Today is Jodi's 25th day in the hospital. The original plan was for a 4-5 day stay. It has been a long road with many setbacks and many blessings.
Jodi's spinal headaches continue non-stop. The pain medications continue as well. They help, but Jodi basically is laying flat with no head movement to keep the pain within bearable limits.
If the body doesn't heal the CSF leaks on its own then it looks like additional surgery will be required, as Tolan mentioned earlier. We pray this won't be necessary. This next surgery would take away Jodi's hearing in her right ear permanently and make it feel like her inner ear is filled with fluid...always! It's not a pleasant thought.
Sherri (Jodi's Mom) is with Jodi in the hospital today, so Tolan can spend some time with the kids. He hadn't seen them since last Sunday.
I flew back to Hawaii yesterday to attend the BYU-Hawaii graduation. Jodi's brother, Brandon, is graduating today. Sherri is graduating from BYUH today too, but instead of being in Hawaii for commencement she is staying with Jodi in the hospital in Utah. Jodi and her children were scheduled to be in Hawaii today, along with most of our family for this special occasion. Those plans, of course, all got changed, but Sherri is in the right place by Jodi's side. We just want her to know that we are celebrating her accomplishment along with Brandon's. As we do, we are offering special family prayers for Jodi, Tolan, and their children.
Thanks again to all of you for your continued prayers and support. How can we ever adequately communicate the depth of our appreciation?
With love and gratitude,
Von (Jodi's Dad)