Tracy Stuffle suffers stroke [updated]

Tracy Stuffle, bass singer and emcee for The Perrys, suffered a stroke last night. Libbi Perry Stuffle posted this: [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.]

Update on my precious Sweet Tracy. He has had a stroke. It’s not from a clot but from bleeding. He has no movement on the right side. His speech you cannot understand. He however does understand us. He’s in ICU and will be here several days. He will have another CT this morning around 8am or a little after. Here’s what I am BEGGING you to help me pray: that the bleeding stops and his brain doesn’t swell any more than what it is. He has minimal swelling now. And pray God will restore him 100%.

Tracy had just dropped me off at hospital so I could stay the night with our friend Nancy who had breast cancer surgery today. He got about a mile from hospital and whatever this is happened and he wrecked. Thank The Lord he was only a mile from the hospital. He tried to call EMTs himself, but somehow call Bill Bailey. Friends, I am really trying to stay strong I really am, but I really need a whole bunch of God’s strength right now!!! All I know is to be totally honest with you! I am standing on God’s Word that by HIS stripes we ARE healed, in the precious name of Jesus!!!

Please keep Libbi and Tracy in your prayers!

UPDATE, 9 AM: Libbi posted to Facebook: “New CT scan showed increased bleeding. Concerned they may have to put him on vent if this starts effecting his breathing. Dr will be in in a little bit to update me more. His blood pressure is down by medicine.”

UPDATE, 3 PM: Libbi posted another update:

I just seen the neuro surgeon. The second bleed out in Tracy’s brain is filling up the fluid cavities in his brain. Basically this is like having a stopped up sink with the water still running. The blood left in there is gonna cause pressure on the brain. So the dr is fixin to put a drainage cath in his brain to let the fluids drain out of the fluid cavities. This will only take about 15 mins and is done bedside. Problems that could happen: once in the brain could cause another bleed. 2nd is infection setting up which could go straight to the brain. If this is not done, he will continue to get sleepier and sleepier until he falls into a coma. He’s almost been weaned off Meds to lower his blood pressure. He is stable on the blood pressure.

At 7pm eastern time 6 cst a mass of churches across the United States are gathering to have a prayer vigil on Tracy’s behalf. We would be so honored to have you join with them and my family. Thank you to everyone who has and is praying!!!!

UPDATE, 6 PM: Jared, Tracy’s son, posted: “Tube is in and draining blood off of dads brain which is good, they have him knocked out right now but hopefully we will get to see him awake tonight”

UPDATE, 7:45 PM: Quite a few people, discussing Tracy’s condition on Facebook and elsewhere, have agreed to focus on prayers for Tracy in the 7:00 hour Eastern Time (6:00 Central). So is it any coincidence that this is the hour we get the first favorable update? Jared Stuffle posts: “Last time a few went in dad was wiggling his toes and moving his shoulder on his right side so hopefully he is getting some of it back!” (I think not!)

UPDATE, January 23, 2013: 

Late Monday, Libbi Perry Stuffle posted that her husband, Tracy Stuffle, had suffered a massive stroke. Here’s the latest update , posted around 2 AM:

Ok I forgot that I have not posted any thing since drainage cath was put in. Which I’ve been almost 40 hrs with no sleep. Can’t eat or sleep until I know my Sweet T is out of the woods! Yes, I know I have to take care of myself too, and I am.

Drainage cath was placed into brain to drain off blood from bleed out. The blood in the fluid cavities is draining off! We noticed movement about 30 minutes later. They now have Tracy sedated so all of his pressures can rest. He also needed a mouth inserted trach to open up his air way. Which is a breathing machine, not a vent! They’ve had to strap his left arm down due to him trying to pull tubes out.

As of right now, he is running a temp of 100. Sometimes this common because the brain controls the temp. But, Gonna keep an eye on it to make sure there’s not a infection somewhere.

They should be doing another CT scan Wednesday. I will update if they do.

I am sooooo overwhelmed at the out pouring of love that has been shown Tracy! He would never believe it! He sometimes feels like no one really cared about his part in the group. Well, I can’t wait for him to see all of you alls FB pages! I have set here beside him crying looking at pics, prayer request posting, kind and generous remarks about him!! Trust me I will show him as soon as he’s out of the woods! I don’t even know the correct words to use to express my gratitude and thanks for every prayer that has been lifted on his behalf! I love you all sooooooo much!! Please keep praying for my Sweet T!

UPDATE, 10 AM: Libbi has posted another update:

Not a lot of changes through the night other than temp is normal! PTL

They have had to up his blood pressure med. It’s having a hard time staying down where they need it even with added Meds. His nurse said this morning that if the BP goes too high and he has another bleed out, his life as he knew it would be done!

They are being VERY adamant about LESS visitors today and absolutely no talking and stimulation from the few visitors that they will allow today! I have been lectured twice on this in the last 9 or ten hours! They said they took by all the visitors he had yesterday and last night that he was a very loved and thought of person. But, the live is gonna have to wait til he’s out of the woods.

No CT scan will be done today, maybe tomorrow. Still allowing time for blood in the fluid cavities to drain off.

I will update later if any changes are made.

Thanks for all the overwhelming amount of prayers, text messages, phone calls and emails!!!! You will never ever know how much it means to our family!

Also one other thing: the guys Joseph and Bryan will be filling all dates this weekend! Ms Leah Melissa Page will be filling in for me. Leah is a very incredible singer and I requested her to step in to fill my place. I ask that you will continue to support the group during this time. I know if Tracy could speak he would tell you this would be a big support to him and for him. I feel my place is to be here during these crucial days. I beg you to please understand.

UPDATE, 6 PM: Libbi posted: “I ask Tracy to squeeze my hand if he wanted me to stay with him and he grabbed my hand and wouldn’t let go!!! He’s having a little more movement on his good side. This made me happy, happy, happy!!!”

UPDATE, 1/24, NOON: Libbi posted:

Tracy’s number’s are staying where they are suppose to be. Blood pressure still fluctuates especially when they have to suction. He’s still sedated. He’s having a little more movement on his left side, but nothing on the right side. But, the neuro doctor said it’s still early in the game.

I spent most of the night holding his hand. When I hold his hand he will rub his fingers against mine and squeeze and he tries to turn my wedding ring around. He opened his eyes a couple times last night for a few seconds. I sang to him and played some quiet time hymns songs.

I will update daily at 9am after I see his doctor and he gives me his updates on him. I will also update in the afternoon or evening. I didn’t last night because I was really tired. Also, these updates will be on his page. They will also notify you when a update has been posted.

UPDATE, January 25, 2013: Libbi Perry Stuffle marked the latest update “urgent”:

Urgent prayers needed!!!! Tracy has a 103 degree Neurological infection/fever!!! They have ice on him in areas and they are putting a cooling blanket under him.

UPDATE, 10:15 AM: Libbi posts: “Temp is down to 99.3 from 103.5, but they are doing a chest ex ray to check lungs. They seem to think there is bacteria somewhere. But even their highest acting antibiotics have not worked. His vitals are a little higher than has been. But, this could be happening due to the part of brain that controls the body temp being effected from bleed out! Just don’t know right now.”

UPDATE, 1/26, 7 AM: Perrys lead singer Joseph Habedank posts: “Tracy is doing good tonight!!! Praise The Lord!!!!!! Vitals have returned to their normal state. He still has a temperature of 100.7 tho. Waiting on blood culture results to come back concerning where the infection is. He’s heavily sedated to let his body and brain rest after a bad morning!”

UPDATE, 1/26, 8 AM: A more detailed update from Libbi:

Tracy done good through the night. Was off the blood pressure medicine all night! And his blood pressure stayed in area of 117 / 64. They turned it back on just now because it went up while they were changing his sheets and bathing him. Temp is 101. Praise God, Praise God, Thank You Jesus!!!

Waiting on blood culture results to come back on infection. Chest X-ray showed chest congestion & fluid. Gave him lasiks to remove fluid. They have him almost fully sedated in order to let his body and brain rest from yesterday morning being so bad.

And I was able to sleep 4 hrs!!! Plan on slipping in some cat naps through out the day!!!

Thank you to TaRanda Greene for being there for me yesterday!!
Please know I cherish every prayer you pray for us!!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 1/26, 7 PM: Libbi updates: “Tracy’s blood pressure is spiking and his temp is 102. They have ice packs around him and cooling blanket on him. Blood cultures preliminary came back that there was no infection in the blood. Doctor seems to think it’s coming from lungs.”

UPDATE, 1/27, 8 AM: Libbi updates:

Yesterday was a rough day for Tracy. Last night his blood pressure and temp started rising. From 6 to 8 am & pm we have to leave ICU. I take the evening time to go to motel to shower and get refreshed. I admit I was a little down, well truth is a lot down! Before we left the motel to come back to hospital, my family gathered around me and prayed. When finished, I sat there for a few minutes gathering myself off the floor. When I stood up I said let’s go fight! All the way to the hospital something was rising up inside me! Walked into Tracy’s ICU room and all his vital signs were good. TaRanda Greene has been a great support to me the past couple days. We were texting and somewhere out of the blue it hit me like lightening!! The devil has got to turn loose of Tracy’s body and turn loose from trying to defeat us in our minds! I put my foot down and declared war on the devil! We are warriors!! We have the greatest ammo on earth and it’s called prayer! I texted all of my family that “war was declared on satan!” I told them to suit up and let’s fight! I got permission from Tracy’s nurse to have all my family members who were at the hospital to come into his room and have a old fashion “come to Jesus prayer meeting!” I told them what things we were gonna pray about and told them if anyone in that room had any doubts to leave the room. No one left! I can’t tell you everything that happened, but God was in the room!! We prayed and sang!! That’s been almost 11 hours ago, all of Tracy’s vitals have been sitting on normal!!! Most of these without any help medically! I read healing scriptures over him and prayed over every area of his body!!! No, it’s not about what did, but it’s about what God did!! I am expecting a great miracle to take place!!! This is war!! Put on the whole Armour of God, and let’s send the devil packing back to hell where he came from!!!!! And in the mean time I want to kick his teeth clear out of his body and bruise his ole lying, no truth in him’s head!!!!!!!! If you don’t believe or agree with this, step away!

UPDATE, 1/28: Libbi updates: “Tracy had a good night and half day yesterday. Yesterday afternoon temp started creeping back up. Then the blood pressure started elevating. As of right now nothing has changed. Temp is still 100.1. They have ice packs and fan on him. Looks as tho he may have start of pneumonia. It’s a roller coaster ride, but with this type of brain injury and trauma, this stuff goes with the territory. Dr said yesterday, it’s just gonna take time. ”

UPDATE, 1/29, 9 AM: Libbi posts: “Tracy had a pretty good night last night. Temp stayed between 99 & 100. Blood pressure stayed stable. Looking for new miracles today!! No matter the size we will take them!! Thank you to Matt Hagee, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Jeff LaBorg for coming and praying over Sweet T!!! Means more than you will know!! Thank you to Candy Christmas, Linda DeVault, Alisa Grubb, Norman Holland, Carolyn Minick, and Jamie & Kristi Jamie Bramlett , Mike Gibson for food, snacks and drinks!!”

UPDATE, 1/29, 9:30 AM: Another post from Libbi: “Tracy Stuffle will be having a CT scan sometime today to check to see if there’s been any improvement in the brain where the two hemorrhages were. Please pray the scan will show improvement!! Not sure what time, but will give an update as soon as I have results.”

UPDATE: Libbi Perry Stuffle, his wife, posted an extensive update last night:

I want to first apologize for not updating sooner. I had all intentions to do it this afternoon and I fell asleep in the waiting room and slept for 2 hours!!!

The CT scan showed no new bleeds and the brain shows signs of healing! Whoop, whoop!!! Praise The Lord. The blood that is coming thru the drainage cath has turned dark red which is a sign of old blood. So it’s on it’s way to clearing up. Praise The Lord!!!

They will be inserting a temporary trach so they can remove air vent from the mouth. When this is done, they will be able to start waking him up gradually. At this point we will be able to see how he responds.

Lungs: the culture from the lungs came back and it showed there’s staph/pneumonia. We will know tomorrow if its MRSA. He’s been on 2 different antibiotics, so we will be a little ahead of the game. Temp is staying around 100 to 101. Blood pressure has been stable all day!!! Praise The Lord again!!!!

Please, stop right now and just Praise God and give Him all the glory for this HE has done!!! I am closer to getting to see those beautiful green eyes that I fell in love with over 25 yrs ago!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 2/1, 6:30 A.M.: Libbi posts:

The past couple of days and nights have been really good days for Tracy. Praise The Lord!!!!! He seems to be resting really well. He’s off all medication except for IV fluids and sedation medicine. His vitals seem to be staying stable.
His results from lung culture showed no signs of MRSA!!! Another Praise The Lord!!!! All he has is staph pneumonia in lungs. Please pray that will completely heal! Also, the preliminary results of infection in brain came back negative!! The final report should be back in about 4 days. Triple Praise The Lord!!!
Here’s where I need you to help me prayer! Today 2/1/13 @ 3 pm cst, Tracy’s air tube in his mouth will be removed and a temporary trach will replace it. Please pray:
1: The doctor (Dr. Wilcox) will trace God’s hands during this surgery to place the trach in without any complications.
2: He will tolerate the surgery which will be done bedside in the ICU room.
3. Pray there will be NO complications afterwards!

Thanks again to everyone who have brought hot meals, care baskets, gift cards, motel rooms and love gifts! I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for your out pouring of love toward Tracy Stuffle! I have always been a giver and times like this is hard for me, because someone else is being the giver and we are the receivers. Thank you all for loving us!!!

For those wanting to send cards to Tracy, please send to:
Tracy Stuffle / 1774 Shagbark Way / Gallatin, TN / 37066

Gotta get some sleep now!! Don’t forget the special prayer request above!!

Love ya!!!

UPDATE, 2/1, 3:30 P.M.: Libbi writes: “Urgent Prayer: Tracy’s drainage cath in the brain is not putting out like it should be, so they are wanting to remove drain and replace with new one. Thinking the one that is in is stopped up. With this procedure we risk another bleed as it did with the present drainage cath. They will be doing this in the next few minutes. Please pray!!!!!!!”

UPDATE, 2/1, 7 PM: An update from Barbara Huffman: “Tracy’s brain cath replacement was a success. God is good!”

UPDATE, 2/1, 8:15 PM: An update from Libbi:

What a day! Been a day of mixed emotions. We knew Tracy was gonna have to have the trach inserted so they could remove the breathing tube through the mouth. Early afternoon I was told that the drainage cath. going into his brain was stopped up and wasn’t draining. I had to sign the papers to ok for the Neuro Surgeon to replace the old drainage cath with a new one. With that, you have the risk of a new bleed, infection and other severe things. We prayed and then Randy (my brother) and I had prayer with the surgeon. Yes, the surgeon is a Christian and welcomed the prayer. Tracy’s neuro surgeon is Dr. Arthur Ulm. God has undoubtable placed him in our pathway for this appointed time!!!!! The surgery was a success!!! The minute the new drain was in place it started draining!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! The cranial pressure in the brain started dropping, which is what we needed to happen!
Shortly after the replacement of the drainage cath, Dr. Wilcox removed breathing tube from mouth and put a trach in. Everything with that procedure went good.
Earlier in the day they put a Peg feeding tube into Tracy’s stomach. So needless to say, it’s been a very busy and stressful day, but God is so good and we praise Him for His grace and mercies !!!
Tracy has had one of the sweetest, Godly nurses the past three days!! Her name is Ms Kay! She has rejoiced with us and cried with us. Today after the drainage tube was in place and working properly sweet Ms Kay raised her hands toward heaven with tears in her eyes and said ohhh, Thank You Jesus!!!!! It was truly a moment!!!!! Now, they will let Tracy rest over the weekend and next week if all goes well, will start slowly weaning him off the sedation to wake him up. This will be a very slow process, as to not raise the blood pressure.
We request that he has no visitors this weekend except immediate family members only so his body and brain can rest and heal.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my Sweet T!!! I will never, ever be able to thank you enough for standing with me and my family during this journey that God has chosen for us to travel. I wish I could take my heart out and show you my gratitude for everything that has been done for the past week and a half!!! Please DON’T stop praying!!!!!
I love you all!!!

UPDATE, 2/2, 9:45 AM: An update from Libbi:

A new obstacle this morning! I have to leave Tracy’s ICU room from 6 to 8 am & pm. I came back in Tracy’s room at 8 am. Nurses were bathing him. The nurse tells me that Tracy is having some skin break down, mainly on his right side. She then shows me and I am shocked. Mainly under his arm and on his hip on right side. Then another place under his arm on left side. We do NOT need this in the Name of Jesus, God’s Son be gone!!!!

Haven’t seen the doctor yet to see what the plan of attack is. Blood pressure started elevating about 5am, which seems to be a pattern. Giving him Meds for that. Temp is still rocking between 99.8 to 101.8.

Can I just say I am holding on to faith, but my brain and mind are worn out!!! Praying today will bring new mercies and new miracles, in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s son!!

UPDATE, 2/3, 7 AM: An update from Libbi:

Sitting here in chair in Teacy’s ICU room fixin to go to sleep. Today started out rough, but God is faithful to turn the day around. We didn’t stay in his room much today because we wanted him to rest and his brain to rest. His vitals all stayed good. I was so upset after seeing the spots of skin breakdowns on him, so I decided to take a nap to try to settle down. I slept about 4 hrs and it felt good!! Needless to say I voiced my opinion to the nurse today about why someone wasn’t watching for this stuff! I tried not to get in the flesh and hurt my testimony!!

Watched the guys a little online tonight in Lakeland, FL. They did a great job!!! Leah Leah Melissa Page my fill in is doing incredible!! Been hearing great things about them from people who are continuing to support them. I trust them and know they will give 110%!

Tracy is resting well. Temp is stay about 99.8 to 102. Blood pressure wants to climb here and there.

Today started off rough, but God turned it all around.

Looking for new mercies and new miracles!!!!

UPDATE, 2/4, 7 AM: Libbi updates: “Today has been a pretty quiet day. Praise The Lord!! We’ve just took the past couple of days to let Tracy rest without any visitors. I even stayed in waiting room most of time, except in the morning hours. Everything has pretty well been stable all day. His temp has these crazy spells of going up, but most time will come down with Tylenol. Drainage from his brain is beginning to be more clear, which is a good thing! As soon as his cranial pressure drops some more they will start slowly trying to wake him up some. Praying that comes this week! I sure do miss looking into his eyes!!”

UPDATE, 2/5, 7 AM: Libbi updates: “Today was another good day. Rather quiet, but good. Tracy had another CT scan today and I will know the results in the morning. If everything looks good and his cranial pressure looks good, they will gradually bring him out of coma. I am trusting God for a miracle! That Tracy’s mental and physical capacities will return 100%! Please pray and believe this with me!”

UPDATE, 2/5, 12 Noon: Libbi updates: “The Neuro team gave a thumbs up for the sedation to be decreased gradually. As of an hour ago the first turn back began! They will watch all his vitals and cranial pressure to make for sure nothing gets out of whack.”

UPDATE, 2/6. 6 AM: Libbi updates: “Drs have begun to wean Tracy off of sedation. Today was the first day and vitals stayed within normal range all day. When I returned from motel cleaning up tonight his blood pressure was a little elevated. Don’t know if they will turn back sedation again tomorrow or not. Guess it will depend on vitals in the morning. I will update in the morning.  Thank you to my brother Randy and sister in love Mary Brown Perry for being here this past week! Gonna sleep now! Please join me in praying for a new day of miracles!!!!”

UPDATE, 2/6, 12:30 PM: Libbi updates:

Tracy is doing good this morning other than having a little issue with his blood pressure wanting to go up. They have taken him down a little more on his sedation this morning. Temp has been down to 99 all night. PTL!!! The trach he has is gonna have to be replaced due to a leak in it. He’s getting the oxygen he needs, but it’s making awful sound.
Nurses and Drs are amazed at the cards he has received! Even more amazed when I tell them I couldn’t get them all up!
The love that has been shown to my family during this time has been incredible!!! My heart along with my family is grateful and thankful!!!!! Please know this!!!!!!!! This is day 16 and God is Good!!!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)

Thinking on God’s mercy, grace and love today!!! He’s the lifter of my head!!!!!

UPDATE, 2/7, 6:11 AM: Libbi updates: “Wow, I am so wound up I don’t know where to begin! Tracy was taken totally off all sedation meds Weds about lunch. I have stayed in his room just about all day to see if he would show signs of waking up. I started noticing some movement under his eyelids. Then he started yawning. I would sing to him and he would scrunch his forehead up and would move his mouth for a bit. I went to clean up at motel this evening and came back and started putting up his 91 cards he got today. After my sister Debra and I finished hanging the cards we started talking to him. I lifted his eyelid and he looked over to where I was. Then, I ask him to hold my hand or squeeze it. He squeezed it pretty good. He also moved his left foot and leg on command! I am sitting here by his bed watching his hand move!!! I will take this miracle!!! Thank You Sweet Jesus!!!!!! All praise, glory and honor belongs to Him!!!!! I will take these small miracles any day!! Even tho small they will add up! Need to try to sleep, but I’m afraid I will miss something!! Will update later?”

UPDATE, 2/10: Things seem to have turned a corner. On Friday, his wife, Libbi Perrry Stuffle, posted:

Just saw the lady neuro dr and she’s excited that she seen movement this morning from Tracy squeezing her hand on command, moving his arm. Moving his left leg and wait for it…….his right leg! It’s a little weaker but it moved! She said he is working really hard on opening his eyes! Her words were, KEEP PRAYING!!!! And she was smiling from ear to ear!! I said oh, we are still praying and not giving up!!!
When I was straightening his fingers out on right hand just now, he moved that hand! So, GO GOD GO!!!!!!!!!
Blood pressure is still being controlled with med and hoping at some point to be able to take him off, but it’s still too high for that right now! Preliminary blood cultures came back no growth in any of the cultures that were taken including the brain!!!! GO GOD GO!!!!!

Yesterday morning, she added: “WELL GLORY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tracy just opened his eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Prettiest sight I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!! Thank You sweet Jesus for another miracle!!!!!! GO GOD GO!!!!!!!! About to have a shoutin fit right here in this ICU room!!!!!!!!”

She added this yesterday evening: “Tracy’s had a lot of movement w/ his left side & slight movement on right side. Trying to talk, can’t because of trach. Opened eyes twice.”

UPDATE, 2/10, 2:39 PM: A new update and prayer request:

Dr Ulm, Tracy’s neurological Dr just came in to let me know that they have detected an early bacteria infection in the brain where the drainage cath is at. They started Tracy on a couple different antibiotics yesterday when they felt like this was the case. They are being very aggressive with treatment for this. A disease doctor will come in in the morning to make sure it’s being treated with the right antibiotics. Prayer #1 is PRAY the antibiotics they have him on now will kill this bacteria. This is cause from the cath being in so long.

Prayer #2
Dr. Ulm is gonna start this week clamping off the drainage cath to see if the ICP (inter cranial pressure) will stay low or go up. If the pressure stays low where it should be, they can remove the cath. If not, this will require a permanent shunt in the brain going down and being wrapped around the stomach so the fluid can re-absorb back into the body. This will require surgery to do this. Please help me prayer that the ICP will stay low where it should so we don’t have to go through this process.

Dr. Ulm said this bacteria infection could be what’s causing him to not fully wake up.

This is where we are at at this time. Please help me pray!!!!

UPDATE, 2/10, 11:00 PM: A new update:

Been a great day! Tracy has opened his eyes about 7 or 8 times. He’s smiled some. We’ve held hands a lot. He tries talking but, we can’t hear him because of the trach.
We are still fighting and making progress! May not be the progress we would like to see but at least it’s progress!
If tomorrow comes, we will rise up and fight again, one day at a time!!!
Please continue to pray the antibiotics will kill the bacterial infection in the brain around the catheter quick! Also, for ICP to be normal when they clamp it off so Tracy will not have to have surgery to insert permanent shunt.
Thank You Sweet Jesus for being true to Your Word!!! I love You!!!!

UPDATE, 2/13, 5 AM: An update from Libbi:

I know some of y’all are wondering what’s up with no updates in the last 24 hours. I don’t won’t to inundate you with too many updates, especially when nothing has really changed.
We are in a holding pattern right now waiting to see how the bacterial infection around the drainage cath in brain is reacting to the two different kinds of antibiotics. The temperature started going up last night and has stayed around 100.7 to 101.
They were hoping to wean him off the breathing machine, but with the body fighting hard to fight off the infection, it’s not allowing for that to happen just yet.
ICP fluid is looking really good. Almost totally clear!! Haven’t heard when they will start clamping the tube to see if pressure will stay normal.
Tracy was actually awake last night for almost an hour and half! I talked a lot to him and he would respond with hand gestures or nodding head. I exercise his arms, legs, ankles, fingers and arms. I sing to him, play music for him and my last nightly thing is to anoint him and pray over him. Usually Randy, my brother will be on speaker phone and we pray together. And, usually there’s one of my family members with me. Then I have my own prayer time on my knees in front of my recliner! This is our nightly routine. God’s been sooo good!!! Even in the valley He IS good!!
Please keep praying!!!!

UPDATE, 2/14: An update from Libbi:

They have turned off the ventilator for a while for Tracy’s breathing. Trying him breathing on his own(CPap). He’s been off since 10:30am and so far so good!!!!!! His nurse today said he’s never seen a patient pull the volume that Tracy is doing on his own. The nurse is so excited! another miracle!!! GO GOD GO!!!!!! Thank You Sweet Jesus!!!! Keep praying!!!

UPDATE, 2/15, 5 AM: An update from Libbi:

This morning started out to be a rough one. I was not made aware of the neurologist raising the ICP scale for Tracy’s brain drainage cath yesterday. I knew yesterday evening, last night and this morning he was unresponsive, but didn’t know why. Until I expressed my concerns with his nurse this morning and she told me about the neuro dr trying to see how Tracy’s brain would do by raising the ICP scale. Needless to say they had to move the scale back down where it was. Within a few minutes he was back to responding, opening his eyes and moving his left arm and leg. His blood pressure dropped to 97/67 which also alerted me something wasn’t right. After all this, things turned around quickly which I really believe was God working!! Tracy however did great through the night being off the vent and on CPap! And he’s still doing great!
He was very much alert this afternoon and tonight when friends came by to see him, by opening his eyes, giving thumbs up, or smiling. TaRanda Greene even got him to stick his tongue out at her!
Thanks to David McCray Dove, The Hoppers, the Dillmans, The Grubbs for coming by today and tonight. Night before last Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin, Jonathan Allen Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn and Kyle Underwood came by. So many of Tracy’s friends have went above and beyond by coming by, bringing snacks, drinks and just offering their help!! My family has been incredible to come and be with me every day. They have a schedule of when they are suppose to be here!! I love them for all their sacrifices to come and rally around me!!!! That’s true family!!!!
Well, God gave me my miracle I ask for today!!! All I wanted for Valentines Day was for him to open his eyes and he did and then some!!!! God how merciful
You are to me, when I don’t even deserve it I love You!!!

UPDATE, 2/16, 6 AM: Perrys manager Bill Bailey has issued an open letter encouraging fans to support the Perrys by attending their concerts and continuing to book them for concerts.

UPDATE, 2/16, 2 PM: Libbi posts:

Tracy has had two great days! Dr. Ulm his neurologist said yesterday evening that the progress that Tracy has made in the past 24 almost 48 hrs has been miraculous!!! Well, GLORY!!!

Tracy did excellent on the trach collar yesterday! He stayed on from 7 to 7! They took it off at 7pm to let him rest thru the night. They put him back on at 7am this morning and is gonna try him til 10pm tonight.

He had a great night resting! Temp has remained normal for 24 hrs!! He’s staying awake and opening his eyes a lot more! He’s smiling a lot. Our little friend Gracie came to see him yesterday and he lit up like a Christmas tree! He held her hand and smiled at her! She was kissing his hand and loving on him. I think that was good medicine for him!

Saints, I can’t thank y’all enough for bombarding the throne room daily on Tracy’s behalf!!!! Today is day 26 and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all y’all’s prayers, love and support!!!! Please don’t let up!!! We love you all!!!

Thank You Jesus for Your touch to Tracy’s body!!! I thank You for this valley and journey that You have chosen for us. May we stay faithful and true to You!!! I love You!!!!

UPDATE, 2/18, 9 PM: This afternoon, Libbi posted: “When it rains, it pours! Sport our poodle ran out of the house today and ran behind a car in drive way as the car was backing out! JK is at vet hospital with him now. Vet said he knew one back leg was paralyzed, but gonna have to knock him out so they can X-ray him to see if anything else is wrong. Sport is 13, so this probably ain’t gonna be good for him! He was also Tracy’s lap dog.” This evening, she posted that she left the (human) hospital for the first time in twenty-eight days, to go to the vet hospital as Sport was put down.

UPDATE, 2/19, 7:45 PM: Libbi posted:

The neurologist will be replacing Tracy’s EVD drainage cath sometime in the morning. This one will be coated with antibiotics and placed in the same path as the one in now. As I have stated before there are risks when reinserting the cath. Risks are: more infection and it could cause another brain bleed. I am not fond of having to sign the release papers for this procedure, but as I signed it a few moments ago I just had to place this in God’s hands.
I know I have ask y’all to pray so much before, but I know it works! So I am asking you again to please pray that The doctor performing this procedure with trace God’s hands. Pray there will be no infection and no bleed out! In Jesus’ Name, amen!!!!

UPDATE, 2/20, noon: Libbi posted: “Ok so this procedure of replacing drainage cath will not be done in his room as before today. Chris his nurse said this is gonna be a CT guided procedure. So they will be doing this In the OR. Dr Ulm will be doing this procedure! Will let y’all know more when they let me know something. Don’t have a time yet. ”

UPDATE, 2/20, 5:45 PM: Libbi posted: “Just went back to see Tracy. They are preparing him now to go to the OR to perform the procedure of replacing drainage cath in the brain. The DR performing the surgery is Dr Arthur Ulm. Please pray for Dr Ulm to trace God’s hand with this procedure. Tracy was wide awake when I just went back, so he’s aware of what’s going on! I will update as soon as they update me!! God he’s in Your Hands!”

UPDATE, 2/20, 8:23 PM: Libbi posted: “Tracy’s out and everything went great. He will be out of it most of the night. But surgeon seems to think this will be a step forward! We just have to pray no more infection!!! Thank you for praying!! Please don’t stop!!!!!”

UPDATE, 2/22, 4:30 PM: Libbi posted: “What a great morning!!!!! Tracy has been very alert, very responsive in the past 72 hours!! This morning the nurses were able to get Tracy up and sit him in a special chair!!!!! This has been the first time in 32 days he’s been able to sit up. His vital signs stayed great the whole time he was up!! You want to talk about a shoutin fit!! Praise God from whom all blessings and miracles flow!!!!!!!!!!! Go GOD GO!!!!!!! ”

UPDATE, 2/23, 1:15 PM: Libbi posted: “Devil trying his best to still the joy of yesterday today. The drainage cath has stopped draining. This morning instead of fluid coming off brain being clear like it has had a little bit of blood in it. All his numbers look good is the strange thing. The neuro dr is on his way in to check him out.”

UPDATE, 2/24/13, 7:27 AM: Last night, Libbi posted: “Tracy is having a CT scan done right now. We will know shortly if drainage cath will have to be replaced or not. Will update as soon as I find out more.”

UPDATE, 2/25/13, 1:30 PM: Things have taken a turn in the wrong direction. Here’s the latest from Libbi:

I know it’s been a day or so since I’ve had an update, but it’s been one of those situations of waiting to see what happens. As I posted Saturday morning I woke up to the fluid from Tracy’s EVD drain in the brain having a little blood in it after being clear for over a week. I wanted to vomit when I seen it! Because this would indicate another brain bleed. At 10am the drain stopped draining altogether!! This was even more concerning because the drain is what keeps the fluid and pressure off the brain. The neurologist was called in and a CT was done. The CT scan results showed no new bleed, but showed the EVD drainage cath had slid out a little. The blood they figured had came from incision. During this whole process of events Tracy was still awake and responsive. The neuro dr said they would watch him over night to see how he did and would decide later if the EVD would need to be replaced or not by how alert and responsive he continued to be. That evening I was trimming Tracy’s nails back and noticed blood underneath two of his fingernails. Are you seeing the picture here? After seeing this we decided that he had messed with the incision area during the night. After being monitored every hour for the past couple days the neuro dr has decided maybe everything is working the way it should be. So they removed the EVD this morning. Shortly after removing the drain all of Tracy’s numbers started going crazy. They immediately did a CT scan, which show when they removed the cath it caused another bleed. They are trying to get his numbers stable. They will be replacing drainage cath here shortly. We will see what happens from there. Please pray!!!

UPDATE, 2/25/13, 7 PM: Libbi updates: “A new drainage cath was inserted at 1pm and it did not drain anything at all. Neuro dr said blood must be so thick it’s clogged the new cath. So, they are replacing it. This will be #5. With each replacement you have more risk. Will update as soon as we know something on the new one.”

UPDATE, 2/25/13, 9 PM: Libbi updates: “The new EVD drainage cath IS draining!!!!! It’s already put out 22 cc of fluid!!!! Hallelujah Praise the Lamb of God!!!!!!!!!! To God be all the glory, praise and honor!!!!”

UPDATE, 2/26/13: Libbi updates:

Tracy did well through the night. His vital signs held their own. After breathing on his on last week and the weekend after yesterday’s events was put back on the ventilator. He is under sedation again to let the body and brain rest and heal. The important thing right now is keeping the ICP (cranial pressure down.) So far it’s been within reason. The nurse said he responded some this morning with thumbs up, but they are trying not to stimulate the brain too much. So, once again I am asking that he receive no visitors at this time other than immediate family members.
I deeply appreciate all prayers love and concern!!! I wish I could respond to every email, messages and post, but at this time it’s just not possible.
Please keep praying!!!! God has blessed us with a new day, new mercies and new miracles!!!
I will try to update this evening or if anything changes.
We love each of you!!!!!
Go GOD Go!!!!

UPDATE, 2/26/13, 6 AM: Libbi posts:

Just left the hospital and came to the hotel to sleep. The night nurses are having to watch Tracy more closely and checking on him more frequently, so they have suggested for me to come to motel the past 4 nights to sleep. I felt guilty the first couple of nights, but I’m only two streets over from hospital and the nurses have promises to call me if anything changes.

Tracy rested well today. He’s still sedated and probably will be for a few more days. His cranial pressure has come down from 15 to rocking between 7 & 10. A good pressure reading is 0-5. The EVD is still draining well pulling about 10 to 15 cc of fluid off the brain every hour. The fluid doesn’t seem to have as much blood as this morning, but still more than what we want to see.

Tracy’s situation is still very, very critical! We are still asking for no visitors at this time. I have to protect him and make sure that he is getting the rest and quietness that his body and brain needs to heal from this 4th bleed. I myself will be spending more time in the waiting room than before. Just because I don’t wont his pressure to go up if he can hear us in the room.

I am grateful for another day of life with my Sweet T! I am standing still waiting to see the mighty move of God’s hands in this situation! I have to give thanks to God for entrusting us with this journey of the unknown for us. I don’t understand it, but I don’t have to, all I have to do is trust Him and His all sufficient Grace to sustain us during this time!

UPDATE, 2/26/13, 8 AM: Libbi posts: “Just received a call from hospital and they are taking Tracy for a CT scan. His cranial pressure in the past couple hours has been 28. This is way high! This could mean several different things. I will update as soon as I get there and see what the CT scan shows.”

UPDATE, 2/26/13, 2 PM: Libbi posts: “CT scan shows no change. They have put him into a medically induced coma and will be for a week. Drainage cath is draining properly and where it’s suppose to be. Ventricles are the same, no change in size. Fluid from drainage seems to be lighter. All his vitals are doing good. He’s back on the ventilator. If anything changes I will update.”

UPDATE, 2/28/13, 7 AM: Libbi posts: “Just got back to hotel from hospital. Not much change other than the cranial pressure going up and down. Finally this afternoon they gave him a high dose of sodium to try to help flush some of the fluid build up in the ventricles out thru the kidneys. That brought pressure down from 22 to 17. Praying it doesn’t rise anymore. His heart rate to me was a wee bit up before I left, but I think it was close to med time.  I will post updates if anything changes. If I don’t post then you know things are still the same. Again I can’t say thank you enough to all you prayer warriors!!!! My heart swells thinking about the love you all have for my precious Sweet T!!!”

UPDATE, 2/28/13, 12 M: Libbi posts: “Tracy’s ICP is 27. They are gonna keep room completely silent today and not stimulate him at all to see if this will help bring the ICP down. They have him on a 3% sodium drip. Everything else is about the same. I have not seen the neurologist yet, so I don’t know what other plans they may have for him today.”

UPDATE, 2/28/13, 1 PM: Libbi posts: “Just talked to Neuro Dr Darice and Tracy’s ICP is 13!! Down from 27!!! Gonna increase the sodium IV treatment to try to absorb more fluid. She said he is very sensitive to any lights and sounds. But, they have him sedated as much as the blood pressure will allow.”

UPDATE, 2/28/13, 4 PM: Libbi posts: “Just went back to check on Sweet T and his ICP cranial pressure has fell from 13 to 11 in the past 3 hrs!!!! Praise The Lord!!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/1/13, 5 AM: Libbi posts: “Fixin to leave the hospital going back to hotel for the night. Tracy’s ICP cranial pressure is 10. That’s a big improvement from 27 this morning! All his vital signs are good. Thank You Sweet Jesus!!! He’s still in a coma. EVD is still draining good. I’ve stayed out of the room all day til tonight. Just been sitting in the chair watching him. Anointed and prayed over him a few minutes ago. I hate leaving him but there’s nothing I can do while he’s in a coma.”

UPDATE, 3/2/13, 7 AM: Libbi posts: “Just got in from hospital. Today has been a rather quiet day. No big changes other than ICP cranial pressure has come down and rocked between 8 and 13 and even got down to 5 at one time. Normal is 0-5. The fluid draining out of the brain still has blood in it. Hoping this will start to clear in a day or so. All his vital signs and temp is staying in the normal range. We stayed out of the room as much as possible today to keep pressure from going up.”

UPDATE, 3/3/13, 6:45 AM: Libbi posted at 2:30 AM this morning: “I am staying at the hospital tonight due to Tracy’s vitals being high. He’s had a temp of 101. Blood pressure & heart rate is elevated. Chest X-ray shows either bilateral pneumonia or congestive heart failure. They have been giving him lasiks to move fluid out of the body. ICP cranial pressure is between 13 & 18. I went home this evening for a little while and it was kinda depressing not having Tracy there. Had supper with our friends the Dillmans, my brother Randy & wife Mary and my niece Brittany. Nancy Dillman will have her first Chemo treatment Monday for breast cancer. Please pray for her!! After we ate supper, we came back to the hospital to everything being out of whack!! The nurse tonight has worked hard to get some of the levels down to normal. It’s gonna be a long night!!! Please pray!!!”

UPDATE, 3/3/13, 3 PM: Libbi posted: “Everything seems to be settled down now. Tracy’s heart rate is still 88 to 92. At one point last night it reached 152. They did some more labs this morning. He’s having a little blood in his secretions when they suction him. He’s at 40% oxygen. His ICP was 10. JK got in this morning from the road so he is with Tracy in the room. I just came to motel to get some sleep for a few hours.”

UPDATE, 3/3/13, 6:30 PM: Libbi posted: “Got back to the hospital about 3:15pm today. Had a pretty good sleep. Needed it after the night we had last night. All the vitals are still looking good. ICP is around 15 to 17. Would love to see it lower, but at least it’s NOT 28!! Thank You Jesus! There’s been a lot of blood work and cultures done today, so maybe we will have some preliminary results tomorrow. Tracy’s body has been thru soooo much, but he’s still got some fight in him! Plus, I am fighting tooth and nail for him. Last night was one of those nights of fighting to get things done NOW and not six hours later!!! But, that’s why I am here!! For better or for worst, in sickness and in health!!! 25 yrs of being married to this man and he’s still worth the fight!!!! NEVER give up til the last breath has left this body!!!”

UPDATE, 3/5/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted: “Today was another quiet day for Tracy. All his vital signs stayed stable. The ICP cranial pressure was a little high for most part of the day, between 13 to 20. Not sure why it’s been elevated. The EVD drainage cath is still doing its job. His electrolytes are a little high. That’s caused from lasiks and sodium. They are trying to get those leveled out. He had a new CT scan and it was better than the last one done last week. We haven’t gotten the results of the blood work and culture samples back yet, maybe tomorrow. Dr. Ulm said he wanted to give him a couple more days and then try to slowly bring him out of sedation. As soon as blood clears we will talk about putting in a shunt.”

UPDATE, 3/5/13, 1 PM: Libbi posted: “Tracy is doing good today. Looks like blood is clearing out and we have more clear fluid coming out of brain. So, we are on the right track! Thank You Jesus!!! We still have traces of blood but not as much as has been. Keep prayin, while God keeps working!!!! Go GOD Go!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/6/13, 6 AM: Libbi posted: “Tracy has had another rather quiet day. Blood pressure and ICP were a little elevated some throughout the day. ICP is still draining good. Dr. Ulm said it would take several more days to drain all the blood in the ventricles. We are seeing more clear fluid but then there will be traces of dark blood. It’s a waiting game for it to completely clear out. They will be doing some test to check Tracy’s body out to see if any other places is easy to bleed. Thinking they are wanting to know before talking about putting the shunt in. I guess they are wanting to find out if he’s a free bleeder. Results should take two days. Still no word on blood work or cultures results. Temp has been 97 most of the day.”

UPDATE, 3/8/13, 6:30 AM: Libbi posted: “Another pretty quiet day for Sweet T. Only issue we are having is his blood pressure being a little elevated. Other than that everything is pretty calm. His ICP cranial pressure was 6 when we left. It will rock between 6 and 12. So we are beginning to see daylight with his numbers. He’s got some fluid build up from not being mobile for 45 days. The Dr gave him LASIK again today and pulled of a lot of fluid with that, but not nearly enough. The blood coming through the drainage cath is thinning and we are seeing more clear fluid than yesterday. We need it to be clear as water!”

UPDATE, 3/8/13, 9 AM: Libbi posted: “Dr Darice just came in and is very pleased with where Tracy is at at this point and time. She said they will do a CT on Monday to see where we stand with the swelling in the brain and to see if there’s any more bleeding. If CT scan shows good (and I am naming it “normal” ) then they will began reducing the sedation!! He will be given more LASIK today to remove more swelling and fluid! Jesus I am speaking to it to be healed in Your precious name!! Amen.”

UPDATE, 3/10/13, 8 AM: Libbi posted: “Just left hospital. Not much change today. Been kinda quiet. Fluid is moving out. Blood pressure not as elevated as yesterday. Bowels are still not working properly. But, believing they will! ICP cranial pressure mainly stayed about 7 to 10, occasionally going up to 14. Dr. Ulm came by this morning and said they would be doing a CT scan and a MRI both Monday. He seems to be pleased with where we’re at at this time. Please pray specifically with me for the CT scan and MRI both to show great improvements and be normal!!! Nothing, no nothing is too big for God!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/11/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted: “Today was a good day. Fluid has went down a lot. They pulled a gallon off of him in a 24 hr period of time yesterday. He still has more, but it’s flushing out!! Praise The Lord!!! His ICP level today was more between 6 & 8. A couple times it hit 16 but came right back down. The blood in the drainage tube looks almost a clear brownish red color, which is a great sign the blood is clearing out!!! another Praise the Lord praise!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/11/13, 12 noon: Libbi posted: “Just got the call that they are taking him down for CT and MRI. They will do both. Will take about 45 mins to an hour. Believing for excellent reports!!! Believe and pray with me!!!”

UPDATE, 3/11/13, 7 PM: Libbi posted: “Hallelujah Praise the Lamb!!!!! Great results from test!!!! Over 80% of blood is OUT of the ventricles!!! So we start the process of weaning him off the sedation which will take about a week. He said main concern is the ICP pressure staying stable during this. Dr. Ulm was very pleased with results of the test!!!”

UPDATE, 3/11/13, 8 AM: Libbi posted: “I had to go do an interview tonight with during my 6 to 8 break. I had waited all day for the doctor to come in the Tracy’s results from the CT and MRI. I waited up til 6:05pm and he never came. I was disappointed when I left the room. We were almost to the elevators when we met Dr Ulm. He explained the excellent news to us. He said this latest thing that happened two weeks ago, showed NO sign of a stroke!! Praise The Lord!!!!!! They will start the weaning process from sedation in the morning (Tuesday). They will also up the scale on the EVD. The picture below is the EVD. That’s what’s being drained from the ventricles. The color is one step closer to being clear!!! He said we may see some issues with blood pressure going up and heart rate due to the weaning process because he’s been on the sedation Meds for so long. They will be able to control with Meds if this happens. But, I am praying for God to touch both BP and HR and also the ICP pressure to keep them normal during this process of weaning.”

UPDATE, 3/11/13, 12 noon: Libbi posted:

Tracy just opened his eyes a little on his own!!!!!! Hallelujah!!!!!! He’s on his way back!!!!!!!!!!!

Swelling has went down tremendously!!!Praise The Lord!!!

They have moved his scale on the EVD from 0 to 10! This is where we were at before this last incident two weeks ago!!! Another BIG Praise The Lord!!!!

They have cut the propofol sedation off and lightened up on the other two to half of what they were giving him!

Wow!!!! I am sooo excited I can hardly contain myself!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/11/13, 6 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a good day!! Been kinda quiet which is a good thing. Trying to let him rest and not make a lot noise while he’s coming off the sedation. His blood pressure and heart rate is up. But, Dr. Ulm told us to expect that with as long as he’s been sedated, he’s gonna have with drawals from the medicines. They are trying a different type of BP medicine to keep it. And it may be that he will have to be put on the cardene drip for a couple of days. Just keep praying about this in particular.

He has opened his eyes on his own a couple more times this evening. He’s not fully awake. It may take him several more days to totally wake up. But, that’s fine, we will anxiously wait for him!

The ICP pressure has been good throughout the day.

The fluid is still being flushed out of the body.

Been a great day full of miracles!!!! God’s hand is at work in every area in this situation! We can never thank Him or praise Him enough for all he’s done and all He’s gonna do!!!!

Thank you a million times a million for praying and lifting Tracy up in prayer!!! That means the world to me!!!

UPDATE, 3/11/13, noon: Libbi posted:

Tracy had a good night. Came in his room this morning and he had his eyes opened. The nurse was talking to him. You can tell he’s still pretty sleepy, but he’s trying to wake up. The Drs have taken him off of another sedation medicine this morning, so the only one he’s on is Fentanyl and it’s been reduced also.
He has lost 20 lbs since last Sunday from fluid flushing out of the body! He’s 25 lbs away from what he weighed when he came in on Jan 21. So that’s how much more fluid he has to drain off.
His blood pressure and heart rate are both down some this morning.
The fluid draining from the brain is a lot clearer this morning. His ICP numbers are still good!
We have soooo much to be thankful for!!!!! God is working, working, working!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/15/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a great 36 hrs. No big issues other than his blood pressure and heart rate being elevated from time to time. But, it’s being controlled with Meds.

The fluid is continuing to flush out of the body by help of lasiks. He still has a bit to go before it’s all flushed.

The ICP cranial pressure has been good, from 5 to 11. The fluid from the brain is continuing to clear up. It’s now a light brownish yellow color. That means its almost clear!!! And, it’s slowed down, so that could mean no shunt!! Please pray specifically about this!

He’s opening his eyes more, but still has a dazed look. Dr. Darice says it will take several more days before he’s wide awake. He’s been off ALL sedation since Wednesday at 4pm and know it will take time to get out of his body. So we will gladly wait! Matthew Holt came by last night before leaving out on Gaither bus to see Tracy and he got a smile from Tracy plus he opened his eyes for him!!! I guess he thinks he’s special now! :0)

UPDATE, 3/15/13, 11:30 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has got movement on both sides of his body this morning!!! I came in this morning and his right leg was moving back and forth. The right side before this last episode two weeks ago had no movement! Since he’s off the sedation the nurses are allowing me to work his arms, hands, legs and feet out several times during the day. I was working with his right hand this morning and it was moving. So I ask him to squeeze my hand and he tried. His fingers and hand still has a lot of swelling in them which makes it hard to squeeze too much. Then I ask him to push down on my hand with his right hand and he did!! Praise The Lord!!!! Whoop, whoop!!!! Go GOD GO!!!!! Dr. Darice on of his neuro drs came in and she was soooo excited!!! She said, Tracy you are gonna pull through this!! We just have to pray for no more bleeds, in the name of Jesus!!!!

Makes me want to run through this whole hospital shouting, PRAISE the LORD!!!!

Saints keep praying!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/17/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has been doing good. He’s slowly waking up more and more every day. He’s trying to squeeze our hands. He still has a lot if swelling in his hands so it’s a little difficult for him to bend his fingers, but bless his heart he tries!

His eyes are starting to align back to normal. Dr said this was normal for someone who has been sedated so long. I started back this evening playing music again for him. I was playing the Cathedrals tonight and George came on singing “This Ole House” and I said, is that ole George? He just smiled!

Dr this morning said they would probably start Wednesday upping the scale on his EVD to see how the cranial pressure reacted. Upping the scale means that they will be clamping off the drainage tube into the brain. If this is successful then this will put him closer to having EVD removed. And possibly no shunt. Please pray specifically for this to be successful. He still has a fair amount of fluid still that needs to come off. They are continuing to give him lasiks to help with this.

They’ve upped his blood pressure Meds to keep his BP in a safe range. Seems to be working. He is on CPap again. If he continues to do good on this he will graduate back to the trach collar in a day or so. Well, I think I have covered about all their is to cover tonight. I pray that each one of you will have a very blessed Lord’s day tomorrow (Sunday)! Hung your family and tell them you love them!!!

UPDATE, 3/18/2013, 7 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy had another good day! Kinda quiet, but good.

Fluid has went down a lot and he’s starting to look like himself again. Still has some, but nothing like what he did have.

His ICP cranial pressure stayed between 5 & 7 all day!! Drainage is continuing getting clearer!! Neuro Dr said this morning that we didn’t have to worry about pressure in the brain with readings like those numbers were. Go GOD Go!!!!

Blood pressure and heart rate were pretty close to normal just about all day.

Tracy sleeps more on the mornings than he does in the evenings. I talked to him a lot tonight and even skyped JK and let JK talk to him. His eyes are still trying to adjust but he’s looking around a lot more.

He’s still on the CPAP breathing!!! May transfer over to trach collar this week. I would love for him to be totally off the trach altogether!!! I miss his voice!!!

Specific things to pray for:
Tracy’s brain to handle the drainage cath being clamped this week without any problems.
When drain is ready to be removed that there will NOT be any bleeds but will come out with NO problems!!!
If a shunt has to be put in that there will be NO issues with bleeds. These are all important!!
That he will soon be off trach altogether!!
Healing 100% mental, physical, vision and talking capacity!!

Thanks for being soooo gracious to continue praying!!!! Please don’t stop praying just because he’s showing signs of improving!!! We must keep fighting and praying the devil away!!!! In Jesus’ name!!! Amen!

Lord, You are the lifter of our heads!!!!!! You made these bodies, and You can fix them!!! We THANK You for Your healing touch on Tracy!!!!!! Please Lord keep Your miracles coming!!! We will praise Your name for it all!!!!!!
I love You!!!!

UPDATE, 3/19/13, 6:30 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has done great today. He’s been awake a little more and looking around the room. I have been shaving his face every day with his electric razor and he has a goatee!! ;0) That’s what happens when your wife gets to shave you!! Any ways, he’s been rolling his lower lip in his mouth feeling the hair on his lower lip like I’ve seen him do sooo many times before when he wore a goatee! Good to see this!!

He’s probably not too happy with me today, because I have given him therapy 3 times today!! He doesn’t seem to mind too much til I start stretching his legs and working them out. He makes faces most of the time! I guess I better tell him about a thing called “tough love” :0)

Lord we bless Your name!!! You are worthy to be praised for great things you have done!!! I love You!!!

UPDATE, 3/20/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted:

Just got to hotel room from hospital. Stayed for the entire benefit concert for Tracy tonight. What an incredible night!!! About 10 people accepted Jesus into their hearts and about 25 re-dedicated their hearts to Jesus!!!! To God be all the glory!!!!!

I went back by hospital on the way back from concert for a couple of hours. Tracy was awake and I told him all about the concert!! I just wish he could talk! Praying they will be able to take trach out soon!!! He also kissed me twice before I left!!!! Praise God!!

I promise I will write more tomorrow about concert. I am sooo tired! Gotta be a hospital by 8 am. Tracy will be having a CT scan done and then they will start clamping the drainage cath a little at a time to see how he tolerates it. Please pray his brain will tolerate the clamping totally!! I will explain more tomorrow about a fast I am calling for from Thursday to Monday morning, and about shunt.

Thank You God for a incredible night with family and friends!!!!!! I sure do love You Jesus!!!!!!

UPDATE, 6/6/13: Libbi posts: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!!!!! NO mass!!!! Nothing was there but a couple of polyps and the Dr removed those!!!!!!! Goooooo GOD Goooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooohoooo!!!!!!! Praise Him Saints!!!!!!!!! Yippee!!!!!!!”

UPDATE, 6/5/13: Libbi posts: “Tracy will be having a colonoscopy between 10 and 10:30am in the morning (Thursday). CT scan showed some abnormalities in bottom of colon. Please pray for him! It’s in God’s hands and I am just gonna trust him for an excellent report!!!”

UPDATE, 6/5/13: Libbi posts: “Dr just came in. CT scan on Tracy’s stomach area shows either an infection at top of colon or a mass. GI dr will be by to look at CT and will decide what to do next. Probably be tomorrow before he can do camera images up in colon. I choose to believe the report of The Lord!!!!!”

UPDATE, 6/4/13: Libbi posts:

Infectious Disease Dr just came and said the brain and shunt look clean from infection. So he said they will be moving to the stomach area and doing a CT scan this evening of the stomach and gall bladder area. He said there was a little abnormality to one side of liver. He thinks it could be his gall bladder. We should know tonight or first thing in the morning.

Thanks for all the prayers and love!!!! God is totally in charge here and I am just gonna stand out of the way and let Him do His thing. I will praise Him in this storm just as I’ve done for the past 4 1/2 months.

UPDATE, 6/4/13: Libbi posts:

Well, so far not sure where infection is at that has caused Tracy’s white blood cell count to be 27,000 last night. This morning they had dropped to 23,000. From the preliminary results of spinal fluid, it doesn’t show infection in brain or shunt. But, it will take a couple days for cultures to grow anything. He’s on broad spectrum antibiotics. He temp is 98. Blood pressure is still elevated some.

Right now once again, it’s a waiting game.

I am still trusting God and know that none of this caught Him by surprise! Yes, I am worn out mentally and physically but I will still fight on and praise God in the process!! God is good!!

UPDATE, 6/4/2013: Two updates from Libbi last night. First: “Headed back to Baptist with Tracy. His white blood cell count is 27,000. He had a fever earlier but is 97.7 right now. His blood pressure has been elevated this afternoon. His heart rate was up, but has since went down. Don’t know what is going on!”

Second: “No pneumonia, no UTI. Doing a spinal tap in few minutes to check for infection in brain.”

UPDATE, 6/3/13: Libbi posted:

We moved Friday to the “Rehab Vacation Home.” We are adjusting. Going into a new place is always scary. You have to start over learning new faces and names. Along with personalities! :0/ Some are not so pleasant. Also, new schedules to learn. If you think hospitals are understaffed then you need to be in a skilled nursing / rehab facility! Ugh!!! Meds that are suppose to be given at 6 is given around 8. I have already had to address this matter. Tracy’s blood pressure has been a booger to control the past few days and has to have his Meds on time or his pressure is gonna be high. I can tell this is gonna be a issue to stay on top off! The blood pressure Meds are still needing some tweaking to get blood pressure down with bottoming out the heart rate. Please, help me pray that God will touch Tracy’s blood pressure and make it normal the way God intended it to be.

OT has already worked with Tracy everyday since being here sitting him on edge of bed and other little stuff. He’s looking a little stronger each time.

This week will be interesting to see how all the therapies will go. Praying they will take Tracy out of the bed and into the therapy rooms for a change of scenery for him. I think if this can happen, it will make Tracy feel like he’s getting better and stronger.

I went home for a couple hours today to shower and do a load of laundry. First time to take a shower at our house since Jan 16!! Felt weird!! I almost felt like a visitor in my own home! LOL I will be making trips home about every other day now due to no shower in Tracy’s room.

My three days with the group was good this past week. It was good to spend some extra time with JK! God I believe worked this out for me to be there for him during a tough time. I’m proud and thankful for the young Christian man he has become! I am working on some dates after June 18 to get back at least a couple dates a weekend with the group. This is gonna require a lot of planning and probably some flying!! Anybody got a plane! :0) I am really trying y’all to do more dates so hang with me!

UPDATE, 5/28/13: Libbi posted:

On the bus headed to Salina, KS. Very hard to leave Tracy tonight!!! I just pray he understands!!

He had a great day today. PT sat him on edge of bed for 30 minutes. Working on his balancing. You can tell he’s getting a little stronger every day. PT said they will try sitting him in a wheel chair Thursday. This should be exciting! I won’t be there, but I know my brother Randy WILL video it or FaceTime me! :0)

I will be flying back home Friday around lunch and then we will move him to Lebanon to the “vacation home!”

Please pray for me and Tracy both during these next few days. This is the first time of being away from him for this long in over 4 months! I miss him terribly already!!! But I know God will watch over both of us!

God is good!!! Give Him praise for all He’s done and gonna do!!!!

UPDATE, 5/26/13: Libbi posted:

Sitting here in Tracy’s room on this beautiful day. Watching my precious Sweet T as he sleeps. I am letting him sleep as much as he can, cause sleep is good for his brain and it’s healing. He had speech a little bit ago and did good.

He will be transferred Friday afternoon to the new skilled nursing “vacation home” and rehab center. We choose to call it a “vacation home” because he is not old for one and he’s not gonna stay there long! :0) Why do these places want to have names that only sound like it’s for old people? We thought he would be moved this weekend or tomorrow, but forgot that it was a holiday weekend. And, I will be going out with the group Lord willing, Tuesday night and fly back home Friday morning. It’s not at all what I want to do, but Leah has a graduation and the other fill ins I sometimes use already had things going. Thank God my brother Randy will be coming to stay with Tracy while I’m gone. He’s as tough as I am with making sure things are done right.

Lord willing after the groups vacation in June, I will be trying to do more dates as I can. Some dates will require me to fly because I cannot be away for long periods of time until Tracy is able to talk for himself.

UPDATE, 5/23/13: Last night, Libbi posted:

I went today to search out a skilled nursing / rehab facility for Tracy to be moved to within the next few days. I think I found one in Lebanon, TN. Just waiting to see if they are able to accept him. I went to several and I just prayed for God to show me the one where He wanted Tracy to be. If this one takes him, I will be 15 miles closer to the house!! And this facility WILL let me stay with him at night some!!! PRAISE THE LORD!! So, help me pray they will accept him.

Tracy tonight has been making noises like he’s trying to hum like. I told him he could talk if he wanted to! I think he’s discovering that he can make noises. I am just waiting for the day he just takes off talking or singing!!! :0)

He has started winking at me!!! Yes, I bout shouted the first time he did it!! I have it on video. He’s back to blinking twice for yes. Rubbing his lips together after putting chap stick on his lips. A lot of this we have not seen since the shunt was put in. The speech therapist has been impressed with his progress this week!! He is holding his head up better when the PT therapist sit him on the edge of bed. He tried to kick me again in the leg! :0) His fingers on the right hand have been moving some. Yeah, it’s coming back!!!!!!!!!!! It may be slow, but it’s happening!!! GOOOOOOO GOD GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Lord willing, I will be in Ringgold, GA this Friday night with the group. Also, Lord willing I will be with them next Wednesday in Salina, KS and Thursday in Guymon, OK. Leah my fill in has a graduation on Thursday night in Florida so she can’t go the first two days. So if nothing happens, I will be with the group those two days and then I will fly back to Nashville on Friday morning. PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME, because this will be the first time I will have been away from Tracy for this long. My heart hurts every time I think about it, but I know God will take care of both of us. My brother Randy will be staying with him during this time.

Remember to thank God for all your blessings tonight!!!! HE’S GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!!

UPDATE, 5/18/13: Libbi posted:

YES, YES I know I haven’t updated in a couple of days. Tracy is doing good. He’s rested most of the day today, but that’s what his brain needs to heal. THANKS TO RONNY AND DIANNE REID from S. Alabama for the healing player by Rev. John Hagee!! It’s taped to the side of Tracy’s bed and plays almost 24/7!! Great for Tracy, but also great for me and great for those that may not be believers!!!!! You will never know how much this means to us!!!

Last night I went to Huntsville, AL to sing with the group. My Pastor’s wife Alisa Grubb went with me for company. I think she’s gonna become my roadie when I have to drive to some of the dates!!! Eat and talk!!! Any ways, Tracy must have missed me pretty bad because his blood pressure stayed up from about 7pm to I got back to his room about 12:30 am. When I walked in and started talking to him, his heart rate went down immediately and then in just a few minutes his blood pressure went down. Made me feel good that he may have missed me!! :0)

Tracy will be moving from Kindred Hospital here to a Skilled Nursing/Rehab facility in the next couple of weeks. He will need more time for his brain to heal and be on the trach a little longer. With 5 bleeds, it just takes time. Not for sure yet which facility he will be going to yet. JK and I will be checking one out in Lebanon and one is Mt Juliet, TN on Monday. Only down side to this is I will not be able to stay with him at night! I wouldn’t worry so much about him if he could talk. But, I pray God will give me a peace about it and Tracy too!!! Not sure how long he will be there, but probably for a little while. Please, pray for me during this transition!! I’m a protector!!!

UPDATE, 5/15/13: Libbi posted:

Tracy did good with the blood transfusion he received Monday night at midnight. Fever elevated tiny bit, but nothing major. He seems to be staying awake a little more off and on through the day and night. Yesterday evening he lifted his head off the pillow about 3 times and tried to turn his head. That’s a great thing. PRAISE THE LORD.

Working on trying to get him on a schedule of some sort with his sleeping and staying awake so when the therapist come in he will stay awake for them. So far…….well I still have some tweaking to do! :0/ PT and I set him up on the edge of the bed again yesterday and he did well with holding his head up, but it just really tires him. He set up for about 15 mins with me holding his back. Therapist kinda got on to him because he felt like he wasn’t really putting forth a lot of effort. Just praying that this will improve!!! He may be discouraged I don’t know. I am trying everything I know to encourage him and cheer him on (even have pom poms)! :0)

He did great yesterday on the speaking valve. He was on it for probably 4 hours. He’s already been on it for 2 hours today and still going. The doctor said his lungs sound soooo much better. The speech therapist is teaching me some more things to work with Tracy on being he responds more to me than them. We will see how this goes. …

Please continue to pray for Tracy’s strength, that it will improve each day! Pray for me to have patiences and not try to rush things that can’t be rushed. Sometimes I am a pusher and want things to happen NOW!! I am learning, IN GOD’S TIME, things will happen!


UPDATE, 5/12/13: Libbi posted:

Today has been a great day!!! Such a beautiful blessed day!!! I got up this morning and went to church with JK, my Mom, my sister Debra and Bro in law Chris. The nurse Tracy had this morning was soooo sweet and told me she would watch Tracy while I was gone if I wanted to go to church. Then, the cleaning lady came in and we started talking about going to church, being saved and stuff and she told me the same thing, that she would watch Tracy while I was gone to church. It was great being in my home church and able to worship with my family!!! My Pastor, Mark Grubb did some incredible preaching on End Times!!

When I got back to the hospital, I ask Tracy if he missed me and he blinked his eyes twice to tell me yes! :0) I missed him too!!! But, felt good to take a little break to go to church. Then all the family came to the hospital and brought food for Mother’s Day lunch! It’s always great when we can be together. JK brought me a Peanut Butter Pie, Amish Peanut Butter and bread from Blue Gate Amish Rest. in Shipshewana, IN!! My FAVORITE!!!!! And he brought me beautiful flowers! He’s such a great son!!! Blessed to call him son!!

Tracy has got settled in now I think. He seems to be resting well. His secretions seems to be better. He’s been awake a good bit today. I worked him out some when I got back from church. Talked to him a lot. I have about got his facial expressions figured out. He watched a little bit of Tiger Woods golfing and then fell asleep. It’s amazing how watching golf does me the same way!!! :0)

Lord willing tomorrow he will begin his therapies here at Kindred. I am praying that God will gird him with a supernatural strength to do what he needs to do! I’m gonna get my pom poms out that someone sent me and cheer him on!!!

Please pray specifically this week for God to move Tracy toward a great progressive week!! Pray for strength that will totally amaze the doctors, nurses and therapists! I BELIEVE!!!!

If all goes well Friday and it’s the Lord’s will, I may be with the group in Huntsville, AL that night with The McKameys. I will update y’all closer to the date. I have to line up people I trust and that he knows to stay with Tracy that afternoon and that night til I would get back about 11pm.

UPDATE, 5/11/13: Libbi posted:

Good morning!!!! It’s a great day to be a live!!!! A brand new day is here, filled with new mercies and new miracles!!!! I praise the Lord for ALL His goodness, grace, mercy and love!!!!! Hope you find the blessings, mercies and miracles throughout your whole day!!!!

Tracy is being moved back to Kindred sometime today. The doctors feel that he has improved greatly in the past couple of days and that he’s ready to head back and start back on the road to recovery!!! And yes……I am trusting God and expecting nothing less than a full recovery, in God’s time!!!! I know there’s a lot of doubters out there who will say, I just don’t know about that. Well, it’s your choice to be a doubting Thomas!!!! I choose to BELIEVE AND TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD!!!! The world has always been filled with doubting Thomas’ from the beginning of time and will be til the very end of time!! What a miserable life to live always doubting God. It’s been a 111 days and we are still here, a live and breathing!!! That’s a miracle within it’s self!! I hope and pray that if you are a doubting Thomas, that God will show you just as he did Thomas himself, that HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS!!!! AND “NOTHING” IS TOO HARD FOR HIM OR IMPOSSIBLE!!! I’ve already experienced one major miracle this week that to man looked totally impossible, but to God it wasn’t nothing!!!! Don’t go through life always doubting, start trusting God and see how different life can be.

Thank you again to everyone who has prayed a prayer, sent an email, text, cards, love gifts, bought a motel room, hosted a benefit concert, requested prayer, had prayer vigils, have sent prayer cloths, prayer shawls, blankets, bought a lift chair and sooooo much more!!!!! I may not have been able to thank each one of you in person or personally, but I am doing it now, because I DO appreciate everything!!! I will be forever grateful for all the love, prayers and concern you all have shown our family over the past 111 days. My prayer is God will “richly” bless each one of you!!!!!

To all the Moms out there, let me take this time to say “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” tomorrow!!!! I pray it is a very blessed day!!!! I am happy that my sweet mom is in town for the weekend!!! God has given me the greatest Mom ever!!!!

UPDATE, 5/9/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

Sorry I haven’t updated in the past 24 hours but been waiting on test results and blood cultures to come back on Tracy’s pneumonia and his latest CT scan this morning.

The CT scan this morning from Tracy’s brain shows that the shunt is doing it’s thing. The old blood from the ventricles from the last bleeds he had several weeks ago has decreased!! PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!! It will take several more weeks and maybe months for all the blood to dissolve. The little pocket of spinal fluid near the shunt is better! So, everything with the brain is improving! Gooooo GOD Goooooo!!!!!!

The pneumonia shows sign of clearing up. Tracy has been more awake today than he’s been in several days. He’s been trying to watch ESPN. Sometimes he just tires out and falls back to sleep. Dr. Ulm said anyone with pneumonia would be sleepy, tired and not feel good. He said give him time to get over this and we should see some progress. The secretions are not all yellow and green anymore, but a white color. So, we may be heading back to Kindred tomorrow. I just want him to be better before he goes anywhere!! . . .

I will try to update again tomorrow if we get to go back to Kindred. Thanks to everyone who has prayed so hard for my Sweet T!!! Y’all have been so faithful to keep praying and lifting him up. I will never ever be able to thank y’all enough!!!!! I love y’all and y’all are the greatest friends ever!!!!! I pray God richly bless you all!!!!!!

UPDATE, 5/7/13, 8:30 PM: Libbi posted:

Well, Tracy was admitted back to the hospital last night after having CT scan and X-ray. He has pneumonia, which I found out this evening from Kindred where he was at, that he came there with pneumonia. Surprised me! No one told me anything about it! Ugh!!! So, they have him on 3 different kinds of antibiotics to make sure they have good coverage in case there’s infection somewhere else. Should have cultures back in next 48 hrs.

CT scan showed a little pocket of fluid on the right side of brain, that was there after putting the shunt in had a little more fluid than 3 weeks ago on last CT scan. Not a significant amount, but more than before. Dr. Darice Spackmen (Dr. Ulm’s PA) came in this evening and opened up the shunt pressure to let more fluid be released. He will have another CT scan done tomorrow to make sure it’s doing the job.

Tracy’s temp is back to normal tonight!!! Praise God!!!!

PT worked with him this morning by sitting him on edge of bed and he did very well considering him being tired from a long night of getting settled in. He even balanced for a few seconds on his own.

Speech and OT will be by to work with him tomorrow. Praying he has strength from God to do great!!

Don’t have a clue as to how long we will be here, praying not long!! Ready to move forward in the name of Jesus!!!!

Thanks to everyone for praying extra hard for my sweet man!!!! I am forever grateful!!! Please keep it up!!!

None of this caught God by surprise!!! He is all knowing and all seeing!!! His Will be done, not mine. I just pray for more grace to keep fighting on this journey He has laid before us!

Thank You God for Your sustaining grace!!! I love You!!!

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UPDATE, 5/7/13, 6 AM: Last night, Libbi posted: “CT scan showed the area where the little pocket of fluid was right after shunt was put in has gotten a tiny bit bigger, so Dr Ulm is going to program shunt to release more fluid in the morning. Dr Ulm said fluid is not really a concern. But he has pneumonia in the upper right lobe of lung, so he said it could cause him to act the way he has been past couple of days. So we will be here at the hospital a day or two to get all this fixed.”

UPDATE, 5/6/13, 8 PM: This afternoon, Libbi posted: “Sending Tracy back to Baptist for CT scan here in a few minutes. He’s been waking up, but not responding to commands very well. So, I will let u know what happens. ”

Earlier today, she posted: “Today has been an ok day with Tracy. Not a lot going on. He’s been awake off and on. Had echo cardiogram on his heart this morning. I guess I will know results when Dr comes around. PT and OT came in to access him. Speech therapist came in and did some small things, nothing too productive.”

UPDATE, 5/4/13, 2 PM: Libbi posted:

Well, we are settled in at Kindred in Nashville. Tracy seemed to have a good night last night. The people here are very kind. They gave Tracy a room with two beds, one for him and one for me, so I can stay with him at night! I am one blessed individual! I will stay with him at night for a couple of weeks to get him settled and adjusted and then I may try to go home for a night here and there. I haven’t slept in our bed at home since January 15. I’ve only been home three times for a couple of hours each time. We will see how things go.

Tracy woke up with a little bit of a fever this morning. He’s been coughing up secretions in a fair amount. Praying the fever goes away, in Jesus’ Name!!!!

UPDATE, 5/3/13: Last night, Libbi posted:

Wow, where do I start this update at? Today has been filled with so many emotions on so many different levels!!

First off: Tracy will be going to a rehab/hospital facility tomorrow (Friday)!!! Yeah, this came about today. It’s a acute rehab/hospital facility, so he won’t be having to go to a nursing home. It’s actually the place where Mike Bowling works some days when at home doing respiratory therapy. It’s called Kindred Hospital. The majority of their patients have trachs, so they work toward weaning the patient off the trachs, while at the same time getting PT, OT and speech therapy. This move is a little bit overwhelming for me. I guess cause we’ve been here at Baptist for 103 days and it’s been like our home. I am sooo happy for the progress and the step forward and thank God for it. I don’t know how to explain it……..kinda like getting married and moving away from home I guess. I hope you understand what I’m saying! But, any ways it’s a big step forward!!! Kind of strange too that my motel room was paid up through today! So, I went and cleared everything out tonight. Thanks to Krista Watson and Zach Kennedy for the help packing my little Sadie Bell (my car) full of stuff from 3 months! I will be able to stay with Tracy at this facility at night or I will be a little closer to home and can just go home if I need to. For the first week or so I will stay there with him and then maybe go home some at night. I just hate leaving him!!! But, we will see what happens. Y’all pray that this transition will go great and we can both adjust to this next big step!

Tracy did GREAT in speech therapy today. He made the therapist cry!! She worked with him on word recognition to see if he was comprehending what we were saying. She wrote things on cards for him to do and held them up to him to read to see if he would do it. HE DID!!!!!!! Praise GOD!!!!! She put a straw in his hand and held up two pictures, one of a cup and the other a key. She ask him to point to the cup, HE DID!!!!! He answered every question right!!! The therapist started crying and said, he’s in there!!! He’s comprehending what we are saying. Just gonna take some time on the talking part. Gotta get all those muscles back to working. She also worked with him on swallowing again and he did good on that. He kept the speaking valve on for almost 45 minutes today. All the nurses came in the room and said, we heard he did great in speech today, that’s all Joy (the therapist) was talking about!!! :0) AIN’T GOD SOOOOO GOOD?????? GOOOOOO GOD GOOOOO!!!!

The OT came in and worked with him on his arms and hands range of motion and we seen some movement on the right side again. Not, big movements but enough that we know it is there!! His OT is wanting to stay in touch because she wants to see his progress. She is the sweetest person ever!!!

We have sooooo much to be thankful for tonight!!!!!!! God has been answering prayers left and right!!!! Still got a long journey in front of us, but God is seeing us through it!!!!

Dear God in heaven, I don’t know where to start with saying thank You for all that has happen today!!!!! I admit, I am a bit overwhelmed with leaving our security bubble here, but I know You will go with us from here to there!!! Thank You Father for the progress Tracy is making!!! I am still expecting nothing less than an excellent miracle for Tracy’s total healing of his whole entire body!!! I am expecting it because You said in Your Word that I could ask ANYTHING in Your name, in faith believing and YOU would do it!!!! You don’t lie, so I am expecting a 100% total healing from the top of Tracy’s head to the tips of his toes and all the places in between!!!! Waiting on Your timing!!! I love You Sweet Father for everything in my life!!!!!

UPDATE, 5/2/13: Last night, Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a couple of semi quiet days. The speech therapist has work with Tracy every day this week so far and he’s done really good. This morning his dad and mom got to be in the room while the therapist worked with him. It was exciting for them to see the improvements he’s made. He has said my name each time. Yesterday he said it really well with mouth movements and all. He got to have a popsicle yesterday, which is good for tongue movement and exercise. Today, he was given a tart frozen lemon thing to help wake up his taste buds. Needless to say, he wasn’t too fond of that stuff. JK came in and had his dad sticking his tongue out at him. A little each day……

The physical therapist worked with setting him up on the edge of the bed again this morning. He was able to sit 15 mins being assisted. The therapist was commenting on how much more Tracy looked alert and vibrant. He was holding his head up a little more today. He’s coming a long, just gonna take some time and baby steps, BUT we will get there by the help and grace of GOD!!!!!

OT therapist is trying a thing with Tracy’s hands and arms by taping them with this special kind of tape. It moves out swelling and it also helps promote movement. She put the tape on the right hand yesterday and today we have movement. It’s not like the whole hand is moving, but it’s more than what we have seen since the shunt was put in. He arms kinda looks like a blue spider man. :0)

I just pray every day when he starts to do his therapy that God will just give Tracy a supernatural strength to do what he needs to do. Since being off the muscle relaxer Baclofen he has been able to do much better! That stuff is for the birds!!! :0{ (My translation).

If everything goes well with Tracy, I may be with the group Sunday morning in Springfield, TN and Sunday night in Camden, TN. This is not a definite, as I will have to wait up til Sunday morning to see how he’s doing. His dad and mom will be staying with him if I do decide that I can go. Both of these dates are close to home, so I think I will feel comfortable in doing them. I probably won’t have a voice worth a flip to sing with, but it will be ok as long as I let God use me!

UPDATE, 4/30/13: Last night, Libbi posted: “Tracy did great in speech and physical therapy today!!! They worked together with him. He said my name faintly. He tried counting! They worked with him on smiling. He kept the speaking valve on for 35 mins! They had him picking up a Kleenex and wipe his mouth. Turning his head as much as he could. I was almost about to shout!!! 100 days and it’s progress!!!! God is good!!!!!”

UPDATE, 4/27/13: Libbi posted:

I figured I should give y’all an update being that I didn’t do one yesterday. Yesterday was a very frustrating day and the night before. Tracy’s oxygen level the night before kept getting below 90 and one time as low as 82. I would suction him out and it would come back up where it was suppose to, but then start going back down slowly. At one point he threw up cause the secretions were so thick he started gagging. So, I was up all night watching him to make sure he didn’t throw up again and that he was suctioned out. I guess I ticked the night nurse off with trying to keep Tracy cleaned out and so the yesterday morning, they came in and changed his trach from a T collar to a trach collar. By doing this, I can’t suction him, only the nurse or the respiratory therapist which up to this point only came in to change the water canister. The doctor came in to see what my concerns were and I told him and the charge nurse. He ordered that Tracy get a breathing treatment and suctioning every 4 hours if needed. This has made things better for Tracy.

Another issue we had was the dr had put Tracy on a muscle relaxer for his left hand and arm. Well, this absolutely knocked him out for almost two days. He would try waking up and might stay awake 5 mins and would be right back asleep. He was soooo out of it yesterday he couldn’t even hardly function for physical therapy and speech. He would just have a blank stare when he was awake. I finally told the nurse that I did not want him on it anymore. We will deal with the hand and arm and work a little longer on getting the stiffness out. I woke up at 5:20am and Tracy was awake and stayed awake til about 1:30pm. My niece Krisi Pilling and I decided to leave the hospital being I haven’t left since Monday morning to go eat lunch while he slept. After we left the tech came in and bathed him. He is now asleep again.

Needless to say, yesterday I didn’t even get out of my pajamas!! I never even left the hospital room. I was really frustrated and didn’t care who knew it. Yes, I am human and I DO have my moments. After 98 days of being here, I think I deserve at least one day of being allowed to get it all out!!!

Tracy was able to stay on the passy muir speaking valve for 20 minutes yesterday and was able to make some sounds!!! The therapist was impressed with him not laboring to breathe during those 20 minutes. He could have stayed on longer, but she had a meeting to go to. He wasn’t given any thing to test his swallowing due to being so sleepy. Maybe Monday we can get back on track with making more progress on the swallowing and working toward getting the trach out!

UPDATE, 4/23/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

I’ve had a bunch of people texting and emailing wanting to know how our first night out in a regular room was after being in ICU for so long. It was good. Would be better if the nurses that we’ve had knew how to operate the trach that Tracy has. But, they are not familiar with it because it’s mainly just used in ICU. I woke up about every hour checking on Tracy and listening to see if he needed suctioning. The night nurse tried several times, but she just didn’t go down into the lungs far enough to get out the secretions that he had out. Then, when I would go to sleep, the IV buzzers or feeding tube would go off signaling that all the medicine or formula was out of the bags. Praying tonight will be better! :0)

I felt good this morning when one of the ICU nurses called me to check on us and then another one who taught me about the trach came to the room this afternoon to check on us. It’s comforting to know that they are just down the hall if I need them. They have been so wonderful to Tracy and I.

Tracy has slept most of the day. I figured he would because he was awake for so long yesterday and last night. I just let him sleep because it’s what his brain needs to heal. I did give him a bath this morning by myself, turning him and all! Wasn’t too bad, but it’s something that I do need to get help with. I also worked Tracy out after giving him a bath. By the time I finished it was almost 11am. I had about 20 text messages and phone calls on my phone when I was finished. I am trying to keep the same pattern in the regular room as I did in the ICU about not talking on the phone. I really want Tracy to get great rest and not have to be bothered with my phone ringing constantly and me talking on it. I hope those calling will understand. Again, if you have my number just text me! Texting works better for me any ways.

At some point and time this week, Tracy will be having a swallowing test done. Not sure to what extent, but we will see what happens. Tomorrow the PT will come in to sit Tracy on the edge of the bed again. Please pray that God will give him a supernatural strength to do what they want him to do.

Well, that’s about all there is to talk about right now. We are just maintaining for a bit. Please, keep praying!!!

UPDATE, 4/23/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Well, Tracy was moved out of ICU to a regular room this morning!!!! Praise the Lord!!!! It was scary and exciting at the same time!! Scary because we were leaving his security bubble that he’s been in for the past 93 days. And, just about all of his good nurses were working today. We feel like family!! But, it was exciting because this proves that God has worked another great miracle!!! Thanks to Mike Bowling for coming by as we were moving to the new room. He was able to show me more stuff on the trach and breathing stuff. I just might turn out to be a pretty good respiratory therapist or nurse before this is all over! :0)

The physical therapist came in before moving him and worked with him and he did really well. I knelt down in front of him and he was able to put his left arm around my neck and hugged me!!! Yeah, it felt great!!!! He’s still very weak, but he’s showing signs of slowly improving. As long as we are moving forward, we will take it slowly.

UPDATE, 4/21/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Things have been rather quiet the past couple of days, so that’s the reason for no updates. We like quiet days with no drama! 🙂 Most of the days consist of Tracy resting and sleeping. After 5 bleeds/strokes, his brain needs all the rest it can get to heal! Today he has watched Dr. Charles Stanley, some of the NASCAR race and some hockey in between sleeping. I even took a little nap too!! Our niece Brittany Johnson DeVault came to eat lunch after church and she took a nap too behind the chair in the ICU room. 😮

Hopefully tomorrow Tracy will be moved to a regular room if the ICU Dr feels he’s ready to make the move. We will see what happens.

I have had several people calling my phone during the day and just a reminder, I only text when I am in Tracy’s room. I will try to return the calls after 6 pm til 8 pm. If you don’t hear from me, please text me.

UPDATE, 4/19/13, 3 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy is doing good! Thought we were going to a regular room today but, Dr feels he has a little too much secretions. So he said maybe tomorrow or Sunday. Better safe than sorry!

He’s been awake more this morning. He was awake when I got here this morning! I love it when he’s awake. I always come in and say, hello Sunshine!!! Then I usually sing, You are my Sunshine! This morning he looked content while I was singing it to him! ;0)

UPDATE, 4/19/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Today has been a quiet day for Tracy. He’s mostly been sleeping. He needs that right now.

If nothing happens he will be moved to a regular room tomorrow!! In one sense it’s gonna be sad because we’ve had some incredible nurses!!! So many of them have loved on us the past 89 days!!! Even if they are not his nurse for the day or night, they will come by his room to check on us and to give me a hug!!! That means sooo much!!! Some of them have also taught me a lot of stuff!! Today his nurse Chris taught me how to suction him out on his trach. Yeah, I was terrified at the beginning, but Chris reassured me that I could not hurt Tracy doing this. I really think I could be a nurse except for all those weird names and words of medicines!! I have to have laymen terms!!! ;0) Kinda like the fancy people say “dinner” and I say “supper!!” Hehehe! Any ways, I’m gonna miss all these special people who have went above and beyond for Tracy while being in ICU!! But, I am sooo ready to move on with progress!!!

It’s still gonna be a long road for Tracy, but maybe in the next few weeks I can start doing a few dates here and there that are close or some have mentioned flying me in and out on certain dates. I’m just trusting God with the details of everything! I find it’s better HIS way and not mine!!! :0)

Well, I think this is about it for now. Please continue to pray for God to supernaturally strengthen Tracy daily!!!! I am expecting nothing less than a MIRACLE!!!! Don’t know when it will happen, but I know it will!!!

Thank you again for loving us and standing with us through all the ups and downs!!! My heart is overwhelmed by all the love and prayers!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/17/13, noon: Libbi posted:

I am HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!! PT & OT therapists just got Tracy up on edge of bed and he was up for 20 mins. He kicked a little smiley face ball that I had for him several times with his left foot!!!! HAPPY dance!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!!!! I told him to kick me and he tried! ;0) Held his head up pretty good too! His blood pressure/ heart rate/ oxygen level, everything was incredible during this whole time of sitting up!!! He looked a lot stronger today!! I really think this was a boost for him today!!!! I could see it in his eyes!!! I kept telling him over and over how proud I was of him and I am!!!! I also told him I was gonna go buy me a cheerleader’s outfit to wear when he does therapy!!!

UPDATE, 4/16/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a good couple of days of resting. I think his body just needed to try to catch up. He’s still on the trach collar and has been since Saturday morning. They actually removed the ventilator out of his room this morning!! That is a step forward on progress!! Mike Bowling (who is a respiratory therapist) was in the room when they came in and we had just been talking about, wondered when they would take it out? Can’t wait for the day that he is totally off trach collar and able to talk!!!

Tracy no longer is a one sided Bozo the clown hair head! 🙂 His nurse today shaved the other side of his head while I was gone to cafeteria for lunch. I came back into his room and he looked like a biker! Hehehehe! At least now it will all be the same length when it grows out!

Praying for God’s will on a rehab facility. One that will give him intense therapy. As we learned with my mom when she had her massive stroke in 2000, it’s important for them to have intense therapy!!! Please help us pray that God will work out every detail where He wants him to be, as it is getting close for him to be moved.

UPDATE, 4/16/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Dr. Ulm came in this morning and he doesn’t know why all the concern last night. He said CT scan looked good. He said the spot that everybody thought was blood he says he’s almost for sure it’s spinal fluid. And it’s only a very small spot. He was very pleased with the scan. He said, Tracy would have moments of being sleepy because of all his body has been through.
Go GOD Go!!!!

The PT just came in and set him up on the edge of the bed! First time his feet have been on the floor in 84 days!! He did very well considering he’s been in bed for 84 days. PT was impressed with the amount of strength he had with trying to hold his head up and not bobbing! He also knew where his center point of balance was. He did have to have support holding him up, but he was able to balance himself for several seconds! The PT said, for as long as he has been in bed, he did very well!!!! Whoop, whoop!!! Another big ole’ Go GOD Go!!!!!!!!!!

Praise Him y’all!!!!!!! HE is WORTHY!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/15/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy pretty well has had a good day. He seemed more sleepy today than yesterday. The nurse tonight called for a CT scan just to make sure everything is ok. The scan came back with a small amount of blood on the right side of brain. Dr. Ulm has ordered to start Tracy on Keppra, which is to prevent onset of seizures. People who have had or has blood on the brain are at a higher risk of seizures, which can cause set backs. They will continue to monitor Tracy closely and watch for any neuro changes or any other changes for that matter. He is still responding when awake. Some of sleepiness could be from anesthesia from surgery also. I will update tomorrow. I am trusting God and His will. Tracy is in His hands and none of this has caught God off guard! I am expecting excellent progress from here on out!!! I choose to praise God for all things He has done and is gonna do!!!! Satan and all his little demons might as well go to hell where they belong, because I rebuke them in the name of Jesus!!!! They have NO authority over Tracy or his body!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/14/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted last night that Tracy was able to write his own name! It wasn’t neat, of course, but it was recognizably his name! Praise God!

UPDATE, 4/13/13, 5 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy is doing good today. He’s been a little sleepy due to being put to sleep yesterday evening for the shunt surgery. When he does wake up, he tries to watch the Master’s Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, but it does to him what it does to me……….puts him to sleep!!! ;0)

The incision looks good. He was running a slight fever, but I think that’s common after surgery. He looks really little. He’s lost a lot of fluid over the past couple days.

They put him back on the track collar this morning and he’s doing good with it.

Over all, it’s been a quiet day.

UPDATE, 4/13/13, last night: Libbi posted:

I should already be in bed getting some extra sleep, but with the miracle God has given us today well………it’s just hard to go to sleep!!!!! GO GOD GO!!!!

Seemed like we waited all day for the surgery to begin. Dr. Ulm came into the ICU room and was giving me last minute options on surgery or not and the things that could go wrong. I knew in my heart this was the moment that I was gonna prove to God, that I totally trusted Him!!! Kinda like when we were kids and Daddy would set us up on a table and say, jump!!! I will catch you, you have nothing to be afraid of!! And you know what?? We jumped!!! Why???? Because we trusted Daddy that he would not let us fall!!! Today………Was that moment for me to say, Daddy here I come, I am trusting You not to let me fall!!! When Dr. Ulm looked at me and said, it’s up to you what you want to do for Tracy. I looked him in the eyes and said, I just have to trust God with this!!
He then looked at me and said, if it was my family, I would do the same thing! Then, he said, let’s pray!!!!! I was expecting myself or my brother to lead the prayer, but Dr. Ulm took off and started praying!!!! Y’all this is such a God thing!!!! That’s the kind of Doctor you want to have working on you!!!
I looked at Tracy and told him I loved him and I would see him when he came out. Then we went to the waiting room. I didn’t get stressed or worried the time waiting, because I knew God had this!!! The phone rang in the waiting room and they said, it was for the Stuffle family. I answered the phone and it was Dr. Ulm. He said, the drainage tube came out with not issues or bleed. He said, they put the shunt in and everything went great with it with no issues or bleeds. I immediately started thanking God! I got off the phone and told my family, my Pastor & his wife and some friends that came from Pittsburg, Il the great news!!!! We gathered in a circle and thanked and praised God right there in the middle of that waiting room!!!

It was about 45 minutes before Tracy was back in the room. When I walked in, I was shocked because they shaved one side of his head and the other side was sticking out like Bozo the clown. :0) Tracy’s always tried to get me to let him shave his head and I would always say, NOPE!!! Well…………..I took a picture of him where he can see it later down the road. The nurse for tonight promised me he was gonna look after Tracy all night and for me to come and get some rest. I just talked to the nurse and he said, all of Tracy’s vitals were great and he had opened his eyes a couple of times, but he would be asleep just about all night from being put to sleep during the surgery.

Y’all, thank you soooooooo much for sticking with me and praying for this day to come and there be no issues and no bleeds!!!!! I just can’t say it enough!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, don’t stop praying!!!! Let’s pray him back on stage!!!! GO GOD GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/12/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

Praise God!!!! Praise God!!!! Praise God!!!!!!!Tracy’s surgery is done, everything went great!!!!!! PTL!!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/12/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Dr. Darice just came in and said Tracy’s surgery to put the shunt in will be around 3:30pm this afternoon!

I will update again whenever they take him back to OR.


Dr. Ulm and the surgery team just took Tracy back to the OR for the surgery to implant the permanent shunt into the brain.

Please pray!!! I will update as soon as we know something! The surgery will be about 2 hours long.

UPDATE, 4/11/13, 5 PM: Libbi posted:

We have all clear on the infection in the brain!!!!! Praise The Lord and thank You Jesus!!! And it’s a God thing because this new EVD drain that was replaced last Wednesday is blocked!!! It stopped working about 10 am this morning. So, here’s the plan: Dr. Ulm just came in and tried to flush the line, but was unsuccessful. The plan is to put the shunt in sometime tomorrow. Tracy will be going for a CT scan here shortly to check the status of the brain and fluid. They will monitor him throughout the afternoon and evening for any neuro changes. If there’s none, then the surgery will be tomorrow. But, if he does start having neuro changes, they may do it this evening after 7pm. Dr. Ulm had the feeding tube turned off just now, in case he has to do the surgery this evening. They will be placing the shunt in a different area with hopes of it not clogging up. I was told earlier by a nurse last week that the drainage tube on the shunt was larger than on the EVD. But, Dr. Ulm just said, no it’s the same size.

Here’s the prayer request:
For no neuro changes!!
No issues before, during or after surgery!!
NO bleeds before, during or after surgery!!
And NO clots that can cause the drain to block up!!!
For Dr. Ulm to trace God’s hands during this surgery for the correct placement of the shunt!!
For God to give him and the other assistants in surgery knowledge and wisdom to do every procedure correctly.

I will update this evening if any changes takes place, if not I may wait to update in the morning.

UPDATE, 4/10/13, 12:30 PM: Libbi posted: “Second day of CSF culture is CLEAR!!!! If clear tomorrow, will do shunt tomorrow or Friday! Praise The Lord!!!!!!!!!”

UPDATE, 4/9/13, 7 PM: Libbi posted: Dr Carr, Tracy’s infectious disease dr just came in and said preliminary results of CSF fliud from brain show all clear of infection, but wants to wait another day to make sure it stays that way. Please keep praying!!!!

UPDATE, 4/9/13, last night: Libbi posted:

I know it’s been a couple of days since I have updated on Tracy. Things have been going good and quiet. There’s not really been anything going on to update. I’ve had several people emailing me wanting updates. I don’t won’t to send too many messages out with nothing new to report on. If you don’t see an update on Facebook or then you will know things are going good and no changes.

Dr. Darice drew CSF fluid this morning to see if the infection is gone. It will take 48 to 72 hours to get the results back. If the infection is totally gone, they will proceed ahead with putting the shunt in ASAP. Please stay in prayer that there will be NO INFECTION, NO ISSUES WITH PUTTING SHUNT IN AND NO BLEEDS!! I feel like when we get over this bump in the road, Tracy will be able to make some progress with moving toward rehab. Also, be in prayer for God to place Tracy in the rehab facility that he will get the best care with intense therapy.

Tracy has been on the trach collar for 33 hours!!! That means he’s basically breathing on his own, so this is a big deal!! Praise The Lord!!!

UPDATE, 4/7/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Been another quiet day with Tracy. He was very alert all day today. When I walked into the ICU room this morning he was wiggling his left foot as to say look at me, at what I’m doing! I told him, GO TRACY GO!!!! Then I had to thank God!!!! Then I worked with him on reaching with his left hand and arm and he did great with that. We watched a couple episodes of Duck Dynasty, a couple baseball games and a basketball game. He was still awake when I had to leave at 6pm. He was still awake when I returned at 8pm. But, he finally drifted off to sleep about 9:15pm, so we prayed with him and I came back to the hotel room to get a little extra sleep.

It will pretty much be a waiting game for the next few days waiting to see what the results of the CSF is. It will probably be Wednesday or Thursday before we know anything if the infection is cleared up. I’m trusting God for a excellent report!!!! :0)

UPDATE, 4/5/13, 9 AM: Libbi posted:

Things have been rather quiet the past couple days for Tracy. He’s rested great. When he wakes up, he’s wide awake! Last night Matthew Holt stopped by on his way to meet the GVB bus and he actually got two smiles out of Tracy and a kiss on the cheek! Tracy’s always thought of Matthew as a second son.

During his work outs this morning, one with me at 8am and his physical therapist, Tracy was able to touch his chin and nose!!! This is a pretty big deal. They have him back on the trach collar again today. Yesterday they let him rest after having drain and trach changed. But, today it’s been back to work!! No rest for the weary! :0)

We are still waiting for the infection in the brain to clear up. They should be drawing more fluid Monday morning to see if the infection is gone. I’m praying and believing for an excellent report!!! God has the best reports of anyone!!

UPDATE, 4/4/13, 2 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has been sleeping good this morning. They’ve had to change out his trach this morning because the bulb had a leak last night. So I think it has worn him out. He’s also running a little bit of a temp.

The new EVD drainage cath is working great! Go GOD Go!!!
The next few days will be a waiting game for infection to clear out completely so they can discuss the shunt.

Just wanted to update you on what’s been going on today so far.

Thanks for ALL the prayers, love and support during this journey!!! We will never be able to thank y’all enough!!! I wish I could hug each one of you!! Just know every act of kindness shown to us is appreciated more than you can ever know!!!!!! We love you all!!!!

UPDATE, 4/4/13, 6 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy is out of OR from having EVD drainage cath replaced and it was a success with no bleed!!!! Thank You Jesus!!!! This is the 7th one. We are praying the next step will be the shunt next week! Just have to wait on infection to completely clear out first!

Thank you to everyone who has been diligently praying all day!!! It’s been a long day for us waiting on the replacement to take place. I am fixin to head to motel to get some sleep. I stayed in the ICU last night so a good hot bath will feel good!!

Father God, You have moved again and showed Your mighty work!!!! Our hearts are forever grateful and thankful for Your miracles and blessings!!! ALL praise, glory and honor belongs to You!!!
Father, keep us through this night and if You tarry Your coming we will rise in the morning with thanksgiving in our hearts!!!
I love You Poppa!!!!

UPDATE, 4/3/13, 12:30 PM: Libbi made two posts this morning. The first:

Tracy has Staph RS infection on the brain and it has grown since yesterday. So, they will be changing the EVD drain cath again probably mid morning. They will be putting him on two more antibiotics and pray they work! Then if the infection is gone by Monday they will do the shunt Monday.Dr. Darice said there’s a tiny little clot right around the end of the cath that is keeping this EVD from working! They were very upset to see that the infection has grown since yesterday! She said Dr Ulm has really done his best to make the insertion of the EVD as sterile as he possibly can. But, she and I both agreed God has a plan that we just can’t see!

I haven’t gotten several messages and emails from people who are concerned that I may be giving up on this fight. Let me remind you all, I am NOT a quitter, but a fighter!!!!! Until the last breath is drawn, I fight!!!! That’s not to say that I don’t get frustrated because I do! I’m human!!!! God has been very faithful to give me strength for the past 72 days!!! Yes, I am tired physically and mentally but that’s normal!!! By God’s grace and strength, we fight on!!!! Even Moses had to have Aaron his brother to hold his arms up for him!!!! I am forever grateful for everyone who has prayed a prayer and fasted!!! I pray you will continue on with me!!!!

I am gonna also ask that Tracy receive no visitors between now and Monday. Gonna try to keep as many germs down as possible. Even immediate family members I am asking for no physical contact!

Prayer Need Today:
For Dr. Ulm has he performs this 7th procedure! That he will trace God’s hands!!

For the other medical staff who will be in the OR assisting.

For NO BLEEDS!!!! NO ISSUES before, during or after!!!

For God to kill this infection once and for all!!!!!

Dear Lord, I know You have a plan in this situation!! I can’t see it, but I don’t have too!! All I’m required to do is trust You and that I am doing!!! Give me an extra boost of strength and grace to carry on with this fight!!! I am thankful for everything You have done and You are doing in this matter!!! I do not won’t to get in Your way!
I love You Lord more than ever!!!

The second:

Tracy’s infectious disease Dr came and said he does not have Staph RS, but what he had the last time, gram negative cocci. He said it could take from a week up to 3 weeks to get totally rid of the infection. So, Dr. Ulm will proceed with replacing the EVD drain this afternoon. The shunt will be done when ALL the infection is gone, however long that takes. So, we could be looking at anywhere from a week to 3 weeks.

Praise The Lord it’s not Staph!!!!!

I will update again when they start to do the EVD replacement surgery this afternoon.

UPDATE, 4/2/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

Today has been an interesting day to say the least.

The EVD drain has not worked all day. However, Tracy has been alert and been on trach collar all day and follows commands.

Here’s the plan for the next 24 hrs:
They will be doing a new CT scan sometime tonight. If Tracy stays awake and responsive then they will consult the infectious disease dr in the morning to see where the infection is at in the brain. If it has cleared out, then they will proceed with putting the permanent shunt in. If the infection is still there then they will replace the EVD drainage cath again in the morning. If By chance Tracy were to become unresponsive through the night they will go ahead and replace the drain.

I will try to update as soon as we know what is gonna happen.

All prayers appreciated!!! Tracy is in God’s hands and it’s God’s will not mine. None of this has taken God by surprise!

UPDATE, 4/2/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had another quiet day. He was able to stay on the tracy collar for 10 hrs. today! That is really good, but really wore him out. He seemed to be ignoring me when I would talk to him. I think this is normal. Probably upset with me because I worked him out twice today! :0) We really don’t have any idea what he’s thinking or if he understands what all is going on. We just have to wait to see.

Dr. Darice drew fluid from the drainage cath tube this morning to send off to see if the infection has cleared up. The preliminary report shows good, but we will have to wait til about Wednesday or Thursday to get the final report before deciding on the day to do the shunt. Dr. Ulm said, this afternoon that he was gonna use every precautionary device he could use when putting the shunt in. He really wants us to pray for the procedure and for him! Please, be praying for him and the team that will be performing this surgery probably the end of the week.

UPDATE, 3/31/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Another good day for Tracy! Kinda quiet, but good. He was awake all day until about 7:30pm then he went to sleep for a couple of hours. We were praying over him and had just finished and was fixing to come back to the motel and he woke up. So I stayed with him until about 10:45pm. I turned the tv on to a Easter Story on the History channel before I left.

All of his vitals were great today. Today was the second day of the trach collar trials and he did 5 1/2 hrs each day which is good. We are praying that he will do so good that they will take the trach out so he can talk!!! Believing in Jesus’ Name!

I told him tonight that I was expecting the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead, to raise him up off that bed a healed man!!! NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR MY GOD AND NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/30/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a great day. He was awake just about all day. He might have slept an hour all day! His nurse sweet Ms Kay let the bed down enough that I could lean over and kiss him. We held hands a lot, I kissed him a lot and he would kiss me back. Tonight he played with my hair and rubbed my face! Woohoo!!! Made me feel good!!!

His ICP tonight was between 4 & 8!! There’s not a lot of fluid draining, so who knows he may not have to have the shunt after all!!

UPDATE, 3/29/13, 11 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy had a great night! All his numbers and vitals stayed normal. He was wide awake when I came in at 8am this morning! He even gave a smile until I started working him out!!! Then he gave me his mad look! ;0) Oh well, it’s called tough love! LOL He paid me back by pushing back and working against me. I kept telling him he needed to remember his football days in high school when he would do leg presses, push, push, push!!!! Then I quoted his Coach’s favorite line….STUFFLE GET UP, YOU’RE KILLING THE GRASS!!!! I know, I know I’m being tough on him, but I have to get some fight in him!!!!

Dr. Darice Spackman came in and was still thrilled with the way things went yesterday! She said we would wait a few days and try clamping the drain again to see if he’s gonna need the permanent shunt or not. She said sometimes when the infection is gone, you can try again and sometimes they won’t need the shunt. She said that’s what she’s praying for!!

UPDATE, 3/29/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy has rested well all evening. All his vitals were normal when I left the hospital a little bit ago. His ICP pressure was 8. The EVD was draining clear like it should! He was sleeping soundly tonight so I decided to come to the motel room early to get some extra sleep! I’ve already warned my sister and mom that I will probably snore tonight!!! ;0)

Someone asked me earlier if i had broken my fast and the answer is no!!! we still have the shunt to go yet. They are looking at Monday for that, but will know more in a couple of days.

I will update again in the morning. Heading to sleep town!!!

Thank You a million times a million Heavenly Father for Your wonderful miracle today!!!!!!!! My heart is sooooo full of praise and glory to You!!!!!!! I will never ever be able to thank You enough for all You’ve done!!! You have been faithful and true!!!!! I love You Abba Father!!!!

UPDATE, 3/28/13, 1:30 PM: Libbi posted: Praise God, praise God!!!!!!! It went great!!!!! NO bleed!!!!! And it’s draining clear fluid!!!!!!!!!!! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/28/13, noon: Libbi posted:

They will be taking Tracy back to OR and start at 10:30am replacing the infected EVD with a new one.

Pray for Dr Ulm and the whole team doing this procedure. The anesthesiologist said to please pray for him too!!!

Prayer is: No issues and NO BLEEDS!!!!!!
Believing for excellent report!!!!! In Jesus name!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/28/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy’s had a pretty good day. Just kinda let him rest to prepare for tomorrow ((Thursday) for EVD drainage cath to be removed and a new one inserted again due to infection. Praying, believing and trusting God and His will.

Tracy was running a bit of a fever when I left tonight and his blood pressure was a bit elevated. I’m thinking he may realize what is gonna take place tomorrow. I’m praying God calms him and gives him peace if he does realize what is going on.

I will update as soon as I know when they will be taking him to the OR to perform the procedure. This will be the 6th EVD to be put in.

Please pray for an excellent report and no issues before, during or afterwards and NO bleeds!!

UPDATE, 3/27/13, 9 AM: Libbi posted: “Just talked to Dr Darice, one of Tracy’s neurologist and she is happy with Tracy’s progress. She said they will be changing out the EVD drainage cath tomorrow around 12:00 pm central time because of bacteria being stuck to it. They will be inserting a new one. Then on Monday they will be putting in the permanent shunt. Dr. Darice said, we need a lot of prayer covering tonight and tomorrow!!! So, prayer warriors let’s bombard the throne room!!! Our prayer is gonna be an excellent report and procedure with NO complications and NO BLEEDS in the Sweet Name of Jesus!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/27/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted: “Today has been a quiet day, which can be a good thing! Tracy’s fever is down to 99. We are in a holding pattern waiting for the bacteria to be killed totally by the hand of God and antibiotics!!! I’m still trusting and believing God’s promise!! Just gotta wait til it’s His time to move ahead!!”

UPDATE, 3/26/15, 7 AM: Libbi posted:

Infectious disease Dr Carr came in and expressed concerns that the bacteria that was on the brain is a sticky kind like before. Meaning that it will stick to the catheter in the brain like before and the antibiotics will only be able to absorb so much. In order to put the shunt in, the brain has to be totally bacteria free. So he’s hoping this time that the antibiotics will absorb and kill all of the bacteria!! If not, the EVD that is in now would have to come out and another put in until infection is gone. Which brings us back to why they don’t won’t this to happen, because the brain has been so fragile and bleeds each time! ***Here’s where we need to pray specifically that this infection will be totally absorbed by the antibiotics and it will kill it all!!!!***

Blood pressure, heart rate and ICP has been great all day!! Praise be to God!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/25/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Dr Darice came in and said Tracy would have to be getting the permanent shunt put in. They will have to wait til the fever and infection is totally gone. So, it could be end of the week or first of next week before this is done. I will let you know when they decide the day.

Specific prayer:

  • For removal of EVD – NO issues or bleeds!!!
  • Surgery to put shunt in the brain. NO issues and NO bleeds!!!
  • Cover Dr Ulm in full prayer!!

UPDATE, 3/25/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy had a pretty good day today. His fever stayed between 99 and 100. He’s on a very high powered antibiotics for the infection from the brain. Infection is probably coming from drainage cath. It’s been in 4 weeks. Everything is on hold with clamping the drain until fever and infection is gone.

I will be continuing on with the fast until decision is made on the removal of the EVD. If you want to continue on with me I would be very humbled and honored to have you a part!!! I’m not giving up this fight!!! I’m not allowing the devil to have once ounce of glory in this situation!!!

Blood pressure and heart rate were pretty close to normal today! ICP is still set at 15 on scale and running around 8 to 10.

I will update more tomorrow! It will be a NEW day, with NEW mercies and NEW miracles!!!! I look forward to seeing God work!!!!

UPDATE, 3/23/13, 3 PM: Libbi posted: “Tracy has gram-positive-cocci. Which is a bacterial infection again in the fluid coming from drain fluid from brain.  Please pray!!! They have him on a high powered antibiotic to treat it. Will update later when Dr Mericle comes in. In NO way are we giving up this fight!!!!! Pressing on and giving this bump in the road to God to do His thing!!!! NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/23/13, 2 PM: “Libbi posted: ICP looks good being clamped. They clamped it at 7am. He has fever. Blood pressure is high. Heart rate is bouncing between 99 & 106. Doing a chest X-ray now.”

UPDATE, 3/22/13, 5 PM: Libbi posted:

God is sooo good!! Tracy has been tolerating the EVD scale being set at 20! Just had another CT scan and the ventricles showed no sign of swelling!! Dr Darice Sparkman Dr Ulm’s PA was thrilled with the results of CT scan and Tracy’s progress on the EVD. They are gonna let him rest today and then start in the morning clamping the drain. They will watch it when they do this and if the ICP pressure goes over 20 for two minutes they will open the drain back up. They will do this all through the day to see what happens. We will know more tomorrow night kinda what will happen on Monday.

Tracy has done great on trach collar. They will be leaving him on it for as long as he can tolerate it. They are pleased with his progress on this too!!

He’s also flushed a lot of fluid out of his body too!! Praise The Lord!!!

I was disappointed and shocked when I walked into Tracy’s room this morning to find his goatee was GONE!!!!! The nurse was standing there and I said, where’s his goatee??? She said, oh he had a goatee??? I said, Yes!! She said, well I guess I shaved it! Oh well I guess it will grow back. :0(

I made the mistake of putting the wrong scripture yesterday for the fasting. It should be 2 Chronicles 20: 1-25. I get my numbers mixed up. :0/

Everybody please keep praying, believing and praising!! Go GOD Go!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/22/13, 6 AM: Libbi posted:

Just got back to the hotel room from the hospital. Tracy has done incredible today!!

The scale on the EVD is still set at 20!!! So far so good!! ICP cranial pressure is staying between 8 – 13. Keep the prayers coming that this will be successful! Praise The Lord!!!

He was still on the trach collar when I left, so that means he’s been on for 12 hours! They decided to let him stay on as long as he could tolerate it. But, they were fixin to take him off to let him rest through the night. He was only suppose to be on for a couple hours today! Can we say MIRACLE!? My prayer is he does so great that he will come off the trach all together before he leaves the hospital!! They said today that had not happened with someone in Tracy’s condition. Well, I am praying God shows them HE can make the impossible possible!!!! In Jesus’ Name!!

Tonight he was awake from the time I got back to the hospital at 8 til I left at 11:15pm! I talked a lot and he listened, well sometimes he listened other times I think he was tuning me out! :0) He have me several kisses. JK came in and before he left he gave JK a kiss on the cheeks. Debra my sister tried to get him to kiss her and he wouldn’t do it! :0) He still has his since of humor even if he can’t talk.

Praying today (Friday) has even more miracles in store!!! Nothing, nothing, nothing is too hard for my God!!!! Go GOD Go!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/21/13, 5:15 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy was able to tolerate moving the scale to 15 on the EVD drainage cath. Dr Ulm came in about an hour ago and moved the scale to 20! So far so good. His ICP is rocking between 8 and 11. This is a good challenge. If he tolerates the scale at 20 for a bit, they will then clamp the drain to see what happens then. If that goes well, that means no shunt!

They also put him back on trach collar @ 11:30am this morning and it still on it!! They are gonna try to see if he can make it til 9pm tonight. If so, they will remove it and put him back on CPap for the night to let him rest. Then put him back on it in the morning.

Dr Ulm is very encouraged with his progress the past couple days. I did tell Dr Ulm that we were praying and fasting for this situation and we had people everywhere that were standing with us doing it also. He said he was also praying too!

Keep the prayers coming!!!! To God be the glory for the progress today!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/21/13, 7 AM: Libbi thanked everyone who came out to the benefit concert two days ago, and everyone who helped Tracy observe his birthday yesterday. She added:

Tracy was put on the trach collar last night for a couple of hours and today for 3 1/2 hrs! They will be putting him back on sometime during the night tonight for a couple more hours! This is progress!! Praise The Lord!!!

CT scan was good! Dr Ulm moved the EVD scale up to 15 this afternoon to challenge it. So far so good. ICP pressure is between 8-13. Probably stay at 15 for a day or so.

Here’s where we are: I announced last night at the benefit concert that I’m calling for a fast from tomorrow (Thurs) til Monday morning. You can fast whatever you feel is a strong hold in your life, food, meat, sugar, Internet, texting, FB, a meal a day, during certain hours. Here’s why I’m calling for a fast. Dr Ulm is giving the EVD challenge until Monday morning. This challenge will decide if Tracy will need a permanent shunt placed in the brain or not. Dr Ulm is a little frightened about 1. Removing the drain. 2. If he has to have a shunt, because of the past of inserting or removing the drain striking a bleed. He said it’s like you touch his brain it wants to bleed. I have called this fast to pray for 1. God to touch and heal Tracy’s brain from bleeding. 2. For this EVD challenge to be successful. 3. When the drain is removed, it will come out with NO issues or bleeds! 4. If he has to have the shunt that the brain will NOT bleed, but everything will go perfect! That Dr Ulm will trace God’s hands!

I am asking for everyone who will to join us me in this fast! Rejoice and praise God for miracles He’s already performed thus far and the ones still yet to come!!! If you want a great encouraging read on fasting and praying results, please read 2 Chronicles 20! This is one of my all time favorite bible readings!!! This is the victory I am expecting!!!!