It was one week ago today that Janet Dickens, a dear friend of the family, went into septic shock following a routine surgery, setting up a toxic storm of events in her system. Nurses told the family she had a 30% chance of survival. She has been in ICU every since.
Family and friends have been holding prayer vigil in the waiting room and taking turns for 5 minute visits. The prayer chains across several state line and within multiple church communities have been vibrating with prayers.
The latest news I have was from early this morning and it was encouraging. Janet had come off the ventilator before noon Saturday. She was responding to commands. She recognized visitors and smiled. Her white blood count was coming down.
All very encouraging but she is not free and clear yet. If there are no setbacks the healing path will be long and arduous. But setbacks are normal and in her case could be sudden and devastating. So the prayer vigilance has not let up.
Prayers from any who are of a mind to are welcome.
If you have followed my blog for awhile you might recognize the name Dickens from these two posts:
Pray With Us for Josh and Emily
Josh and Emily Dickens Updates
That was Janet's recently wed son and daughter-in-law who'd just been in a terrible car accident in 2009.
The babies in the photo are grandchildren both born since January. The crocheted baby toy I made last spring was for the little girl.
Janet has been my sister's best friend since elementary school when she lived two doors down and I would babysit her and her brother. Her family is our family.