Friday, May 21, 2010

Bumps in the road...

Amanda and I arrived at the Hosp at noon. One of the docs was talking to him and Jim didn't look too happy. He had a rough night and did not sleep. His oxygen level is low so he was on 100% oxygen last night. He is still on oxygen but not as much. It's hard to explain but doc said his stomach has some air in it and it is causing his lungs to get less O2 in them. There is also a problem with the arterial line that he has in. They are removing it and working on putting another arterial line in right now. Very painful procedure:(
They will be deciding within the next 24 to 48 hrs if they want to do a bronchoscopy (also painful) and possibly put the vent back in (not fun)!

On a good note he was sitting in a chair and is still getting 2 tubes out.

He is still in ICU and not sure when he will get out based on the bump in the road. Some people asked about letters etc. As of now I can't provide an address. If you want to send something to the house we have people checking the mail for us. If you need the address please send me an email. I do not want to post our address on he net. Email address is

I read all of my blogs and all of your comments to him last night and he really enjoyed it!

Prayers and good vibes please!!!


  1. Prayers are with you both throughout the bumps and ups and downs.... Jim you have come so far and are such an inspiration.... Keep fighting!!! You will get through this!!! Sending lots of good vibes your way.... Keep the faith!!!!

  2. Thinking of you both, All my positive energy coming at you guys. Hang in there

  3. Little bumps are just that, little bumps. Hang tough kids, you have this long! Love yas!!! Talk soon. ~Hol

  4. Joanne Strobel-CortMay 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Our prayers for a smoother road ahead. Can't believe he is sitting in a chair already! WOW, he is amazing. Stubborn too, thank God!!:-)All our positive thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep the faith, I have no doubt in my mind he will be driving that fancy car of his soon. He still needs to take me for a ride in it! Much love to you both. Joanne

  5. Big Jim!
    I am following your blog @ work.
    Glad to hear you are sitting in a chair!!
    You are a trooper and so is Nicey!
    I have all the girls here at work pulling for you also!
    Take care and know that lots of people are praying and routing for you!!
    Much love..."BIG MOM"

  6. Bummer to hear the little set back. . . but in reality those are common. It's a really good thing the docs and nurses are on top of things and catching it early is great! Don't get discouraged~ James is still doing awesome!!
    You're in my thoughts and prayers, keep up the good work :)

  7. James and Denise:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Jamie -- setbacks/bumps in the road are annoying and scary but absolutely to be expected. Just remember that your team at Penn is experienced and has seen it all. This isn't new to them, even if it is to you, and they know how to pull you through it so that your recovery can continue just as smoothly as possible.

    Thinking of you all the time and checking the blog often. All the love and light I can spare is headed straight down to you both! You guys are strong and amazing individually, so together and with the help of your team I have no doubt that this little "bump in the road" will be behind you in no time!

    Love you lots,

  8. Denise,

    All of us at City Hall are thinking about you and sending good vibes. Bekah can't get any work done with all of us checking on you and Jim.

    If you need anything let us know.


  9. Hang tough guys! Just keep moving forward. I know it's difficult sometimes, but we are all behind you cheering you on. Your preseverance is a strength. Go Jim Go!and God Bless. The Demyan's.

  10. I am still sending prayers your way. Denise, your posts are invaluable to those of us who may not know you personally, but do know (as in my case) some of Jim's family. Thank you for keeping us informed.

  11. Bumps in the road are expected. It is the pot holes you want to avoid. They can do lots of damage. Piper is right your transplant team has seen it all and knows what is best. The best is not always pleasent but normally does the trick. James you are only 9 weeks late but now we are tranplant buddies and hospital buddies all at the same time. I am thinking of you and Denise daily. Stay tough! And if it makes you feel any better the Redsox are playing terrible tonight...can't tell you how the yankees are doing but you are probably watching them.

  12. Hang in there James!! Small bumps in the road that I'm sure are annoying, but before you know it you'll be home free!!!!