Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Lumbar Drain!

Thanks again for all your calls and comments today and for your prayers! The prayers are working!

We thought you might be interested in the process of draining spinal fluid from around the brain, which begins by inserting a "lumbar drain" in the lower spine. The spinal fluid goes through a narrow tube to a collection reservoir and then into a holding pouch! This is happening at the rate of 5 cc's every 20 minutes. The good news is that with all the pain for so many days it does seem to be working. The hole in the membrane around Jodi's brain does seem to be healing. No evidence of leaks all day! Here's what this process looks like from our perspective:

Tolan checking on Jodi's lumbar drain.

Jodi's lumbar drain connected to her lower spine.

The lumbar drain collection tubes and pouch.

The lumbar drain collection reservoir - closeup. You can see the clear liquid, which is the spinal fluid.

Your prayers really do seem to be working! Thank you again and again and again!


Anonymous said...

so glad to hear about even small progress. Our thoughts are with you every day and pray for improvemnts each second, minute, hour and day. If we could all take a turn a minute to ease some of your pain, I know you would have many volunteers. I am sorry you have to suffer so much to teach many of us a lesson on how to put things in perceptive and quit whinning over stupid stuff that really doesn't matter.You are strong and inspiring. Praying for you to keep pleasant thoughts just you know you are loved. Thank you for all the things you taught me in Relief Society. You are outstanding in anything you do.
Love Joyce Read

Rachel said...

So glad to hear that there is progress though it may be slow. What a process! We love you all!

Chad and Stacey said...

Yeah!! I hope it continues to get better so you can get home!! And really considering all you've been through it's not fair that you still look so pretty! Keep hanging in there. We'll see you soon!

Cami Davis said...

I think its about time I left a comment on your blog...for I check it everyday :)and each time I start to cry. My heart aches as I imagine the pain that you are having to endure as well as your dear family. Sometimes life does not seem very fair...especially when one so angelic as you is faced with such a trial. But accompanying the aches and sorrow that I feel is this overwhelming sense of love, which truly settles over me every time I think of you. And so that is what I want to remind you of today. Is the fact that you are LOVED! And loved by so many, which I believe is proof of how aware our Heavenly Father is of you :) You Jodi are one of my hero's...and I love you!

--Cami Davis

Diane said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. Great news to hear about any progress. Love you!

Kassi Bybee said...


As I read your updates each day tears stream down my face. They are good tears. Tears of grtitude, as we have witnessed the miracles of prayers and the love of mankind. I know that you feel the arms of support around you and may they continue to support you as your body begins to heal. Good news--no spinal drips so far. Let's pray for another day like this. Think and pray for you often. Love Kassi