy to hear things are going as planned. Our prayers for you and her donor will continue. Talk to you later. Love Sandi xxxo

  7. Thanks for the continuous updates - I'm so glad to hear that Alison is off the ventilator,but it doesn't surprise me with her spunk anything is possible. I am sending lots of good thoughts and prayers for Alison and her donor your way.
    Love and hugs

  8. Karen - I thought about Alison and you,Joe and your family all day yesterday. I was at the hospital but knew you were fully supported by your family and friends. I will be here so after things settle I will come visit. Just know that you are all - including the wonderful donor- in my prayers. Soon this will all be history . . . . I will be in the 7-2 parent room tonight if you and Joe feel like coffee and cookies. Or I would be happy to deliver them to you - call my cell 860-271-3808. Take care and give Alison a hug. Love, Karen Z

  9. Great to read these updates and glad to hear that she is doing okay! Praying daily for her and you all! Can I visit this week? Or next?

    - Erika Khamajri

  10. Karen,Joe,Jen,Stephen and Alison.....
    Love to you all and I have been praying for
    you all that Alison and the donor will be just
    fine. I am sure that God will answer all our prayers. Our family in heaven will make sure of it. I am thinking of you and wishing you Gods speed......Love, Marcia
    See you soon.

  11. All of my best to Alison and her family! You are in our thoughts and we wish you a speedy recovery!!!
    Love and LITP,
    Nicci Hollar
    Community Archon - 2
    Phi Sigma Sigma

  12. Alison, the donor, and Families,
    We are so happy to hear the surgery went well and you are both on the road to recovery! We know it is stressful and anxious time, but also a very joyous moment. Take each day at a time, and know we are thinking and praying for you every day! You are doing so great! Keep up the good work!
    Best wishes,
    The Parry Family (Nicola received her gift of life in July)

  13. I am so happy to hear Alison is doing as well as she can be at this point.....We will continue to keep her and her donor in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Ginger and Pete

  14. We are thinking of you from Texas. We wish we could be closer. We are so happy to hear that Alison and her donor is doing well. We love you all and you are all in our prayers. XOXO
    Jason, Christina, Abigail, Emma, and Lucas

  15. All of yesterday and all of today and of course, tomorrow and the next days, I'll be thinking of you and praying for Alison and her donors continuing recovery.
    With love,

  16. I am so happy that you and your donor are doing well! I will continue to send good thoughts your way!

    Jason Niemczyk

  17. Alison, Donor, and family:

    I am a fellow 20/30s PSCers and had my transplant 6-11-08. I am so glad to hear the Alison is doing well. I know how tough and challenging (as the patient) these next few months are going to be. And from what my parents, siblings and husband told me, they were challeged to put up with me too! Rest assured that there are many of us in the PSC family sending out our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery. I always tell those going into transplant that if I (the biggest wimp in the whole world) can do it, they can too. And, from what I have heard of Alison, her strong spirit will pull you all through this anxious time!

    Teresa Hoff
    PS-remember that Alison now has two birthday's to celebrate! At least that was one of the first things I reminded my family. ;-) Take care.