Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Prayers Please

I know that I haven't posted anything in a long time due to the election craziness, but I need to ask for prayers.

I am with my grandma, Margaret ("Gibby") Wigren at St. Peter's hospital in Olympia. She came in on Tuesday because of what they thought was an asthma or emphysema attack -- she basically couldn't breathe. Anyway, she's been in and out of consciousness for the past 2 days - such a blessing because I was able to talk to her and pray our favorite prayer (the Memorare) with her. Anyway, earlier today she was doing much better and they were able to remove her breathing tube and she was sitting up and talking for a couple hours.

Then she started having trouble breathing again so they had to put the tube back in and sedate her so that she's more comfortable. They did a CT scan to see if maybe she had a blood clot that was making it difficult to breathe. Good news: her doctor said that there wasn't any clotting. Bad news: her cancer has spread and taken over both of her lungs now - that's the reason she can't breathe. There's nothing they can do about it, and tomorrow we're going to have the ventilator removed. They say that she should last about 4 hours after that point.

There is an upside to this suffering. She and I had a really good conversation about a month ago after her most recent heart attack. She's at peace and is ready to die. Her soul is in a good place, and we were able to make sure that she is dying with the Sacraments. God is so faithful.

So, prayers are appreciated, as this is very difficult for my dad and all his brothers and sisters.

Thank you, and I'll update later.


Lemmon said...

Praying!! May God bless and protect you all through this time.

Jenny Campbell said...

Carrie, I'm so sorry to hear this. I was with my gram when she was dying and have a lot of peace from seeing her receive the Last Rites. It's still hard, though, and you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.