Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Please Pray for my Mom

My mom is in the ICU tonight in order to receive a blood transfusion for hemolytic anemia. Basically, her body has been attacking its own red blood cells and she hasn't been able to produce new ones fast enough. We don't yet know which of the 200 types of hemolytic anemia she might have, but we do know the situation is bad enough to require maybe up to 4 units of packed red blood cells (which is a blood transfusion of just the red blood cells, for maximum efficiency in cases of anemia like hers).

I am not scared because I believe that all things work for the good of those who love the Lord. However, I know my mom, and dad, both feel overwhelmed with how fast everything has happened in the last 2 days and all of the doctors coming in and out of her room to tell them something else they need to test or check.

Right now, she is getting ready to get the blood. She was supposed to have it last night, but the local blood banks had a hard time finding the type of blood she has. It is the same type my brother and I have, but since one of the causes of hemolytic anemia is hereditary, we are not eligible to donate to her. It made the waiting to hear if my blood was needed hard. Less than 5% of the population has this type, A- with an RH- factor. And of course, they aren't all lined up at the Orlando Blood Banks this week waiting to donate. But, they found it. So, now she will get it.

There are still lots of tests they need to run, but as of right now, the low blood counts are the most serious problem she is facing and that must be stabilized before they can even think about doing anything else. The risk of stroke and heart attack are very present, which is one reason they put her in the ICU, which has a 2:1 patient to nurse ratio.

So.... please pray for her. Pray that the doctors give her the right blood and that her body accepts it and throws a party, giving her energy and her color back.

Once she has the 1st unit in, they will check her blood levels and see if she is stable. They are prepared to give her up to 4 units, which is about 1/2 of the amount of blood the average person has on any given day.


  1. Praying now! Keep us updated!!!

  2. you know you and your family have our prayers! your mom is such a trooper, i know she'll pull through, especially with your dad at her side and all the prayers heading their way. keep me posted, i'm never too busy decorating to answer a text. miss y'all!

  3. I am so sorry.

    I pray that your mom gets well.

  4. I will pray for your Mom. (HUGS)

  5. Praying even as I type...I was so happy to hear what you said about not worrying. It is true that we know that no matter what comes at us that we are in His care and on His mind all the time. It makes me wonder how people who don't know God make it through some things because there have been times in my life that was ALL I had (hope in Him). I will keep praying for your mom (and for strength for the rest of you to help her through this) and I will have my hub & kids be praying about it this evening too (Matt. 18:19-20)! Please let us know updates as you are able!

  6. Your Mother is in my prayers.

  7. Hi Jennifer,
    So sorry to hear about your mom. I will pray that she gets the care that she receives and can be treated and recover quickly. I am also A negative, wish I could have given her a pint or two!

    Praying for you,
    Rachel W


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