2/29/2012

a reality shift


An update:

Jason has been in the hospital for the last two weeks and will be there for probably around 10–14 more days (not really sure exactly).

We think he's beginning to slowly find a new balance and he's starting to feel better.

We have come to realize that our life has suddenly changed direction, and we're trying to wrap our minds around the new road before us.


Here are some new facts:

Jason's lung disease has definitely progressed.

The decision has been made to put optometry school on hold while we focus getting Jas healthier as we start the process of being listed for a transplant.

We hope to get listed in the next few months.

We are looking into Duke, in North Carolina, because they're the top in the nation and when it comes to something as delicate and complex as Jason's lung situation we want the best. We will probably know in the next five days if they will look into taking on Jason's case.

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This stay in the hospital has been very different than any other we have experienced. To say it has been intense would be a massive understatement. But, with help from family and good friends we are pulling through it and the future still looks bright.

Now we are trying to find a balance with all the meds, his body (mainly lungs, kidneys, heart, and neck and shoulder muscles), the hemoptysis, his oxygen levels and air hunger. Seeking a balance with all these things is so so tricky and will be a very slow process and will time and much rehab. But it seems like we are headed in the right direction and Jas is already feeling better.

People are so good and prayers are so powerful. Thank you so much for the support and help and strength. We are so blessed to be surrounded my such wonderful people in our life. We love you and are so grateful for you all.

33 comments:

communikate. said...

Sending hugs and prayers your way. You are so strong, girl!

Whitney Urien said...

Geri I just wanted to let you know hoe much Kurtis and I admire you and Jason. We are always praying for you both and please let us know if we can do anything for you.

The Mickelsen Gang said...

Oh Ger, I love you guys so much and would give anything to be there right now. I put your names in the temple again last night. Please give my Jas a love and tell him that his Aunt Mitzi loves him more than anything in the world!! We are too dang far from CA and NC, but for sure want the best!!! Let me know what I can do. please message me cell numbers so we can text and call. Love you sweetie!!! You are both precious angels ..... made for each other! You will never know how thankful we are for you!!!! Having Jas so happy in this life is what we all have always wanted!!! Love you both so much!!

Love to help people said...

Oh my goodness Geri. Our prayers are with you. If there's ANYTHING we can do, please let us know. Hang in there. There is a purpose and reason for all of this if not to just make you both realize how precious your life is together. I have a whole new perspective since cancer and I NEVER take anything or anyone for granted. Love you, love you, love you. Your names are on quite a few prayer rolls now. HUGS, the Hills

Alli & Richy said...

Miss Geri, your faith and strength is remarkable. I still remember when you and Jason were dating and getting engaged & your love for each other was so sweet. We will be praying and thinking of you guys:) Love ya!

Christy said...

Wow! I don't know how you do it. You two are amazing and I am so glad things are at least looking up even though it's hard. We love you guys and if there is anything you need let us know. Seriously. I know you have a huge support group with everyone from school but we are here too if you need anything at all. You are both such special people! We'll keep you in our prayers.

the hawker's said...

Still praying for you two!! We sure love you!!! And I second what Aunt Mitzi said. I am so happy that you two have each other! We have such an amazing family! Hang in there! Love you both so much!!!

brittany+scott said...

Oh Geri, thx for the update. I have been thinking of you guys lately. I so hope they take Jason's case. Duke is not too far from where we live in NC! Know you would have some friends out here rooting for you. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care girl <3

Bobbi said...

I think you two are so strong and pretty special to have to go through this. I am so sorry. We are praying for you and Jason every day and Jared puts your names in the temple each week. We love you and hope you get some great news soon!!

Cassie said...

Loves, hugs, & kisses and all of that awesome big sister stuff. I'll only be a few hours from you in NC so that will be good. Both of you are always in our prayers and never far from most of our thoughts either. We love you both so much. "look up"

Mrs. Ham said...

you are truly a wonderful person! and a great photographer...not many can get good photos in a hospital. just sayin. i love you in your mask and gown, sadly i wear that on a daily basis and feel like i'm coming out of labor and delivery...

much prayers are headed your way from us. all our best at this hard time. xoxo

Jill said...

Prayers are with you both through this momentary challenge! IF you need a North Carolina connection for someone to talk my oldest son lives there.

Julia Warren said...

Geri, we love you guys. We will pray that Jason will be able to get on the list and that you guys can get through this difficult time. Any little tiny thing we can do to help you in any minuscule way we will gladly do...we will be praying hard. You are both special beyond compare. LOVE.

Kim said...

Thinking of you sweet Geri. You are wise beyond your years. Audrey always said that about you.

Suzy & Todd said...

Jason- Todd says you have always amazed him and blown him away with your resiliency and attitude. It's infectious. Geri- you seem like an incredible person and wife and we are grateful our friend has someone like you by his side. You are in our prayers.Love- Suzy and Todd Holman

Hannah Rinehart said...

Thinking about and praying for you both!

Jodi said...

Geri...we, too, are praying for you! Audrey has filled me in, only a bit but just listening to her explain things, really shows me how much she admires YOU, as her little sister. She thinks you are soooo strong, and OBVIOUSLY you are! She really admires your strength and so do I. We pray that all will go well with the transplant. Take care.

Teri said...

Geri, you guys are definatly in our prayers and thoughts. Good luck in all of this..You are such a great example of being positive.

Adriana Marshall said...

SAying a prayer in my heart for you <3

James said...

you will be in my prayers. I hope he gets on that list. Good luck to both of you in the road ahead. (This is Kayleen, by the way, but I'm sure James will second what I've said.)

Natalie said...

You are a sweetheart, such a cute girl with a super cute personality... in love with a gorgeous red-headed guy. I'm sorry for this challenge in life, but continue to find the strength that God knows you have, that you (deep down) know you have. Prayers from Rigby, ID
Natalie

Angie & Neal said...

Sending lots of love and prayers your way! You two amaze me at your faith and strength! What an inspiration. I wish there was more I could do but know I'm praying hard and putting your names in ALL the Utah temples.

Lots of {LOVE & HUGS}

Leslie said...

i hate that you guys are going through this. i know, trials make you stronger and all that, but i really wish you didn't have to suffer. you are in my thoughts constantly and you will be in every prayer that i utter. i am glad he is feeling better. i'll be checking in with you. loves to you both.

Steve and Stephanie said...

yall are going to spank this transplant process like a red-headed stepchild!!!

Tucker's said...

Hey just wanted to say we love ya! You guys have and will continue to be in out prayers!!! We are here for you and would love to help out in anyway we can! Give Jason a big hug for us!

Jessica said...

You both are in my prayers. The strength that the two of you have is incredible.

Aubrey said...

Oh my. You can do it. Both of you! Please let me know if you need anything.. I'm good at cooking, hugging, and baking and anything else you need sweetie pie!

My heart goes out to you. Lots and lots of love and prayers. {You really are in alot of temples :) }

Lucy said...

Love you tons.
xoxoxoxo

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dani said...

my thoughts are with you geri! i hope that everything goes smoothly for you:)

The Daytons said...

We are so sorry to hear that things are not going the best right now. We will include you in our prayers. I hope you will feel everyones prayers in your behalf. What a beautiful couple you are.
Love the Daytons

royce and aubree said...

our prayers and thoughts are with you guys. i wish we could be there to help in any way possible. you guys are the greatest examples of positive attitudes. hang in there and know we are thinking of you always.

Sarah Larsen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's health Geri! Sending love and prayers your way!