Thursday, March 01, 2007

Sophia update!

Good morning everyone. There hasn’t been much of a change in Sophia’s condition but I didn’t want to let another day go by without giving you a little update. Yesterday morning they did a follow up CAT scan that showed that the blood clot was still there, but it wasn’t bigger and there were not hemorrhages. With the drain tube back, her swelling has gone down and that seems to make her more comfortable and a little more alert. They are continuing with the blood thinning medication to keep the blood flow in her brain and hopefully open up enough blood vessels to help until the blood clots dissolve. The next step would be to do TPA treatment, which is a clot busting drug that would dissolve the clot but put her at a higher risk of bleeding. Dr. Cherny explained that “there’s no formula” to make the decision. They don’t want to take risks of bleeding unless absolutely necessary but at the same time, because of the large size of the blood clot in the main artery, she could risk a stroke. So they are evaluating one day at a time (or a few hours at a time!) the pros and cons of keeping her with blood thinning or doing the TPA treatment. This has been the big bump on the road this week, and with our continuous prayers, I’m confident that Sophia will overcome this one also, and continue the recovery as she had last week. Last night Veronica scared me to death, calling at 10:30 PM … but it was actually with good news that she was calling! The ophthalmologist had checked Sophia’s eye nerves again and had determined that they looked better and they were less inflamed. Thank you Lord for listening to our prayers and taking care of Sophia’s vision ! Scott read a book to her yesterday, and she saw the pictures and answered Scott’s questions appropriately J ! The nurse said that she also did a little bit of coloring, and at one point held a spoon to her mouth. Let’s pray that she continues to show these signs of improvement. This will indicate that her brain is working its way around the blood clot and it will permit to continue waiting for the clot to dissolve without a stronger and more risky approach. I saved my favorite highlight for last, I think this is such a beautiful and powerful one J. On Monday, Sophia had remained pretty much asleep and not as responsive yet. In the middle of the night, the nurse walked in and she had a big smile on her face and she was moving her hand as in giving high five. She did that movement about 3 times. The nurse asked her “Sophia, who are you giving high fives to?” and she answered “GOD”. We knew He was holding her up, now we know He’s also making her smile J ! Please continue praying for our sweet Sophia. Please pray for Scott and Veronica, as they got into the third week of a constant state of weariness and worry. Please pray for Matias, as his own daily life has also changed dramatically. Please continue praying for all the doctors and nurses that are making decisions and taking care of Sophia. Our Lord has worked through them and the tumor is gone, I know He’ll embrace Sophia with His loving hands and hive her the strength and determination to do her part, and fight her way back to health. We all know by now that Sophia has a special purpose in life, and we have already witnessed part of it, All we have to do is look around and see how she has united hundreds of people all over the US and the world, and to see the love, strength and peace that all this people (YOU!) as one, have brought together, and there’s no doubt in my mind that this is only the beginning of Sophia’s special purpose in life. God bless each and every one of you, Daniela

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