Not Zack, It's Meg.
It’s 6:57pm according to my husband’s computer and I am currently waiting for him to call me so that I can go pick him up at the hospital. He’s there right now, in the waiting room of the ICU, where his father, Martin, is fighting for his life.
I have commandeered Zack’s blog in order to let all of you know what’s going on and to ask for your prayers, for those of you who pray, that Martin would pull through this. Zack is doing his best to be hopeful, as are all of us, but his spirits are understandably low and he’s feeling overwhelmed and so if you think to pray for him, too, that would be amazing. He could use them.
Tuesday night, December 30th, we received a call from Elaine, Zack’s step-mom, that Martin was in the ER and that they were working to save his life. He had almost gone into cardiac arrest. The ER doctors told Elaine that had she gotten Martin there a minute later he most certainly would have died. Martin has COPD ( or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ) which is a progressive disease that narrows the airways to the lungs and makes it harder and harder to breathe. It is a disease typically brought on from smoking, which Martin did, for 47 years. For as long as I’ve known him he’s had to carry around an oxygen tank. Other than that he’s strong as an ox, quick witted, and most definitely not a frail old dude at all. ;-) He had caught pneumonia and was having a hard time breathing the day of the 30th and by the time he and Elaine got a little bag packed and headed to his hospital he could hardly breathe at all. When Elaine pulled up to the ER he had stopped breathing entirely and had passed out. Right now he’s completely intubated ( on a ventilator and feeding tube in addition to a “port” into his heart where all meds can be injected into his bloodstream without the need for a lot of IV’s) and heavily sedated. He’s been given ridiculously strong antibiotics to knock out the pneumonia but is now unable to breathe on his own. Every time the attempt has been made to lower Martin’s need for the ventilator his Co2 levels spike rapidly and the oxygen has to be brought back up. The worry is that his lungs have reached their capacity to be able to function on their own, thus rendering Martin with the need for A. a lung transplant (which is highly unlikely since he’s 78) or B. Having to remain intubated and sedated. It’s frustrating because, like I said, he’s healthy in every other way.
I have to go get Zack from the hospital here in a bit. He doesn’t know I’m doing this. I just know that he’s in a fog right now and all the things he’d normally be doing he’s not and this year had started off a lot differently than we had originally planned. Just know that we are, and have been, working on getting the new OneLight workshop dates set in place ( things are going to be a little…well…a LOT different. In a very awesome way… ), new sites launched, new shoots to work on, studio parties, art gallery showings at the studio, travel, a new baby, etc. So hang in there while we manage this crazy roller-coaster we’re on. We appreciate everyone so much.
I hope this finds all of you well and in lovely spirits with a pocket of peace you can dive into.
P.S. For anyone who’s ordered a OneLight DVD in the past couple of weeks have no fear! We haven’t forgotten! I am personally going to make sure that is taken care of tomorrow. Also Zack’s brother, Chris, sent out a lovely email that I posted on my blog if you’d like to read it.