Little update

22 Nov

Hi everyone,

I wish I was updating this with good news.

Further to my last post, Kerry was successfully put onto the Ecmo machine, however this was with the intention to bring her off the ventilator (which would give her more time).

The doctors struggled on Thursday and Friday to bring Kerry round on the Ecmo machine or to get her to start working with the machine and therefore off the ventilator. They then decided to do a tracheotomy in order to help Kerry to start breathing for herself with the new machine.

Unfortunately the weekend again bought little to no change. The doctors and nurses were constantly working to adjust levels to help bring Kerry into consciousness comfortably without affecting her oxygen levels. Sunday evening we were told that they had had a bit of a breakthrough as Kerry was starting to use her muscles herself and they were able to turn the ventilator down just for support and oxygen, however they were still not able to bring her round.
We were informed this morning that there were issues with blood clotting and therefore even if lungs did come up she would not be able to have a transplant until these levels are sorted. Since then, there has been no real change although Mum spoke to one of the surgeons this evening who reassured her that if the lungs did come up then they would operate. She is still on the ventilator and unconscious and there is no plan to try to change that at present.
Edgar and Tom went back over the weekend to give my Mum a 24 hours break and to sit with her in intensive care (unfortunately I could not go as I had a cold and therefore could not risk passing germs onto her or any of the other patients). They have both told me she looks peaceful and comfortable, which she certainly hasn’t been for a while leading up to this.
We can’t thank everyone enough for all the messages, thoughts, prayers and kindness and they all continue to help Kerry. We are still praying and hoping that the right lungs will come up very very soon.

Love Kim xxx


20 Responses to “Little update”

  1. Alison Chevassut November 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Thank you Kim. It’s so helpful to know what the picture is. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all – and especially for those new lungs very soon! Love from us all, Alison xx

  2. John Wileman November 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Hi Kim,

    We so feel for Kerry and for you all at this worrying time; – continual prayers are assured – and we ask that Kerry may be given the strength she requires; – also of course the lungs she needs.

    We pray blessings on you all.


  3. James Dingle November 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks, Kim. Great to hear from you in detail. Our thoughts are with you all. Good news that they are saying they will still operate, but hope the blood clots clear. Love to you all and huge hopes for the lungs materialising.

    James and co.

  4. Sue Devereux November 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi Kim

    You are very brave taking on this much appreciated task of keeping us all up to date. It must be very difficult for you and we are truly grateful.

    There are so many people thinking of Kerry and wishing and hoping for good news; keep believing in the power of collective good thoughts. I am pleased about Mum’s chat with the surgeon this evening.

    I am sure that if she looks peaceful then she is sleeping comfortably which is something she needed to do.

    Lots of love to you all

    Sue, Alex and Laura x x x x x x x x x

  5. Gerry Padden November 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Thank you Kim for the continued update, you are a brave lady……..stay strong……you all remain in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time!
    Love to you all
    The Padden gang XXXX

  6. Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Such tough news to have to report, Kim. Thank you for keeping us up to date and be assured that we are thinking of you all, all the time. Jackie and Paul xx

  7. Lorna Peneueta November 23, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Thank you for keeping us updated, I am thinking of you all and there are many positive thoughts and good wishes coming your way from our family xxx

  8. William Cameron November 23, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    OMG I don’t know what to say.Praying hard.Thanks for keeping us up to date Kim.So difficult I know.Bill.

  9. Mim November 23, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Hi Kim
    Thank you for the up-date, as always we are praying for Kerry and you all, please god those lungs will come soon and give Kerry the chance she so deserves.

    Love to you all

  10. Carolyn Eley November 23, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    My Dear Kim,

    Thank you for the update…trying times for all of you. Very brave of you to have to write about your lovely sister at this time and we really appreciate it.

    It goes without saying that we hold all of you in our hearts and send the most positive loving wishes to Kerry.

    Love, Carolyn and David.

  11. jess bouteloup November 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Dearest Kim,
    You are doing an amazing job with these updates. Pete and I are thinking of you all such a lot!! We are praying that her blood clotting stabilises and the lungs become available quickly! Sending each and everyone of you all the love in the world! Xxx

  12. Cheryl Emmanuel November 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Hi Kim,

    Thank you so much for the updates – I’ve just had an e-mail from Caroline Le Breton with the wonderful news that the op is underway. I have everything crossed – please pass on my good wishes to the family. May she recover quickly and come home to Phil and Disney soon.

    Cheryl Emmanuel x

  13. Jane Le Marchand November 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    All my thoughts are still with you all. Words cannot describe how much I am hoping there is a positive outcome for you all.
    Jane Le M

  14. Anonymous November 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Dear Kim

    I am beyond words and am just praying for good news, for Kerry, Phil, your Mum and Dad and you, Ed and Tom. Think of you all.
    Love and prayers xxxx

  15. Ruth November 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Anxiously waiting for news.
    Lots of love to all of you as a family as you also wait.

  16. Joephine Monaghan November 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Hello Kim, I am Kerry’s friend Josie from Harefield Hospital, reading the above comments am I right to think, that Kerry is in theatre having her long awaited transplant? I hope I have read this correctly as all my wishes are being sent to Kerry, you, Phil and her family. As everyone has said, a very big thank you for the updates, Kerry is always on my mind, and I want her to be able to experience the wonderful gift of a 2nd chance at life, as it is truely amazing, and worlds away from how life was pre-transplant. Take care Love Josie

    • kimdingle November 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      Hi Josie,

      Thank you for your message! Yes Kerry has been in theatre since midday, we are all waiting news! It’s so nice to hear that post transplant is worlds away! It’s also lovely to hear from someone who has been through what Kerry has! I’m glad you are enjoying your health and hopefully Kerry will be joining you shortly! Love Kim x x

    • Ruth November 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      Phew! Josie,
      I may not know you but that is such a moving comment.
      Thank you for sharing it with us all.

  17. Victoria November 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    I’ll keep her in my thoughts!! xx

  18. Anonymous November 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi Kim

    I hope your all doing well as you wait for Kerry to come out of theatre …..we are so grateful for your updates, you have kept us going over the last few weeks. I am so happy for Kerry to get this chance, it is wonderful and we are all praying for a good recovery and to see Kerry well again and enjoying life. Thank you Kim.

    Lots of love
    Mim xxxxxxx

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