The Leslie family needs our prayers tonight. Audrey has taken a turn and has been transferred to Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Rachel and Chris are scared tonight and the prayer list is long. Can we as their circle of friends and family lift them up tonight more than ever before? I ask that of us once again, that we be prayer warriors to stand strong behind Audrey and her family and help them find the strength to keep fighting.
Audrey has had a difficult couple of nights. Her breathing has been labored and the oxygen flow levels have had to increase to support her. Today it became dramatically worse to the point that measures had to be taken. As of two days ago Audrey’s oxygen flow had been set at around 100 cc/minute. When the decision was made to transfer her, the oxygen flow was set at 1500 cc/minute. She is struggling. Her blood oxygen level is too low – she needs a blood transfusion. The nurses at Mercy tried to place a line in both of her hands and her head, but to no avail. They had to stop trying to let Audrey have a break from the stress. They also had to have an echocardiogram done on her heart. This is where the cardiologist identified areas of concern, the abnormal flow of her blood, being one of the concerns. He couldn’t pinpoint exactly what needed to be done, but he could see enough to know that whatever was to happen, Mercy wasn’t set up for it. Audrey would have to move to OU now.
So, this is where we stand, two scared parents, following their daughter who is in an ambulance on her way to the next facility of new surgeons, new nurses, new everything. Farther away from home, uncertainty on what they will find in the next heart echo that OU will have to do to identify next steps. When it comes down to it, Audrey had to move to be closer to a prepared surgery team in case they are needed. Rachel is sad to leave Mercy. They were cared for so deeply there. They were encouraged and felt safe. Leaving what was comfortable in an otherwise desperately uncomfortable situation is added stress that no one wants to endure.
They have hit a valley, but this story is much bigger than this day. This story is about a fighter – a precious baby girl that is battling against all odds for her place in this world. This story is about a family carrying themselves with strength and grace that can only be supernaturally given. I believe we will hold this family up, give them strength to battle, give them love through this day and the days to come.
How do we pray today? Pray that Audrey receives the blood transfusion that she desperately needs. Pray that they find themselves surrounded once again by nurses and physicians that care from the heart and will provide not only the care that Audrey desperately needs, but the compassion that Rachel and Chris desperately need. Pray that Audrey stabilizes and that medicine can answer the needs of her heart tonight and the days to come until she is strong enough for her heart surgery.
I wish I wasn’t the one writing this post. I wish this was Rachel sharing one of her beautiful posts from her heart. For me to be the messenger is painful because as we all do, I want so badly for Audrey to be triumphant. To go home. To be safe and loved and surrounded by family and friends. My heart hurts for you tonight, Rachel and Chris. But we all hope you know – you FEEL – the prayers, the love, the uplifting of you to our God most high and that tonight, you are NOT alone. Audrey, you are not alone. You are surrounded by family and friends and we KNOW you can keep fighting! We believe in you. Be brave. And we will all be here, ready to celebrate Audrey’s next victory.
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:37