Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mountains and Valleys

From Ron:

Charles Dickens summed up today when he wrote "These were the best of times, these were the worst of times".

Today, for the first time in 28 days, I looked into my daughters eyes and she looked back. She attempted to speak and raised her eye brows while trying to get a message across. It was truly an emotional moment, one that I will never forget as long as I live. Within an hour Elena's blood pressure rose to 193 over 113, her respiration became labored and she had to be heavily sedated with orders to return her to deeper sedation and keep her there. This is not good news but it tells us that she is in there with high level brain function and she is fighting and scared. I will tell you that as a father, or more apt a parent, it is the most helpless feeling in the world not to be able to do anything about it.

We now know that Elena has type A Influenza and test results from the State of Florida are pending for the Swine Flu. She is not doing extremely well and they will be removing fluid from around her heart tomorrow morning between 9:00am and Noon. At the same time they feel they must attempt to install the tracheotomy. Under normal circumstances neither of these procedures are especially life threatening but these are not normal circumstances. The procedures will have to be done in her room and during the trach she will be off the ventilator for several minutes.

*To everyone, please take a moment at 9:00am EDT to pray. Please pray for the Doctors, for Elena and for us. This is a big day and could easily determine the final outcome.*

With deepest humility I ask you to continue to pray,



  1. Will be praying with you.

  2. Praying for all to go well today! i have my Delta family praying fro elena as well as all who are there by her side! stay strong! Love to all Rita

  3. Praying now with all my heart and soul!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. The prayers today are endless and coming from my friends all over the world. Thinking of you and sending all the love I have in my heart your way. Stay strong, Elena. Love you xoxo.

    To the Walters Family, thank you so much for your commitment to all of those who love and care for Elena. The updates are very much appreciated and know that I am keeping each of you in my prayers. You are a strong group of individuals and I am sure your love for Elena is breathing life into her each second of the day.

    With love,
    Jen "2"