Since last October, Jody has been working to slowly build back his strength. This past month he was finally able to spend a decent amount of time working in his wood shop without getting fatigued. He said it felt good to be back at it. He has been working on a kitchen for a client, including a custom-built kitchen island. This project has been ongoing since this past summer when he first got sick. Thankfully, the clients have been more than gracious and patient, always telling Jody to take care of himself first, and for that we are incredibly grateful. After all this time, this was to be the week Jody completed the job. On Monday we made the three hour drive to the clients house, and planned to stay until Friday, when everything would be finished, and the clients would finally have their kitchen complete.
The problem with this plan happened Monday night when Jody began coughing up blood. Fortunately, the bleeding stopped after about 5-10 minutes and Jody made the decision to start work the next day (but not before getting a lecture from me about taking it easy, letting others help him, and not lifting anything heavy that would cause more coughing and/or bleeding). He made it through the next day (yesterday), without any more “episodes,” until bedtime. That’s when it happened again. Still, Jody thought maybe he could do a little more work today, and then head home early this evening (he desperately wanted to finish this job). But, when he woke up with bleeding this morning I put my foot down, and we started the four hour drive from Troy, PA to John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, MD (against their advice to go to an ER and wait for them to send an ambulance or chopper). The concern, as we were well aware, was the risk of Jody having an episode of coughing and bleeding, that wouldn’t stop. This would have become an emergent situation. Thankfully, and through prayer, this did not happen and we arrived at the ER with Jody in stable condition.
At this point we don’t know how long Jody will be in the hospital. He will most likely undergo a pulmonary embolization which is a procedure where they go into the lungs, locate the area of bleeding, and plug it. We appreciate your prayers that this will be done safely, and effectively. As with previous hospitalizations, Jody always welcomes your phone calls, messages, and words of encouragement. I know it’s hard for him to have a disease that holds him back when he wants nothing more than to keep going, and going strong.