Monday, June 8, 2009

Pneumocephalus

A CAT scan at about 9:30pm this evening revealed that Jodi has pneumocephalus (air on the brain). Apparently it’s very serious, and a likely contributor to the severe head and neck pain Jodi has been experiencing. She has been unable to move her head at all so she hasn't eaten for a couple of days. She has been throwing up from all her medications, which has just mad things worse. They’ve moved her back to the Neuro ICU for closer monitoring and she is receiving 100% oxygen through a face mask, which is supposed to hasten the air pocket absorption... as it was explained to us. Jodi’s mom had planned to stay the night with Jodi but since she is moving to the ICU they may not let her stay. We hope this will help her get better because she is not in a good place now. This is the worst I have seen her yet.

Jodi’s dad Von is catching a redeye flight tonight and will be back in town in the morning (he just left us Friday so he wasn’t in Hawaii long). We will post more about Jodi’s condition as soon as we learn more.

A special thanks to all the folks at the Polynesian Cultural Center! A care package arrived from Hawaii full of goodies and also containing a touching DVD. Jodi hasn’t felt well enough to eat any of the treats yet but I must confess that I opened the mango slices with the intention of only eating one or two and ended up polishing off the whole thing! Jodi got feeling good enough for a little while this evening to watch the DVD and was extremely touched. She shed lots of tears but they were tears of gratitude.

Thanks and mahalo!

Tolan

10 comments:

Tami Callister Searle said...

Well, I am so sorry to hear about this latest development. My prayers go out to you again today. Love, Tami

Pam said...

Jody, you are wonderful. That's all I know today. I send you a standing ovation just because you are you.

Audrey O'Brien said...

it always seems these things are a few steps forward and then a few back. a roller coaster. we are on them quiet often ourselves so i can relate. hang in there. prayers of those you dont know are with you.

Anonymous said...

Jodi, Our prayers are constant for your recovery. You are so special and we love you so much!
We look forward to the day you can go home!
Grandma & Grandpa

Carol Liptrot said...

Dear Jodi, I am sorry for another set back, but I am glad they have found out what has been causing such severe headaches, and I hope now they can get this problem taken care of and help you toward your recovery. You have suffered so much, it is time to turn this around and start improving. My love and prayers are with you as always. Love, Carol Liptrot

Cami said...

I am so sorry that none of this has turned out as planned. Please know our thoughts and prayers are constantly with your family.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering early this morning, "What are suppose to be learning from all this?" Surely there is a blessing somewhere in all this pain and suffering. Can we all be better people for it? Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill Merx

Michelle said...

Our entire family continues to pray for you Jodi. Hang there, my friend. You are amazing.

Ladd and Kathy Jones said...

Dear Jodi,
As much as we are saddened to hear of your latest setback, we can't help but think of all the prayers and fasting that were done in your behalf yesterday, being Fast Sunday, and what a miracle it was at the end of the day for the doctors to figure out what was causing your horrible headaches. Our prayers continue to be with you as you struggle with each new challenge. Ladd and Kathy Jones

Brandi said...

Jodi, I'm so sorry to hear about the latest setback. I pray that the air pocket will clear up soon, and that the CSF leak will resolve quickly so you can have some relief and really begin on the road to recovery.

It was good to see you Saturday, although I wish you could have been having a better day. There will definitely be better days ahead, I just know it.

Love you!
Brandi