Tuesday, June 16, 2009

So Good to be Home!!

Yesterday was a wonderful celebration and we were all amazed at how long Jodi kept going. She may have overdone it a bit, as she slept for over 10 1/2 hours last night!! (Of course, that could also be because she finally had a night of uninterrupted sleep!)

Today was a good day for her, but she was still exhausted from her big day yesterday, so she did a lot of sleeping and resting. We all think she may have unrealistic expectations for her recovery, as she had already created an agenda for herself of the things she wanted to get done. However, after getting worn out from just washing her hair, she quickly realized the agenda had to go.

Jodi has been told she can get her craniotomy incision wet, but not "soak" it for fear of infection. She was so proud of herself for coming up with a creative way to get clean without soaking half her head, but she forgot one little detail... As the soapy water fell over her face, she realized she couldn't close her right eye (like she normally would) so her eye burned and got irritated from the water. Still a small thing, but big enough to encourage her to call and make her appointment with the Moran Eye Enter. She will go on Thursday, then hopefully have the procedure done next week to insert a gold weight into her eyelid so it will be able to close.

A good first day at home.



Anonymous said...

Thank you, Tolan for keeping us who don't live close by updated! Keep them coming!

Every day a new adventure and progress.

Love to all of you!

XO. Leslie M.

Julie M said...

I would also like to add my thanks for the update. Because I don't know Jodi personally (only her dad) I truly appreciate being able to continue to follow her recovery and continue to direct my prayers in the right direction. :) I'm so glad you had such a wonderful homecoming Jodi...another testiment to who you are and what a difference you've made in peoples' lives.

Nichole Giles said...

I'm so glad you're finally where you need to be in order to start your real recovery.

Do yourself a favor and don't try to rush yourself into normalcy-things aren't normal, after all. But you'll create a new normal, and figure things out as you go. Be patient. It might take a while.

Quote of the day:
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” ~Og Mandino

Anonymous said...

For the sake of showering you may find that you can use the stick on eye patches available from the pharmacy. They are like a band-aid and tho they wont hold up to a LOT of water it may help enough for a quick rinse. They can irritate the skin like a band-aid would, but the rinsing off water will probably loosen them anyway and minimize that.

Sarah ONeill

Anonymous said...

We are glad to hear that you are finally on the road to real recovery!! It is amazing to think and see how much strength you have had, and to see your positive faithful attitude continue each day! You are a true inspiration to all of us. We are praying for a steady, speedy, recovery in the comforts of your home. Love to you and your family
Deanne, Steve & family

Carol Liptrot said...

Hey Jodi. Just want to tell you how happy I am that you can be home with your family. I know you have been looking forward to this for quite a while. Let them keep taking care of you until you get stronger, then you can return the favors to them. I'm sure they are just happy to have you there to hug and talk to whenever they want. It is always better just to have Mom near by. Don't over-do it! Take good care of yourself. Hope to see soon. Love, Carol Liptrot

Anonymous said...

Jodi and Tolan, I love reading the blog so I can keep up with the progress. Had a wonderful visit with Von last night - and he updated us on things. Cami and I will come and visit after you have had a few weeks at home. This time is important to take it easy and let your strength return. Love you tons. Sue D. Have a great day!

wjmom said...

Thank you for the update. I haven't commented for over a week, but you have continued to be in my prayers. I went to youth conference and came home so excited to be updated. Wow! You're home!

Here is a quote I heard last night. I loved it; hope you do, too! "The will to win is nothing without the will to work." You have both!

Sending a little more love your way... Aundrea

Cathleen Sparrow said...

I'm sure it was wonderful to just sleep in your own bed and have a little peace and quiet. Take it slow and best wishes! Soon enough you'll be back to your busy life! Cathleen

Anonymous said...

Jodi and Tolan, We are so thankful for your return to home and family. What an ordeal you have been through. We have and will continue to pray for your full recovery. connie and scott Layton

Anonymous said...

I am addicted to your story, Jodi. Please ekkp the posts coming on your blog. Tolan does such a nice job, as does your dad.

Cami Davis said...

YES! You are finally home!!! What a joy and relief this must be to your family and you! I am SO happy for you! You are proof that prayers are heard and answered; and that miracles happen daily!!! As for the recovery ahead just continue to press forward with that bright attitude of yours! And know my family will continue to fast and pray for you. LOVE YOU!
--Cami Davis

Cynthia Fuller said...

We are so happy you are home Jodi! :D Keep resting!

Stephanie said...

So incredibly, ecstatically happy for you all! WELCOME HOME JODI!!

Stephanie Thornton-Grant

Amy Wicks said...

Welcome home Jodi, just say the word and you'll have personal chef Wicks for the day. Garden strawberries too.

Anonymous said...

So good to read about your progress. Dont over do it! Do hollar if you need anything. Please do Tolan...
We are very happy for you all.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh Yay,

I am so excited to see that you are back at home. I bet your own bed felt so great. It takes time for the body to heal after such an ordeal. But at least you get to do it in your own home with your family and loved ones.
Congratulations, I am so happy for you and your family.
Michelle Tavakolian

Don Rusell said...

Jodi and family,
So glad you are home. Now don't go back up on the hill except to visit or be checked!!
You have had a real ordeal. You deserve some normalcy in your recovery.
Don't overdo it.
We're still in your corner rooting for you.

Anonymous said...

That's amazing how your family and community pulled together for an ultimate welcome home! You are one lucky lady! =0) I was at the temple yesterday and thought of you as I put your name on the prayer roll! Hope you continue to progress!

Anonymous said...

That's amazing how your family and community pulled together for an ultimate welcome home! You are one lucky lady! =0) I was at the temple yesterday and thought of you as I put your name on the prayer roll! (I don't know you but I'm assuming you're LDS?!!) Hope you continue to progress!