Sunday, October 21, 2012

Update IV

We are still at UCLA and Jess is currently doing very well. Previously there had been talk of her being released this morning, but we are still attempting to gain control of her pain medication. The main issue is that Jess's pain management is dependent upon a drug that is administered through an I.V. In order for Jess to be released she needs to be on a pain management regiment that can be administered in pill form, thus allowing us to administer her medication at home. We attempted to reduce her I.V. medication last night, and ended up in an whirlwind of pain and frustration. I will allow Jess to revisit the ordeal in detail once she regains control of the blog. To sum it up, protests were made, higher ups were talked to and a nurse was barred from entering our room. It was very disappointing and frustrating for Jess's family and I, and extremely painful for Jess. We are now taking a different, more gentle, approach to the reduction/changing of her pain medication. Once we have a successful regiment to control Jess's pain we will be allowed to leave the hospital.

At this point I would like to send out a special thank you to Tia. She is a close family friend to the Oldwyn family and helped guide us through a tough situation last night. You saved Jess a tremendous amount of pain, and for that we will always be appreciative. Thank you.

*Special note from Jess*
Due to my ineffective blogging, I failed to mention that Jess received a "total and complete resection". She wanted to make sure everybody knew that.


  1. "So Cal" PattiOctober 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Thanks again Dan for your update. Sorry to hear that you all went through a rough time last night but am glad that you got it resolved. Loved seeing the words "total and complete resection"- goodbye Hermie! Sending love and hugs- "So Cal" Patti

  2. Total and complete resection?!?! That's absolutely incredible!!!! The best news EVER! Please remind Jess that her pharmacist friend from Texas is always here for any medication related issues ;). Thanks for all of the updates. So relieved that all went so well!
    Love, Nancy Bean

  3. So happy to hear the surgery went well. Lots of hope and joy to you Jess. I love u girl. Thanks for the updates Danny!

  4. Total and complete resection...WOOOOHOOOOO! Go Team Jess!!! Jess, hang in as you are doing just beautifully. We are so incredibly sorry you had what sounds like a very tough situation last night but you have a team of Spartan's around you taking your lead on strength and guiding you through. We continue to pray and send healing thoughts and energy your way (cue twilight zone energy waves).

    Additionally, Dan - thank you so very much for keeping us all up to date and informed. Your strength, composure and love shines through as you 'guest blog' even during this very stressful time. We are so very grateful to you.

    Sending big big love from NYC:

    Steph (and John)

  5. Hang in there, Jess. I too had trouble with the pain management. Something that helped me was a muscle relaxant in addition to paid medicine. That helped with the muscle pain I had due to weakness and loss of coordination from the brain damage from surgery. I still actually take it from time to time when my muscles are causing me great pain due to an imbalance of strength. So happy to hear about the resection! You couldn't have better news. Now, I'm praying for a good pathology report. Jessica

  6. Thank you Dan for keeping us up to date on Jessica's surgery. A complete resection is such good news. No wonder she is having so much pain, and I pray Jess will find a pain management source soon. You have some great resources, like Nance Bean!

  7. Thank you so much for the updates!! I am always thinking of you and praying for amazing news!! Sending love and healing thoughts every day!!! Much love to you, Dan and your family!!!



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