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Henry - "Many people have asked me how they can help my
My only request is please pray for Jenni every day and thank you for your kindness."
|4/25/05||I apologize to all of you "Jenni junkies" out there waiting daily for the updates. I am running out of ways to say, "She is doing well" or "she continues to improve" daily. I will update this website every few days instead of the daily routine.|
I know many of you want to see Jenni or bring food, etc. to the house, but the doctors insist that she get her rest over the next few days. She is still weak, and I expect the trip home will be tiring. We have people lined up to bring food and wait on us for the next few days.
is progressing well. She is now in a regular hospital room
(number 6023) at Vanderbilt.
Please do not send flowers because they are still not allowed.
Jenni is reading your emails and cards.
If everything continues to improve, our best guess is she will return to Shelbyville about February 23rd.
remains in Neurological Intensive Care and cannot see
Please do not send flowers because they are not allowed in the hospital.
They are receiving the cards and emails. Henry wants everyone to know he is "hearing" you.
He says, "Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support."
On Sunday, January 30 Jenni was admitted to Vanderbilt Hospital.
She was found to have bleeding in the cavity of her skull in the area rear of the brain.
Here heart was greatly stressed by her condition and blood pressure was very low.
Jenni was kept sedated because of her condition.
Drains were inserted in the rear of her skull.
Her heart was beating quite weakly.
In late morning thankfully her heart recovered to a much more normal state.
She is able to move in her bed and recognize her family and friends
On Monday night she underwent an angiogram up through her heart and into her head to assess the damage.
A broken vein/artery was found.
Jenni will probably have an operation to repair the broken vein today.
10:15 AM – It has been decided not to operate today.
A vascular surgeon has been brought in to study the situation regarding a shunt in her vein. The doctors are 90% certain it is not an aneurism. The bleeding is from a week spot on the vein wall.
Her heart is working great and her medications are being reduced.
1:00 PM - Jenni has been removed from her respirator. She is able to talk to here friends and family.
4:00 PM - The decision by the vascular surgeon will be made tomorrow about what course to take. Some sort of surgery or corrective action is likely.
8:30 PM - Henry submitted the following for the website tonight.
After forty eight hours in Vanderbilt's Neuro Intensive Care, we are back to where we thought we were on Sunday night after arriving at Vanderbilt. That is, Jenni's heart is functioning well, but she is extremely critical. As one doctor put it, "This is the sickest she will ever be in her life."
As of this evening she is stable and her cognitive functions are not impaired. But the procedures over the next few days are going to be risky. Yes, we are on an overwhelming emotional roller coaster.
There is no doubt in my mind, when we breakdown the timetable of events in the last two days, that we can prove prayer works. The literally hundreds of people who have called, and the subsequent thousands who are praying, have made a tremendous impact on Jenni's recovery. All of the prayers from everyone are having a positive impact. ALL of the doctors on Monday afternoon were astounded at her dramatic improvement from a devastating morning. "This type of turnaround is rarely seen. We did our standard procedures, but she responded amazingly." I told them, "I knew why."
5:10 AM - Henry slipped home last night to get some sleep and take care of some personal business. He along with Jennifer, Laura Anne, and "little" Henry went back to Nashville at 5:00 AM after6 hours of sleep. He said, "This website is the most efficient method for keeping everyone informed. I am overwhelmed with everyone's concern. Today should be a transition day for trying to repair the artery damage. One of the main arteries going to her brain must be repaired today. I will call John with any change and at least every two or three hours even with no change."
4:15 AM - Jenni is scheduled for a surgical procedure to attempt the repair of the damaged artery at 7:00 AM. This procedure will last 6 to 8 hours.
4:30 AM - Note from Henry: "The support shown for Jenni and our family is overwhelming. I sincerely appreciate the outpouring of sympathy. Jenni is an extremely intelligent and strong woman. The doctors have been amazed at the recovery of her heart, but they have also come to appreciate her "craftiness" and determination. Her heart is now considered at normal output with no permanent damage. She is back on the ventilator to fight some pneumonia in her left lung. If everything looks good at 7:00 AM, the team of doctors will begin a 6 to 8 hour procedure to repair the damaged artery at the base of her skull. The major risk consideration is stroke. She has the very best vascular surgeon. Please keep her in your prayers this morning."
8:00 AM - Jenni has been taken to the operating room for repair of the damaged artery. As the procedure lasts 6 to 8 hours, we will not expect any news until mid-afternoon.
12:00 PM - The procedure began at 9:05 and to quote Henry, "No news is good news". We might receive some news at the 1/2 way point. All will probably not be wrapped until 5:00 PM.
4:00 PM - GOOD NEWS! Jenni is out of surgery and the doctors have completed the very complicated procedure. The aneurism has been repaired and the blood rerouted quite successfully. They were unable to repair one small artery leading to the spinal column but are guardedly optimistic about others providing proper flow. The recovery will be quite lengthy but Henry and family are quite relieved from the outcome.
"Miracles do happen indeed and we can be thankful to God for all his blessings."
9:35 PM - Note from
"Jenni will be kept sedated tonight. The bottom line is: The mending process has started for Jenni, but the road still has few obstacles and hurdles. Her blood pressure is being elevated to aid the removal of the old blood at the base of her brain and create enough volume for the remaining vessels, which are now carrying the load for the removed artery. As feared in the 2/1/05 at 8:30 PM update, one of the issues for having the old blood surrounding the good vessels is spasms. The doctors are watching some minor spasms tonight. The plan for the next 48 hours is to keep her blood pressure elevated and the blood thinned. A new angiogram will be conducted tomorrow to confirm the stability of the repairs made today. "
10:00 PM - from Henry:
"I know everyone wants to do something, but please, do not send flowers (they are not allowed in the hospital) or food (we have too much). Visitors are not encouraged. To be honest, you can not see Jenni, and I am exhausted. Thanks to everyone for their concern. I am hearing you through my family and this website."
2:05 PM - This is Henry. John Pitts had to leave town, and Vanderbilt arranged an Internet connection for me directly from the waiting room. Therefore, I will be updating this website from now on. Also, I am remaining live on the Internet and receive all of your emails instantly.
2:15 PM - Everything went well with Jenni last night. She will remain on the ventilator today. She is heavily sedated, but she does respond to us while moving her legs and arms. They will maintain a high blood pressure and keep her blood thinned for the next 24 to 48 hours. This is to assist the removal of the old blood from around her brain and improve the pathway for the blood flow. Unless something changes, I will update this website after our 5:00 PM visit with her.
5:28 PM - Jenni is continuing to progress. The new nurse has discovered Jenni's "craftiness" is back. She is moving her legs and arms too much. WOW! Can you imagine complaining about too much movement? We have been praying for all that movement. The doctors have smiley faces today. The ventilator is being reduced slightly. The old blood around her brain is continuing to decrease; thus, reducing brain swelling chances. We pray this trend continues through the night.
8:55 PM - Jenni continues to make improvements. She is responding to verbal commands. She can move her arms, legs, feet, and fingers, but she is still heavily sedated. We asked her to hold up two fingers and give a thumbs-up, which she did perfectly. She can move left toes versus right toes. She opened her eyes and looked at us. They will continue with the heavy sedation tonight while continuing the treatments to improve the blood surrounding the brain.
For those interested in
learning more about a Subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is the
exact diagnosis for Jenni, click one of the links
9:31 AM - Jenni continues to improve. She is now completely aware of everyone in the room and responds perfectly to verbal commands. She is breathing on her own, but the ventilator assists her a few times. The doctors have reduced the number of medicines to about 7 different ones now.
9:40 AM - Henry is composing a synopsis of the last few days for posting on this website later this morning.
1:37 PM - Jenni is still improving. The doctors hope to wean her off the ventilator tonight. Also, some of the tubes, which were required for her surgery procedure may be removed tonight. They will continue to keep her sedated. The doctors are optimistic, and all brain function appears normal. We are looking at several more days in intensive care.
5:35 PM - Jenni was very responsive on the 5:00 visit. She remembered our conversations with her from the 1:00 PM visit. The doctors have stopped another medicine. She is progressing as expected. One of her main doctors said today, "She is my case of the month. She has astounded us with her marvelous recovery from the heart episode. We had her on every available medicine in maximum doses to keep her blood pressure up." Thanks to everyone for your prayers and continued thoughts.
5:40 PM - NOTE from Henry - I am receiving your emails (received 228 as of this writing). I am unable to send replies from Vanderbilt, but keep them coming!
9:34 PM - Jenni was very responsive and trying to write on a tablet. She says, "Tell everyone I love them." We told her about all of the telephone calls, letters, emails, and website hits she has received. The doctor advised us tonight that the two catheters to her brain surgery area will be removed at 9:00 AM tomorrow. After that she will be removed from the ventilator about 3:00 or 4:00 Sunday afternoon. When the ventilator is removed, she will be able to talk to us.
10:04 AM - Jenni understands her surroundings and attempts to write on a tablet, but she is still heavily sedated. Her heart rate is up slightly because she is uncomfortable with laying flat on her back. They are beginning to bring down her blood pressure by removing some of the stimulating drugs. Her pneumonia is causing her to cough, which is good, and she is not running a fever. They are not going to remove the catheters because her blood needs some additional platelets. When they remove the catheters, they are concerned with the blood clotting properly. Therefore, she will continue on the ventilator and everything will remain stable today.
1:43 PM - Jenni was very alert during our 1:00 visit. She was writing very coherently on the tablet. She wanted to know detailed information about her condition, and she understood everything she was told. One of her doctors was quizzing her about investment advice. He is going to make an appointment with her after she leaves the hospital. He was very impressed with her cognitive functions. Little Henry knitted (yes, waiting in the hospital creates boredom for the young and springs new talents) a scarf for her yesterday. He is knitting another for the 22 year old young man from Columbia in the neighboring room. Jenni told Henry to give him her scarf, and she wanted to wait for the next one.
4:05 PM - Jenni may be having a reaction to the blood thinner, which was used over the last two days to keep her blood thinned. Her doctor has never seen this type of reaction, and is concerned about the threat of a stroke. Currently, Jenni is in good condition with all neurological functions. The hematology experts are being consulted and unique blood tests are being conducted.
7:12 PM - Jenni is watching the Super Bowl. We were permitted to stay with her until the nurses changes shift at 7:00. She is comfortable with no pain. She writes extensively on the tablet. The doctors are taking blood samples regularly to track the platelets.
9:41 PM - Jenni watched all of the Super Bowl, and is expected to rest until tomorrow morning. The latest blood report shows that her blood has improved. It appears the blood reaction and stroke threat is now minimized. Therefore, we hope the catheters will be removed in the morning.
9:35 AM - We are unable to see Jenni right now because they appear to be removing the catheters. This may be a good thing. We will update the website as soon as we know more.
11:14 AM - The doctors did remove the catheters (the ones through which they performed the surgery procedure on her brain artery.) Jenni pulled out her breathing tube and drain from her head last night. They were going to remove them today after the catheter procedure, but she "beat them to it." They have decided to leave them out for now. Therefore, she is talking "up a storm"; especially, since she is on some morphine, which is making her a little loopy. We are still watching the blood reaction, but it appears to have been minimized now.
1:42 PM - Jenni is very talkative this afternoon. She is giving orders and becoming restless. She is ready to get of the bed, but the doctors will not let her sit up yet. Hopefully, this evening she will be able to sit up. That will help clear her lungs. She and little Henry watched a movie on TV this afternoon. Jenni is still on some sedation drugs because they want her to rest.
8:22 PM - Jenni was still progressing. At the 5:30 PM visit, the doctors had not allowed her to sit up. Her heart rate was up a little, and her breathing was rapid. They believe this is because she needs to sit-up and cough. She is on oxygen to help, but because she took out her ventilator last night, she is stretching the limits of her pneumonia.
8:58 PM - Jenni is still progressing well. She is fighting the effects of pneumonia with more rapid breathing and a higher heart rate. She can now move into any position she desires, but she is so very weak, she can not do much. They are now allowing her to bend her knees. Therefore, she does not have to lie flat on her back. The nurse advised us, they intend to let her sit up in the bed shortly. This should help her breathing. The pain medicine has been discontinued and is only available if she complains.
10:22 AM - Jenni rested comfortably last night. She was removed from all pain medication and was sitting up in bed. They will take a CT scan today to confirm the status of the repair to her brain artery. She feels much better, and wants to go home and work. This is a good sign, but she is still very weak. She enjoys receiving the cards everyone is mailing. We have received about 50 cards, 319 emails, and 7,465 website inquiries. She sends her thanks to everyone.
1:51 PM - Jenni had the anticipated CT scan about 12:30. The doctors are unavailable right now to review the results. They are working their magic on another more serious patient. We should know the results of their analysis at the 5:00 visit. She drank some Coca-Cola while we were visiting a few minutes ago. She said, "God, that is good!" She had some sherbert and orange juice earlier today. She has a slight headache, but that is expected. We encourage her to cough, which helps the shallow breathing due to the pneumonia. She is tired this afternoon, and the doctors are pleased with her progress.
5:57 PM - Jenni is still struggling with the shallow breathing, but her lungs appear to be improving slowly. She has been awake most of the day; therefore, she is very tired now. Her neck is sore, and she is trying to convince the nurses to let her get of bed so her neck will improve. In other words she is trying to treat herself. The nurses are raising the head of the bed to help improve her breathing.
7:06 PM - After talking
to the doctor this evening, Jenni appears to be suffering
from minor vasospams, which is a narrowing of the blood
vessels in her brain. Right now the doctors are monitoring
her closely and ready with treatments if the condition gets
worse. This is common for someone in her condition. We have
mentioned this issue several times over the last week.
Want to learn more about vasospasm? Click the link below:
When we talked with Jenni at the 5:00 visitation, we noticed she was less talkative and very tired. This is a side affect of the vasospasm.
9:04 PM - Jenni is very hungry tonight, and we fed her some Jello. Hunger is a good signal. Her breathing is still very shallow. She is now on a positive pressure breathing mask, which is just short of placing her back on the ventilator. They hope this will force more air into her lungs. She is on some pain medicine to help with the discomfort in her head. She is very tired, but they will not give her anything to sleep because it will inhibit her deep breathing.
10:34 AM - The positive pressure breathing mask worked well last night. Jenni is breathing better and only has a nasal cannula for oxygen now. She is still very tired and weak. She is not giving as many orders as she was yesterday morning. She has not slept much in the last two days. She ate some Jell-O and chicken broth this morning along with drinking an 8 oz. Coca Cola. The doctors have requested she try to move to a chair and sit upright today. Also, the Hematologist doctor came by the room and reported her platelets have recovered very nicely. Therefore, it appears we are in a strength building mode.
1:36 PM - Jenni has been sitting in a chair for 3 hours. She is more alert, and her breathing is much better. She keeps telling everyone, "I am going home on Thursday or Friday", but we all know that is not going to happen. Her blood pressure is much better as well as her oxygen level. Sitting up is exactly what she needed. She ate some lunch, and we are going to take her some chocolate yogurt at 2:30.
5:32 PM - We fed Jenni some chocolate yogurt about 3:30. She is drinking cokes regularly. She pushed herself today by staying awake and sitting up in the chair. Therefore, she is very tired. Her breathing is still labored, but I believe she will sleep well tonight.
9:14 PM - Jenni was sitting on the edge of the bed tonight. We fed her some cheerios and a popsicle. She is breathing much easier, but she is very sore from lying in bed. All pain medication has been removed; therefore, she is speaking clearly. We believe she will get some restful sleep tonight. We are hoping she will be moved from critical status to the step-down care tomorrow.
10:43 AM - We had a long visit with Jenni this morning. She is breathing much better. She is more rested after about 6 hours of sleep last night. She is feeding herself and sitting on the edge of the bed. She was even speaking Spanish with Jennifer (her daughter) this morning on the cell phone. The plan is to move her to "step-down" care on Friday. The physical therapy (PT) people will evaluate her this afternoon. She will likely move to Stallworth for in-patient PT on Monday or Tuesday.
1:57 PM - Jenni is sitting up more. She ate a few bites of baked chicken for lunch. She has been looking forward to making a trip to the bathroom, and now she can (yeah!). A good shower is next on her agenda when her strength allows it. She is already looking forward to a visit to the spa and beauty shop in the next few weeks. WOW! Hasn't our conversation changed in the last 48 hours! They are still monitoring the vasospasms, but her head does not hurt as bad now. Therefore, she is making improvements.
6:07 PM - The physical therapy folks visited with Jenni this afternoon. They are setting up a regiment to proceed with getting her strength back. She sat up often today. She walked about 100 feet up the hallway and back to her room around 4:30. She ate some supper, especially the chocolate brownie (It was one of those gooey kind, which she loves.) The vasospams are being monitored and treated with some blood thinner. She has a slight headache, which is expected. She is going to get some chocolate yogurt about 8:00. Can everyone see the chocolate trend here?
9:17 PM - Jenni is breathing normally and should get some serious rest tonight. We fed her the chocolate yogurt tonight. Everything is looking good. She must get up to go to the bathroom now. Therefore, she has more mobility.
9:42 AM - Jenni is a little more tired this morning. She did eat a small amount of breakfast, but her appetite is not as good as yesterday. Her headache is back to a level 5 on the 1 to 10 pain scale. The doctors are discussing the move to "step-down" care from intensive care, but they want to confirm the blood flow around all parts of her brain. At this moment Jenni has gone for another CT scan. The doctors are looking for any change from previous scans. The vascular surgeon is watching the vasospasms, and his biggest concern is keeping the blood thinned to prevent any type of stroke.
1:33 PM - I forgot to tell everyone this morning that Jenni is not on any oxygen now. She is breathing much better. Her heart rate is down as well blood pressure, which is all good. She ate some lunch and has sat up in a chair twice today. Her speech is very clear, and her headache is much better this afternoon. Everyone expects her to move to "step-down" care this afternoon, but the lead doctor has not ordered it officially yet.
5:51 PM - The doctors have reviewed the latest CT scan and are pleased with its results. Basically, there is no change from the last two scans, which is the result they want to see. Jenni's headache is more of a snore neck with pain into her head. The sore neck is caused by the old blood irritating the muscles in her neck. The sore neck and headache are normal. The doctor claims the neck and headache will slowly get better over the next few days. Jenni has more strength this afternoon. Her breathing is now normal without oxygen. She is still in intensive care, but the doctor is ready for physical therapy to begin its task. The hematology team is monitoring her blood to make sure there are no antibodies to the Heparin (blood thinner) reaction, which occurred last Sunday.
9:02 PM - Jenni's latest vasospasm report shows "minimal" activity. She is now past the normal time where vasospasm should occur. Therefore, we expect them to continue to decrease. It appears she is growing stronger this evening even though she is complaining about being tired. Once again she hopes to get a good nights rest.
10:34 AM - Jenni got some sleep last night. Her neck pain is keeping her from getting out of bed this morning. The hematologists and neurologists are debating whether to perform a spinal tap to remove some cranial fluid. This would give her some relief in her neck, but it may hinder the body's ability to remove the fluid in the future. She ate very little this morning, and she does not want to sit in the chair because of the neck pain. She will remain in the intensive care unit until the neck pain is resolved.
1:52 PM - Jenni's neck pain is much better this afternoon. She ate a good lunch, but saved the chocolate pie for later this afternoon. She sat in the chair for about 1 hour. They are not going to do the spinal tap right now. The doctors opted to let her body work on the extra fluid with medication to ease the pain. She must keep her neck straight to help ease the inflammation. She wants to attempt a hair washing this afternoon if her neck pain continues to subside.
6:12 PM - We just gave Jenni a shower and washed her hair. She said, "Oh, that feels so good!" She ate a good supper, and her neck pain is easing a little bit. Currently, she is sitting in a chair while her daughters (Jennifer and LauraAnne) and Helen are working on her hair. A shower can cure a lot of ills.
7:40 PM - We finished getting Jenni's hair combed. She has been sitting up a long time. Therefore, we are going to let her sleep, and we will not visit with her at the 8:30 scheduled time. This will give everyone a chance to get some extra rest tonight. All the nurses are amazed at Jenni's progress today. She is definitely a tough fighter. Please keep her in your prayers, and say a special thanks to the Ultimate Physician for his work. We will remember all of you during church tomorrow.
9:53 AM - Jenni was waiting for us to give her another shower at the 9:00 visit. She likes the warm water running on her neck. In fact she stood up most of the 30 minute process. Obviously, she is much better today. She is gaining strength and her neck pain is easing. She ate a good breakfast. We fed her a large bowl of fruit including strawberries and cantaloupe. We really anticipate her moving to "step down" care on Monday at the latest.
2:34 PM - Jenni ate a little lunch, but she is tired this afternoon. Therefore, we opted to let her sleep. She is still progressing as expected.
6:27 PM - Jenni sat up in a chair and ate supper. Her neck pain is improving and she is gaining strength. Everyone is skipping the 8:30 PM visitation to let her and family get some needed sleep. Therefore, we will not update this website again tonight. The next update will occur on Monday morning about 10:30 AM.
9:57 AM - Jenni was sitting in a chair again this morning. She ate some breakfast. She has requested more strawberries and cantaloupe. Her neck pain is getting better. The nurse advised us they will try to keep her sitting up and walking more today. We hope to meet with the doctors later this morning to determine the course of action for the next few days. The chart shows more surgery is anticipated. At this point we do not know what type of surgery is being considered.
3:54 PM - Jenni ate some lunch and is resting well. She wanted to sleep this afternoon during our 1:00 visit. Therefore, we visited briefly and let her sleep.
6:16: PM - I forgot to say Jenni did have another CT scan this morning. As before we assume no news is good news. They take these scans every two days to determine any changes. The ICU doctor advised us this evening that she is no longer under ICU status. She has not changed rooms, but this is normal for at "step down" process to begin. The nurse confirmed that the chart still shows a shunt may be surgically implanted in the morning, but no one has explained the reason or timetable for this procedure. Also, no one has signed a consent form. Therefore, we assume the doctors are still debating the need. She ate a good supper and drank lots of water. She has been sitting up and walking more today. She is anxious to get to work.
9:27 AM - Jenni is going into surgery right now for implantation of a shunt from her head into her abdomen.
9:42 AM - I apologize
for not informing everyone earlier about the surgery
details. I was informed of the details at 9:00 AM this
morning. As suspected yesterday, we were not informed of
what the doctors were watching. The doctors have been
watching the increase in brain fluid pressure since last
Thursday. Jenni's condition is called hydrocephalus. You may
read more about the symptoms by clicking here:
They are unable to drain the fluid with a lumbar puncture because the sudden drop in pressure may create a leak in the aneurism, which was repaired last week. About 50% of all patients who have an aneurism like Jenni's also have shunts implanted. The shunt will be a permanent tube implanted under the skin, and it will not affect her future activities or lifestyle. The surgery is being performed by the lead neurosurgeon, who specializes in shunt implants for the past 25 years. The surgery will last until about 12:00 noon. Please continue to pray for Jenni's favorable outcome.
12:51 PM - Jenni is out of surgery and alert. In fact she is more alert and talking better than she was at 8:45 this morning. She is sore from several incisions in her head and abdomen.
2:08 PM - Jenni has been out of bed to visit the bathroom in the last hour. Her mobility is rapidly improving. They have started her on some morphine to ease the pain of the surgery and neck. She is a little loopy because she told David (Henry's brother) that he still has less hair than she. But her color, and eyes are much brighter than the last few days. The shunt is doing its job as predicted by the doctors.
2:12 PM - Everyone please say a prayer for Matthew Prince, who is a young 18 year old patient from Georgia, just out of surgery for a cancerous tumor in his brain. The same doctors, who worked on Jenni, just completed a complicated surgery a few minutes ago. His family is at the devastation point where we were two weeks ago.
6:24 PM - SHEEEZZ BAAAACK! Jenni is very alert! She walked to the bathroom by herself. She ate a huge supper, chocolate yogurt, and fresh fruit. She is opening her mail and reading the newspaper as I type this update. She is requesting a computer for work tomorrow. Her pain medicine has been reduced. Well, I know everyone was on the emotional rollercoaster today. Thanks for your prayers today. They worked! I sincerely believe she is on the road to complete recovery now.
9:22 PM - Jenni is still improving. She is a little sore from the surgery today. She read her mail, and wants to thank everyone for the cards. She fed herself some more chocolate yogurt. The nurses will need to wake her every hour tonight. Therefore, she may not get as much rest as she wants. Her blood pressure and heart rate has improved today. The shunt should continue to relieve the neck pain tonight. We expect some major improvements tomorrow.
9:34 AM - Jenni did get some sleep last night. She feels more rested, and her pain is improving. This morning she sat up in a chair for about 2 hours and fed herself breakfast. She is still craving strawberries and cantaloupe. The nurse says they are talking about moving her to a regular room soon. When the nurse mentioned the possible move, Jenni said, "I want to go to the gift shop." Well, I guess chocolate and shopping are the best therapy for a woman. She is tired of being a "pin cushion" for all of the tests. She had up to 16 IVs going at once for most of the first two weeks. Now she has only three. Her heart rate and respirations continue to return to normal as the pain in her neck subsides.
1:15 PM - Jenni is being moved right now to room 6023, which is a regular hospital room at Vanderbilt. She ate some lunch, and was sitting on the edge of the bed a few minutes ago. We will setup shop in her new room shortly, and update the website at that time.
3:04 PM - Jenni is settled into her new room (number 6023). Her room is located on the neurology regular step down floor. She is still very sore from the surgery incisions. Basically, she needs to gain some strength. Hopefully, she will get some rest.
7:12 PM - Jenni is resting comfortably. The new nurses on the new floor will not wake her every hour tonight. She is so tired they want her to sleep tonight. The doctors want her to transition from the IV blood thinner to the oral blood thinner. As soon as the hematologist and neurologist agree the transition is complete to desired levels within the next day or two, they will move her to physical therapy at Stallworth for inpatient strength building.
7:34 AM - Jenni rested well last night. She is much stronger this morning. The neurologists are ready for her to go home. We are only waiting for the hematologists to release her. They must be satisfied with the levels of her blood thinner and provide recommendations on medicine for the next few days. She will not actually go home, but rather she will go to Stallworth for physical therapy to help build her strength and improve her range of motion in her neck.
9:32 AM - The hematologists are weaning Jenni from the IV blood thinner to the oral blood thinner. They stated it will be a few days for the oral blood thinner to reach the desired level. Once this is accomplished, the IV can be removed and Jenni will be free to leave for physical therapy. She will be on the oral blood thinner for about 3 months while reducing the concentration levels. Long-term they will be watching her previous reaction trends to the heparin, which was experienced on Sunday (2/6/05). They want her completely off blood thinners, but they are conservatively treating the Heparin reaction. It is such a rare phenomenon, there is no standard treatment protocol.
10:14 AM - The latest blood report is back. Jenni's platelets have returned to above normal, which is OK for now. This is a long way from Sunday, 2/6/05, when her platelets all but disappeared due to the Heparin reaction. She is a little anemic because her red blood cell count is slightly low. They will give her some iron, which will give her more energy.
1:59 PM - Jenni sat up in the chair for about 2 hours. She ate a good lunch. The hematologists anticipate "several" days before she is released for physical therapy. Currently, she is sleeping, and we are trying to be quiet. She needs to rest between our prodding to make her sit-up. Her abdomen is the source of some discomfort today. She has a small incision above her stomach where the doctors attached the shunt (drain) from the top of her head into her abdomen on Tuesday. However, she is not on any regular pain medicine.
2:38 PM - Jenni is about to have another CT scan. They will conduct the scan within the next hour. This is just a confirmation test, which is being done every few days. The doctors want to confirm everything is stable with the artery repair and shunt. She is still sleeping.
4:26 PM - Jenni has been sitting up this afternoon. Everything is improving. I am uploading a picture of the "GET WELL" poster we made over the last two weeks to hang in her room:
Click on the picture to view the large version
7:33 PM - Jenni is looking forward to a good nights rest. Her voice is getting stronger. I know from the above progress notes, I keep mentioning she is getting stronger and she is talking more. This may be misleading to everyone, especially those who have not seen her. She is actually speaking quietly, which is not the normal tone for you or me. She was so weak and for days was only acknowledging us, that any speech sounded great to us. This afternoon I noticed her volume is increasing, and we do not need to lean over the bed to hear her. We appreciate all of the emails and cards from everyone.
Friday 02/18/05 (Day 20 at Vanderbilt)
7:25 AM - Jenni rested very well last night. She is much "brighter" this morning. The nurse even commented on her alertness. Jenni spent too much time in bed yesterday, but the rest was needed. Today the neurologists want the physical therapy team to begin working with her. They want her to walk up and down the hall today. We are waiting for the hematologist visit this morning. We expect they will recommend staying in the hospital over the weekend.
9:02 AM - Jenni will stay in her current room at Vanderbilt through the weekend. The hematology group is happy with her progress and transition to oral blood thinners. They anticipate the transition will be complete and the IV removed on or before Monday. The physical therapy folks will begin their regiment today and continue all weekend. The vascular surgeon is pleased with her latest CT scan. He is ready to make an in-office appointment for his next evaluation rather than in the hospital. Therefore, everyone expects her to be ready on Monday for the move to the Stallworth building for inpatient physical therapy. That move is just for strength building. Once she can make a few laps around the hall and increase the mobility in her neck, she will be ready go home. We expect the trip home will be about February 23rd.
11:46 AM - Jenni is very alert and "with it" today. Her eyes are bothering her, but this is expected from the brain pressure issues last weekend and Monday. They are a little blurry and sore. She is thinking clearly and ready for a shower. She has been up all morning sitting on the edge of the bed. She has been typing on the computer, which may be causing some eye strain. This morning is by far the best we have seen from her in the last three weeks. I will be away from the computer for a few hours. Therefore, no website updates may be expected until this evening.
8:32 PM - Jenni did get her shower this evening. She walked the hall assisted by the physical therapy personnel this afternoon. She has been awake most of the day. The light hurts her eyes; therefore, we keep the room lights off most of the time. We anticipate a restful night.
Saturday 02/19/05 (Day 21 at Vanderbilt)
8:22 AM - Jenni rested well last night. She got out of bed without any assistance about 7:30. She brushed her teeth by herself. Now she is sitting on the edge of the bed. The nurse removed one of the IVs this morning. Now she only has one IV (Yeah!) Her neck is much better. She can straighten her head. They still draw blood every 6 hours to check the oral blood thinner level. We are waiting for the hematologist to advise on when the remaining IV can be removed and blood tests will stop.
10:45 AM - Jenni is feeling much better today. You can tell because she decided to tidy-up the room this morning. She did not like all the clutter left from yesterday. I was slow in getting the room cleaned today. She ate a good breakfast including a bunch of strawberries, cantaloupe and grapefruit. She is craving these fruit items more than chocolate now. She is spending some time on the computer, and her cognitive functions are 100%. The stiffness in her neck is much better today, and she is turning her head to the left now. After this morning I am questioning whether she will need the inpatient physical therapy next week.
2:22 PM - Jenni has been awake all day. She wants to take another shower this afternoon. Her voice has returned to normal volume. She continues to get out of bed by herself. She is reading the newspaper including the Wall Street Journal. She is ready to go to work.
8:21 PM - Jenni has been up all day. She is craving grapefruit and strawberries. Jenni has been watching her favorite TV show, Law and Order, on the VCR today. The nurses are still drawing blood every 6 hours. Jenni is really tired of being the pin cushion, not to mention all of the bruising involved in the process. We really hope this ends in the next day or two. Her sisters, Juli and Jerri, are with her tonight.
Sunday 02/20/05 (Day 22 at Vanderbilt)
11:55 AM - Jenni got her shower and can wear real pajamas now. Her oral blood thinner is now at the desired level. Therefore, they will reduce the number of blood tests, and hopefully, remove her last IV shortly. When we walked into the room this morning, she was filing her fingernails. I forgot to tell everyone that she walked a complete lap around the hall including the nurses station at the end of the hall. Our goal today is to make two complete laps.
3:27 PM - Jenni's last IV medicine was removed about 2:30. Immediately, she wanted to go shopping. Today she has some pajamas imprinted with "Shopaholic" all over them. Therefore, she went down to the second floor gift shop. She rode in a wheelchair, but she walked around the shop. After returning to the 6th floor, she walked from the elevator back to her room. I guess shopping is a good motivator. She continues to eat well while including strawberries and other fruit in every meal. We hope to make another walk around the hall later this evening.
6:19 PM - Jenni continues her strength building program. Because the IV pole is gone, she is more mobile. She is taking advantage of the situation by moving about the room and hallways. She is eating well and looking forward to tomorrow's decision on physical therapy location. All of the doctors will be around early (between 6:00 AM and 7:30 AM) in the morning. Therefore, we should have a good timetable for the upcoming days agenda early tomorrow. We look forward to a very restful night. Thanks, again, to everyone for their prayers and support.
Monday 02/21/05 (Day 23 at Vanderbilt)
7:47 AM - Jenni did not sleep well last night. The nurses came in about every hour; certainly, no longer than every two hours apart. They hooked up the IV again, installed the inflatable boots on the legs, and drew blood 3 times. No one knows why. The neurologists cleared her to leave this morning. We are waiting for the hematologists and vascular surgeon visits. Also, the physical therapist visit this morning will determine whether we go home for out patient therapy versus inpatient at Stallworth.
8:57 AM - The hematologist is recommending the IV blood thinner be discontinued this morning. Also, Jenni does not need the inflatable boots as long as she up and walking regularly. The blood tests will continue for the next day or two to confirm the oral blood thinner is staying at the required levels. Hematology expects Jenni will be ready to leave the hospital tomorrow or Wednesday if everything continues on course.
10:37 AM - Once again the IV has been removed. The doctors are reevaluating the need for inpatient therapy. They all state that the need for inpatient therapy has now passed due to the improvements over the last week. We must wait for the formal evaluation from the therapist. If everything stays on course, we should look at coming home tomorrow or Wednesday. Jenni wants to go to the hospital cafeteria for lunch. Therefore, we plan to take her about 1:30 PM once the crowd has diminished.
3:33 PM - The doctors are processing the paperwork for Jenni's discharge from Vanderbilt. They are sending her home instead of inpatient physical therapy. The only holdup may be a glitch in the blood work tonight, but we do not anticipate any bumps in the road. Therefore, we should be home by Tuesday afternoon.
3:42 PM - Everyone has been asking about Matthew Prince from my update on 2/15/05 above. I finally located the family a few minutes ago. They, too, have seen a miracle. The doctors performed another surgery on Matthew this morning and believe they have removed all of the tumor. He has no neurological damage and his prognosis is good. His condition has been "extremely critical" over the last week. He has been in a chemically induced coma to allow his brain to heal, and the doctors were able to examine him more closely. They hope to wake him up tomorrow.
3:51 PM - Jenni took a little wheelchair trip to the cafeteria about 2:00 PM. Her head was hurting too badly, so we did not stay long. She is pushing her mobility. I believe she may be pushing too fast. She likes the idea of coming home tomorrow.
5:31 PM - Everything appears to be set for leaving Vanderbilt tomorrow between 10:00 AM and noon. As the doctors say, "All of this is subject to any last minute changes." She will need a lot of rest once we get home tomorrow. Therefore, we request a quite afternoon. Thanks to everyone for their continued support. We have received over 550 emails, over 175 cards, and 14,777 visitors to the website as of this writing.
11:44 PM - We may be having a setback tonight. Jenni began vomiting about 11:30. Her headache from this afternoon has not subsided. The doctors have been watching for this sign as a symptom for a new bleed in her brain. The doctors have been summoned. PLEASE PRAY!
11:54 PM - They gave Jenni some morphine, and her headache has eased. The upset stomach has disappeared.
Tuesday 02/22/05 (Day 24 at Vanderbilt)
12:14 AM - The doctors ordered a CT scan for 5:00 AM. This scan could happen at any time. The doctors are not too worried because the morphine stopped the symptoms very quickly. It appears the vomiting was a reaction to the intense headache, but they want the CT scan to confirm no subsequent bleeding in the brain. This will also confirm the status of the repair performed almost 3 weeks ago. The doctors want Jenni to go back to sleep for now.
3:35 AM - Jenni's headache is back, but we are trying to get it relieved before it gets too intense.
3:42 AM - They gave her the maximum amount of morphine, and it relieved the pain. I believe we will not be coming home today until the doctors can get a handle on this headache.
6:19 AM - The doctors and nurses believe they have identified the headache source. The medicine Jenni takes for the vasospams may be creating the headaches. There appears to be a correlation between when she takes her medicine and the headaches. About 20 minutes after she takes the medicine, the headaches occur. She takes the medicine every 4 hours. She just took the vasospasm medicine at 6:16. Therefore, we will watch for the headache within 20 minutes from now. We are still waiting for the CT scan.
6:44 AM - Yes, the headache returned beginning about 6:30. The headache is continuing to increase in severity as I type. They are about to administer the morphine.
7:25 AM - The morphine did relieve the headache. There does appear to be a correlation between the vasospasm medicine (Nimotop or Nimodipine) and the headaches. This medicine has been administered every 4 hours over the past 3 weeks. The normal treatment time is 21 days. Therefore, the doctors have ordered the 60 mg dosage stopped at this time.
7:32 AM - The neurologist was just visiting to discuss the headache phenomenon. The Nimotop was going to stop today anyway. In order to make certain the source of the headaches, Jenni will not come home today. Hopefully, the headaches will subside. If they do not, then the doctors will need to tap the shunt in her head to determine what is going on. If the headaches subside today, then she will come home tomorrow.
7:44 AM - The CT scan looks good. Therefore, the doctors are pointing the finger toward the medication. We will watch today for any changes in the headaches.
8:42 AM - The vascular surgeon confirmed there is no bleeding in the brain according to the latest CT scan. This information helps narrow the cause for the headaches, and it eliminates a major concern.
11:17 AM - It has now been five hours since Jenni's last intense headache. Apparently, the medication reaction was accurate. This 5 hours is the longest time period within the last 36 hours without morphine. Her headache pain is only on a 2 or 3 level instead of the 9 or 10 level. Currently, she has no pain medication. Jenni's eyes are much brighter again, and she is talking more. Everyone is smiling again and talking about leaving the hospital tomorrow. She doesn't know it yet, but we plan on motivating her to walk around the hall shortly after lunch. This will be the ultimate test for her headaches.
11:48 AM - The mail was
just delivered. The deliveryman said, "You win! I have
never delivered so many cards to any room in all of my
years. You must be a very popular lady." Thanks to
everyone. The cards came from California to Florida to
Michigan, and of course Shelbyville. If anyone wants to send
cards soon, please send them to our home address at:
216 Dale Avenue
Shelbyville, TN 37160
2:34 PM - Jenni is going through hour number 8 since a major headache. All the doctors agree that the severe headaches were caused by the medication reaction. The shunt is functioning normally. Jenni is only on some Tylenol-like medication for pain. She ate a very good lunch, drank lots of fluids, and worked on the computer some this afternoon. Now I believe we are really going home tomorrow. We are going to walk around the halls and visit the cafeteria within the next hour.
4:22 PM - Jenni spent 1.25 hours out of the room this afternoon. She went to the cafeteria where she drank a cherry Slushie and ate strawberries. Then she went to the Gift Shop and walked around in there for about 10 minutes. She walked (unassisted) around the halls and impressed the nurses. They all said, "I believe she is ready to go home now." Her headache has disappeared this afternoon. She is not on any medication for pain.
7:03 PM - Jenni ate a good supper. She took a shower without assistance. She is ready to go home. She is still headache free. There are no scheduled tests for her tonight. Therefore, we expect to get some uninterrupted sleep. The tests in the morning will be routine discharge tests. We really expect to be in Shelbyville tomorrow afternoon.
Wednesday 02/23/05 (Day 25 at Vanderbilt)
7:37 AM - All of the doctors have given their blessing to "GO HOME". Therefore, we are packing! Jenni got some much needed sleep last night. She still has a slight headache, but the Tylenol can handle it easily. We are waiting on the final blood test results to confirm everything this morning. I expect we will be ready to leave about 11:00 AM.
9:07 AM - Jenni went to sleep after all the doctor visits early this morning. I am letting her sleep as long as possible to gain strength and stamina for the trip home. Everything is still "GO" for moving to Shelbyville today.
12:28 PM - We have
processed all of the paperwork and are awaiting the
transport team. We should leave the hospital about 1:00 PM.
Therefore, we expect to arrive at our home in Shelbyville
about 2:30 PM.
I know many of you want to see Jenni or bring food, etc. to the house, but the doctors insist that she get her rest over the next few days. She is still weak, and I expect the trip home will be tiring. We have people lined up to bring food and wait on us for the next few days.
message to all of you who followed this website over the
past few weeks:
Along with the prayers from thousands in the past month, one component of the healing therapy is friendship and love. Jenni, my entire family, and I have felt this caring friendship and love over the past 3-1/2 weeks. Recently, Michael Jordan said, “Friends are my heart and my ears.” We admit that the website visitors, emails, letters, and verbal messages of kindness and faith over the past few weeks have touched all of us; and only as true friends can express. Many of the emails and letters have come from individuals we do not know. Therefore, as we go to Shelbyville today, we move forward knowing there are no strangers, only friends we have not met. May God bless each and every one of you for your kindness, and may He reward you with his grace and peace.
3:57 PM - We made it home to Shelbyville about 2:15 PM. As suspected, Jenni is very tired. She slept most of the way home. She has been sleeping for the past hour. Her headache is still bothering her, but the medication is easing it now.
Thursday 02/24/05 (First full day at home)
6:32 AM - Jenni slept well last night for the first night at home. She ate some supper, but her appetite is slow to return. She continues to need medication for her headache every 4 hours. I expect she will sleep most of today.
11:04 AM - Well, Jenni is feeling much better today. She got into the bathtub when I wasn't watching her this morning. I know how you women like your bath! Her headache is much better today. She is managing the neck pain and headache with 1/2 the medication doses. She is sleeping most of the time; but, when she is awake, she is walking around the house. As expressed to everyone before, she is the miracle with 100% mental and motor functions. No one else, who was as sick as Jenni, left the hospital in the last 4 weeks with 100% neurological function. She only needs to gain her strength and stamina to return to normal.
5:40 PM - Jenni ate a large (1/2 chicken breast, green beans, and fried apples) lunch along with a large glass of milk. She continues to reduce her medication times for her headache. She was making phone calls this afternoon. She wants to get her fingernails done, massage, and hair fixed. I believe she is trying to make too many appointments. We still need to squeeze in the doctor visits tomorrow. Therefore, I may restrict her aggressive agenda. Jenni sleeps most of the day between her planning sessions. Her sister, Juli, will be here tonight. Therefore, I will get some needed sleep.
Friday 02/25/05 (Day 2 at home)
7:16 AM - Jenni rested well last night. Her headache appears to be slightly worse this morning than yesterday. We assume this is because she is more active. She ate a good supper last evening. She sat up for about two hours in the evening. She had a bowl of cereal this morning. We will have routine lab tests this morning about 8:30 AM. This will push her stamina by venturing out to the local doctor.
11:20 AM - Jenni had another bath this morning and went to the doctor for blood work. She stayed up for about two hours. She ate some more fruit and wheat toast while going through some mail. She is now resting, but not taking a nap. She wants to stay up as much as possible today. Her headache is a little better. We talked about maybe going out to lunch somewhere, but she is not ready for that adventure yet.
8:17 PM - I am sorry about being late with this update. I was busy with errands this afternoon and supper this evening. Jenni slept most of the early afternoon. Jenni sat up from 4:00 until 8:00 tonight. She ate a good supper, and pushed herself to stay up. Some family members came by to eat supper with us instead of just leaving it. It was good therapy for Jenni to stay awake with everyone. She is walking with better balance, and talking stronger. Her headache is still aggravating at times, primarily, because she is trying to decrease the medication. The doctors advised the headache will take several weeks to subside.
Saturday 02/26/05 (Day 3 at home)
8:52 PM - Sorry, but I did not get around to updating everyone today. I had so many things to do around town with errands to run and projects to finish, I was gone from home all day. Our daughters and Jenni's sister, Juli, were here all day for me. Jenni was up most of the day. She has not eaten as well as she did yesterday. Also, her headache appears to be worse this evening. Hopefully, this is normal due to her activity level today. She is experiencing some nausea.
10:38 PM - Jenni was experiencing too much nausea and vomiting this evening. The doctors are watching. We may need to go to Nashville tonight. Therefore, we may be going to the Vanderbilt emergency room soon.
10:48 PM - Hold the horses! Jenni feels a little better. We are waiting at home to see if her nausea will calm down.
Sunday 02/27/05 (Day 4 at home)
2:40 AM - Jenni is still at home, and the nausea subsided at 10:30. She has been asleep until now. She is trying to take more medicine now. We hope she will be able to keep it down.
7:37 AM - Jenni's nausea is slightly better. Her stomach is still "churning", but she is not vomiting. Her headache is still bad, but she is trying to sleep her way through it. We hope she can eat something shortly.
11:18 AM - Jenni is sitting up in a chair for the first time since 8:00 PM last night. She has not taken any pain medication since 9:00 PM last night, but she did not keep that down. She has a slight headache, but we are trying to get her to eat and drink something before medicating the headache. She appears a little stronger today, but we want her to rest more today than yesterday.
8:50 PM - Jenni has rested most of the day, and she has slowly regained her appetite. She still has a headache, but she is only taking Tylenol now. She still has some nausea, but we are letting her take it really slow by getting plenty of rest. She is drinking more fluids today. Hopefully, all of this will allow for restful night. Jenni gets to sleep often in the daytime, but the rest of us are extremely tired. I admit the emotional roller coaster is wearing me down.
Monday 02/28/05 (Day 5 at home)
7: 29 AM - Jenni is still asleep this morning. Her sister, Juli, took over "night duty" last night. According to the medication sheet, Jenni slept well last night. The last time she was awake was at 12:50 AM. If correct, this is the longest stretch of sleep in 5 weeks. Jenni is only taking Tylenol for her headaches, and she is taking it less often. Today we have several appointments scheduled around Shelbyville. I hope we can make them all on time.
10:21 AM - Jenni woke up this morning without a headache. She had a bath last night about 1:00 AM, and she feels much better. She is walking steadily, and her nausea has subsided. Apparently, the nausea was caused by her pain medication on Saturday, which she has now stopped taking. We did make her 9:00 AM appointment for physical therapy. The technician said, "Do you know what a miracle you are girl? I have seen patients with similar brain trauma for years, and never have I seen one with no deficiencies. You are the first who has no deficiencies." Jenni just needs to build stamina, and we will work on an exercise regiment to get her there. She still has soreness in her neck and some stinging from the shunt surgery. Our next appointment is 2:00 PM. We will see how she is feeling after lunch to determine the status of that appointment.
5:26 PM - Jenni had a very good day! She only needed a couple of Tylenol caplets this morning. Her headache is very mild and her nausea is very manageable. She worked on the computer for a few minutes, but her eyes do bother her when she concentrates on the screen too long. The doctors advised that her eyes will be the last part to heal completely. To help everyone know, her eyes feel like they are strained when anyone has been in the bright sun or awake too long. The eyes are the first thing affected when the brain has trauma and the last thing to heal. We are looking forward to a long, restful night. Hopefully, Jenni can sleep for 6 to 7 hours nonstop as she did last night. That means the rest of us can sleep well, too.
Tuesday - 03/01/05 (Day 6 at home)
7:27 AM - Jenni slept all night. She is walking around the house to exercise her legs. In fact she fixed herself some hot oatmeal. She still has slight headache/neckache, but it is much better than a few days ago. Because yesterday was a good day, we look forward to have a second good day in a row. The game plan is to continue our strength building and stamina with some intermittent computer work.
11:24 AM - Jenni is feeling well today while sleeping often. We may drive around this afternoon, just to get her out of the house for a little while. A change of scenery will be good. She still has a slight headache with some neck pain. Her strength is slowly returning.
5:14 PM - Jenni was up a long time today. The bright sun this afternoon was straining her eyes. Today was a good rest day in anticipation of Wednesday's numerous doctor and physical therapy appointments. Her headache and nausea are slightly improved. She still needs lots of rest to allow her brain to heal.
Wednesday 03/02/05 (Day 7 at home)
8:18 AM - Jenni had another restful night. She still has a slight headache. Mostly her eyes are easily irritated by the sunlight. She will be wearing sunglasses today. She is ready to leave for her first doctor appointment this morning where they will do some blood work. We will return home hopefully soon enough for her to rest before her next appointment at 10:00 AM with the physical therapist. This will be her first day with a busy schedule. We also have some activities planned for this afternoon.
3:37 PM - Jenni did have a busy morning. She was away from the house for 3 hours. She went for blood work, and while she was there, they did a CT scan. After the doctors she went to the physical therapist, where she underwent an hour of rehab and massage. Her eyes continue to be light sensitive. The Vanderbilt doctors want to see her to discuss the eye and neck pain on Friday morning. Otherwise, she continues to rest a lot, and when she is awake, she stays out of the bright lights or wears sunglasses.
Thursday 03/03/05 (Day 8 at home)
8:10 AM - Jenni slept well again last night. Her eyes are still light sensitive and her headache/neckache is still low grade. Tylenol takes care of the pain. We have a 9:00 AM appointment. Also, Jenni plans to get some minor computer work accomplished today if her eyes will let her.
1:32 PM - Jenni's 9:00 AM appointment lasted until about 11:30. Therefore, she was tired and went to sleep. Her eyes are still very light sensitive, but she is going to work on the computer this afternoon for a short time (about 5 minutes) if her eyes allow her. Also, she must go through her physical therapy routine this afternoon, which will take about 30 minutes. We are still scheduled to visit Vanderbilt tomorrow morning. Most of Friday will be filled with the trip to Nashville and back.
Friday 03/04/05 (Day 9 at home)
9:21 AM - We are headed to Nashville for a Vanderbilt doctor appointment at 11:20 AM today. Jenni's headache is a little worse today. The Tylenol is not relieving the pain as well as it has been for the past few days. She slept most of last night. We expect to be at Vanderbilt most of the day.
2:12 PM - We made it to Nashville and back today. The doctors were pleased with Jenni's progress. Her light sensitive eyes may indicate a slight infection in her spinal (rear brain) area, but she is not running a fever, which is good. The doctor tapped the shunt in her head and drew off some spinal fluid for testing. They are testing for the possibility of a minor infection. We should know the preliminary results later this afternoon. Also, they will test the fluid further over the weekend. If Jenni has an infection, we will need to go to the hospital for IV antibiotics. Otherwise, we will be at home and continue as is. Her nausea is not caused by increasing brain pressure. Therefore, we are treating the nausea with more small, bland meals (about 6 per day instead of 3), which helps the stomach cope with the medicine.
6:19 PM - Jenni's test results from Vanderbilt all came back with good results this evening. She does not have an infection. She has a little inflammation at the base of her brain. This is causing the light sensitivity for her eyes. The doctors have ordered a steroid to help with the inflammation. Jenni's nausea is much better this evening. She needs to eat lots of small meals during the day. She needs to eat crackers, bread, and other bland tasting items during the day. We look forward to a restful night.
Saturday 03/05/05 (Day 10 at home)
3:22 PM - Jenni had a good day. She started taking the steroid pack this morning. She has not needed any Tylenol all day. Her nausea is gone, but she is still very tired. She is trying to read some of her mail. Her eye strain is much better. The steroids should alleviate the eye strain and neck pain over the next few days. They should also improve her appetite. Otherwise, she is gaining strength and doing better.
Sunday 03/06/05 (Day 11 at home)
7:55 AM - Jenni slept better last night than she has in over 6 weeks. She did have an extreme headache early last night, but the medication relieved it quickly. She woke up before everyone else this morning and worked on the computer for about 15 minutes. Her nausea has disappeared while her appetite is much improved. She has a slight headache now with some mild eye strain. Therefore, she returned to bed. Today, we plan to get her into the physical therapy routine. Also, we hope to ride her in the car for a change of scenery.
6:36 PM - Jenni has been up and sitting in a chair most of today. She worked on the computer and has been outside with the pretty weather. She rode around Shelbyville this afternoon just to get out of the house. Her headache and eye strain are much improved. She even helped prepare supper this evening. She claims she is ready to go to the office tomorrow, but we may slow her down a little bit. The steroid she is taking gives her some energy, but we need to watch her closely for fatigue. She can suddenly get tired and become very weak. We expect another good nights sleep tonight.
Monday 03/07/05 (Day 12 at home)
7:13 AM - Jenni slept through the night without getting up or requiring any medications. In fact she is still asleep as I type this update.
11:48 AM - Jenni has been working on her computer and calling clients this morning. Her headache is controlled by a little Tylenol and her eye strain is minimal. She sat at the computer for about two hours, which is really too much for her eyes right now. We made her go back to bed for a nap. This afternoon she goes to physical therapy and will drop by her office for a few minutes. Her appetite is good.
4:20 PM - Jenni went to physical therapy this afternoon. She continues to amaze everyone with her rapid improvement. She was given more exercises to help her gain more strength. This afternoon she worked on her computer by reading some of the 800 business emails, which accumulated last month. She went by her office to check-in with Melanie, her assistant, about 3:45. Jenni plans on being in her office for about an hour Tuesday morning.
Tuesday 03/08/05 (Day 13 at home)
7:28 AM - Jenni slept well last night. She is looking forward to going into the office this morning for about an hour. She will also work on business emails from her home computer. She still has some neck pain and a slight headache, but Tylenol is controlling it. She continues building strength with daily exercises twice per day at home. Her appetite is very good. The steroids are doing their job. She is reducing the steroid medication each day. She is taking less than 12 mg per day now. She will stop them by this Saturday. We hope the energy and neck inflammation will continue to diminish without the steroids.
11:56 AM - Jenni has been up in a chair all morning working on her business emails. She only has 200 left to review. She got her bath and dressed for work, but she ran "out of steam." Therefore, she is going to try to go to her office about 1:00 PM.
5:08 PM - Jenni did go to her office this afternoon for about one hour. She activated a new software program to help her assistant and talked on the phone to a few clients today. Also, she went to the hairdresser briefly. She has been up all day with no nap. By late this afternoon she was beginning to get very tired. Her hips are sore from all of the walking and standing. Her strength is continuing to improve.
Wednesday 03/09/05 (Day 14 at home)
6:53 AM - Jenni admits that last was the first time she has not awoken during the night for any reason. She was up all day yesterday and never took a nap. Her hips are sore from all of the walking and standing. She is still taking some Tylenol for her headache, but the steroid is very minimal today. She will discontinue the steroids tomorrow. We have two appointments this morning for blood work and therapy. Therefore, she will be busy today.
8:21 PM - Jenni has been active all day. She spent the morning at doctor appointments and physical therapy. We grabbed a quick lunch and she went to the office for a short time. This afternoon she worked on her computer and took a brief nap. Jenni's sister, Juli, is going home to Memphis tomorrow. Boo! :'( Therefore, we took her along with Jenni out to eat this evening. This was Jenni's first adventure out of the house. I believe Jenni will sleep well tonight.
Thursday 03/10/05 (Day 15 at home)
7:20 AM - Jenni slept well last night. Her headache is slightly worse this morning. She took her last steroid overnight. Therefore, we expect her headache to return. The doctors will watch her for a few days to determine if the steroids should be started again. Right now Tylenol is controlling the headache and neck pain. Today will likely be a rest time.
5:48 PM - Jenni worked on her computer at home today. In fact she accomplished a great deal of work. Her headache is a little better this evening. Jenni's sister, Juli, went back to Memphis today. With the children at school, the house is quiet and Jenni is becoming restless with her confinement at home. We anticipate going out to eat lunch on Friday.
Friday 03/11/05 (Day 16 at home)
11:44 AM - Jenni's headache was slightly worse this morning. We started her on some medication, and she rested this morning. She feels good enough to go out to lunch. Therefore, we are going out in a few minutes.
4:56 PM - Jenni had an active afternoon. She did make it to The Plantation House for lunch about 12:30. Her headache was bothering her so we did not stay very long. She took a short nap from 1:30 to 2:45; whereupon, she had to go for physical therapy at 3:00. After getting home at 4:45, she went back to bed for some rest. Our daughters, Jennifer and LauraAnne, are on their way home from UT for the weekend. We have all kinds of good news about Jennifer's acceptance to medical school this fall. We look forward to a restful weekend.
Saturday 03/12/05 (Day 17 at home)
6:30 PM - I have been remiss in updating the website today. The weather was great and I worked outside with the boat and with numerous errands. Jenni had a good day. The doctors ordered another round of steroids for her neck inflammation. By this afternoon the medication was helping her headaches. She sat outside in the sunshine and concentrated on the mail, which has piled up over the last 6 weeks. We expect a good night's sleep.
Sunday 03/13/05 (Day 18 at home)
7:34 AM - Jenni slept well last night. She did not require any pain medication for her head or neck. We only have her physical therapy routines today so that her strength will continue to improve. If the weather stays good, I expect she will want to ride in the car this afternoon. We will pray a special "Thank You" at church this morning for each of you who continue to watch this miracle unfold. May GOD bless each of you and show you HIS grace in your daily lives.
7:45 PM - Jenni had a good day. She spent most of the day opening the mail, which accumulated at home in the past 6 weeks. Her headache is slightly better. Everyone in our house is going to bed early tonight.
Monday 03/14/05 (Day 19 at home)
7:17 AM - Jenni slept well last night. Her headache and neck stiffness are better. She did not require any Tylenol last night. She anticipates going to her office some today, but first she will be at physical therapy most of the morning.
8:53 PM - Jenni was awake all day today. She did spend almost two hours at physical therapy this morning. She had no Tylenol until 11:30 AM. This afternoon, she worked on her computer for several hours. Her neck pain and headache are much better today. You can tell that her eyes are brighter today. She feels more lively, and her energy level is improving. We believe she reached a new plateau of stamina today.
Tuesday 03/15/05 (Day 20 at home)
8:48 AM - Jenni had another good night without any pain medication. She is resting this morning with no scheduled activities. Of course, she will contact clients as needed today and work on her computer from the house to stay in contact with the stock market.
6:52 PM - Jenni said this afternoon, "This is the best day so far." Her headache and neck pain was minimal. Her eye strain was much improved. She rested most of the morning. She wanted to go out for lunch about 12:30; therefore, we did. This afternoon she talked to several clients and scheduled some appointments at her office for Thursday. We expect another quiet night with plenty of sleep for everyone.
Wednesday 03/16/05 (Day 21 at home)
3:47 PM - Jenni rested well last night. She had a busy morning with a doctor appointment and physical therapy. Also, she went out to lunch, but became very tired by 12:30. This afternoon she worked on some client accounts and made some phone calls. Her headache and neck pain continues to improve. Her eye strain is much better, and she works on her computer for an hour per session without irritating her eyes. We are going to have a restful evening.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Thursday 03/17/05 (Day 22 at home)
10:19 AM - Jenni had a fairly good night. Her headache was bothering her. It may be her sinuses. Currently, she is at her office for a scheduled appointment with a client. I expect her to go home for more rest by 11:00 AM. Nothing is scheduled for this afternoon.
Friday 03/18/05 (Day 23 at home)
7:05 AM - Well, Jenni surprised us again with her energy level yesterday. She decided after going to her office that she wanted to go out to lunch. After lunch she worked from the house on her computer to take care of some client needs and answer emails. Obviously, she was very tired last night and slept all night without any Tylenol. She has a busy morning today with physical therapy scheduled for almost two hours. Our daughters, Jennifer and LauraAnne, will be home this afternoon for spring break from UT-Knoxville. Therefore, we can expect an active weekend and upcoming week.
7:18 PM - Jenni had an incredible day. She stayed away from the house almost 4 hours and was very active. She spent over two hours at physical therapy and then went out to lunch. After returning home she never went down for her nap, but stayed up and worked on her computer all afternoon. Her headache is much better. She only required a small amount of Tylenol today. She continues to gain strength and stamina. She finally laid down for about one hour at 5:30 this evening. I expect she will sleep well tonight.
Saturday 03/19/05 (Day 24 at home)
8:37 AM - Jenni rested well last night. Her headache is still light, but she does require some Tylenol. It appears she will have another good day today. After the past two good days we are hoping for three good days in a row. I (Henry) will be traveling with our daughter, Jennifer, to Memphis this afternoon and returning on Monday night. Therefore, the website updates will be limited to maybe one per day. I will be traveling this afternoon. We hope everyone has a good weekend.
Sunday 03/20/05 (Day 25 at home)
3:52 PM - Sorry about the delay in posting an update on this website. I am in Memphis with our daughter, Jennifer. We said a special prayer of thanks for all of you at church on this Palm Sunday morning. Jenni had another good day yesterday. Several family members and friends came by the house yesterday evening to check on Jenni, LauraAnne, and little Henry. Today she is resting at home. Her headache is still getting better. LauraAnne is making sure Jenni keeps up with her physical therapy routines. We expect a restful evening and night. May all of you have a blessed and safe holy week.
Monday 03/21/05 (Day 26 at home)
7:27 AM - Well, it appears that "while the cat is away, the mice will play." My update from yesterday was not as complete as it could have been. Yesterday, Jenni and LauraAnne went to Murfreesboro for an outing to the mall and a late lunch. Jenni stayed up all afternoon and even tried cleaning the kitchen upon her return. Obviously, she is feeling much better. She took a minimal amount of Tylenol compared to recent days for her headache.
7:35 AM - Jenni plans to be in her office for about 2 hours this morning. This afternoon she has physical therapy from 1:45 to 3:30.
9:39 AM - Jenni said, "I had the best night of sleep so far last night." It appears she has crossed another threshold because this makes 5 good days in a row. She went to her office at 8:00 this morning and ate breakfast at The Coffee Break. She is trying to work in her office most of this morning before her physical therapy this afternoon. I will be returning from Memphis this afternoon. Therefore, the website update may not occur until late tonight or tomorrow morning.
Tuesday 03/22/05 (Day 27 at home)
10:35 AM - Jenni continues to improve. She spent most of yesterday afternoon at physical therapy and then went home to rest. She had another good nights sleep. She stopped taking the steroids yesterday; therefore, we expect her energy level to drop slightly. Also, her headache may become more intense, but the doctors want to watch her closely to determine if they can wean her off the medication. This morning she spent over 2 hours at physical therapy. She plans on going to her office for a couple of hours today.
4:51 PM - Jenni had another good day of activities. Her headache is worse this afternoon as expected because of a medication change. She is not taking any steroids now. The Tylenol is barely helping. In spite of this she did go to her office for about two hours and eat lunch out. She rested this afternoon. We expect tonight will be a turning point for her headache situation. If she can rest tonight, we will stay the course with no steroids. If not, we expect the Neurologists in Nashville will want to see her soon at Vanderbilt for a clinic visit.
Wednesday 03/23/05 (Day 28 at home)
8:42 AM - Jenni did not sleep well last night. As anticipated her headache has gotten worse now that she is not taking the steroids. Her nausea has also returned. She is trying to get the pain to ease enough for this morning's doctor appointment for blood work. We expect the Neurologists in Nashville may also want to see her today.
4:21 PM - Jenni did get her medication changed slightly today, and she has responded well this afternoon. Her headache is much improved. Her energy level is increasing. Her nausea disappeared. She rested all afternoon, but is now ready to venture out of the house. We may go watch little Henry play in a tennis tournament. We expect this evening will be quiet and go to bed early.
Thursday 03/24/05 (Day 29 at home)
7:27 AM - Jenni had a good nights sleep. Her medication is now balanced. Therefore, she feels much better. She did go watch Henry play Tennis yesterday afternoon for about 2 hours. She expects to be in her office a few hours this morning. She has a physical therapy appointment this afternoon.
Friday 03/25/05 (Day 30 at home) GOOD Friday before Easter Sunday!
8:37 AM - Jenni had a good day yesterday. Her energy level is much lower because the steroid she was on for the past two weeks is being reduced. Her headache is much better and is the best so far. Therefore, her body is responding as expected. She mainly needs to continue to build strength and stamina. She still requires lots of bed rest during the day. She is sleeping through the night regularly without waking up. We expect a quiet day today. Jenni's office and the stock market are closed today. Our children are home from spring break activities. Little Henry is catching fish today for our traditional Good Friday fish fry. We are planning to have family and friends at our house this evening for supper.
5:33 PM - Jenni had a good day. She continues to marvel at her lack of headache. She had a persistent headache for so long; she feels much better now that it is under control. She spent most of the day out at a friend's cabin overlooking a lake. The relaxing porch swing and sunshine was most welcome. This evening she "jumped right in" with helping prepare the fish for a gourmet evening of various fish cuisine with family and friends. I told everybody, "Lights out at 9:00 PM." Therefore, we are looking forward to another restful night.
Saturday 03/26/05 (Day 31 at home)
11:40 AM - Jenni had another good night and continues to feel better today. Her headache is virtually gone. She is still weak, but is getting steadier on her feet as she gains strength. She rested this morning in anticipation of attending a "Hog Roast and Easter Egg Hunt" this afternoon at a friend's house. May God bless each of you during this Easter vigil.
5:53 PM - Jenni had a good day visiting friends and stayed outdoors for two hours. Her headache is very minimal and continues to improve daily. Jenni is resting this evening, and we are preparing food for the Feldhaus family gathering at MiMi's (Henry's mother) house after church tomorrow.
Easter Sunday 03/27/05 (Day 32 at home)
7:32 AM - Jenni had a good night. We are rallying for a trip to early church this morning. Our prayers of thanksgiving and joy will include everyone who visited this website in the past two months. After church we will gather at Mrs. Feldhaus' home at noon for our traditional Easter meal with all 18 of her grandchildren. May the message of peace during this Easter season provide blessings to each of you.
5:00 PM - Jenni had another good and busy day. We did go to Mrs. Feldhaus' for Easter lunch this afternoon. She spent some time cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. Mrs. Feldhaus gave everyone lapel pins from the "Brain Aneurysm Foundation" where she donated funds on behalf of Jenni. If you want to visit their website click here. Our daughters, Jennifer and LauraAnne, returned to UT-Knoxville this evening. Now Jenni is tired and we expect to rest this evening. Jenni anticipates going to her office Monday morning.
Monday 03/28/05 (Day 33 at home)
7:12 AM - Jenni did not rest well last night. Her headache returned and kept her awake often during the night. Her plans to go into the office this morning are on hold until she can get her headache under control. We assume she pushed herself too much over the weekend. Therefore, she needs to rest this morning. She has physical therapy scheduled for this afternoon. Overall, Jenni is much stronger than one week ago. She continues to improve as her body heals during this slow process.
Tuesday 03/29/05 (Day 34 at home)
10:03 AM - Jenni did get her headache under control yesterday morning. She felt good enough to go to work at her office for about two hours. Yesterday afternoon she went to physical therapy for over 2 hours. Her endurance is rapidly increasing. She worked on her computer work in the afternoon and evening. She required no medication in the afternoon or evening. She slept through the night, which was very restful. She awoke early this morning with no headache and full of energy. Therefore, we look forward to a good day. She anticipates going to the office shortly, and maybe work there this afternoon, also.
Wednesday 03/30/05 (Day 35 at home)
6:32 AM - Jenni did go to her office yesterday afternoon for about 3 hours. She continues to build strength and stamina. Her clients and friends are amazed at her ability to remember everything with no deficiency. I must admit she can remember details that confounds my ability to remember them. I can not find any defect in her brain activity, which just confirms her miraculous recovery. We have a busy day planned with an appointment for blood work this morning and a funeral this afternoon in Manchester. She will likely spend some time at her office this morning before going to Manchester at noon.
6:48 PM - Jenni has been up all day. I mean UP and out of bed or off the couch all day. She did not lie down at any time. She worked from 8:00 AM to noon. She also went for blood work this morning and then Manchester, TN after lunch for a funeral. Late this afternoon she went back to work and cooked supper. She said, "This is the best day so far with my energy level and no headache!" We hope she continues this pace for Thursday without any setbacks tonight.
Thursday 03/31/05 (Day 36 at home)
7:29 AM - Jenni did sleep well last night. She reduced her steroid medication to the minimum daily amount yesterday and today. Hopefully, the headaches and neck pain will continue to improve without the extra medication. She has some appointments at her office this morning. Therefore, she continues the "push" to return to normal. We expect she will work from home on her computer this afternoon.
Friday 04/01/05 (Day 37 at home)
5:57 PM - I apologize for my tardiness in updating the website. Jenni had another busy day on Thursday. She stayed at her office most of the day on Thursday. Her energy level stayed high, and her medications were few. Today she needed some rest. She did not sleep as well last night, and she stayed in bed until 8:30 AM. But, by 9:30 AM she was ready to attend the Chamber of Commerce morning coffee gathering. We talked with Kurt Cobb, our State Representative, Jim Tracy, our State Senator, and Bart Gordon, our Tennessee Congressman. Everyone really enjoyed seeing Jenni. After this reception she went home for some rest. This afternoon she did go to her office and return phone calls. She also managed to continue with her physical therapy late in the day. Now we are preparing to go to the "Friends of The Fly Garden Party" at the Fly Performing Arts building for a dinner and fund raiser. Little Henry flies to Los Angeles tomorrow morning. He is going to stay with friends during Spring Break this week and visit with his friend Jason Ritter, yes John Ritter's son, on the Joan of Arcadia TV set. Therefore, I may be unable to update the website until late in the morning on Saturday.
Saturday 04/02/05 (Day 38 at home)
4:05 PM - Jenni did have an active evening yesterday with the Garden Party at the Fly Building. She slept well last night and awoke today full of energy. Her headache is still minimal and requires some Tylenol. She went to her office to catch-up on some work this morning. We went shopping this afternoon and came home to watch the death of Pope John Paul II news. We will go to church this evening to attend Mass for the Pope. May the peace of God's grace embrace each of you for your continued prayers for Jenni's healing.
Sunday 04/03/05 (Day 39 at home)
10:52 AM - Jenni rested well last night. Her headache is very slight and her neck pain is still improving. She is ready to be out in the sunshine today. May the example of humility and the message of peace from the life of Pope John Paul II refresh all of us. We pray GOD'S blessing be upon all of you.
Monday 04/04/05 (Day 40 at home)
6:39 PM - Jenni had a good day yesterday and today even though she did not sleep well last night. We went to the lake Sunday afternoon and rode in a boat for almost 4 hours enjoying the warm weather. Jenni stopped her steroid medication yesterday morning. She continues to be pain-free, but she is feeling a little weak. This weakness is a natural thing when weaning off the steroids. She went to physical therapy this morning for almost two hours. After lunch she worked at her office all afternoon. This evening she is moving slow and is very tired. I expect she will sleep well tonight.
Tuesday 04/05/05 (Day 41 at home)
6:15 PM - Jenni did sleep better last night. She continues to remain "medication free" for the second day in a row. She is still very weak, and you can tell by looking into her eyes that she does feel tired. This lack of energy is normal while weaning away from the steroid, which she took for the past few weeks. However, Jenni did go to work at 9:00 AM this morning. She stayed there all day and returned home at 5:45 PM this evening. Therefore, she continues to push herself while gaining strength. Tomorrow will be a stressful day because she is the main speaker at the "Community Clinic" fundraiser during lunchtime. There will be approximately 200 people who want to hear the story about the miraculous recovery of her brain aneurysm. Jenni will remain at home in the morning to save her energy for the luncheon.
Wednesday 04/06/05 (Day 42 at home)
11:02 AM - Jenni continued to be restless last night. Her headache is back this morning. This was expected with the steroid withdrawal, but the headache is more intense than expected. Jenni was scheduled to be at her luncheon speaking engagement at 11:00 AM, but we are waiting until 12:00 to allow some medication to "take hold" of her. She slept all morning and just awoke at 10:30. As stated yesterday she is the main speaker at the "Community Clinic" fundraiser during lunchtime today. We will need to miss the preliminary auctions from 11:00 AM to noon. She is scheduled to speak about 12:20 today.
4:08 PM - Jenni did make it to the luncheon. We arrived right at noon, and there were about 200 people in attendance. She thanked everyone for their prayers and support over the past two months. She relayed some funny hospital situations to everyone. As she said, "You might as well laugh about these situations. Otherwise, you will probably cry if you dwell on the illness too much." She did a good job encouraging everyone to support the Community Clinic. Her headache did get better after she took a steroid and more Tylenol. She is resting this afternoon at home. Jenni's sister, Juli, is back with us for a few days. She is a big help with driving Jenni around and helping Jenni keep organized.
Thursday 04/07/05 (Day 43 at home)
8:41 AM - Jenni slept well last night. She does have a slight headache this morning, but Tylenol is controlling it. She will go to physical therapy for strength building this morning. This afternoon she is expected to work from her office. She continues to improve and push herself toward complete recovery.
Friday 04/08/05 (Day 44 at home)
10:39 AM - Jenni went to her office all afternoon yesterday. She had a good night with no medication. Today, she appears to have more energy than the past few days. She is going to Nashville today for the Neurologist visit. We hope they will allow her to drive a car after today.
8:00 PM - Click here to see the newspaper article about Jenni and henry speaking at the luncheon on Wednesday.
Saturday 04/09/05 (Day 45 at home)
8:37 AM - Jenni did
have a GREAT visit with the neurologist yesterday. He was
amazed that Jenni had returned to work and was so active.
The last time he saw her on March 4th, she was in a
wheelchair. He told her, "Do you know how unusual you
are? Did you know that 4 out of 10 people with your
condition never make it to the hospital alive. Also, 4 out
of the remaining 6 never return to work. Of the last 2 there
is always some type of long-term disability. Very, very
rarely does anyone recover like you!" Basically, the
doctor admitted that they do not know much about treating
her further because she is doing so well. He said, "The
problem is fixed. The other vessels in your head are clear
with no lifestyle changes required. You may do anything you
feel like doing. I do not suggest that you do any bungee
jumping soon, but you may feel free to increase activities
as desired including driving the car." Continued mild
headaches can be expected over the next few months as the
healing process continues.
She will continue on her blood thinner until the meeting with her vascular surgeon on April 22nd. He is the doctor who actually fixed the blood vessel in Jenni's head. Once he and the hematologist are convinced the Heparin reaction crisis from 2/6 is gone, she will not be on any blood thinner or other medications. Some blood tests before April 22nd will hopefully show no antibodies, which create blood clots.
After visiting the doctor yesterday, we took the "long road" home by shopping along the way. Our daughters, Jennifer and LauraAnne, came home from UT in the evening. We entertained some friends at our house to celebrate the good news by cooking out on the grill last night. Jenni went all day without any Tylenol.
She slept well last night, and is active this morning without a headache. Jenni expects to finish some computer related items for work today. Also, the beautiful weather will draw us to some outdoor activities around the house. We will be traveling to Nashville for an engagement reception for a friend's daughter this evening.
Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support toward receiving this astounding news.
Sunday 04/10/05 (Day 46 at home)
7:29 PM - Jenni did have a busy weekend. She went to the reception in Nashville yesterday where she saw many of our college buddies. We were late getting home; therefore, she slept some extra time this morning. This afternoon she drove by herself to the lake and back home. She is very happy to have wheels now. Little Henry returned from California this evening. We expect trouble in the morning trying to wake him up after the time adjustment. We look forward to a productive week. May GOD bless each of you for your continued support and prayers.
Monday 04/11/05 (Day 47 at home)
2:52 PM - Jenni slept really well last night. It appears her energy level is improving quickly now. Her headache is minimal. She went to work early today at about 9:00 AM. She is still there as I type this update. She is driving herself all over Shelbyville. I am glad to be out of the taxi business. She has a trip planned for this evening to Murfreesboro to watch little Henry play on the tennis team. The threatening rain may change those plans. Otherwise, Jenni continues her remarkable recuperation.
Tuesday 04/12/05 (Day 48 at home)
4:38 PM - Jenni stayed at work yesterday until almost 6:00 PM. I made her come home then. She had another good and restful night. She went to physical therapy this morning for about 1.5 hours, then she went to work for the rest of the day. She even worked through lunchtime and is still working as I type this update. She had appointments all day with clients. She promises she will go home in the next 30 minutes. Her energy level is quickly improving. She hopes to make the Rotary Club meeting in the morning for the first time since January.
Wednesday 04/13/05 (Day 49 at home)
9:26 AM - Jenni did not sleep well last night, but she went on to Rotary this morning anyway. After the meeting she went home to catch-up on some sleep. She is not in pain, but she is restless. We expect the workload of the past two days is taking its toll with her energy level. She plans on being in her office with clients this afternoon. She looks forward to making it through Friday, April 15th when the IRA activity will slow down.
9:35 PM - Jenni did get to work about 10:00 AM and stayed all day. She also went to the doctor's office for blood work. She is now fighting another headache. I believe she pushed herself too much over the last 3 days. She will need to rest well tonight. She has been in bed since 6:30 PM, and we are going to let her sleep late in the morning.
Thursday 04/14/05 (Day 50 at home)
3:15 PM - Jenni did sleep better last night. She rested at home until mid-morning today. The Tylenol helped ease her headache today. Now she is "off to the races" as she is working at the office and delivering paperwork all over town this afternoon. We expect her to rest this evening and get some good sleep tonight.
Friday 04/15/05 (Day 51 at home)
10:48 AM - Jenni did sleep well last night. She was up early today and at work by 7:30 AM. She is working hard during this tax deadline season. We expect she will need a nap by late afternoon. She looks forward to relaxing over the weekend.
Saturday 04/16/05 (Day 52 at home)
No new update today.
Sunday 04/17/05 (Day 53 at home)
6:58 AM- Jenni has been active this weekend and up early each day. Yesterday she went to her office to catch up on organizational time. She needed to get some reports completed, letters, and finish the mail. She has been off all medication for 3 days now. Yes, that includes Tylenol. Her headaches are GONE! Hopefully, for good. Her energy level and stamina are dramatically increasing every day. She even hiked without stopping up a steep hill at the lake yesterday afternoon. We pray today for her continued improvements. May GOD BLESS each of you for your support and prayers toward Jenni's complete recovery.
Monday 04/18/05 (Day 54 at home)
OOPS - I forgot to update the website today.
Tuesday 04/19/05 (Day 55 at home)
6:48 AM - Jenni had a good Sunday and Monday. She has learned to rest more in the daytime. Last week she was pushing herself too fast, which caused her headaches. On Sunday she noticed her muscle pain was increasing in her "back- side". It continued to create discomfort on Monday. We think she has been bending over more now that her headaches are easing. The Physical Therapist may be able to identify the exact source of distress today. Jenni spent most of Monday in her office. She is slowly getting caught-up and the new clients are very happy to witness her ability. She continues to impress everyone with her recovery. She plans to spend today at her office when she is not at the physical therapy session.
Wednesday 04/20/05 (Day 56 at home)
OOPS -I was bad and did not update today
Thursday 04/21/05 (Day 57 at home)
11:20 AM - Jenni did rest more yesterday than usual. We learned that Wednesdays are not good days over the past 3 weeks. Yesterday was a typical Wednesday. She awoke with a headache and needed some extra time to get moving comfortably. She did go to the local doctor's office for blood work before noon. By lunchtime her headache was better and she went to work for the afternoon at her office. Last night was restful, but she awoke with a headache again this morning. Therefore, she took her time getting to the office. Now she is working for a short time before lunch. This afternoon she goes to physical therapy. We anticipate a restful evening.
Jenni returns to Nashville tomorrow for her surgeon's visit. This doctor is the one who actually repaired the artery. Jenni has lots of questions for him, and we look forward to discussing some long-term plans with him.
Friday 04/22/05 (Day 58 at home)
7:30 PM - Jenni had a busy and informative day. She rested early Friday before going to Vanderbilt to visit with the vascular surgeon, who repaired her aneurysm. He was encouraging about her progress and could find no deficiency. Her mental and physical responses were perfect. The blood tests show that the Heparin reaction has disappeared, and we hope the hematologists will discontinue her current blood thinner medication soon.
The vascular surgeon will do a follow-up angiogram in late July or August to confirm the repair to Jenni's artery is final.
Saturday 04/23/05 (Day 59 at home)
9:40 AM - Jenni had a restful night. She went to work to make certain she stays on top of her existing clients' needs. She will likely work most of today.
Sunday 04/24/05 (Day 60 at home)
11:15 AM - Jenni continues to gain strength daily. She is resting well at night. Her headaches occur less and less. She has returned to work virtually full time. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support. May GOD bless each of you.
Monday 04/25/05 (Day 61 at home)
4:42 PM - I apologize to all of you "Jenni junkies" out there waiting daily for the updates. I am running out of ways to say, "She is doing well" or "she continues to improve" daily. Basically, she does rest well at night. She is not on any medication other than a blood thinner, which is a precautionary tactic for the Heparin reaction. Hopefully, she will stop taking this over the next few weeks. Every now and then she takes a Tylenol, especially on Wednesdays. When she works too much on Monday and Tuesday, she needs to rest on Wednesday. All of the doctors have released her to pursue normal activities. No bungee jumping or anything like that. She is driving the car all over town and middle Tennessee. She is tired of her wig, but her hair is almost as long as mine now. She still has one balding place on the back of her head where the hair is thinnest because of the radiation from all of the x-rays during surgery. She still must gain her strength and stamina, but this will take several more months. She goes to physical therapy once or twice per week for exercises. Other than this, everyone has the latest information. Be prepared to wean yourself from the daily dose of Jenni updates beginning the first of May. I will only post updates once per week or every few days as necessary.
Thursday 04/28/05 (Day 64 at home)
9:14 AM - Jenni is still improving. She did wake up Wednesday morning with a slight headache, but Tylenol took care of it. She was going to take off from work the entire day on Wednesday, but she improved enough to go to work all afternoon. I made her leave the office by 5:00 PM. She is already working at her office this morning. She has a physical therapy appointment this afternoon. Otherwise, she continues to amaze everyone with her progress. Jenni's sisters, Jerri and Juli, are coming to visit this weekend. I expect they will be shopping and doing that girl stuff all weekend. I am going to New York to help a friend with transporting a boat back to Tennessee. Therefore, I will likely not update this website until Monday.
Monday 05/02/05 (Day 68 at home)
6:50 PM - Jenni's sisters. Jerri and Juli, stayed with Jenni all weekend and went shopping. I drove 1,947 miles roundtrip to the Hamptons outside New York City and back over the last 3.5 days. Juli is still here and is helping around the house. Jenni is improving and her headaches are very few and minimal. She has a slight pain in her backside still. No, it is not me! When she stands too long or sits at the computer too long, her lower back is hurting. She is trying some stretching exercises to improve the muscle support. She is working every day. Today she had physical therapy and an eye exam. Tomorrow she plans on working all day in her office.
Wednesday 05/04/05 (Day 70 at home)
5:06 PM - We discovered
the cause of Jenni's pain in her backside. She had a CT scan
this afternoon. They discovered her L-5 disk has herniated,
but not ruptured. This was most likely caused by her
weakened condition along with sneezing or coughing. She is
not a candidate for surgery now, so the doctors are going to
treat it with medication and physical therapy. She will need
to rest her back more and cut back on sitting at her desk.
Jenni is glad to know the cause and ready to keep moving
forward with smaller steps.
Otherwise, she continues to build stamina. This is the first Wednesday in almost 3 months where her headache did not materialize. Every Wednesday she has required bed rest most of the day.
Therefore, she is improving and we pray the back injury will be temporary.
Monday 05/09/05 Day after Mother's Day (Day 75 at home)
8:33 PM - Jenni was the
toast of Mother's Day yesterday. We had many family members
and friends at our house last night to celebrate Jenni's
special Mother's Day. We are very thankful this year for the
miraculous blessing Jenni has received.
Jenni is doing well as she heals from the brain aneurysm, but her back is still aggravating her. We went to Knoxville this past Friday and Saturday for our daughter Jennifer's graduation. She received several honors awards including the outstanding student in Spanish. She graduated summa cum laude and is now ready to attend UT Medical school this Fall.
The trip to Knoxville was Jenni's longest ride in a car since January. Her back bothered her a great deal, but she "grunted through it" all weekend. She rested her back today by not sitting in front of the computer so much. She also went to physical therapy, which helped her back pain. She continues to gain strength and stamina. She is up early and rarely requires a nap in the daytime. Now that the girls are home for the Summer, the house is full of activity.
Tomorrow morning Jenni returns to Vanderbilt for a visit with the hematologist. Hopefully, they will authorize the removal of the last blood thinner medication, which she is taking for the Heparin reaction she had on February 6th. The initial treatment called for blood thinner therapy for 3 months, which she has now completed. We expect the doctors will require some blood tests tomorrow to confirm she has passed any danger point.
Over the next few days she plans to rest her back while working every day. Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers of healing.
Wednesday 05/11/05 (Day 77 at home)
10:38 AM - Jenni's
doctor visit went well yesterday. They stopped all
medication for her blood thinner. Therefore, she can resume
normal activities. The only limitations she has is her back.
She still has the herniated disk, which will take many
months to heal.
The latest blood tests show no Heparin antibodies in Jenni's blood system. The hematologist told us yesterday that, "Jenni was our February case of the month. Everyone in this department is familiar with her positive outcome. We had 2 other cases of Heparin reaction, which did not turn out well. One lady lost a foot. The other had massive strokes. Jenni did the very best that could be expected."
Today, Jenni woke up with a fairly severe headache. We hope this is her recurring Wednesday headache. She really pushed herself yesterday by going to Nashville, and she stayed at work late yesterday evening. The Tylenol appears to be helping her headache this morning.
Jenni has physical therapy this afternoon, but she is resting at home this morning. She hopes to got to her office later today.
Thanks, again, to everyone for your prayers and support.
4:58 PM - Jenni has spent most of the day trying to relieve her headache. The doctors have determined the shunt in her headache may be malfunctioning. She needs to go to Vanderbilt tomorrow for the specialists to review. She did have another CT scan today. Her aneurysm repair is OK, and there is no bleeding inside her head. There is some increased pressure in her cranial cavity, which appears to be the result of the shunt. Currently, she can take some medication to ease the pain.
Thursday 05/12/05 (Day 78 at home)
4:12 PM - Jenni spent
most of the day at Vanderbilt trying to determine the status
of her brain shunt and the aneurysm stability. Everything
looks PERFECT! Her headache is better today.
After much discussion, our theory about the Wednesday headaches is the most likely scenario. That is: She works too hard on Monday and Tuesday, which causes the headaches. Therefore, she must relax beginning Tuesday afternoon and work no later than 4:00 PM each day. She did this the last two weeks when her Wednesday headaches were minimal. The headaches generally disappear by Thursday because she rests on Wednesday.
Now, she really must maintain those "banker's hours" of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a long lunch break. She has been working from 8:00 AM in the mornings and going until 6:00 PM or later on some evenings. We are going to try this new limited work schedule over the next few weeks before worrying about other headache sources.
Monday 05/16/05 (Day 82 at home)
4:48 PM - Jenni's
headache has disappeared since last Thursday even though we
traveled to Macon, GA this past weekend. She was active all
weekend without any headaches. Therefore, our suspicion
about the cause of the headaches is "eye strain."
We suspect that when she works too many hours at the
computer, her eye strain is causing the headaches. We are
testing this theory this week by limiting the time she
spends on the computer.
However, her back is still bothering her considerably. The herniated disk requires her to lie down or recline frequently.
Otherwise, she is doing well. She continues her physical therapy sessions for muscle tone improvements. She climbs steps well; even several flights of steps without assistance.
Our daughters, Jennifer, and LauraAnne, are home from college now. Therefore, we have plenty of activities to keep Jenni busy.
Thursday 05/19/05 (Day 85 at home)
9:35 AM - Jenni has
done well this week. Her back (herniated disk) is still her
biggest issue. She said yesterday, "If my back could
get some relief, I would be in great shape." She can
not tolerate sitting for more than 30 minutes, especially in
hard chairs. She lies down many times during the day to ease
her back pain.
Otherwise, her headaches have disappeared. She limits her time in front of the computer screen. The computer screen apparently creates eye strain, which in turn causes her headaches. The portion of the brain where the aneurysm occurred is the same area that controls vision functions. Therefore, the doctors expect the headaches and eye strain will improve over the next few months. If the eye strain is the culprit, then we can control the amount of time Jenni stays in front of the computer screen.
Jenni drove herself to Nashville on Tuesday for a three hour licensing test with her brokerage business. She is driving to Nashville again today for another job seminar. She is going to her office every day and meeting with clients while taking care of their needs.
She continues her physical therapy twice per week to help gain muscle tone and strength.
Thanks to everyone for your concern and prayers. She continues to amaze everyone with her progress.
Tuesday 05/22/05 (Day 90 at home)
7:36 PM - Jenni is
doing well. Her back is still her biggest problem. She can
not get comfortable while sitting. She must keep her back
straight to relieve the pain. Therefore, she spends a lot of
time standing, walking, or lying down.
The effects of the aneurysm appear healed. Apparently, the eye strain was the cause of her headaches. Her eye strain is minimal because she has backed off the computer usage. She limits herself to less than 4 hours of computer time per day. Thus, her headache has disappeared.
Jenni continues her physical therapy once or twice per week. Otherwise, she is doing normal activities as her back will allow her.
I will begin updating this website weekly instead of every few days. Thanks to everyone for all of your help and prayers for healing.
Wednesday 06/8/05 (Day 104 at home)
11:55 AM - Finally, I
remembered to update the website. I apologize to all of you
"Jenni junkies" out there who need your
"fix" on Jenni's condition. It appears my weekly
update goal may extend to bi-monthly updates.
Jenni is doing very well. She is working full time with normal office hours now. Her back is still her biggest issue. The herniated disk is better because she has learned how to sit or bend correctly. We expect the back strain will take many more months to heal. Her eye strain is definitely caused by too many hours in front of the computer screen. Reading, driving, bright sunshine, or long work hours are not the cause of her eye strain. Too much eye strain creates headaches. As of today, by limiting her computer time each day, she has not experienced a headache in over 3 weeks.
Otherwise, Jenni has decided her natural hair color is better than the hot wig she was wearing. Her hair has grown long enough to go "au natural", and the hair loss from the radiation of so many x-rays has diminished.
Over the next few weeks she will be flying to New York and San Diego on business trips. These long flights will be more new ground to cover as she tries her "wings" on the road to complete recovery.
Thanks, again, to everyone for your prayers and support.
Please keep Becky Nichols in your prayers and thoughts as she struggles with her just diagnosed breast cancer. ADD HER TO YOUR PRAYER LIST! Becky went to Vanderbilt every single day driving family back and forth. She also took care of little Henry getting him to school for weeks while Jenni was in the hospital.
Becky is undergoing surgery and reconstruction today. We have established a web page for Becky at www.inthehospital.com
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Shelbyville, TN 37160
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Thursday 06/23/05 (Day 119 at home)
10:15 AM - Well, Jenni
has been very busy over the last two weeks. She has worked
every day, all day during the week and traveled extensively.
Here is one story to demonstrate a recent conversation:
"Last Thursday Jenni left the house at 4:45 AM to drive herself to the Nashville airport. She flew by herself to New York and attended meetings after hauling her own bags to the downtown hotel. She attended more meetings on Friday and flew back to Nashville late Friday evening. After driving home and spending the night at home by herself, she got up Saturday morning, went to the store, drove to the lake, and jumped into the runabout boat with her luggage. She then drove the boat across the lake to catch-up with the rest of us on the houseboat."
NOW, do you believe she has come a long way?
Four months ago she was lying in Vanderbilt barely able to sit up, much less walk. As the doctors continue to tell her, "You are doing amazingly well. You do not know what a miracle you are." Our answer is, "YES, we do appreciate her miracle!" We are amazed every day to see God's blessing. Thanks, again, to everyone for your prayers.
Over the next week, Jenni will be traveling to San Diego, California for her annual business convention. Therefore, we likely will not update this website until after July 4th.
Friday 07/01/05 (Day 127 at home)
8:44AM - Happy Fourth
of July weekend!
Jenni and her family did travel to San Diego this past weekend for her 5 day annual business convention. She went to virtually every educational session and was recognized for her outstanding achievements in the "investment world." Her stamina was normal and she had no ill effects from the travel or long meetings.
During our trip we saw several of her colleagues who were in wheel chairs or who required walkers and braces for mobility. We counted our many blessings that Jenni is so healthy now.
We hope and pray that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.
Thursday 07/14/05 (Day 140 at home)
10:15 AM - Next anticipated update to this website.
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