Sunday, February 12, 2006

The beginning - Friday night/Saturday morning.

The rupture occurred without any warning. All she knew was that she had a sudden excrutiating pain in her head. She lost consciousness while being brought out to the ambulance.

Jan was rushed to hospital, and then to a second hospital, at a major trauma centre. The nature and extent of the bleeding in her brain led the doctors to perform emergency surgery, which lasted about four hours.

Jan survived the initial rupture, and survived the surgery, which puts her way ahead of 'the odds'.

10 comments:

ed and alvina rempel said...

Our hearts are saddened to hear the news about our dear Friend Jan.
Thank you so much for the updates.
Many prayers will be said on her behalf. We pray that the Lord well sustain you ,Federica during this difficult time.
Ed and Alvina Rempel (Calgary)

FC said...

Many thanks for all the love and prayers sent J's way. She needs them all in these critical hours.

She is a warrior and is not giving up. She has also a faith like an old oaktree, solid and deep. Hours before she was taken to the hospital she was reading in the book of Isaiah something she believes to be true 100% : "you are carved in the palm of my hand.." and this is the special relationship with the Lord that keeps her alive right now.

Some data on the aneurism:
-It bursted at 6PM on Friday Feb 10.
-15 minutes after the incident she lost consciousness.
-Her last words before loosing consciuosness were: Oh Lord, please help us!...
-The CT scan showed that the area affected is where the language centre is located (left side of the brain). What an irony! she loves most singing and talking.
-the operation lasted about 3 hours and successfully stopped the initial hemorrage.
-The operation created some extra bleeding in other areas and swelling on the left side.
-the left bone plate was kept detached to allow for some extra room for the swelling and to reduce pressure on the right side.
-The most critical time is the first 72 hours. As it was noted in the first blog: she already has beaten many odds, but she is not out of danger.

-Specific things to pray for:
+stop the swelling of her brain
+that no other arteries seize-up because of the trauma of the operation.
+that she is protected from any major long-term negative impacts.
+peace and strength for the family.
+that husband keeps things in perspective and trusts the Lord in the middle of this life-shattering experience.

-if you believe in miracles, she needs one right now.
-Our hope is that she will be able to read these blogs soon and know how much she is loved.

Keep praying and blogging!

FC said...

Many thanks for all the love and prayers sent J's way. She needs them all in these critical hours.

She is a warrior and is not giving up. She has also a faith like an old oaktree, solid and deep. Hours before she was taken to the hospital she was reading in the book of Isaiah something she believes to be true 100% : "you are carved in the palm of my hand.." and this is the special relationship with the Lord that keeps her alive right now.

Some data on the aneurism:
-It bursted at 6PM on Friday Feb 10.
-15 minutes after the incident she lost consciousness.
-The CT scan showed that the area affected is where the language centre is located (left side of the brain). What an irony! she loves most singing and talking.
-the operation lasted about 3 hours and successfully stopped the initial hemorrage.
-The operation created some extra bleeding in other areas and swelling on the left side.
-the left bone plate was kept detached to allow for some extra room for the swelling and to reduce pressure on the right side.
-The most critical time is the first 72 hours. As it was noted in the first blog: she already has beaten many odds, but she is not out of danger.

-Specific things to pray for:
+stop the swelling of her brain
+that no other arteries seize-up because of the trauma of the operation.
+that she is protected from any major long-term negative impacts.
+peace and strength for the family.
+that husband keeps things in perspective and trusts the Lord in the middle of this life-shattering experience.

-if you believe in miracles, she needs one right now.
-Our hope is that she will be able to read these blogs soon and know how much she is loved.

Keep praying and blogging!

npogossain said...

Hi Fede and Jan's family,
I was thinking about Jan on Friday, Feb 10, the PD day. I am very disappointed to get this sad news. I am trying not to cry and think only positively about Jan as a strong old oak staying straight.
I am here to help if anything would be necessary. Thank Fede for giving the updated information about Jan's condition after operation. Wish all of you the best during these days Thanks, Nina Pogossian (Toronto)

Carolyn and Neil Rempel said...

We were saddened to hear about Jan's situation. Be assured that our prayers are with Jan, you and the family.

Be encouraged by Isa. 43:2:
"When you pass through the waters . . . I will be with you."
Carolyn and Neil Rempel

Janet Russell said...

Fede and rest of Jan's family,

Our Home Church have all been sent the latest info and we will be in Prayer on Wednesday evening when we meet together as well. I love Jan like a sister and just hope God's will is for her to survive another of her "mysterious" journeys in order to share how our God is an Awesome God, once more. FOr you Fede, I am most broken. Neil is in Montreal but I have sent him the updates and we Praise Him who cares and sees the Sparrow fall that she has passed this many important afterstages. We will continue to pray as our home church has been updated and we meet tomorrow night to pray together for you and Jan.

Most Blessed Saviour, I BELIEVE.

Janet and Neil Russell (Members of The Sanctuary)

ERevell said...

My mother, Judy Revell, has survived two such incidents and operations (on the other side of her brain). We are sending Jan healing thoughts.
Elisabeth Revell
Context Associated

Joel said...

at times like this you have to hang onto His Word in a way you have never had to before. And the verse "He carves you in the palm of His hand" just could not be more comforting or peace-bringing than it was to Jan just hours before her illness came on. I have always wondered what the Lord says and speaks and how He ministers to us when we find ourselves in Jan's condition. This we do know, He is the Lord of all realities and NO ONE can tell you what she can understand, hear or comprehend in her spirit. That is the Lord's and it is in her realm that He is meeting her, and that is now her reality. She may be unconcious to this world, but very concious with her Lord. That is the mercy of God. The Watts family send their prayers and concerns as do many at Bethel.

Linda M said...
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Linda M said...

Food for thought...
Where Jan is at right now is like a grand pause in a symphony. It's that moment of silence that allows the previous phrases to settle and dispers, opening up room to breathe again before launching into the following phrases.
Jan's symphony is not over. She is just pausing to breathe.
Audiences deal with these pauses in many different ways - some with anxiety and others with anticipation. I await the next phrases of Jan's symphony with anticipation.

Sending white light and music to you all...