#TeamMissy Transplant Warriors Update!!
Melissa Smith is providing some awesome pictures and great updates with great information!!
Current prayer requests:
* prayers to guide the decision makers on the Transplant Board to allow for approval of a higher MELD score ( A MELD score is a number that ranges from 6 to 40, based on lab tests. It ranks your degree of sickness, which shows how much you need a liver transplant. The higher the number, the more urgent your case is.). Her current liver has structural damage that is getting worse, rather than better. She is showing signs of liver disease on top of the labs ( yellow tinting of the eyes, etc. ). The incredible care team is advocating for her and we are having faith that the right decisions will be made
* prayers that the tubes in her chest and the medications they are using break up the fluid and eliminate all buildup so no additional surgery is needed.
* prayers for pain relief after procedures not to be too intense. We understand pain has a purpose, but if it isn't urgent, we pray for good pain relief and rest
Updates for today from our Warrior Herself:
The second chest drain is in for her lungs. They are administering doses of a medication directly into the cavity from the drain that is supposed to break things up and allow them to flow on their own. She will have a CT tomorrow to see if this was successful. If not she will have surgery shortly after where they take her to the OR ( operating room ), open her chest cavity up, and flush and drain the pockets. ***Prayers she won't need that surgery!***
For the liver - she is officially listed for a new liver! However, the board denied the request for additional points added to her MELD score. Prayers that God will guide the board to the decision that is needed for the additional points to be placed as high priority for transplant. A lower MELD score just means low priority, which means a longer waiting time and she will have to remain at UW hospital while she works her way up the list.
Pictures from her delicious meal last night after another procedure for the drain tubes to be inserted and her stunning view while doing a nebulizer treatment.
Those who don't know, a nebulizer treatment is a breathing treatment, usually with a medication called albuterol, that a person breathes in and out with a machine called a nebulizer. There are various medications that are used for different purposes. The medication opens the lungs up and allows for better air flow and clearing, calming of coughing ,and other various symptoms depending on the medication. Missy has four different medications delivered via nebulizer that she has to breathe in three times per day.