Tuesday, February 24, 2009

39 days

After 39 days Jami finally came home!
We are so greatfull to all who have been praying, fasting, watching kids, bringing treats, sending cards, flowers and gifts, visiting, making the trek to SLC and for all of your thoughts and prayers.
She is resting at home, doing some physical therapy, and just enjoying being Mom to our 3 wonderfull kids!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Finally!

Jami has been checked into the Neuro Acute Care Unit. They have wasted no time in running a whole new battery of tests. Hopefully we will get some answers and Jami can get the help she needs!
After 35 days in the hospital, and still not knowing what, when or how, hopefully we are at the right WHERE and can get some answers!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Our folks

"Your folks are like God because you want to know they're out there and you want them to approve of your life, still you only call them when your in a crisis and need something."
Chuck Palahniuk

What a true quote, not that the only time we call is when we are in crisis, but what a relief that they are there, and without hesitation, come running when we are in need.

Jim and Starla have been such a blessing to us and to the kids this last month, our kids are happy and adjusted, far better than could be hoped for. They have set aside their busy life, literally put their lives on hold, opened their home to the whirlwind and have not only held on but embraced it! We are so grateful to not have to "worry" about our kids, of course we do, but not in the sense of how, what, when etc. They are not only well cared for, but loved, we really couldn't ask for more in this tough situation. What a great blessing that not all grand kid's get than to be spoiled non stop by their Grandma and Grandpa!


My Dad sent this to Jami today, he will never know how timely this was or how much it meant to her.

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Dad is not one who ever did things for thanks, he just did them cause "that's just what we do for family, or for our friends."
Living in the same town for 34 years we can't go anywhere that I don't run into someone that I know, most of them are from Provo and "the hill" and it never fails, they always ask
"how's Jack?" or "how's your Dad?"
He was never hung up on titles, just wanted whoever he came in contact with to be his friend. My answer is always the same, Dad is Dad! Enough said.
I can only hope to be like him!
We love you Dad, thank you!

Thank you to our family and friends for the continued support and prayers.






Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February 4th

It's hard to believe this all started 3 weeks ago, in some ways it feels like yesterday and in others like a year ago. We really don't know much more than we did when we went to our family Doctor on the 15th. Thus when they say they "practice" medicine, they really mean they are practicing on you!
What we do know; Jami is sick, she has had one heck of a viral infection in her brain and brain stem that seems to have began to turn, but, just when we feel things might be really moving along, the virus likes to show it's sense of humor and revert back to one of its many tricks just to remind us it is still here. There has been significant nerve damage, the whole extent we do not know, but, we are optimistic for a full recovery.
Jami has been a trooper and really re-written the definition of endurance. One of the nurses who has had limited interaction with Jami, but has seen her on this floor since she came in and has helped a number of times during her seizures and contractions, today was here to help during one of her massive contraction attacks. He knelt down and talked to her, he has been nursing on this floor, and in the renal unit (this floor is one step down from ICU and CCU) for years. He told Jami that she was by far the toughest person he had ever met, to go through such pain, frustrations, length of stay, therapy, regression, tests, tests and more tests and always with a smile, always happy and grateful. It was encouraging for her, this guy has seen it all. He was very serious and is not the type to fluff somebody up, he knelt down and was talking to her, wiping tears (his and hers) calming fears and offering encouragement as well as admiration for her endurance. The other nurses were shocked to see this side of him. She is the epitome of strength through all of this and has been a true example to me and others.
Her time here at the hospital is coming to an end, we are now trying to find a rehabilitation facility in Utah county that fits her needs, so if anyone has advice we are all ears!
Please continue to keep Jami in your thoughts and prayers, she is still very sick and the Doctors are still trying to get the right cocktail of medication to keep her from having seizures, suppress the viral infection and stop her headache so she can be stable enough to start real therapy and look to coming home.
Thank you for all of your love and support, Jami has found true peace by connecting with friends old and new, family and strangers through all of this.