I am starting this thread for a personal reason: my mother, Mara, is since a week in hospital, in Belgium. She was admitted in emergency last week, wednesday night for a perforated ulcer.
She was operated, and fell into a septic shock (a mass infection, which depresses all vital parameters, and has a survival rate of 50 %). Until yesterday, in the morning things were seeming to work in her favour: she had sufficiently recovered to stop drugs that maintained her blood pressure (principal danger in a septic shock). She had even recovered conscience on Tuesday, 18 October, and could hold my hand, though she could not speak as yet.
The chaplain of the hospital could thus give her the anointing of the sick.
Wednesday, 19 October, I received a phone call from the hospital: my mother was being operated again in emergency because she started bleeding again in her intestine. We have thus been through an emotional roller-coaster drive through most of this day, her pressure having fallen this morning, and the physicians being rather pessimistic. This evening, as I visited my mother, she appeared to be slowly recovering, but the nursing team told me that she had suffered a second septic shock.
Amidst those news, I asked the question to which I dreaded to have the answer: had the medical team examined the possibility of a cancer of the intestine? The answer was positive… A biopsy (an examination of a piece of the intestine that was cut) was positive for a malignant tumour.
I need thus all the prayers I can get from everyone for the recovery of my mother (at the moment, the important is to get her out of her septic shock). I am going every evening to pray for her.
Could you all please keep Mara in your prayers?
Thanks from the bottom of my heart,