Monday, January 31, 2011

Please send your thoughts and prayers...

So, I got a call last night from my sister Kelly with the news that our sister Danica is in the ICU with total kidney failure.

Testing has shown that she has experienced a pretty rare auto-immune reaction to a viral infection that has resulted in temporary (we think) total kidney failure, among other things.  Danica was told that most patients with this condition recover fully following aggressive and immediate treatment -- including dialysis, one or more total blood transfusions and plasmapheresis.  She is likely to be in intensive care/the hospital for at least a week.

According Kelly, who has spoken doctor-to-doctor to the physicians treating her, even with the above treatment, about 1 in 10 patients do not survive due to other complications.  As Danica is 29 and otherwise healthy, we are praying that she is one of the majority.

As of this morning, it seems that she is responding well, but we don’t know much more than that at this point.  So we would very much appreciate your thoughts and prayers in her behalf.  Hang in there Dink!  We love you!  Get better soon!


9 comments:

AnnaMarie said...

Oh my goodness! Best wishes to Danika!

Amber said...

How scary! And rare--what 29 yr old does that from a virus?!?
We'll be thinking of you and Danica. I hope she turns the corner soon.

Adams said...

I am sorry guys. Tell her that our prays are with he too.

Ben and Anna said...

holy cow. She'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

Elizabeth said...

oh no! i'm so sorry Caroline. we're praying for you guys.

Angela said...

I'm so sorry! I hope everything goes well. We'll definitely keep her in our prayers!

AnnaMarie said...

Oh, Danica. Not Danika. Sorry.

Caity said...

My prayers will be with her and your family.

Janelle Dobson said...

We'll be praying for her and you guys as well. Hang in there, the Lord has a plan for everything.