Friday, July 27, 2012

Pre-Post Surgery days......

Friday July 27, 2012 - on Tuesday night (July 24th) we got a call at 9:30 pm from Dr. Scott's office telling us that Dr. Scott had rearranged his surgery's for Wednesday and instead of checking in at 9:15 am and surgery at 11:15am we were suppose to be there at 5:30am and surgery would be at 7:30am on Wednesday.  We decided that the only way we would make it on time and get any sleep we would have to leave that night.  Jake had gone with friends to hang out and he got home at 10:00pm and we told he we had to leave.  By the time we got everything together it was 10:30pm.  Aaron's parents followed us down to SLC where we found a hotel pretty close to the hospital.  We drove up to the hotel just after midnight. By the time we got everyone settled it was 1:30 am, but none of really were able to get much sleep.  

 They took Jake back to surgery at 7:30am and he was done at 10:15am, but with the recovery he didn't get up to his room until 1:30pm.  He was awake but still groggy from the anesthesia and slept off and on for the next few hours.  They put a epidural in his back to be able to give him meds like fentanyl, which is a muscle relaxer with some pain killers.   The epidural is a constant flow with a button he can push every hour if he needs more.  He said that it hasn't work very well.  He has struggled with getting the pain under control.  His nurses on Wednesday day and night were not the best and when he called to get more pain meds they would take a very long time to get to him and by the time they came he was in such pain.  That didn't make me very happy.   Needless to said I was stressed because Jake was stressed and it made for a long night.  By the time the morning came we got a new nurse and she was a lot better and she was able to control Jake's pain.  Which was so good!  

At 4:30pm, Thursday we had a visit from the Quorum Priests, Bishop Walker, and Brother Funk.  They talked to Jake for a little bit . It was we so nice for them to come.  Landon and Tanner Shoemaker, Paul and Ryan Funk, Jared Walker, Taylor Thomas, Taylor Compton, Zac Olsen, Brian Geddes, and Michael Grover all came!  Thanks guys for making Jake's day a lot brighter!  You all are such great Young Men!

We will probably be here until Saturday or Sunday. They are going to get him up walking tomorrow.  I'm a little nervous for that.

Thank you for all the prayers and kindness!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Surgery is Complete

Just received an update from Leisa, Jake's Mom, that the surgery went well today. He's in quite a bit of pain and the medical team is doing what they can to help make him comfortable. He is awake and alert.   One day at a time at this point!  A thought that I shared with Leisa a week or so ago was the Serenity Prayer.  Although this prayer is used in various types of addiction recovery meetings throughout the country, it is something that we can all can use in our every day lives.  Jake's surgery will change his life forever, but we must remember that it also saved his life.  I have every confidence that Jake will find this courage.


Monday, July 23, 2012

An Everyday Hero

I frequent a basketball site about the jazz. While there I have made great friends. Many of them have offered up prayers and well wishes for Jake and his recovery. One of my friends is an athletic supporter for the Kentucky wildcats and works closely with the basketball program. When Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the #2 pick in the past NBA draft, heard about Jake he wanted to help. He is still trying to come and visit but in the meantime he went out of his way to sign, to Jake, one of the Kentucky wildcats national championship balls and send it to him.
Everyday heroes can be found in a lot of place but a 19 year old kid who is about to become a multi-millionaire, Takes the time to recognize another young kid who is struggling and do what he can to help is an everyday hero. No matter what happens to Michael's career we will always be fans. Thank you from the Griggs family and we will always cherish your kindness.

Also Jake said that that was the coolest thing anyone had ever done for him.

--- Written by Aaron Griggs, Jake's Father 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Labs are too high.......

Thursday July 12, 2012 -   We were all thinking we would get to come home today and we just found out that Jake's labs came back too high.   Jake is really disappointed he doesn't want to spent the week before his surgery in the hospital.  We both are feeling really trapped!  But what do you do but wait....sigh.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Last round of Methotrexate

Monday July 9, 2012 - We are at Primary's again.  One more round of methotrexate before surgery.  Everything is set for the surgery on July 25th.  Right now Jake is resting he always gets nauseated before the chemo starts.  The Dr's are starting his anti nausea medications. 

Eric Merkley and his Mom Kris stopped in to see us.  It is always fun visiting with them!  They gave Jake some pointers to help with the sores in the mouth.  He told us about his fantastic journey down the green river.  It really nice to get answers to questions from people who have been here.  Such great people!  

Hopefully we will be home Thursday.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lung Nodule is Gone!!!!

Tuesday July 3, 2012 - We go to see Dr. Scott on the 5th and go back for methotrexate on the 9th of July.  Jake has been so sick.  We got home on June 28th and from then till now Jake has had mouth and throat sores.  He has hardly eaten anything.  He has been very weak that he has hardly moved from not eating.  Today he got Britton up to come wake me up to help him with some pain killers so we could get him some food.  That was 3:30 this morning.    (sigh)  poor kid!  he has sevier stomach cramps from not eating but when he does eat he get extreme nausea.

Monday I took him to go and get a MRI and CT.  We got there at 1pm and we didn't leave until 3:30.  wow that was painful waiting!!! We thought we would have to wait till Thursday when we see Dr. Scott to update us on the scans. However at this morning (which is Tuesday) Dr. Wright his Hemotoloist/oncologist called us and told us that the Chemo is working and the lung nodule is gone!!!!!!  and that the tumor on the ankle went from 11cm to 8cm.  Oh that made our day!  She did say that it wouldn't change the outcome of the surgery which is scheduled for the 25th of July. 

So grateful for all the prayers and fasting and the faith in Jakes behalf!  This is a testimony that prayers are answered.  Not always in the way we want but in the way our Heavenly Father see's fit. For what ever reason the amputation has to happen, this is a refining time for our family.  I hope that we learn!!  =)  They say that each trial is a building block for the next one.......ummmm anyone know how to dig a hole?!?! anyone want to hide with me ;)