Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Judy continues her hospital stay

I wish I could give you better news, but that's unfortunately not the case. Judy remains hospitalized, and her current condition is worrisome. Late last week, Judy started to become confused and anxious, and the truth of the matter right now is that she doesn't respond very well. She sleeps very lightly for a few minutes at a time, then wakes up and looks around for a few seconds, and then sleeps again. Only occasionally does she respond to verbal stimuli. She says a few words, but not much makes sense. She is having a tough time with severe leg cramping that sets in when she gets agitated. A CT scan of the brain has not shown any abnormalities or any spreading of the cancer, so we have to assume that this is an aftereffect of some of the massive drugs that she was given last week.

Whether it was my coming back to her last night from Augusta or whether it is a natural improvement, last night was Judy's best in several. She was much calmer and less agitated than before. One of us has to be constantly at her side to prevent her from removing her tubes or getting out of bed. Lorane and I took shifts last night staying with her.

I have talked to Dr. Phillips and Dr. Howell, and both hope that Judy will make a turn for the better in the next few days. I am very worried. Actually, I am devastated by how fast things went so far south. Right now, all I can do is support her and hope that she will pull through. She is still fighting, and as long as she is, so will I.

I will try to update when we see new developments.



Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you!! Hang in there!! Lots of love, hugs and prayers,
The Odom family

Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you!! Hang in there!! Lots of love, hugs and prayers,
The Odom family

Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying for our dear Judy!
The Bukowski family

MichelleL said...

Oh my friend Jurgen. So sorry to hear of the latest news. We continue to keep praying for you and our sweet Judy. Hopefully this is just a bad reaction to the drugs and will clear soon. That happens rather frequently so it is not completely unexpected but is very frightening. Keep encouraging her and remeber that we're thinking of you constantly.
Love, Michelle

scherylann said...

This is scherylann my prays are with you both god bless.

Ezzy Garza said...

You are both in my prayers! Many ((((hugs))))!!!


Dr Vahora said...

I just learned about her serious condition and she is in my prayers--I have always known Judy to be a fighter.
Dr Vahora.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jurgen and Judy,
Thanks for constantly providing the ups and downs of this chapter in your lives. We love you both and want to lift you up, especially at a time like this. Praying for healing, comfort and peace.
The Browns
Emmy, David, Bennett, Gatewood & Lucy

Anonymous said...

Oh buddy....I feel so bad for you...and Judy. You know that I will pray for you that you have strength and are an encouragement to Judy...and I pray for Judy that she not suffer and obviously she have a full recovery.
May God grant you peace.
James Ramsaur

Kevin Koen said...


Keep up the good fight! Just came back from racing in Wisconsin, where there was some great officiating... actually looked around to see who was there from Texas that was keeping such a tight ship (figured it had to be you and Jurgen running the show!). We miss you and wish you the best!

The Koen Family

Anonymous said...

Many prayers go out to both of you!
The Gifford Family

Anonymous said...

Dear Jurgen, May God bless you with peace and strength in this very difficult time. Cindy Weisinger

Gracie said...

I know you will keep fighting because you are a strong woman. I will keep praying for you and your family...

Anonymous said...

praying for you and judy. i love you both very much.

sarah hobson

Jo A. Castaneda said...

Judy it has made me very sad to hear that you are back in the hospital. I was just asking about you last week; you have been on my mind and prayers since I last saw you. I was glad to see you when I received my award. My prayers are with you and I know you can beat this illness. You are a fighter and there are so many people that need you to get better:) May God grant you friend strength and healing.

Anonymous said...

We're sending prayers and good thoughts your way. God bless.
Ken & Shannon Primer

Judy and Doug said...

Judy and Jurgen... you are both in our thoughts and prayers. Please continue to keep us posted... hoping the next news is of strength and improvement.
Luv ya... Judy and Doug

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Be strong. I haven't been at many races lately but I was just thinking about you both and hated to see that Judy's suffered another setback.
Cynthia Stewart

Dennis Kruse said...

Praying for you both...God's Peace

Anonymous said...


My prayers are with you.