Saturday, Jan. 7:
2:43am – Wherever you are in the world at this time of day please hold Anna up to our gracious and loving Father. Brian Peterson just called to report that Anna has experienced a seizure and the medical team has sedated her and taken her back for a cat scan. Pray for wisdom and alertness on the part of the techs and the doctors. Pray that Brian would lean hard on the Lord and allow Holy Spirit to minister to him. Pray that Anna will respond to the Lords healing in her mind and body.
11:16am – ok. CT scan showed no bleeding! What they thought was a seizure in her arm, they are now thinking may have been a physical reaction due to low potassium NOT a neurological reaction. The sedative dose they gave her is starting to wear off and she opened her eyes for one second. Dr says her brain is under a lot of stress. She probably hasn’t slept in 10 days, despite being under sedation, plus she’s had 5 surgeries and gone through childbirth. So they are increasing pain meds to make her comfortable. She will be groggy but it’s not a sedative that puts her under. Hopefully she will sleep a lot. This is a long road but we’re praying her through it!
7:25pm – Not much change from Rebecca’s earlier update, but they plan to give her another CT scan tonight to make sure there are no changes from last night. Joanna, Janet, Dan, and Charles are with her now while Brian went to the house for a bit. I’m sure the kids were excited :). Lord, we ask now that you give Anna the rest her body needs, and that she will continue to be led by you to a full recovery.
8:18pm – From Rebecca Gregoire (Anna’s Sister-in-law): Just did some face time with my husband and saw Anna, again, as she was trying to wake up. She opened her eyes for a few minutes. There are 7 people in there, beside the nurses, who are working diligently with Anna- reading the Bible to her, rubbing her feet, talking to her, prodding her, praying over her…I saw Anna last night, too, during the exciting time that she opened her eyes. Brian is doing SUCH a great job of encouraging her. He is right there in her face telling her “EVERYTHING IS OK”. He is being so strong and fighting so hard for her. He needs our prayers. This is very hard on him.
8:22pm – From Shawn Peterson (Brian’s brother): Joanna just sent this: She has opened her eyes several times with some recognition. Brian is pleased. She has been trying to pull her feeding tube and kicking her feet, so we have to hold her down. Some of the timeline is a bit confusing, but I think this is the first recognition since her seizure last night. Praise God for the small steps.
Sunday, Jan. 8:
12:31am – From Randi: Dear Prayer Warriors, Just returned from the hospital. Well, we have taken a couple of steps backwards but still have some things for which to praise God. The neurologist said Anna did have a seizure but as a result of that they did a CT scan which showed no clots and no bleeding in the brain. They will do another CT scan tonight to compare them just to make sure. Pray that everything looks normal again. He also said that her brain is under a lot of stress and that she probably hasn’t slept in days even though she has been sedated. Please pray that she will sleep. She is still not conscious but did open her eyes this evening and focused on Dan when he was reading the Bible to her. She is pretty agitated by the feeding tube in her nose, but they won’t take it out until she wakes up and can swallow to eat. So, please pray she wakes up soon. Please continue to pray for her kidney function to continue to improve, the drainage to stop from her abdomen, her blood levels to all return to normal, and no infection. Also pray that the heparin is regulated to the exact dose that she needs and that her sodium and potassium levels normalize. Praise God that she continues to fight and her vital signs are very good. We are praising God for you all and asking God to bless you as you stand with us in our journey.
8:12am – From Joanna Peterson: Anna had a good night…praise God. When brian asked her to open her eyes on 3, she did…she is opening her eyes moreoften….this morning she said “i don’t like that”…she is still often restless and needs be to held down..love you, talk later p.s. I took the nightshift so brian & janet got more than 4 hrs sleep.
5:35pm – From Randi: Anna is sleeping peacefully in a real sleep. Praise God. The neurologist said she probably hasn’t slept in over a week. Yes, she has been sedated but that didn’t mean she was sleeping. The way she has been acting the last several days, we believe she was thinking that she was still in labor. She spoke some single words earlier today and then this afternoon while the nurse, Dan, and Joanna were washing her hair and combing out the tangles (Brian was holding her head) she asked Brian if she had had the baby. He told her yes and they named him Micah William. With that she took a deep breath, sighed, and went to sleep – a deep, restful, sleep. Just what the neurologist said she needed most. Praising God and being really, really thankful.
Please keep praying for her kidney function to normalize, her blood levels to normalize, for the doctors to find the optimum level of heparin, for her pain to begin to subside, no infection, and that she would fully wake up. Thanks again.
Monday, Jan. 9:
7:03am – Great news this morning!!! From Joanna…..Good morning so far…at about 5am she came of of the meds fog a bit…she recognized brian, asked please turn on a light, said oh my goodness, replies yes or no to each question we ask, moved her leg when asked….praise God for these big steps…brian & anna are both sleeping soundly right now :).
8:05am – Joanna asked that we keep Brian in our prayers today as it’s Nate’s birthday and he’s really struggling with not being there like he normally would be for his big day. Thank you, Lord, that Nate is surrounded by Grandma, Papa, Uncle Dan, brothers and sisters and lots of friends. May this day be filled with love and excitement for him.
8:52am – Just heard from Joanna (Brian’s SIL) who is at the hospital. Anna slept through the night (12 hrs). So incredibly grateful! She is responsive to commands, knew Brian, and even asked to use the restroom. PTL! Please pray for her blood levels to improve – they haven’t moved much in the last few days. And her kidney function is not really improving either.
Greg will be going to the hospital soon. Pray she recognizes him. Thank you so much.
9:42am – From Brian….Just now Anna woke again from a nap and reached for my hand. Holding her hand now while she sleeps and reading the psalms. Each nurse keeps coming by happy to hear. Her hemoglobin is still down, but they’re not worried about it. They could give her blood if she needs it, but would rather not for fear of side effects and risks, etc. All other tests are good. Dr. Coleman reiterated that the rapid drop in hemoglobin from last Sunday (the 2.9 drop) was the DIC, which is resolved. No real risk if that again. So they’ll watch her very carefully and evaluate.
11:09am – From Shawn: Ok, so some things to pray for – she’s throwing up some. They pumped bile from her stomach to help with this. They think it might be from constipation, but they are not worried about it yet. They will do an xray later if needed. She needs to prove she can swallow before they will remove her feeding tube. She’s had some confusion on her name, but she does respond to Anna. They don’t seem worried about blood levels or kidney function, please keep these in prayer. Some praises – They changed her pain meds yesterday and her agitation is gone. They don’t have to hold her down anymore. They might move her out of CCU today! Brian will go home this afternoon for Nate’s birthday. Thank be to the God of all glory. 🙂
5:02pm – From Shawn: Anna named all 7 kids. She’s looking around the room, but not saying a whole lot. Understandably, she’s still very confused. It’s a lot to take in. Pray for her fears to subside. She was awake for hours and has just fallen asleep. The journey is far from over, but what a great day!
9:29pm – Anna is officially non-critical! They moved her out of CCU to the regular ‘ol hospital. She’s been on her feet twice and shuffled across the room slowly with the help of nurses. In other words, she looked like LSU’s quarterback. By the way, Anna was very happy to hear Alabama was winning big. I cannot believe the difference between today and yesterday. Truly incredible. They also removed her feeding tube and she was eating jello. Tomorrow, dancing lessons. Or more sleep. On a serious note, Brian is concerned about a backward step considering all the hurdles thus far. We can be in prayer about that. As we know, there is still much healing to be done and I believe they will still do an MRI perhaps tomorrow. This will likely be nerve-wracking for both Anna and Brian so please pray for peace for them.
Tuesday, Jan. 10:
8:30am – From Randi: For some reason my post from last night didn’t come through or at least I can’t find it. I went to the hospital yesterday afternoon and when I walked in Anna said: “Hi, Mom”. She is still foggy and a glassy eyed but she does respond to commands and she is making requests. At one point she had her eyes closed and I asked her what she was thinking about. She said: “in the arms of Jesus”. I said have you been in the arms of Jesus and she said yes. I told her to remember that story so she could tell us all about later. She shook her head. She had told Brian earlier that she had been to heaven. They did move her to a private room at the next level of care. Please continue to pray. She is on insulin for high blood sugar, they are taking her off heparin and putting her on cumidin, her blood levels and kidney function still need to normalize, and most of yesterday her heart rate was in the low 130’s which is about double what it should be. Also, please continue to pray for no infection and less pain. Thanks again for beseeching the Lord with us for complete healing. Pray for Greg and me too please. Right now we have two sick little boys with the stomach bug. On a lighter note: we had a fun birthday celebration for Nathan last night.
9:36am – From Shawn: I talked to Joanna earlier. Anna’s hemoglobin level is low again. No transfusion yet, but her dr will evaluate again shortly. Please pray that no transfusion is necessary. Also, Joanna said 2 days ago they were pleading with her to open her eyes. Now, they are pleading with her to rest. She closes her eyes when they tell her to, but it’s clear she’s not truly resting.
1:20pm – Anna’s MRI is scheduled for 2:30pm today and then she’ll receive 2 units of blood after that. I know this is tough news as they’ve been in the hospital 11 days and really want to go home. Pray for Anna’s full recovery, as always, but also for patience and perseverance.
5:26pm – From Rebecca: Anna had her MRI. she did good during it. Now she is waiting for 2 units of blood which should give her a lot more energy. They want her to do some walking tomorrow. Preliminary results of the MRI will be ready in a few hours. Boys are still sick so Brian didn’t go home. Dad stayed up with the boys during the night and Mom got a full night sleep. Dan had brought a blow up mattress to the hospital so Joanna and Brian both got to sleep laying down. First time for Brian in 12 days. That was much needed. Anna is talking more and more but is still slightly confused (due to lingering medication). She was told about the hysterectomy and handled that well. So many things to be thankful for.
11:20pm – I wasn’t able to go to the hospital today, because we had three sick boys at home but Greg went. When he walked into the room, Anna said: “Hi, Dad.” A little while later, he stepped out while she got up to use the bathroom and when she got back in bed, she asked Brian: “Where’s my Dad?” Needless to say, Greg was happy. Anna did have an MRI today but from what I understand the results will be back tomorrow. Her hemoglobin continued to decrease so that is why they gave her more blood. My friend who is a nurse told me that this should help the fogginess from all of the sedation to clear quicker. Anna has also had a very high pulse which I was told was partly due to the low hemoglobin, so the blood should help that too. When Dan (Anna’s brother) left the hospital this evening, he said to Anna: “I’ll see you in the morning” and she said: “Okay, and we will take a walk”.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
PS TJ and Nate are better, Samuel is still not feeling well. Please pray for him and that no one else gets sick. Micah continues to do well.
Wednesday, Jan. 11:
11:18am – MRI results are in. No stroke. Nothing acute. Praise the Lord! She fed herself yogurt and ice this morning. This is the first time she’s been able to do that. She’s improving everyday. We need to continue praying for her blood production to return to normal. Thank you, all, for your continued prayers and encouragement!
1:00pm – From Dan: I’ve been going to the hospital everyday for the past week. Today I finally saw and spoke with my sister Anna! A tearful reunion for sure. Praise you Lord!
5:21pm – From Shawn: It will be at least 3 more days until Anna can go home. They are transitioning her from a heparin drip to cumidin and it will take 3 more days for that to complete. She’s holding on to that, but I’m sure they’ll want to see other improvements, as well. So, no release date has been Discussed. She’s doing well with sleep patterns. She slept well last night and has been up all day. Hopefully, she’ll sleep all night again. She’s had visits from about a dozen nurses and doctors from CCU today just making social calls to see how she’s doing. 1 of the doctors came in on his day off just to see her. It’s a bit overwhelming for her since she has no memory of them. Brian has been filling her in on details slowly as not to overwhelm her too much.
9:13pm – I went to the hospital twice today. And each time I was filled with joy and reverential awe to our God. Anna was much more alert and was able to carry on some conversation. The MRI from yesterday showed no stroke and no bleeding. They did another CT scan this afternoon because she had some tingling in her fingers but everything was fine. When Anna asked when can she go home; the doctor didn’t really answer that question, she just said it will take at least 3 days to make the switch from heparin to cumidin. So…there is no time frame for her release from the hospital at this time. The children got to skype with her this evening and there was much rejoicing and some tears.
Many, many doctors and nurses have stopped by for a “social visit” as they say. The anesthesiologist who did the anesthesia for the c-section stopped by to see Anna today. He came in smiling and said: “I am so happy; I am so happy to see you alive.” He went on to tell us that he was the anesthesiologist for both the c-section and the next 2 life-saving surgeries. He said that he had taken her breathing tube out from the c-section and was finishing up when things started going horribly wrong. He said usually in a crisis situation there is more than one anesthesiologist – but things happened so fast that there wasn’t time to wait. He said he started saying: “God, help me; God, help me.” At that, he felt a “force” take over his hands and work swiftly to do what needed to be done.
I told him that it was the Lord Jesus who helped him. He said, yes, I believe it was God. Then he said he worked in a trauma unit for many years and he had never seen anyone make it with a hemoglobin count of 2.9 which Anna’s had dropped to just before the 2nd life-saving surgery. Miracle after miracle, that is what we have had the privilege of not only watching but participating in. To God be all the glory. Amen and Amen. Please continue to pray for complete restoration of her kidneys and blood levels, no infection, hemoglobin to go up to at least 10 and stabilize, optimum cumidin level, and clearer and clearer thinking and whatever else the Lord lays on your heart to pray for. Once again, thanks so much.
Thursday, Jan. 12:
10:17am – From Shawn: Anna had another good night. Her mind is really sharp and she continues to make improvements. She was really happy to brush her own teeth today. They are hoping a physical therapist can meet with them today to help Anna strengthen her muscles so she can walk. They are hoping Micah can visit, but no official word yet. Joanna said the Skype session with the kids last was unbelievably great. What a relief for the kids to finally talk with mom :). I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to read all the posts on this group. God has prompted so many to prayer, at all times of the day. Leaning on the everlasting arms brings a joy untold, as does hearing of it from so many others. Thanks again for your faithfulness in this journey. Blessings in Christ.
11:52am – From Joanna….Good news…anna’s doctor just told us if all goes well then she can go home on monday…praise god! She got up and walked a little with the physical therapist which is another good step. The nurse just came in and said that the kids can come visit today!. Hemoglobin level is steady at 9.6….continue to pray that she continues to get stronger & is able to come home soon….
3:00pm – From Randi: Just wanted to take a minute to say: “thank you again to all of you who have been praying for Anna. The Body of Christ has gone before the throne of grace for my daughter and I am humbled and grateful for your concern, your love, and your perseverance. Charles (Anna’s brother) told me this morning that Kirsten’s blog in the month of January has received over 27,000 hits. People from all fifty states and Washington, DC and 67 countries have read it and I believe have prayed for Anna, her family, and us. There are now 604 people people in the group “Prayer for Anna” praying. The staff and friends of The JESUS Film Project and Campus Crusade for Christ are praying. Countless churches across the country are praying. Countless friends of friends on Facebook are praying. We are grateful. This morning, I have once again thanked God for you.
7:20pm – From Randi: Just got back from the hospital. We took all of the children for a visit with Mommy. The nurses brought Anna, in a wheelchair to a special room just so the children could come. She spoke with each one of them. She held Micah and fed him a little. There were happy tears all around. The doctor said that she might be able to go home on Monday. A few things need to be true in order for this to happen. So…please pray for her hemoglobin count to remain at 9.6 or increase; her bladder to work as they remove the catheter, her kidney function and blood levels to continue to improve – even normalize. She also needs to be able to walk a certain distance (can’t remember the exact distance) and climb a few stairs unaided. We continue to thank God for her progress and for you as you have stood with us through our journey. Praise Him.
Friday, Jan. 13:
7:34pm – Praise God for boring days. Well, maybe not boring, but medically uneventful. Anna slept all night again. She was able to walk with a walker (part of the requirement for going home). She also had her coumadin increased and Heparin decreased. Since her last transfusion her hemoglobbin has been stable between 9.4 and 9.6. Please pray that it continues at or above 9.4.
In addition to all the prayers and encouraging words from all of you around the world, I am extremely thankful for the staff at Kaiser Permanente. Their technical expertise and quick actions saved her life, but their bedside manner, and incredible sense of mercy helped her heal. Each day hospital staff have taken time out of their day to tell us they are praying for her. It makes me think of how God has used medical missions to bring both physical and spritual healing to people around the world. I know there are several nurses and doctors on this group and to you I say……thank you for being faithful to your calling.
Saturday, Jan. 14:
12:50am – I came home from the hospital a little while ago. Everyday Anna is more like herself. She is smiling. She is eating more and moving more. She no longer needs to be continually monitored so she will be moving floors once again. The nurse said that as the coumadin level in her body increases , they are decreasing the heparin. She walked farther down the hallway today and also practiced stepping up and down on a step. She is smiling. They removed the catheter and all is working properly. She still has the drain in her stomach but the Doctor said that should be removed tomorrow. Can’t wait to tell you that there are no more drains and no more IV’s. At one time, Anna had 17 bags of differing IV fluids pumping into her body. Today, there is one drain and one IV. She is smiling. She is off the insulin. Hemoglobin has held steady since the blood transfusion. It has to stay above 9 for her to come home. They took the staples out of her stomach today (she had 44 of them). Please continue to pray for increased kidney function and all blood levels to normalize. Pray that her strength increases and that the pain lessens. Have I mentioned that she is smiling. Thanks so much for your prayers. We are smiling!!!
9:40pm – Well, Anna is home from the hospital. It was a surprise to all of us because the doctors had at first said she would come home Monday and then said maybe Sunday. When the Dr. came to see her this morning, he said the heparin drip could be stopped because the coumadin was stable, the drain could be removed, and the pic line could be removed. Her blood levels are normal, her hemoglobin has increased to 9.8 and her kidney function is improving. We have begun to tell her about the last two weeks. She is overwhelmed at hearing about all the prayers that have been offered on her behalf. On the way out of the hospital, we stopped in the ICU to say thanks and goodbye. So many nurses told her how they had prayed for her and that their churches were praying for her. Then we went to the maternity floor to say thanks and goodbye and once again many nurses said how much they had prayed for her. They were so thankful that she was alive and getting better. They were amazed that she not only lived but that she was able to go home so quickly. It is a testament to the power of God at work in Anna’s body that you have so faithfully asked for on Anna’s behalf. She still needs to gain strength. In a couple of months she will have to have the filter removed. The coumadin will have to be checked periodically and she will have to have physical therapy BUT she is alive and getting better. We are grateful. Please continue to pray.
9:52pm – A great big “thank you” to the folks at Sierra View Presbyterian Church and some other friends who came over this morning and cleaned the house, washed all the windows, worked in the yard, and planted flowers. One friend brought canvases and paints and had each child paint a picture for Anna when she came home. So sweet!!!!! Thank you all for showing such love to my daughter!
Sunday, Jan. 15:
7:00pm – Anna had a great night last night. She slept through the night without anybody taking her blood pressure or pricking her finger. She had a good nap today and is currently watching a rerun of the Alabama vs LSU game. I, on the other hand, am sick with a stomach bug. Please pray that she doesn’t get it. I will send periodic updates as she has a long road to complete recovery and we all still need your prayers. BUT she is alive and home! Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Tuesday, Jan. 17:
7:00pm – Here’s how you can continue to pray for Anna. Be in prayer that her blood levels would normalize, that her lab work would be positive, that her body would strengthen and stabilize, and that the blood thinning medication would control the clots. She still has a long road to recovery, but she is in good spirits and the doctors are encouraged. The family is thankful to have her home with them.
10:54pm – From Randi: Please continue to pray for Anna. She had her first labs done today to check the coumadin level and it wasn’t right. Brian is having to give her shots twice a day besides the pills that she is taking to hopefully regulate it. It was regulated in the hospital but now that she is moving more and eating more it is once again trial and error to get it regulated. She sees her OB tomorrow and the physical therapist. Goes back to the coumadin lab on Friday and sees the Hematologist. So please pray that she can rest in between all the appts., sleep well at night, and continue to gain strength. Pray too for the doctors as they try and get the coumadin levels right. Thanks again.
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