DANA WILL HEAL (Dana Nussbaum)
If you’re visiting this site, you likely already know that my sweet sister, Dana, is in the fight of her life. We greatly appreciate all the love, support, and prayers that you have provided. There is no doubt that she and those closest to her would not have been able to make it this far without them.
For those of you that we haven’t been able to update along the way, I’ll provide a recap of what brought us to this point. On Saturday, February 4, Dana started feeling sick, primarily with cold symptoms. Not feeling too bad on Sunday, she flew a few trips for work on Sunday. However, on Monday she began to feel much worse (and described it to me “sad city,” as she often says) and decided in the early morning to go to the ER. This was really telling, as Dana despises hospitals. During the visit, she was diagnosed with influenza strain A and a chest x-ray was performed. The chest x-ray came back clear and she was sent home with Tamaflu. However, Dana continued to feel worse throughout the day and was in significant pain. She was taken back to the ER and her breathing was very labored. Another chest x-ray was taken, but this time it showed pneumonia.
Overnight, Dana’s symptoms worsened and the St. Joseph’s staff did an absolutely heroic job to stabilize her. They quickly determined that she needed to be put on VA ECMO, the highest level of life support which bypasses both the heart and lungs. Doing so stabilized her condition so that she could be transported to a specialized department at USC Medical Center on Wednesday night. Later in the week, she was transitioned from VA ECMO to VV ECMO (lung support only) because he heart became strong enough to work on its own again. This was great news, but her lungs are still very sick.
We are here at USC Medical Center now and she continues to fight like you all know she would. This will be a long road for her and progress will be slow despite all efforts being taken. Dana is unbelievably strong and determined, but she needs your continued prayers and support. Please keep her in your thoughts.
I will continue updates on this site as I can, so please check back here to learn the latest. When you stop by, please leave a note because it helps us to remember how many special people she has pulling for her. I have been documenting things along this journey so that I can share with her when she wakes up, and your notes will only add to the joy.
There have been some bumps in the road, as you would imagine. We continue to move forward. She has some air in her lungs, which is very good. Keep sending restful thoughts, thoughts of deep and slow breaths.
Fern, Alder tree – meaning endurance, strength and passion
Like the Rowan tree, the Alder possess the power of protection. It is good to connect with when you feel like you must remove negative energy in your life. It is also a strong tree for healing and meditation.
Dana is a Fern.
I close my eyes when I am with her and talk to her spirit and tell it to rest and heal. And I take breaths for her. Slow and meaningful breaths. Do these things for Dana when you have a moment.
Erin, Thank you so much for creating this page and keeping us updated. I know so many people want to help and sometimes do not know how to. Dana will continue to be in my thoughts as will all of your family as well. Dana is one awesome girl and she has an incredible amount of support. Love you guys!
Dear Erin and family, My prayers, thoughts and love are with all of you every day! xoxoxo Jan
Thanks Erin. It means so much to us to hear how our girl is, and when she is making progress. We are praying so hard for her. Thank u for the updates. Erin Gallonio
I am so sorry! We are praying!❤
Thinking of you and praying for you and your family. You are a strong woman and you will get through this!! Xoxo
Dear Cormie Family, So sorry to hear of this this. Erin, know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she continues to get stronger every day.
Oh Dana!!!! My heart aches as I learn of this devastating news. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to fight. You have those beautiful boys to get home to!!!! Sending big hugs your way. ❤️
Our family is praying for all of you. God is in control and will bring you through this stronger than ever. The Ealy family
Dearest Cormie family. I love you all so much. Please know my family is keeping your family in our prayers and we are sending healing vibes for a full recovery. Please let me know if I can drop off a dinner. I may not be able to make your Grandma's delicious sausage bread, but I'm happy to bring something tasty. Please reach out if you need anything. Love you from the bottom of my heart.
Our prayers & those if the entire Buccola family are with all of you. Be strong & know that everything will get better because you have each each other & the love of so many. Even though we don't see eachother often, you all are & always will be family & we love you very much. Sending big Italian hugs & TONS of love & strength! ❤️ Jenni
Dear Dana, We remember you when you were a little tyke with Kindy. Susie and Bob are our dear friends and shared your story with us. I am saddened that your condition worsened, but amazing things happen when people pray continuously. Our prayer is that you continue to fight to remain strong! We're all pulling for you. God is the great physician and we are praying for a miracle to happen. Jesus said, ask anything in My name and it will be answered. Be strong! God bless you and your entire family. Tony and Bev Mangrello
Dana, You've got strong Bianco blood in you. You can fight this! We are lifting you up in prayer and trusting that God will take care of your every need. Love you, Debbie & Wayne Sanders
Sending all our love, support and prayers from all the Tagues and Hohmans. May our dear Lord put his hands on you and heal you quickly❤️❤️❤️ Love you Dana
Erin, Thank you so much for these updates. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo
Dana we love you girly! Keep fighting. You are so strong. Xoxo
Praying, praying, praying for all if you & sending so much ❤️️
Erin. Thank you for this encouraging update. We will keep the prayers going for your sweet sister and your family. Where there is life, there is hope. Xo
Praying for Dana and her family! Thank you Erin for the updates, made my day to hear she is responsive!