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Jackie Stasik's ICU, Ongoing Medical, Family Household Fund

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Organizer: Jeannie & David Woodruff Beneficiary: Kevin & Jackie Stasik

Family, Facebook Friends, PBHS Classmates, Anyone that can Donate ANY $$$ My niece, husband & 4 girls need help to pay rising medical & living expenses as Jackie fights H1N1 in ICU since Nov 1, 2013

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My niece Jackie came down with the flu the end of Oct, A few days later, she went back to the doctor, they saw a patch of Pneumonia in one lung, Two days later, Nov 1st, she was having touble breathing, they rushed her to doctor's office where an xray showed complete "Whiteout" they sent her by ambulance to the hospital where she was admitted to ICU and placed on Oxygen,  5-6 Medicines and differance treatments with no improvments by the next Friday Nov 8th she was placed on a Ventilator and tests confimed she had H1N1. She is now on Tamaflu and few others, The days & weeks that followed have been a roller coaster for Jackie, her husband, who has not left her side, and their 4 girls. 

Jackies progress has been very slow, with setbacks along the way, They have gone from a Bi Vent to a Single Vent system and back. Last Wed they place in a Chest tube & Thursday, Nov 21, they put in a Trach tube, Yesterday, Nov 25th she pulled out her feeding tube, That will be replaced with a Peg tube for feeding now, 

Jackie has a VERY VERY LONG WAY TO GO, even after ICU, Stepdown, and possible Rehab since she has not be sitting up, walking, eating or doing anything on her own for over a month! There is a good chance it could be the 1st of the year! 

Their extended family is scattered all over the US, They need your PRAYERS and your Help to make it through Christmas and New Years is going to be hard! They have had a rough yearand will be Glad to see 2013 behind them!  May GOD BLESS THEM now and make 2014 a MUCH Better year!

Kevin left the Airforce last year, he is coverd by VA, the girls have Medicaid, But Jackie has NO INSURANCE! ( sadly like a lot of us) 
This family is REALLY IN NEED OF YOUR HELP!! ANYTHING will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!! 




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01/02/2014
by Jeannie & David Woodruff

Jackie is OFFICIALLY home now. Resting on the couch and enjoying an Arbys sandwich she was craving

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01/01/2014
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin Stasik UPDATE!!!!!!!!
MAJOR NEWS. ... MAJOR NEWS. ... MAJOR NEWS

TODAY (1/1/2014) JACKIE IS HOMEWARD BOUND!!!! She will be sleeping in her own bed tonight. 

God is great. Happy New Year

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12/29/2013
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12/28/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Need: I am asking everyone hand write a letter to petition physical therapy offices to consider Jackie for pro bono therapy/home care. The best one in the area is HealthSouth. Kathy, if you would collect these and forward too me, maybe we can get Jackie quality care when she gets discharged. That discharge by the way could be Monday due to the fact the hospital is anticipating a loss revenue for her care. They only thing she is doing at the hospital is PT and bed pans. Still not walking and very weak. She is still on light oxygen and her trach is healing. Hospital says this can all be done at home. 

Applied for Medicaid but that takes a long time to approve, especially with Obama care crap going on right now. Physical therapist very unlikely to take with out guaranteed pay. This is why I need the letters to pull at the heart and hopefully fall in the right hands. I hope to get her in HealthSouth but would consider others. Need your help
5 hours ago
· Yesterday at 7:57pm 

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12/28/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin Stasik:  UPDATE on JACKIE
Merry Christmas to all. I want to thank you so incredibly much for the outpouring of gifts for the girls and Jackie and I. You would be so shocked to see what a major turnout there was. Everyone stepped up in a huge way and this turned out to be one of the BIGGEST Christmas days the girls have ever seen. I am so grateful. The biggest part of today is that all the girls commented, even Alaina at 6 years old, the importance of the day is not gifts. It is our God giving us Christ knowing that he would be sacrificing Him for our mistakes. Could you sacrifice your son? For a stranger? A stranger that sinned against you? Wow. This was not lost on our family today. 

Thank you. 

Jackie is getting stronger each day and has been moved to a regular diet. She is sitting up on her own and is getting closer to standing. She still has next to no appetite. Something to overcome. They took out her catheter and pick tube. They took off the electrical leads and will removed the feeding tube at the very last moment. She is not using it but just incase. Her oxygen levels are strong. I think even stronger then my own but her lung capacity is low. Hurdle #2) I am hopeful that these next couple weeks get her completing out. 

Let us pray
Thank you Father for sparing my wife. I am forever grateful. Thank you for the support you had sent our family. This had been and still is very difficult. You have provided in s time of need and I pray that you continue to do so as the hospital bills start coming in. We need your hand on us Father. Thank you for your son, our Savoir. I also ask that you make it obvious that you have witnessed the good deeds of so many for our benefit. Please allow our family and friends to experience your grace and may you continue to receive all the praise. 

Amen. 

Merry Christmas from the Stasik Family
· December 25 at 10:34pm via



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12/21/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Spent some time on the phone this morning with Jackie.  Amazing what she went thru from her side of reality...as far as being on all those meds and in a sedation state...we sat on this side of it which seemed bad enough....but her side was alot tougher in that she could hear or feel but couldnt see....which made it all pretty scary!! Ugh....wish I could have switched places with her so she didnt go through all of this....but God knows what He is doing...and like Kevin, I am going to be amazed what we hear from all this as far as how God touched each and everyone of our lives in some way....Praising God and Thanking Him for blessing me and allowing us to keep Jackie for a little more time!!!  

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12/20/2013
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12/20/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
UPDATE : WOW!!GOD IS GREAT!  HE HAS WORKED A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!! 
( this was a text from KEVIN few mins ago!!)

Jackie after 45 days in the ICU has been moved to room 430 and it is much nicer in here. She can now talk and is using her cell phone. She passed her swallow test with flying colors and will be trying real food soon. She is not ready yet for a bunch of visitors, she will let kevin know when she feels up to visitors. Thank u everyone for ur  continuous prayers. She says praise Jesus!!!!!  She is still tires easily and is sleeping now
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12/20/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
I was out at a friends house last night and I dont get cell service there...if anything it eats the battery of my phone....so on my way home I was in service range and my phone beeped letting me know I had msgs, and calls etc... I got home and I listened to my voice mail and I heard the most beautiful voice I could imagine.....It was my sister Jackie.....I cried and cried and when I tried to call back my phone died and I had to charge it.. I saw around midnight when I woke up that another two calls came in while charging from Kevin.....and I cried again....I am going to try to call her this morning and talk with her.....couldnt ask for a better Christmas gift than to hear the sound of her voice......I love you too Jackie!!!!


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12/18/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin Stasik
UPDATE ...  ICU DAY # 49  
No step down today. The ICU doctors and nurses have become emotionally invested in her recovery and don't want to let her go. They took her outside again today and doctors and nurses came from near and far too see her. Nurses that don't even work in the ICU came out. One doctor even drove over from his office just to see her. They will be sending her to step down very soon though. 

SHE IS TALKING TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They placed a oneway valve in her trach to allow her to move air past her voice box. 

The very first thing she said was to make sure I thank you all for the prayers and support you have sent our way. She is praying that God take care of each of your families this Christmas. When I told her about the financial help from all parts of the country, she said Thank you and signed "I love you". 

Her is a picture of her taken today outside. May God bless you all and if you are traveling, please remember that it is more important to get there safe then to get there fast.
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12/17/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff

Update for day #48
Today was another terrific day for my bride. Not only did she maintain high oxygen levels in her blood, but she was able to finally start expelling lots of the gunk in her lungs to enable them to get even stronger. The really neat news today. ?..

Wait for it. ?.. Ready?

They took her outside!!! That's right. It was a beautiful South Carolina day in the mid 60s and she was in her recliner in her room. Then her occupational therapist decided.... Hey let's go out side. So they rolled her out the emergency exit right by her room and she was able to get some fresh air. She actually was still on her trach with and oxygen tank but she did get to feel the warm sun on her face. She loved it. It was only about 15 min or so but what a difference.

Today (Tues) also might have been her last full day in ICU. Tomorrow might be the day for a move to the step down room. 

May God receive the glory!

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12/16/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Tentatively, Jackie will be moving to the step down unit on Wednesday!!!!!. She will still be on the trach but with a mask just to make sure she is getting high quality oxygen to her weak lungs. 
Praising God for his continued strength and grace.

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12/16/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
According to the hospitalist doc, if everything stays on track, Jackie could be out of the ICU in 3 days. That means day 50 might be her day to move into a step down room!!!!

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12/16/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin stasik:      ICU Day#47
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12/15/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Watching GOD AT WORK PERFORMING HIS CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!!!!!

Kevin Stasik Her oxygen just went to 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!
27 minutes ago via mobile · Like · 4

Kevin Stasik I just shared the post with her and she signed "I LOVE YOU" to everyone.
24 minutes ago via mobile · Like · 7

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12/15/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
  • MAJOR DEVELOPMENT. ... MAJOR DEVELOPMENT. ... MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

    Jackie did so well this am during her of the vent trial. So well that the doctor is going for a 24 hour run of the vent. She was at 94% on the vent. SHE IS NOW AT 98% OFF THE VENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Rock star!!!! 

    If she goes the full 24 hours, TOMORROW MIGHT BE GOOD BYE TRACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As I'm typing this, she just went to 99%!!!

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12/15/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin Stasik 

The doctor just cut a 8 inch gold star out of paper and taped it to her door
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12/15/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
MAJOR DEVELOPMENT. ... MAJOR DEVELOPMENT. ... MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

Jackie did so well this am during her of the vent trial. So well that the doctor is going for a 24 hour run of the vent. She was at 94% on the vent. SHE IS NOW AT 98% OFF THE VENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rock star!!!! 

If she goes the full 24 hours, TOMORROW MIGHT BE GOOD BYE TRACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As I'm typing this, she just went to 99%!!!

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12/14/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
 
Here's the latest Jackie update. She is doing quite well. Yesterday they lowered her oxygen level to 55% and she did great. She did so well in the recliner too that they did the same today. Today they listed her vent to 45% and she was still in the mid 90s on her saturation. They took her off the vent twice today! This morning was for 30 minutes and her saturation actually INCREASED! The second time was for 45 min and she held her own just fine. They are keeping her on the vent just so that her lungs can slowly work up to where they need to be. Tomorrow, they might try 1 hour and then from there, really start weaning her off completely. With her vent at 45%, they may not even have to lower that any more before taking her off. Without getting overly excited, next week might be the week she gets downgraded out of ICU, if she can get off the vent. 

She is still very week with her muscle control and will have to rebuild her speech but I'm looking forward to getting her home next month. 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. I have received some cards of support and a could gifts for the girls. They have been troopers through this whole process. Our family is going to be stronger because of this. God at work.

The Stasik Family

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12/12/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
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Kickin' it ICU style. Who's bringing the Disaronno Amaretto?
 

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12/11/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
From Kevin Stasik
He we go. Update for Wed 12-11-13 10pm


Jackie had a good day today as a whole, although it didn't start off that way. When I got there, she was once again strapped to the bed. Apparently, she was "trying to pull the monitor wires off and pull on her trach tube" is what I was told. Well I immediately got those straps off her. They were kinda on funky so I found me some scissors and cut. Problem solved. After some yes/no questions, I discovered from Jackie that she was not trying to "pull them off". They were wrapped around her arm and kinda of trapped her. She is very claustrophobic and when she feels trapped, its worse then death. So she was trying to adjust for comfort. I quickly informed the nurse. This was the first time this nurse had her and she was quick to acknowledge the confusion on her part. Its hard when the patient can't speak. She was actually a terrific nurse the rest of the day.

Well in addition, they had Jackie sitting up today for 5+ hours. That is the longest to date. She has these things on her feet that are to help prevent her feet from "falling". Basically, they hold her feet a 90-degrees like you were standing on them so that the muscles in the calf stay stretched. Well they took those off for quite a while today along with the cuffs that inflate around her legs that promote circulation. 

Here's the exciting part. They took her of the vent twice today for approx 20 min each time. When they took her off, they have whats called a Trach Mask, Think of the airflow in those small clear plastic mask that a paramedic might give someone at an accident site. The air is not forced anywhere, it is simply ambient oxygen for the patient to breathe as desired. I guess kinda like those nose cannular tubes with the 2 little points that point up into ones nostrils. 

Anyway, I digress. She stayed in the 90's for the first 20min each time (one in the morning, one in the evening) before her lungs got tired and dropped % points. This is the real start of building her lung capacities back up since her lungs were "lazy" from not having to do much work the last month and a half. They are going to continually do this 2-3 times a day moving forward. Progress reports forth coming letting you know how long she has stayed off the vent. DID YOU HEAR THAT?? OFF THE VENT!!! HOT DAMN!!

Now hear this, tomorrow might be even better. There are plans to actually get her out of bed and into a recliner for a little bit tomorrow morning. Yep. Our girl is going Lazy Boy. Not really that quality, but I'm sure it will feel like it. They are going to be doing this around 6AM and yours truly plans to be there. I know visiting hours are not until 10 but I think I will be able to convince someone to let me in. It was at Jackie's request that I be there. 

So in wrap up:
- Schalkes disposed of
- Spent the day sitting up
- OFF THE VENT (2x)
- LAZY BOY @ 6AM (12/12/13)

I want to take another moment to thank you guys for opening your hearts, bibles, and wallets to help us. This is going to be a long road but your help will allow us to travel it. In addition to helping us, your are also showing 4 girls what it means to serve someone. What it means to put someone else first and allow God to do His work. Even though it's not way you chose to help, I can't wait to hear what blessings come your way as a servants reward. It may not be next week/month/year, but I believe it's coming many times over. That is my prayer. 

Stasik Family signing off
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12/10/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
I am happy to report that I am feeling better. Jackie is recovering from a setback. On Sunday night her oxygen had to be turned up to 80% due to her saturation levels dropping. She is now at 70% and breathing at 93/94%. I was able to discern this morning that some of the medicine she has been getting over the course of a month ha been making her feel sick. So it breaks my heart to find out that she has been suffering in silence from this. She is still unable to really communicate if something is bothering/hurting/making her feel sick. 

Let me take this moment to encourage everyone to list your allergies down with what side affects you sustain. This would help your loved one to better help you if the need arises. Most smart phones have a free app you could download to list. Otherwise, keep it in your wallet/purse and tell people about it. Do this within the next 48 hours so you don't forget. 

I had a meeting with the Medicaid office tosh and they handed me a slew a paperwork. The women tried to explain but we were speaking at 2 different levels. I almost feel as if I need an attorney as one of the forms was for estate recovery. In short, it sounds like the feds try to recoup money in the event Jackie passes. They want back statements going back Novembers of the past 5 years etc. My only guess is this has to do with Obama crap. I can't stand that piss-ant. I better stop before my front door gets kicked in by the freaking gestapo.

In other news, I woke up at 4 am this morning and was motivated to try to cook something new. I made scrambled eggs with cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon and crumbled goat cheese. It was amazing. 

That is all 

The Stasik family signing off

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12/09/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Just talked to the Jackie's nurse, She said Kevin is home today, he is not feeling well. They have raised Jackie's vent to 70 so her O2 Sats would come up to where they need to be. They changed her meds to help with her coughing. She did have Physical and Occupational Therapy today. They worked on moving legs, arms. etc. and pushing buttons on remotes.
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12/08/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
PLEASE continue prayers... We can't let up! 
Jackie is having another hard day. They had to increase her vent back up to 65 due to her oxygen levels dropping into the low 80s. She seems to be resting now and will monitor O2 to try and get her back down

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12/06/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Update for Jackie (as of 10pm 12/6)

ACCORDING TO NURSE: JACKIE'S CONDITION IS NO LONGER FATAL!!! SHE MADE IT!! Just a long slow road with lung strength and physical strength. In fact, TOMORROW THEY ARE STARTING PHYSICAL THERAPY!!!

Jackie continues to slowly recover. She is more and more alert each day. She still has a ton of discomfort from ever thing. Her vent mode is Pressure Support which has been described to me as similar to a beefed up CPAP. He lungs are at 97% and holding stong with the vent turned to 58%. They are going to take this very slow. 2% at a time perhaps. Once they get to around 30%, it should be good-bye vent!!!

She has a issue with skin irritation on her inner thigh due to the cathador and they are trying to make her more comfortable. I was really bothering her today. 

As you might have seen in the pic, they do have her sitting up more in a chair mode. This will hopefully help with circulation and lung capacity. 

This has been a good week. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

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12/06/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
UPDATE ON JACKIE
She is slowly progressing. Today (fri 12/6) her ventilator is at 60% still , but her O2 SAT is up to 97%, even when they move her around! She is more alert. They are going to begin some Physical Therapy to help her start to regain some stength. 

UPDATE ON KALISTA They caught her flu very early, and with meds and lots of rest she is doing better and went back to school today! 
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12/05/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
UPDATE ON JACKIE!
 MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!

Jackie is completely off sedation medication!!! Her oxygen had been lowered down to 60% and she is breathing at 91%. 

4 yard gain. 

Some not so good news. Kalista has come down with the flu. She is home resting. 

Quarterback sack

 
I am going back and forth between my sick ladies today



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12/04/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
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God has blessed us today. Jackie's vent mode lowered!!!!
She is initiating every breath on her own, vent is filling support role only, not breathing for her!!!
Her vent is set at 70% and her lungs are converting 100%!!!!
Football equivalent to a first down when it was third and long.

Way to go Lord!!! Amazing play.

More to come

Allison Aust Wilson WOOHOO!!! GO, GOD!!!!! Praising with you. Love you all!!!!
  • Kevin Stasik Was just told that this could mean a light at the end of the tunnel showing an end to her ICU portion. Not the yet but the light is there.

    John Whitehead Amen!!! God is Good!!! Prayers still continuing!!!

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12/03/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
I wanted to THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH. This has been a life line for me and my girls. I know I will never be able to repay you and can't help but be humbled by your generosity. It is saving a family. My family. 

Thank you.

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12/03/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
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posted from:  Kevin Stasik
I am not going to post her stats tonight. I am just going to say that she is resting. They are using Adovan to relax her. The Propofal (sedation med) was causing her blood pressure to drop into the 70's so they had to turn that down. The nurses are trying to find a balance between sedation and relaxing. Her blood sugar is up to 300 so they are using insulin again. The bruising on her body is hard to look at. I hope she doesn't feel it. Her entire stomach is black/blue and the inside of her arms the same. To top it off, she probably will be "cramping" soon. Another thing to deal with. 

The nurse tonight is going to brush her hair and sing to her. I pray that tomorrow will be a better day.

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12/03/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
She is stable and calm. Prayers at work. Thank you. She had a very hard day. More to come when I get home

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12/03/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
She is having a rough day. They have her back upto 65% and she is barely maintaining 93%. She is hyperventilating and breathing at 45 per min. That's almost a breath every second. Her best rate is 146bpm and she is on the highest level of sedation in terms of Propafol and was still wide awake. The amount of sedation medication should knock out a 270lb man but her body is fighting to stay awake. It is causing her immense anxiety. 3 nurses are working on her vitals

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12/02/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Jeannie Holdorff Woodruff
posted by my sister, Barbara Stasik....
We had Black Friday, Cyber Monday and tomorrow, Tuesday, is the 2nd annual Giving Day! Please keep Jackie and her family in your prayers and if you donate at this time of year, please consider helping here. Thank You!
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12/02/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
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Samantha Sammons Great wy to help donate!  Thank you!
My husband and I donate our time and take pictures of children and families with Santa each year......all we ask of the people is a donation for charity.......this year we have chosen Jackie and Kevin and the girls as our family........anyone living near or in Myrtle Beach SC please visit Logan's @1136 Oak Forest Lane, Myrtle Beach SC 29577 on Saturday nights from 5-8....visit Santa and get a picture for a Great cause......

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12/02/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
I spent tine with Jackie, Kevin and their family over the Thanksgiving Holdiays, so now...
CATCHING UP ON UPDATES FOR JACKIE!
 JACKIE needs our PRAYERS  & HELP !!!

Kevin Stasik
So here are the latest numbers for easy reading:

- Vent settings: (NO CHANGE) PRVC {Pressure Regulated, Volume Controlled}

- Vent O2 (Lower is better): Wnt as low as 40% but had to increase back to 50% 

- Tidal Volume (Lower is better): DECREASED to 350 from 360 
(this # is the cc's of air moved by the lungs in a given time frame) She was at 550 at some of her highest settings

- Pmean (Lower is better): (NO CHANGE) 9 
(this # represeants the pressure inside her lungs. Higher numbers mean that her lungs are stiff and therefore more pressure. The goal is to have soft pliable tissue and a low pressure) At her highest, she was around a 26

- Jackie's O2 saturation (Higher is better): DECREASED 99% down to low 90's
(this is the effectiveness of her lungs absorbing oxygen into her blood)

- PEEP (Lower is Better): (LOWERED) From 8 to 6 (Next goal is 5)
(This # is the ambient pressure that the machine must place in her lungs to hold them open in between breaths. A lower # means her lungs are doing a better job at staying open)

- Respiration Rate (Lower vent mandate is better): (LOWERED) Vent setting from 16-bpm to 14-bpm, Jackie is exceeding by 10 bpm (bpm = breaths per min)
- Blood Pressure: ELEVATED due to anxiety 
- Blood sugar: 174 and taking insulin
- Heart rate: ELEVATED

Jackie is having a difficult time due to her sedation being decreased. They are decreasing her sedation to help ween her of the vent as an alert patient weens quicker. In her alert state, she sometimes feels as if she can't breath/choking due to the trach. It is causing her a lot of distress. One of the reasons they are trying to ween her quicker now is a bacteria has infected her due to the breathing tubes. This is one of the risk of being on a machine for so long. Her immune system is maxed out. They are trying to treat but this form is pretty difficult as long as the vent is still hooked up. It's a catch-21 situation. 

More to come later.

Kevin

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12/02/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Here is the latest for my bride..

Last night was a rough night. She had coughing fits that caused her blood oxygen levels to drop into the 80's. They had to increase her vent to 100% and then spent the day weaning her back down. When I was there this afternoon, they had the vent down to 70% and her lungs were @ 100%!!! Great news. The doctor then adjusted her Tidal Volume from 400 down to 360. This is the total cc's of air moved in a set time. The lower the vent settings, the better and 360 is typically as low as they go with a patient on a vent. That means that her lungs are doing the work vs having the vent do it. 

She is still on PRVC so the goal is still ahead of us to get her back on Volume Control, but she is getting there. Right when I left this afternoon, they lowered her vent to 60% and were going to see how she did. When I got there tonight, her vent was down to 50%!!! She was still breathing @ 99%!!! Way to go baby!!!

So here are the latest numbers for easy reading:

- Vent settings: PRVC {Pressure Regulated, Volume Controlled}
- Vent O2 (Lower is better): 50% but was 100% last night from coughing fit 
- Tidal Volume (Lower is better): DECREASED to 360 from 400 (this # is the cc's of air moved by the lungs in a given time frame) She was at 550 at some of her highest settings
- Pmean (Lower is better): 9 (this # represeants the pressure inside her lungs. Higher numbers mean that her lungs are stiff and therefore more pressure. The goal is to have soft pliable tissue and a low pressure) At her highest, she was around a 26
- Jackie's O2 saturation (Higher is better): INCREASED from 95% to 99-100%
(this is the effectiveness of her lungs absorbing oxygen into her blood)
- PEEP (Lower is Better): 8 (Next goal is 5)
- Respiration Rate (Lower vent mandate is better): Vent mandates 16, Jackie is exceeding by 10
- Blood Pressure: 110/57
- Blood sugar: 96
- Heart rate: low 100's
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12/02/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Best day yet. More to come when I don't have to type on my phone. Does anyone know if there is a place a person can rent a tablet by the month? Does that even exist? Anyways, its been a fanatic day.
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11/29/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
We went down to Charleston, SC, Thanksgiving Day to visit Jacqueline Curris Stasik and have dinner with Kevin and the girls. I was thankful that we were able to be there with them and that dinner turned out wonderful , even made my dad's stuffing, it was difficult without her there. Then Kevin took us and the girls to visit Jackie. This was the First time their 6yr old daughter, Alaina was allowed to see her mommy since Oct. She handled it well, They are keeping Jackie heavily sedated, but Kevin said she smiled a little when Alaina was there. Jackie's progress is extremely slow, up and down, We just keep Praying and asking GOD to heal her. David and I brought the girls home to Columbia, with us for the weekend. They needed a break, and allowed Kevin and their oldest daughter Marissa Stasik to spend more time with Jackie . Please continue PRAYING for her to overcome this. H1N1 which is a swine flu virus that is virulent! 
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11/27/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
UPDATE FOR JACKIE

Vent settings: CHANGED = Went from Volume Assist to PRVC {Pressure Regulated, Volume Controlled} *See details below* 
Vent O2 (Lower is better): LOWERED = 50% with goal set by doctor to get to 45% by morning 
Jackie's O2 saturation (Higher is better): INCREASED from 93% to 95%
(this is the effectiveness of her lungs absorbing oxygen into her blood)
PEEP (Lower is Better): LOWERED from 10 to 8 (The standard pressure in the lungs above atmospheric pressure)
Respiration Rate (Lower vent mandate is better): Vent mandates 16, Jackie is exceeding by 10
Blood Pressure: Good
Blood sugar: Good
Heart rate: Good

Good evening family and friends. Today has been a full day for Jacqueline Curris Stasik. To start with, they were unable to insert her endoscopic feeding tube and were going to have to schedule a surgery for sometime next week. has you might have read earlier, this would have meant the the nose tube would have had to go back in. Well, an opening presented itself and they were able to successfully perform the surgery to get the tube in and had zero complications. There is a day wait before they will start with the nutrition to allow the stomach to heal some and drain. So her Thanksgiving meal tomorrow will be late in the day via tube. 

When they performed the surgery, they increased her vent to PRVC, which stands for Pressure Regulated, Volume Controlled. This is were the machine WILL breathe for her at the current set rate of 16 breaths per minute, with her exceeding that by about 10. So she is breathing approx 26 breaths/min. Being on PRVC is not desirable as it is a step towards dependence on the vent, but I am assured it is temporary for the next 24-48 hours, with everything cooperating. 

The really good news is that even though her vent mode changed to PRVC, they were still able to keep her at 55% and now lowered her to 50%  . Dr. Handshoe has a goal tonight to get her down to 45% by morning. If they can get her into the low 40% or lower for a constant period of time and have the vent mode back on Volume Assist, than the conversation turns to getting her off the vent completely. How cool is that??

On a side note, I received the cards via FEDEX from PA today and want to send a heartfelt thank you for the support. Every single card will be given to Jackie tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Jackie has also requested her phone so in the up coming days, she might be back her on Facebook herself. God is GREAT!!. Please don't bombard her wall at this point as she will have some catching up to do. She will also have difficulty responding due to the sedation medication having an affect on her hand/eye coordination. She will just be reading for the most part. We will she how she does. 

Every family member and friend that has taken the time to follow her on this journey, for lack of a better word, has a special place in our heart. And since you are reading this, THAT MEANS YOU. You have shown us love and support that my family can lean on. It feels amazing to know the you got our back emotionally, financially and spiritually. I only pray that we will be able to demonstrate how much we appreciate some day. 

THANK YOU.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and even when your family is getting on your very last nerve around the table, or something doesn't turn out right in the kitchen... they are family. They are there. Please think of Jackie and remind yourself that it's worth it.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Stasiks.

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11/27/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin Stasik > UPDATE ON JACKIE'S SURGERY
Surgery successful. No complications. God is Great.

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11/27/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
  • UPDATE FOR JACKIE

    Vent settings: Volume assist
    Vent O2: THEY LOWERED TO 60%, THEN LOWERED TO 50%, but had to increase to 55%
    Jackie's O2 saturation: 93%
    (this is the effectiveness of her lungs absorbing oxygen into her blood)
    Blood Pressure: Good
    Blood sugar: Good
    Heart rate: Good

    Right now, she is having a feeding tube placed endoscopic. She should be all set by noon. Any and all visitors are welcome and should meetup in the waiting room. From there visitors can go back 2 at a time. Send my a private message if you need to know her location. 

    She was awake for a long time yesterday and her oxygen saturation stayed in the low 90s for most part. The hard part was trying to figure out what she was trying to communicate to us. I think she was telling me that she was having indigestion and I think she might have been trying to tell me that for over a week. I feel bad. I told the nurse and the dr. put her on a prescription strength priolsec 2x/day. Hopefully that helps. 

    I hope that today goes well and we get her down to 50% on the vent. They did have to turn the vent up for the feeding tube procedure to make it breathe for her again, but I think they will turn it back down after all is done.

    That is the latest. Thank you all for your prayers and support in all forms. I assure you that everything is reaching its intended purpose. Thank you so very much for allowing me to be with my bride as she goes through this.

    Eternally grateful,
    The Stasik Family.

    • Kevin Stasik They were not able to do the feeding tube at the bedside due to pollups or something like that. They are going to be scheduling her for a surgery in the OR to attempt this way.
    • Kevin Stasik They just called and are going to try and get her in today for her tube. This is great news because otherwise it wouldn't be till next week due to Thanksgiving. They would have had to put the noise tube back in in the mean time. This will prevent that.

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11/27/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Going into surgery right now. Please pray. They are putting in her feeding tube
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11/27/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin Stasik > UPDATE ON JACKIE

Jacqueline Stasik is being rolled into surgery right now. Prayers appreciated

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11/27/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
Kevin Stasik  UPDATE FOR JACKIE

They were not able to do the feeding tube at the bedside due to pollups or something like that. They are going to be scheduling her for a surgery in the OR to attempt this way.
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11/26/2013
by Jeannie & David Woodruff
This is Jackie's husband Kevin Stasik and I want to take a moment to thank everyone so very much for you love and prayers. I also want to thank you so much for the cards and donations which I used on Friday to pay my electric bill and put gas in my car. It has been a huge help. If you are able, it would continue to be a help going forward. That would be through PayPal and sent to c17ssgt@gmail.com. Thank you.

UPDATE FOR JACKIE

Vent settings: Volume assist
Vent O2: 75%
Jackie's O2 saturation: 99% 
(this is the effectiveness of her lungs absorbing oxygen into her blood)
Blood Pressure: Good
Blood sugar: Good
Heart rate: Good

Short term goal: Ween vent closer to 40%
Long term: She will probably be in the hospital though Christmas into the new year once you add step down into a normal room, monitoring and rehab to build strength. She has not been out of a bed since Nov 1.

As of 10pm last night, Jackie was stable. She did have a feeding tube that went in through her nose down to her intestines that she pulled out yesterday morning. They are probably going to insert a feeding in through her side into her stomach for feeding. This is called a PEG tube. Jackie was awake and I asked her if she preferred this over the nose tube and she nodded yes. 

My preferred pulmonologist, Dr Handshoe, is back on shift at nights. He is board certified and spent his time off last week researching Jackie's condition. He made the decision to lower the vent from Pressure Assist to Volume Assist. This is moving closer to getting her off the thing. The big difference is that Pressure assist to regulates a minimum number of breaths/min, which they had set at 16. This means that the vent will still breath for the patient. Volume assist does not and allows the patient to completely dictate how often she breaths and ensures the she is getting enough cc's of oxygen. Her tidal volume is currently set to 450cc's on her vent.

Now for the real exciting news. Last week, Dr. Handshoe traveled to a research facility out of state to work with a couple scientist for this outbreak. They decided to see if they could fight the infection from a different approach. Instead of antibiotics, they are going to use steroids (a mixture of different types) to open the airways and use volume to A) strengthen the lungs and  increase blood flow to the muscle tissue surrounding the lungs increasing the white blood cells fighting the infection. An unorthodox approach. They came up with a mixture and tried it on a patient at a neighboring hospital. This patient was in ICU on a vent for over a month and plateaued. With this steroid mix, he was off the vent in 3 days time!!! 

Now we can't guarantee that results will repeat, but this is going to be his approach. I am hopeful.

Again, thank you for your prayers and support. It has been a big help getting though this nightmare. May your kindness be rewarded back to you 10 fold.

God Bless
The Stasik Family

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