The Starfish Project

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Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down — The Waiting Game

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Well, Mom is still having some fits with her thumb.  They came in and did a Doppler ultrasound of her right neck and all the way down her arm to her thumb.  The blood flow was really good up top and even below the elbow.  but as soon as they got to the wrist and thumb, the blood flow was pretty poor.

So, again, the mad scramble was on and doctors were called, nurses were rushing around, and I was getting pretty concerned.

First, she saw her internal medicine doctor.  He was very nice, but didn’t really know much about the thumb issue.  Then, the vascular surgeon came in to see her and he was very nice.  He basically told us that it’s a wait and see situation.  He didn’t feel that doing an additional surgery would benefit her at this point and that we needed to wait and see.  The tip of her thumb is still warm (meaning it’s getting some blood flow) and it’s not a solid black color.  It’s kind of a mix of purple shades.

Here are some pics of her thumb and hand so you can see what she’s dealing with right now:


















So, we’re going to be doing a lot of praying and a lot of visualization exercises about the blood flowing into Mom’s thumb all the way to the tip.  If you’re one of our prayer warrior friends, we ask that you please pray for this too.  Now, we just get to stand back and watch God work.

Until next time …



Written by Tracey

January 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

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  1. Tracey do hot and cold on Moms hand.. put a wet towel in the microware and get it hot or a hot pan of water put it on her hand until it is not hot and then take a one with ice in it and put it on for just a min then do the hot again, do this for about 20 min each time…maybe 2 or 3 time in the day…it will bring her fingers and thumb back to life.. it pushes and pulls the blood….lift her hand over her head for about 15 seconds …then down again…it will be hard to do any thing in the hostipal because they don’t want you to,,but it will save her thumb.I am Praying Praying Praying Keep looking up ….!! Judie


    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

  2. Tracey thank you so much for all the updates. I know it is disappointing for Julia to suffer this setback right before she was to have her gamma knife surgery but hopefully this will soon be resolved and the doctors can proceed as planned. Please give Julia my love and let her know that I am praying for her throughout each day and sometimes even in the middle of the night. I know this too shall pass and someday soon all these journal entries will be part of her great testimony of healing. With much love, Elaine


    January 30, 2009 at 12:17 am

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