Takin Care of JoJo's MoJo

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Organizer: Jessi Lotzer Beneficiary: JoLyn (Puttbrese) Renney

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Diabetes complications can include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to skin sores (ulcers) that can worsen quickly and are difficult to treat

In February JoLyn discovered a sore on her right foot that broke open, quickly causing infection. The Doctors had to cut out the infection right down to the bone. Due to poor blood circulation the wound was not healing as it should. A synthetic vein was put in her upper thigh for increase in blood flow. Friday, April 26th JoLyn made a trip to St. Cloud to see if she were a candidate for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to progress the healing of her foot and help with blood circulation. It was then that they found no pulse in the foot. They quickly sent her back to Fargo to see the surgeon and doctors she has been doctoring with. Surgery was done to remove blockage from the vein.

Monday, May 6th JoLyn was admitted due to swelling.  The decision was made that amputation was the best decision to prevent further infection. Wednesday, May 8th JoLyn underwent surgery to have her right leg amputated below that knee. She now begins the healing process and acclimation to a prosthetic.

JoLyn has exhausted all benefits her employer offers and will not be returning to work for quite some time. We want to help her and the kids as much as we can to deter medical expenses and help with everyday cost of living. Please keep her in your prayers for as quick a recovery and adjustment one can hope for in these circumstances. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

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07/25/2013
by Jessi Lotzer

just a quick update... tuff start to July.  In effort to eliminate the black scar tissue on the stump JoLyn was given a cream to apply to the area.  Unfortunately this cream deteriorated all healing that had already begun causing the sutures to be exposed.  She was given three options: (1) clean up the open wound, leaving it at risk for infection (2) make an attempt at a revision, taking off what they could (3) do another amputation above the knee.  Thankfully, the Dr. felt confident enough that cleaning (removing dead tissue) it up would do the trick.  This surgery happened July 10th. Happy to say so far so good!  Praying that her stump continues to heal as it should with no other set backs...she needs to get back on her feet and is anxious to get back to work.  Thanks again all!  I can't say enough how much your thoughts, prayers and gifts have been appreciated.  We are blessed. ~ Jessi


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05/20/2013
by Jessi Lotzer

Sorry it's been a while....Mother's Day was great.  It was nice to have JoLyn home and out and about and all of us together.  The nephews are very curious and think she needs help getting around.  One pushing while the other putting the brakes on.  Madoc will point at her leg that is not there and say "Grandpa?".  Grandpa has a prosthetic as well and both are amputated right below the knee.  So funny how they pick up on stuff.  She is feeling better than she has in a VERY long time.   

Last Friday she went to Fargo for a quick appointment to see that the leg is healing as it should and that there is no infection.  All looks well. 

I will take her back up to Fargo again on Friday to meet with the infection control doctor and also the surgeon.  They are keeping an extra close eye on her during the healing process to be sure there is no infection.

Thanks again to all for the love and support.  You don't know how much JoLyn and the rest of us appreciate the generosity.   


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05/12/2013
by Jessi Lotzer
today Jessi learned how to spell prosthetic ;-)
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05/11/2013
by Jessi Lotzer
JoLyn comes home today!!  The kids are so happy to have her home tonight.  Den was picking up her wheelchair then going to get her.  Now starts the healing process.  She has a Dr.'s appointment on Thursday with both the surgeon and infectious control Doctor.  No word yet on fitting for prostatic, I am sure it won't be long and also depends on healing.  Tomorrow we all look forward to celebrating Mother's Day together as a family.  Thank you so much for prayer and monetary gifts. 
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