Most moms have learned diarrhea and vomiting are symptoms of a stomach virus. Typically it's something that runs its course within 48 hours. So, when 8-year-old Cady came home on Sunday, August 18, with an upset stomach, her mom, Karla, wasn't too worried. But, when Cady was still vomiting and becoming very lethargic two days later, Karla knew this was different. Something was seriously wrong.
Karla drove Cady from Porter to St. Francis Children's Hospital in south Tulsa. Doctors wasted no time admitting her. They suspected E. coli, but tests to confirm that's what was making her so sick took 48 hours. By the time results showed Cady was infected with E. coli, she was heavily sedated. Her kidneys were failing, and doctors were discussing removing her colon. On Friday, August 23, surgeons reserved an operating room, but Cady's parents convinced them to hold off on that procedure. Cady's kidneys still weren't functioning. Doctors put her on dialysis. Her body was very swollen, as she retained fluid. The medical staff discussed trying to find donor kidneys and long term dialysis.
Then, on Tuesday, September 10, Cady turned a corner. Her body was healing. She was able to stop dialysis. On Saturday, Cady was able to take a shower and go outside for the first time since Tuesday, August 20. On Sunday, doctors moved Cady from the PICU into a regular room. She's on a strict diet, but is able to handle solid food. She's asking about her classmates, and is ready to see them again.
Doctors are closely watching her. They say her kidneys still need to heal, and hope to send Cady home from the hospital in about one week.
Cady's mom tells us a teenage friend, from their church, in Porter, set up this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KeepCadyInOurPrayers?fref=ts
. She says it's a been a fantastic resource for sharing information about Cady's struggle and recovery, but more than that, it's been a tremendous source of strength. She says if you ever have doubts about posting an encouraging message of support, or sending prayers to someone you don't know, just do it. She says it helps more than you can possibly imagine.