Since it is impossible to communicate with everyone personally about Emily's progress we will update this blog whenever there is anything new to report.

The Flake children are being cared for by Curtis' mom, Emily's mom, and Curtis's three sisters. The Relief Society is bringing them meals. Their needs are being met very well and Curtis is so grateful for all of your kind offers to assist their family. More than anything else, at this time, they need your faith and prayers.

If you need to communicate with Curtis or the family you are welcome to contact me (Curtis' sister, Angela) via email and I will deliver your message asap - ang_flake@hotmail.com.

10/17/08

Friday, October 17 (Afternoon)

Curtis stayed at the hospital again last night with Emily. He said they are both exhausted today because they didn't get any sleep since the nurses have to come in every hour and check Emily's blood pressure, etc. Her blood pressure has been keeping pretty constant but her kidney function has digressed a bit. The doctors do not think this digression should cause concern and they have not put her back on kidney medication but are monitoring it closely. Emily's platelet count is improving gradually.

Emily had an MRI yesterday. An MRI shows a much more detailed picture of the brain, specifically the soft tissue, as compared with a CAT scan. The radiologist who reviewed Emily's MRI lives just a few door down from Curtis and Emily. He was kind enough to visit with them following his analysis. He was really amazed at Emily's current motor skills and speech ability considering the level of trauma evident from the MRI. He told them to expect many long term ups and downs in regards to her progress. Curtis continues to be very careful with the amount of time she spends talking with family on the phone as this is quite a mental strain for her.

Emily is really bruised all over her body from the seizure and somehow low platelets contribute to ease of bruising. Besides that, Emily has always bruised really easily. So, between that and lying in bed for so long, she's really stiff and sore.

Even though Emily is now in an area of the hospital which allows visitors, her doctors strongly advise against it. When Curtis called me this morning he asked me to express appreciation to you for your concern. He realizes that many of you would like to come visit Emily, however, her condition is still too fragile. The doctors say she needs a lot of quiet time to just relax her mind and body so they can heal.

1 comment:

keylimer said...

We are glad that she is improving. We will continue to pray for her recovery. Take it easy, Emily!!!