Saturday, December 26, 2009


I'm back in St. Louis, and I have to make this quick, because I'm on my work laptop, and it doesn't usually behave very well here. (Actually, this is the fourth time I've re-booted just to get this post up).

Unfortunately, when I got here today, I learned Greg's condition had worsened. He was on 100 percent oxygen, they believe he has extensive lung damage, they found CMV in his GI tract as well as his lungs, he's grown a new bug, but they don't yet know exactly what it is (although they assume its antibiotic resistant, as he's been covered for just about everything since 12/6), and he's bleeing internally (they got his platelets up over 100 tonight, and that should help some). They were able to get is Oxygen levels down to 70 percent during the day, but as I'm writing this, his saturation levels are slowly dropping, so I assume they'll be increasing what they're giving him tonight.

Long story short, Our Hero is in deep trouble right now. They're not giving me much hope. Skibby is here (she drove through Illinois in a snowstorm). Matthew is at home with Grandma, and Eric decided to go ahead to his hockey tournament, as we both know that Greg would be telling him to go if he could. I had planned to try to go to work on Monday, but I think that's going to be scrapped.

Thanks to all for the wonderful Christmas gifts and wishes. I truly would not be holding it together if not for all of you. Especially to Kris for the Gatorade (you don't know how precious that was!), Julie for the chocolate (ditto), Tom and Scott for getting Eric to the tournament, and being ready at a moments notice to make the I70 run if needed, George and Mary for taking Sadie to church, Per, Vicki, Mark and Kerri for keeping Matthew occupied, and so many others who I know deserve special mention, but who I'm drawing a blank on right now. Please know that I don't know how I'll ever repay you all.

Please keep praying. A miracle would really come in handy right now.

Love always,

Greg & Ann


Anonymous said...

thanks for the update. I talked with Sadie today when we dropped Matthew off today and she told me Greg's condition had worsened. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I told her that if there is ANYTHING we can do to let us know. I invited Matthew over to play tomorrow (the girls were over there the better of 4 hours today and he over here for one hour) and his response was, "Well, I'll probably play with Daniel tomorrow since I didn't get to today" He is a funny kid! Keep up the strength and we hope for good news in the days to come. love the coalsons

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update. I'm so sorry to hear the news is not promising. I'm thinking of Greg and your family with lots of love and praying for that miracle.

Kathy Davis

Deb said...

Tough times. We will pray for everyone, especially Greg.

Anonymous said...

Ann and Greg,
You are in our prayers. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his arms. May His light shine upon you and be gracious to you and all those who hold Greg near and dear to their hearts. May His angels keep you embraced in love, comfort and protection, watching over you always.
The Brinck Family

Anonymous said...

Dear Ann, your family is in my earnest prayers. You are an amazing woman. -Rose Barber

Andy said...

You don't owe anybody anything.We share your pain. We have lost and hopeless feelings too...

You've bore your soul here and so have we... I'm grateful for that..

Anonymous said...

Ann all of us in Kansas City are praying for you, the boys, and the whole family. Laine