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Organizer: Friends & Family of Tiffany Beneficiary: Tiffany Butler

God provided generously for Tiffany! This fundraiser has been closed - if you feel called to contribute to her moving forward, please contact Tiffany or Beth directly.

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On Monday, April 8th Tiffany was admitted to the ICU for a severe infection. She is currently home from the hospital and making great progress! 

We raised funds to cover her stay at the hospital, follow up visits when she recovers, and other necessary bills, such as rent. We have set up a "Tiffany Butler Benevolent" Account for which Linda (her mom) is the sole administrator. All funds will go directly into this account to pay bills. 

We've now closed this fundraiser - Tiffany is home from the hospital making speedy recovery.  God provided financial aid for her hospital and follow-up visits and the $17,000 raised through this site will bless her in her recovery.  

A sincere thank you for all of the prayers and gifts to Tiffany.  If you feel called to contribute to her moving forward, please contact her or Beth directly. 

More frequent updates can be found at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/tiffanybutler


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06/14/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
God provided generously for Tiffany! 

We've now closed this fundraiser - Tiffany is home from the hospital making speedy recovery.  God provided financial aid for her hospital and follow-up visits and the $17,000 raised through this site will bless her in her recovery.  

A sincere thank you for all of the prayers and gifts to Tiffany.  If you feel called to contribute to her moving forward, please contact her or Beth directly. 
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05/21/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
Monday May 20th update

Written 14 hours ago by Beth Highfill

Hello everyone! Our beloved Tiffany continues persevering forward as she hopes and rests in our almighty God!

Today marked 5 or 6 days of Tiff being off the ventilator, and Dr's went ahead and removed the Trac tube completely! Praise the Lord!!! Dr's have placed a bandage over the hole, and it should heal completely withe in the next few days!

Tiff is also able to eat anything she wants again, and her muscles continue getting stronger everyday! Today she was moved out of  ICU and to the 10th floor, room #1052!

Praising the Lord for his goodness!!! Continue praying for Tiff as she skips forward, and that she would have patience with herself through physical therapy. Thank you all for your abundant prayers and support!


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05/08/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
May 8th - Lunchtime Update

by Laura Dempsey

Just got back from a lunchtime visit with Tiffany - 
Tiffany asked for prayer specifically for her fear with her lungs and breathing. Join with me in praying freedom from anxiety and fear, that she would trust in the healing work of God and have confidence in the strength of her body, sustained by Him. 
As Beth mentioned, visitors are encouraged - Tiffany needs to feel our support behind her, cheering her on as she gains confidence to leave the ICU!

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04/30/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
Praise! 

Praise God for the healing work He's doing in Tiffany! Just got back from a lunchtime visit - she is off the ventilator and they put a "bubble" in the trach tube so she is able to speak! (I'm not sure if this is temporary or permanent, Tiffany indicated that she thought she was off the ventilator for good, we weren't able to confirm with a nurse).

As Beth has been great in communicating, Tiffany has made big improvements over the last week - she has been able to come off of a lot of supporting measures, and she's now actively doing physical and occupational therapy (lower body and upper body exercises), which means the doctors have her sitting up in a chair for short periods of time, and really working on strengthening her muscles. She is getting stronger every day, and the nurse was very encouraging in speaking about her progress.

Continue to pray for healing and strength for Tiffany. You can also pray that she would be patient with herself as she starts down the road to full recovery!
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04/29/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany

Sunday April 28 evening update

Written 22 hours ago by Beth Highfill

Woooohoooo! Tiff made it breathing on her own for nearly 3 and 3/4 hours in one sitting!!! Thank you Jesus for being Tiff's strength and giving Tiff endurance!!!

Sunday April 28th update

Written Apr 28, 2013 3:00pm by Beth Highfill

Tiff is now 1hr into her breathing trial! And still going strong! Dr's performed a Bronchoscopy on her this morning, which entailed them giving Tiff sedation, and going down into her lungs to really suction out all the flem; that was building up, making it difficult for her to breath.  Nurses are also going to take her off one of her main IV lines!

She also had a visit from the physical therapist, and sat up in bed again! She's feeling stronger everyday! I was pleasently surprised when she gave me a lot more resistance when stretching her left arm from just when we practiced yesterday!

Saturday April 27 update

Written Apr 27, 2013 5:06pm by Beth Highfill

Another day of physical therapy, and occupational therapy for Tiff today, and she is continuing to get stronger everyday! She had a breathing trial this morning, which lasted about an hour! And Tiff has not needed dialysis for the past 2 days!

Tiff is so thankful all her family and friends who have come by, sent her a card and left a caring message for her.

Friday April 26th evening update

Written Apr 26, 2013 8:12pm by Beth Highfill

Tiff just finished another record breaking breathing test! 1hr and 45mins! Wooo! She is going strong! Tiff's been a little sleepy today but everything is going great!

Friday April 26 mid-day update

Written Apr 26, 2013 2:14pm by Beth Highfill

Wooohooo! Tiff just completed her morning breathing test and was off the ventilator 1hr and 15min!! That's a record breaker! They will be doing this 2x's a day until she is able to breath on her own, hopefully adding daily to the amount of time she breaths on her own!

Tiffany will have her next breathing test today at 5pm and will NOT be taking visitors from 5pm-7pm since it really agrivates her breathing if she is trying to talk to others while breathing on her own, and she's exhausted right after these tests and needs her rest! 

Tiff is also getting stronger everyday she is now able to hold her head up on her own!

Thank you all for your prayers and loving support!!!

Thrusday April 25th update

Written Apr 25, 2013 11:58pm by Beth Highfill

Tiff had another morning of physical therapy and is getting stronger every day! Her vitals have remained stable. Dr's had Tiff off the ventilator for 50min in the morn and in the afternoon, they are hopeful that in a few days she will be completely off the ventilator! Tiff's kidneys have also been functioning properly, and if things continue to go positive and Tiff doesn't need dialysis, Dr's will remove the port from her neck.

It won't be too long and Tiff will have her voice back!

Wednesday April 24 update

Written Apr 24, 2013 8:35pm by Beth Highfill

Today Tiff had a few hours of dialysis, and that has helped again to give a jump start her kidneys! Dr's have also been lowering the ventilator matchine and giving her less 02, to get Tiff used to breathing on her own. Her vitals are all around good and steady!

Tiff's been a little bit more sleepy today, due to the dialysis and her work out with the physical therapist from yesterday!

Her spirit is up, and she is greatful for all the prayers and visitors, even when we can't fully read her lips! :)

Tuesday April 23th update

Written Apr 23, 2013 9:19pm by Beth Highfill

Today Tiff has health wise remained pretty much the same as yesterday; vitals are stable and managing well on their own! One thing Tiff didn't need today was dailysis! Dr's will evaluate her tomorrow, to see if she will need to be put back on but, for today she didn't need it!

Tiffany had some help moving in physical therapy today, and she will have a long road ahead to rebuild her core, arm and leg muscels. But she is very determined!

Tiff has been very alert today and enjoing the company of her Mom and friends! 

Monday April 22nd update

Written Apr 22, 2013 7:45pm by Beth Highfill

Dr. Moss, Tiff's (infection dr) is encouraged by Tiff's vitals they have been good. She has had an on/off very low grade temp today. And the nurses extracted some more MRSA and gunk from Tiffs lungs. Nurses are also keeping a keen eye on her to make sure that her reaction to the new antibiotic is not sever (has a minor rash). Dr. Moss thinks she will still be in ICU for another week or two, but is much more hopeful!

 Physical therapist worked a little bit with her today, and in the next few days are going to have her sit up in bed, and even have her legs over the side of the bed! *Exciting!*  Tiff has been pretty alert today, and even mouthed to be taken on a storll down the hall way. Unfortunately she is still hooked up to too many IV's and the resporator, and I dout w' her Pneomonia Dr's want her to wonder the halls and get more sick. But it is great to see her smiling and interacting with us! She was so pleasently shocked when her mom and I told her of all the visiters she's had since coming here, she was greatful and ready to see more faces! :)

Thank you all who have come and been praying and thinking of Tiffany, we are so greatful for your support, feel free to come by and see Tiff anytime you like (as long as you are not sick!) visiting hours are from 8am-8pm she is most alert between 8am-9:30am (she gets really sleepy when on the dialysis) and she's also alert from 3pm-5:30pm and around 7pm.

Keep praying for healing and recovering. While Dr. Moss is encouraged he says she is still not out of the woods yet.

Sunday 21st update

Written Apr 21, 2013 11:14pm by Beth Highfill

Today was a good day for Tiff, she had a special visiter today her Papa came to see her for the first time in over a month! It was good for Tiffs heart to be surrounded by her entire family!

Health wise Tiff's fever was lower, they again cleaned out her lungs, and she also had a few hours of dialysis. We are still waiting to see how she responds being on the new stonger antibiotic

Saturday 20th update

Written Apr 20, 2013 9:29pm by Beth Highfill

Today Tiff is the same, it's been a pretty calm day. She's been a bit more altert and we're reading her lips when she's awake and she's responsive. Dr's have left her hip open and have got some good drainage, about 8lbs since last night. She's had an on/off fever today but, they are keeping her as comfortable as possible. She was on dialysis for a few hours today, and also started a new antibiotic to fight the MRSA.
So good to see Tiffs smile inspite of all she's going through!

Friday evening update

Written Apr 19, 2013 11:59pm by Beth Highfill

Tiff had her surgery this evening and is now resting comfortably back in ICU. Dr's didn't find a whole lot of infection in her hip, so now we wait and see how her body responds... The gunk Dr's extracted from her lungs was possitive for MRSA, they will continually extract the build-up and treat her with the antibiotics.

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04/18/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
Wednesday evening update

Written 15 hours ago by Chris Butler

Tiffany had a tracheotomy earlier today since the pneumonia is not letting her get off the ventilator as quickly as we had hoped. This means that she will be able to talk and statistically has shown to be able to get people out of the ICU quicker.
While they were doing the procedure they cleaned out a lot of stuff they could find in the lungs.

They will probably do a check every day or every other day to keep clearing it out. They will do another MRI of the hip tomorrow to be able to see if there are any more pockets or abscesses of the infection.

Overall, there isn't much to update, but again still on the path to getting better.
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04/17/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
Tiffany is now in room 641 (first one on the left, right by the large waiting room). 
 
A quick list of updates:
They will be doing another MRI this afternoon (chest, abdomen, hip) to identify any pockets of infection that they can address (likely by draining the fluid, as they did to the hip). 
 
She has developed pneumonia, which they are treating and monitoring. My impression is that it's not currently severe, but more information on that will follow. 
The doctors will be discussing a tracheotomy today, with the procedure happening tomorrow, if appropriate. A tracheotomy will allow Tiffany to breathe on the ventilator, without having so many things in her mouth causing discomfort. When this is done, they will be able to lower some of her medications, and she will be able to communicate with us. 
 
She is more alert and responsive, though she remains roughly the same otherwise. 

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04/17/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
Tuesday 16th evening update

Written 16 hours ago by Beth Highfill

Tiff is still pretty alert and is able to comprehend and track our voices! They have her off the dialysis and it sounds like they will keep her off it till tomorrow morning. Tiff's had a busy day another CT scan which revealed some build-up in her lungs (some form of pneumonia they extracted some of the fluid to test it, it will be 24-48hrs to hear back the results). They also did an ultrasound and discovered what is ither a pocket of infection or some fluid accumulation in her stomatch if it's fluid her body will take care of it on it's own; if it's infection possibly go in and drain it. After all that they desided not to do a breathing test today but just let Tiffany rest. Tiffany was also switched to a different room in the ICU, which the number escapes my mind at the moment.
Thank you for your loving support for Tiffany and her family!
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04/17/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany
Tuesday 16th evening update

Written 16 hours ago by Beth Highfill

Tiff is still pretty alert and is able to comprehend and track our voices! They have her off the dialysis and it sounds like they will keep her off it till tomorrow morning. Tiff's had a busy day another CT scan which revealed some build-up in her lungs (some form of pneumonia they extracted some of the fluid to test it, it will be 24-48hrs to hear back the results). They also did an ultrasound and discovered what is ither a pocket of infection or some fluid accumulation in her stomatch if it's fluid her body will take care of it on it's own; if it's infection possibly go in and drain it. After all that they desided not to do a breathing test today but just let Tiffany rest. Tiffany was also switched to a different room in the ICU, which the number escapes my mind at the moment.
Thank you for your loving support for Tiffany and her family!
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04/13/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany

Saturday morning update!

Written 1 hour ago by Beth Highfill

Good news Tiffany is off all her BP meds and doctors are taking her as I type to do an MIR! She is finaly a little bit more stable! It will be awhile before we get any results back from the imagas...Keep you posted.

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04/13/2013
by Friends & Family of Tiffany

Day 5 - Positive Update #2

Written 21 hours ago by Laura Dempsey

More little bits of good news!
The doctors have taken Tiffany off one of her blood pressure medications, and reduced the dosage of the other (her BP is good at 119/63). 

They have slowed down the ventilator and she is breathing more on her own. 
They still have her sedated and will continue to do that for her comfort. 
The doctors plan to do another CT scan tomorrow to see if they can find any more pockets of infection. 
Praise!



Day 5 - Afternoon Update (small praise!)

Written 21 hours ago by Laura Dempsey

Just got a text from Beth - 
Tiffany is able to breathe a little bit on her own! They lowered her sedation and temporarily eased off the ventilator to see how much she is able to breath on her own. She was responsive, able to breathe a little bit, and squeezed Beth's hand when Beth asked her to! 
She will continue to be on the ventilator for a while longer (as she can't breathe on her own enough to come off), but encouraging to know that she is heading in the right direction. They have resumed her sedation to keep her comfortable. 
Otherwise, relatively the same for now. 



Day 5 - Morning update

Written Apr 12, 2013 11:51am by Beth Highfill

Ok, so the tube they inserted yesterday is draining and they have gotten a good amount of infection out, they have started the gram stain and another test that escapes me at the moment but, came back negative but, they say because Tiffany's been on antibiotics for so long that it can alter test results. She is still in critical condition and are just maintaing her through support. Blood test from this morn reveal she still has a low blood plate count, high acid level in her blood, so they want to do another CT scan of the hip area to see if they can find any other pockets of infection that they can go in and drain as they did the other one. (They highly suspect she may have more than one of these pockets of infection and onece they drain them hope to see some improvement.) The diaylsis matching keep clogging due to the fact that they can't give Tiffany any blood thinners as the normally would due to the mass 40lbs of fluid they have in her body which is needed to keep her blood presure elevated and essecially alive! The doctors are estimating that Tiffany will be heavily sedated and on a resparator until at least mid next week! Please feel free to stop by and visit even while she's out, I know her mom (Linda) has appreciated meeting many of you and welcome's all of Tiffs friends. Tiffs Brother and his girlfriend will arrive this afternoon so for today if you want to stop by come around 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm I want them to have a little time with Tiff to themselves esspecially now that we can only have 3 people in the room at one time. But there is a waiting room right around the corner of Tiff's room! Thanks again for all your prays keep lifting Tiff and her family up before our soverign God!
If anything comes up this afternoon Laura will let you know!



Day 4 - Afternoon Update

Written Apr 11, 2013 6:55pm 

The doctors were able to get an aspiration tube in Tiffany's hip! They are draining fluid and bits of infection, and hoping to get enough to do a test (gram stain). If they are able to do the test, we will have staged results back in 24 hours, and 48 hours. 
Pray for good rest for Linda and Beth this evening. 
Also, Tiffany's brother is flying in from Hong Kong tomorrow, so you can pray for safe travels! 



Day 4 - Morning Update

Written Apr 11, 2013 10:45am 

All three specialists just did a morning update - 
They do see something suspicious in her hip (potentially the source of infection) and they will speak to radiologist to see if they can possibly drain the area with a needle (she is not stable enough for any surgery due to many of the medications she's currently on). If they are able to drain the area, this would likely happen sometime today. 
 
They are also now saying that she will be on dialysis for at least a week, maybe longer. 
That's all the news we have for now, I will continue to keep you posted as information flows in. 
 
UPDATE: They are going to drain the area in Tiffany's hip with a needle (hopefully get some cultures as well). They will be doing a little blood infusion prior to and during the procedure to help with her platelet count.  This will happen sometime this afternoon!
 
Also, Beth will be going to see Tiffany's dad tomorrow to pray and would love a small group to accompany her. Contact me or Beth for more information on time/etc.



Day 3

Written Apr 10, 2013 7:26pm 

No big updates - Tiffany's condition hasn't changed much today, which the Doctors are saying is good news. (she stopped declining and is now pointed in the right direction). At this point, we are still waiting for her body to recover from sepsis (her whole-body response to the infection). 
 
They were able to lower a few of her medications a bit and the dialysis has made a noticeable difference is how she looks. 
 
Continued prayer is needed! Join me in praying expectantly for quick healing, but also in preparing all of our hearts for patience to love well through a slow recovery. 

Also, Information on a way to give towards medical bills coming soon!
 
- Laura
 
Huge Praise! Linda and I went to see Bob today and he’s encouraging us to continue praying for Tiffany! He is so grateful for all DCC’s support! I am putting a small group together to go to Bayview and pray with him! May God be magnified through Tiffany’s life and into Bob’s! :)
- Beth



Day 2

Written Apr 9, 2013 9:00pm

Another quick update – Tiffany has declined since yesterday. Time to amp up the prayers, update coming soon.

- Laura 

 

Tiffany just went on dialysis and we are waiting for results from a CT scan. You can be praying specifically for a smooth transition to dialysis and that her kidneys bounce back quickly. Also pray that the scans would give some answers as to the source of the infection and clear next steps.

Praying expectantly that God would swiftly heal her body, the infection would subside, and that that she would quickly be well enough for more treatment.

- Laura

Likely the last “real” update, no more information will likely come up tonight – CT scan came back with no clear sources of infection. (Not the ideal test, but should have shown a big source if it exists). They are done testing for tonight, as we need to wait for the dialysis to do its job and hopefully stabilize her. It’s an hour by hour thing at this point, monitoring her progress – the doctor said “it’s clearly life threatening, but we expect her to make it through this. Shes got a lot going for her and we’ve brought older and sicker make it through infections like this

- Laura


Pray for Tiffany - Day 1

Written Apr 8, 2013 10:12pm 

As many of you know Tiffany has not been feeling well, and has been taken to Swedish, she has an infection that has spread through her body and are running test now to determine the origin. Please pray for her! I will keep you updated as I learn more…
 
- Beth 
 
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Hey family – just got back from seeing Tiffany, wanted to post a quick update. She’s likely to be there for a couple of days, she’s in pain and groggy right now, but prayed with us. No news as to what it is (other than an infection of some sort), they ran tests today but no results yet. She IS in ICU right now, so do call before visiting to see if she’s up for it. (Main hospital number is 206-320-2000, they can patch you through). Because of the environment and how’s she’s feeling, large groups aren’t practical for visiting right now (if you know when you’re going perhaps post, so we can be aware?) 

Join me in praying for quick healing for our sister. (Also in praying for Beth as she supports Tiff, pray for her dad who can’t be with her.)

- Laura 


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