When we started our day at 06:35, we listened to the song , “It is Well.” We realized the significance that GirlMic/Leslie had been in this silent scream for 40 days. Her body had diminished but her soul and spirit had produced 40 silent sermons to all whom entered ICU Wilderness 312. Her Nurses Ariel and Bree and RT Cynthia cared for her and we played music, “Take Me To The King” and “I Can Only Imagine” while praying. Her visitors were Valerie, Doug, Robert, Lynn, Silas, Greg, and me. We held her, kissed her and shared how we loved her. GirlMic/Leslie’s Sermons are Completed!
07:35 Greg and I sit at Leslie’s bedside and watch as Chrissie and Dr Walker starts their assessments. Dr. G. Kraus comes and gives us a “Litany of Compassion For the Sick” writing and she is given her freedom from the ventilator. The room is full of family and staff as we sing, pray and play a a Daryl Coley song, “Can’t tell It All.” Chrissie starts a MS drip and we are blessed to see her breathing on her own. Dr. K.L. Bryan starts the Hospice Care admission arrangements. I left Greg and GirlMic/Leslie so they could spend time together.
07:00 ! walk in to find Nurse Zach moving quickly as he gives me the news that Leslie has GI bleeding. She has required Platelets and Blood. Dr. Kraus and Omer visited and Nurse Chrissie started her shift.
08:15 I start to sing aloud. “I need you to survive.” Si, Doug, Greg, Valerie, Ann and Jerome are here. We are told of the critical nature of this new complication. More family members, Glenise, Ken, Corliss, Lynn, Pat, AJ, Chris Hill and Pastor Holloway are here. We pray and play healing songs. We read Psalm 117. She is not responsive but I see a tear. .
07:00 and our day started with nurse Sarah with a smile which is the name I gave her the first day she cared for my GirlMic. Dr Kraus said that he is in favor of getting the PEG tube and transferring to a Rehab. Today her Platelets are 6 and her B/P is 97/72. I decided to read a scripture to her from Romans 8:28. Dr Walker came and said that her condition is complicated and we needed to look into plans for Leslie’s care. Dr. Muir will start IMG IVs to “jumpstart” her platelets. It is 5pm and her beautiful eyes are open.
We start today with Nurse Alex, Dr Threlkeld and Dr. Walker. GalVal and Robert are here. GirlMic has active bowel sounds and the feedings are resumed. We smile as she is opening her eyes to our calling her name. Dr. Kraus and his office nurse Debbie came also. Debbie shared how she enjoyed Leslie and I remembered Leslie telling me that when she called the office, Debbie was helpful and immediately responded to her needs for many years. We laughed about her thick files because she had been a patient so long. I am glad to see Nurse Nicole back.
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.
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/P 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.
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.
My day at my GirlMic/Leslie’s bedside begins at 4:30 pm. She is getting more platelets. We are blessed with visitors Lisa, Corliss, Silas and Dr Shermer came in around 11:30pm. Her nurse Nicole started her 7pm -7am shift. She always talks in such a kind way when she comes in and calls Leslie’s name and while doing every assessment and treatment. I spend a great deal of time reading the Psalms and praying because it is one of the hardest times to sit at the bedside and not see the progress that you have always hoped to see. I encourage myself.
Another 2 units of Blood today. Nurses Nancy and Charlotte start the day off in emergency mode as they discover that Leslie’s blood sugar is 30. The visitors include Pastor Brandon Blake, Patty Williams, Pat Davis, Robert and GalVal.. The Doctors include Drs. Town, Muir and Kraus. This was a day of roller coaster feelings as I was concerned about the facts that there seemed to be very little progress with getting her off the ventilator and the Doctors were back to just discussing their specialty and not Leslie’s whole wellness or prognosis. It was helpful to share Leslie’s life story today.