Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Well things were going so well we decided we needed a visit to the ER to shake things up! Jeremy has been throwing up for the past 3 nights, just as night. But its happened enough that what we first thought was a flu bug is now making him dehydrated. Which is kind of a no-no when you just had a kidney removed! So he is getting fluids, they have drawn labs and done a CT of his abdomen. Thank God for awesome friends, one who has taken the kids and one who may end up going to Syracuse for me to go pick up my dad at the airport. Agh!
I have been reading my Faith Deployed Again devotional and have really been reminded of a couple things. 1) we can't forget what God has already done for us. Rather than worry about the future and what we are going through today, we have to be faithful and remember just how amazing Gods promises are. 2)
We have a choice to make in whether serving the Lord is our hearts desire.
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" -Joshua 24:15.
Thank you to Joyce, Bettina, and Jessica for this amazing reminder. And a huge thanks to Marie for taking the monkeys off my hands so I can care for Jeremy.
Just talked to doc and everything is coming back good! Which means we get to go home soon. Thinking meds or stomach bug but no blockages or infections! Thank you Lord for answered prayers.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I want to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who has been praying for his healing and for strength for our family. I can't say thank you enough to our friends and family for their physical, spiritual, and even financial support. God has truley blessed us with amazing people in our lives, even some new ones thanks to this ordeal. We are so very blessed. THANK YOU ALL!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
so tmrw i need to run to the grocery store, finish disinfecting the house and complete some welcome home signs. thinking about letting friends and family "sign" one. going to post this on FB too, so please leave me a comment below or a comment on the FB post telling me what you want your message to jeremy to say and i will sign them on his welcome home banner for you. local friends feel free to stop by and sign it yourself!!!!! you have until 4pm to do so! =D AND DONT TELL JEREMY!!!!!!!! iwant it to be a surprise! this is gonna be a great but insane day! i am just soooooo thankful that God has provided for us in such amazing ways.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Today he seems to be doing pretty well, did stairs in physical therapy which is huge. He just keeps checking things off on the list so that he can get out of there!!!! Also found out that our fav surgeon (and one of the heads of his trauma team) is going to do her couple weeks of admin work so one of the other surgeons will be taking over his care. She has full confidence in him! I'm glad one of us does! lol! I love Dr. Malone! I dont want her to leave. Trusting that the plans that have been put into motion are going to go smoothly and that we are doing what God asks of us right now. We will hopefully have him home to Ft Drum sometime this week. It seems insane!!! I never thought it would be this quick......
On the plus side he got to meet one of the living Medal of Honor reciepients today, the one with the bionic hand that recently got his medal from President Obama. I am simply amazed that Jeremy had the chance to talk to him. Yesterday before I left we had the chance to meet and talk with the commanding general of the 101st airborne division. It was awesome to talk with him and here how he feels about what it takes to make a good unit and how you need good nco's, good squads, good platoons, to make everything click. Can't wait to see what tomorrow holds.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Now we are waiting to meet back up with inlaws and have dinner. I still gotta do some laundry for j and pack for my flight tomorrow. Sad to be going but so glad that i am able to leave jeremy in capable hands. =D so thankful that God has given us the chance to grow closer through this experience.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We have also been so humbled by the amazing people who volunteer their time here. Not only did the uso serve a fab lunch for families today, but jeremy also recieved 2 new coins today. 1 from "marines care", and one from the under secretary of the navy!! Tomorrow he is scheduled to recieve his purple heart. Not sure who all that entails but i will have my makeup on! Lol! And also met a couple who is going around to all the armed forces blood centers and donating blood. Considering we found out that jeremy had almost 50 units in all during his surgery we were so very thankful for their sacrifice. Its also amazing how much quicker paperwork can get done here. All mine is now done (as much as can be for this stage), his mom and bro have their orders and are coming tomorrow, and his purple heart papers are done! I seem to remember those taking a lot longer last go round! So excited to see the fam tomorrow!!!! =D
Best news of all is that everyone is working very hard to get him moved to drum as soon as possible. I am so thankful that God has placed so many of these people in our lives. Each day here has been a gift from the most high king.
Thank you Lord....
Monday, October 3, 2011
Got to meet some of my faith deployed friends which was awesome! But now the concussion team just had to have him go through what happened to see if he needs further neurology eval for tbi or concussion. This is the first time i have heard what actually happened. I will not be posting it but i am so thankful to now know what has happened. Seems to be handeling it ok.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Everything is going so much better today though!!!! He is way more comfortable and seems to be feeling a bit better. Even held his O2 stats at 94+ while off the oxygen when we were getting him cleaned up and changed into his sunday best (aka the pretty striped blue hospital gown! Lol!). Thats seriosuly great progress! Got him his wounded warrior quilt and a good pillowcase so he is feeling a little more at home.
Also got to check on kevin, the 21yo soldier who was on the medevac flight with us is going to get to keep his right arm! PTL!!! Lots of surgerys and wont have 100% use of it but still will be tons TONS better than losing it. So overall today has been much better. Cant wait to talk to his whole team of docs tmrw and get a full report and care plan in place. Lots and lots of info, meetings, therapists (physical, occupational etc), and paperwork for me (finance, woohoo!). Keep praying y'all! Its working wonders!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
He is here and doing well! More updates later. But we are back in the us of a!!!!!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Well sitting in dc waiting on my flight to frankfort. Called to check on the hubs. Fever is down, ct scan was negative (no abcesses!!) And he could be off the vent when i get there! I think he is just trying to get better before i arrive so i dont flip out on him! =D cant wait to get to germany. Got my new pretty passport, awesome snacks, magazines, and best of all i found my ipod before i left! Woot! Deploymates def took care of me for this flight. Love and miss everyone back home. Especially the kids. But mimi says they are doing great. I will try to update once i arrive in germany. 12 hours........
Well made it to syracuse. Had to convince united airlines that i didnt have to pay for my bag (hello its on my orders!) But now i am all set.
Just talked to doc. Jeremy is still running a fever so they are doing a ct scan of his chest/abdomen and sinuses. Thinking he could have a sinus infection (common with intubation) or there may be a post-op infection. Wont have results til this afternoon but doc sees no real reason for him not flying friday! Woo hoo! They tried again to see how he would do without the ventilator and he went 20 min this time before they had to turn it back on! Thats awesome! So i am off to get something to drink (aka coffee!!!) Prayers for safe travels and his continued healing.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Going to germany. Spoke to doc about 330. Waiting now to talk to transportation to find out if we can even get me there with enough time to spend at least 12+ hours in germany before flying home with him friday. Doc said they were just too unsure if he could tolerate the pressure changes in the air today. His lungs are just still that coarse sounding. He is improving though!! They are just going to try not to push him off it as fast now.
I am exhausted. Think i maybe got 4 hours of sleep and was woken up about every 30min by something. Lets hope i am not too much of a zombie to get stuff done this morning. Gotta do one last load of laundry and try to pack. Please continue to pray. I will update as soon as i can.
Monday, September 26, 2011
and to his brothers: he flipped off the nurse when she told him not to try and take the tube out......sounds like simon right!?!? =)
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
ps: called and he is back out! whew! :D LOVE YOU BABY!!!!
total reminder that this is all for His glory and that whatever He has in store for us is so much better than anything we could ever imagine. Thank you all again for all the love and support and to my local friends thanks for the meals!!! not having to worry about cooking has freed me up to make sure i have everything ready to go to DC! thank you again!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Whats happened so far.....
On Tuesday Jeremy received a gunshot wound that went through his forearm into his abdomen on the side. It damaged his right kidney enough that the kidney had to be removed. He also has a grade 1 liver laceration (which will totally heal on its own). After the surgery to remove the bullet (and his kidney) his wound was left "open" and packed/sealed to make sure that if they needed to go back in they could. He arrived in Germany Thursday in the ICU and was still intubated, sedated, and stable. Everything looked GOOD once he got to Germany they were able to close the incision in his abdomen which is HUGE (in the sense of "this is awesome!" not size!)!!! It means that he is beginning to heal enough that they don't think they need to do anymore surgery.
Here is the the new stuff:
He was holding stable until late last night (still in ICU). Then he spiked a fever and began to have more difficulty breathing and his bp dropped. After stabilizing him they did a bronchial scope to test the fluid that has now built up in his lungs. They think he has pneumonia as well as sepsis (an infection of the blood). Doc also thinks he has bruising around his lungs from the gunshot wound/surgery that is causing his poor lung function. He is currently on more meds than I can count. 2 for his bp, lovenox to prevent clots, 3 antibiotics for the infections, and drugs to keep his pain under control and keep him asleep. As well as a feeding tube in his stomach to give him nutrients, and the ventilator so that his lungs don't have to work as hard. They wake him every shift (so twice a day) to do his checks (squeeze my hand, wiggle your toes etc) he fights the ventilator hardcore (his guys are going THATS SO SIMON!). They even caught him trying to sit up and pull the damn thing out this morning!!!! We know he IS fighting and that he CAN pull through this. his o2 is currently at 70% and they are planning on moving it down a smidge in a little bit to see how he tolerates it. They are planning to wake up again around 5am Germany time (11ish here). I asked if I could call and try to talk to him. I know he wont be able to speak to me but I think if he hears it from me rather than the nurses that we are doing good, that SOOOOOO many people are praying for him, that he has to get better cause I am not potty training the princess alone then maybe he will turn the corner!!!!
Some good news:
Doc thinks he will probably stay stable the next 24 hours with no major change in what they are doing but should be looking better after that. He offered to put in the order to have me come to Germany now. I said no. Only because i KNOW in my heart that I would be coming right back with him to DC on Tuesday. I really do think he will turn this corner and come to us Tuesday. Granted we wont be seeing him til after travel orders are made from DC by the Army but I am placing this in God's hands, His timing is perfect.