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April 2010

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Back in the ICU

Okay… surgery #2, complete! Jess did really well (again). Doctors said they relieved the pressure and she should now heal a little quicker. Kaal will be at her bedside tonight so she’s in good hands. Thanks again for all the support and prayers. Believe it or not, all of us can feel it, especially Jess. – Jess (Abu Dhabi)

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Quick Round in the OR

Team Jess – This is Jess (Abu Dhabi). So we’ve been having increased symptoms since last night and into today. The team of physicians scheduled a CT to just confirm everything was okay. They found a few complications which unfortunately means she needs to head back into the operating room. She’s in the OR now. The family, Danny and I find ourselves in the surgical waiting room again. She’ll spend another night in the ICU. Another quick round of prayers from everyone please.

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Movin’ on Up!

Jess has some pretty fancy new digs. She’s been moved into a beautiful room. She’s got a single, so no neighbors to disturb. Also, she has a window with a great view and lots of fancy gadgets. She’s in great spirits, but definitely sleepy and taking it easy. For those of you who wanted to send flowers, she’s in room #4230. She’s only here for another day (or so we’ve been told) so if it’s not going to be delivered tomorrow, don’t worry about sending them. She’ll be doing lots of recovering at our “home-away-from-home” so there are plenty of opportunities. Thanks again! Jess (abu dhabi)

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It’s like a vacation, it even has a road trip!

That was Jess’ comment this morning. She was being taken down for an MRI to see how things progressed overnight. She is smiling, happy and relaxed while she is being attended to 24/7 by the amazing staff and her loyal boyfriend. She will be moved into a regular room a little later today. I don’t know the room number yet as some of you have asked about sending flowers. I think if you just have them delivered to university of washington hospital, they should be able to help locate her. If I do find out where exactly she will be, I’ll post it on. Please don’t feel obligated to buy the flowers since she’s only going to be here another couple of days and there’s a small army of Jess supporters. May be kind of difficult to carry out 200 bouquets of flowers ;-). She can definitely feel all the good vibes and knows everyone is still with her. She sends her love and thanks to all of you!

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Proudest Brother

All of you know how special my sister is.  Not just from how we know her in our daily lives, but through her positive perserverence in her time of trouble.  What defines a person is not how they deal with the days and events that are positive, but how they handle the tough times.  This has not only been tough, it has been nearly unbearable for all of us.  By “all of us” I mean those of us who have had to wait for Jess to go though all of the trials associated with this surgery and the surgery itself. The only one that has made any of this seem bearable is Jess herself. She has kept all of us not only sane, but positive and many times happy and laughing. I cannot imagine a stronger person in a similar circumstance. She defines: tough, compassionate, positive, selfless, supportive and more. I am in awe of what an amazing person she is. She will take none of the credit for carrying us all through this, but deserves all of it. Thank you everyone for supporting her.  It has meant a lot. God bless you all. Kaal

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ICU Update

Hi friends & family, I’m hanging out in the lobby of the ICU. At this point, there’s not a whole lot to tell. Jess is resting in her room, Danny at her side. The latest update from one of her doctors is that she’s doing really well. The girl rocked it during the surgery… as always. I just wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on what I’ve witnessed over the past few days. Everyone says that all families have their problems, but I’m fairly certain the Oldwyns are perfect. I’ve witnessed such amazing strength, love and support from this group of people. Throw Danny, myself and her amazing friends and you’ve got a regular party. We’ve laughed together so hard that my cheeks hurt. The stories, laughter and even some tears have made the time pass and gave Jess the strength she needed to go into that OR with conviction that she would conquer! I know we all love Jess, but I think it’s also important to applaud the people who have influenced her to be the amazing person she is. I look at Bonnie and I see Jess’ kindness, sentiment and never-ending love. I look at her dad and I see her strength, wit (although I think Bonnie is in there too) and independence. You look at Kaal and you see where she gets her humility and protectiveness from. That’s not to say that the newer additions to her family haven’t had an equal influence. Danny is a boyfriend machine. The man is sensitive, protective, respectful, affectionate, loving and supportive. He holds his head high when the rest of us can barely move. Then he comes and holds our heads for us too. It’s amazing to see from an outside perspective what true love looks like, but…

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Surgery is done!

Okay guys… ready for the big news? Surgery is done and it went really well. She’s in the recovery room and already alert. Doctor is happy with the results. Thank you to everyone for all the amazing support. She’ll be spending the night in the ICU tonight so they can keep a good watch on our girl. Hopefully heading home day after tomorrow as long as the doctor’s feel she’s doing well. We’ll continue posting updates with her progress and hopefully she’ll take up the task herself in a day or two if she feels up to it. Thanks again to everyone!! Jess (abu dhabi)

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Surgery Update

Hello Team Jess, This is Jess (Abu Dhabi). Just got an update from the surgical team. They are almost wrapped up, getting ready to close up our gal. They said things are looking good and we’ll get another update in about an hour or two when they finish up. Thanks to everyone & keep up the good vibes for the final stretch and recovery.

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“In a world that needs more dancing, she’s a hula girl at heart.”

 I just stumbled across the above phrase (thank you Jimmy Buffett) and I’m not sure why, but it reminded me of Jess. I’ve never seen the girl Hula but I’m pretty sure if given the chance she could work the heck out of a coconut bra and grass skirt.(If the Buffett reference didn’t tip everyone off, this is Courtney; Jess’ sister in law writing this.)I think that in this world we get back what we give. All of the love, support, sweet acts of selflessness and kindness that Jess has received are a testament to how much she gives to her family, friends and her world. As I write this eleven of Jess’ family members are all gathered together here in the hospital waiting room. And we’re…waiting….and maybe in our “real lives” we’re all very patient people but patience be damned. This waiting sucks. There’s a phone on the desk in here and every few minutes it rings -doctors calling to update family & friends- and everyone in this room catches their breath for just a moment…. Here’s what our waiting room looks like, maybe this will help all of you readers feel like you’re here with us:Team Oldwyn takes up a good half of the room. Grandma G (Jess & Kaal’s grandma), J-Z (the “other Jess” who, fyi, looks strikingly gorgeous bald), Bob (Jess’ dad), Aunt Anne, Auntie Lynn, Uncle David, Danny (Boyfriend of the Year nominee), Bonnie (Jess’ mom), Kaal, Isla (Jess’ niece, my daughter, she’s 1 year), Me and Madeliene (a friend of Bonnie’s from Elementary School -yes, Elementary school!). Isla is the official distraction and she’s taking her job very seriously. Right now she’s dumping Oyster Crackers all over the floor. But don’t worry, she’s picking them back up, putting them back in the bag and…

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Jesse’s Team.

Hello everyone,This is Danny (Jesse’s boyfriend) with a quick update. Jess was just wheeled into the operating room and wanted me to let everyone know how she was doing. First off, she wanted me to let everyone know that she sincerely appreciates all the prayers, love and support that everyone has sent her way throughout this process. She said it was the one thing that lifted her spirits when she would get down. As she was awaiting entry to the operating room, she said she could feel the love of everyone enveloping her. So please continue to send your positive thoughts her way so when she gets scared again they will help her get back to a positive place. Secondly, Jess wanted to tell everyone that she is in very high spirits. She said ‘I feel like I’m at a spa or something’. Everything from the special socks to the heated air blanket has put her into a state of extreme comfort. She was actually worried that she was to relaxed, and not alert enough for her medical care providers. She has fallen in love with her entire team and already knows their entire background stories. There is ‘Daisey’, the southern primary nurse who shares her sarcastic sense of humor, the tattooed up nurses assistant who shares Jess’s despise for lactose, her anesthesiologists with her thick Romanian accent (who actually teared up when Jess was in pain from an I.V.), just to name a few. Everyone that has worked with Jess this morning has put her at ease and only increased her confidence in the entire process. I’m sure Jess will retell these stories in her own detailed way, but she wanted to let people know that she was doing good, and felt she is in competent hands.

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