Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday May 16, 2009

Lisa's restful day yesterday continued through the night and into this morning. She slept through the night and all vitals were stable though to this afternoon. It was good that she had the opportunity to build her strength, because she needed all of it by the end of the day. Late this afternoon, her right lung collapsed. They are not sure of the cause, but her respiration and heart rate started speeding up, over-inflated the lung and caused the collapse. Fortunately, the Pulmonary Dr. was here when it happened and was able to immediately perform a procedure to relieve the excess air and pull off fluids. He was successful in restoring her lung function quickly. Lisa is sedated and sleeping quietly and all off her vitals are stable at this time.

Please continue to keep Lisa in your prayers as she continues to face each of these new obstacles with courage, faith and a strength that is beyond my ability to describe. We appreciate your unwavering love and support.

Jim, Josh and Melissa.


  1. Hang in there Lisa. We are all here for you. You have proven your strength. Rest and get well. Love Cheryl Dennison

  2. My prayers are daily for Lisa and for her whole family. The support and love you have shown and continue to give are like a beacon of light to all of show us daily the way to be there for a loved one. I so appreciate your blog and keeping us informed. Please give Lisa my love and let her know she is in my prayers. God Bless each of you. Barb Cabot

  3. I wish there were a way, for each of us who love Lisa, to carry the weight of this battle for her for just one day each. I know we'd all love to give you all a break from this constant work you are doing. You are unbelievable. Hang in and know you are loved, prayed for, and thought of with the sincerest of wishes.
    Love, Leslie

  4. Dear Stephensons,
    You have such a loving bond that gives you all strength that most of us cannot begin to understand. We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers and look forward to the day that you can all go home. With our love and friendship,
    Louie and Jackie

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  6. Dear Lis, Jim, Josh, and Melissa,

    We love you so much and as Leslie stated, we wish there were a way to help you carry the weight of this battle. Our thoughts and prayers are constant.


    Titi, Colin, and Colie

  7. Dear Lisa and Family,
    Know that you are being upheld by constant prayer and love from your team. You all have shown your faith, strength, hope and perseverance many times over! This is just another bump that will allow you some rest to build up all your reserves for the road ahead. Much love to you all!
    Nurse Judy

  8. Dear Lisa and Family,
    It's been said many times before, but your strength, love and faith is inspiring to us all. When these obstacles come, I hope you remember that you are all loved and in my prayers I ask that each of you are given the strength you need.You are an amazing family!
    Hugs to you all.

  9. Dear Jim, Josh & Melissa,
    The unwavering support and strength you show for Lisa everyday is an inspiration to us all. You are the wonderful family Lisa has always been so proud of. We all keep Lisa in our thoughts and prayers every day, but know that you are also in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure Lisa's strength in fighting the constant hurdles she has been given is the result of her knowing you are with her every step of the way. I have been told that God has a plan for us, and it is non-negotiable. Whatever He has planned for Lisa, she is proving she is up for the challenge. Give her my love, Michelle

  10. Lisa and family,
    You are truely awesome! You are going to conquer this. All our love. The Parretts

  11. Hello to all of you,
    Lisa, you continue to be an inspiration to all of us. We all wish we could make this easier for you, and yet you continue to meet these obstacles head on! I have nothing but love and admiration for you...and Jim, Josh and Melissa. I know the four of you can conquer this too! You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love to you.