Thursday, December 29, 2005

Andrea is strong 12-29-05

Another improving day and Andrea continues to impress everyone with her strength. Early this morning they took her down to the lowest setting on the ventilator and reduced more of her pain meds. If she continues to do well on the ventilator setting she will be taken off and put on oxygen support. That will be a big step for her. She did not get dialysis today, but might receive it tomorrow. She sat up on the side of the bed early in the morning and brushed her own teeth. Then later on in the morning occupational therapy came by and she sat up for ten minutes on her own. They also had her do some more arm and leg exercises that she had no problem doing on her own. Liver and kidney numbers stabilized today so maybe we will start a downward trend and get rid of this infection. She was still running a fever today but was down from yesterday.

Again she continued to talk with her mouth all day today and we could understand every word. We got her some audio books so she could listen to them when no one was allowed in the room. Her spirits are way up and she just wants out as soon as possible. Today was just such a great day for Andrea and she was so much more alive. Her mind is all there and wants to do anything she can to help herself get better. All the support has really helped her get through all this. Just knowing all of you are out there and would do anything. Just keep praying and all of our prayers will be answered. Talk to everyone tomorrow.


Nicole Carman said...

Jay, THANK YOU for all that you have done for Andrea and for all of her friends!! We really appreciate your updates and your letting us know her daily progress!! For those of us who are further away, this is a means for us to follow and pray for her recovery!! You have been an amazing man over the past month and you desverve an amazing woman like Andrea to stand by your side...Her strength and will are sure to bring her back to all of us so that we may once again see her beautiful face and smile...her story will be an inspiration to us all...Her life will be meaningful to those who know her now and to those whom she has yet to meet. May she sleep well tonight and dream of the future to come...WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR HER AND LOVE HER...

Anonymous said...

Yeah God! Keep up the good work Andrea! If you need a little extra strength, just think of all the friends and "extra parents" you have behind you.
We love you.
Mary Frances

Terri Reed said...

Awesome!!! God is The Great Physician. Tell our sweetheart hi from Tim & I. We are going to be out of town for a few days but we will continue praying without ceasing. We love you all!

Terri Reed said...


Also, tell Andrea that she is the best Christmas present EVER!
All we wanted for Christmas was her getting better and coming back to you. Love you guys,

Casey said...

Praise the lord! Tell Andrea that Casey & Mary Beth said hello...

Michelle Meyer said...

Jay, thank you so much for keeping everyone informed. It is hard to go a day or two without knowing what is going on. I think of Andrea and she is in my dreams all well and happy as can be. I miss her very much and pray for her often. I am so thankful that she is getting stronger and is well on the road to recovery. Tell her miss her and give her a huge hug for me.

Thanks again and take care.

Michelle Meyer

Scott & Shanna Hodges said...

This is great J!! Tell Andrea that Shanna and I are thinking about her and we will see you both soon. We'll keep the prayers going and you're doing a great job yourself, thanks for keeping us posted. -Scott Hodges

P.S. Shanna said she sends a big hug to Andrea

David Michael said...


Praise God!!! How exciting -- brushing her own teeth. Oh, how we take the little things for granted.

Even though Andrea went to Taylor, I think she has the fight of a Tiger in her. :)

Thanks J for the great example of love and encouragement.

Love and Peace,

David & Phyllis Barnett

Jennifer Harp said...

Thank you so much for setting up this blog to inform us of Andrea’s progress and more importantly thanks to you for all you have provided to Andrea & her family before and during this difficult time. I know they all love you so much & now the world knows why! Please give a hug to Bob & Kathy for me.

I am so thankful for your continued improvements. It is so hard for me to grasp that this all happened to you so fast but if anyone can withstand it you can! Stand strong and remember …

"The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open were it is compelled to struggle for existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun."
-- Napoleon Hill

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah!!! My name is Amy Adams and I am Linda Deuel's daughter from Arkansas (Kathy's cousin)!! We have been praying fervently for Andrea and the entire family!!! Please give our love to the Luthringer family. As I have never met you J, I pray God's blessings on you!!! I would like to some day meet you, as you sound like an amazing man who truly trusts our heavenly Father.
With love, Amy and Judd Adams
Mason, Maddie and Emma too!!!

Barbara Estes said...

Thank you so much Jay for keeping us updated. We continue to keep Andrea before our Father's throne and we KNOW He hears us!!!
We will continue to lift Andrea and the family up.
We love you all and Happy New Year!!!
John and Barbara Estes

Jessica Stokes said...

Dear Jay,

Please let Andrea know that she is continually in our thoughts and prayers here at Sigma Mortgage. It is great to hear she has been improving and thank you so much for setting up this site for her! We are here for Andrea in any way she needs us. She is a very precious girl and holds a special place in our hearts! We will continue to pray for her!


Jessica, Brian, Erica and Bobby

Anonymous said...

Hi J, Amanda Bishop's mom here. I have heard about Andrea through all the kids and I just want to let you know we are praying for her and for you also. I am in awe of you and what a wonderful man you have become. I still remember the kid on the bicycle in the baseball cap! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers always. Andrea sounds like a truly exceptional girl and a real trooper. Amanda and I are praying for her recovery everyday. Take care! Sandra

Anonymous said...

We are so excited about the improvements!! Your family in Mississippi continues to pray without ceasing. Your updates are great to let us know the progress. We Love You Both!

Jenna Graham said...

Jay - please tell Andrea that entire Pi Phi class above her has been praying daily. We KNOW she will pull through this! It sounds as if she has made incredible progress in the past week. Katie (Heck) Towsen is a nurse at the hospital and has been also giving us updates as often as possible - for this I am thankful. I can't tell you how helpful it has been the past few days to read her progress through this site. I used to wait for Kristin's email and this has just made it easier for all those who love and miss Andrea dearly. Please tell Andrea I love her and just know she will be out in no time.
THANKS! Jenna Graham

Anonymous said...

Wow, it sounds like Andrea is making huge improvements! I pray for her often, and know that the high spirits that she has always had will carry her through all of this in the most positive way. Thank you for doing this for her. I feel that it is bringing more prayer than ever her way. Keep your faith strong, Lori Robbins