40 Silent Sermons: GirlMic/Leslie’s Last Days (34 Continued)

07:00 I read Psalm 52 as Leslie’s B/P drops to 65/40. Dr. Threlkeld says, “she may have developed sepsis.” I look at her and say, ‘My GirlMic/Leslie is in a silent scream.”  It is 08:15 and I am visited by a Congregational Health Navigator and Chaplain who comments that Leslie has been in ICU for 34.8 days. He asked about our plans for the future.  It is 6:33 pm and I listen to John W. Smith on a program called “Faith Now” where he spoke of “Rest, Addition, Extension and Deliverance.” I pray, ” Thank God for miracles” as I sit in silence praying and writing stories.IMG_0081


40 Silent Sermons: GirlMic/Leslie’s Last Days (34)

This day has an unbelievable turn of events. Melanie is the 7p-7a nurse. She has been a wonderful nurse since we were first admitted to ICU. Leslie has had her trach collar on since morning and tolerating it well. Dr Shermer visits at 11:10pm and we begin to discuss PEG tube options. The nightmare started on August 25, 2015 at 03:35 when suddenly Leslie’s B/PIMG_0006 dropped and a Levophed drip was started.  She had emergency x-rays  and we discovered that her Platelets count and other Laboratory values had dropped.  My scripture for this day ‘s reading is  found in Psalm 25 and I pray.

40 Silent Sermons: GirlMic/Leslie’s Last Days (33)

00:35 and we are in the cold wilderness of ICU and with more complications. Dr. Muir is here and tells me the WBC is better but the platelet count is 15. Leslie receives another round of Platelets. She is having more coughing and some bleeding from the tracheostomy. Angela is 7a nurse. I leave to get rest and Silas and I return at 6:30pm. It is 11:15 pm and I ask, “Lord God , may I have my GirlMic back?”  I receive a call that Silas has fallen so I leave to take him to ER for x-rays. Thank God  for no broken bones.wpid-wp-1423774904508.jpeg

40 Silent Sermons: GirlMic/Leslie’s Last days (32)

Leslie’s Day with me started at 05:19. I was told that her Platelets are 21. She is tolerating her feedings at 30 cc/hr. Dr. Muir comes in at 07:10 and we  discuss “waiting to see” today.  Dr. Sutpute orders more Platelets. Nurse Melinda and RT Nick start their 7p-7a shift. I prepare to leave for the day and  I read the scripture, 1st Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance?” I kissed her head and anointed it with oil.

When God Says No ' His Grace Says Go
When God Says No ‘ His Grace Says Go