Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jodi is doing well

This is Tolan. It was a long day at the hospital. Jodi seems to be doing pretty well. She’s coherent and seems mentally sharp and aware of what’s going on but in serious pain as expected right after a major brain surgery. She didn’t want to talk much so we mostly sat in silence. I suspect she won’t want visitors for a day or two until she recovers a bit more.

She has facial paralysis (palsy) on the right side of her face which impacts all her facial muscles on the right side. Dr. Shelton believes it will likely last weeks or months (rather than a few days) as nerves tend to repair slowly but he did mention that the facial nerve looked good during the surgery and he believes it will improve eventually. She also has some diminished hearing in her right ear which Dr. Shelton believes will improve in a few days. Dr. Couldwell said they were able to remove most of the tumor and once the pathology comes back in a couple days we will know more. That’s about all we know at this point.

I thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received. The response has been amazing. We’re blessed to have such great friends and family.


Brandi said...

I'm so glad to hear she's doing well. I think she looks pretty great for someone who just underwent major brain surgery.

Hang in there, Jodi. Love and prayers are coming your way.


britt said...

get your beauty rest my friend. Sleep like a princess...hope your recovery is swift, but the prayers on your behalf WILL continue either way! Love to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Tolan, and family -
Thank you for keeping us updated - we are sooo glad to hear that Jodi is doing well. We love you and pray for Jodi and for each of you. May you be comforted at this difficult time. She is strong and amazing! The Lord is with you all!

All our love, the Jacksons xoxox
(Kelly & Belinda)

Anonymous said...

We've been checking the blog throughout day. Our prayers have been with you. We'll be in touch but want you to have some time to heal.

Sincere and best wishes!
The Auriches

Anonymous said...

It is great to hear that she is doing well. Thanks for keeping us so informed. My thoughts and prays have been and will continue to be with your wonderful family.
Love, April Blakeley

Leslie said...

Our continued prayers are with you all! Thanks for keeping us all up to date. We love you and pray for Jodi to have a quick recovery! Jason & Leslie Guthrie & family

Flints Facts said...

I am so glad to hear that Jodi is doing well. She is such a stong individual I know she can get through this. Our prayers continue to be with all of you during this difficult trial.

Be strong Jodi, sleep well and recover smoothly.

Tolan and Family, you guys make sure you take care of yourselves also...if you need anything don't hesitate to call

All our love, Kelly and family

Carol Liptrot said...

Thank you for so many updates. We care so much. I think you look great Jodi! I know the pain and other discomforts will slowly improve and you will feel a little better each day. I am so thankful for the doctors being guided in their surgery and that they were able to accomplish so much. Sleep and rest. Things will be better soon. Love you! Carol Liptrot & Family

Anonymous said...

Those are some tough pictures to look at, and it makes all of us appreciate what you all are going through. We are so happy to hear she is doing well. Thank you so much for the updates; you don't know how much we all appreciate it. We are thinking of all of your family and keeping you in our prayers. Love, Annette

Anonymous said...

Tolan, Von and Sherri, and the rest of the family - thank you for the update on Jodi. I pray that Jodi's recovery goes well. We love all of you and will continue to keep all of you in our prayers, especially Jodi. --Sue Davis and family

Laura the Organizer said...

You are all in our prayers--thank you for keeping us posted! Love, The Lawrence Family

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update on Jodi's surgery. I'm glad she is doing well and pray that she will have a speedy recovery. Take care of each other and stay strong!


Jennifer (Johnson)

wendy said...

So happy to hear that she is doing well. We will continue to keep her and you all in our prayers as you go through this as a family.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I am glad Jodi is recuperating well after surgery. Thank you for keeping us all updated on Jodi's recovery. Tell Jodi, as countless of others have expressed to "Hang in there." She has a great loving family to comfort and sustain her through those difficult days. Jodi is a very loved and blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, neice, granddaughter, and friend...and angels are watching over her. To always know that God is watching over her, too. Love and prayers continue to come her way.

with love,
Carolyn, David, Andrew, Chelsea, & Savannah Ralph

C said...

Love you Jo! You are in my prayers everyday. Glad to hear that everything went well. Kris keeps me updated. :) Get some rest sweetie and here's hoping for a speedy recovery! Love you lots and know that you are always in my heart and continuously in my prayers.


Anonymous said...

It is great to hear that the surgery went well. Thank you for the updates. I am and will continue to send positive thoughts to you and for a speedy rehab. You are amazing!

Michelle Tavakolian

Heather said...

I just found this blog and wanted to send my well wishes to Jodi and the rest of your family. I am an old friend from high school and just wanted to let you all know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. I will check back often to hear the good news! Hang in there!
Heather Nielsen Adams

Cathy said...

Jodi and family,
So glad to hear you're doing well. You look great. I can't wait to talk to you in person and tell you that I am having a little GIRL! Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Love, Cathy and family

Christopher said...

I am glad that things went as well as they did and that they were able to remove so much of the tumor. I having been reading all of the updates and will continue to pray for a speedy recovey from this surgery. Please give Jodi a hug from me and tell her we are praying for her in Virginia!!
Lots of Love to you all! Wendie

Nichole Giles said...

Good news that she's doing so well. I know her recovery will be tough, but I fully believe things will continue to get better from here.

We're still thinking about all of you.


kari said...

Jodi, Thinking about you and praying for you and your family every day.
Kari Leslie Gregory

Martin said...

I had facial paralysis for 3 weeks..ugh.. (bell's palsy) it's annoying more than anything. Be patient with it Jodi. That nerve takes a lot of time to rejuvenate. You'll get used to biting your lip when you eat :)

Glad you're doing well!!!