13 Mar

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.

11 Responses to “Admitted”

  1. Krystal Frankhouser March 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Wow. 😦 Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with Jody and you, Tiff with the girls and stuff. Please let me know if you need help with anything. Maybe I can set up a time to Skype with Jody. Hugs and kisses!!

  2. Sheryl March 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    On Jody and Tiffany-
    As I read your blog to Kevin tonight, we were just upset to hear this!! We know you wanted to finish your cabin job so much!
    We are here for whatever you need… A meal, babysitters, an ear to talk to.
    Sending love ( or underwear…inside joke) to you both!!

  3. Karen March 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Oh Tiff. Praying over here.

  4. Jennifer Watkins March 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    I’ll keep Jody and your family in my prayers!

  5. Kelly March 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Tiff, I am so sorry to hear this. Please tell Jody that we are praying. Hang in there, and keep us posted

  6. stacey March 14, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    So sry to hear!many prayers for u guys!

  7. steph March 14, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Sorry to hear will continue to pray. Like always you need a babysitter so you can go down to vist just call off tue and thur

  8. Rachel March 14, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Tiff- Craig and I have prayed and will continue to keep everyone in our prayers. Remain strong~ if you have time read Philippians 4 :6,7

  9. Marilyn Titter March 14, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Tiff, where are you at Hopkins? Email me and let me know if you need to talk. My prayers are with you and Jody for a resolution to this ongoing problem.

  10. tanya March 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Praying for all of you…if u need anything please call

  11. Patricia Caine March 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Jody & Tiff, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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