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  • Joe Armata
    Thanks for letting us know. We ll be praying for you in this difficult time, and for a happy death for Michelle and the baby. We all must pass through death s
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      Thanks for letting us know. We'll be praying for you in this difficult
      time, and for a happy death for Michelle and the baby. We all must pass
      through death's door eventually, though knowing that never makes it less
      frightening when the time comes.

      Joe



      > SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2009 06:55 PM, CST
      > Hello everyone
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      > It is with profound sorrow that I write this update. Michelle
      > continues to decline.she will never be in good health again. The doctors
      > literally have tried everything within their power to help her recover from
      > the massive insults to her brain.yet she continues to worsen. The damage to
      > her brain is irreversible. Also, she has suffered many complications in
      > addition to the brain injury.
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      > Decisions have been made to discontinue aggressive treatment and make
      > Michelle comfortable. We only want what is best for Michelle and we know she
      > would not want to suffer as she has. This is the HARDEST decision any one of
      > us has ever endured...we do this for Michelle and what she would have
      > wanted.
      >
      > Hypothetical catastrophic scenarios have been discussed with Michelle
      > on multiple occasions throughout her life and she has always told us, she
      > would not want to live like she is. As difficult as this decision is, we are
      > respecting and honoring her wishes. We are her advocate and her voice...this
      > is what she would have wanted...to be at peace.
      >
      > Please pray that God will have mercy on her and baby and bring them to
      > Him with peace and dignity.
      >
      >
      > Hugs
      > Kathi and Family
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Lisa Marzonie" <lmbookworm@...>
      > To: <slovak-roots@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 10:54 AM
      > Subject: RE: [S-R] Re: My niece Michelle(Kammer) Kowalski and Baby Please
      > more Prayers...Please read her journal Hugs Kathi
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      > We are praying and "walking/standing with you. Our church gathers for
      > prayer tonight. I'll lift up Michelle and all of you. I'll try to go early
      > and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. (By the way, I'm in Michigan,
      > too...north of Flint.)Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
      > We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we
      > know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the
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      > 09:46:46 -0500Subject: [S-R] Re: My niece Michelle(Kammer) Kowalski and
      > Baby Please more Prayers...Please read her journal Hugs Kathi
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      > TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2009 09:05 PM, CST
      > Hello Everyone
      >
      > Michelle continues to fight for her life. We were told by the neurologist
      > that the vasospasms typically stop after about 10-14days...he is trying
      > everything to prevent anymore vasospasms that will cause another stroke. My
      > hope is that after this time period Michelle will start to improve. She
      > needs to fight hard to get through the next few days...
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      > Michelle is having some other complications that are making it more
      > difficult to get better. They are monitoring her closely....I hope and pray
      > tomorrow will show something...anything but more bad news.
      >
      > As always, thank-you for your prayers... I could say let's kick it up a
      > notch, but I don't know how that is possible. Obviously, we can not read
      > your messages to Michelle at this time, but I hope one day she can simply
      > read them herself!!
      >
      > Hopefully, I will be able to report something positive tomorrow....even if
      > it is just no change...at this point I will take no change...it is better
      > than what we have been getting.
      >
      > Much love
      > Lisa and Tricia
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      > TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2009 03:21 PM, CST
      > Hello everyone
      >
      > Very bad news today. In spite of the doctor's best efforts, Michelle has
      > suffered a significant stroke to the left side of her brain. She has a lot
      > of other things going on with her right now and she is very critical, she is
      > literally fighting for her life.
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      > We don't have it in us to say much more right now. We want to go be with
      > Michelle.
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      > Pray for a miracle
      > Lisa and Tricia
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      > MONDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2009 07:58 PM, CST
      > Hello everyone
      >
      > Just getting home from the hospital and although I have been there for
      > awhile it just never seems long enough...I never feel like there is a great
      > time to leave.
      >
      > I sat in silence with Michelle for a long time this evening...just watching
      > her and praying for her to get better sooner than later. I even said an
      > entire rosary...for those of you who know me...um, not something I would
      > normally do. Most of the time she looked peaceful, she does not appear to be
      > in any pain...the fentanyl drip is doing wonders I am sure!! She would
      > occasionally open her eyes...she seem to look at the picture of her and
      > Matthew...then she would just close her eyes again. I noticed movement to
      > her extremities, but she is still not really following any commands.
      > Logically I know it is going to take time for her body and mind to recover
      > from this, but I want it to happen yesterday!!
      >
      > Michelle's repeat echocardiogram (the test that checks heart pumping) came
      > back a little higher than yesterday..EF 20%. Her troponin is down to 3.1. I
      > know a lot of you reading this are probably wondering what the heck all this
      > stuff means, but there are a lot of medical people out there too and I put
      > in the numbers for them to understand. Anyways, this number is still not
      > what I was hoping for, but it is an improvement from the first EF of 10%. I
      > am cautiously optimistic that she will continue to improve...I can not
      > fathom the alternative. They did check fetal heart tones today and the
      > numbers looked good.
      >
      > A personal thank-you for all of Michelle's VEI coworkers involved in the
      > conference call prayers today. That really meant a lot to my family. It is
      > amazing how much people care about her. I truly think she would be
      > dumbfounded to really see how much she is loved. We (me and trish) have
      > always said she was the nice one--lol...
      >
      > I think that is enough for now...I know a lot of you have been telling me
      > this website is great and you are very appreciative, but please know that it
      > helps me just as much to see all of your messages. Sometimes it is hard to
      > believe God can do such a thing...
      >
      > Much love to everyone
      > Lisa
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      > MONDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2009 02:10 PM, CST
      > Hello everyone
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      > I am happy to report Michelle is looking better this morning. I actually
      > just wrote an extremely long post and lost the dang thing!! Gotta love the
      > hospital wireless!!
      >
      > First off, Michelle's transcranial doppler pressures are half of what they
      > were yesterday, so no more angioplasty as of today...good news there.
      >
      > She has been weaned off one of her blood pressure meds, but still needs
      > one..they are still keeping her blood pressures high to help with the
      > vasospasms. Her troponin level this morning is 3.1 down from a high of 8.4.
      > The docs think her EF of 10% is not accurate, this would be a
      > blessing...they only did a 'quick' one last night due to her being so
      > unstable. They will repeat the echocardiogram today and we are hoping her
      > heart will show better numbers. This would be one screw up I wouldn't
      > mind--lol.
      >
      > I brought in big pictures of Matt and Michelle and put them in her line of
      > sight...she seemed pleased to have them there. I also put a nice big picture
      > of Michelle in her room...I want the staff to see what a beautiful woman she
      > is and connect with her on a more personal level vs them thinking of her as
      > 'the patient in room...' Know what I mean?
      >
      > Overall, I am please with what I have seen thus far today. We can only get
      > better from here... we do not want anymore bad news!!
      >
      > As always, keep the prayers coming...she is far from being stable, but today
      > is definitely better than yesterday. She scared the shit out of us
      > yesterday.
      >
      > Much love to all
      > Lisa and Tricia
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      > SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2009 10:36 PM, CST
      > Hello Family and Friends
      >
      > I wish I had better news to report, but I simply do not. Michelle is
      > literally fighting for her life...the damage to her heart was
      > substantial...her hearts ability to pump properly is very bad (EF is 10%).
      > Couple this with the need to keep her blood pressure up and fluids high to
      > help protect her brain from vasospasms and it is just not a good picture. It
      > is kind of a catch 22 right now...what is better for the brain is reeking
      > havoc with her heart. She remains sedated, but the nurse did note
      > spontaneous movement to all her extremities. She will open her eyes
      > intermittently, but the doctors really do not want her stimulated at this
      > time...when we see her, we sit silently at her bedside.
      >
      > The neurologists will repeat the trans cranial doppler in the morning and if
      > they are very high, they might have to take her back to angio...if they are
      > lower, then they will try to cut back on her fluids and blood pressure
      > medication. Cardiac cath has been excluded as any type of treatment because
      > they do not feel it was any type of blockage that has caused the infarct
      > (heart attack) to the heart. The infarct appears to be caused by the
      > overload of fluids and the induced high blood pressure. Given her age and
      > clean health history, I do not think they were expecting her heart to take
      > such a hit...so to speak. BTW, second trop was 8.4 normal levels should be
      > less than 0.01
      >
      > They will monitor her closely for congestive heart failure and/or pulmonary
      > edema. She has a very experienced nurse taking care of her tonight and
      > Michelle is her only patient. The neurologist told us that Michelle was by
      > far the most critical patient on the unit.
      >
      > We left Michelle in good hands, I felt comfortable with her nurse and the
      > neuro docs are on all night...the rosary my mother had made, by nuns, from
      > rose petals saved when my grandpa Caruso passed was tightly in her hand when
      > we left her. She would 'thumb' the beads...hopefully she could hear us and
      > understand what it was...
      >
      > It has been a very difficult day for our family. Please keep Michelle and
      > all the people taking care of her in your prayers.
      >
      > Much love to you all
      > Lisa
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