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ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« on: Jun 27, 11, 07:41:57 pm CDT »

9:30 pm  Sunday, June 26, 2011
 
This note has been authorized by Amy Cunningham Hardy and is being coauthored by Clay Russell and Lynda McCann.
Forwarded to this board by Kevin Pryor.
 
First, apologies if this news has not reached you by a personal phone call, however, we wanted to get out immediate and accurate information to everyone as soon as possible.
 
John Broadfoot was admitted to the hospital Thursday evening with advanced jaundice. For the last couple of days test were done to determine the status of his condition. The news last evening was possible liver failure.
 
As of a few minutes ago, John's condition is now the following:
 
In Liver failure
Beginning Renal failure
Beginning dialysis tomorrow (6/27)
Has been given Lactulose
Will probably have Paracentesis to tap his belly and pull the fluid off
 
Basically, Amy said, "He's pretty damn sick. The prognosis is poor."  Note: poor, NOT fatal.
 
It is important for everyone to know IT IS POSSIBLE TO REVERSE THESE CONDITIONS.  Clay says that we need positive energy for healing and not goodbye.
 
Amy asks everyone for abundant prayers, healing thoughts, lit candles, and well wishes. Please leave messages for her on either her Wall or John's. As much as they love everyone,please do not call her at this time.
 
If you would like to send a card:
 
John Hardy
854 S. Parker Dr., Apt. G
Florence, SC 29501
 
For Amy and John
~ Clay and Lynda
 
P.S. We don't have everyone's contact information. Please send it in message to Lynda on FB or email to: [email protected]     Lynda's the designated caller at this point.
Cell:     703.869.6696            Home:  802.430.7052
 
Thank you for reading.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #1 on: Jun 27, 11, 07:44:37 pm CDT »

****UPDATE****
as of 7 pm EDT       Amy Cunningham Hardy shared the following information:
 
John was moved to the ICU unit about 12:30 am
He vomited and there was a bit of blood
An access port was installed in his neck for dialysis
They took a break from the Lactulose for about 18 hours and are restarting it
John is actively moving on his own
His kidney function has nearly stopped
He hasn't gotten worse
Some of his lab values are better, some are not
 
He will have dialysis tomorrow
 
John's status is now Highly Critical; the doctor estimates 80% mortality rate for his condition
Amy is betting on the 20%.
 
John really needs all the positive, hopeful prayers, good wishes, and healing thoughts from his friends.  Updates will come from Lynda as his condition progresses.
 
Thank you all for your continued love and support.
~ Amy Cunningham Hardy
(as recorded by Lynda, Clay is at work)
 
If you would like to send a card:
John Hardy
854 S. Parker Dr., Apt. G
Florence, SC 29501
 
Please re-post and share the information.


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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #2 on: Jun 27, 11, 08:23:49 pm CDT »

Keep the info coming and we'll keep the hopes high and a Guiness cold and ready for him once he's recovered and come home with yet another story to tell on how he survived.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #3 on: Jun 28, 11, 09:08:26 am CDT »

Healing GOOD thoughts on the way!!!!
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #4 on: Jun 28, 11, 03:20:48 pm CDT »

GOOD thoughts indeed!
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #5 on: Jun 28, 11, 04:37:42 pm CDT »

Lots of healing thoughts and energy for John.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #6 on: Jun 29, 11, 06:07:49 am CDT »

***UPDATE  ON JOHN BROADFOOT 6/28/2011***


This update was provided by Johns wife Amy..



My turn to update on John: he tolerated dialysis well last night, which wrapped up around 6a.m. They did have to start him on a tiny bit of blood pressure medication for it, which is common, and he's still on that. Blood pressure now is currently 98/46, which is right where they want him. He seems to be moving around more and trying to make himself more comfortable and then he'll go back to sleep. When he does sleep, it's deep but he does awaken to take some medicines by mouth. Blood work hasn't changed, which is to say most importantly that it hasn't gotten worse. Dr. Pittard's (the attending m.d.) wife, a good friend of mine who has been here with me frequently, says that's it's those kind of steps that can be the most important. Dr. Pittard himself says that every day he's alive is another day that he's fighting. So all of that to say, he's holding his own.
 
Thank you for all the prayers, messages, and concerns. Keep them coming because I do believe in my heart that it's helping.
 
Love to all.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #7 on: Jun 29, 11, 11:28:04 am CDT »

***UPDATE ON JOHN BROADFOOT 6/29/2011


I have gotten an update on our dear friend and wanted to pass it along to those that have him and his family in your prayers. Another friend and her husband was flown to SC from VT to be with his wife and him. This update is from Mrs. Lynda McCann. I ask that everyone still keep this dear man in your prayers.

Lynda McCann
We arrived about 2 yesterday. John was mostly unresponsive (non-verbal) and his color was still very yellow from the jaundice. Because both Amy and her Mom assured us that John could hear everything that was said to him (or around him) throughout the afternoon Lynda and Dan took turns reading aloud all of your comments, well-wishes and notes of encouragement. Every so often, there'd be a hint of a smile or a grunt at the attribution, so we knew he was indeed hearing everything. Keep those thoughts, prayers, lit-candles, and healing energy coming...they seem to be having the desired effect. In the afternoon, we convinced Amy to take a break for some much-needed rest. John had a visit from a favorite Aunt and we reread your postings. John was marginally verbal but was obviously making efforts to respond. Amy and her Mom got back late in the evening and John seemed stable enough for us all to clear out around 10 and let him get some solitary rest. REAL improvement this morning. Color better, MUCH more verbally facile (although it is obviously quite an effort), MUCH more responsive (tried to croak out the song "Cool, Clear Water" when asked is there was anything he wanted...in short, no shortage of small signs of improvement.

I will continue to post updates on John as I get them until either I'm told by the moderators of this board to stop, or John comes home.

If you have any well wishes, prayers, and/or roguishly wicked comments, please post them here and I'll see that John and his family get them!

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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #8 on: Jun 29, 11, 12:01:49 pm CDT »

More good thoughts and prayers!!
 
If you feel he is up for some humor...
  A pirate walks in to a bar with a steering wheel in his pants.
 
The bartender asks him "Why do you have a steering wheel in your pants?"
 
The pirate says " Rrrrrr it's driving me nuts"
 
Get well John Broadfoot!
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #9 on: Jun 29, 11, 09:02:07 pm CDT »

All of my local brothers here do not come to the boards, but I forwarded the message to them all, while they may not post here in reply, there are about 50 other brothers (and a few sisters) who will know to keep him in their thoughts.

Get well big man
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #10 on: Jun 30, 11, 09:59:44 pm CDT »

****UPDATE ON JOHN BROADFOOT  06/30/2011****


by Lynda McCann on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 10:16pm
On Wednesday, John received plasma; the bilirubin score remained the same (Jaundice); no discernible change in kidney and liver function. Later that day, after dialysis he started to communicate more, that transitioned into what we are calling his "Chatty Cathy" mode and, as of Thursday night, he's still going strong. He's not been able to sleep much, which isn't great. A lot of what he says is nonsensical, yet we could discern some song lyrics. Besides "Cool Clear Water," John favored us with the  "Manamanah Song."
 
During Thursday, John received more plasma, an endoscopy, and a feeding tube was installed. All his IV lines were replaced. During that procedure his attention was occupied by holding his hand and singing along to "Health to the Company"; he recalled all they lyrics. During parts of the morning and afternoon   many of the messages were read that were left for him, but it was clear most of the time that he couldn't quite understand what he was hearing; once in awhile he would repeat a name and even said "I know that!" very strongly in response to a particular post.
 
His endocrinologist was encouraged by John's movement in bed and verbal communication, even though John is confused a lot of the time. His liver and kidney functions remain the same, and the bilirubin still has had no discernible change either.  His primary doctor said that John may be in ICU for at least two weeks.
 
John is far from being out of the woods, Amy said that he needs to make "baby mouse steps" of improvement.
 
Thank you all for your continued healing thoughts, prayers, good intentions and lit candles for his recovery. We absolutely believe it is having a positive effect on him.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #11 on: Jul 01, 11, 07:54:38 am CDT »

As long as he isn't singing anything by Barry Manilow, then we know he's in trouble. 

I'm glad that he's still going and I hope he improves.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #12 on: Jul 02, 11, 12:40:30 am CDT »

*****UPDATE ON JOHN BROADFOOT 07U/01/2011


Update on John, now 7/1/11:  Sorry for the delayed posting on John's condition.  He, of course, remains a very sick man but according to the liver specialist, he has made some small step improvements.  This is the first time he's told that to my face and I've not had to hear it through other channels.  For the past few days I've avoided this doctor like the plague because of his doom and gloom "odds and percentages", instead relying on our general physician/renal guy to keep me hopeful yet realistic.  When I asked the liver guy if John had had any steps backwards in his recovery, he said absolutely not.  The confusion is from a combination of things and should get better as time goes on.  They finished up dialysis around 9:20 pm, and John was just as pleasantly confused, slurring words, as can be but can answer certain questions and follows commands beautifully.  When I told him I'd brought in several letters and cards from y'all, you could tell he just wanted to say "Finally, mail for me!", but just couldn't put the words together (you know how he loves letters/cards).
 
John is still able to recognize certain people and was able to answer tonight where he was.  They did change out his nasogastric tube today for feedings to a larger one since the one they placed yesterday was a tiny one and had clogged off.  I snuck in a few ice chips tonight which he was thrilled at, but I can't talk too much about that since many of the nurses taking care of him are here on Facebook.  Sh.
I did forget to mention that Dr. Pittard last night had commented on some leg/foot excercises and when I asked him thoughts on if John would be able to get to the point of walking, his response was that if everything goes the way he hopes, he'll walk out of this hospital on his own volition when it's time.  I keep being told that this is going to have to be improvements in very small increments, and I keep telling everyone I don't want that because of the work I do -- I usually see faster improvements in lab values and mental status with things I do in my job.  But with liver problems/failure/disease/etc., it's a slow battle in tiny steps, otherwise the odds of regressing are greater.  I was told tonight that it's much better for the bilirubin to drop slowly instead of rapidly, for example.
 
I'm off to catch some sleep in order to get back up to the hospital tomorrow to spend time with him.  I'll continue to give him as many messages as I can remember.  There are definitely shades of John still in there, and I'm hoping tonight will be a good night of sleep so he can be firing on more cylinders tomorrow.   

Me friends, this is one of many small steps for our brother. keeps those well wishes and thoughts coming!
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #13 on: Jul 02, 11, 07:39:44 am CDT »

This update was written by Johns wife Amy.

A couple of friends (Jeff O. and Kim T.) of mine checked on John throughout the night and let me know this a.m. that he did indeed rest, he's a bit more clear in speech, and that his mentation and memory were a bit better today.  Crystal, his nurse and a friend of mine, was telling me that he'd recognized a few more things (i.e. on his ballcap) and was able to explain to her what some pins and the logo stood for (he's wearing his Washington D.C. Nationsals cap).
 
More positive stuff and I'm hoping even more later tonight when I come home.  I'm headed off to the hospital because I'm told that "he's waiting until Amy gets here" so we can address his sips of water issue.  lol
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #14 on: Jul 02, 11, 09:38:16 am CDT »

Wanderer; thanks for providing these updates.  It's good to know the he's coming along little by little.  Have the doctors figured out what put him in this state in the first place?
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #15 on: Jul 02, 11, 10:03:19 pm CDT »

I got this from me friend Clay Russell who received it from Johns wife Amy.

Got the following text from Amy Cunningham Hardy re: John Broadfoot status: "John is coming around. Doctors are pleased with his progress. Dr. Pittard thinks his kidneys will come around."

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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #16 on: Jul 02, 11, 10:05:47 pm CDT »

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I haven't heard the reason what put John in the hospital, but as soon as I find out something, I'll let you know.


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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #17 on: Jul 02, 11, 10:10:01 pm CDT »

Thank Gawd.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #18 on: Jul 02, 11, 10:12:03 pm CDT »

Just got this from Amy a few minutes ago. Very good news indeed!

Just got home from spending a most marvelous day with my sweet man at the hospital.  Ok, it wasn't spent playing footsies or marathon Trivial Pursuit/Monopoly games like we used to, but I spent 12 1/2 hours solid at his bedside and he's recognized almost everyone who came into the room.  Speech was much clearer, even though he still mutters at times you can tell he *knows* what he wants to say but just can't get it out, memory is there, and sense of humor is waking up.  When I walked in this morning, he gave me a big hug, started crying and asked me what the hell happened to him.  His next question was, "Am I going to be ok???".  I let him know that if I and everyone else in his family/friends network, as well as the doctors, had anything to say about it, then HELL YES.  I told him he needed to continue fighting and that has been his motto all day -- "I'm going to fight this", and "No more chaos!". 
 
Of course he tires easily, but he is more able to help the nurses and staff turn and roll around, etc.  He also got the ok from Dr. Pittard to have how ever much water/ice chips he wants, and they started him on a clear diet to go along with his temporary feeding tube.  To date, he has had 5 entire Popsicles (orange and grape) and when I left he was on his 4th jug of water.  The M.D. told me, when I asked him about giving him too much fluid by mouth, that he could easily fix that with dialysis.  If the man wants water then give him water!  He's also started taking his meds by himself with just a little bit of support since he's a bit shaky.  But he's fast becoming a pro.   
 
Overall a positive day.  Dr. Pittard's wife was just amazed that his mentation had improved this much in just one day, but she's also quick to remind me that he may have bad days too so not to get discouraged.  The fact that John has a game plan to fight this is a huge step.
 
Keep the prayers and thoughts coming.  John has loved knowing that he got TEN cards/letters in one day and told me that "it was about damned time" his Pen Wenches picked up a pen again.  We haven't gotten through them all yet but will tomorrow.
 
I'm off to bed now to get up and start all over again.  If nothing else from this, I have learned that I will do anything for that man and if that's to help him beat this -- then bring it.   
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #19 on: Jul 03, 11, 08:21:16 am CDT »

Thank you!
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