Updates on Tracy Stuffle [#5 of 5]

Perrys bass singer / emcee Tracy Stuffle suffered a stroke on January 21. We’ve had several posts with updates on his condition—update 1, update 2, update 3, and update 4.

UPDATE, 6/6/13: Due to the nature of blogs, few are going to the archive pages to read these updates. We will transfer updates to our Saturday News Roundup column.

UPDATE, 6/6/13: Libbi posts: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!!!!! NO mass!!!! Nothing was there but a couple of polyps and the Dr removed those!!!!!!! Goooooo GOD Goooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooohoooo!!!!!!! Praise Him Saints!!!!!!!!! Yippee!!!!!!!”

UPDATE, 6/5/13: Libbi posts: “Tracy will be having a colonoscopy between 10 and 10:30am in the morning (Thursday). CT scan showed some abnormalities in bottom of colon. Please pray for him! It’s in God’s hands and I am just gonna trust him for an excellent report!!!”

UPDATE, 6/5/13: Libbi posts: “Dr just came in. CT scan on Tracy’s stomach area shows either an infection at top of colon or a mass. GI dr will be by to look at CT and will decide what to do next. Probably be tomorrow before he can do camera images up in colon. I choose to believe the report of The Lord!!!!!”

UPDATE, 6/4/13: Libbi posts:

Infectious Disease Dr just came and said the brain and shunt look clean from infection. So he said they will be moving to the stomach area and doing a CT scan this evening of the stomach and gall bladder area. He said there was a little abnormality to one side of liver. He thinks it could be his gall bladder. We should know tonight or first thing in the morning.

Thanks for all the prayers and love!!!! God is totally in charge here and I am just gonna stand out of the way and let Him do His thing. I will praise Him in this storm just as I’ve done for the past 4 1/2 months.

UPDATE, 6/4/13: Libbi posts:

Well, so far not sure where infection is at that has caused Tracy’s white blood cell count to be 27,000 last night. This morning they had dropped to 23,000. From the preliminary results of spinal fluid, it doesn’t show infection in brain or shunt. But, it will take a couple days for cultures to grow anything. He’s on broad spectrum antibiotics. He temp is 98. Blood pressure is still elevated some.

Right now once again, it’s a waiting game.

I am still trusting God and know that none of this caught Him by surprise! Yes, I am worn out mentally and physically but I will still fight on and praise God in the process!! God is good!!

UPDATE, 6/4/2013: Two updates from Libbi last night. First: “Headed back to Baptist with Tracy. His white blood cell count is 27,000. He had a fever earlier but is 97.7 right now. His blood pressure has been elevated this afternoon. His heart rate was up, but has since went down. Don’t know what is going on!”

Second: “No pneumonia, no UTI. Doing a spinal tap in few minutes to check for infection in brain.”

UPDATE, 6/3/13: Libbi posted:

We moved Friday to the “Rehab Vacation Home.” We are adjusting. Going into a new place is always scary. You have to start over learning new faces and names. Along with personalities! :0/ Some are not so pleasant. Also, new schedules to learn. If you think hospitals are understaffed then you need to be in a skilled nursing / rehab facility! Ugh!!! Meds that are suppose to be given at 6 is given around 8. I have already had to address this matter. Tracy’s blood pressure has been a booger to control the past few days and has to have his Meds on time or his pressure is gonna be high. I can tell this is gonna be a issue to stay on top off! The blood pressure Meds are still needing some tweaking to get blood pressure down with bottoming out the heart rate. Please, help me pray that God will touch Tracy’s blood pressure and make it normal the way God intended it to be.

OT has already worked with Tracy everyday since being here sitting him on edge of bed and other little stuff. He’s looking a little stronger each time.

This week will be interesting to see how all the therapies will go. Praying they will take Tracy out of the bed and into the therapy rooms for a change of scenery for him. I think if this can happen, it will make Tracy feel like he’s getting better and stronger.

I went home for a couple hours today to shower and do a load of laundry. First time to take a shower at our house since Jan 16!! Felt weird!! I almost felt like a visitor in my own home! LOL I will be making trips home about every other day now due to no shower in Tracy’s room.

My three days with the group was good this past week. It was good to spend some extra time with JK! God I believe worked this out for me to be there for him during a tough time. I’m proud and thankful for the young Christian man he has become! I am working on some dates after June 18 to get back at least a couple dates a weekend with the group. This is gonna require a lot of planning and probably some flying!! Anybody got a plane! :0) I am really trying y’all to do more dates so hang with me!

UPDATE, 5/28/13: Libbi posted:

On the bus headed to Salina, KS. Very hard to leave Tracy tonight!!! I just pray he understands!!

He had a great day today. PT sat him on edge of bed for 30 minutes. Working on his balancing. You can tell he’s getting a little stronger every day. PT said they will try sitting him in a wheel chair Thursday. This should be exciting! I won’t be there, but I know my brother Randy WILL video it or FaceTime me! :0)

I will be flying back home Friday around lunch and then we will move him to Lebanon to the “vacation home!”

Please pray for me and Tracy both during these next few days. This is the first time of being away from him for this long in over 4 months! I miss him terribly already!!! But I know God will watch over both of us!

God is good!!! Give Him praise for all He’s done and gonna do!!!!

UPDATE, 5/26/13: Libbi posted:

Sitting here in Tracy’s room on this beautiful day. Watching my precious Sweet T as he sleeps. I am letting him sleep as much as he can, cause sleep is good for his brain and it’s healing. He had speech a little bit ago and did good.

He will be transferred Friday afternoon to the new skilled nursing “vacation home” and rehab center. We choose to call it a “vacation home” because he is not old for one and he’s not gonna stay there long! :0) Why do these places want to have names that only sound like it’s for old people? We thought he would be moved this weekend or tomorrow, but forgot that it was a holiday weekend. And, I will be going out with the group Lord willing, Tuesday night and fly back home Friday morning. It’s not at all what I want to do, but Leah has a graduation and the other fill ins I sometimes use already had things going. Thank God my brother Randy will be coming to stay with Tracy while I’m gone. He’s as tough as I am with making sure things are done right.

Lord willing after the groups vacation in June, I will be trying to do more dates as I can. Some dates will require me to fly because I cannot be away for long periods of time until Tracy is able to talk for himself.

UPDATE, 5/23/13: Last night, Libbi posted:

I went today to search out a skilled nursing / rehab facility for Tracy to be moved to within the next few days. I think I found one in Lebanon, TN. Just waiting to see if they are able to accept him. I went to several and I just prayed for God to show me the one where He wanted Tracy to be. If this one takes him, I will be 15 miles closer to the house!! And this facility WILL let me stay with him at night some!!! PRAISE THE LORD!! So, help me pray they will accept him.

Tracy tonight has been making noises like he’s trying to hum like. I told him he could talk if he wanted to! I think he’s discovering that he can make noises. I am just waiting for the day he just takes off talking or singing!!! :0)

He has started winking at me!!! Yes, I bout shouted the first time he did it!! I have it on video. He’s back to blinking twice for yes. Rubbing his lips together after putting chap stick on his lips. A lot of this we have not seen since the shunt was put in. The speech therapist has been impressed with his progress this week!! He is holding his head up better when the PT therapist sit him on the edge of bed. He tried to kick me again in the leg! :0) His fingers on the right hand have been moving some. Yeah, it’s coming back!!!!!!!!!!! It may be slow, but it’s happening!!! GOOOOOOO GOD GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Lord willing, I will be in Ringgold, GA this Friday night with the group. Also, Lord willing I will be with them next Wednesday in Salina, KS and Thursday in Guymon, OK. Leah my fill in has a graduation on Thursday night in Florida so she can’t go the first two days. So if nothing happens, I will be with the group those two days and then I will fly back to Nashville on Friday morning. PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME, because this will be the first time I will have been away from Tracy for this long. My heart hurts every time I think about it, but I know God will take care of both of us. My brother Randy will be staying with him during this time.

Remember to thank God for all your blessings tonight!!!! HE’S GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!!

UPDATE, 5/18/13: Libbi posted:

YES, YES I know I haven’t updated in a couple of days. Tracy is doing good. He’s rested most of the day today, but that’s what his brain needs to heal. THANKS TO RONNY AND DIANNE REID from S. Alabama for the healing player by Rev. John Hagee!! It’s taped to the side of Tracy’s bed and plays almost 24/7!! Great for Tracy, but also great for me and great for those that may not be believers!!!!! You will never know how much this means to us!!!

Last night I went to Huntsville, AL to sing with the group. My Pastor’s wife Alisa Grubb went with me for company. I think she’s gonna become my roadie when I have to drive to some of the dates!!! Eat and talk!!! Any ways, Tracy must have missed me pretty bad because his blood pressure stayed up from about 7pm to I got back to his room about 12:30 am. When I walked in and started talking to him, his heart rate went down immediately and then in just a few minutes his blood pressure went down. Made me feel good that he may have missed me!! :0)

Tracy will be moving from Kindred Hospital here to a Skilled Nursing/Rehab facility in the next couple of weeks. He will need more time for his brain to heal and be on the trach a little longer. With 5 bleeds, it just takes time. Not for sure yet which facility he will be going to yet. JK and I will be checking one out in Lebanon and one is Mt Juliet, TN on Monday. Only down side to this is I will not be able to stay with him at night! I wouldn’t worry so much about him if he could talk. But, I pray God will give me a peace about it and Tracy too!!! Not sure how long he will be there, but probably for a little while. Please, pray for me during this transition!! I’m a protector!!!

UPDATE, 5/15/13: Libbi posted:

Tracy did good with the blood transfusion he received Monday night at midnight. Fever elevated tiny bit, but nothing major. He seems to be staying awake a little more off and on through the day and night. Yesterday evening he lifted his head off the pillow about 3 times and tried to turn his head. That’s a great thing. PRAISE THE LORD.

Working on trying to get him on a schedule of some sort with his sleeping and staying awake so when the therapist come in he will stay awake for them. So far…….well I still have some tweaking to do! :0/ PT and I set him up on the edge of the bed again yesterday and he did well with holding his head up, but it just really tires him. He set up for about 15 mins with me holding his back. Therapist kinda got on to him because he felt like he wasn’t really putting forth a lot of effort. Just praying that this will improve!!! He may be discouraged I don’t know. I am trying everything I know to encourage him and cheer him on (even have pom poms)! :0)

He did great yesterday on the speaking valve. He was on it for probably 4 hours. He’s already been on it for 2 hours today and still going. The doctor said his lungs sound soooo much better. The speech therapist is teaching me some more things to work with Tracy on being he responds more to me than them. We will see how this goes. …

Please continue to pray for Tracy’s strength, that it will improve each day! Pray for me to have patiences and not try to rush things that can’t be rushed. Sometimes I am a pusher and want things to happen NOW!! I am learning, IN GOD’S TIME, things will happen!

 

UPDATE, 5/12/13: Libbi posted:

Today has been a great day!!! Such a beautiful blessed day!!! I got up this morning and went to church with JK, my Mom, my sister Debra and Bro in law Chris. The nurse Tracy had this morning was soooo sweet and told me she would watch Tracy while I was gone if I wanted to go to church. Then, the cleaning lady came in and we started talking about going to church, being saved and stuff and she told me the same thing, that she would watch Tracy while I was gone to church. It was great being in my home church and able to worship with my family!!! My Pastor, Mark Grubb did some incredible preaching on End Times!!

When I got back to the hospital, I ask Tracy if he missed me and he blinked his eyes twice to tell me yes! :0) I missed him too!!! But, felt good to take a little break to go to church. Then all the family came to the hospital and brought food for Mother’s Day lunch! It’s always great when we can be together. JK brought me a Peanut Butter Pie, Amish Peanut Butter and bread from Blue Gate Amish Rest. in Shipshewana, IN!! My FAVORITE!!!!! And he brought me beautiful flowers! He’s such a great son!!! Blessed to call him son!!

Tracy has got settled in now I think. He seems to be resting well. His secretions seems to be better. He’s been awake a good bit today. I worked him out some when I got back from church. Talked to him a lot. I have about got his facial expressions figured out. He watched a little bit of Tiger Woods golfing and then fell asleep. It’s amazing how watching golf does me the same way!!! :0)

Lord willing tomorrow he will begin his therapies here at Kindred. I am praying that God will gird him with a supernatural strength to do what he needs to do! I’m gonna get my pom poms out that someone sent me and cheer him on!!!

Please pray specifically this week for God to move Tracy toward a great progressive week!! Pray for strength that will totally amaze the doctors, nurses and therapists! I BELIEVE!!!!

If all goes well Friday and it’s the Lord’s will, I may be with the group in Huntsville, AL that night with The McKameys. I will update y’all closer to the date. I have to line up people I trust and that he knows to stay with Tracy that afternoon and that night til I would get back about 11pm.

UPDATE, 5/11/13: Libbi posted:

Good morning!!!! It’s a great day to be a live!!!! A brand new day is here, filled with new mercies and new miracles!!!! I praise the Lord for ALL His goodness, grace, mercy and love!!!!! Hope you find the blessings, mercies and miracles throughout your whole day!!!!

Tracy is being moved back to Kindred sometime today. The doctors feel that he has improved greatly in the past couple of days and that he’s ready to head back and start back on the road to recovery!!! And yes……I am trusting God and expecting nothing less than a full recovery, in God’s time!!!! I know there’s a lot of doubters out there who will say, I just don’t know about that. Well, it’s your choice to be a doubting Thomas!!!! I choose to BELIEVE AND TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD!!!! The world has always been filled with doubting Thomas’ from the beginning of time and will be til the very end of time!! What a miserable life to live always doubting God. It’s been a 111 days and we are still here, a live and breathing!!! That’s a miracle within it’s self!! I hope and pray that if you are a doubting Thomas, that God will show you just as he did Thomas himself, that HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS!!!! AND “NOTHING” IS TOO HARD FOR HIM OR IMPOSSIBLE!!! I’ve already experienced one major miracle this week that to man looked totally impossible, but to God it wasn’t nothing!!!! Don’t go through life always doubting, start trusting God and see how different life can be.

Thank you again to everyone who has prayed a prayer, sent an email, text, cards, love gifts, bought a motel room, hosted a benefit concert, requested prayer, had prayer vigils, have sent prayer cloths, prayer shawls, blankets, bought a lift chair and sooooo much more!!!!! I may not have been able to thank each one of you in person or personally, but I am doing it now, because I DO appreciate everything!!! I will be forever grateful for all the love, prayers and concern you all have shown our family over the past 111 days. My prayer is God will “richly” bless each one of you!!!!!

To all the Moms out there, let me take this time to say “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” tomorrow!!!! I pray it is a very blessed day!!!! I am happy that my sweet mom is in town for the weekend!!! God has given me the greatest Mom ever!!!!

UPDATE, 5/9/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

Sorry I haven’t updated in the past 24 hours but been waiting on test results and blood cultures to come back on Tracy’s pneumonia and his latest CT scan this morning.

The CT scan this morning from Tracy’s brain shows that the shunt is doing it’s thing. The old blood from the ventricles from the last bleeds he had several weeks ago has decreased!! PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!! It will take several more weeks and maybe months for all the blood to dissolve. The little pocket of spinal fluid near the shunt is better! So, everything with the brain is improving! Gooooo GOD Goooooo!!!!!!

The pneumonia shows sign of clearing up. Tracy has been more awake today than he’s been in several days. He’s been trying to watch ESPN. Sometimes he just tires out and falls back to sleep. Dr. Ulm said anyone with pneumonia would be sleepy, tired and not feel good. He said give him time to get over this and we should see some progress. The secretions are not all yellow and green anymore, but a white color. So, we may be heading back to Kindred tomorrow. I just want him to be better before he goes anywhere!! . . .

I will try to update again tomorrow if we get to go back to Kindred. Thanks to everyone who has prayed so hard for my Sweet T!!! Y’all have been so faithful to keep praying and lifting him up. I will never ever be able to thank y’all enough!!!!! I love y’all and y’all are the greatest friends ever!!!!! I pray God richly bless you all!!!!!!

UPDATE, 5/7/13, 8:30 PM: Libbi posted: 

Well, Tracy was admitted back to the hospital last night after having CT scan and X-ray. He has pneumonia, which I found out this evening from Kindred where he was at, that he came there with pneumonia. Surprised me! No one told me anything about it! Ugh!!! So, they have him on 3 different kinds of antibiotics to make sure they have good coverage in case there’s infection somewhere else. Should have cultures back in next 48 hrs.

CT scan showed a little pocket of fluid on the right side of brain, that was there after putting the shunt in had a little more fluid than 3 weeks ago on last CT scan. Not a significant amount, but more than before. Dr. Darice Spackmen (Dr. Ulm’s PA) came in this evening and opened up the shunt pressure to let more fluid be released. He will have another CT scan done tomorrow to make sure it’s doing the job.

Tracy’s temp is back to normal tonight!!! Praise God!!!!

PT worked with him this morning by sitting him on edge of bed and he did very well considering him being tired from a long night of getting settled in. He even balanced for a few seconds on his own.

Speech and OT will be by to work with him tomorrow. Praying he has strength from God to do great!!

Don’t have a clue as to how long we will be here, praying not long!! Ready to move forward in the name of Jesus!!!!

Thanks to everyone for praying extra hard for my sweet man!!!! I am forever grateful!!! Please keep it up!!!

None of this caught God by surprise!!! He is all knowing and all seeing!!! His Will be done, not mine. I just pray for more grace to keep fighting on this journey He has laid before us!

Thank You God for Your sustaining grace!!! I love You!!!

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UPDATE, 5/7/13, 6 AM: Last night, Libbi posted: “CT scan showed the area where the little pocket of fluid was right after shunt was put in has gotten a tiny bit bigger, so Dr Ulm is going to program shunt to release more fluid in the morning. Dr Ulm said fluid is not really a concern. But he has pneumonia in the upper right lobe of lung, so he said it could cause him to act the way he has been past couple of days. So we will be here at the hospital a day or two to get all this fixed.”

UPDATE, 5/6/13, 8 PM: This afternoon, Libbi posted: “Sending Tracy back to Baptist for CT scan here in a few minutes. He’s been waking up, but not responding to commands very well. So, I will let u know what happens. “

Earlier today, she posted: “Today has been an ok day with Tracy. Not a lot going on. He’s been awake off and on. Had echo cardiogram on his heart this morning. I guess I will know results when Dr comes around. PT and OT came in to access him. Speech therapist came in and did some small things, nothing too productive.”

UPDATE, 5/4/13, 2 PM: Libbi posted:

Well, we are settled in at Kindred in Nashville. Tracy seemed to have a good night last night. The people here are very kind. They gave Tracy a room with two beds, one for him and one for me, so I can stay with him at night! I am one blessed individual! I will stay with him at night for a couple of weeks to get him settled and adjusted and then I may try to go home for a night here and there. I haven’t slept in our bed at home since January 15. I’ve only been home three times for a couple of hours each time. We will see how things go.

Tracy woke up with a little bit of a fever this morning. He’s been coughing up secretions in a fair amount. Praying the fever goes away, in Jesus’ Name!!!!

UPDATE, 5/3/13: Last night, Libbi posted:

Wow, where do I start this update at? Today has been filled with so many emotions on so many different levels!!

First off: Tracy will be going to a rehab/hospital facility tomorrow (Friday)!!! Yeah, this came about today. It’s a acute rehab/hospital facility, so he won’t be having to go to a nursing home. It’s actually the place where Mike Bowling works some days when at home doing respiratory therapy. It’s called Kindred Hospital. The majority of their patients have trachs, so they work toward weaning the patient off the trachs, while at the same time getting PT, OT and speech therapy. This move is a little bit overwhelming for me. I guess cause we’ve been here at Baptist for 103 days and it’s been like our home. I am sooo happy for the progress and the step forward and thank God for it. I don’t know how to explain it……..kinda like getting married and moving away from home I guess. I hope you understand what I’m saying! But, any ways it’s a big step forward!!! Kind of strange too that my motel room was paid up through today! So, I went and cleared everything out tonight. Thanks to Krista Watson and Zach Kennedy for the help packing my little Sadie Bell (my car) full of stuff from 3 months! I will be able to stay with Tracy at this facility at night or I will be a little closer to home and can just go home if I need to. For the first week or so I will stay there with him and then maybe go home some at night. I just hate leaving him!!! But, we will see what happens. Y’all pray that this transition will go great and we can both adjust to this next big step!

Tracy did GREAT in speech therapy today. He made the therapist cry!! She worked with him on word recognition to see if he was comprehending what we were saying. She wrote things on cards for him to do and held them up to him to read to see if he would do it. HE DID!!!!!!! Praise GOD!!!!! She put a straw in his hand and held up two pictures, one of a cup and the other a key. She ask him to point to the cup, HE DID!!!!! He answered every question right!!! The therapist started crying and said, he’s in there!!! He’s comprehending what we are saying. Just gonna take some time on the talking part. Gotta get all those muscles back to working. She also worked with him on swallowing again and he did good on that. He kept the speaking valve on for almost 45 minutes today. All the nurses came in the room and said, we heard he did great in speech today, that’s all Joy (the therapist) was talking about!!! :0) AIN’T GOD SOOOOO GOOD?????? GOOOOOO GOD GOOOOO!!!!

The OT came in and worked with him on his arms and hands range of motion and we seen some movement on the right side again. Not, big movements but enough that we know it is there!! His OT is wanting to stay in touch because she wants to see his progress. She is the sweetest person ever!!!

We have sooooo much to be thankful for tonight!!!!!!! God has been answering prayers left and right!!!! Still got a long journey in front of us, but God is seeing us through it!!!!

Dear God in heaven, I don’t know where to start with saying thank You for all that has happen today!!!!! I admit, I am a bit overwhelmed with leaving our security bubble here, but I know You will go with us from here to there!!! Thank You Father for the progress Tracy is making!!! I am still expecting nothing less than an excellent miracle for Tracy’s total healing of his whole entire body!!! I am expecting it because You said in Your Word that I could ask ANYTHING in Your name, in faith believing and YOU would do it!!!! You don’t lie, so I am expecting a 100% total healing from the top of Tracy’s head to the tips of his toes and all the places in between!!!! Waiting on Your timing!!! I love You Sweet Father for everything in my life!!!!!

UPDATE, 5/2/13: Last night, Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a couple of semi quiet days. The speech therapist has work with Tracy every day this week so far and he’s done really good. This morning his dad and mom got to be in the room while the therapist worked with him. It was exciting for them to see the improvements he’s made. He has said my name each time. Yesterday he said it really well with mouth movements and all. He got to have a popsicle yesterday, which is good for tongue movement and exercise. Today, he was given a tart frozen lemon thing to help wake up his taste buds. Needless to say, he wasn’t too fond of that stuff. JK came in and had his dad sticking his tongue out at him. A little each day……

The physical therapist worked with setting him up on the edge of the bed again this morning. He was able to sit 15 mins being assisted. The therapist was commenting on how much more Tracy looked alert and vibrant. He was holding his head up a little more today. He’s coming a long, just gonna take some time and baby steps, BUT we will get there by the help and grace of GOD!!!!!

OT therapist is trying a thing with Tracy’s hands and arms by taping them with this special kind of tape. It moves out swelling and it also helps promote movement. She put the tape on the right hand yesterday and today we have movement. It’s not like the whole hand is moving, but it’s more than what we have seen since the shunt was put in. He arms kinda looks like a blue spider man. :0)

I just pray every day when he starts to do his therapy that God will just give Tracy a supernatural strength to do what he needs to do. Since being off the muscle relaxer Baclofen he has been able to do much better! That stuff is for the birds!!! :0{ (My translation).

If everything goes well with Tracy, I may be with the group Sunday morning in Springfield, TN and Sunday night in Camden, TN. This is not a definite, as I will have to wait up til Sunday morning to see how he’s doing. His dad and mom will be staying with him if I do decide that I can go. Both of these dates are close to home, so I think I will feel comfortable in doing them. I probably won’t have a voice worth a flip to sing with, but it will be ok as long as I let God use me!

UPDATE, 4/30/13: Last night, Libbi posted: “Tracy did great in speech and physical therapy today!!! They worked together with him. He said my name faintly. He tried counting! They worked with him on smiling. He kept the speaking valve on for 35 mins! They had him picking up a Kleenex and wipe his mouth. Turning his head as much as he could. I was almost about to shout!!! 100 days and it’s progress!!!! God is good!!!!!”

UPDATE, 4/27/13: Libbi posted:

I figured I should give y’all an update being that I didn’t do one yesterday. Yesterday was a very frustrating day and the night before. Tracy’s oxygen level the night before kept getting below 90 and one time as low as 82. I would suction him out and it would come back up where it was suppose to, but then start going back down slowly. At one point he threw up cause the secretions were so thick he started gagging. So, I was up all night watching him to make sure he didn’t throw up again and that he was suctioned out. I guess I ticked the night nurse off with trying to keep Tracy cleaned out and so the yesterday morning, they came in and changed his trach from a T collar to a trach collar. By doing this, I can’t suction him, only the nurse or the respiratory therapist which up to this point only came in to change the water canister. The doctor came in to see what my concerns were and I told him and the charge nurse. He ordered that Tracy get a breathing treatment and suctioning every 4 hours if needed. This has made things better for Tracy.

Another issue we had was the dr had put Tracy on a muscle relaxer for his left hand and arm. Well, this absolutely knocked him out for almost two days. He would try waking up and might stay awake 5 mins and would be right back asleep. He was soooo out of it yesterday he couldn’t even hardly function for physical therapy and speech. He would just have a blank stare when he was awake. I finally told the nurse that I did not want him on it anymore. We will deal with the hand and arm and work a little longer on getting the stiffness out. I woke up at 5:20am and Tracy was awake and stayed awake til about 1:30pm. My niece Krisi Pilling and I decided to leave the hospital being I haven’t left since Monday morning to go eat lunch while he slept. After we left the tech came in and bathed him. He is now asleep again.

Needless to say, yesterday I didn’t even get out of my pajamas!! I never even left the hospital room. I was really frustrated and didn’t care who knew it. Yes, I am human and I DO have my moments. After 98 days of being here, I think I deserve at least one day of being allowed to get it all out!!!

Tracy was able to stay on the passy muir speaking valve for 20 minutes yesterday and was able to make some sounds!!! The therapist was impressed with him not laboring to breathe during those 20 minutes. He could have stayed on longer, but she had a meeting to go to. He wasn’t given any thing to test his swallowing due to being so sleepy. Maybe Monday we can get back on track with making more progress on the swallowing and working toward getting the trach out!

UPDATE, 4/23/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

I’ve had a bunch of people texting and emailing wanting to know how our first night out in a regular room was after being in ICU for so long. It was good. Would be better if the nurses that we’ve had knew how to operate the trach that Tracy has. But, they are not familiar with it because it’s mainly just used in ICU. I woke up about every hour checking on Tracy and listening to see if he needed suctioning. The night nurse tried several times, but she just didn’t go down into the lungs far enough to get out the secretions that he had out. Then, when I would go to sleep, the IV buzzers or feeding tube would go off signaling that all the medicine or formula was out of the bags. Praying tonight will be better! :0)

I felt good this morning when one of the ICU nurses called me to check on us and then another one who taught me about the trach came to the room this afternoon to check on us. It’s comforting to know that they are just down the hall if I need them. They have been so wonderful to Tracy and I.

Tracy has slept most of the day. I figured he would because he was awake for so long yesterday and last night. I just let him sleep because it’s what his brain needs to heal. I did give him a bath this morning by myself, turning him and all! Wasn’t too bad, but it’s something that I do need to get help with. I also worked Tracy out after giving him a bath. By the time I finished it was almost 11am. I had about 20 text messages and phone calls on my phone when I was finished. I am trying to keep the same pattern in the regular room as I did in the ICU about not talking on the phone. I really want Tracy to get great rest and not have to be bothered with my phone ringing constantly and me talking on it. I hope those calling will understand. Again, if you have my number just text me! Texting works better for me any ways.

At some point and time this week, Tracy will be having a swallowing test done. Not sure to what extent, but we will see what happens. Tomorrow the PT will come in to sit Tracy on the edge of the bed again. Please pray that God will give him a supernatural strength to do what they want him to do.

Well, that’s about all there is to talk about right now. We are just maintaining for a bit. Please, keep praying!!!

UPDATE, 4/23/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Well, Tracy was moved out of ICU to a regular room this morning!!!! Praise the Lord!!!! It was scary and exciting at the same time!! Scary because we were leaving his security bubble that he’s been in for the past 93 days. And, just about all of his good nurses were working today. We feel like family!! But, it was exciting because this proves that God has worked another great miracle!!! Thanks to Mike Bowling for coming by as we were moving to the new room. He was able to show me more stuff on the trach and breathing stuff. I just might turn out to be a pretty good respiratory therapist or nurse before this is all over! :0)

The physical therapist came in before moving him and worked with him and he did really well. I knelt down in front of him and he was able to put his left arm around my neck and hugged me!!! Yeah, it felt great!!!! He’s still very weak, but he’s showing signs of slowly improving. As long as we are moving forward, we will take it slowly.

UPDATE, 4/21/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Things have been rather quiet the past couple of days, so that’s the reason for no updates. We like quiet days with no drama! 🙂 Most of the days consist of Tracy resting and sleeping. After 5 bleeds/strokes, his brain needs all the rest it can get to heal! Today he has watched Dr. Charles Stanley, some of the NASCAR race and some hockey in between sleeping. I even took a little nap too!! Our niece Brittany Johnson DeVault came to eat lunch after church and she took a nap too behind the chair in the ICU room. 😮

Hopefully tomorrow Tracy will be moved to a regular room if the ICU Dr feels he’s ready to make the move. We will see what happens.

I have had several people calling my phone during the day and just a reminder, I only text when I am in Tracy’s room. I will try to return the calls after 6 pm til 8 pm. If you don’t hear from me, please text me.

UPDATE, 4/19/13, 3 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy is doing good! Thought we were going to a regular room today but, Dr feels he has a little too much secretions. So he said maybe tomorrow or Sunday. Better safe than sorry!

He’s been awake more this morning. He was awake when I got here this morning! I love it when he’s awake. I always come in and say, hello Sunshine!!! Then I usually sing, You are my Sunshine! This morning he looked content while I was singing it to him! ;0)

UPDATE, 4/19/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Today has been a quiet day for Tracy. He’s mostly been sleeping. He needs that right now.

If nothing happens he will be moved to a regular room tomorrow!! In one sense it’s gonna be sad because we’ve had some incredible nurses!!! So many of them have loved on us the past 89 days!!! Even if they are not his nurse for the day or night, they will come by his room to check on us and to give me a hug!!! That means sooo much!!! Some of them have also taught me a lot of stuff!! Today his nurse Chris taught me how to suction him out on his trach. Yeah, I was terrified at the beginning, but Chris reassured me that I could not hurt Tracy doing this. I really think I could be a nurse except for all those weird names and words of medicines!! I have to have laymen terms!!! ;0) Kinda like the fancy people say “dinner” and I say “supper!!” Hehehe! Any ways, I’m gonna miss all these special people who have went above and beyond for Tracy while being in ICU!! But, I am sooo ready to move on with progress!!!

It’s still gonna be a long road for Tracy, but maybe in the next few weeks I can start doing a few dates here and there that are close or some have mentioned flying me in and out on certain dates. I’m just trusting God with the details of everything! I find it’s better HIS way and not mine!!! :0)

Well, I think this is about it for now. Please continue to pray for God to supernaturally strengthen Tracy daily!!!! I am expecting nothing less than a MIRACLE!!!! Don’t know when it will happen, but I know it will!!!

Thank you again for loving us and standing with us through all the ups and downs!!! My heart is overwhelmed by all the love and prayers!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/17/13, noon: Libbi posted:

I am HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!! PT & OT therapists just got Tracy up on edge of bed and he was up for 20 mins. He kicked a little smiley face ball that I had for him several times with his left foot!!!! HAPPY dance!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!!!! I told him to kick me and he tried! ;0) Held his head up pretty good too! His blood pressure/ heart rate/ oxygen level, everything was incredible during this whole time of sitting up!!! He looked a lot stronger today!! I really think this was a boost for him today!!!! I could see it in his eyes!!! I kept telling him over and over how proud I was of him and I am!!!! I also told him I was gonna go buy me a cheerleader’s outfit to wear when he does therapy!!!

UPDATE, 4/16/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a good couple of days of resting. I think his body just needed to try to catch up. He’s still on the trach collar and has been since Saturday morning. They actually removed the ventilator out of his room this morning!! That is a step forward on progress!! Mike Bowling (who is a respiratory therapist) was in the room when they came in and we had just been talking about, wondered when they would take it out? Can’t wait for the day that he is totally off trach collar and able to talk!!!

Tracy no longer is a one sided Bozo the clown hair head! 🙂 His nurse today shaved the other side of his head while I was gone to cafeteria for lunch. I came back into his room and he looked like a biker! Hehehehe! At least now it will all be the same length when it grows out!

Praying for God’s will on a rehab facility. One that will give him intense therapy. As we learned with my mom when she had her massive stroke in 2000, it’s important for them to have intense therapy!!! Please help us pray that God will work out every detail where He wants him to be, as it is getting close for him to be moved.

UPDATE, 4/16/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Dr. Ulm came in this morning and he doesn’t know why all the concern last night. He said CT scan looked good. He said the spot that everybody thought was blood he says he’s almost for sure it’s spinal fluid. And it’s only a very small spot. He was very pleased with the scan. He said, Tracy would have moments of being sleepy because of all his body has been through.
Go GOD Go!!!!

The PT just came in and set him up on the edge of the bed! First time his feet have been on the floor in 84 days!! He did very well considering he’s been in bed for 84 days. PT was impressed with the amount of strength he had with trying to hold his head up and not bobbing! He also knew where his center point of balance was. He did have to have support holding him up, but he was able to balance himself for several seconds! The PT said, for as long as he has been in bed, he did very well!!!! Whoop, whoop!!! Another big ole’ Go GOD Go!!!!!!!!!!

Praise Him y’all!!!!!!! HE is WORTHY!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/15/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy pretty well has had a good day. He seemed more sleepy today than yesterday. The nurse tonight called for a CT scan just to make sure everything is ok. The scan came back with a small amount of blood on the right side of brain. Dr. Ulm has ordered to start Tracy on Keppra, which is to prevent onset of seizures. People who have had or has blood on the brain are at a higher risk of seizures, which can cause set backs. They will continue to monitor Tracy closely and watch for any neuro changes or any other changes for that matter. He is still responding when awake. Some of sleepiness could be from anesthesia from surgery also. I will update tomorrow. I am trusting God and His will. Tracy is in His hands and none of this has caught God off guard! I am expecting excellent progress from here on out!!! I choose to praise God for all things He has done and is gonna do!!!! Satan and all his little demons might as well go to hell where they belong, because I rebuke them in the name of Jesus!!!! They have NO authority over Tracy or his body!!!!! 

UPDATE, 4/14/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted last night that Tracy was able to write his own name! It wasn’t neat, of course, but it was recognizably his name! Praise God!

UPDATE, 4/13/13, 5 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy is doing good today. He’s been a little sleepy due to being put to sleep yesterday evening for the shunt surgery. When he does wake up, he tries to watch the Master’s Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, but it does to him what it does to me……….puts him to sleep!!! ;0)

The incision looks good. He was running a slight fever, but I think that’s common after surgery. He looks really little. He’s lost a lot of fluid over the past couple days.

They put him back on the track collar this morning and he’s doing good with it.

Over all, it’s been a quiet day.

UPDATE, 4/13/13, last night: Libbi posted:

I should already be in bed getting some extra sleep, but with the miracle God has given us today well………it’s just hard to go to sleep!!!!! GO GOD GO!!!!

Seemed like we waited all day for the surgery to begin. Dr. Ulm came into the ICU room and was giving me last minute options on surgery or not and the things that could go wrong. I knew in my heart this was the moment that I was gonna prove to God, that I totally trusted Him!!! Kinda like when we were kids and Daddy would set us up on a table and say, jump!!! I will catch you, you have nothing to be afraid of!! And you know what?? We jumped!!! Why???? Because we trusted Daddy that he would not let us fall!!! Today………Was that moment for me to say, Daddy here I come, I am trusting You not to let me fall!!! When Dr. Ulm looked at me and said, it’s up to you what you want to do for Tracy. I looked him in the eyes and said, I just have to trust God with this!!
He then looked at me and said, if it was my family, I would do the same thing! Then, he said, let’s pray!!!!! I was expecting myself or my brother to lead the prayer, but Dr. Ulm took off and started praying!!!! Y’all this is such a God thing!!!! That’s the kind of Doctor you want to have working on you!!!
I looked at Tracy and told him I loved him and I would see him when he came out. Then we went to the waiting room. I didn’t get stressed or worried the time waiting, because I knew God had this!!! The phone rang in the waiting room and they said, it was for the Stuffle family. I answered the phone and it was Dr. Ulm. He said, the drainage tube came out with not issues or bleed. He said, they put the shunt in and everything went great with it with no issues or bleeds. I immediately started thanking God! I got off the phone and told my family, my Pastor & his wife and some friends that came from Pittsburg, Il the great news!!!! We gathered in a circle and thanked and praised God right there in the middle of that waiting room!!!

It was about 45 minutes before Tracy was back in the room. When I walked in, I was shocked because they shaved one side of his head and the other side was sticking out like Bozo the clown. :0) Tracy’s always tried to get me to let him shave his head and I would always say, NOPE!!! Well…………..I took a picture of him where he can see it later down the road. The nurse for tonight promised me he was gonna look after Tracy all night and for me to come and get some rest. I just talked to the nurse and he said, all of Tracy’s vitals were great and he had opened his eyes a couple of times, but he would be asleep just about all night from being put to sleep during the surgery.

Y’all, thank you soooooooo much for sticking with me and praying for this day to come and there be no issues and no bleeds!!!!! I just can’t say it enough!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, don’t stop praying!!!! Let’s pray him back on stage!!!! GO GOD GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/12/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

Praise God!!!! Praise God!!!! Praise God!!!!!!!Tracy’s surgery is done, everything went great!!!!!! PTL!!!!!!

UPDATE, 4/12/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Dr. Darice just came in and said Tracy’s surgery to put the shunt in will be around 3:30pm this afternoon!

I will update again whenever they take him back to OR.

…and…

Dr. Ulm and the surgery team just took Tracy back to the OR for the surgery to implant the permanent shunt into the brain.

Please pray!!! I will update as soon as we know something! The surgery will be about 2 hours long.

UPDATE, 4/11/13, 5 PM: Libbi posted: 

We have all clear on the infection in the brain!!!!! Praise The Lord and thank You Jesus!!! And it’s a God thing because this new EVD drain that was replaced last Wednesday is blocked!!! It stopped working about 10 am this morning. So, here’s the plan: Dr. Ulm just came in and tried to flush the line, but was unsuccessful. The plan is to put the shunt in sometime tomorrow. Tracy will be going for a CT scan here shortly to check the status of the brain and fluid. They will monitor him throughout the afternoon and evening for any neuro changes. If there’s none, then the surgery will be tomorrow. But, if he does start having neuro changes, they may do it this evening after 7pm. Dr. Ulm had the feeding tube turned off just now, in case he has to do the surgery this evening. They will be placing the shunt in a different area with hopes of it not clogging up. I was told earlier by a nurse last week that the drainage tube on the shunt was larger than on the EVD. But, Dr. Ulm just said, no it’s the same size.

Here’s the prayer request:
For no neuro changes!!
No issues before, during or after surgery!!
NO bleeds before, during or after surgery!!
And NO clots that can cause the drain to block up!!!
For Dr. Ulm to trace God’s hands during this surgery for the correct placement of the shunt!!
For God to give him and the other assistants in surgery knowledge and wisdom to do every procedure correctly.

I will update this evening if any changes takes place, if not I may wait to update in the morning.

UPDATE, 4/10/13, 12:30 PM: Libbi posted: “Second day of CSF culture is CLEAR!!!! If clear tomorrow, will do shunt tomorrow or Friday! Praise The Lord!!!!!!!!!”

UPDATE, 4/9/13, 7 PM: Libbi posted: Dr Carr, Tracy’s infectious disease dr just came in and said preliminary results of CSF fliud from brain show all clear of infection, but wants to wait another day to make sure it stays that way. Please keep praying!!!! 

UPDATE, 4/9/13, last night: Libbi posted:

I know it’s been a couple of days since I have updated on Tracy. Things have been going good and quiet. There’s not really been anything going on to update. I’ve had several people emailing me wanting updates. I don’t won’t to send too many messages out with nothing new to report on. If you don’t see an update on Facebook or Caringbridge.org then you will know things are going good and no changes.

Dr. Darice drew CSF fluid this morning to see if the infection is gone. It will take 48 to 72 hours to get the results back. If the infection is totally gone, they will proceed ahead with putting the shunt in ASAP. Please stay in prayer that there will be NO INFECTION, NO ISSUES WITH PUTTING SHUNT IN AND NO BLEEDS!! I feel like when we get over this bump in the road, Tracy will be able to make some progress with moving toward rehab. Also, be in prayer for God to place Tracy in the rehab facility that he will get the best care with intense therapy.

Tracy has been on the trach collar for 33 hours!!! That means he’s basically breathing on his own, so this is a big deal!! Praise The Lord!!!

UPDATE, 4/7/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Been another quiet day with Tracy. He was very alert all day today. When I walked into the ICU room this morning he was wiggling his left foot as to say look at me, at what I’m doing! I told him, GO TRACY GO!!!! Then I had to thank God!!!! Then I worked with him on reaching with his left hand and arm and he did great with that. We watched a couple episodes of Duck Dynasty, a couple baseball games and a basketball game. He was still awake when I had to leave at 6pm. He was still awake when I returned at 8pm. But, he finally drifted off to sleep about 9:15pm, so we prayed with him and I came back to the hotel room to get a little extra sleep.

It will pretty much be a waiting game for the next few days waiting to see what the results of the CSF is. It will probably be Wednesday or Thursday before we know anything if the infection is cleared up. I’m trusting God for a excellent report!!!! :0)

UPDATE, 4/5/13, 9 AM: Libbi posted:

Things have been rather quiet the past couple days for Tracy. He’s rested great. When he wakes up, he’s wide awake! Last night Matthew Holt stopped by on his way to meet the GVB bus and he actually got two smiles out of Tracy and a kiss on the cheek! Tracy’s always thought of Matthew as a second son.

During his work outs this morning, one with me at 8am and his physical therapist, Tracy was able to touch his chin and nose!!! This is a pretty big deal. They have him back on the trach collar again today. Yesterday they let him rest after having drain and trach changed. But, today it’s been back to work!! No rest for the weary! :0)

We are still waiting for the infection in the brain to clear up. They should be drawing more fluid Monday morning to see if the infection is gone. I’m praying and believing for an excellent report!!! God has the best reports of anyone!!

UPDATE, 4/4/13, 2 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy has been sleeping good this morning. They’ve had to change out his trach this morning because the bulb had a leak last night. So I think it has worn him out. He’s also running a little bit of a temp.

The new EVD drainage cath is working great! Go GOD Go!!!
The next few days will be a waiting game for infection to clear out completely so they can discuss the shunt.

Just wanted to update you on what’s been going on today so far.

Thanks for ALL the prayers, love and support during this journey!!! We will never be able to thank y’all enough!!! I wish I could hug each one of you!! Just know every act of kindness shown to us is appreciated more than you can ever know!!!!!! We love you all!!!!

UPDATE, 4/4/13, 6 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy is out of OR from having EVD drainage cath replaced and it was a success with no bleed!!!! Thank You Jesus!!!! This is the 7th one. We are praying the next step will be the shunt next week! Just have to wait on infection to completely clear out first!

Thank you to everyone who has been diligently praying all day!!! It’s been a long day for us waiting on the replacement to take place. I am fixin to head to motel to get some sleep. I stayed in the ICU last night so a good hot bath will feel good!!

Father God, You have moved again and showed Your mighty work!!!! Our hearts are forever grateful and thankful for Your miracles and blessings!!! ALL praise, glory and honor belongs to You!!!
Father, keep us through this night and if You tarry Your coming we will rise in the morning with thanksgiving in our hearts!!!
I love You Poppa!!!!

UPDATE, 4/3/13, 12:30 PM: Libbi made two posts this morning. The first:

Tracy has Staph RS infection on the brain and it has grown since yesterday. So, they will be changing the EVD drain cath again probably mid morning. They will be putting him on two more antibiotics and pray they work! Then if the infection is gone by Monday they will do the shunt Monday.Dr. Darice said there’s a tiny little clot right around the end of the cath that is keeping this EVD from working! They were very upset to see that the infection has grown since yesterday! She said Dr Ulm has really done his best to make the insertion of the EVD as sterile as he possibly can. But, she and I both agreed God has a plan that we just can’t see!

I haven’t gotten several messages and emails from people who are concerned that I may be giving up on this fight. Let me remind you all, I am NOT a quitter, but a fighter!!!!! Until the last breath is drawn, I fight!!!! That’s not to say that I don’t get frustrated because I do! I’m human!!!! God has been very faithful to give me strength for the past 72 days!!! Yes, I am tired physically and mentally but that’s normal!!! By God’s grace and strength, we fight on!!!! Even Moses had to have Aaron his brother to hold his arms up for him!!!! I am forever grateful for everyone who has prayed a prayer and fasted!!! I pray you will continue on with me!!!!

I am gonna also ask that Tracy receive no visitors between now and Monday. Gonna try to keep as many germs down as possible. Even immediate family members I am asking for no physical contact!

Prayer Need Today:
For Dr. Ulm has he performs this 7th procedure! That he will trace God’s hands!!

For the other medical staff who will be in the OR assisting.

For NO BLEEDS!!!! NO ISSUES before, during or after!!!

For God to kill this infection once and for all!!!!!

Dear Lord, I know You have a plan in this situation!! I can’t see it, but I don’t have too!! All I’m required to do is trust You and that I am doing!!! Give me an extra boost of strength and grace to carry on with this fight!!! I am thankful for everything You have done and You are doing in this matter!!! I do not won’t to get in Your way!
I love You Lord more than ever!!!

The second:

Tracy’s infectious disease Dr came and said he does not have Staph RS, but what he had the last time, gram negative cocci. He said it could take from a week up to 3 weeks to get totally rid of the infection. So, Dr. Ulm will proceed with replacing the EVD drain this afternoon. The shunt will be done when ALL the infection is gone, however long that takes. So, we could be looking at anywhere from a week to 3 weeks.

Praise The Lord it’s not Staph!!!!!

I will update again when they start to do the EVD replacement surgery this afternoon.

UPDATE, 4/2/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:

Today has been an interesting day to say the least.

The EVD drain has not worked all day. However, Tracy has been alert and been on trach collar all day and follows commands.

Here’s the plan for the next 24 hrs:
They will be doing a new CT scan sometime tonight. If Tracy stays awake and responsive then they will consult the infectious disease dr in the morning to see where the infection is at in the brain. If it has cleared out, then they will proceed with putting the permanent shunt in. If the infection is still there then they will replace the EVD drainage cath again in the morning. If By chance Tracy were to become unresponsive through the night they will go ahead and replace the drain.

I will try to update as soon as we know what is gonna happen.

All prayers appreciated!!! Tracy is in God’s hands and it’s God’s will not mine. None of this has taken God by surprise!

UPDATE, 4/2/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had another quiet day. He was able to stay on the tracy collar for 10 hrs. today! That is really good, but really wore him out. He seemed to be ignoring me when I would talk to him. I think this is normal. Probably upset with me because I worked him out twice today! :0) We really don’t have any idea what he’s thinking or if he understands what all is going on. We just have to wait to see.

Dr. Darice drew fluid from the drainage cath tube this morning to send off to see if the infection has cleared up. The preliminary report shows good, but we will have to wait til about Wednesday or Thursday to get the final report before deciding on the day to do the shunt. Dr. Ulm said, this afternoon that he was gonna use every precautionary device he could use when putting the shunt in. He really wants us to pray for the procedure and for him! Please, be praying for him and the team that will be performing this surgery probably the end of the week.

UPDATE, 3/31/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Another good day for Tracy! Kinda quiet, but good. He was awake all day until about 7:30pm then he went to sleep for a couple of hours. We were praying over him and had just finished and was fixing to come back to the motel and he woke up. So I stayed with him until about 10:45pm. I turned the tv on to a Easter Story on the History channel before I left.

All of his vitals were great today. Today was the second day of the trach collar trials and he did 5 1/2 hrs each day which is good. We are praying that he will do so good that they will take the trach out so he can talk!!! Believing in Jesus’ Name!

I told him tonight that I was expecting the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead, to raise him up off that bed a healed man!!! NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR MY GOD AND NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/30/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy has had a great day. He was awake just about all day. He might have slept an hour all day! His nurse sweet Ms Kay let the bed down enough that I could lean over and kiss him. We held hands a lot, I kissed him a lot and he would kiss me back. Tonight he played with my hair and rubbed my face! Woohoo!!! Made me feel good!!!

His ICP tonight was between 4 & 8!! There’s not a lot of fluid draining, so who knows he may not have to have the shunt after all!!

UPDATE, 3/29/13, 11 AM: Libbi posted:

Tracy had a great night! All his numbers and vitals stayed normal. He was wide awake when I came in at 8am this morning! He even gave a smile until I started working him out!!! Then he gave me his mad look! ;0) Oh well, it’s called tough love! LOL He paid me back by pushing back and working against me. I kept telling him he needed to remember his football days in high school when he would do leg presses, push, push, push!!!! Then I quoted his Coach’s favorite line….STUFFLE GET UP, YOU’RE KILLING THE GRASS!!!! I know, I know I’m being tough on him, but I have to get some fight in him!!!!

Dr. Darice Spackman came in and was still thrilled with the way things went yesterday! She said we would wait a few days and try clamping the drain again to see if he’s gonna need the permanent shunt or not. She said sometimes when the infection is gone, you can try again and sometimes they won’t need the shunt. She said that’s what she’s praying for!!

UPDATE, 3/29/13, last night: Libbi posted:

Tracy has rested well all evening. All his vitals were normal when I left the hospital a little bit ago. His ICP pressure was 8. The EVD was draining clear like it should! He was sleeping soundly tonight so I decided to come to the motel room early to get some extra sleep! I’ve already warned my sister and mom that I will probably snore tonight!!! ;0)

Someone asked me earlier if i had broken my fast and the answer is no!!! we still have the shunt to go yet. They are looking at Monday for that, but will know more in a couple of days.

I will update again in the morning. Heading to sleep town!!!

Thank You a million times a million Heavenly Father for Your wonderful miracle today!!!!!!!! My heart is sooooo full of praise and glory to You!!!!!!! I will never ever be able to thank You enough for all You’ve done!!! You have been faithful and true!!!!! I love You Abba Father!!!!

UPDATE, 3/28/13, 1:30 PM: Libbi posted: Praise God, praise God!!!!!!! It went great!!!!! NO bleed!!!!! And it’s draining clear fluid!!!!!!!!!!! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!!!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/28/13, noon: Libbi posted:

They will be taking Tracy back to OR and start at 10:30am replacing the infected EVD with a new one.

Pray for Dr Ulm and the whole team doing this procedure. The anesthesiologist said to please pray for him too!!!

Prayer is: No issues and NO BLEEDS!!!!!!
Believing for excellent report!!!!! In Jesus name!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/28/13, last night: Libbi posted: 

Tracy’s had a pretty good day. Just kinda let him rest to prepare for tomorrow ((Thursday) for EVD drainage cath to be removed and a new one inserted again due to infection. Praying, believing and trusting God and His will.

Tracy was running a bit of a fever when I left tonight and his blood pressure was a bit elevated. I’m thinking he may realize what is gonna take place tomorrow. I’m praying God calms him and gives him peace if he does realize what is going on.

I will update as soon as I know when they will be taking him to the OR to perform the procedure. This will be the 6th EVD to be put in.

Please pray for an excellent report and no issues before, during or afterwards and NO bleeds!!

UPDATE, 3/27/13, 9 AM: Libbi posted: “Just talked to Dr Darice, one of Tracy’s neurologist and she is happy with Tracy’s progress. She said they will be changing out the EVD drainage cath tomorrow around 12:00 pm central time because of bacteria being stuck to it. They will be inserting a new one. Then on Monday they will be putting in the permanent shunt. Dr. Darice said, we need a lot of prayer covering tonight and tomorrow!!! So, prayer warriors let’s bombard the throne room!!! Our prayer is gonna be an excellent report and procedure with NO complications and NO BLEEDS in the Sweet Name of Jesus!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/27/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted: “Today has been a quiet day, which can be a good thing! Tracy’s fever is down to 99. We are in a holding pattern waiting for the bacteria to be killed totally by the hand of God and antibiotics!!! I’m still trusting and believing God’s promise!! Just gotta wait til it’s His time to move ahead!!”

UPDATE, 3/26/15, 7 AM: Libbi posted:

Infectious disease Dr Carr came in and expressed concerns that the bacteria that was on the brain is a sticky kind like before. Meaning that it will stick to the catheter in the brain like before and the antibiotics will only be able to absorb so much. In order to put the shunt in, the brain has to be totally bacteria free. So he’s hoping this time that the antibiotics will absorb and kill all of the bacteria!! If not, the EVD that is in now would have to come out and another put in until infection is gone. Which brings us back to why they don’t won’t this to happen, because the brain has been so fragile and bleeds each time! ***Here’s where we need to pray specifically that this infection will be totally absorbed by the antibiotics and it will kill it all!!!!***

Blood pressure, heart rate and ICP has been great all day!! Praise be to God!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/25/13, 6 PM: Libbi posted:

Dr Darice came in and said Tracy would have to be getting the permanent shunt put in. They will have to wait til the fever and infection is totally gone. So, it could be end of the week or first of next week before this is done. I will let you know when they decide the day.

Specific prayer:

  • For removal of EVD – NO issues or bleeds!!!
  • Surgery to put shunt in the brain. NO issues and NO bleeds!!! 
  • Cover Dr Ulm in full prayer!!

UPDATE, 3/25/13, 7 AM: Libbi posted: 

Tracy had a pretty good day today. His fever stayed between 99 and 100. He’s on a very high powered antibiotics for the infection from the brain. Infection is probably coming from drainage cath. It’s been in 4 weeks. Everything is on hold with clamping the drain until fever and infection is gone.

I will be continuing on with the fast until decision is made on the removal of the EVD. If you want to continue on with me I would be very humbled and honored to have you a part!!! I’m not giving up this fight!!! I’m not allowing the devil to have once ounce of glory in this situation!!!

Blood pressure and heart rate were pretty close to normal today! ICP is still set at 15 on scale and running around 8 to 10.

I will update more tomorrow! It will be a NEW day, with NEW mercies and NEW miracles!!!! I look forward to seeing God work!!!!

UPDATE, 3/23/13, 3 PM: Libbi posted: “Tracy has gram-positive-cocci. Which is a bacterial infection again in the fluid coming from drain fluid from brain.  Please pray!!! They have him on a high powered antibiotic to treat it. Will update later when Dr Mericle comes in. In NO way are we giving up this fight!!!!! Pressing on and giving this bump in the road to God to do His thing!!!! NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR GOD!!!!!”

UPDATE, 3/23/13, 2 PM: “Libbi posted: ICP looks good being clamped. They clamped it at 7am. He has fever. Blood pressure is high. Heart rate is bouncing between 99 & 106. Doing a chest X-ray now.”

UPDATE, 3/22/13, 5 PM: Libbi posted:

God is sooo good!! Tracy has been tolerating the EVD scale being set at 20! Just had another CT scan and the ventricles showed no sign of swelling!! Dr Darice Sparkman Dr Ulm’s PA was thrilled with the results of CT scan and Tracy’s progress on the EVD. They are gonna let him rest today and then start in the morning clamping the drain. They will watch it when they do this and if the ICP pressure goes over 20 for two minutes they will open the drain back up. They will do this all through the day to see what happens. We will know more tomorrow night kinda what will happen on Monday.

Tracy has done great on trach collar. They will be leaving him on it for as long as he can tolerate it. They are pleased with his progress on this too!!

He’s also flushed a lot of fluid out of his body too!! Praise The Lord!!!

I was disappointed and shocked when I walked into Tracy’s room this morning to find his goatee was GONE!!!!! The nurse was standing there and I said, where’s his goatee??? She said, oh he had a goatee??? I said, Yes!! She said, well I guess I shaved it! Oh well I guess it will grow back. :0(

I made the mistake of putting the wrong scripture yesterday for the fasting. It should be 2 Chronicles 20: 1-25. I get my numbers mixed up. :0/

Everybody please keep praying, believing and praising!! Go GOD Go!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/22/13, 6 AM: Libbi posted:

Just got back to the hotel room from the hospital. Tracy has done incredible today!!

The scale on the EVD is still set at 20!!! So far so good!! ICP cranial pressure is staying between 8 – 13. Keep the prayers coming that this will be successful! Praise The Lord!!!

He was still on the trach collar when I left, so that means he’s been on for 12 hours! They decided to let him stay on as long as he could tolerate it. But, they were fixin to take him off to let him rest through the night. He was only suppose to be on for a couple hours today! Can we say MIRACLE!? My prayer is he does so great that he will come off the trach all together before he leaves the hospital!! They said today that had not happened with someone in Tracy’s condition. Well, I am praying God shows them HE can make the impossible possible!!!! In Jesus’ Name!!

Tonight he was awake from the time I got back to the hospital at 8 til I left at 11:15pm! I talked a lot and he listened, well sometimes he listened other times I think he was tuning me out! :0) He have me several kisses. JK came in and before he left he gave JK a kiss on the cheeks. Debra my sister tried to get him to kiss her and he wouldn’t do it! :0) He still has his since of humor even if he can’t talk.

Praying today (Friday) has even more miracles in store!!! Nothing, nothing, nothing is too hard for my God!!!! Go GOD Go!!!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/21/13, 5:15 PM: Libbi posted:

Tracy was able to tolerate moving the scale to 15 on the EVD drainage cath. Dr Ulm came in about an hour ago and moved the scale to 20! So far so good. His ICP is rocking between 8 and 11. This is a good challenge. If he tolerates the scale at 20 for a bit, they will then clamp the drain to see what happens then. If that goes well, that means no shunt!

They also put him back on trach collar @ 11:30am this morning and it still on it!! They are gonna try to see if he can make it til 9pm tonight. If so, they will remove it and put him back on CPap for the night to let him rest. Then put him back on it in the morning.

Dr Ulm is very encouraged with his progress the past couple days. I did tell Dr Ulm that we were praying and fasting for this situation and we had people everywhere that were standing with us doing it also. He said he was also praying too!

Keep the prayers coming!!!! To God be the glory for the progress today!!!!!

UPDATE, 3/21/13, 7 AM: Libbi thanked everyone who came out to the benefit concert two days ago, and everyone who helped Tracy observe his birthday yesterday. She added:

Tracy was put on the trach collar last night for a couple of hours and today for 3 1/2 hrs! They will be putting him back on sometime during the night tonight for a couple more hours! This is progress!! Praise The Lord!!!

CT scan was good! Dr Ulm moved the EVD scale up to 15 this afternoon to challenge it. So far so good. ICP pressure is between 8-13. Probably stay at 15 for a day or so.

Here’s where we are: I announced last night at the benefit concert that I’m calling for a fast from tomorrow (Thurs) til Monday morning. You can fast whatever you feel is a strong hold in your life, food, meat, sugar, Internet, texting, FB, a meal a day, during certain hours. Here’s why I’m calling for a fast. Dr Ulm is giving the EVD challenge until Monday morning. This challenge will decide if Tracy will need a permanent shunt placed in the brain or not. Dr Ulm is a little frightened about 1. Removing the drain. 2. If he has to have a shunt, because of the past of inserting or removing the drain striking a bleed. He said it’s like you touch his brain it wants to bleed. I have called this fast to pray for 1. God to touch and heal Tracy’s brain from bleeding. 2. For this EVD challenge to be successful. 3. When the drain is removed, it will come out with NO issues or bleeds! 4. If he has to have the shunt that the brain will NOT bleed, but everything will go perfect! That Dr Ulm will trace God’s hands!

I am asking for everyone who will to join us me in this fast! Rejoice and praise God for miracles He’s already performed thus far and the ones still yet to come!!! If you want a great encouraging read on fasting and praying results, please read 2 Chronicles 20! This is one of my all time favorite bible readings!!! This is the victory I am expecting!!!!


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  1. Well, praise God! Tracy and and the whole Perry Family are still in our prayers!

  2. Praise the Lord! Thank you for the new post, Daniel. It makes things much easier.

  3. Praise God! He’s working on it, and at His time Tracy’s health will completely restored for the glory of God!

  4. Praise the Lord! We serve a God of many miracles!! Continually praying for Tracy!

  5. God provides for us and gives us miracles. Continue to pray for the Stuffle family!

  6. Thanks for the new update! Definitely will pray that everything clears up!
    By the way, today is the 25th. Just thought I’d let you know 😉

  7. There has been another update from Libby Stuffle at 5:00 est and I just wanted to share a portion of it here:

    “Questions have been ask when will I be back on the road because some churches and promoters are starting to not book or cancel dates. I wish it wasn’t this way, because I know the group is doing a great job!! I have told the agency that I will try to be back on the road by April 1. Sometimes you have to do what you really don’t won’t to do, but because of circumstances you have no choice. Thank you to those who do and have understood! I am forever grateful for your love and support.”

    I understand that there is a business side to SG Music. But I think that it is shameful that promoters and churches would cancel dates or pass over the Perry’s at this time. Tracy and Libby have given their lives to Gospel music and I think they deserve better than this kind of treatment. This is Libby’s husband, the love of her life. Why would anyone expect her to leave his side when it is possible for her to stay there with him? She shouldn’t have to leave his side.

    We all know and understand that God is able to take care of every need that they have at this time, but I think it is very un-Christian to cancel or pass over them during such a terrible time in their lives. Joseph, Bryan & Leah Page are doing a great job representing the Lord and the name of the Perry’s. I have seen them in concert and was impressed with the fine job they did lifting the name of the Lord in song.

    If you have cancelled the Perry’s or passed over them because of the current medical crisis remember this is GOSPEL MUSIC! Try practicing what the Lord told us in Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

    • It is a tough situation for all concerned, certainly. We have a concert with The Perrys in Temple, TX Friday night and we did not even consider that we might cancel it. Among many reasons, as has already been said, Tracy and Libbi need the financial support and they need to be able to keep payroll and expenses going for the group members. They are under enough pressure without having to worry about keeping the families on the payroll fed. Also, the music of The Perrys is still the music of The Perrys. If You Knew Him and the other great Perrys songs will still be sung magnificently.

      With that said, I understand there is hesitation. For many people, Tracy and Libbi not only own The Perrys, they ARE The Perrys and the casual fan may look at it as if the main folks aren’t there, they aren’t going. You and I can debate the spirit of that, but it’s a fact that it has happened and will happen.

      We’ve experienced it in our upcoming concert. Ticket sales are the lowest we’ve had for this concert in several years and we stand to lose a good bit of money. Part of it is the uncertainty, part of it is we’ve had concerts scheduled not too far from us the day of and the day after the concert that have come up recently, and part of it is the economy.

      I’m confident we’ll have a great time and I’m confident that everywhere The Perrys have gone recently and will go in the near future has and will be blessed by their music. Fact is, whether Libbi can acknowledge it or not, she and Tracy are icons in gospel music. They really are. They are what gospel music is about – the love Jesus and love this music. They are active in their church as much as they can (have even moved to get closer to a church they felt drawn to), and they treat people well.

      My heart breaks for all that has gone on since January 21st, all of it. There are some potentially very great days ahead, and surely there will be a number of dark days ahead for the near term. When I read that Libbi is going to have to get back on the bus soon I know that she cannot even really fathom that. I wish it weren’t so – that she could be with Tracy every moment, but it’s the blessing and curse of a “people business”.

      Let’s just pray that the rest of February and the month of March will be swift times of recovery for Tracy Lee Stuffle so she’ll have some victory to shout about when she gets back on that bus and maybe even have Tracy with her!

    • It is time to standup for The Lord and the perrys. This is the Christian thing to do in the name of Jesus. Let us show our support for the perrys. They will be at reform first freewill baptist ch. in al. May 26.at 2:30 come be with us.

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  8. Forgive me for being blunt. I’m no perfect saint or anywhere close to it, but if I’m a promoter I think I would be looking TO book the Perrys because let’s face it, they probably could use the money. Medical bills can’t be cheap. (Sorry for stating the obvious)

    • Agreed. I’m indignant at the thought of promoters canceling dates during this time. Any promoter who would cancel a date during this time would be showing that they’re only in this for what they can get out of the date. Should the Perrys be anywhere close enough (and I think they may be next month), I will go farther out of my way to support Joseph and Bryan, and by extension Libbi and Tracy, than I would if everything was normal.

      • That breaks my heart. It’s not enough that Miss Libby is suffering through this, and that her husband is in critical condiction, now the almighty dollar has to rear its head. I’m stuck out in the hinterlands of Southern Gospel music, but if they are anywhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, I will buy a ticket, even though I cannot physically attend.

        Daniel, would it help to get the word out so that those of us who want to help in more tangible ways could buy c.d.’s? As a pastor, I have been often said, “I’ll be praying.” That’s fine and good, but praying does not pay the bills. Christians, let’s do something above and beyond just talking. A member of our family is hurting and we need to step up and help.

    • I am bothered as well, and would go to a concert if I could BECAUSE those carrying on need support and more importantly, Tracy and Libbi. With that said though, I think that maybe people are being a bit hard on the promoters. I say that because from my understanding promoting isn’t a real money making proposition as it is and with Tracey and Libbi being a huge draw to the group, they probably are concerned that many people will not buy tickets or come. So, it falls more on the fans in my opinion (or at least how the promoters perceive us which might have been “earned” by past experience.) It is easy for us to say what the “promoters” should do because we aren’t the ones with the money on the line or having to make sure to at least break even. Now, if the group is doing love offering dates then I stand corrected. That WOULD put it solely on us fans. But I suspect the Perrys have flats on several dates and if so, (and certainly nothing wrong with that, they need to earn money as well) then the risk falls on the promoters unless they allowed for the flat not to be met if the turnout wasn’t good.

      Others might say that no one is telling Libbi she has to go back on the road (and they aren’t technically), but just like the promoters have to make a living one way or another (or probably can’t afford to lose their shirts booking dates), Libbi has to make sure to keep the group going, payrolls going etc. It is easy for others to say either should have faith that the money will provide, but many saying this probably expect a paycheck at their jobs and work at places where less faith is required.

      So, instead of either side pointing fingers, I think WE should do OUR part. We should go to the concerts, buy the merch, send money to help, pray etc.

      • Sorry I meant that the money will be provided (as in by the Lord). 🙂

      • I really feel like I need to add a few things. If the promoters can afford to not make as much or even lose a little, and choose to, praise God. We should help for sure. But we don’t know if they are not doing it out of necessity or selfishness.

        What it boils down to, instead of us pointing fingers at others and saying what they “should” do, how about we do what WE can do. Daniel at least said he would go to a concert further away to help. However, how about everyone of us who has been blessed by the Perrys do even more? If each of us sent a check to them for the price of a ticket to a concert (I am not talking about a love offering dollar bill either, I am saying around $15). If you don’t go to concerts, let’s say the price of a CD or DVD. So, if each of us sent that they would earn more than a concert or merch sale because it would be pure profit. Then, Libbi could afford to take the time off, park the bus and save the gas, no promoter getting a cut, no miles on the bus, no merchandise to buy, she could still pay the rest of the group their salaries and they could use the time to help be with her or do interviews, write or look for songs for the next project, and other such thimgs to help keep the ministry going or expand it so they could hit the ground running when she does come back on the road. If there is a paypal account or Amazon payment to use to send it, I will do it. I don’t have a check, so I can’t do that right now until I get some more. I seldom use them anymore preferring electronic or cash.

      • I’m sure the Perrys have flats on several dates. I would have a little less of a problem with someone cancelling there if that promoter felt it would be impossible to pay the bills. I wouldn’t necessarily be happy with it, but I would at least understand. But SG groups are doing so many love offering concerts these days that I suspect those would comprise a fair number of the cancellations.

  9. Opportunities to support The Perrys when needed the most in a positive way!

    Support The Perrys by:
    1. Praying for The Perrys.
    2, Attend one of The Perry’s concerts found here:
    http://www.perrysministries.com/tour.html
    3. Find & attend a Tracy Stuffle Benefit Concert near you with a keyword search using …..tracy stuffle benefits.
    You can add your or other state abbreviation to localize your search.

  10. If there ever was a time the Perrys need this industry and their fans to rally behind them, it’s now. If I were a promoter, I’d be embarrassed to call and cancel or complain about the situation the Perrys are currently in. They have been one of the most consistent groups in our industry for the past 25-30 years. Even with various personnel changes that all groups go through from time to time, they have successfully managed to stay at the top of the charts, remainging focused and relevent despite their many years of tenure. I think it speaks volumes for anyone to want to pull their support from this group at this time for any reason. Call me an incurable optimist, but I just believe God can take care of the financial needs for any promoter doing his job correctly who would continue to support the Perrys at this time. And I also think it speaks volumes to the character of Libbi Stuffle for wanting to satisfy promoters and fans by trying to project a date to be back on the road. This woman is obviously a strong and determined lady, but she’s also human. I’m sure she’s exhausted, hurting, worried, and now apparently feels like she needs to try to be everything to everyone. It is my prayer that God’s will would be done in this wonderful family’s life, including Tracy’s recovery from this stroke, that he and Libbi may once again stand on stage together and sing the praises of God. And in the meantime, I pray that God would bless, comfort and strengthen Libbi as she deals with all the decisions and care involved with Tracy’s illness and the group–and that the rest of us would exercise only positive support and prayers, along with the common sense to say nothing if we’re not going to do that.

    I would like to add that sometimes blessings are hid in disappointments. We recently attended a Hoppers concert and Connie was not there, but TaRanda Greene filled in. Oh, my, what an evening! Yes, we missed Connie and it was not the same, but just because something is different doesn’t mean it is not going to be just as satisfying. It was a great concert in its own unique way. And if I recall, some of the artists we know and love today were once fill-ins during someone else’s absence. In fact, Bryan Walker, before joining the Perrys full time, filled in for Joseph during the time Joseph took off for his honeymoon. And I believe it was Rick Busby who filled in with the Cathedrals and then later sang full-time with the Florida Boys. I’m sure there are probably more examples. I will say this. If the Perrys get close to me, and by close I mean at least 3 or so hours, I will be there to support Joseph and Bryan, and Jared, too, who are still very much a part of that group, and also to cheer on Leah Page as she fills in–who knows, we may all be witnessing the next female gospel great of our industry.

  11. If anyone is canceling on the Perry’s shame on them….
    Also, does anyone know Tracy Stuffles age? I seen them for years, always loved them and have always thought they have had some of teh best songs in Southern Gospel…
    Just curious about Tracy’s age.

    • He couldn’t have been much more than 20 when he joined the Perrys in the early ’80s. So I’d guess he’d have to be right around 50, give or take a couple of years.

      • I’m almost positive Tracy is one year older than I am – which would make him 46

      • He joined Perrys in 1985

      • OK, thanks!

  12. Tracy Stuffle is 46. He will be 47 on March 20th.

  13. I find it touching artists in Southern Gospel have closed ranks and are bathing Tracy and Libby with prayer and many are giving daily updates on his condition. What demonstration of His love. On another note I recieved info via his facebook page that the Contemporary Christian artist Carman has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.Please pray for his healing. He like Tracy has been a great blessing to the church. His post said doctors have told him he has 3 to 4 years left but we know our God is able

  14. My prayers are with Tracy and Libbi. I am alive today because of prayer and miracle performed by Jesus. He didn’t take those stripes on his back for nothing. It is his word, by his stripes we are healed. I truly believe that Tracy is going to be a miracle healing as a testimony of what God can do. And if people still doubt, shame on them. Through Jesus all things are possible, and that where my heart and soul is in prayer for Tracy at this time. Hang in there Libbi, God is just waiting for his perfect time and will. Love you all and enjoy the music very much

  15. Libbi and Tracy,,
    I have read every updated since this happened but haven’t posted anything. I was asleep and woke up with a burden to pray for Tracy. I believe God will heal in His time and in His way. Keep having faith. God WILL provide!!! Love you guys

  16. Praying for more good news and thank you Daniel for providing these updates

  17. Tracy’s body is tired out real easy and that’s why it seem to the therapist that he’s not trying hard. Good luck on the schedule changing, I’m battling that as well. I just got done w/emergency hernia surgery 4/15. And just got home yesterday from rehab. Now I have home health until I get pulmonary and anesthesiology to clear me for rotator cuff surgery. After I rehab on that I’ll go get my new dentures thru Kansas Donated Dental. After all that, I need a vacation! Oh, I had a transfusion when I rehabed from my gall bladder surgery last year. That should help his tiredness, but he may have to have more than one. You all are in my prayers.

  18. Libbi,

    I have been keeping up with Tracy’s progress and I have not posted until today. After reading all the postings from you, God spoke to and layed on my heart and reminded me of a Dottie Rambo song, “There’s nothing that my God can’t do”. I truely believe that to be His inflable true promise. Nothing is to big or to great that worries God. He is in control. I join forces with you my sister and with every other believer, praying for a full recovery. Keep a good sweet spirit about this, because I just know, from being a long time member of God’s family, that this too will pass in His timeframe. My church family has been praying with cease. I love you and Tracy with the love of our Father. Keep smiling in those rough times and when you can’t, remember I will for you. It’s so wonderful to know my Lord and Savior. I don’t know how people live without the Lord by their side.

    In Christ

    Kenneth