Monday, March 16, 2009

Newest Update

This is Mindi again. I just got a call from Angie who again wanted me to inform everyone of what is going on. Brian is still unresponsive but seems very peaceful. His seizures have been under control since 2:30 pm. He only had a few and very small ones since being admitted to the hospital at 12:00 pm. The hospital tried some stimulus activities and Brian did not respond at all to them. The doctors are unsure if he will open his eyes again. He has a 36 year old heart and lungs that are strong and not ready to give up, so it is in God's hands of telling his organs it is time to come home. The amount of Morphine his is on is 4 ml/hr which is not enough to put him in this unresponsive state, so they are relating this state to the cancer growth. The seizure occurrence could have been related to a few items. It could have been that his seizure medicine that he normally takes has been thrown up the last few weeks due to his vomiting and his body did not know what to do without that medicine and starting seizing again or it could be related to the cancer growth that hit that part of the brain today. They have a couple of choices to make in the next hours/day. They can take him home but it would be pretty complicated. They would have to insert the PIC line, which is a minor procedure but non the less still a procedure Brian would have to go through. They only way to give him any meds now is through IV, so this would be a must. They would also need home health as the PIC line needs more medical attention than Hospice can give or they can keep him at the hospital. It is a tough decision based on not knowing how long or short it may be.
My prayer for Brian is that he is peaceful and comfortable with no suffering. If it is his time to leave us here on earth, we know he will be in a much better place living with our Lord. Keep believing.

12 comments:

  1. Mindi, thank you so much for keeping us informed. I join you in praying for Brian to be at peace and to be comfortable. I also pray for God to guide Angie in the decisions she has to make in the next hours/days ahead.

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  2. forgot to add that was from Janell H.

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  3. You are so kind to think of keeping us informed in this trying time. I will be holding all the O'Neill familiy in my heart and praying for all of peace for Angie, Brian and the boys.

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  4. we are hoping and praying that you both find some sort of peace.
    ben

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  5. sounds like being an inpatient is just what they need. Now Angie can be just wife and help mate and let the nurses and doctors solve all these difficult issues for them. Brian's care has become very complicated of late. I whole heartedly agree with your prayer.

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  6. Thank you for the update Mindi. I am praying that the Lord will surround the whole family right now.

    Praying in Arizona

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  7. We are still here. Praying and patiently waiting with everyone. Thank you again, Mindi, for the continued information.

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  8. Praying for your entire family, especially Angie and the boys. Stay strong!

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  9. We are continuing to pray for your family.

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  10. Thank you for the update. I am keeping all of you in prayer. I will pray for clarity as decisions need to be made and for peace.

    Still believing.

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  11. Keeping all of you in my prayers. Praying for peace for all of you.

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  12. Dear God,

    Please give this family rest. Please be with Brian now, let him see your face.

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