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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #20 on: Jul 03, 11, 08:24:31 am CDT »

Great news. I wish him the best.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #21 on: Jul 03, 11, 08:49:48 am CDT »

We all do.  John's a great guy.  I think I only met him once, maybe but just from the interractions we've had here I know he's good peeps and deserves a long life in order to enrich the lives of those around him for a long, long time.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #22 on: Jul 05, 11, 01:47:08 pm CDT »

Latest update on John Broadfoot from his wife Amy   07/05/2011

John asked that I bring in stationary today so he could dictate notes to each of you.  I forgot to do so *head smack*.  So today we settled for a note via Facebook while I was here in the ICU on my mom's laptop.
"This is John.  I've had another long week in the hospital.  I've been out of touch for a very long time.  Thank you for the cards and letters, and for the kind messages, thoughts and prayers.  I look forward to regaining contact with my old friends, and new ones alike, as I continue to get better.  (from Amy: he has been a bit more himself today, taking great pleasure in smacking me with his comb)
Love you all,
John"
John still continues to make small steps forward.  Yesterday Dr. Pittard told us he's still fighting strong and has taken one more potential step towards improvement.  Again, evey day he's alive is another day to fight.  Or as the doc says, "While I breathe, I hope."  He has taken up the South Carolina state motto in John's fight.  In fact, the liver specialist was just here and informed us that he is very pleased with his progress since Friday.  John's still a bit confused but that may easily be explained by the steroids they started on him over the weekend since he was a bit more clear mentally late last week.  The liver guy was telling us that he's had patients sicker than John and seen them walk out of here.  That's huge, y'all.  Overall, very good news all around.  But it will still be a long struggle to get John back to tip-top shape but he is more than willing to take this on and knows that it's necessary to get healthy and get back to life.
I asked Dr. Mann, the liver guy, about some physical therpay for strengthening and range of motion and that has now been ordered.  He was very pleased that John had specifically requested that himself last night.  John's talking to my brother on the phone right now and he told him that his doctor had just been by and had 'declared him not dead'.  As John would say, Huzzah!  He's also been more himself even more so today because he's sassed at me a few times.  I love my husband to pieces, but he can sass me with the best of 'em.
That's all for now.  I'm about to go ask one of the guys to help me shave him.       

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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #23 on: Jul 09, 11, 04:08:28 pm CDT »

John Update: 7/7/11
by Amy Cunningham Hardy on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:26am
 
Just got home from the hospital after spending the evening with John.  He had a visit from Dr. Pittard (kidney guy) a bit ago and he's ordered another round of dialysis tomorrow, for John to be up in the chair 3x a day, and he will slowly be introduced back with a renal diet (low sodium and low potassium).  ALL VERY good things.  Oh, and the best news -- as long as things go status quo or better, we're looking at being moved to a regular floor soon.  Also, I noticed that the kidneys are slowly remembering what they're supposed to be doing because there's been more pee production -- not up to par, but definitely more than has been in over a week.   
 
The biggest upset for John now is the virtual loss of his vision -- probably from the steroids or something they call toxic neuropathy.  Both things that Dr. Pittard feels pretty sure will resolve with time.  The eye doctor was in today to check things out just to be sure, so a head CAT scan has been ordered for the morning.  I told John it was to make sure he still had a brain, and he kinda snarked off at me.  :- S
 
All that to say, yes, we're still not completely out of the woods but we're about 2 steps closer than 2 weeks ago.  John does know how sick he is, and despite his frustration and aggravation at the slow progress, he knows that he'll have to put some work in to get back up to speed.  But he's willing to do it.  "No more chaos!" as he says...
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #24 on: Jul 11, 11, 09:20:12 am CDT »

Good news! Every step forward is... a step forward!
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #25 on: Jul 11, 11, 10:10:06 pm CDT »

That's a relief.  Tell him keep up the good work...especially the peeing part.  Us guys all know how a good leak has such positive effects on the rest of the day.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #26 on: Jul 12, 11, 09:18:11 pm CDT »

by Amy Cunningham Hardy on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 7:48pm
Sorry for the lengthy delay in updating John's progress.  He remains in the ICU where they are keeping an excellent watch over him for me.  (and I'm not just saying that because they're my friends and many of them are on FB here)  Anyway, over past several days, one medicine has been discontinued and another one titrated down.  He's alert and oriented with some minor bouts of confusion, but it seems like he plays possum a lot when Dr. Mann stops by to visit, which I found out lead to a lot of notes written by him in the chart that his mentation had been decreasing.  Funny enough, when I go in there, he wakes up and was grouchy, or just ignoring, but doing his best to look around.  This all lead to a rather frightening conversation on Saturday afternoon with Dr. Mann, which ultimately lead me to a trip to the ER that night with an anxiety attack and chest pain.  There I stayed overnight so I could be watched, have blood drawn, and have a stress test done.  Of course, all was negative, and it was actually the big elephant in the room -- stress and my not sleeping properly or eating.  So, yay, for Ativan!
 
Today, Mom went with me to the hospital and when Dr. Mann made rounds, I made a point of staying outside the room and let my mommy handle him.  He has a tendency for up-and-down-y ness and seems to wait for me to be alone to give me the downside.  Not today, since John had been sitting up in a chair since before 7a.m. and still was when we left around 4pm.  Dr. Mann's jaw dropped (although this isn't J's first time in the chair), Mom told me, and he was astounded that he'd been up that long, speaking coherently (with a little bit of muttering), his tremors from the encaphalopathy are greatly improved, AND *drum roll* DR. MANN IS ASTOUNDED WITH HIS URINE OUTPUT!!!  Y'all, I'm not stupid and I've been a respiratory therapist for 18 years, but right now, that is my husband in that room and not a patient to me, and I need to hear from this doctor of the steps that he IS making towards improvement.  He has now been informed of that by my mommy, and he apologized sincerely for my upset.  Mom basically told him that if I end up collapsing again, he's footing the bill. 
 
ANYWAY, Dr. Mann's visit today was very positive, he still believes in little steps, but today was a big step and he's going to continue following the patient NOT the labs entirely.  That John would actually carry on a conversation with him today astounded him.  Mom kinda got up in John's face the other night and told him to knock the possum shit off and that if he wanted to live that he needed to start acting like it.  I swear, it's brought about a drastic change in J's temperament.  The charge nurse tonight, a friend of mine, mentioned trying to get him to take a couple steps this evening to get those legs working, so I'm curious as to how that went.  In John's transferring from bed to chair and back, he's been doing the standing with a lot of assistance, but the key is....he's been doing it.
 
That's all for now.  Will update next when I have some more info. 
 
Further from Amy on her Status: ETA to my update on John just published: Re: John's vision, if he concentrates hard enough and fights the steroids, he is able to see some things. Today he was able to tell me exactly what color my shirt was, and pointed out my picture on my name badge. So, it's something to add in the 'win' category for now.
 
Keep sending those cards and letters to John and Amy, too:
 John Hardy // Amy Cunningham Hardy
854 S. Parker Dr., Apt. G
Florence, SC 29501
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #27 on: Jul 13, 11, 01:45:31 pm CDT »

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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #28 on: Jul 16, 11, 09:33:33 pm CDT »

John Update, 7/14/11
by Amy Cunningham Hardy on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 9:01pm
Biggest thing today -- John moved out of ICU and is on the renal floor, which is right down the hall from renal dialysis. Had a visit by discharge planning to make arrangements for outpatient dialysis whenever he goes home. Tomorrow, I plan on seriously pushing the PT thing since that seems to have gone by the wayside. The man needs to learn to walk again after laying in bed for 3 weeks! But he did make more sense today for longer periods, got all kissy-face with me, and wanted me to curl up in the chair with him. That, folks, is my husband and I do believe he's fighting some more...
 
Some labs came down, a good thing, and one is up but I am told that that can be like that.  All I'm holding out for is day-by-day so we can move onto week-by-week.  That man owes me a trip to Hawaii and I owe him a lifetime of I love yous.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #29 on: Jul 16, 11, 09:57:15 pm CDT »

AWESOMENESS
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #30 on: Jul 17, 11, 08:21:21 am CDT »

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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #31 on: Jul 17, 11, 10:10:04 am CDT »

Awesome!  Keep fighting!!!
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #32 on: Jul 22, 11, 06:34:22 pm CDT »

Sorry for the delay on updates about our friend John. Being a truck driver I don't always have internet access. ( Believe it of not )
There are several days worth, so I am going to post them as separate posts.
Here's the first one:


What John's doing today....by Amy Hardy


Hi, all,
 
Haven't updated in a while, but John is still hanging in there and keeping the nurses and techs on the floor jumping.  Kidney output is still not raging so he's still receiving dialysis -- in fact, is there right now -- but they are still slowly working.  We've noticed it parallels with his fluid intake by water, ginger ale, and iced tea -- all of which he is in love with right now.  He's graduated from popsicles to being head over heels with Italian ices.
 
As for really eating, he still has a feeding tube so I think that's working against us in getting him to want to eat.  The other night I ordered a beef stew and noodle dinner for him and when the plate cover came off, he got a whiff and just about swooned.  Said it smelled like heaven (I just looked at him odd since I've eaten at this cafeteria for years), but he took two bites and claimed he was done.  So we've tried to graduate each day by one bite.
 
Dr. Mann saw him on Friday and stated that he still continues to make small steps towards improvement, but apparently he's just doing them in his own time - not on our time clock.  Which. Is. Ok.  (I swear, I'm still working on the patience thing)  All day yesterday John said he wanted to go home, which I truly believe, but I had to get stern with him and tell them that going home was not going to happen if he didn't do what the therapists and nurses are asking to do in therapy and with sitting up in the chair -- AND eating.  Now when they ask him if he wants up in the chair, he'll ignore or say no.  I told them yesterday that there is no answer "no", he's gotta do it since our goal is to get home.  (I feel like I'm getting mean with people I work with, but I can't help it.)
 
*breathe in, breathe out*  They repeatedly tell me that this is going to be a slow process, and believe me, I know that.  But I'm waiting for the day when my husband is home and can be himself again....*sigh*


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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #33 on: Jul 22, 11, 06:37:32 pm CDT »

Further update on John....by Amy Hardy   07/20/2011





[/size]Both doctors, Liver and Kidney (Mann and Pittard), came by this evening, almost one right after the other.  As they each walked in, they told me and Mom that they'd just finished up a mini-conference on "their patient" in the stairwell and both agree that small steps to improvement continue.  They each promised me that they're not giving up on him -- it seems that, besides being great guys (despite my nickname of Dr. Doom and Gloom for Liver), that they want to truly be part of John's success story and will continue to work towards that.  Dr. Liver sat down beside John to talk to him and asked him to do a couple hand/eye tests -- simple ones to check on the encephalopathy he's had going on -- and it was quite clear that this has improved vastly.
 
The increased WBC count is almost definitely from a UTI and now it's just a short matter to figure out which antibiotic should be used.  Tomorrow, creatinine and BUN (kidney functions) will be checked to find out if dialysis should continue or be stopped.  I'll admit -- I freaked out a little bit when Dr. Pittard said it like that, but he was quick to assure me that the only way it was to be discontinued is if his body was not REQUIRING it anymore.  It's quite obvious that J responds to it well, but I'm thinking that they're wanting to test him and see what he can do on his own.
 
The bilirubin that was drawn yesterday, while it sounded like it had remained the same to me, Dr. Liver told me which one in particular that they're looking at (direct bilirubin) and it indeed is "trending down", direct quote from him.  Erego John's color improving, although he still remains a tinge yellow.  It's just going to be a slow process.  His INR (clotting times) are "static", as Liver says, at slightly over 2 (Normal is 1 - 1.5, I think), but he was quick to assure me that they're not treating it since it isn't high enough to and that people on Coumadin or Heparin live in the ranges that J's been running.
 
John still remains a sick man, both docs are quick to point out, but he is continuing on with slow, small steps at improvement and they're encouraged by that.  They're quick to remind me that he is most definitely not out of the woods and this isn't a definite indication that success is assured, but they're pleased that we're headed in this direction and not the other for now.  They are both highly pleased with how he physically looks and his mentation and memory skills, though.  Again -- it will take looking at the labs to judge how well he is, but in this case it's first and foremost how HE is doing physically and what he is accomplishing in this fight, not necessarily just what the labs are saying.
 
Last thing -- high 5 to Crissie, J's cousin, for getting him to eat almost a 1/3 cup of soup tonight.  It's the most he's eaten in a long time, and he seemed to enjoy it.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #34 on: Jul 22, 11, 06:38:57 pm CDT »

Short update on John from Amy  07/21/2011


John's sleepy today, but interested in trying a lunch tray of soup and green beans (blech). Wish us luck!
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #35 on: Jul 22, 11, 06:40:13 pm CDT »

Oh What Fun We Had -- John Update 7/22/11


From Amy Hardy

Epic fail with P.T. and transferring from the bed to the chair -- his butt partially made it to the chair and he slid to the floor (slowly, since 3 of us were holding onto him). Note: DID NOT FALL, but chose to sit on the floor instead. Dr. Liver was in to see him today, sat down and had a chat with us.  He said that his labs haven't changed, which of course is discouraging yet encouraging and he again stressed the time factor and how long it may take. I asked him if his liver had entirely failed and he assured me that if it had, he'd be dead by now. So there is function there (they don't know how much), it's just taking its sweet time coming 'round and healing. I reiterated (threatened, almost) that I am not giving up, neither is John (per his vocal input), and Liver stressed that he is not either. He does see the potential for improvement, so at least we have that.
 
I also made him repeat the above a couple times just for my OCD self, so I won't go to bed thinking the worst tonight. Mom will tell you I tend to over-read into EVERYTHING -- body language, facial expressions, what time the doctors make rounds, the color tie they're wearing, etc.  So imagine my stress when Liver actually sat down beside Mom on the couch to talk to us (granted, this was after discussing the merits of Nooks/Kindles and how much I liked mine -- I was reading a book on my Nook when he came around.  Found out he's a Kindle guy and that's what he got his wife for Valentine's Day.  So, really, he can't be all that bad of a guy, right?).  *ahem* Anyhoo, he had just had a long day and wanted to take a load off.  Ha... John told him to make himself at home...*headdesk*
 
That's all for now.  Liver is not on-call this wknd and told me who was (this one's a good guy too, I've worked with him before).  He actually asked me if there was anything I wanted Dr. Chaudry (wknd dude) to do for me or anything in particular when he rounds this wknd to help ease my stress and fear.  I asked for a Dilaudid PCA pump -- for ME --  but no go, damnit.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #36 on: Jul 23, 11, 07:58:41 pm CDT »

****PLEASE READ!!!!!****


I just received a phone call about our beloved brother John. The news isn't very good.
John took a turn for the worse today. I don't know all the details yet, but we all need to send out MAJOR prayers, light candles, and keep John in our thoughts.


When I know more, I'll let everyone here know.



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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot.....
« Reply #37 on: Jul 24, 11, 07:31:02 am CDT »

There is no easy way to say this....


Our brother John Hardy, better known to many of us as John Broadfoot passed away a little after 1 AM Sunday.
Please keep John, his wife Amy Cunningham Hardy, and family in you thoughts and prayers.
I will post arrangements when I find out.







John Broadfoot, Rogue of the Year, 2008....
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #38 on: Jul 24, 11, 07:56:50 am CDT »

I am so very sorry to hear this.
 
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.
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Re: ATTENTION: Friends of John Broadfoot
« Reply #39 on: Jul 24, 11, 09:28:05 am CDT »

Rest in Peace, Brother Broadfoot.  We shall raise a frosty flagon of brew to you and remember.
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