EP008: Mandy’s Christmas in Coma

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Four years ago, right before Christmas, our own Mandy Imus slipped into a coma as her body fought a deadly rapidly spreading infection. Thanks to an amazing doctor, she’s here to tell her story (and be an awesome co-host of SarahTalk!). Holiday times aren’t always fun and happy times for everyone. Hold your loves a little closer, listen to Mandy’s story, and learn about a deadly condition called Sepsis/Septic Shock.

Sepsis Alliance

Merry Christmas Loves xo
Sarah & Mandy

Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

Sarah is a transgender female (MTF) living in central Florida. She started SarahTalk to create a space to discuss LGBT stories, news, etc.
Sarah Austin

Latest posts by Sarah Austin (see all)

Sarah Austin

Sarah is a transgender female (MTF) living in central Florida.  She started SarahTalk to create a space to discuss LGBT stories, news, etc.

3 thoughts on “EP008: Mandy’s Christmas in Coma

  • morgan_stevenson@hotmail.com'
    December 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your story Mandy! I can not believe it has been 4 years already! I remember reading updates from your mom like it was yesterday. Everyone’s journey is unique but what I love most about yours (and your mom’s) is that despite anything thrown your way it is handled with positivity. You feel the negative, take what lessons are to be learned and then move on. You and Sarah are doing such great things and are making the world a better place, one small step at a time. In a world of darkness your light shines bright. Others of the same caliber naturally gravitate towards you and together you will change the world. It may only be a small difference but each step gets us closer. We have to walk before we run. Thanks, again, Mandy for sharing. I cried right along with you (making waffles and doing dishes 😉 ). Thank you, Sarah, for creating a safe place for people to understand, be understood, and to simply challenge their minds, thoughts and ideals. #bethechange

  • linnpooh@aol.com'
    December 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm
    Permalink

    Wow…I had to stop listening to this a few times because the emotions of just how close we came to losing our daughter are still overwhelming. When we arrived at the hospital at 9:30 that evening and were taken in to see Mandy, she was clinging to life by a mere thread. I didn’t share on FB everything that was going on, but Mandy’s BP was 20/30, she was packed in ice and her fever was still 106. I learned this later from one of the surgical nurses, but her fever was 106.8 when they put her on the vent. She was not accepted to live and we were told that, they told us not to leave the hospital that night…and we didn’t.

    Mandy is right, my story differs from her friend who was there, but hers was from the perspective of seeing it happen and not really understanding what she was seeing…there was a lot of info not given to her two friends that we were given once we arrived. Every day we went into a conference room with Doctors, Nurses, etc, and were given updates as to what was happening with to her and what that meant to her recovery…or not. When she was just hospitalized recently for the pneumonia and had a Broncoscopy, the recovery room nurse recognized her from the 3.5 years earlier and called over another nurse who had also been there. I got a run down of things I didn’t know that had went on inside of the O.R. and recovery room, the crashing, the inserting of the vent, etc. they had total recall and both actually cried when they were telling Marv and I the story. They said it was Christmas and here was this young girl fighting for her life, they told how hard she tried to get breath and when she finally gave out…they said “there are stories we take home with us and never forget, she is one of those.”

    It hurts me to see and hear Mandy’s struggle to reclaim her life, and it hurts when I hear the confusion and non understanding of what exactly happened, that must be so frightening for her. I told her that she is right…I do not understand what she went through, but I do understand that she went through it. I own that, I know this was a traumatic and life changing event for her, most of which she has no recall and one in which she may never come to terms with. I think I’ve gotten better at “getting it” but I still fail, because I look at it as a miracle, and it changed me positively. She didn’t see herself die and be brought back, so she doesn’t have that same perspective…for the longest time I couldn’t understand why she wasn’t embracing what happened in a positive light. It has taken me a long time, but I finally think I understand that now, I understand AND ACCEPT that she doesn’t have to, she is not wrong and me right in how it should be dealt with. I have learned to let her have and respect her feelings about it.

    We happened to be in the room when they went to roll her in bed and she crashed. It was just like TV, buzzer going off, and them running in with the crash cart. They first tried two rounds of drugs to restart her heart but after no avail, they put the paddles on her and charged her heart into starting. As a parent standing there watching that….not knowing if this was it, if we were watching her struggle for the last time, life changing awful…life changing. I know Mandy can’t understand what we went through, but I’m glad to know she understands and owns that we went through it. As a parent you still want to fix things for your child, to make it all better…I still cry when I talk about it, too. But Mandy is a strong and brave girl…and a fighter, I’m so glad she has a friend in you that she could share her experience with and I’m proud of her for telling it so publicly, I know it was not easy for her.

    Thanks Sarah….I learn something new each time I listen to your show, even about my own daughter! ☺️

    • December 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm
      Permalink

      …for the longest time I couldn’t understand why she wasn’t embracing what happened in a positive light. It has taken me a long time, but I finally think I understand that now, I understand AND ACCEPT that she doesn’t have to, she is not wrong and me right in how it should be dealt with. I have learned to let her have and respect her feelings about it.

      Quite possibly the most powerful thing I’ve read in a long time. As a parent I can’t imagine being on that side of the event either.

Leave a Reply