Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Up in the Air !!

Where to start. Today has been a crazy one.

At around 1230 Nichole had to call 911 because Noah was coughing up large amounts of blood. She then called me at work to let me know what was going on.

When I met them at the hospital, I noticed that they were being escorted by a flight crew rather than the typical paramedics. Then it all became very clear and at the same time astonishing.

Last week a helicopter air ambulance was brought to Winnipeg from Calgary (because we do not have one here) for the anticipated flood medevac concerns. I had met the STARS crew yesterday at the hanger as it was a pleasure to see them in Manitoba. When I saw them again today, I was even more glad that they were here.

Because of Noah's condition, they were dispatched to La Salle for him. (No flooding anywhere close to here by the way). It is interesting that Nichole had already heard about them last night from me and knew more about them than the responding paramedic crew. Regardless, they picked him up very close to our house on a major highway that had been blocked by Police and were in Winnipeg in 4 minutes.

It is not all about time, but also having experienced flight nurses and paramedics to deal with these critical and unique situations. Thank you to the STARS flight crew, the responding ground medics, and the foresight of dispatch to make the right call.

Noah is now in the PICU on CPAP with a suspected Pulmonary Hemorrhage. We will continue to see how things progress. Thank you to each person for your prayers and support as we plan to spend this Easter long weekend in the hospital.

Brad

20 comments:

Kathy's corner said...

We will miss you this weekend, and will be praying for you at the prospect of another hospital stay. We know it never gets any easier for you, and our hearts are with you. It is truly amazing how God orchestrates events. What a blessing to know he got their so quickly. Also glad that this didn;t happen while you were gone Brad. Love you guys, ad we are praying. Love mom

Ramona said...

Praying for you and finding it amazing how God put this all together to get Noah over the floods and to the hospital. may you be strengthened and carried through another hospital stay...
Ramona

Kim said...

Our prayers continue for Noah and your family. Nichole, I can only imagine how scared you must have been at the sight of Noah coughing up blood while at home. I know how difficult it is returning to the hospital, so I will pray for your strength Nichole, that you will find rest and peace in the One who holds you, your family and Noah close to His heart. love and hugs to my Bean... Kim

Sandie said...

Praying for you this weekend...wish I could be there to give you a hug!
Sandie

Anonymous said...

oh my God.......I will be thinking and praying for your family. And on top of it all Mom still manages to work casual. wow. God bless your family and little Noah.

Maroo said...

Oh no!! Praying here!! Thank you God for the fast response to help sweet Noah.

The Keowns said...

this was the red helicopter you showed me yesterday morning right? God obviously knew you would need that helicopter when you did.

Anonymous said...

Today we are reminded of what Jesus went through, the day of his betrayel. Although He asked God to take this cup of suffering from him, he knew that this was the purpose of his coming to earth. Because of his great love for us, He went to the cross, of his own accord. He bore our sins, so that we could spend eternity with Him. God understands your pain. He knows what it is like to watch a son suffer. I am so thankful for your relationship with Jesus. Where would you be, in your journey with Noah, if you did not have God walking beside you. I am so thankful that my prayers for you are at work. God moves mountains when we pray. I am so thankful He holds you in his hands. love and hugs......mom

Kim said...

Hey little Bean - you made the news (CTV) as the first Medevac completed with the Star chopper...that's a pretty impressive ride you had there. No more scares for mommy and daddy, OK? Love you Bean

Anonymous said...

Oh, we're praying very hard here for strength for Noah and you, for wisdom for the medical team, for you all to be lifted up by God's love for Noah...

While things have been stable for us for quite some time, I will never forget being called to the NICU when Mark had his pulmonary hemorrhage. Eventually he was placed on an oscillating ventilator and fought his way through.

I will be thinking of you and praying...

Alison

Christie Tuttosi said...

Stay strong everyone. God is with you.

Anonymous said...

wow, that's amazing that Noah got to be the first one to use the helicopter...we continue to pray for you as you are in Hospital again.....
Erica

Linda (khalana) said...

Praying for all of you!!!!!!

Lord Jesus I come before You and beg You to keep this family in Your loving arms right now. Please protect Noah and help him to recover. Be with all the nurses and doctors. Send everyone a huge dose of Your Peace that surpasses ALL understanding...

Lots of hugs!!!!

teresia benedicta&johanna anna said...

i am sorry that you have to be in hospital over easter....

and i'm praying that noah (and you as his family) will find some peace and rest through this challenging time!

leslie

Wenona said...

praying for your family during this time. May you still feel God's blessings and peace during this Easter season.

kimmylaj said...

prayers for noah and all of you. thinking of you often. love kim

Mandy said...

Praying especially hard for Noah right now in hopes that the docs can stop the bleeding and get his lungs in good shape.

Love Mandy

The Hines Family said...

We're praying for Noah and for your whole family.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for Noah and your family. May the Lord show you His strength and power in a personal way.
Lydia and family, Maple Ridge, BC

Tim and Kelsie-Lynn said...

So glad that good God provided a quick way to get to the hospital. We will be praying for all of you.