I'm sure most of you already know, but for those who don't, our beloved Lauren Patrice went to heaven today at 11:37 am. We are all heartbroken that she is not here with us, but happy she is no longer in pain. I know many of you question how this happened because she was fairly stable for a few days before yesterday. That is true, but it was the ventilator and all the meds she was on that was making it look that way. After the MARS on Friday, she was ok, but on Saturday morning the nurses flipped her from her tummy to her back and her oxygen level plummeted again. The attending on duty decided to bronch her again and it didn't help. They then turned her back on her tummy and she wasn't doing very well. They turned her vent to a maximum setting, but it was very hard on her. Dr. Sonnenday spoke with us and said he didn't think she was improving and wanted to know what our wishes for her were. We said enough is enough and decided that Sunday morning her vent settings would be turned to a minimum setting and that she would be disconnected from the dialysis and all her ivs. The nurses turned Lauren on her back and we gathered around her and told her we loved her. She was still on pain meds and sedation. She had not moved her hands or feet for almost three weeks. She had not opened her eyes for a few days. Once she was on her back, her eyes opened as if she was telling us goodbye and saying she was ok. She then shut her eyes and her breathing got more shallow until it stopped. It was very peaceful and beautiful. We left the room and the nurses cleaned her up and took all of her lines out. She looked like an angel when we came back in the room. Dr. Sonnenday stayed in the room with us the entire time and shed tears for Lauren with us. What an incredible doctor and man. He told us that Lauren really contributed to the fight against Cholangiocarcinoma and they learned a lot from her case. We are so proud of her. We arranged to have her brought back to Uniontown and we will be meeting with the funeral director tomorrow. I will post the date and times for her service and calling hours once I find them out. God bless all of you for your thoughts, prayers, cards, meals, and gifts. We feel so lucky to know such wonderful people. That is about it for now. I am totally exhausted and sad as is the rest of the family.
|Our precious girl, Lauren Patrice Kunklier 3/6/86 - 6/9/13|
Rest in peace Wozer Girl.