Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wow, what a day!

11:41 p.m.
Alison had an amazing day. She got up and sat in a chair for a good three hours. It was actually too long as her legs were pretty swollen afterward but, overall, she did great. Getting her in and out of bed is a challenge but she has been so strong and determined-she already has a system and the nurses have learned that it's best to follow her lead-what a surprise, huh? She did her breathing exercises,too, today-what a good patient. Doctors are continuing to monitor her liver enzymes closely, she did need a transfusion today and blood clots are still keeping everyone on their toes but IV lines started coming out today-it is truly amazing what has transpired in such a short time. She is eager to get out of ICU and back to acting and feeling like her normal self. She actually told us that the intense joint pain and overall body pain has disappeared. We think, though, that she is almost too afraid to count on the possibility that she can actually be healthy again-it all must feel so surreal. Alison had many visitors today-she was excited to see them but was pretty tired by the end of the day. Not much more news on her donor-all the nurses will tell us is that he is doing "OK". We continue to pray that his pain is subsiding.
Love to all,
Karen and Joe


  1. Good morning,
    Thanks for keeping everyone updated. It is amazing the progress that you have already made Alison. The Sacred Heart Nursing Faculty sends their prayers and good wishes as you continue this recovery process.
    Shelley Hoskins

  2. Thanks for the update - I am so happy to hear that Alison is doing so well. You can really tell that Alison gets her determination from her mom & dad. I have never met such determined people who love their children unendlessly. My prayers and thoughts are with you all for you are a true testament of what parenthood is all about.
    Love and Hugs

  3. What a wonderful update to wake up to!!! This is amazing! Alison, you are amazing! Keep doing what your doing. My thoughts are with your donor and hoping his pain is subsiding also. Hugs and Kisses,
    Love you
    Auntie Robin

  4. Good morning everyone,
    This is great having the updates. I look forward to reading them. Like Barb has said You two are together as a team and so determined to have your family back like it was. Can't wait for this to happen. You all so deserve it. Pleae try and get your rest too. I am away until Monday but when I get back I can help out with anything. Please you know me don't be afraid to ask, I am here for whatever needs to be done. Prayers continue to be sent your way. My friend Anne called the prayer line and you are on the prayer list for a month and then we will call again and get the prayers going again. Love to all,
    Aunt Sandi

  5. We are so happy to hear that Alison is doing so well. Sandi has been filling me in and we have also been reading the progress updates. We pray that Alison continues to get stronger every day and that her donor heals quickly as well. His amazing, unselfish act is an inspiration to everyone. Love,Valerie Sandor & Family

  6. Hi Karen! All of you are never far from my thoughts and prayers for continued recuperation and wonderful news! All the best. Love, Stacey J.