Saturday, October 31, 2009
* When John arrived at St. Vincent's he was being given 100% oxygen through the ventilator and his blood oxygen level was only in the 60's - which is not good. Now, he is on only 50% oxygen through the ventilator, the pressure of forced air is lower and John's blood oxygen level is in the mid-90's - which is very good.
* John is still on dialysis...primarally to take the work-load off his kidneys and allow them to recover from having to work so hard in the past. (Kidneys are usually able to rejuvinate themselves fairly well, so we are praying for that to be the case with John.)
* John was actually on his back for 14 hours yesterday. This is a great sign that John is improving. (Being on his back makes it more difficult for him to breathe. The fact that he did well on his back for an extended time...and continues to be weaned to lower levels of life support...is very encouraging.)
All emailed messages will be posted to this blog...and will be collected so John can read them when he is well.
No specific plans have been made for events, fundraisers, etc...but we encourage you to send us your ideas, suggestions and offers for help. Soon we can take a look at what we have to work with and make some plans.
Keep John and his family in your prayers -- they are working. John is improving...
Friday, October 30, 2009
Reports of John's hair looking "scary" -- along with the pink toenails -- tells us John is ready for Halloween!
- John's heart rate slowed down a bit last night. Karen was informed and went to the hospital.
- It was NOT a major problem...and John's heart rate normalized with a dose of medication.
- John is receiving lots of fluids with his IV antibiotics. The fluids have made John a bit "puffy" and can create a few issues along the way. However, these episodes are generally not serious and are resolved with minor medication adjustments.
EDITORS NOTE: We know that there were reports this morning at the Chamber breakfast, based upon a family member's FaceBook entries, that greatly exaggerated the facts about John's episode last night. PLEASE keep in mind that the family's personal FaceBook, emails, diaries, etc are just that ...personal. They reflect "real time" emotions and are often shared before the full facts are known. Let's honor the wishes of the Chapman Family by minimizing speculation and the spread of inaccurate and negative rumors. We want to create positive energy full of hope and expectations for a full recovery for John.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Seaside community is supporting John and his family with many prayers and offers of support. Ideas for fundraisers are being tossed around. In addition, "CHAPPY'S TEAM" has received offers today for lodging, professional services, additional cell phones for the family, how to handle floral arrangements and more. If you have any suggestions or offers of support, please contact one of "CHAPPY'S TEAM."
THANK YOU TO ALL!!!
WHY THIS BLOG?
It's important that we all respect the privacy and wishes of the Chapman family at this time. Karen and the children have a lot to deal with now, and clarifying facts and dispelling misinformation and rumors is an unpleasant drain on the family. That's why we created this blog...to keep all who know and love John informed, while lightening the burden of communication from the family. To that end, the following has been done:
- Development of this blog
- Seaside School Superintendent, Doug Dougherty, has notified the schools about this blog
- The Seaside Chamber of Commerce has emailed it's membership about this blog.
- The Rotary Club of Seaside has emailed it's membership about this blog.
- WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO PASS THE BLOG ADDRESS ON TO OTHERS.
A fundraiser is being planned...details will be shared on this blog as they develop.
If you would like to make a NON-cash donation of goods or services towards our fundraiser...please contact one of us.
Robin Knoll (9-4-9 fm Office Manager) - 503-440-1590 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deb Treusdell (Seaside Rotary) - 503-739-2030 (email@example.com)
Neal Dundas (Family Representative - Dundee's Owner)- 503-717-3010
Cal Brady (9-4-9 fm Owner) - 503-738-8668
JOHN IS ILL - BUT WE BELIEVE HE WILL BEAT THIS THING!
A little over a week ago John contracted the H1N1 virus also known as the swine flu. It progressed to pneumonia and from there to a serious life-threatening situation. John was admitted to Providence Seaside Hospital and then to their ICU. He was placed on a ventilator to help his breathing. A day after being placed in the ICU, the doctors transferred John by ambulance to a hospital in the Portland area -- which has extensive facilities for dealing with this type of complication. He's in their ICU right now.
It has been touch and go but as of right now, John appears to be getting better in small but significant ways.
There are some rumors about his condition and we want you to know, for example, he is NOT in a coma. He is under heavy sedation because of the effects of the ventilator but can be brought out of that at any time. Karen Chapman, and family, appreciate the concerns expressed by many of you. She asks that you pray for John, and visit this blog for any updates. ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG IN A TIMELY MANNER. UPDATES WILL ALSO BE BROADCAST ON JOHN'S RADIO STATION 94.9 fm (KCBZ). If you should have any questions, please contact Deb Treusdell, Seaside Rotary President 503-739-2030 or Robin Knoll 503-440-1590.