Sunday, June 7, 2009

DAY 26 – Waiting

Jodi felt better for a while last night while the lumbar drain was closed and enjoyed some nice visits, though she couldn't get out of bed or even raise her head much. Once they started the drain again the terrible headaches resumed, accompanied by vomiting that kept her up all night.

This morning the drain was closed again and has remained closed all day. Jodi has been complaining about neck stiffness and pain, a symptom of meningitis, so they drained some fluid for testing and the results were negative. As a precaution the doctors have put her on a cocktail of three antibiotics so she currently has four IVs going. She’s pretty miserable and really looking forward to feeling better. With the drain closed we don't understand why she is still doing so poorly.

The plan is to check for nasal leakage in the morning and if the leak continues we’ll proceed with the operation to close the Eustachian tube sometime tomorrow and hope that solves the problem.



Anonymous said...

Good luck tomorrow Jodi. My prayers are with you.

Steve said...

We are fasting and praying for Jodi today.

Cathleen Sparrow said...

continued thoughts and prayers for you and your family. cathleen

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Jodi. You CAN get through this. So many people are praying for you and your family. Stay strong and have faith that you will overcome this challenge and be an even stronger mother, wife, daughter, and friend. You are a remarkably brave woman and I know you can do this. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


Jennifer (Johnson)

Chad and Stacey said...

I can't believe things are still not going well. I guess it means that any day now things will turn up the recovery will begin! I hope all goes well tomorrow. You'll continue to be in our prayers daily!

Carol Liptrot said...

Dear Jodi, I know there was a lot of fasting done in your behalf today. Our prayers will continue. I hope things turn around soon to help you feel better. Love you tons. Love, Carol

Anonymous said...

It doesnt seem that long ago when we were wondering when those long hospital days were going to be over for our Jodi. They are soooo hard and all of us feel so helpless. We will keep on praying, you are always in our thoughts, and hang'll be home in no time. We love you, the Eastmans

Flints Facts said...

Jodi, Hang in and your family continue to be on my mind and in my prayers.
Love you, Kelly

Anonymous said...

Jodi We think about you often, you're a very special person. We miss you very very much. You're always in our prayers. Things will get better soon and you'll be home where we can all enjoy your smiling face and upbeat attitude. We love you Jodi, hang in there. Love,,,, The Bennetts

Carolyn said...

Hi Jodi,

I am sorry the post surgery haven't been too positive,and was hoping you would be back home. You've have had alot of set backs. Hang in there when the going seems to be getting tougher. You are a remarkably courageous person. I am glad your dad was able to spend considerable time with you, and also happy your mom continues to be with you. Our prayers are still with you, Tolan, and family. An update on our travel...we are in Nashville. Nashville is simply BEAUTIFUL! It reminds me of Virginia. THE GOO was fun finally getting to see and hear some of the country singers perform. Jodi, Hang in there..our prayers are with you.

Carolyn, David, Andrew, Chelsea & Savannah

Anonymous said...

Your story has made me appreciate all that I have. You are an inspiration to me and you are in my prayers.

Jenni from Idaho

April said...

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you will be able to make it home quickly!
I am sitting here listening to my neighbors dogs bark and trying not to be irritated that they are keeping me up and I just keep thinking about all the pain that has been keeping you from having a good night sleep, my problems are nothing compared to what you are going through. I hope to see you home soon. Love, April B.

Anonymous said...


While waiting for your dad outsie his PCC office today, I picked up the May 16 Church News, and I read the following from Elder Richard G. Scott,which I found very comforting during these times of trials and tribulations. "Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Proverbs 3:11-12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding and compassion, which polish you for your everlasting benefit." From the many responses it is obvious, you are not the only one who is being "polished." Your faith, courage and endurance is a blessing to us.
Mahalo and Aloha.

M. lesuma