Thursday, August 2, 2012

Out of ICU

Thank you for praying for Esther. I am reminded again by a verse a friend shared with me that God will save by many or few. He used many to help Esther yesterday.

Esther was moved from the ICU about 4pm today, and now we're on the 8th floor. The oncology floor is actually the 7th floor, but often it's full and they overflow to the 8th floor. I like the 8th floor better. It's not so serious and there is less commotion, you can see out the windows, but on the 7th floor they are frosted about 18" up and you can't really see out. I'm glad we're on the 8th floor.

Anyway, I'm tired and rambling. Today was an overall boring day, waiting to either stay or go. Esther slept a lot today and watched a lot of TV. They kept telling us "we'll go up shortly." In "hospital time" that means anywhere from now to 8 hours. In our case, it was 8 hours.

The ICU wasn't so bad, our nurse was busy with two patients and didn't really bother us too much last night. Her blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature were monitored closely and have recovered fairly well. Her temperature has been fluctuating between normal and 102.5. She is responding well to tylenol, so that helps. She had a blood transfusion today and perked up a bit. Her hemoglobin was fine yesterday but fevers kill red blood cells because your heart is working so hard to keep up the body temperature, so she needed blood today.

Hopefully her counts will rise quickly this time around and we'll be able to go home sooner, but I feel prepared for a longer stay. Her blood cultures have come back clean so far, but it takes 48 hours for most of the cultures they run and a full 72 hours for complete cultures. Because she is still fevering 24 hours after the first fever, they did another set of blood cultures. We'll keep you posted. Thank you for praying. I'm looking forward to bed!



  1. We are praying in the watches of the night. I prayed this for you...

    Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
    weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
    sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, soothe the suffering,
    pity the afflicted, shield the
    joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

  2. We are friends of the Maedas and have been following your blog. We have a little 18 month old Esther and have been thinking often of you, your family and especially of your little Esther. You will find your pace, it is a long road with so many trials. It must feel like running a marathon without knowing you were signed up.

  3. Krista and the WhitneysAugust 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    We continue to pray for Esther and your whole family to our "God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways." We love you!

  4. Katie again! Mom and I are praying for you again! I'm glad she only spent 1 day in the ICU! Praying the blood cultures come back and help the doctors determine the next steps. It is encouraging that she is acting so brave under the circumstances. God gives you the strength to help her deal with this even as He is the shoulder to cry on. I pray for you a lot and so does my mom!