Saturday, August 13, 2011

Update on Jenene - August 13, 2011

For Jenene:

“You're out of the woods, You're out of the dark, You're out of the night.Step into the sun, step into the lightKeep straight ahead, For the most glorious place
On the Face of the Earth, Or the sky”
“Hold onto your breath, Hold onto your heart, Hold onto your hopeMarch up to the gate, And bid it open”
- The Wizard of Oz

So she is recovering nicely from her bout with her seizures. We saw some drastic improvements over the last 24 to 36 hours and now her breathing and feeding tubes are out, she is awake (for the most part) and alert and speaking to us. She had a few questions about where she was and how she got to the ICU, but all in all she has been handling all the news very well.

She was a bit disorientated when she was first awoken from the sedatives and she still was not able to talk all that well. But as the hours wore on, she got stronger and more alert and started recognizing where she was and what was going on around her.

The REALLY great news is that she had a bone marrow biopsy a few days ago, and the test results came back and the bone marrow was cancer free, so that means she is 73 days cancer free.

She was hooked up to a breathing and feeding tube the last few days and that is now out. She was also hooked up to an EEG which measures her brain waves and brain activity and she is now detached from that as well. A speech therapist came in to check her airway and judge to see if she was able to swallow and she has been cleared by her.

The doctors are really positive about her recovery and they are thinking that she will be back up to 14K tonight or tomorrow; and that is making both ourselves and the folks on 14K happy.

We are still selling wristbands to help fundraise for her an orange - Choose Hope Leukemia Awareness wristbands for $3.00 each in various sizes and a black - Stupid Cancer wristbands for $5.00 in one size but 2 types - one with the middle finger and one with a birdie.

Again, Donations to Jenene - check or money made to Jenene Philips and send to 3543 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214. Or by debit or credit card at

Visit her blog for this or older updates at

Thank you everyone who commented or called or came up, she will be back on 14K in a while and we will let you know when it is ok to come visit.


Update on Jenene - August 12, 2011

Last night was very frightening. At about 9:15pm last night she began to have a seizure while she was sitting up in bed. She fell backwards onto the bed, but her head and left arm were over the side of the bed. I rushed to her to see if I could proper her back up and get a response from her, but I couldn’t. I then went out in the hall and called for a nurse. The nurse rushed in and started getting her back into the bed while also calling for more help. They worked on her for a little bit, with her getting a oxygen mask and them hooking her up to monitors to check her blood pressure and blood oxygen. She came out of the seizure, but then started to fight against the nurses and the care they were giving her (taking the mask off her face and the lead off her finger). But she calmed down and slowly fell asleep. About 15 minutes later, she began to seize again, luckily the nurses were still in the room, but unfortunately this was a big seizure that stopped her from breathing which in turned stopped her heart beat. They started compressions and got oxygen running through her. The rapid response team came in and started to assess her, and they were trying to get her heart beat back and her breathing normally. Once they got her rythum back they decided to intubate her with a breathing tube and move her down to the ICU.

I contacted her Mom, Charlene and her Dad to give them the news as they were prepping her to be moved to ICU. Diane and Scott, and her Dad Don and her Aunt Jacque and Uncle Dave came up to be with her. We could only visit 2 at a time, so we took times.

When she got to the ICU they still had her intubated and hooked up to oxygen, a feeding tube and they had to install a catheter. They took her to get a CT Scan where they discovered a shadow on the front and back parts of her brain. But they wanted to be sure what was going on, so they ordered an MRI to be done and the technician did not discover anything too bad, but they are having a neurologist come and check the MRI and CT.

About 11:30pm or so, she had another seizure in the ICU. They got her back under control and waited for the MRI Tech to come get her. After a few hours of giving her meds and fluid she was hooked up to an EEG machine to monitor her brain waves and brain activity. At about 3:45am she was brought down to the MRI under heavy sedation to do a full brain evaluation.

Since the MRI she has been a bit responsive to pressure and has awoken in small amounts and has moved with pressure and responded with head shakes and nods but is still very sedated.

They do not have an idea yet of what may have caused the seizures. They are going to perform a lumbar puncture to check for infection. But as of now, they are just keeping her medicated and checking her responses and watching her closely.

I will update more once we know more.

Thanks for the support.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Update on Jenene - August 11, 2011

Sorry it has been a while since I have last updated you all on her condition, it has been a pretty hectic few weeks since she has been out after her GVHD visit.

Well unfortunately she is back in the hospital and back on her GVHD Diet, it sounds as though she had another flair up of GVHD as she has not been able to keep much down (including her meds). Not quite sure what is actually going on, as she was admitted while I was at work. I will update more once I know, but I thought I would at least send out an email.

She is back at the Kohler Pavilion 14th floor room 27. Come by and visit if you wish, she is pretty out of it currently, but may peak up a bit with some rest.

Also, as a fundraiser, we are selling wristbands about cancer and leukemia awareness. We have two kinds for sale:

1. A Choose Hope leukemia awareness specific orange wristband that states: “Say It, Fight It Cure It.” the color orange is for Leukemia Awareness. These wristbands are $3.00 each and we have 2 different sizes, youth and adult (we have only a few Extra Large ones, but they are available).
2. ‘I2Y’ black wristband. We have 2 kinds of these, a family friendly one that states stupid i[2]y with a little birdie, and the same saying with a middle finger as well (both the bird and the middle finger is figuratively saying that we are giving the bird to cancer, and i[2]y stand for I’m too young). These are $5.00 and are only in one size (most likely adult).

Please contact either of us if you are interested: or

Thanks, I will update more when I get more information.

Update on Jenene - July 21, 2011

I forgot to post this in July:

So it was confirmed today that she has Graft vs. Host Disease - GVHD: (; meaning that her body is fighting against Charlene’s grafted stem cells.

They are treating her with steroids and antibiotics and a limited graft vs. host diet ( which is mostly liquids, low fat and bland foods.

She will be in the hospital for about a week while they combat the GVHD. She is again in the Kohler Pavilion; floor 14 room 11. Come on by and have a visit. Remember to not come if you have been sick. You will need to gown and glove up (no mask is required this time).

If you would like more information on how she is doing, please call or text her at 503-341-3498 or email her at Or again, come up and see her.

Donations to Jenene - check or money made to Jenene Philips and send to 3543 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214. Or by debit or credit card at

Visit her blog for this or older updates at