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Title: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 25, 2009, 12:43:31 PM
Could use some prayers here guys, a few days ago I took libby to the ER with backachaes and general nausia, they ran some tests and diagnosed acute renal failure.  That was thursday, they admitted her into the hospital and she is deteriorating, on friday she was given an oxygen assist thru a tube, on saturday she was on a full oxygen mask with a rebreather, today she has developed pneumonia, they don't know why the kidneys are failing yet, no sign of blockages or infection, but they are running tests.  All they know at this point is that for some reason she is deep into renal failure and now has severe respiritory distress, she seems to be going downhill, the doctors are working very hard and now the discussion may include a respirator, could use some prayers for her, thanks guys.


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: JackConrad on January 25, 2009, 12:49:58 PM
Cody,
    As I told you the other day, we are so sorry to hear about Libby. We will keep ya'll in our prayers.  Call anytime you need someone to talk to. Jack & Paula
PS: Give Libby a big hug from us.


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Blacksheep on January 25, 2009, 01:17:38 PM
Cody what a shocker and here we thought you were on the way up! You sure don't need this at this time of your life! Our prayers are with you and Libby!
With luck, new technology, and God, the odds are with her I'm sure!
Hang in there and were all here if you need anything!
Ace


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: HighTechRedneck on January 25, 2009, 01:22:55 PM
Cody, I am so sorry to hear this.  We will definitely be praying for both of you.


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: jackhartjr on January 25, 2009, 01:51:52 PM
Hi Cody, we are Praying for Libby.
If you need to talk...828-310-8111.
Love to both of you!
Jack-N-Dianne


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: PADoug on January 25, 2009, 02:08:48 PM
Cody,

I'll add both of you to our prayer list. Please keep us posted.

Doug


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: usbusin on January 25, 2009, 02:30:55 PM
Cody, you and Libby are in my prayers. 

Gary D


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: skipn on January 25, 2009, 02:54:49 PM
Whoa...........If I had known I would have been more than happy to chat with
 you with a more meaningful diailog than weather............

  Our prayers  for Libby and you

 Skip


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on January 25, 2009, 04:09:56 PM
Hi Cody,

You have our prayers... I hope all will turn out well.

Please keep us posted on Libby's condition

Nick-


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Van on January 25, 2009, 04:57:52 PM
Cody ,Cheryl and I are Praying for Libby and you ,this is terrible news ,stay strong and hopeful,You know how to reach us.Please keep us all posted ,and let us know here on the board ,should you need us for any thing.love and respect.


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Greg Roberts on January 25, 2009, 05:10:22 PM
Cody, First prayer said and more coming. Hang in there and I pray that God gives both of you all of the strength you need to get through this crisis. - Greg


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Dreamscape on January 25, 2009, 05:53:40 PM
Gosh Cody,

So sorry to hear of Libby's conditon. Hopefully the Doctors wil be able to give her some help and that she heals quickly.

We'll be praying for you guys.

Becky and Paul


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: MattC on January 25, 2009, 05:54:53 PM
Cody,

You and Libby are in our prayers. 

Liz & Matt


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: grantgoold on January 25, 2009, 05:55:52 PM
Based on personal experience, I have total faith that prayer is just as or more powerful than any known man made medicine. May God bless you and Libby!

Thoughtfully,

Grant


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: John316 on January 25, 2009, 05:57:55 PM
Cody,

I am praying for you and Libby. I pray that she pulls through. I personally know how hard it is to see somebody you love suffer like that.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Kmon on January 25, 2009, 05:58:16 PM
Cody,

You will be in our prayers and thoughts.

Keith


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Peabody on January 25, 2009, 06:09:04 PM
So Sorry to hear your bad news Cody.I'll keep Libby in my prayers. Hugs Peabody


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: buswarrior on January 25, 2009, 07:26:38 PM
Oh crumbs...

HE has a plan, we are to seek wisdom from the mysteries in that.

keep your stick on the ice, don't be mistaking the end of a period for the end of the game!

Thanks for sharing this with us, your friends.

happy coaching!
buswarrior


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: cody on January 25, 2009, 08:36:00 PM
Tonight libby had a little more color in her face but she is very weak and her breathing is labored and still with the mask and rebreather, one of the tests came back and her kidney shutdown may have been the result of a medicine interaction but they don't know yet, they are monitoring her closely.


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: shodogg on January 25, 2009, 09:35:43 PM
   Mr. Cody, Im sorry to hear of your situation, but however; Im thankful, and honored (as I also speak for others on this board) that you posted this prayer request. Herein it gives us the opportunity to exercise our love and faith in GOD and our fellow men and women.  In this life and the life to come I can attribute this saying: Who  his own self  bare  our  sins  in  his own  body  on   the tree,  that  we , being dead  to sins,  should live  unto righteousness:  by  whose  stripes  Libby were healed . 1 Peter 2:24

So after this prayer I'm just going to start thanking GOD for the inevitable victory. Thank you, and GOD Bless


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: JohnEd on January 25, 2009, 10:01:17 PM
Cody,

You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Be ever thankful for the time that we have been given with those that we love.  Celebrate that.  As He said "ALL things come from the Father".  I hope Libby recovers soon and you are both together a very long time more to come.

John


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: Sojourner on January 25, 2009, 10:57:15 PM
CodyI just now read your post about Libby. I will be praying Libby and you to get comforting and healing to come home soon. I am sorry for not reading sooner.

Do you have the hospital address & room number? What your home address?

As usual, our body and health is so fragile that any thing can go wrong.

Hang in there and thank you for letting us know the ordeal.

Gerald & Lynette


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: leroy on January 26, 2009, 04:55:56 AM
Dear Brother & Sister in Christ,
This is to say we also prayed for Libby, God is still in the prayer answering business, praise God for God fearing people who are willing to share his love , God bless you . Leroy and Lila


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: kyle4501 on January 26, 2009, 05:06:13 AM
Add another family to the list praying for you both.

May you & Libby find peace thru faith in God's greater plan throughout this ordeal.


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: jjrbus on January 26, 2009, 05:44:35 AM
  I'll put in a word or two also.  Jim


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: WEC4104 on January 26, 2009, 05:45:31 AM
Cody:

Sorry to here of Libby's problems.  We're pulling for strength and comfort for both of you.


Title: Re: Libby
Post by: travelingfools on January 26, 2009, 06:46:20 AM
Cody....just catching up on threads and saw this..Didn't know last night when we chatted. Our thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery are headed your way...

John and Jean


Title: Re: Libby /update
Post by: cody on January 26, 2009, 08:05:07 AM
Libby was just medivaced to the regional hospital, Marquette General Hospital, the local hospital here has no ICU or advanced treatment facility so she had to be transfered, i don't know anything more at this point but I'm going to head in that direction as soon as my daughter can get everything here ready and I'm bringing my laptop so if i can I'll update as I get any information.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: trailblazer2 on January 26, 2009, 09:01:10 AM
 Cody;
 We will be praying for Libby as well. I know it must be a trying time,but just remember God is still in charge. If there is any way we can assist,please get back with us.
 Sincerly;Bill & Phyllis


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Lin on January 26, 2009, 09:11:47 AM
It appears that her level of care is being upgraded.  Hopefully, that makes the difference.  Stay strong, Lin


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 26, 2009, 09:42:33 AM
Cody,

I am still praying. Thanks for the updates. I hope that they will be able to help Libby.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: redbus on January 26, 2009, 11:02:30 AM
Cody, we haven't been on the boards and didn't know about Libby. We will certainly keep her in our prayers. Let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do.
Terry and Connie


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: FloridaCliff on January 26, 2009, 12:11:49 PM
Cody,

We are just getting word of this, and our thoughts and prayers are with You and Libby.

Hoping and praying for a quick and complete recovery.

Cliff & Julie





Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: busshawg on January 26, 2009, 01:51:09 PM
So sorry to hear about Libby, We haven't talked alot but I do always enjoy reading your posts. I only am checking in now so I'm a little late.

 Stay strong and when you need help don't be scared to lean on a friend, that's what friends are for. One cannot take on the world on their own, thanks for posting and keep us informed.

All the best , Grant


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Lonnie time to go on January 26, 2009, 03:58:51 PM
I wish you the very best Cody.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: rusty on January 26, 2009, 04:56:28 PM
Cody, Libby   Our prayers and thoughts are with you. With  the help of all your friends in the bus world I am sure with that many prayers  they will be answered.

God Bless Wayne


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Kwajdiver on January 26, 2009, 05:38:28 PM
Cody,

Libby and you are in our prayers.  Hyeyong and I have been out of touch for a few days.  We are so sorry to hear about Libby.  Hope the better hospital can pull her through.

Bill and Hyeyong


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: pete81eaglefanasty on January 26, 2009, 06:03:52 PM
Cody
 Libby will sure be on the top of our list for Prayers & May God Bless her.

                   Pete & Jean


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on January 26, 2009, 06:09:37 PM

Somehow I missed this thread, but Libby is in our prayers!  You're in our prayers too!  Sometimes it's hard to tell who suffers more in these situations...good that you have family to join you.   
Sounds as if the quality of care is improving.  We do hope Libby gets this thing worked out.
Terri lost a kidney December 4.  These things seem to come about as we age.   It's often remarkable how fast recovery can be made with good care. 
 
Best, JR and Terri




 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 26, 2009, 07:25:03 PM
I just got home from the hospital, it's 90 miles away, libby is about the same but she is being cared for by good people, she has been placed in the cardiac unit, almost across the hall from where i was last summer, she is resting, it's been a long day, thats about all for now, they were still assessing her condition and working on her.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on January 26, 2009, 07:45:03 PM
Cody thanks for the update.

I have been praying and will keep praying for both of you for comforting and healing.

Sorry for you to traveling so far.

Gerald & Lynette


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on January 26, 2009, 07:50:42 PM
I just got home from the hospital, it's 90 miles away, libby is about the same but she is being cared for by good people, she has been placed in the cardiac unit, almost across the hall from where i was last summer, she is resting, it's been a long day, thats about all for now, they were still assessing her condition and working on her.

Cody, you may have already asked, but considering the distance you're driving, hospitals will often put you up at no cost.  Or, they may allow you to park your coach in the parking lot.  This is becoming pretty common. 
Libby has both a patient representative and a social worker assigned to her that resolves these sorts of things.   
90 miles is a long way to drive when you're dog tired and distracted. 
You take care of yourself.  You'll need to be in the best of health when Libby is discharged!
Keep us posted!  We'll keep ya'll in our prayers!
Regards, JR




Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: travelingfools on January 26, 2009, 08:50:15 PM
Cody, thanks for the update. Ill echo what JR said..that's a long drive twice a day. Be safe, we are thinking about you guys..

john and jean


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Busted Knuckle on January 26, 2009, 10:01:31 PM
Wow Cody,
Man we are so sorry to hear this! I have been absent quite abit lately with all the volunteering we've been doing up at the lake for the 2 boys still missing after 16 days today as well as a new adventure we've been working hard on! Man this just bites royally! Our prayers are with you, and by all means if you get a minute call us! Use the toll free # if ya need to! 866-641-lake (5253) any time 24/7! We are most devastated and certainly sorry that we are so far away! Well all I can say is this just plain SUCKS, but we are praying for ALL of you! Man takes the excitement and goodness right out of the news I had to share and now I will postpone my announcement of our new developments until Thursday or Friday, or maybe even the first of the month! Doggone it I hate it when bad things happen to good people! 
Love BK


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 27, 2009, 06:56:08 AM
Cody,

Thanks for the update. I am still praying for you all. Make sure that you take care of yourself during this process. It just wouldn't do for you to get run down. I think that it would be a good idea to bring your bus and park it somewhere near. When Libby comes home she will need care from you, so make sure that you haven't worn yourself down in this process.

Still praying,

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 27, 2009, 07:06:54 AM
I just called and got an update from her nurse, she rested ok thru the night and is awake and responding to questions, they are still monitoring her closely but the reason for the transfer to the regional is what may become a need for access to dialysis, the local hospital doesn't have that capability. They are limiting her calls and visitors so she can rest, but her kidney function is starting to improve somewhat, she still has pneumonia and it has spread to her other lung now but they are treating it. She is still very weak and far from out of the woods but even slight improvement is a major leap in the right direction.  During the night her potassium levels spiked from 1.8 to over 6 but they are treating that and I don't know yet what that means but they said there will be setbacks here and there and they are working on it all.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: JackConrad on January 27, 2009, 07:29:05 AM
Cody,
    Glad to hear there is some improvement. At least she is going in the right direction.  Jack


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 27, 2009, 07:33:25 AM
Cody,

Thanks for the update. I look forward to seeing each update. I am glad that there has been some improvement. I know how great it is to hear of each little improvement, when a loved one is ill. Keep up your great attitude, because I know that you will probably be looking to the future with some degree of uncertainty.

Still praying,

God bless,

John   


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: junkman42 on January 27, 2009, 08:29:35 AM
Cody, both Myself and the Wife have You and Libby in our prayers.  Please take care of Yourself so that You can be there for Libby.  John and Karla


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Stormcloud on January 27, 2009, 08:58:28 AM
Hi, Cody:

Any good news is still good news. We wish the best for Libby and you.
We'll chat later.

Mark


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Greg Roberts on January 27, 2009, 09:05:08 AM
Well this is encouraging to hear and is going in the right direction. Hang in there Cody and let us know if you need anything in particular. - Greg


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: HighTechRedneck on January 27, 2009, 09:13:35 AM
It sounds like the prayers are working and the docs are doing the right things.  We'll keep it up, they'll keep it up, and she'll be back home keeping you in line in no time.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on January 27, 2009, 09:31:46 AM
 That's good news that Libby's kidneys are perking up.  Any definitive information on what what caused the insult?   You mentioned meds? 
FWIW, potassium (K+) is excreted by the kidneys.  If the renal system shuts down,  K+ builds and will eventually cause an irregular heartbeat.   Dialysis will solve the immediate K+ problem.   Controlling intake will manage the long-term issue.  They've got portable dialysis machines that they'll move right into her room.   
Kidneys can be seriously damaged yet usually return to function adequately.  Even less than 50% of normal renal function allows for a quite normal life. 
Be prepared for good news..and not so good news.  Recovery from major illness may take two steps forward and one step back.  We'll pray that Libby keeps those one step gains!       
Take care, and keep the good news posts coming!  JR



Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Van on January 27, 2009, 09:32:41 AM
AMEN! Cody We're still praying.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on January 27, 2009, 09:38:29 AM
Great news Cody!

I am still praying few times a day so far.

Yes...the good Lord can guide doctors and nurses to get whatever Libby needs are from our prayers.

Praying from our heart is powerful.

Thank you Cody for the update.

Take care, Gerald & Lynette

BTW...Thank you JR for your information in regard to "If the renal system shuts down,  K+ builds....."


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Dreamscape on January 27, 2009, 04:38:38 PM
Cody,


Thanks for keepting us all informed of your wife's progress! It means a lot that you keep us updated on her progess.

Take Care My Friend and Take Care of Yourself TO!

Still Praying for her complete recovery and strength for you.

Paul



Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 27, 2009, 06:25:55 PM
Libby's kidney function is up to 30% now so it is showing improvement and they are treating her pneumonia, she'll be in ICU for a while yet but is slowly coming around, one test shows that 2 to 3 days ago she had a mild heart attack, the echo gram, or something like that turned it up, also that she is slightly anemic. This is a kind a brief update cause I'm kinda pooed out today, I got home early today.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 27, 2009, 06:29:42 PM
Cody,

That's great to hear that Libby is doing better. I pray that she will continue to improve. Thank-you so much for the update. They mean a lot to us. Get yourself some rest.

I am still praying.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: wvanative on January 27, 2009, 06:30:56 PM
Cody, we are so glad Libby is doing better. You both are in our prayers as she slowly gets stronger.

Dean
WVaNative


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Chopper Scott on January 27, 2009, 06:39:05 PM
Prayers coming from my direction also. Great news to hear of the improving situation. You sure have a lot of folks praying for you and Libby here. That alone says alot.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: ol713 on January 27, 2009, 07:25:00 PM
Hi Cody;
      Just listening to the evening news and one of their ads sponsored
      by some lawyers, mentions renal failure.  This caught my attention
      because I am not sure what renal is.  The ad goes on to mention
      liver failure caused by medication taken prior to a cholenoscopie.
      Sounds like they are putting together a class action suite of
      some kind.  I can get more info if needed.  I can listen for the
      next ad to come on tv and get a phone number.
                                  Take care
                                           Merle.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 27, 2009, 07:44:29 PM
I appreciate the heads up but I'm not much for that, I'm like cheney, I'd rather shoot the lawyers lol.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on January 27, 2009, 07:49:33 PM
Hi Cody;
      Just listening to the evening news and one of their ads sponsored
      by some lawyers, mentions renal failure.  This caught my attention
      because I am not sure what renal is.  The ad goes on to mention
      liver failure caused by medication taken prior to a cholenoscopie.
      Sounds like they are putting together a class action suite of
      some kind.  I can get more info if needed.  I can listen for the
      next ad to come on tv and get a phone number.
                                  Take care
                                           Merle.

Fleets Phospho Soda is what you're describing.  Unless Libby had a recent colonoscopy, this wouldn't be the source of her renal failure.  The product wasn't harmful to healthy patients, if the patient drank the recommended fluids.  The stuff made most people nauseated which equaled less than desirable fluid intake....dehydration plus a sodium load could be a big problem.  Electrolytes got out of balance.  Almost any electrolyte imbalance will negatively affect the heart.  Any condition that reduces blood flow (renal perfusion) may damage the kidneys.    
Renal failure was a secondary outcome.  However, renal failure related to Fleets PhosphoS is rare.  Mostly folk that already had undiagnosed renal problems.  
Phospho Soda has been around for years without issues.  There are more people doing colonoscopies, and many are done in doctors offices these days which avoid the hospital charges.   The increased age and numbers of patients probably account for the slight increase in morbidity related to Phospho Soda.  
The product has been recalled.  
My opinion of lawyers that troll for these sorts of cases is not high.
Good to hear that Libby is improving!  
Best, JR






Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on January 27, 2009, 10:34:57 PM
Thank you JR for the interesting Phospho Soda report.

Colonoscopy Prep (http://www.trilyte.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=27&gclid=CM2wsOjIsJgCFQhdswod-3xeUw)

Praying for Libby and Cody

Gerald & Lynette


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: JohnEd on January 27, 2009, 11:05:47 PM
Cody,

Stay away from those lawyers that advertise.  Very bad!  A lawyer is like a COP.  You really want to avoid any dealings with them but if you need one there is no substitute.  Somebody hurt you or yours?  Get a referral to a "good" lawyer from a friend that might know.  Mine was a real SOB, but he was MY SOB.  You are no match for almost anyone in a legal battle and you really don't even know if you are in one, most probably.  I do not advocate opportunistic and unscrupulous behavior but I have brought more than one careless and corrupt PRI#K to heal.  If you have a grievance with anyone you should try to reach an amicable solution without doing any of that repulsive legal stuff.....that is what my attorney always did on my behalf.....the easy way and the cost effective way.  What he got back was a letter with the closing suggestion that I seek legal remedy.  Sigh.....let the games begin.  Consult with an expert....always do that no matter the subject.

I drank with a group of attorneys for 10 years at least one cocktail hour a week.  They get a Bum Rap.  There were as many crooks in that group as any other group I have been a member of....except this group of Knuts, of course.

The proper weapon with which to shoot an attorney is a high calibre and decidedly unpleasant attorney of your choosing.

Stay safe Cody and know that I am praying for you as well as many others.  Be as kind to yourself as you can and know that that is what Libby wants.

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 28, 2009, 05:31:13 AM
I believe that libbys condition was brought on by a series of medical events that turned against her, in this small town the doctors may not be wizards but they are also our friends and neighbors and I cannot believe that they would do anything to harm a person. If a mistake was made, thats exactly what it was, a mistake, doctors are human too and only God can know how a person would react when given a tryed and proven medication to a new person, I believe she is being cared for by good people, and now she is in a bigger hospital with access to more advanced equipment, I shake my head as I watch lawyers prowling the airwaves like a pack of sharks ready to prey on anyone with a side effect, while i believe that some lawyers are good people and doing a very real and necessary job, you never hear about them, they are too busy helping people out of a jam.  I haven't gotten any progress reports on libby yet this morning.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 28, 2009, 06:48:09 AM
Cody,

I am still praying. It sounds like you have a great attitude about this...Keep it up. Just make sure that you are taking care of yourself!!! I am glad that you don't want to pursue the legal stuff.

Still praying.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Jriddle on January 28, 2009, 07:51:11 AM
Cody
I have been praying for you and Libby. I look forward to your updates. More people need to think like you. That legal stuff that John referred to is why our country is in the shape it is in now!

GOD BE WITH YOU

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Lin on January 28, 2009, 11:27:56 AM
Cody,

Now is not a time to be even contemplating blame.  It is the wrong energy to be cultivating.  If such an issue exists, you will have time later to deal with it in a more cool, logical way.  Be positive, optimistic, and upbeat.  All that has happened or will happen is far beyond your control.  The problem with Faith is that it calls upon us to accept the hits, although we would much rather just have it apply to some sort of reward system.  There is something that I read once in the Koran that roughly said, "He that says, 'I'll see you tomorrow' without adding, 'God willing', is a fool.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 28, 2009, 01:49:29 PM
At 2:45 libby misbehaved, she arrested, they worked on her and now she is doing ok but very weak.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 28, 2009, 01:59:45 PM
Thanks for the update, Cody. I pray that Libby does better.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: skipn on January 28, 2009, 02:03:21 PM

Well now that they have rebooted her maybe she won't misbehave........And get well
 

 Our prayers for you two

 Skip


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: LarryN 4106 on January 28, 2009, 02:03:53 PM
I believe that libbys condition was brought on by a series of medical events that turned against her, in this small town the doctors may not be wizards but they are also our friends and neighbors and I cannot believe that they would do anything to harm a person. If a mistake was made, thats exactly what it was, a mistake, doctors are human too and only God can know how a person would react when given a tryed and proven medication to a new person, I believe she is being cared for by good people, and now she is in a bigger hospital with access to more advanced equipment, I shake my head as I watch lawyers prowling the airwaves like a pack of sharks ready to prey on anyone with a side effect, while i believe that some lawyers are good people and doing a very real and necessary job, you never hear about them, they are too busy helping people out of a jam.  I haven't gotten any progress reports on libby yet this morning.

Your attitude is very refreshing, Cody. I wish there were more with that notion. I pray for you AND Libby.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: |@n on January 28, 2009, 03:16:06 PM
Cody,

I'm very sorry to be this late to respond, but please know that you and Libby are in our prayers, as well. God bless.

Ian


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 28, 2009, 05:21:57 PM
I just got home, they wouldn't let me visit for very long, she is very weak, they said there would be setbacks from time to time and this was a major one, I really don't know much but she went into respiritory distress and while they were trying to help her she coded, luckily the doctor was right beside her and the crash cart was only a few feet away, she is ok, she is getting good care but it's going to be touch and go for a bit longer I think. I'll keep updating as I can.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: onrwey9 on January 28, 2009, 05:49:19 PM
Cody; our prayers & best wishes  are for u  & Libby. We hope to see u two again at Jack& Paula where we can make some saw dust & Bonnie & Libby can drink some coolers .All the best & our friendship & Love Gary & Bonnie EhEh OXOX











Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: travelingfools on January 28, 2009, 05:52:11 PM
Cody, thanks for the updates...Prayers to continue for both of you !


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 28, 2009, 06:04:44 PM
Cody,

Thanks for the update. I am sorry to hear about the set back. Thanks for keeping us updated. I am still praying.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Peabody on January 28, 2009, 06:37:52 PM
I too am so sorry to hear about the set back.I'll keep up the prayer's for you and Libby.Take care of your self and thank-you for the updates. Hugs Peabody


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on January 28, 2009, 07:26:23 PM
Very sorry to hear of Libby's setback, but this is how these things go.  Good side is that 'arresting' doesn't typically cause additional damage.  Just something they deal with.
It is clearly an indication of a very sick person.
If Libby is alert enough to say no, she may enjoy listening to quiet music.  An Ipod or MP3 player will hold days of music...and if she enjoyed some specific artists prior to her illness, this can be a mood enhancer.  May not be for some.  She'll have to tell you.  Keep it turned down low if you try music. 
Libby should be frequently repositioned as long as no contraindications to turning exist.  That will help her respers if she can tolerate lying on either side. 
All nurses know these things, but they get so busy that the simple things are just skipped.  It almost takes two people to turn an ICU patient, but it's a simple, valuable therapy. 
As I said the othe day, Terri had a nephrectomy in Dec.  She had excellent technical care, but the little things like getting out of bed and walking, shutting off a pump alarm, getting drinks would have gone without if I had not stayed with her and done these things. 
Libby is in a different situation in ICU/CCU.  Typically family will not be allowed to remain in the room for long.  However, if you have an RN in the family that's familiar with ICU level care, it never hurts to have them look in on Libby and let you know what they think. 

Thinking about you and Libby!  JR and Terri


 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: travelingfools on January 28, 2009, 07:43:39 PM
When my Dad did a two week stint at the Cleveland Clinic, we brought the nurses that regularly took care of him little gifts..nothing big, just something to let them know they were appreciated (bribe is such an ugly word). We also always had a box of candy in dads room. Once word got around that it was there and avail to everyone, we had a steady stream of nurses in and out all day looking for something sweet. Gave us a good opportunity to get to know them and as a result they took a genuine interest in my Dads care. But knowing how sweet Cody can be, just his presence may be enough of a gift...


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: busshawg on January 29, 2009, 09:24:37 AM
Cody
 You are a breath of fresh air. I'm am so happy you are willing to share. Times like this some of us, such as myself learn and mature from people like yourself. Thinking of you guys. I spend over a month in a Saginaw (air lifted from up state) hospital and the care was second to none, I was very happy to be in that part of the country before they transfered us home.

Grant


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 29, 2009, 11:40:36 AM
I didn't go to see libby today but did get an update from her nurse over the phone, she said that libby is stable and resting, she is still very weak, she had some cardiac distress during the night but she wouldn't tell me anymore, only that her doctor would be meeting with me and giving me more details on that. She will continue to be in intensive care for the next several days and if she responds she may possibly be sent to critical care for a while before being moved to a regular bed, this is all dependant on how or if she responds, I asked what the procedure is and thats what they said.  Her sister is going to spend some time with her today and it's storming here so I took a break from the drive.  I'm an old guy and the drive kinda pooes me out doing it everyday, but anyway, thats all I could find out for now.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 29, 2009, 11:50:40 AM
Thanks for the update Cody.

I am still praying God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on January 29, 2009, 01:36:02 PM
Thank you for the update.

It good to hear that her sister is there. Knowing it always tired for us old folk to drive long distance every day and not even talking about cold & slippery driving condition which make matter worse.

JR advice is very helpful.

Gerald & Lynette


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: chargePlus on January 29, 2009, 05:50:56 PM
Cody,

As I mentioned in the Bus Garage chat room the other night, both you and Libby are in the thoughts and prayers of Natasha and I. If we were closer I know we'd be offering even more.

As tough as this is for you, please take care of yourself. If you need help, please ask. I'm sure that someone will be there to help you. I only wish that we were closer so we could help if you need it.

- John



Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Hi yo silver on January 29, 2009, 06:06:15 PM
As someone else has mentioned, I can't help but wonder if you showed up with your bus if they wouldn't be compelled to allow you parking priveleges either on the grounds or nearby.  I'm sure you have thought of this, but I haven't seen any further mention of it.  Our thoughts are with you both.  Hundreds of your friends here are following your story. 
Dennis


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 30, 2009, 11:18:19 AM
Just a quick update, they have a pc here in the ICU vistors lounge, great isn't it.  Libby is very weak but fighting, they tell me that she has a chance if she continues to fight. They also said that she won't be leaving intensive care any time in the near future, she is totally dependant on the tubes and hookups and she will be here for at the minimum a week and most probably several weeks as long as she is willing to fight. If in time she gains some strength back she may be moved to critical care and then possibly work her way back home, I think life may have changed for us but it's still early in this battle to know yet.  The main thing is that she is fighting to stay alive and so far is doing it.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: JimC on January 30, 2009, 03:08:54 PM
Cody,
I hope all things work out for you guys, none of us mortals can understand the whole picture. I have prayed for both of you, and I have to admit that since I don't do that all that often, the man upstairs just may listen since he is not used to hearing from me LOL.
Keep up with your good attitude man, hopefully it will pay off.
Jim 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: travelingfools on January 30, 2009, 03:31:16 PM
Hang in there Cody..We are all here for you guys...Keep us posted.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 30, 2009, 05:42:59 PM
Thanks for the update, Cody. I am glad to hear that she is still fighting.

I am still praying for both of you...

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 30, 2009, 07:12:52 PM
Libby had to be placed on a ventilator today.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on January 30, 2009, 07:50:14 PM
We are still praying.

Gerald & Lynette


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Barn Owl on January 30, 2009, 08:06:14 PM
I don't get to read every topic and I had no idea who Libby was. For what ever reason I just read this and can say that I feel as all other here. Add my prayers to the others.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 30, 2009, 08:10:28 PM
Shes my owner, we've been married 37 years.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 30, 2009, 08:12:30 PM
Cody, 

I am so sorry to hear about the ventilator. I pray that she starts doing better! Just keep on pushing. I know it is very tough on you and the family.

I am still praying.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Kwajdiver on January 31, 2009, 08:06:46 AM
Cody,

Sorry to hear about the down turn.  Hope this gives the body time to recover.  Every time I talk to Hyeyong, the first thing out of her mouth is how are Cody and Libby.  She sends a big hug to you both.

You are in our prayers,

Bill


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on January 31, 2009, 10:47:25 AM

The ventilator will give Libby some rest.  Breathing with pneumonia is exhausting work.  Now a machine's doing the work. 
The vent will better inflate her lungs too, and I hope, offer up a great outcome.  She'll be sedated so she won't be paying you much attention at all. 
Ideally, a few days on the vent and off she comes.   Depending on the percentage of assist, and her strength, she could be off shortly.
I'd guess that Libby's WBCs are elevated...if the treatment is correct, and Libby is responding to the treatment, you should see a reduction of WBCs on a daily basis.   That suggests that the treatment is correct and working.  Unfortunately, sometimes the treatment is correct and you don't get the desired response.  Libby has her way of doing things...and she's in charge right now.   
We're praying for Libby...and you!  Keep the updates coming!   JR and Terri





   
 
 
 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: chargePlus on January 31, 2009, 12:17:51 PM
Libby and Cody,

Natasha and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.


Folks,

If you'd care to light a virtual candle and leave a small prayer, please do.

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=BNC (http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=BNC)

The group is BNC short for "Bus Nut Community."

- John



Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Hi yo silver on January 31, 2009, 01:31:06 PM
When you think about it, lots of us who have had surgery or certain medical procedures have been on a ventilator until we are better to breath better on our own.  It's a common practice.  We're thinking about you both.  Hang in there.
Dennis


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on January 31, 2009, 04:09:50 PM
I just got home from the hospital, libby had an ok day today, last night she had some problems but when we got there she was propped up and was being fed some lunch, she can't feed herself yet, but she looked better than yesterday, she tires out very quickly.  Thats the main reason for the ventilator, she tires out and stops breathing. Her eyes followed me as I walked in, having her know who I was, was nice, that was the first sign of recognition I had seen from her so it's a big step. They have put in a central line into an artery in her neck, they use it anytime they need to draw blood.  The doctors cautioned me about reading too much into her appearance today, she still has a long rocky road ahead of her but we're hopefull for her.  It's very hard to see her like this and she cryed when I said I had to go home, it gets very difficult sometimes.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Peabody on January 31, 2009, 04:20:40 PM
Oh Cody,
Is there any way you can stay with her.That made me cry to hear that.I know it may not be possible but it is so sad. :'(
I'm probably not making things easier for you and for that I apologize. But think about it,it would save you that long drive.OK I'll shut up now and keep my thoughts to myself.Big Hugs Peabody


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on January 31, 2009, 05:00:56 PM
Cody. All I can say is, I'm sorry. It was good to hear that she was doing better today, and that she recognized you. I am still praying for you.

Thanks for the updates, they mean a lot.

Still praying,

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: grantgoold on January 31, 2009, 05:22:30 PM
Cody, thanks for the updates! I know that several of us are praying daily for you and your wife. I have never met you but my heart is heavy. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his arms. Thank you for reminding me to hug my wife today and tell her how much I love her. Your commitment is truly an inspiration.

Thanks

Grant


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Busted Knuckle on January 31, 2009, 08:05:08 PM
Well I am so sorry to hear how little things are improving since my last post which was also the last time I had any contact with the real world! Hang in there Cody, even though we have gone through a severe crisis here our selves we are still here for ya'll! Our prayers are with you!
CALL if you need ANYTHING, even just to talk!    :(  BK  :(







Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on February 01, 2009, 05:52:37 AM
Hi Cody: If it is at all possible for you to stay with Libby, it really would help her regain her health much quicker. She will feel much better if you can be with her. It will be by far the best "medicine" for her right now. I hope this will be possible. Ask the hospital if there is any place you can stay, even if she will need a private room. They will use a recliner chair or cot for you to rest on. Please check this out.
Gerald and Lynette


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: redbus on February 01, 2009, 06:16:30 AM
Cody, only you know how much your body can take with your limitations. Yes, Libby needs you but she needs you to be well. It wouldn't help if you too were to become sick. You are both in our thoughts and prayers.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 01, 2009, 07:08:11 AM
It's not possible for me to stay in her room, her room in intensive care is packed with equipment and there is no room for a cot or anything like that, intensive care closes from 7AM to 10AM and again from 3PM to 5PM, and all visitors have to leave for that time frame.  They do have 2 rooms that the hospital keeps for family members of patients but those rooms have a long waiting list and are almost impossible to get.  Driving back and forth is inconvienent but it's about all I can do now.  The bus possibly could be gotten into a parking lot but most of them would be very hard to manuver in and I'd have to spend some time putting the bus back together cause the exhaust gasket still needs to be replaced and I kinda tore it up inside to do some work along with that.  If they could tell me for sure that she would be in there for several weeks I'd work harder at getting the bus ready to use but if it's only going to be a week or two of intensive care then i'll have to drive it daily.  Right now I feel good enough to drive but what all I have to do to take the bus is just beyond what I can do.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 01, 2009, 10:18:30 AM
I just called to get an update on libby, we can't go today cause it's storming pretty bad here.  She had a very rough nite but is resting somewhat now, the nurse said that it'll be like this for a while yet, 2 steps forward and one step back but she is still fighting and thats a good thing, I talked to the nurse about how I can make her more comfortable when she can come home, things like putting a bed in the living room, she won't be able to climb the stairs for a while so I thought that would help but the nurse told me to not get too involved in anything like that until we know more and she starts to show actual signs of improvement. So I guess we'll just have to wait and see.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Hi yo silver on February 01, 2009, 10:35:43 AM
Hi Cody,
I just want you to know we're still here, and hanging on every word regarding your Libby.  Sounds like she is having to fight for every step of improvement.  Thanks for all the updates.  When our responses are slow, don't think we aren't following your reports.  Speaking for myself, sometimes I just don't know the words to say.  God has a way of making us feel helpless sometimes.  I guess it reminds us of who's in control...

Well, just know that all your friends here are pullin' for you and Libby.
Dennis 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Len Silva on February 01, 2009, 10:44:01 AM
Cody,
I haven't responded earlier because I just can't find the words.  Just know that I care and I'm thinking of you.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: jackhartjr on February 01, 2009, 10:56:33 AM
"and hanging on every word regarding your Libby. "
Just could not have been said better.
Every time I log on I check for Libby/Cody updates.
Lots of Prayers going notrth there buddy!
Jack


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: RickB on February 01, 2009, 11:11:50 AM
Cody,

Could Lea and I put you up in a hotel near the hospital for a couple nights.

We would be grateful to help.

Let me know.

All I need is the hotel name and their number. I'll take care of it from there.

May you be filled with as much peace as possible in the midst of this turmoil.

Rick



Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: trailblazer2 on February 01, 2009, 11:35:22 AM
 Cody;
 We just wanted to say( along with our other members) ,that you all are still in our prayers,and thoughts.You are going to come out on the winning side,just keep looking up!
Bill & Phyllis


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 01, 2009, 11:38:20 AM
I appreciate the offers but right now I just can't do it, so much going on up here that I have to deal with. 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: JackConrad on February 01, 2009, 12:00:25 PM
Cody,
   As was already mentioned by others, I don't post on this thread every day, because I just don't know what to say, but rest assured, you & Libby are in our prayers every day. I check this thread several times every day, just to see if there is any new updates on Libby.  I wish there was something I could say to help that feeling of helplessness that I know you are feeling.  Jack


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: eddieboy on February 01, 2009, 04:53:25 PM
Cody, I have not been on the site but a few months, but I feel I need to add my prayers to the list of other members.  I don't know what your religious beliefs are but I want to relate a story to you.  My best friend Tom has lung trouble, stemming from Agent Orange from his days in Viet Nam.  In March of 2007, he was in the hospital for over a month.  One night I went to see him and it was as if he wasn't there.  Had that look in his eyes of emptiness.  The doctors gave him less than 2 weeks to live.  The next day he was in for a cleaning of his lungs(lavage?), put on a vent and basically, the doctors gave up.  Our Chaplain from the American Legion used his credentials to get in and pray over him.  The doctors encouraged this.  I went to see him 2 days later and he was back up in bed, eating on his own.  Today, he is still progressing and uses a portable liquid oxygen tank.  All that to say this.  God has a plan for everybody.  HIS plan here may be to bring you and Libby closer to Himself.  Obviously I can't know what it is, but I strongly believe in the power of prayer, as it sounds like many of your bussing friends do.  I will ask some of my other friends here to also send up some prayers.  Miracles do happen.  Take care.  Ed


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: bobofthenorth on February 01, 2009, 06:35:40 PM
I hadn't thought about this until I read Ed's post. 

http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showpost.php?s=6c88bfeb777fdc3ae4eede263768fb35&p=424153&postcount=5 (http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showpost.php?s=6c88bfeb777fdc3ae4eede263768fb35&p=424153&postcount=5)

You can get more by Googling "dan oreilly miracle man"

I'm going to be skiing with Dan in two weeks (and drinking scotch with him in the evenings too) but I can remember 3 years ago talking to his brother Mark in Houston.  At that time the Doctors were telling him "you need to start thinking about organ donation because what you see is as good as its going to get".  Leaving aside the obvious brotherly cracks about how Dan wasn't that smart to begin with and therefore didn't really have much brain to be damaged, his recovery - his very life - is nothing short of a miracle.  There are many things in this world that pass our feeble understanding.  Hang in there.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on February 01, 2009, 07:14:33 PM
Cody,

I am still praying. I just don't know what to say...Just that I pray that she does better.

Praying for both of you...

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: wvanative on February 01, 2009, 08:03:09 PM
Maybe this is asking a lot but, if someone lives near maybe they could bring their bus to the hospital parking lot so Cody could use it each night if the hospital would allow that.

WvaNative


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: mc8 tin tent on February 01, 2009, 08:19:19 PM
Cody

  I'm sure you know you and Libby are in the thoughts and prayers of your bus nut family always!!!!!!!!!!!
 
We none want to be anything but supportive for you both, please don't hesitate to ask for help!

KNOW YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS

       Dwayne


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on February 01, 2009, 08:29:30 PM
Maybe this is asking a lot but, if someone lives near maybe they could bring their bus to the hospital parking lot so Cody could use it each night if the hospital would allow that.

WvaNative

Maybe bus, or, camper, motorhome, or make Cody a guest in a Saginaw (?)  or someone nearby's home?    
Libby is going to be recovering for a long time...months at best.  These things don't resolve suddenly.  
Cody, if you have any unanswered, or unsatisfactory answers related to Libby's treatment and care, let me know and I'll try to help with information.  If I don't have an answer for you, Terri will.  
I don't know how patients families maintain their mental health when they are involved with the healthcare industry.   I've been involved as an RN and Paramedic, and Terri still is..she teaches.  It's nuts!
The care in the US is remarkable, but the loss of control, especially for the men of family members, is hard to comprehend until you've been there.  
I'm at njt5047@yahoo.com or 704 650 0235
Thinking about you and Libby!  JR and Terri  

  

 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 02, 2009, 05:19:50 AM
I'm going to head down to see libby later this morning, but your right, her recovery will take months, it'll be slow with setbacks but slow progress is better than no progress.  The main thing is if she can recover, I don't expect her to be able to reach her past level of evil, it took years to perfect that.  I remember that unfortunate Hansel and Gretal incident, wow, did the townspeople get upset. the angry crowds, the torches and pitchforks were scary. lol  Today I have to meet with the doctor in regard to modifications to the house that will make it easier for her, possibly a bed in the living room so that she doesn't have to climb the stairs, maybe even treat her to a handrail on the stairs so when she can climb them she'll be able to hang onto something.  Looks like I'll have plenty of lead in time to do these things, things like hand rails for the bathtub, stuff like that. 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on February 02, 2009, 06:05:56 AM
Cody,

Still praying...

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 02, 2009, 06:13:43 AM
I've been asked if libby can recieve cards, I think she can, the address is Alice Clishe,,,,, Room 613,,,,Marquette General Hospital,,, 580W College,, Marquette, Michigan 49855.  She is pretty much out of it right now but I could read them to her and I think she'd like that.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 02, 2009, 10:43:00 AM
Just got a call from the hospital, libby has been moved to room 613, thats the cardiac ICU, she had some problems but she is stable for now, this ICU unit is more geared to the cardiac patient and it has a cath lab and other stuff that she may need, the doctor said it's a precaution they felt was needed cause of some cardiac concerns she went thru today, don't you just love the way they find words to use that sound so neutral.  I changed the room number on her address post.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on February 02, 2009, 10:54:46 AM
Thanks for the update Cody. I am still praying.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: white-eagle on February 02, 2009, 07:46:19 PM
cody and libby,

jack and paula mentioned the problems you were experiencing yesterday and i made time to get on today to read this.  Considering Libby's jumping around pushing you last year in Arcadia, this downturn is really unexpected and we are sorry to hear she's having to fight this stuff.  We really are praying for a speedy recovery so that she can get back to badgering you to get the bus finished.

Fran really is saddened to hear of the problems and we hope the cardiac unit can get libby's bluegrass beat back in rythym.  Libby needs to get better! 

call or write, tell us what we can do to help.  we are thinking of you both and adding positive thoughts to the karma and God's wishes.  May the force be with you.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 03, 2009, 09:30:07 AM
Still to stormy to go to the hospital but today I got some good news about libby, she has been reclassed to critical care from intensive care, this means that she has a phone lol. She may have turned a corner and is somewhat better, she is off the ventilator and can talk a little but tires out easily.  This to me is a great thing but the doctors are cautioning me about reading too much into it, we'll see, she is one tough old bird.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: travelingfools on February 03, 2009, 09:34:47 AM
Wow..that news made my day! Hang in there Cody...


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: HighTechRedneck on February 03, 2009, 09:40:04 AM
That is great news!  We are all rejoicing with you Cody!  Indeed she still needs lots of prayer and medical care, but this does sound like wonderful progress.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Peabody on February 03, 2009, 09:52:42 AM
Wow! Great news  :D, yes she may have along ways to go but she is headed in the right direction.I'll keep praying for her quick recovery. Hugs  Peabody


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on February 03, 2009, 11:35:04 AM
Cody,

That is great!!! Praise the Lord!!! That sounds like some great improvement.

I am still praying for both of you.

Thanks for the updates. I look forward to them.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: JackConrad on February 03, 2009, 12:02:47 PM
Cody,
    That is GREAT news!!!.  We will keep both of ya'll in our prayers.  Jack


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on February 03, 2009, 12:26:42 PM

That is indeed good news!   They would not have removed Libby from the vent had they not seen measurable improvement. 
Good luck Cody!  JR



Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Dreamscape on February 03, 2009, 02:08:22 PM
Cody, I knew with this many people praying you would have some good news!

Keep the Faith Buddy,

Paul


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Kwajdiver on February 03, 2009, 02:42:04 PM
Good news Cody, little baby steps is big news.

Bill


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: busshawg on February 03, 2009, 03:19:33 PM
Excellent!! So glad to hear it! Have a great night Cody, rest well.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on February 03, 2009, 04:21:44 PM
That great news Cody! Praise the Lord!

We are praying for Libby & you several times each day.

Keep looking up!

Gerald & Lynette


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: jackhartjr on February 03, 2009, 04:26:50 PM
Cody,  Hi.  We are so sorry to hear about Libby and are tracking her progress.  She was only on the vent for a few days which is good.  Glad to hear that she is off of the vent and making progress.  Progress toward recovery is always good no matter what the speed.  You and Libby are in our prayers.  I am posting as Jack is on the road driving.  Keep your chin up.  Dianne, Jack, Zoe and Gizmo.  


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Blacksheep on February 03, 2009, 05:04:50 PM
Cody, when my Dad was here and facing surgery to have a leg removed from have diabetes, my friends here and at BNO prayed that it would all turn out good. Although my Dad is no longer with us, the prayers that were received and heard, allowed my Dad to further his life here on earth. Two days after having that surgery, he was back playing bingo as if it was just another day.
Being the person everyone knows me as, I can add that even though I consider myself a spiritual person, just not openly where I preach it, I will say prayer DOES work. I prayed that my Dad would be comfortable with no pain thru his ordeal and he proved he wasn't, all the way to the time where he had to go. Bouncing back from surgery as quickly as he did proved that God indeed was listening to me and my buddies here. We all made a stand and God listened.
Don't ever give up believing! It worked for me and it WILL work for you.
Remember were all here praying for you and Libby and God WILL hear us. Wait and see! Before you know it, Libby will be asking you how fast your driving that Eagle on your next trip but for how long, only one person knows for sure as we never know what's around the next corner!
Hang in there bud!
By the way, I JUST opened a Dove Chocolate bar. Those little ones that have sayings in them. It says, "don't concentrate on the pot holes in the road, just enjoy the ride"!
What a coincidence!

Ace


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 05, 2009, 07:23:39 AM
I didn't update yesterday cause I was busy getting things ready for libby here, the hospital called and she came home this morning, they kicked her loose, hopefully it's not too soon but still glad she is here.  She is still not out of the woods but they felt that the level of care she needs now can be done at home thru home nursing care.  Nurses are going to be coming in 3 times a week and meanwhile I'll do what I can do, I set up a bed for her and hopefully I can make her comfortable here, Daneille is a CNA and an RNA so she'll be filling in too.  Her lungs are better but her kidney function will have to be monitored carefully and she is on a whole pile of meds along with tools and cool stuff that blinks and has a lot of tubes lol.  I got a kick out of the billing department, I had to see them yesterday, her tally came to $217,000, they asked me what I prefered, visa or mastercard lol.  I asked them about payments and we came to a tenative agreement of 172 a month lol, I'll be 162 years old when it's finally paid lol.  Isn't life great lol.  The tell me that she will never be the same anymore, I'm kinda thinking being like jennifer lopez wouldn't be bad but I'll set my sights a little lower cause I'm old too lol.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Busted Knuckle on February 05, 2009, 07:38:01 AM
Wow Cody, great to hear she is well enough to be at home (that is if she is really well enough! I certain hope that they didn't just kick her out of the hospital because of the $), it sure seems awful quick though with all shes been through! Good news is though now you can get the bus ready to go and get the heck out of there and head for a warmer climate! They have doctors in the south too! Where do you thing the older ones who take the winter months off go? LOL!  Glad to hear some good news! ;D  BK  ;D


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Lin on February 05, 2009, 07:39:12 AM
Great to hear that things have improved so quickly.  Sorry about the bill.  Does this mean that you are putting that new Marathon on hold?


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: JackConrad on February 05, 2009, 07:43:24 AM
Cody, 
   That is great news!!  Give Libby a big hug from Paula & I.  Jack


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: PADoug on February 05, 2009, 07:45:48 AM
Well, that's good news!

I'm sure she'll get her strength back. Once she figures out what you've been up to with all the traveling and this weather, all H#^^ will break loose! LOL!

Be safe, warm, and cozy. Give her hugs and kisses from us.

Doug


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 05, 2009, 07:54:38 AM
I'm thinking it's too quick too, my gut feeling is that it's money related but no way of proving that, all I can do is monitor her and the nurses will be here 3 times a week and in between we'll take care of her, the first sign of problems we'll run her back in.  I sure appreciate the kind thoughts and prayers, I know she isn't out of the woods yet and they said her recovery will take time but we'll do it one step at a time.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on February 05, 2009, 08:03:35 AM
Cody,

Thanks for the update!!! I will be praying everything goes well!!! Keep us updated.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: HighTechRedneck on February 05, 2009, 08:16:49 AM
That is tremendous news Cody.  I am so glad to hear it.  It may be soon, but I think she will feel much better at home, have a more positive outlook and therefore heal faster.

Not to take credit away from the doctors, but I think it is another evidence of the power of prayer.  I think bus nut prayers are viewed as kind of special too.  Many of us spend so much time on our knees as a result of our buses that we are rather proficient at it I suppose.  ;) (Either on our knees working on the bus, praying about our bus, or seeking forgiveness for things we said while working on our bus. :o )


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: busshawg on February 05, 2009, 08:21:02 AM
So glad to hear, make sure you do have help , so you don't burn yourself out. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.

Grant


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Old4103 on February 05, 2009, 08:48:47 AM
Cody,

IT's great to hear that the little lady is coming home to roost, ........... But...........

I assume Jamie is going to do the cooking while Libby is in her delicate condition?

Ummmm, is this really a wise choice? or will you be going to the connivance store a couple of three times a day to get her some life sustaining nourishment?


(Sorry Jamie, I just couldn't resist!)    ::) ::) ::) ;)

Dallas


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: skipn on February 05, 2009, 09:15:34 AM

 Great I think?

 Ok now knowing how hospitals gloss over the "what the to does are" here are some things to consider.
   (my mom lost one kidney and the other is at diminished capacity almost 45 years now)

  they say reduced or no salt.............that is a lot tougher than one thinks.
 (Mommas treat is potato chips  1 or 2 a day too many and she puffs up like a ballon)
   NOT kidding on that one

   Most preprocessed foods are high in sodium  (hamberger helper is a definte no no)
   So get used to reading labels (a lot of times reduced sodium items will still be too much)
   cooking from scratch is the safest route (then you know for sure)

    coffee or tee bad  warm water and cranberry juice good.
   
    Just a few tips

    We're pulling for you both
  Skip


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: travelingfools on February 05, 2009, 09:33:18 AM
Wow, that's awesome..Now I guess your bachelor days are over..lol. So glad she's home. No better place to be !


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Sojourner on February 05, 2009, 11:09:30 AM
So glad to hear that Libby is home with special care.

Yes prayer works with doctors and nurses as well patient. After all it was the Lord that is in control 24/7. However He want us to ask Him for His help and guideness. Otherwise, He let everyone choose His or their choice of life style while on earth.

I will keep Cody and Libby in the prayer list.

Gerald & Lynette


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: wvanative on February 05, 2009, 03:36:26 PM
What great news cody, I am so happy for you and Libby.

Dean


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Cary and Don on February 05, 2009, 04:01:01 PM
So glad things are going well.

One reason they may have sent her home was to avoid her from catching something else in the hospital.  They are germ factories.  The other is the money.  They tried to send Don home on the third day after a surgery they said he would be in there for a week.  I refused to take him.  He got one more day. He wasn't any where as ill as Libby.

Did they ever decided if it was a medication problem?  If it was, doesn't mean it was the doctor's fault.  They can't know about every interaction.  That is up to the pharmacy, and if it was a new medication, maybe nobody knew about it yet.  An investigation into what happened is warranted, if for no other reason, than to avoid it in the future.

Don and Cary
GMC4107
Neoplan AN340


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Chopper Scott on February 05, 2009, 05:34:47 PM
Great news indeed! Now you'll be busy again with all the honey do lists!!!


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on February 06, 2009, 07:29:23 AM
Well Cody, now the real work begins!   
You get Libby a little bell so that any time she needs something, she can immediately get your attention.   ;)
Glad to hear she's back with you!   Libby will convalesce better at home than in a hospital.   Y'll can get back to normal rythm.
Is Libby's renal system working well enough to avoid dialysis?
As someone mentioned, Libby's discharge instructions will include a recommended diet.  It's very important that you don't 'fudge' on the diet.  She might be extremely sensitive to salt (sodium) and potassium intake.
Another important, but often overlooked discharge instruction relates to activity.  Whatever levels of activity is permitted, get her up and going.  Within the parameters set by the docs.  Lots of folk will lie around and waste away.  Watch for that mindset...let Libby do anything that she can do for herself.   The home-health aid (CNA/RNA) and nurse (RN) will offer all sorts of advice and assistance.  Make notes so you can get all your questions answered.  If you don't like an answer or feel like you need more info, call Libby's doctor. 
Cody, if LIbby is ambulatory, be careful with small rugs and any trip hazards in your home.  Libby will be wobbly for a bit.  Be careful and don't hurt yourself pulling or whatever.  Get help if you need when getting Libby up. 
Alas I preach... ;)
Good luck, JR



   
     


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Peabody on February 06, 2009, 02:29:08 PM
Cody,
Keep up that great attitude,in times of stress like this is there is no better way to handle it but with humor.It will be good for Libby to be home, she will feel more at ease and should heal faster.I'm keeping you  and Libby in my prayers. Hugs Peabody


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Hartley on February 06, 2009, 03:00:59 PM
They ran me out of the hospital because of the chance of infections
increasing. Plus the tab was already over $180k .. Said I had a better chance
of surviving at home with home health nurses a few days a week.
Here it is coming up on a year and I still haven't healed up yet. Takes a long time.

Cody,
 Hang in there... Getting well is a time consuming thing...
Hope & Pray for you guys....

Dave...


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 06, 2009, 03:15:36 PM
Yep dave, I know about that, libby's tab is 217K, kinda nasty but just a number tho a big number, the thing I got a kick out of was the business office asking me if I prefered visa or mastercard, and nope they don't give green stamps.  I also know about the long healing process, I'm still deep within the healing process from my heart attack last summer.  I liked their easy payment plan, they offered me one that would involve me paying 172 bucks a month for 105 years, sure, I'd be a little old when it was paid off but would give me a goal to live for lol.  Are we having fun yet? lol, libby is doing ok, she is weak but happy to be home.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on February 06, 2009, 04:44:05 PM
Cody, I am glad that she is back. I will still be praying for you all.

God bless,

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 09, 2009, 05:44:40 AM
Thought I'd do an update on libby, she is still very weak and each day is a struggle, she has a complete moron for a home nursing person, me lol, but I'm doing my best lol.  The home nursing company backed out of the equation when they found out she doesn't have coverage.  Her lungs are heavily damaged by the pnemonia and we don't know what kind of recovery she will have for them but I'm hopefull she'll be ok, her kidneys are also posing a problem, one is virtually shut down and the other is only working at enough of a percentage to keep her going without dialysis, her heart attack wasn't severe and she seems to be doing fairly well from that aspect but it'll be a long uphill crawl for her, the doctor said she would be a different person when she came home, I was hoping for jennifer lopez but that didn't work out lol.  It'll be a day by day thing for a long time I think, but so far, we are dealing with the fun things that come up each day.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: bubbaqgal on February 09, 2009, 05:53:02 AM
Thought I'd do an update on libby, she is still very weak and each day is a struggle, she has a complete moron for a home nursing person, me

Cody, at least you are complete!  ;D  For us we do see that you completely love her and are happy to care for her and that is what counts.

Maybe you didn't get Jennifer Lopez yet but is she at least George Lopez?

Give her a hug from D and I and keep some hug for yourself!  Cat


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Len Silva on February 09, 2009, 06:09:00 AM
Cody,

I don't know what your personal situation is, financial or otherwise, but I very strongly urge you to get help.  You cannot do this alone, and while you have tons of moral support from your friends here, that doesn't help much when you are the sole caregiver.  It will beat you down and very soon will affect your own health.

Find an advocate, beat on the social service agencies, there is help out there but it won't come to you.

I know that this advice probably goes against everything you have believed all your life, as it does most of us here, but please don't let pride get in the way of asking for help.

We are pulling for you.

Len


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: cody on February 09, 2009, 06:17:49 AM
I've filled out many applications for different agencies to locate help but so far I've come up empty, my income is high enough so be over most of the guidelines for concideration, we also applied for disability for her at the recommendation of the doctor, all these things take time and we just have to tread water until the calvary arrives lol, mean while we're doing ok.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Lonnie time to go on February 09, 2009, 06:54:34 AM
I am so glad that everything is going to be ok Cody.


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Jriddle on February 09, 2009, 08:09:22 AM
Seems like if you work and pay taxes or have a good retirement There is never any help. Seems kind of messed up to me. Keep looking bound find some kind of help.

John


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: wvanative on February 09, 2009, 10:21:36 AM
Cody, I am so glad Libby is home with you now. Please think about limiting her visitors because in her weakened state a simple cold from a visitor could be devastating to her.

WVaNative
Dean


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: NJT5047 on February 09, 2009, 08:27:13 PM
Cody, what's up with the dialysis?   
I'd guess that Libby is on a good many meds?  If so, you may be able to get some relief by applying to the manufacturers for low priced, or no priced support.  I'll get Terri to get the info if you have needs for med support.  Most pharma's offer big discounts to select patients.  You gotta ask for it.
Keep Libby sitting up as much as possible...and moving around as much as she can tolerate.
The constant repositioning will help her lungs improve. 
Laying in one position most of the time will cause untold problems.  Skin breakdown, respiratory problems, muscle issues.  Gotta move...even if it is just repositioning in bed. 
Keep her head up as high as is comfortable.  The more vertical the better, as long as she tolerates sitting up.   If Libby gets dizzy or presents other symptoms  such as confusion...she may not be able to tolerate sitting up. 
Now is when family members could be useful.  The RN should be available as they are directed from the discharging hospital...NA's, who do baths and such...that's another issue.
Dean brings up an excellent point...having sick folk, or any children around Libby is problematic.   Her immune system is exhausted and any cold or flu exposure will not be well tolerated.  Keep children and anyone with a kleenex away from Libby...
We're thinking about you and Libby....good luck!  JR


 


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: Busted Knuckle on February 09, 2009, 08:36:36 PM
HEY Y'ALL CODY & LIBBY NEED HELP BADLY! See the link below and let's see what we can do!   BK


http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/index.php?topic=10990.0


Title: Re: Libby/update
Post by: John316 on February 10, 2009, 06:53:13 AM
Cody,

Keep your head up ;). It is so refreshing to hear what a good attitude you have about problems that would have caused others to sink long ago!!!

I am still praying.

God bless,

John