Monday, September 28, 2009
Nicki seeing and holding her baby.
Brian and his brother grew up with Nicki and her familly. (especially sister, Katie) I always heard about "the Baker girls." Brian had a crush on Nicki at one point in high school . . . and his brother dated her. Not a great brotherly situation!!! In 1996 Brian and Chris were involved in a serious car accident. Brian and Chris were life-lined to Methodist Hospital. Brian had a broken neck.
Brian's parents had to make the choice to pull the plug on their son.
They also chose to donate his organs. (Which has led to an awesome story and relationship with the heart recipient - a HUGE good out of a HUGE bad.)
Chris was 17.
Nicki was there.
At the hospital.
Now, years later Nicki and I are facebook friends. We chat online about her upcoming baby. About all she has overcome in her life. About her excitement and peace about the future and her choice to mother this baby alone. Nicki got a bad cough - went to the doctor and was admitted to the hospital in Bloomington with "pneumonia." They then determined she had HELLP syndrome. They took the baby by c-section immediately (a month early). Nicki got to hold her baby - pefect healthy, Madelyn Isabel. She soon deteriorated and develped ARDS (acute respitory syndrome). She was put on a ventilator. 3 chest tubes were inserted to drain her lungs. She was on sedation drugs. Her lungs just did not get better.
They moved her by ambulance to Methodist Hospital.She was 3 doors down from where Chris was in the same pediatric ICU. (There are SIX critical care units at Methodist)
Her family had to decide to "pull the plug"
Her family decided to give the gift of her organs.
Brian was there.
At the hospital.
Sometimes life comes full circle.
Please pray for all involved.
I believe Nicki's mother will seek to adopt Madelyn.
Pray that is an easy transition and process.
The orchard we go to sells amazing Apple Cider Slushies. This year we went when they were having a craft fair and food fest. So, we had hot dogs and roasted corn on the cob.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
But don't you worry - I got the store to cough up another frog - so now we have Lacy!