Friday, March 13, 2009

Waiting Hours...

I'm a little less upset with the doctor I wrote about earlier. He made a point to speak to me when I came back in and he let me know everything that was going on. As long as he keeps me informed, I'm okay, although I still feel a little put off by not getting to be there for rounds.

I guess you could say that the team of doctors is working on a new game plan right now. They did another bronchoscopy this morning and informed me that the bleeding in her lungs is worse than it was last week when they did the first one. They also took some cultures, but they can't tell the results of those until later on. They have said before that they believe the condition of the lungs is driving all of her other problems and that the TTP is what likely created the bleeding in the lungs. 

The doctors are thinking about trying some special form of vitamin K, which they sometimes give to hemophiliacs to help form blood clots. They worry that the blood clots might be created where they wouldn't be advantageous (or perhaps make things worse), but now that they know that the lungs are worsening, they want to be more aggressive because it has become obvious that the treatments up to this point have not helped. They are also starting dialysis sometime this afternoon to remove some toxins from her blood that her kidneys aren't removing, and they are going to stop plasmapheresis for at least a day because it doesn't appear to be helping her.

Jenni looks peaceful. She is heavily sedated and has had quite a bit of pain medicine. Now I'm just waiting for the doctor to talk to me about vitamin K and for visiting hours to begin again so that I can go sit with her.
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12 comments:

Brad said...

Know that our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Robin Dycus told me about your site. I worked with her at CVHS for years. My mother also has cancer. You are in our prayers. Stay strong! Paula T.

Anonymous said...

DEAR JOSH & JENNI,WE HAVE BEEN KNOWING JENNI FOR A LONG TIME MY DAUGHTER MIRANDA LOVES HER SO MUCH. PLEASE KNOW U BOTH ARE IN OUR PRAYERS. TRENTON WOOD'S MOTHER HAS GOT A PRAYER CHAIN GOIN FOR YOU. I REPOSTED IT & IT IS ALL OVER MYSPACE SO I HOPE & PRAY IT WILL TRAVEL FAR & WIDE & EVERYONE WHO READS YOUR SITE HERE WILL SAY A PRAYER FOR JENNI. MUCH LUV! TIFFANY COWARD SWEATT

Anonymous said...

hey josh it's miranda well I had mrs. walllace for my sixth grade student teacher. She was the nicest person ever and always seemed to have a smile on her face. She was remakbly sweet and could brighten anyones day. she most deff. doesnt deserve this. But i know mrs. wallace is a strong women and will make it out safe. I remeber the first time she wore a wig to school and she started crying, We all made her feel better. Mrs. wallace would do anything for anyone she would stay after school with me to finish a project and wouldnt complain to leave. I looked up to her. Her whole sixth grade class is praying for her. I'm now in ninth and i still remember her. Well your BOTH in my prayers and I hope she gets better soon.
-Miranda Coward

VAmom said...

Hey Josh,
Once again I am amazed at the strength that you and Jenni have. I do not know if I could hold it together as well as you if faced with the same situation. My mother-in-law has added Jenni to her prayer circle at her church. I have also emailed Jonathan Falwell to add her to the Thomas Road prayer list.

I am going to try to come down and see Jenni the beginning of the week. Jeff's mother is going to drive me. My car is not running and I do not need to drive that far with all the medications that I am now on (almost all of them have a warning about not driving)

Anyway, we have had some wintery weather today and last night, so Jeannette said to wait until Monday or Tuesday when the weather is clearer and we would come down for the day.

Tell my sister that I love her and will see her soon.

Love you both,
Amy

Bridget Hall said...

Josh and Jenni,

I am Kay Lynch's daughter, Bridget. I wanted to let you know that you both have been in my thoughts and prayers. I know this is a difficult time for both of you. Sometimes I believe it is harder on the caretakers than on the patient going through everything. Stay strong for Jenni.

I am including the link for this site on mama's CaringBridge site. I will include it daily. Thank you for linking mama's site here.

Bridget Hall

Jeana said...

Josh and Jenni,
We are both thinking about you and praying for you. If there is anything that we can do here or there, please let us know. We love you both.

Jeana, Seth and Addie

Anonymous said...

Dear jenni and Josh..I've been praying for you all for a long time. I know the Lord will give you the strength you need to be a testimony for Him through all of this. Love, Ms. Sullivan

Cande Honeycutt said...

I am so sorry to hear about all the things that have been happening. I called Tracy Sigmon and left a message today to see about having my banked state leave time transfered to your account. I can't use it, and it's the very least I can do. Please know you are both in my thoughts and prayers.
Cande

Anonymous said...

Dear Josh
Have been praying for Jenni and you and will continue to do so. My family and I have you both in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself also and try to rest as much as your schedule allows. Thank you for this website and the updates on Jenni's condition. May God continue to be with Jenni and you in His special way that only He can provide.
Judson,Kim,Claire and Sarah

Amber said...

Hi Josh, I don't know either you or Jenni, but Tamara and I are friends. She told me about your site and the situation. Please know that people you don't know are praying for you and the entire situation. My mother was recently in the hospital and we were told she probably wouldn't make it. Thankfully she is stubborn and made it, but I know how terrified and angry and broken I was when I heard that. Please believe that I am asking God to take you and Jenni into his arms and comfort you both and grant you the strength to get through this.

God bless both of you,

Amber Killian

Anonymous said...

Josh, I can't know imagine what you are going through and how hard this really is, you have been there for her since the beginning. I could not imagine anyone else being the husband you are to Jenni. You handle so much with strength and toughness that is amazing. You are being proactive and following Jenni's wishes. You both are strong Christians and I see that in every blog and in everything you say and do. I want you to know that we all are praying hard and she will come out of this. I also want you to know that we love you both more than you know and will do anything for you. I am hoping to contact you this weekend about coming up soon to see her or to help anyway I can. Squeeze her hand for me..

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