Friends who love Emily,
Here's some background to bring you up to speed with her story.
Last Tuesday, Sept 1st, Emily came home from school feeling ill. She went to her doctor on Wednesday and found that she had developed acute Bronchitis.
By Sunday she was having significant trouble breathing and went to the East Alabama Medical Center ER that afternoon. After x-rays and some tests they discovered that she had developed pneumonia in one of her lungs and tested positive for H1N1 flu. She was admitted that night and has been under the care of Dr. Steven Presley since then. In the next days Emily had little response to a mix of antibiotics and other treatments and by Wednesday night the pneumonia was in both lungs.
Her condition digressed through the night and by Thursday morning her breathing had become very rapid and shallow. Her lungs simply were not able to receive oxygen and thus her organs were in jeopardy of being compromised.
While things like "ICU", "sedation" and "ventilator" may sound really bad, these are actually good things for Emily right now. These last days have been very tough for her, miserable and exhausting.