A turn for the….. - Aria MacDonald

A turn for the…..

It is always difficult to know how to break bad news about Aria and what we want people who read this blog to walk away thinking after reading these bad news posts cause we aren’t even sure ourselves.

Aria has taken a turn for the worse.  Quite quickly and quite unexpectedly.

She is unstable.  Her vent setting are very, very high and her blood pressure is very low and she is on a lot of medicine to keep it up.  They took her to the OR this morning to rule out any holes or infection since they removed her drains yesterday.  The surgeon came back and said everything is ‘pristine’ in there.  Great news- we have never got a good report from a OR visit.

The current thought is that here is a virus or bacteria of some sort in her lungs.  We are hoping for a bacteria, although not resistant Pseudomonas.  If it is a virus it is going to be a long, long recovery period, weeks to months.

Her gases came back improved just now which is a great sign, they have been terrible since midnight.  Her blood pressure is still up and down.

She is paralyzed with medication right now so she doesn’t fight all the treatments she is getting.

It has been a tough morning.  It wasn’t a code situation but her heart rate dropped quickly along with her BP and O2 stats.  The crash cart was next to her door and the chest compression board was under her.  So we stood in the hall and watched the people pile in and work their cleverness.

This team is amazing, we have full confidence in their abilities and importantly their care and fondness for Aria.  The nurse that had Aria last night worked a full 12 hour shift and still stayed an extra 2.5 hours this morning to help.  Dedication is the theme of the staff here.

Is Aria very very sick?  Yes she is.  Will she recover?  Yes very, very likely.

Thankfully Alex is home with Asher which allowed Hamish and I to go in to the hospital at 6am.  For me I feel very, very strongly that God has laid on my heart a peace that Aria will live AND at the same time I knew this was coming.  I knew there would be a bump like this.  A peaceful knowing, a revealing from God to prepare me.  Both of us are very very sad this has happened and trying to get through it.

Please pray for Aria and the diagnosis.  Pray she may heal quickly and may have a summer enjoying Omaha.

Aria is on TV in NZ this Sunday 8.30am channel one.  The second part of her story covering the rejection and her fight post transplant.

41 Responses to “A turn for the…..”

  1. daniel dennison frans son says:

    that is so sad i will pray for her and wish her the best.

    lots of love


  2. thomas dennison frans son says:

    i feel so bad that aria is feeling bad. i hope she gets better in a snap.

    Lots of Love

    Thomas xoxoxoxoxxoxo

  3. Christine MacDonald says:

    Sorry to hear that Aria has hit a bump, praying for healing. Aria is strong and a fighter, God is the healer and the team are on her side doing a great job. Good that the trip to OR showed all was looking great inside, Praying, Praying Praying for all of you lots of love Mum

  4. Fran and Dan says:

    Sending you as much love as possible, Aria is our Frank Bruno bless her heart, one brill fighter xxxxxx

  5. Erin says:

    I wish there were something to say, but there’s not, other than that Aria is a remarkable girl who is in remarkable hands. We are hopeful that she will come over this bump and be all the stronger for it.

    We are thinking of you all.

    best wishes,
    Erin, Ben and Blaise

  6. Cinta Graves says:

    Love, strength and prayers to you all xxx

  7. Cath says:

    Hang in there guys. This too shall pass. PS – you’re in the Dom Post. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/national/3726396/Aria-on-the-mend-after-second-transplant

  8. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Oh guys, what a horrible thing to happen for you. But, you sound so strong and calm and prepared Anita – you are in good hands both in the hospital and above. I’m sorry for you that her bump was so dramatic and huge but Aria is a superkid and she has shown many many times how she can come back and recover and blossom. Thinking of you and praying for you both and Aria. So good that Alex can release you both to be there for Aria. Hugs and love coming your way. xxx

  9. Karen says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all, be strong, as you always are, she is one lucky girl to have the amazing parents you are. take each minute as it comes and take care of each other. x x

  10. joyce says:

    You have given Aria to be in God’s hands so trust him
    He will be right there with you all. Praying for peace and healing of her little body.

  11. Lorraine says:

    Hi to the Macdonalds, and again, my admiration for your love and courage as you walk this journey with your wee darling Aria.
    Setbacks must be so hard, and you prepare all of us for them, but they are still hard when they happen. Thanks for all you both do to keep us up to date with the news.
    If anyone can fight back it will be Aria, she is such a little fighter and has amazing strength.
    Sending you support and strength for the mountain you and Aria are climbing, and thinking of you often throughout our day.

  12. jen says:

    praying as always for a quick speedy recovery
    may God hold you all in His loving arms

  13. Rachelle Crosbie says:

    Praying that she gets over this bump quickly and that it’s a lightweight bacteria rather than a virus.

  14. Kelli Jones says:

    Our prayers are with you.I have been following Aria’s story since seeing her on the programme Attitude and am being kept update with the email link that I am sent. She has gotten this far and she is a little fighter.

  15. Brenda says:

    Thinking of you all at this time. She is one very special little girl.

  16. Kathy _ Rotorua says:

    Stay strong god moves in mysterious ways, our love and prayers are with yous

  17. laura & Bernie says:

    thinking and praying for you all

  18. Shirley Davy says:

    Right with you in the tears and prayers and longing and waiting…. much love and prayers for darling Aria and you amazing parents, Asher and Alex. X

  19. Leah says:

    Praying for your precious babe. Stay strong Aria, you are one amazing little girl

  20. Angie says:

    Aria is such a beautiful, precious gift from God. I learned of your website from a friend on facebook in Omaha. Keeping little Aria and her family in my thoughts and prayers that she may get over this little bump in her road to a healthy life.

  21. Josie says:

    Praying for you! Love you all – God’s peace and strength be with you xxx

  22. uncle b says:

    Pray for Gods strength as He manouvres lil’ Aria and you guys through this “left hook” and “uppercut”. Sorry about the analogy but it sounds like another round. Love you guys heaps during this time, but your strength appears long and strong. Praise God.xoxoxo

  23. Bronwyn says:

    These bumps do happen… when my daughter had her BMT last year, she was told – ” we are going to make you better – but first we have to make you very sick” – a sad fact! You are so inspiring Anita – and I believe with you, that Aria will receive her healing and you are all going to be much stronger people, on a daily basis – as you continue to walk this journey! Bless you – and take care xo

  24. Jen Rath says:

    I know the post transplant roller coaster is typical and expected, just really wish you didn’t have to experience it. Praying for you all.

  25. Lara says:

    Thinking of you all. Wish there was more that we could do.

  26. Natalie and Cody says:

    praying for you all – this is such an eye opener and makes one realise how strong the human spirit can be – Hang in there Aria and get well xoxo

  27. Yvonne RRN says:

    Oh no, what a shock, am kinda lost for words. But I do have this inner peace & feeling that she will fight thru it, jump the hump, & continue the way she has so far with this tansplant. So happy to hear that she is ‘pristine’ surgery wise. Aria being Aria has shown us before & she will show us again she can climb out of it. As you say Anita she is showing us that she still has hills to climb & keeping us on our toes, not to be too complacent in these early days.
    Extra pleased that the staff to are on their toes to deal with whatever she throws at them.

    Hang in there guys, you are just so awesome & amazing. This precious wee girl is not done with her fighting & surprises yet.
    Stay strong for yourselves & this amazing incredible precious little gem.
    Blessings & love to you all

  28. Linley and Bill says:

    Thinking of you at this time.What a brave little girl Aria is,we wish you all the best, & will watch t.v.1 with great interest.
    Thankyou for the updates.

  29. Lori says:

    Sending our love and prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So thankful for the timing of Alex’s visit!

  30. Viv says:

    Sending hugs and prayers your way. You know we’re not just here for the good news, but for all the news. The cheerleaders need to know when they are needed. So now it’s time to think about Aria lots and pray this will be a short bump in the road to her recovery. Thinking of you all. I’ll be watching TV tomorrow morning.

  31. Lisa says:

    I’m so sorry to hear there has been a downward turn for Aria. What amazes and inspires me is your positive attitude Anita. You are a truely remarkable women with a very special child. Please feel free to tell all news – good and bad. Thats what makes it real. I will def be watching tomorrow morning. All my love and prayers to you all. May Aria get through this. Stay strong. There are so many people behind you. Lisa

  32. Judy Palmer says:

    Praying for you all during this bump. May the infection be minor and clear up quickly. Wonderful that her organs are pristine, May God shower you all with His love and Aria with His healing power.Blessings, Judy.

  33. Marguerite says:

    Sending our love to all of you xxxxxxxx

    A saying we have hanging in our house, that I have clung to, seems very appropriate at this time:

    “Faith, seeing the light with your heart, when your eyes see only darkness”


  34. Gwyn says:

    As Viv said, we do want to know all the news, even when it’s hard. I personally check my email at least once or twice every day, specifically to see if there is an update about Aria. Just know that there are so many people praying for you, you are a wonderfully strong family. This is such a huge journey your family is on, may God keep comforting you throughout it.

  35. Doc and Sharon says:

    Holding you up in prayer. May God heal her little body quickly Lord. In your mercy Lord, hear our prayers.

  36. Tiffany Keller says:

    Oh Anita & Hamish, I am at a loss for words! All I can say is that I will definitely be praying for all of you! You can count on it! God Bless!

  37. Jackie says:

    Anita and Hamish I have just watched Aria’s story on Attitude this morning. What an inspiration you all are. God has you in the palm of his hand.. God bless you all.

  38. Louise Carter says:

    This little girl has things to do on earth and it is not her time to leave. She has such strength, as do her parents. You are an amazing family and you are always in my thoughts. Makes me proud to be a kiwi when I see the battles you fight for beautiful Aria.

  39. Liz Boutet says:

    Kia kaha
    kia maia
    kia manawanui

    I watched attitude this Sunday morning and the story about Aria – and your love, faith and courage – she is in God’s hands and i pray you keep strong, faith and love.

    God bless you all

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