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Title: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 24, 2010, 04:45:37 AM
Babalu is currently in the ICU, on a ventilator and they are treating him for EEE. Test results won't be back for another day or two.  He's not doing well right now and could use whatever positive thoughts and prayers you can send his way.  If it is EEE and if Jeff makes it, he's in for months of recovery. So please keep Jeff, his wife and his kids in your thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on August 24, 2010, 04:58:39 AM
WTF!!

All the positive thoughts I can muster I'll send his way!  And if it helps, I'll down a few dunkelweizens I brewed up with the (award winning) recipe he gave me.

PS I had to google EEE  :(
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on August 24, 2010, 05:07:50 AM
Thank you for the update.  We just heard of 2 cases of EEE here in MI over the weekend.

I had to google it too.  Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on August 24, 2010, 05:08:30 AM
Positive vibes and prayers definitely going his way. Please keep us posted. Get better Babalu!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dhacker on August 24, 2010, 05:11:48 AM
SHOCKED . . to say the least. Definitely bad stuff. Come on Jeff . . we're all thinking of you and your family.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on August 24, 2010, 05:32:16 AM
This is awful!

Thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff and his family. 

Please keep us posted frankw.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tygo on August 24, 2010, 05:40:41 AM
Hang in there Babalu.  We'll be thinking about you.
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Post by: blatz on August 24, 2010, 05:42:21 AM
thoughts and prayers your way, jeff.  get better soon.
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Post by: tomthebrewer on August 24, 2010, 06:42:29 AM
Get well soon.
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Post by: mnstorm99 on August 24, 2010, 06:54:08 AM
Oh, prayers go out to him and his family, hate to hear these things from a member of our little community.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on August 24, 2010, 07:04:52 AM
 :o Get well soon. bro. Prayer sent.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on August 24, 2010, 07:12:35 AM
Get well, the sooner the better.

I'll buy you a beer at Club Night San Diego

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on August 24, 2010, 07:42:57 AM
Wow, that is disheartening news. Sending positive vibes your way, Jeff. Get well soon!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dean on August 24, 2010, 07:45:34 AM
Get Well Babalu!  We're pulling for you!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on August 24, 2010, 07:50:59 AM
Get well soon, Jeff!

Thanks for the info, Frank, and please keep us up dated.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: vista on August 24, 2010, 08:01:50 AM
Get well Babs. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beersk on August 24, 2010, 08:12:06 AM
This is too bad.  Hope he makes it out okay.  I read that most who do survive have significant brain damage.  Let's hope Jeff is one of those who turns out okay.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on August 24, 2010, 08:12:29 AM
Thanks for letting us know!

My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff and his family.  This is an awful turn of events, and I hope he is able to recover soon!

Janis

Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator
janis@brewersassociation.org
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beerrat on August 24, 2010, 08:19:21 AM
Sending positive energy from the keystone state!  Get well soon!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: saintpierre on August 24, 2010, 08:55:15 AM
Get well Jeff
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Post by: redbeerman on August 24, 2010, 09:21:13 AM
Positive thoughts and prayers to Jeff and his family.  Hoping for the best big guy!
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Post by: weithman5 on August 24, 2010, 09:35:13 AM
lots of prayers for you.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: wpshadowens on August 24, 2010, 09:49:03 AM
Thoughts & prayers to Jeff and his family.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on August 24, 2010, 09:54:18 AM
He has been recently recovering from some broken ribs and now this.  Poor guy.  :(


Quote from: denny on August 11, 2010, 02:36:13 PM
Quote from: babalu87 on August 11, 2010, 02:34:37 PM
Ribs seem to be OK, we'll see how it goes


Good to hear, man....take care of yourself.


Thanks
Getting in and out of bed is still the worst part of the day.
Once I'm up and around its manageable but every once in a while they poke me a bit as if to say Hey, we're still here

Gonna follow my wifes advice as well as Curly's

goslow
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on August 24, 2010, 09:57:28 AM
Prayers & positive thoughts coming from out this way! Looking forward to babalu's posts down the road! Get well ASAP Jeff!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on August 24, 2010, 10:11:37 AM
Get better Jeff, we're thinking about you!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Hokerer on August 24, 2010, 10:25:58 AM
Get well soon!  Keeping you in mind
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 24, 2010, 08:18:27 PM
Update:

I brought his wife her laptop and some music for Jeff to listen to, the doctors think it'll be good for him.  I actually got a chance to go in and see Jeff.  They've got him pretty heavily sedated, so he was not awake.  He was fighting a fever and they were cooling him so he was shivering a bit.  His color looked good and he looked strong.  For some reason I was expecting something much worse. 

I hung around and heard the update from the Doctor.  They're fairly certain that Jeff has EEE, but they won't know for sure until the test results come back, which will be another couple of days.    Until that point they will continue to treat him with a variety of antibiotics for a variety of possible infections.  If the tests come back that it is EEE or another viral infection they will discontinue most of the antibiotics and Jeff's body will fight the infection.  They will assist him in any way they can, but there is no treatment for EEE.  They will work to keep his temperature normal and keep the brain swelling to minimum.  And generally try and prevent any secondary damage to his brain.  Jeff's a strong guy and in otherwise good health.  If anyone can fight this thing, Jeff can.  If it somehow turns out to be something they can treat with antibiotics, they will focus on that specific infection and treat it appropriately.

Today we had some positive bits of news.  The swelling in Jeff's brain is less than expected.  He has not had a seizure in well over 24 hours and because of this they removed the brain scan wires from his head and didn't need to insert a plug in his skull to monitor his brain swelling.    His white blood cell count is improving and his temperature is currently back to normal. And while they are assisting his breathing, he is initiating each breath, they're just making it easier for him.

Is this time to run out and celebrate?  Definitely not.   But we had some forward progress today.  Today there is room for hope.

I will try and keep everyone updated.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on August 24, 2010, 09:41:58 PM
Crap.  Thanks for the update Frank, please keep us in the loop as much as it is possible.


Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on August 24, 2010, 10:03:23 PM
Finally read the thread. This is terrible. Hopefully he'll pull through. Prayers help a great deal so I'll be saying several.

God bless you Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: troy@uk on August 24, 2010, 10:22:01 PM
My positive thoughts for Jeff and his family are decorated with Belgian Lacing.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on August 25, 2010, 03:36:10 AM
Hoping for the best for him. Thanks so much for the update Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dhacker on August 25, 2010, 03:50:27 AM
Indeed . . and Frank, if you have the chance, be sure to tell him his AHA family is really thinking about him, his wife and his children.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on August 25, 2010, 04:01:53 AM
Thanks for the update Frank. He has been heavily in my thoughts. I am glad to see the news, while still serious, seems to be encouraging.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on August 25, 2010, 04:58:35 AM
Indeed . . and Frank, if you have the chance, be sure to tell him his AHA family is really thinking about him, his wife and his children.

+ a kazillion

My wife's a nurse and had not heard of EEE before.  Though according to this map ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eastern_equine_encephalitis_incidence_map.gif ) it hasn't reached Maine yet.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on August 25, 2010, 06:14:43 AM
Thanks for the update Frank.  We're all patiently awaiting your future posts and as Dave said, the AHA family is truly pulling for Jeff & his family!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: marty on August 25, 2010, 06:21:30 AM
horrible news, thoughts with Jeff and his family

the state kept delaying the mosquito spraying earlier in the month
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: narvin on August 25, 2010, 06:29:14 AM
Thanks for the latest news.  Still shocking, but all we can do is hope for the best.

Despite the latest outbreaks, EEE is still very rare, so there's definitely a chance that this is something else.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on August 25, 2010, 10:09:10 AM
My wife's a nurse and had not heard of EEE before.  Though according to this map ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eastern_equine_encephalitis_incidence_map.gif ) it hasn't reached Maine yet.
Wow, according to that map it looks like there's only about 5 cases a year . . .
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on August 25, 2010, 10:19:57 AM
Good news, but not out of the woods yet.

Still pumping good vibes and prayers his way.

Be sure that he know that AHA Staff has responded and is wishing him well.

Frank,   please keep the updates coming.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tankdeer on August 25, 2010, 11:44:03 AM
Holy crap. Hang in there Jeff, we need all the sour beer lovers we can get around here. Stay strong buddy.

I hadn't heard of EEE either.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: vista on August 25, 2010, 02:01:27 PM
every year in much of southern new england (mostly warwick rhode island and southeastern CT), the EEE scare starts up around mid august and lasts until about mid october (first frost). in high school they used to schedule around dusk and dawn, so that sports and bus rides weren't around the peak of mosquito feasting. it was always pretty scary to think that it was out there but i never heard of anyone getting it. west nile virus started popping up as well, but was never AS scary as EEE. again, glad to hear some positive news...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on August 25, 2010, 03:00:23 PM
Holy Moly! Hang in there Jeff, Sending any good vibes your way.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 25, 2010, 04:03:32 PM
Update: 8/25/2010

I wasn't able to get to the hospital today, but we've got some more positive news.  Jeff's white blood cell count is down into the normal range.  The results off his CT scan show that his brain swelling has not increased and may have actually decreased slightly. 

He underwent a battery of tests when he was first admitted, these tests are to determine what infection he actually has.  The results of these test will continue to trickle in over the next few days.  The results of some test have shown that was he has is not bacterial.  So they will start to back off on the antibiotics and will continue with the antiviral drugs.  Some members of the team that are treating him are actually backing away from the EEE diagnosis and leaning to it being a strain of meningitis.  If this is true, comparatively speaking, this would be great.  Ultimately the EEE test is the only thing that can eliminate the EEE  diagnosis.

His temperature has been running pretty close to normal (around 99) over the 30 hours or so.  As part of the management of his body temperature, they've got a cooling vest on him.  They've also been working to manage shivering.  Shivering apparently requires a lot of physical and mental energy.  So, they are going to remove the cooling vest and see how he reacts. 

Again, he's not out of the woods yet, but we'll definitely take all the positive news we can get.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on August 25, 2010, 04:28:22 PM
Definitely some positive news, Frank.  Glad to hear it's not as bad as it could be and that Jeff may have a better chance at recovering.

I'll be raising a pint of dampfbier to him tonight.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 25, 2010, 04:39:28 PM
Dampfbier would be quite appropriate.  Cheers
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on August 25, 2010, 05:06:06 PM
Thanks, Frank.  I'm glad to hear that things are slowly improving.  Sounds like Jeff's still got a way to go and my thoughts will be with him.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on August 25, 2010, 06:53:01 PM
Thanks alot Frank. 

Hoping for the best for Jeff.

He is really missed here on the forum.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on August 25, 2010, 08:53:05 PM
I don't usually post in these threads, because I never really know what to say. But Jeff is a good guy. I always enjoy talking to him. I hope to hell he pulls through.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 26, 2010, 04:02:02 PM
Update:  8/26/2010

Jeff had an OK day.  CT Scan showed the brain swelling is the same as the previous test.  They've got his shivering under control and his temperature is normal, but they kept the cooling vest on.  They also discontinued one of his sedatives. 

Every 6 hours or so, they back off on his sedatives and test is body's reaction.  Essentially they bring him somewhat out of it and pinch him to see if he reacts.  Usually he'll move his arm or something similar.   Today, he didn't focus on anything, but he opened his eyes.  It seems a bit dangerous for the nurse, if you ask me.  I don't think I'd want to be the one to pinch Jeff to try and get a reaction out of him.   

That's all I know at this time.
 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopaddicted on August 26, 2010, 04:55:38 PM
Get well soon Jeff, thoughts and prayers are with you...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on August 27, 2010, 05:52:11 AM
More progress - good to hear.  I'm going to assume its all the dunkelweizen I've been drinking in his name (he supplied the recipe after all) and keep on drinking it.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on August 27, 2010, 07:38:54 AM
Frank,

Thank you so much for the updates; most times medical situations like this turn into a black hole of information.  In Jeff's condition, each day is a mountain of medical possibilities, so the updates help us all keep it in perspective. 

I continue to keep Jeff and his family in my thoughts and hope for the best possible outcome. 

Cheers,
   Janis

Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator
janis@brewersassociation.org
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 27, 2010, 11:26:53 AM
Update: 8/27/2010
 
The EEE test came back positive.   They haven't done a CT scan today, so no report on his brain swelling.  His temperature remains normal.  The doctors did comment that he's over the more dangerous stage, meaning that the infection is unlikely to kill him at this point.  What remains to be seen is what damage, if any, the infection has caused to his brain.  Keep the prayers and positive thoughts coming his way.


Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on August 27, 2010, 11:28:50 AM
Thanks for the update Frank!

Will keep him in our thoughts and prayers for sure.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on August 27, 2010, 11:38:26 AM
Update: 8/27/2010
 
The EEE test came back positive.
Ugh, that sucks, I was really hoping for a negative test result.  It's still reasonably good news though, all things considered.   :-\

Thanks again Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on August 27, 2010, 11:41:01 AM
The advantage here is now there is knowledge of what the issue is.  
Will definitely keep Jeff in my thoughts and prayers.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on August 27, 2010, 11:42:09 AM
Thanks for keeping us informed, Frank. We are all pulling for him.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Slowbrew on August 27, 2010, 12:48:34 PM
I been ignoring this thread all week.   :'(

Add my thoughts and and prayers to the list as well as the group that had to look up what EEE is.

We'll be thinking of him.

Paul
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on August 27, 2010, 12:52:38 PM
Keeping Jeff in our thoughts and prayers.   :(  I'll be raising pints to him tonight.  We must remain positive. :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on August 27, 2010, 04:33:00 PM
Raising some Bell's THA right now (man, I gotta brew). Go Jeff, we're pullin' fer ya!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: capozzoli on August 27, 2010, 05:19:52 PM
Been thinking of Babalu all week. Get well soon bro.

Looking this stuff up I found this. Looks like he is in the news:  http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r/24788355/detail.html
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 27, 2010, 06:06:40 PM
It's hitting all the local news sources now.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on August 27, 2010, 07:07:13 PM
Get well, friend.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 28, 2010, 05:57:22 PM
Update: 8/28/2010

As I mentioned in the last update, EEE has been confirmed and Jeff has made it through the most dangerous part.  At this point the treatment of Jeff will shift a bit.  Since they know it's EEE and there's no treatment for it, they've discontinued the rest of the antibiotics and antivirals.   They were also able to remove his cooling vest and he's maintaining his own temperature around 99-100 right now.  They'll continue to monitor and support him, but they won't be conducting frequent CT Scans, etc.  So my updates may be less frequent.

The next step for his medical team is to remove the breathing and feeding tubes, which are currently just going through his mouth and down his throat.  They'll give him a tracheotomy and feed him and give him oxygen, if needed, through that.  This will allow them to discontinue all the sedatives, etc. that are needed to keep him from being bothered by the tubes down his throat.  After they discontinue the sedatives, etc., they will try and really wake him.  What I've been praying for is that Jeff opens his eyes, looks around and asks "what the hell are all you people looking at?"  

Obviously there's no way of knowing what effects this infection has caused to Jeff's brain.  So, our thoughts, prayers and positive energy have managed to keep Jeff with us.  Let's get those same thoughts, prayers and positive energy working to bring Jeff completely back, both physically and mentally.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on August 28, 2010, 06:13:38 PM
Prayer sent. Godspeed.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on August 28, 2010, 06:20:24 PM
May God bless him and allow for him to have a full recovery.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on August 29, 2010, 05:23:19 AM
Thoughts are with Jeff.  Frank keeping us informed of his status is appreciated.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on August 29, 2010, 03:21:26 PM
Continuing to think about Jeff on a daily basis & praying for a full & speedy recovery. GET WELL SOON JEFF!!!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Jeff Renner on August 29, 2010, 04:19:53 PM
Just checking in and found this very sad news, but with hopeful updates.  Thanks for posting, Frank.  Best wishes for a full and rapid recovery, Jeff.  Hope you're brewing and enjoying beer again soon.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 30, 2010, 04:38:38 PM
Update: 8/30/2010

Not a whole lot to report.  They successfully removed the breathing and feeding tubes and did the tracheotomy to assist with his breathing.  They also inserted a feeding tube directly into his stomach.  They are still assisting his breathing and as I mentioned before, he is and has always been initiating each breath on his own.  They will now start to ween him off the breathing assistance. 

One minor issue is that they think he may be occasionally having, what they're calling, micro seizures.  But there is disagreement within his medical team as to whether they are actually micro-seizures at all.  Either way, they're giving him some antiseizure meds to get rid of them. While they get this squared away, they'll hold off a few more days before they begin the process of trying to wake him up.

So we're back to waiting.  Please keep up the prayers and positive thoughts.

Thanks,

Frank 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on August 30, 2010, 06:18:38 PM
Thanks so much Frank.  We really appreciate your efforts to inform us of Jeff's condition.

Thought and prayers go out to Jeff and his family.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: thirsty on August 30, 2010, 06:34:02 PM
Wow. Haven't logged in for a while. Hope all goes well and you pull through. Our thoughts are with you.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beveragebob on August 31, 2010, 02:37:23 AM
I wish Babalu the best and I could not imagine this on my worst enemy. I lived in N. Cali specifically in a location that was known for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus and my wife and I were bitten on several occasions but, lucky enough not to have contracted anything. If it's a virus, I'm wondering if we are still carrying it in our blood streams. Anyway, I am a relatively new poster on this board and I'd like to get to know who exactly Babalu is. I'm thinking I may know him from another forum under a different handle. Also, if there is any update to his condition, let me know.

A concerned Brewer
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on August 31, 2010, 08:28:25 AM
Bob, Jeff goes by "Babalu" on several boards.  Don't know if he uses another handle, though.

Frank, thanks for the continuing up dates.  Here's looking forward to Jeff's full recovery.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: phillamb168 on August 31, 2010, 08:53:46 AM
Is there a fund set up to help with costs (groceries, etc) for the family?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on August 31, 2010, 11:12:43 AM
Thanks for your concern.

At this point nothing is set up.  If this drags on, I'm sure we'll be setting something up.  If that happens, I'll be sure to keep everyone posted.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on August 31, 2010, 11:31:22 AM
  Holy cow! I've been out of the beer threads for for a while since I am not able to brew, I finally decide to check in, and find this!! You're in my thoughts, and I'm hoping the best.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on August 31, 2010, 01:43:59 PM
Might not be a bad idea to move it to off topic and make it a sticky. Drew? Denny? Any objections?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dbeechum on August 31, 2010, 01:54:12 PM
Nope.. good point major.. off to the pub and good luck to Babalu!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on August 31, 2010, 02:06:24 PM
I made it a sticky.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: nicneufeld on August 31, 2010, 02:10:08 PM
  Holy cow! I've been out of the beer threads for for a while since I am not able to brew, I finally decide to check in, and find this!! You're in my thoughts, and I'm hoping the best.

Same here!   :o
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on August 31, 2010, 02:10:39 PM
I made it a sticky.

Thanks for doing that Major.

Hang in there Jeff; we're all pulling for you to come out of this unscathed!

Cheers,
   Janis

Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator
janis@brewersassociation.org
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 01, 2010, 05:39:54 PM
Thanks for the sticky!

Update: 9/1/2010

Another day with not a lot to report.  They continue to give him antiseizure meds to deal with the micro-seizures,  The meds are pretty much keeping him sedated.  They also continue to have varying opinions as to whether they are micro-seizures or not.  As I mentioned before, once they get this micro-seizure thing straightened out, they'll get to trying to wake him up.

They are weening him off the ventilator and he is doing well with that.  That's all I've got to report.

Keep the thoughts and prayers coming.

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on September 01, 2010, 05:46:22 PM
Wow....unreal..... :(
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 01, 2010, 05:50:39 PM
Thanks for the udate Frank.

Hoping for the best for Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 01, 2010, 05:53:13 PM
Thanks again Frank.  I hope to shake Jeff's hand someday, maybe at an NHC. Hoping for a good recovery for Jeff, and keeping my fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on September 01, 2010, 06:28:10 PM
Come on Jeff - pull through this thing!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 01, 2010, 10:50:18 PM
Drinking one for Jeff right now.

To Jeff! And a swift recovery!
Cheers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on September 02, 2010, 07:56:53 AM
He's still in my thoughts and prayers. More positive vibes sent! 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on September 04, 2010, 08:09:03 PM
Any news about Jeff?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 05, 2010, 06:29:45 AM
Good question?

I guess we'll wait until Frank checks in.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dean on September 05, 2010, 08:28:00 AM
Hopefully, no news means good news.   Still pulling for ya Jeff! 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 06, 2010, 12:25:54 PM
Update: 9/6/2010

Some more good news today.  First off, Jeff's been off the ventilator all day today!  He's breathing completely on his own.  The doctors were surprised at how quickly they were able to wean him off the ventilator.   

The preliminary results of the MRI showed no drastic damage to his brain, beyond what they would expect to see at this point.  The family will meet with the neurology team tomorrow to get the full details of the MRI results.  The anti seizure drugs continue to keep him drowsy.  So we'll continue to wait for them to try and wake him. 

His wife and the family have been noticing that Jeff seems to be more responsive when they're talking to him.  He's been moving his eyes more (like when you're dreaming) and he's now moving his jaw.  When they were moving him to the new bed he opened his eyes briefly.

As always keep the good thoughts and prayers flowing.

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 06, 2010, 12:42:58 PM
Frank, thanks for the update.  Looks like it is possitve news, and I am hoping for better news in the future.  Keeping the fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on September 06, 2010, 01:15:37 PM
Very glad to hear the latest news, Frank. Sounds pretty positive!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 06, 2010, 01:41:18 PM
Better news is always good news.  Thanks for the update Frank.

Hoping for the best for Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on September 06, 2010, 03:11:25 PM
Thank you for the update Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tankdeer on September 06, 2010, 03:50:52 PM
Thank you for the update. Steps in the right direction.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: blatz on September 06, 2010, 04:07:38 PM
good stuff - glad to hear!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on September 06, 2010, 04:16:41 PM
Thanks. Hang in there, Jeff! Just think how good that first homebrew will taste!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on September 06, 2010, 04:24:47 PM
Glad to hear it. Hope he is back among those brewing, real soon.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on September 06, 2010, 05:16:32 PM
Great news, thanks for the update!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on September 06, 2010, 05:51:21 PM
Good stuff!  Keep it up Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: yugamrap on September 06, 2010, 08:36:14 PM
Thanks for the update, Frank.  Thoughts and prayers continue for Jeff and his family for his full and speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: nicneufeld on September 07, 2010, 05:28:27 AM
Great to hear!  Maybe we could ship up some milk stout for an IV drip!  Its supposed to be nourishing and healing and all!

Pulling for you Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on September 07, 2010, 08:31:18 AM
Thanks, Frank.  It's great to hear encouraging news.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 07, 2010, 03:35:35 PM
Update: 9/7/2010

Jeff had another pretty good day.   He remains off the ventilator and they consider him completely weaned from it, at this point.  He's breathing on his own and is coughing on his own.  Tests for kidney, liver and pancreas function all came back normal.

His wife said his eye movement was even more pronounced today as his family was talking to him and joking with him.    When they rolled him over today he briefly opened his eyes again. 

They'll probably be moving him out of the RACU soon and up to Neurology again, not in the ICU, but in the regular unit.  There they will work on getting him off the antiseizure meds.  The reason for the RACU stay was to get him off the ventilator, which he did rather quickly.

No MRI details yet,  they should come tomorrow afternoon.   Your prayers and positive thoughts seem to be working, keep it up!

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on September 07, 2010, 03:37:26 PM
WOOHOO!!!  :D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on September 07, 2010, 03:39:47 PM
Thanks, Frank!

This is great news, and I continue to keep Jeff and his family in my thoughts.  I hope his recovery is swift and complete.

Cheers,
    Janis
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 07, 2010, 04:18:12 PM
C'mon Jeff!
It sounds like your are closing in on the home stretch now.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 07, 2010, 06:07:53 PM
This is good news!

Glad to hear the reports Frank.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 09, 2010, 03:10:48 PM
Update: 9/9/2010

Jeff had another good day.  While moving him twice today he opened his eyes.  The second time the nurse asked him to squeeze his hand, unfortunately he didn't.  Then he asked Jeff if he could blink his eyes and he did.  Another time they were doing and EEG on him and the nurse pinched him with a pair of tweezers.  Jeff grimaced and growled at him.   We should get the results of the EEG tomorrow.  He had a slight fever yesterday and the day before.  Today his temperature was back to normal and they didn't need to give him any Tylenol today.  All positive signs.

Thanks to everyone who's kept Jeff and his family in their thoughts and prayers.  I honestly believe it's helping.  Keep it going.

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tankdeer on September 09, 2010, 03:18:00 PM
Hang in there buddy. We're all pulling for ya
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 09, 2010, 04:42:58 PM
There's beer at the end of the tunnel, Jeff. Get off your butt and come grab one!

Just kidding. Still thinking about you, buddy.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beveragebob on September 11, 2010, 09:12:30 PM
Happy to see he is making progress. Keep up the fight Babalu! Looks like your winning the battle!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 12, 2010, 01:08:25 PM
Update: 9/12/2010

Jeff had a pretty good weekend. He opened his eyes on his own a few times over the last couple days, one time today for a couple of minutes. While he is opening his eyes, he's not tracking tracking objects yet. Yesterday, when the physical therapist was moving Jeff he again opened his eyes. He was on his side and the therapist had his wife get right in Jeff's face and call his name. She says for a brief time Jeff made eye contact with her.

The next 5-7 days are really important for Jeff. If he makes some significant progress they will be transferring him to a rehab facility where he'll undergo an aggressive rehabilitation. If he doesn't they'll be transferring him to a Long Term Acute Care facility, where the rehabilitation he will receive will not be aggressive. Basically, they can't treat him aggressively if he's not responding

Now is the time we really need to ramp up the positive thoughts and prayers and get Jeff on the fast track to recovery.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on September 12, 2010, 02:04:07 PM
I'll definitely be praying and sending positive thoughts for him this week. Thanks for the update, frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on September 12, 2010, 02:08:09 PM
Lotsa fishing and brewing to be done! Up and at 'em, bro! Godspeed...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 12, 2010, 02:28:50 PM
As always hoping and praying for the best for Jeff.

Thanks again Frank for the update!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on September 12, 2010, 02:32:55 PM
Go Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on September 12, 2010, 11:25:30 PM
Quote
If it is EEE and if Jeff makes it, he's in for months of recovery. So please keep Jeff, his wife and his kids in your thoughts and prayers.

Time to cross fingers and say some fervent prayers everybody. Thirty-two days have passed and just only a few more could make a real difference in how Jeff turns out.









Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on September 13, 2010, 07:29:55 AM
Thanks again Frank!!!  Positive thoughts & prayers continue to flow from central Nebraska!!!  GET WELL JEFF!!!!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tankdeer on September 13, 2010, 07:53:00 AM
Stay strong Jeff, you can beat this thing.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on September 13, 2010, 08:39:58 AM
I'm not a praying kind of person, but all my positive thoughts and energy are going to Jeff! 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: wpshadowens on September 13, 2010, 09:36:54 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you Jeff. Keep on fighting!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 15, 2010, 05:18:40 AM
Update: 9/15/2010



Not a whole lot to report, just more small positive things.  The neurologist have noticed an increase in his reflexes, he's still opening his eyes with and without stimulation, but he's still not tracking yet.  His temperature is good, they haven't seen any seizure activity and his overall condition is fairly stable.  



Please keep the prayers and positive thoughts coming.  We need to wake him up.



The family has set up a fundraiser for Jeff and his family, here is local news story on that: http://wbztv.com/local/jeffery.fuller.eee.2.1912121.html (http://wbztv.com/local/jeffery.fuller.eee.2.1912121.html)


If you'd like to make donations:

Checks should be made payable to:
Michelle Fitzgerald FBO Jeffrey Fuller

and they should be sent to:

Eastern Bank
226 Main St.
Wareham, MA 02571


Or donations can be made via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=78JQVTKPBD7AL)

I will personally match all PayPal donations.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 15, 2010, 05:50:45 AM
It is really hard to believe that a mosquito bit could cause this to happen.  I am praying for Jeff and his family.  I will also make a donation.  Thanks for the update Frank.  Please keep us informed on any further progress.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 15, 2010, 07:33:11 AM
Wake up, Jeff!

I'm not a praying man either, but I have a stack of holy books here that I'm willing to use if that's what it takes. C'mon, buddy. You can do it.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on September 15, 2010, 08:41:37 AM
Pulling for you, Jeff!  I wanna talk Dampfbier with you again soon!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on September 15, 2010, 06:44:29 PM
As I stated on the Northernbrewer forum in reference to the Paypal option... "Done & done! Only from Nebraska. "Git-R-Done Jeff!!!" The forums & friends are patiently waiting! Cheers!!!!"

Thanks for making the paypal option available to us & matching the donations Frank!  Jeff has a great friend watching over him!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 16, 2010, 07:39:44 AM
Here's another article about Jeff: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100916/NEWS/9160322 (http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100916/NEWS/9160322)

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 17, 2010, 06:20:36 PM
update 9/17/2010

Made it in to visit Jeff this afternoon.  A lot of the same things that have been going on. His eyes were moving around most of the time. He was also coughing and yawning and he opened his eyes off and on for about 10 seconds or so when his wife moved his head. We got in his face and yelled at him a bit. He'd open his eyes for a second or two then close them and we'd tell him to wake up, he'd open them again for a second or two. I know they're really looking for him to track objects, etc. But I don't see how he could even focus. Hell, I had to wake up for a conference call this morning at 3:45AM. I'm pretty sure that's what I looked like for a couple minutes.

His temperature is good, he's not receiving any extra oxygen at all and there hasn't been any seizure activity. They've got his anti-seizure meds down to therapeutic levels so they shouldn't be holding him back too much at this point. Aside from him not being awake his health is pretty stable now.

Unless he wakes up over the weekend, they're talking about transferring him to the Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) facility. The goal there will be to wake him up. Once awake, he'll be transferred to Rehab for more aggressive treatment. Insurance only allows for so many days of rehab. You don't want to waste them by sending him there before he's ready.

The family has been in contact with the family of the guy from Rhode Island who has EEE. His mother told Jeff's wife that the way Jeff is right now, opening his eyes, etc., is pretty much the same way her son gradually woke up. The RI guys is doing well in rehab, he's walking, talking, and feeding himself. His short term memory isn't great but he's improving. This of course, doesn't mean this is how it will happen for Jeff, but the news is encouraging. Jeff got sick about two weeks after the RI guy did.

After the visit we went around the corner for a beer and a bite to eat. As we sat there I got a text from a friend saying Jeff was going to be on channel 7 in a few minutes. We look across the street and there's the channel 7 news crew doing the piece on Jeff. It was pretty strange.

Here's that news piece: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/12002241716034/report-middleboro-man-in-coma-due-to-eee/

As always, please keep up the positive thoughts and prayers.

Frank


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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 17, 2010, 06:24:28 PM
Sometimes you have to be thankful for news that isn't bad.

Thanks for the update, Frank. We're still here pulling for ya, Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 18, 2010, 02:43:46 PM
Baby steps...that's what it's all about at this point.

I am very hopeful that everything will all work out for Jeff.

Thanks for the update Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on September 18, 2010, 03:38:31 PM
small steps, but it sound like its going in the right direction.

Its always good to hear a similar case progressing well.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 18, 2010, 09:33:14 PM
It is good to see some progress. I still pray for more.

Frank, a quick note to you. Thanks for all you have done. I am sure it is a struggle. I can relate from a
high school buddy of mine that ended up in ICU for about a month. It is not easy. I know that Jeff and
his family are better off for having such a steady pillar of support as yourself. You the man! I raise a pint
in your honor as well.

Here's to Jeff and Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: brushvalleybrewer on September 19, 2010, 03:46:39 AM
To Jeff and Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Hokerer on September 19, 2010, 08:05:17 AM
To Jeff and Frank!

Hear, hear!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 19, 2010, 09:06:44 AM
Update: 9/19/2010


Jeff's latest MRI still showed swelling in his brain.  They started him on a fairly heavy dose of steroids on Friday to fight the swelling.  Yesterday Jeff's wife said she felt Jeff squeezing her hand and when moving him he opened his eyes again she got in his face an said "I love you" and he nodded his head.  She then said "you can hear me can't you?" and he nodded his head again.  This time the nurse witnessed this interaction and agreed that he did in fact, nod in reaction to Jeff's wife's questions.  

They were adjusting his anti-seizure meds again and he showed some seizure activity, so they're bringing his anti-seizure med levels back up and the will hook him back up to the EEG to monitor it more closely.   So let's hope the steroids bring the swelling down and allow him to show increasing signs of alertness.

Keep up the prayers and positive thoughts!
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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 19, 2010, 09:34:25 AM
Positive signs...good news!

Thanks for the updates Frank.

Thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on September 19, 2010, 11:12:52 AM
This is fantastic! Does it mean he won't go into longterm acute care but into rehab since he is waking up?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 19, 2010, 02:10:06 PM
2nd Update 9/19/2010

Jeff opened his eyes and was blinking today completely on his own for 10 minutes. This time he appeared to be tracking objects.  He was also moving his thumb around and appeared to be irritated and was squirming around a bit in bed.  Looks like the steroids might be working their magic.  Let's hope and pray this is true.
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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: narvin on September 19, 2010, 02:18:44 PM
2nd Update 9/19/2010

Jeff opened his eyes and was blinking today completely on his own for 10 minutes. This time he appeared to be tracking objects.  He was also moving his thumb around and appeared to be irritated and was squirming around a bit in bed.  Looks like the steroids might be working their magic.  Let's hope and pray this is true.
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Great news... thanks so much for the constant updates!  I don't always know what to say in these cases, but we're all pulling for Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 19, 2010, 02:18:54 PM
This is fantastic! Does it mean he won't go into longterm acute care but into rehab since he is waking up?

Don't know yet.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on September 19, 2010, 03:05:40 PM
Thanks for the updates, Frank.  Jeff is lucky to have you in his corner.  My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.  The recovery process may be long and onerous, but we all hope he's back soon with his wit and ornery repartee.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on September 19, 2010, 05:07:15 PM
Awesome news,  Keeping up the good thoughts.

Fred
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 19, 2010, 05:26:29 PM
Sounds possitve!  I hope Jeff has a full recovery so that I can have a beer with him someday.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on September 19, 2010, 07:37:12 PM
Great news, thanks Frank.

After he's fully recovered we'll have to take up a collection to get him to San Diego for the NHC. :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on September 20, 2010, 05:51:44 AM
Great news, thanks Frank.

After he's fully recovered we'll have to take up a collection to get him to San Diego for the NHC. :)

Great idea! 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 20, 2010, 06:09:13 AM
Great news, thanks Frank.

After he's fully recovered we'll have to take up a collection to get him to San Diego for the NHC. :)

Great idea!  

I agree with that idea too.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on September 20, 2010, 07:25:20 AM
2nd Update 9/19/2010

Jeff opened his eyes and was blinking today completely on his own for 10 minutes. This time he appeared to be tracking objects.  He was also moving his thumb around and appeared to be irritated and was squirming around a bit in bed.  Looks like the steroids might be working their magic.  Let's hope and pray this is true.
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Good Stuff!  I had a dunkelweizen yesterday (from Jeff's recipe) - it must be responsible for this good news.  I should take the day off and drink some more.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 20, 2010, 05:04:10 PM
Update: 9/20/2010

Jeff had another pretty good day.  He opened his eyes and was blinking on his own a number of times since the last update, but not as long as he did yesterday.  He's been reacting to his wife's voice and looking in her direction when she talks to him when his eyes are open.  He doesn't seem to care much for the doctors' or the nurses' voices, just his wife's.   One time he appeared to be looking all around his room, like he was trying to figure out where the hell he was.  While doing that his heart rate and breathing increased quite a bit, as if he figured it out and was nervous about it.  His wife called his name and he looked in her direction and seemed to calm down and then close his eyes again.  He also seemed to be moving around in his bed at least once.  

Not related to the previous incident, but in general, his heart rate is back down to normal.  It's been elevated the whole time, which doctors attributed to his brain swelling.  So maybe the steroids are actually eliminating the swelling.  He'll only be on the steroids for about another two days. So let's hope they do their job and have lasting benefits.

The staff said they were pleased with his improvements over the last couple days and now they're talking about moving him straight to rehab, and not the LTAC.  This is good news or could be bad news.  Insurance will only allow him 60 days of rehab.  So Jeff's family is nervous about sending him so soon,  in case he's not ready for it.  They don't want to waste any days, since nobody knows how long rehab will take.

So once again my friends, I'm asking for another blast of positive energy and prayers.  Let's help Jeff to improve exponentially and be able to take advantage of the early rehab.   Maybe with our help and the skill of his medical staff he won't come close to needing 60 days for rehab.

For those of you who have generously donated to the fund that Jeff's family has set up, I thank you, Jeff's family thanks you and his wife thanks you form the bottom of their hearts.  For those of you who haven't donated, for whatever reason, please reconsider.  The medical bills are mounting, his wife's out of work and Jeff will soon be only collecting a percentage of his salary from disability insurance.

Take care, thank you and keep praying.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beveragebob on September 20, 2010, 06:46:24 PM
It sounds like he's on his way within his own time frame. I commend his wife for her stamina and I think we are going to have a made for TV movie on Lifetime here with all the proceeds going to the family. This should happen!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on September 21, 2010, 08:50:32 AM
Thanks for the updates Frank!!  This is the first post I check on all the forums when I log in.  Prayers & good vibes continue for Jeff & family!!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: capozzoli on September 21, 2010, 05:24:42 PM
Im predicting a full recovery in record time.

Cant wait till babalu can log back in.

I keep seeing his posts in old threads and for a second I think it is him with a recent post.

He is missed.


Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 21, 2010, 05:37:37 PM
He is missed.

He certainly is missed, but I have a feeling he'll be back sooner than later.  ;)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on September 21, 2010, 07:52:45 PM
As a guy who lives in a Mosquito land this hits home. Babalu you get better. I like the news. Don't forget to help out please donate to the fund.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 22, 2010, 01:12:39 PM
Update: 9/22/2010

Not a whole lot to report.  More opening his eyes on his own, more looking at his wife, more yawning and now a bit of what appears to be stretching his legs.  They've been adjusting his bed so that he's in a semi-sitting position for periods of time.  No signs of seizure lately, cultures they've taken to check for infection have all come back negative, his white blood cell count is good and his blood sugar is normal  The steroids could have caused some problems with this blood sugar, but it appears they didn't.   He's now off the steroids.

There's still been some discussion with the medical staff, the LTAC, the rehab and the insurance folks about where and when they'll be moving him.  That should hopefully be cleared up shortly.

That's it for now.

Please keep praying and keep the positive thoughts and energy coming.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: capozzoli on September 22, 2010, 01:38:23 PM
Really tics me off how the insurance companies have the ability to say how long the rehab can take. WTF biting my lip.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on September 22, 2010, 01:57:23 PM
Really tics me off how the insurance companies have the ability to say how long the rehab can take. WTF biting my lip.

+1...

Get well soon, Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: glastctbrew on September 22, 2010, 02:01:03 PM
+1 on insurance...

I'm new to the forum and I don't know Jeff but my thoughts and heart go out to him and his family.

Frank, my thoughts and admiration to you. You have a living testament to what friendship is all about.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on September 22, 2010, 06:52:57 PM
C'Mon Babalu!  Hockey season is around the corner and I'm surrounded by Habs fans  :'(

Frank, please let Jeff know that Boston scored 4 goals on 10 shots on Carey Price tonight.  I know its only pre-season, but I know his ears are working and hopefully that will spur a reaction.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on September 23, 2010, 04:49:15 PM
Hey Frank,

I got to thinking about a way to get a response from Jeff.  Has anyone tried holding some hops under his nose, or simply opening a can or a bottle of beer near him?  If that doesn't wake up a homebrewer, I don't know what will.  Anyway, talk to him about brewing and beers, etc.  The homebrewer inside will struggle to get out!

Come on, Jeff!  Wake up and smell the hops!  You can do it, we know you can.

Cheers,
Janis
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 23, 2010, 04:57:45 PM
Janis, I had thought along the same lines this AM, but did not post.  My vote is to talk about brewing, Oktoberfest, and the fresh hops.  Under the nose with some hand rubbed hops is something I didn't think of.  Great idea.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 23, 2010, 10:55:10 PM
They do say smells are the most powerful stimulus.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on September 23, 2010, 11:11:28 PM
I think it's a wonderful idea. Please it really might help!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on September 24, 2010, 08:50:16 AM
Hops are known to have some very deep and subliminal effects on the brain. I think this is a fantastic idea. This needs to be tried ASAP!

Get better, bud! Its time to pull out of this!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 24, 2010, 09:40:44 PM
I'm sacrificing brain cells for ya, man.
Come on Jeff. You're a strong guy. I know you can do this.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 25, 2010, 05:16:30 PM
Update: 9/25/2010

Jeff has been moved to a rehab facility on the North Shore.  He will remain there until he is awake and able to follow commands, at which point he'll likely be moved to full Rehab facility in Boston for intensive rehab. 

Jeff had a sleepy morning and a pretty responsive afternoon.  He opened his eyes a lot today, sometimes on his own and sometimes in response to his wife and her sister talking to him and asking him questions.  He opened his eyes to a a question about whether he wanted to see his kids.  He opened his eyes to when asked if he wanted a beer, since Sam's Oktoberfest is out.  He also opened his eyes to a conversation about the tuna bite being on.   He's still not tracking objects when his eyes are open, but he is looking in the direction of familiar voices.  His overall healh is good otherwise. We'll find out soon, what they have planned for Jeff while he's at this facility.

As always, keep Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 25, 2010, 05:26:01 PM
We will keep Jeff in our thoughts.

I'd like to raise a pint to Jeff's recovery.

As always...Thanks Frank for the update.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on September 26, 2010, 06:13:38 PM
Jeff!!! We need our beermaking friend back. Come back!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 29, 2010, 10:08:14 AM
Come on, Jeff. Still pulling for ya, buddy.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 29, 2010, 04:04:29 PM
Update: 9/29/2010

Jeff's progress is going slowly.  He continues to open his eyes on his own but is still not tracking.  He's responding to his wife and family by opening his eyes and sometimes looking in their direction.  His wife says that today he was squeezing her hand throughout the day.   She specifically asked him to squeeze her hand, to show her he loves her and he did.  The nurse actually witnessed this little interaction and acknowledged that she saw him squeeze her hand.  Yesterday he did have a fever and his white blood cell count was up, so they put him on antibiotics to treat any infection.  His temp was back down today. 

Keep the faith, keep the positive thoughts and prayers coming.  And let's hope that his progress starts to pick up it's pace soon.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on September 29, 2010, 04:57:21 PM
Continued thoughts and prayers. This is the first thread I check when coming here. Let's go Jeff, the fish and the homebrew aren't going to catch and brew themselves.  ;D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on September 29, 2010, 08:37:50 PM
God bless him and his family. I hope and pray he pulls through this thing soon.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 29, 2010, 09:35:05 PM
I have faith in Jeff. These baby steps are encouraging.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 30, 2010, 05:51:47 AM
Hoping for the best for Jeff and his family. God willing.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on September 30, 2010, 11:14:53 AM
This is going to be a long road to recovery. My thoughts go out to his family. Good progress. Hopefully Jeff will be talking soon.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on September 30, 2010, 02:56:24 PM
Update: 9/30/2010

Jeff had a great day today!  They had him sitting up in a chair.  It's a big mechanical chair that lays flat so they can transfer him easily from his bed.  They strap him in and sit him up.  He spent a good deal of time in the chair today. 

He had his eyes open a lot today and seemed more alert.  Best of all, the nurse watched Jeff track his mother as she walked across the room.  That's big.  Later,  Jeff's wife saw him move his hand and she pointed it out to the occupational therapist.  The OT got in Jeff's face and asked him to move his hand again and he did.  In fact, he moved it 5 out of 5 times she asked him to.

Keep the prayers an thoughts coming, he's getting closer.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on September 30, 2010, 03:22:35 PM
Thanks for the wonderful news, Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: brushvalleybrewer on September 30, 2010, 03:25:11 PM
Frank, I hope that some day I have a friend as good as you are to Jeff. In the mean time… We’re pulling for you Jeff. You can do it!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on September 30, 2010, 03:38:27 PM
Great news, thanks for the update Frank.

Keep fighting Jeff, you'll get there!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 30, 2010, 05:32:56 PM
This is great news.  :)

I raise a pint to Jeff's recovery!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on September 30, 2010, 05:59:44 PM
Frank, I hope that some day I have a friend as good as you are to Jeff. In the mean time… We’re pulling for you Jeff. You can do it!

Amen to that.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on September 30, 2010, 06:19:48 PM
This is great news.  :)

I raise a pint to Jeff's recovery!

+1
Well, actually a THA and 2 Bell's The Oracle. Woo!  ;D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on September 30, 2010, 06:26:38 PM
This is great news.  :)

I raise a pint to Jeff's recovery!

+1
Well, actually a THA and 2 Bell's The Oracle. Woo!  ;D


Very nice.  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on September 30, 2010, 08:06:34 PM
Here's a Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter . . .  ;D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 30, 2010, 10:37:50 PM
Sweet! Need more good vibes? I'm breaking out a cellared bomber.
Jeff, keep up the recovery work!
And here's to hoping he's got some cute nurses, give his eyes something to follow.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Mikey on October 01, 2010, 05:28:45 AM
Wishing you the very quickest recovery, Babalu.

I have to say that this really gets me thinking about the fact that during the warmer months I get bit by mosquitoes on almost a  daily basis.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: theDarkSide on October 01, 2010, 05:40:17 AM
Wishing you the very quickest recovery, Babalu.

I have to say that this really gets me thinking about the fact that during the warmer months I get bit by mosquitoes on almost a  daily basis.

I never go out without bug screen these days.  We've had a few sad cases here in NH with EEE and West Nile in the past few years.  And Babalu's area of Massachusetts has been dealing with this stuff for 10+ years.

I bought a raffle ticket on Homebrewtalk yesterday and he had a great day...I may need to go buy a few more!!

Best wishes to Jeff for a speedy and full recovery!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on October 01, 2010, 09:11:01 AM
This is fantastic news!  Throwing more hope bullets your way, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on October 01, 2010, 11:36:37 AM
GOOD news is always a great way to finish up the work week.  Praying for continued progress!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 01, 2010, 11:47:35 AM
Sweet! Need more good vibes? I'm breaking out a cellared bomber.
Jeff, keep up the recovery work!
And here's to hoping he's got some cute nurses, give his eyes something to follow.

If boobs and beer don't bring him back to this world, I want to be in the one he's in now.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 04, 2010, 08:39:46 AM
And how is Jeff today?
Hopefully better.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dhacker on October 05, 2010, 02:12:22 PM
Noticed this posting . . .

http://almarbuilding.com/jf/home.htm
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on October 06, 2010, 10:47:31 AM
Quick Update: 10/6/2010
 
Sorry it took so long for this update, there hadn't been anything new to report.  Jeff had a good morning today.  Seems that he had his eyes open this morning for a while and was tracking the Occupational Therapist all around the room.  He also moved his hand 10 out of 10 times when asked to do so by the OT. 
 
I'm heading up to visit him tomorrow after work, I will give another update then.
 
Please keep up the positive thoughts and prayers. 
 
Frank
 

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on October 06, 2010, 10:58:14 AM
You got it Frank.  Please say hey from all of us!!  Thanks for the update...  Cheers!!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on October 06, 2010, 11:06:02 AM
Thanks Frank, I've been wondering how things are going.

Keep it up Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Hokerer on October 06, 2010, 11:21:57 AM
Excellent, let's hope the good news keeps on coming
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 06, 2010, 12:17:42 PM
Great news, Frank!

I posted a link to the fundraiser on my FB page along with a link to the raffle.

Keep moving forward, Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 06, 2010, 01:13:36 PM
Thanks.

Looking forward to an update after your visit.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on October 07, 2010, 10:28:04 AM
Thanks for keeping us informed Frank.  We all pray for Jeff's full recovery.  I feel a sour beer coming on. :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on October 07, 2010, 05:13:09 PM
Update: 10/7/2010

I went up to visit Jeff today.  According to his wife and parents he had his best day yet.  He was awake for over a half hour today.  That's the longest period of time so far.  He was looking all around his room, tracking his parents, his wife and a couple friends that were visiting.  He even watched a little Sports Center.   Everyone talked to him and just enjoyed the moment, they didn't bother to call in the doctors or nurses.  Unfortunately by the time I showed up, the show was over and he was sleeping pretty heavily.  Apparently being awake like that really wears him out. 

A bit later on, Jeff's father was moving Jeff's feet and he opened his eyes again, we all started talking to him and his Mom told us to do it one at a time.  I was standing next to him on his left and I began talking to him, he looked right at me.  He also looked at some of the other people in the room when they talked to him.  This only lasted a few minutes, but this time you could tell he was really looking at you,  that there was some real comprehension going on.  A couple weeks ago I visited him, he opened his eyes briefly but it was just a blank stare.   

So that's two days in a row, where he was awake for an extended period.   Maybe it's really happening now!

Keep up the thoughts and prayers!

Frank
 
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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on October 07, 2010, 05:16:00 PM
Very encouraging!!  Let's keep those prayers going folks!!!  Cheers!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 07, 2010, 05:17:20 PM
Thanks Frank!

I am hoping that this trend will continue for Jeff.  

God willing.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on October 07, 2010, 07:55:17 PM
More great news, keep it coming Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 07, 2010, 09:55:18 PM
Great! It's good to see progress. Keep it going Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on October 08, 2010, 07:07:07 AM
Obviously not there yet, but the road is definitely turning to the good fork!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 08, 2010, 11:30:50 AM
Keep fighting, Jeff. We're still here pulling for you.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: vista on October 08, 2010, 11:56:25 AM
really inspiring to hear, what a road for him, his family, and friends to endure.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on October 08, 2010, 03:23:53 PM
C'mon, Jeff!!  Fight the good fight!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 12, 2010, 07:05:34 AM
Hey Jeff, how ya don' there, buddy? We miss you around here. You should stop by soon.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on October 14, 2010, 09:15:43 AM
Update 10/14/2010
 
Jeff had a fairly quiet long weekend.  Yesterday he was more alert.  At one point, he had his eyes open for about 20 minutes or so, looking around, making eye contact, tracking and looking at the TV.  The OT has been working with Jeff beyond the squeezing the hand thing.  They put a wash cloth in his hand and pull on it and Jeff will grip down on it and give some resistance when she tries to pull it away.  His wife also has been able to get him to open his mouth when they need to clean his mouth/teeth, etc.   And she's gotten him to respond to her by raising his eyebrows, when she asks him to.  Next week they are talking about bringing Jeff into the gym, getting him on a mat and really getting him moving.
 
His doctors have been consulting with the doctors at Spaulding Rehab and the doctor who treated the guy in RI who had EEE.  They've come up with some drugs they want to try on Jeff.  They are hopeful that the drugs will help to wake him up even further.  Apparently it is some combination of drugs that they give to accident victims.  He's currently on some antibiotics for a minor issue.  Once he's off those, they'll start the new treatment.     
 
Continued prayers and positive thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on October 14, 2010, 10:23:57 AM
The progress sounds positive, evenif it is slow.  Hope the drug combo does wonders.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on October 15, 2010, 08:05:28 AM
Keep it up Jeff!  Small steps are still good steps, if they are in the right direction.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 15, 2010, 08:10:09 AM
Thanks for the update Frank...as always.

Hoping for the best for our fellow comrade.

Thoughts and prayers for the Fuller family.

Yesterday I received a nice Thank you card for my donation.  That was nice.  :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 15, 2010, 08:32:52 AM
Thanks for the update, Frank!

Keep pushing through, Jeff. Hope the new drugs do the trick.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: thirsty on October 15, 2010, 08:44:24 AM
Yeah I got a card too. Thanks. I will send more help soon. This just might be my Christmas present.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dean on October 17, 2010, 04:03:05 PM
Hang in there Jeff, I'm root'n for ya!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on October 17, 2010, 07:33:14 PM
Just did the toast to You and Your family with dampfbier. Get well buddy so we can share one of these together.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on October 17, 2010, 07:53:39 PM
Keep it up Jeff! glad to hear there is progress.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on October 18, 2010, 04:38:04 PM
Update: 10/18/2010

Jeff had a good morning today, was awake and alert for a while.  His speech therapist continues to work with him on his swallowing, which he's doing great at.   His facial expressions are coming back more, he will smile when asked to.  He can also stick out his tongue on command.  He will also grimace, furl his brow and raise his eyebrows.

He's gaining more and more movement in his left hand and the doctors expect to him to develop movement in his right hand soon.  After that they would expect him to develop movement in his legs and feet.  His doctors and therapist are happy with progress.

Today they gave him a half a dose of an analeptic (central nervous system stimulant) drug that it used to treat people with narcolepsy and other similar sleep problems.   He really didn't seem to react much to that dose.  They'll try a full dose on him tomorrow.

Every day he is having periods of alertness.  He's now opening his eyes more in reaction to the sounds around him,  opening them when he hears people's voices or hears people coming into the room.  His cousin was in the other day and he opened his eyes when he heard his voice and kept them open for awhile while he was visiting.   When he left he asked Jeff to give him a thumbs up.  Jeff opened his eyes and moved his thumb.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 18, 2010, 04:41:29 PM
This is the best news I've heard so far.

Thanks again Frank!

I know we'll have our comrade back someday.  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: theDarkSide on October 19, 2010, 05:36:30 AM
Great news Frank.  Thanks for the updates.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 19, 2010, 06:21:37 AM
Great news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on October 19, 2010, 08:52:13 AM
Thanks for the update Frank!!  I bet no one is more anxious for this to be resolved than Jeff. We're patiently waiting with ya man!! Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 19, 2010, 08:57:48 AM
It's going to be an amazing day when we see the first post from Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on October 19, 2010, 10:38:16 AM
It's going to be an amazing day when we see the first post from Jeff.

That's gonna be one hell of a thread!

C'mon Jeff! Each day you're doing better. Long row to hoe but you'll get there!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on October 19, 2010, 12:01:28 PM
I suspect he'll be posting before he's totally recovered - it might be good therapy for him.

Keep going Jeff . . .
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on October 19, 2010, 01:22:49 PM
It's going to be an amazing day when we see the first post from Jeff.
A day of celebration within the homebrewing community for sure!!!!! I bet we could set a record for the most pints hoisted for a single event that day. I know I'll hoist a couple to Jeff, the Doctors and the man above!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: blatz on October 19, 2010, 01:25:26 PM
keep at it Jeff! great news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 19, 2010, 04:54:24 PM
It's going to be an amazing day when we see the first post from Jeff.

That's gonna be one hell of a thread!

C'mon Jeff! Each day you're doing better. Long row to hoe but you'll get there!

No kidding, not to mention how long it will take him to read this iVigil we are holding for him.
C'mon Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: yugamrap on October 21, 2010, 07:17:29 AM
It's great to hear that Jeff's condition is improving!  C'mon Jeff - we know you're doing your best, and we're all pulling for you! 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 21, 2010, 09:44:47 AM
Jeff is strong like bull. MrNate no worry.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on October 21, 2010, 03:09:36 PM
Update: 10/21/2010

Jeff had another pretty good couple days.  They still have him on a half a dose of the central nervous system stimulant and he appears to be alert more.  Still for only 20 minutes at a time, but he is waking much easier and will have multiple alert periods during the course of the day.  Yesterday during therapy Jeff was asked by his therapist to pick up one of his son's Matchbox cars.  With a scowl on his face, he refused to do so.  His sister got in his face and gave him a piece of her mind and demanded that he pick up the car.  He did and did it several more times when she asked him to.

Today he had another good session.  They sat him up on the side of his bed and had him picking up objects and dropping them when they asked him to.  Towards the end of the session his wife leaned over and kissed Jeff's forehead.  The therapist then told her to lean in and ask him for a kiss.  She was rewarded with two kisses, she was obviously thrilled.

The doctors and therapists are noticing increased muscle tone in his arm, wrist and neck and they are very happy with his progress lately.  Actually most of the staff on the floor are excited about his progress and are in and out giving Jeff their encouragement.

They will be upping the dose on his new meds within the next day or two.  With any luck this will wake him even more.

Please keep sending positive thoughts and prayers Jeff's way.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on October 21, 2010, 03:23:11 PM
Awesome! But painfully slow. Keep hoping to see him signing in and posting. Keep up the good fight Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 21, 2010, 05:13:31 PM
This is good news!

Better news every time...Thanks Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on October 21, 2010, 06:52:59 PM
That's really great news, thanks for the awesome update!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on October 21, 2010, 10:25:10 PM
Fantastic! I think we will see a rapid improvement in the next few weeks. :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 22, 2010, 06:00:17 AM
Great news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 23, 2010, 09:12:00 AM
Great news.
Thank you Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on October 23, 2010, 05:52:27 PM
A quick Jeff update. Apparently when the nurse said good morning to him today he mouthed back the words good morning to her!   She also asked him how he slept and he mouthed OK.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on October 23, 2010, 06:25:25 PM
This is very good news. 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 23, 2010, 10:44:43 PM
Great progress, Jeff. Keep it up.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on October 23, 2010, 10:48:53 PM
Awesome!  ;D

Here's a pint . . . !
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: wzl46 on October 24, 2010, 04:49:44 PM
I haven't been on the forum in a while.  What a good way to come back!  Good morning Babalu!  You are OK!  Cheers my friend. 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 24, 2010, 05:05:08 PM
Very nice!

Cheers to babalu!  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 24, 2010, 11:13:51 PM
Drinking a pint for Jeff right now. Cheers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on October 25, 2010, 07:48:55 AM
Awesome! ;D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on October 25, 2010, 08:54:58 AM
Awesome stuff!  Hang in there Jeff, you're doing great!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 26, 2010, 06:02:48 AM
Did they ever put him on the full dose? I don't know if I missed that or what.

Hang in there Jeff. Stay strong.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on October 28, 2010, 04:24:41 PM
Update: 10/28/2010

Jeff's making steady progress.  He's able to move his left hand, wrist and arm.  They had him sitting on the side of his bed today and had him swinging his left leg.  He also can move his left foot.  And he can now move his right hand.  Jeff still isn't talking and he won't really be able to until they can give him a smaller tracheotomy tube.  When they do that, they will cap the tube and he should be able to speak.

He's able to answer questions by mouthing the words.  He'll answer yes/no type questions as well as open ended questions, like "how are you feeling" or "how'd did you sleep last night" or they'll show him a toy and ask who's toy is this and he'll correctly answer which of his kids it belongs to.  

He still isn't opening his eyes as much as they were expecting, but he's much more alert.  They'll continue to slowly wean him off his phenobarbital, which is one of his anti-seizure meds.  And they'll continue to give him the central nervous system stimulant.

It appears to me, that his improvements are coming at a quicker pace.  So keep up the prayers and positive thoughts for even quicker progress.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on October 28, 2010, 04:35:03 PM
I am glad the progress continues.

My parents are headed to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage with their church. Mom asked if there was anyone
I wanted her to pray for, I said Jeff. Some big prayers are coming soon. She's in NY right now waiting for
the plane for Tel Aviv...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on October 28, 2010, 05:53:50 PM
Cool, man! Continued prayers and pint raising! Just from a layman's point of view, getting off the phenobarbital would be excellent. They kick your d$%^ in the dirt! The fish are waitin' Jeff. See you out on the water! Cheers!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on October 28, 2010, 06:13:50 PM
Very good news Frank. Thanks!

Keep it coming.  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on October 28, 2010, 11:08:00 PM
Great stuff, thanks again for all of the updates.  This is really great news, here's a pint of Malt and Vine III Anniversary Beer in your honor . . .  ;D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on October 29, 2010, 06:42:20 AM
WOOHOO!!! Always nice to start the day off with good news about Jeff.  Thanks Frank!!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on October 29, 2010, 08:41:28 AM
Great news, and thanks for keeping us informed, Frank.  I'm looking forward to the day I can buy Jeff a beer!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on October 30, 2010, 08:10:43 PM
or they'll show him a toy and ask who's toy is this and he'll correctly answer which of his kids it belongs to.  

Wow, I don't think I can even do that. Jeff, you're the man.

Awesome progress.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on November 03, 2010, 09:44:30 AM
Ok, isn't it about time for a Babalu update?  :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on November 03, 2010, 09:52:03 AM
Ok, isn't it about time for a Babalu update?  :)

Yes.

Check out "The Brewer of the Week" on the AHA website. Very nice profile written by Frank White.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/brewer-of-the-week/show?title=brewer-of-the-week-jeff-fuller

We're pulling for you Jeff!

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on November 03, 2010, 10:32:38 AM
Very nice write up Frank.   :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on November 03, 2010, 11:19:34 AM
Ok, isn't it about time for a Babalu update?  :)

Yes.

Check out "The Brewer of the Week" on the AHA website. Very nice profile written by Frank White.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/brewer-of-the-week/show?title=brewer-of-the-week-jeff-fuller

We're pulling for you Jeff!

Wow. I'm humbled. Still praying and raising pints...


Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on November 04, 2010, 03:57:23 PM
Update: 11/4/2010

Jeff continues his slow but steady progress.  He's gained movement in his other foot now.  So that gives him movement in both hands and feet and movement in his left arm, wrist and elbow.   He's been mouthing words a lot lately and to get him one step closer to talking, they replaced his tracheotomy tube with a smaller one.  This one will allow him to at least partially breathe through his mouth and nose.  Once he get's used to it, they will be able to cap it and it will allow him to at least whisper.

They continue to slowly increase his central nervous system stimulant and slowly reduce his phenobarbital.  As a result of that, he seems to be even more alert.  They had him sitting on the side of his bed doing therapy for 45 minutes today.  His caregivers are very happy with his progress lately. 

He's still got a long road to recovery, but he's moving in the right direction and that's something we can all be thankful for.

Keep up your prayers and positive thoughts.  They seem to be working!

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on November 04, 2010, 04:08:54 PM
Spec-freaking-damn-tacular! Keep it up, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tubercle on November 04, 2010, 04:23:36 PM
I know some of y'all don't believe in prayer or whatever.

 But some of you do.

 For those of you that do, it works...this is proof.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: brushvalleybrewer on November 05, 2010, 08:44:10 AM
You can do it Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on November 05, 2010, 08:57:56 AM
Great news Frank, and I agree with tubercle!!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on November 05, 2010, 12:12:06 PM
I know some of y'all don't believe in prayer or whatever.

 But some of you do.

 For those of you that do, it works...this is proof.

Darn right it works. And it works best when praying for others IMO. One had better prepare for God's sense of humor when praying selfishly. Hope that doesn't offend anyone it's just my experience.

This is great news about Jeff! Say a prayer and raise a pint!

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on November 05, 2010, 03:16:23 PM
Hot damn, that's great news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on November 05, 2010, 03:18:49 PM
I'm not trying to start an argument, especially in this thread.  But crediting prayer is an affront to the women and men who have worked so hard all of this time to help Jeff get better.  The credit goes to them, all of the doctors and scientists before them who figured out how to treat his condition, his wife for getting him to the hospital quickly, and perhaps most importantly, Jeff for being strong and fighting.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: kgs on November 05, 2010, 03:29:19 PM
I'm not trying to start an argument, especially in this thread.  But crediting prayer is an affront to the women and men who have worked so hard all of this time to help Jeff get better.  The credit goes to them, all of the doctors and scientists before them who figured out how to treat his condition, his wife for getting him to the hospital quickly, and perhaps most importantly, Jeff for being strong and fighting.

You are right to acknowledge the people who are helping Jeff. But we can agree to believe in what we believe in... there's enough credit to go around. If people think prayer changes things, then they are right. It changes *them* in important ways, and that's miracle enough.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on November 05, 2010, 03:53:18 PM
I'm not trying to start an argument, especially in this thread.  But crediting prayer is an affront to the women and men who have worked so hard all of this time to help Jeff get better.  The credit goes to them, all of the doctors and scientists before them who figured out how to treat his condition, his wife for getting him to the hospital quickly, and perhaps most importantly, Jeff for being strong and fighting.

You are right to acknowledge the people who are helping Jeff. But we can agree to believe in what we believe in... there's enough credit to go around. If people think prayer changes things, then they are right. It changes *them* in important ways, and that's miracle enough.

That's very tactful and sensitive. In retrospect my last post was probably too much for some. For that I will apologize.

Tom I'll pm ya.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on November 05, 2010, 03:54:38 PM
Thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff, his family and freinds and all who have stood by him in his time of need.

I raise a pint to his full recovery.

...and as always, Thanks Frank.  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on November 05, 2010, 09:15:46 PM
Pray for the doctors and scienctist all you want, Jeff and his family needs our thoughts and good intentions and motivating thought. It is the positive thoughts that reallty help. Jeff get well.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on November 05, 2010, 09:28:58 PM
I don't care what caused the recovery as long as it happens. Fight the good fight Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Mikey on November 06, 2010, 05:23:43 AM
Prayers can't hurt tschmidlin, and as you said, this isn't the place to argue their merits.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on November 06, 2010, 05:36:13 AM
Have to agree. Lets not let this thread devolve into that kind of argument. Please.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on November 06, 2010, 07:48:58 AM
You are right to acknowledge the people who are helping Jeff. But we can agree to believe in what we believe in... there's enough credit to go around. If people think prayer changes things, then they are right. It changes *them* in important ways, and that's miracle enough.

Very well said.
Speaking of miracles, we are overlooking one. How does a big ol' homebrewin' dude like Babalu go this long without a beer?! I know I'm farting dust after two days without one! Continued thoughts and prayers to Jeff and everyone involved in his recovery.
Someone(Frank?) make sure that there is a fine homebrew available for Jeff when he is ready!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on November 06, 2010, 08:00:21 AM
You are right to acknowledge the people who are helping Jeff. But we can agree to believe in what we believe in... there's enough credit to go around. If people think prayer changes things, then they are right. It changes *them* in important ways, and that's miracle enough.

Very well said.
Speaking of miracles, we are overlooking one. How does a big ol' homebrewin' dude like Babalu go this long without a beer?! I know I'm farting dust after two days without one! Continued thoughts and prayers to Jeff and everyone involved in his recovery.
Someone(Frank?) make sure that there is a fine homebrew available for Jeff when he is ready!
The question I have is which beer? It begs a new thread...It has me thinking, that is for sure. Is there a mini-fridge in room, if not go find the big one in the hallway with the mini sodas and take them out...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on November 06, 2010, 11:12:01 AM
Maybe we should start a pool on what style of beer will be Babalu's first!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on November 06, 2010, 11:30:24 AM
Maybe we should start a pool on what style of beer will be Babalu's first!

We could then arrive at a recipe by consensus- and have it brewed and sent to him for when he's ready! He probably has a favorite style.

Flip side to that it might be Jeff won't be doing any drinking for quite a while. Depends on the extent of his recovery and what medications he'll be taking.



Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on November 06, 2010, 01:37:40 PM
Prayers can't hurt tschmidlin, and as you said, this isn't the place to argue their merits.
Have to agree. Lets not let this thread devolve into that kind of argument. Please.
I haven't made any statements about the efficacy of prayer.  I am simply saying that crediting prayer alone is insulting to all of the people who demonstrably saved his life and are by his side day in and day out keeping him going.  I guess that is an unpopular point of view.  :-\
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on November 06, 2010, 01:39:05 PM
Maybe we should start a pool on what style of beer will be Babalu's first!

We could then arrive at a recipe by consensus- and have it brewed and sent to him for when he's ready! He probably has a favorite style.

Flip side to that it might be Jeff won't be doing any drinking for quite a while. Depends on the extent of his recovery and what medications he'll be taking.
I like this idea euge, maybe we should go with Drew's 30-year beer.  Then it will keep as long as it needs to, and he can have some every year to celebrate. :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on November 06, 2010, 03:50:13 PM
Prayers can't hurt tschmidlin, and as you said, this isn't the place to argue their merits.
Have to agree. Lets not let this thread devolve into that kind of argument. Please.
I haven't made any statements about the efficacy of prayer.  I am simply saying that crediting prayer alone is insulting to all of the people who demonstrably saved his life and are by his side day in and day out keeping him going.  I guess that is an unpopular point of view.  :-\

The point is: lets not turn this thread into a discussion about the power of prayer or the lack there of. Wasn't singling anyone out, necessarily. I just don't think that this thread - which is about the fate of a friend of the forum - should be sidetracked on such a topic.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: marty on November 06, 2010, 04:47:26 PM
Maybe we should start a pool on what style of beer will be Babalu's first!

We could then arrive at a recipe by consensus- and have it brewed and sent to him for when he's ready! He probably has a favorite style.

Flip side to that it might be Jeff won't be doing any drinking for quite a while. Depends on the extent of his recovery and what medications he'll be taking.


he's a Hefe/Dunkelweizen guy, going by the comp results where he usually wins
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on November 07, 2010, 07:31:42 AM

he's a Hefe/Dunkelweizen guy, going by the comp results where he usually wins

That's what I would guess too - he shared his award winning dunkelweizen recipe with me, which I brewed for my wife's birthday.

Maybe we should start a pool on what style of beer will be Babalu's first!

We could then arrive at a recipe by consensus- and have it brewed and sent to him for when he's ready! He probably has a favorite style.

Flip side to that it might be Jeff won't be doing any drinking for quite a while. Depends on the extent of his recovery and what medications he'll be taking.
I like this idea euge, maybe we should go with Drew's 30-year beer.  Then it will keep as long as it needs to, and he can have some every year to celebrate. :)

That sounds like a good choice!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beveragebob on November 10, 2010, 03:05:56 PM
I'm going to be an interloper here....why not send him what YOU are proud of! I'm going to send him something special....just don't know what.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on November 10, 2010, 04:23:42 PM
Update 11/10/2010

Jeff had a pretty good day today.  They've been capping this trach tube and his oxygen levels have remained normal.  The speech therapist would like to keep it capped all day and take the cap off at night.  They want to give him every opportunity to talk.  His doctors need to approve that, but I would imagine that will happen in the next day or so.  This also means he's now able to actually smell things now. 

His wife brought in a Magnadoodle few days ago.  They've been writing words on it and Jeff is able to read and whisper/mouth the words back.  Today the gave him the pen and asked him to write his name on it, left handed by the way.  He wrote a J, a pretty sloppy E, they helped him with the first F and he wrote the second F on his own.  This is all great news. 

He didn't want to kick the ball today, just shook his head no.   So they had him catching and releasing the ball instead.  They roll it to him and he traps it with both hands, holds it and releases it wen they tell him to.  Thus far he's been able perform all of the therapy tasks they've asked him to.

He's still having trouble keeping his eyes open.  They've asked him a number of times and he confirms that his eyelids feel very heavy and he just can't seem to keep them open.  They're still trying to figure out why.

A lot of good progress, especially with his communication abilities.  Keep up the positive thoughts and prayers!
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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on November 10, 2010, 04:35:44 PM
Awesome Frank, thanks for the update!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on November 10, 2010, 05:09:20 PM
You bet awesome!  C'mon, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on November 10, 2010, 06:08:15 PM
This is very good news.  Keep it coming Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on November 11, 2010, 05:26:07 PM
Great news.  Keep up the good progress Jeff...  Still thinkin' about ya & prayin' for ya!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dean on November 12, 2010, 09:49:08 AM
Just something some of you might want to consider, Jeff may not like beer anymore.  I was in for less than a month (10 days of it without food of kind then fed by IV) and since then I've yet to find a beer that tastes good, even soda pops don't taste good... I used to drink diet coke... tried several including other brands... they all taste like CRAP.  Only one pop I've liked so far... Mtn. Dew (not diet) and I never used to like it.  Water seems to be my favorite beverage now.  I tried a whiskey too... bleh.  So, just sayin some of you might want to reconsider.  Oh... yeh... I quit smoking the day I was admitted so that may have something to do with it.

Anyway... You Go Jeff!!!!   :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on November 12, 2010, 11:55:21 PM
Dean you raise a good point. Jeff may have "issues" that stretch and impact him for a great deal longer than one would assume. He could end up with permanent brain and central nervous system damage. Sounds negative but a pragmatic concern. His wife/family might be a bit iffy on him drinking anything if he comes home already impaired. He could also have a personality change. Brewing might not interest him anymore.

And how about Dean? How are you doing? Recovering well?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on November 14, 2010, 07:11:57 PM
Any number of things might happen. What's important is what IS happening, and that is Jeff making progress. Keep it up, Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on November 14, 2010, 07:40:26 PM
Keep the Faith Jeff  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on November 17, 2010, 05:16:35 PM
A quick Jeff update.

Just got word today that the folks taking care of Jeff feel that he is ready to move on to a full service rehab facility.  He still needs insurance company approval. But it should happen in the next week or so.  While there he'll receive more aggressive physical, occupational and speech therapy. 

I'll keep you posted when I hear more details.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on November 17, 2010, 05:56:09 PM
That's definitely good news Frank..  Kepp it up Jeff!!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on November 17, 2010, 08:40:49 PM
This is another step in a positive direction. Thanks Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Kaiser on November 20, 2010, 09:56:33 PM
First time browsing the AHA board again after taking some time off and I was shocked to see that Jeff came down with EEE. But I'm also glad to hear that he is on the path to recovery.

My family and I are outdoors a lot and EEE is something we were never really worried about.

Here is to Jeff and him getting well soon.

Kai
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on November 23, 2010, 09:40:18 AM
I think we should make "BREWSTRONG" bracelets and sell them as a fundraiser. Someone get Lance on the phone.

Keep fighting, Jeff. We'll be here waiting for you.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on November 23, 2010, 10:01:17 AM
I think we should make "BREWSTRONG" bracelets and sell them as a fundraiser. Someone get Lance on the phone.

Keep fighting, Jeff. We'll be here waiting for you.

+1000000

This is a fantastic idea!

How can we get this to happen....anybody?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on November 23, 2010, 10:31:24 AM
Here's a start:

http://www.ybuw.com/Wristbands/Index.asp

$84 for 100 bracelets/wristbands (cheaper/wristband for larger orders $165 for 500) for 'debossed' text.

I have no affiliation - just following what Google told me.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on November 26, 2010, 11:45:18 AM
Update 11/26/2010

We made it up to see Jeff yesterday. He wasn't very responsive most of the time we were there. He did come around for 15 minutes or so. We had the Pat's game on and he watched TV most of the time, although he did look at me when I was talking to him. He was doing this mostly with one eye open. And it stiil seemed he was struggling to keep his eyes open.

He's been making good progress with his therapy and he should be moving to to the new rehab center maybe Monday or Tuesday, if a bed is availalbe. They had his trach tube capped for several hours yesterday and he tolerated it well. His wife said he was talking a bit earlier in the day. They will keep increasing the amount of time his trach is capped and eventually they will remove tracheotomy tube all together.

Still slow and steady progress. Hopefully when he gets to the new rehab center the progress will begin to speed up with the additional physical, occupational and speach therapy.

Please keep up the positive thoughts and prayers for Jeff and his family, especially during this holiday season.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on November 27, 2010, 11:49:03 AM
Keep up the fight, Jeff. We're still pullin' for ya!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on November 27, 2010, 10:49:01 PM
Jeff and your family keep going we want you back.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on November 29, 2010, 12:37:06 PM
Thanks again for the update Frank!!! Wishing the best for Jeff, his family & friends!!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on November 29, 2010, 12:41:13 PM
Thanks Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on December 01, 2010, 06:07:27 PM
Jeff is now at the rehab facility in Boston.  The insurance company has been giving them a hard time and he's there on a two week trial.  I won't get into this, it makes my blood boil.

He really needs to step up to the plate and make some serious progress. 

He could an extra dose of prayers and positive thoughts.

Frank

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on December 01, 2010, 06:15:28 PM
C'mon Jeff, we're all pulling for you!  Its not the same around here without you.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on December 01, 2010, 06:41:41 PM
Continued thoughts and prayers to Jeff and his family. A big FU to the insurance co... >:(
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on December 02, 2010, 07:43:14 AM
Jeff,  You have a lot of important things to accomplish in your life, and those who love you need you there to share their life with you. It's time to reach down deep and get out of this hole!  Cheers & Prayers!!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on December 04, 2010, 06:53:43 AM
This is an email from our friend and fellow Brew Club member,  Brian.  He has vowed to go visit Jeff almost daily, since he works so close by.   I will pass his emails on.
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I was over to see Jeff today and got lucky as I was able to sit in for two of Jeff's one hour therapy sessions. The first hour was speech therapy and he was being a bit of a lazy bum. He really didn't want to stay awake too long BUT... the therapist was able to get him to whisper a few words: yes, no, Ben (his son's name)... and he was making sense with his answers. While he was being a lazy bum, the good thing was it was more than yesterday. He's only been there for two days so in their, that's progress... and that's what he needs to show them. So, in the end, it was a positive session.

The second hour was physical therapy and that was great. They use a hoist and a harness to get him out of bed and into a wheel chair. When they do that, it wakes him right up. I got to see him open his eyes completely and focus. He absolutely knew I was there and knew who I was. Per usual, I was busting his chops and got a couple good smiles out of him.

Sorry to be all sappy here... and I can't totally explain why, but I left today knowing HE is in there. It's HIM. He's just gotta get his damn body going!

So... the good news on physical therapy.... they had him sitting on a therapy table so his feet were on the ground and they had him sitting on the edge by himself. They would steady him and ask him to lean one way or the other and he was doing about 98% of it with very little help. Then he had to simply keep himself steady and upright for a 10-count... which he was able to do. Grip his left hand... he did great. Raise his left arm... raised it but not all of the way (but still better than yesterday). He's still struggling with movement in his right arm although he's getting decent movement in his right hand. The therapist then put a wet face cloth in his left hand and asked him to wipe his forehead. ALLLLMOST got it... wipe his nose... got it... wipe his chin.. needed a hair of help because I think his arm was getting tired. Then a really cool part was she had me sit on one side of him and harass him until he looked at me. He had his eyes wide open, turned his head almost all the way to the side and looked me right in the eyes.

The therapist was really happy with ALL of this though because she said all of it was more than he could do yesterday. Again, the really important thing is that he continue to make progress while at the new rehab and both of his therapists today felt like he had.

The therapist was saying for right now he seems, even though it has only been two days, that he is making good progress but they need to just get him stretched out. She said his neck was really stiff (not surprising being in bed 22 hours a day)... so she would push his head to stretch the muscles all the while asking him if it hurt and he would instantly shake his head no. "Are you ok", quick head shake yes. "can I keep going", quick head shake yes.

Anyway, sorry for the long email. Yeah, yeah... I write long emails. You'll live. Like Frank keeps saying, keep up the positive thoughts and prayers. I was really excited leaving there today and I think everyone's thoughts are working.

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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: blatz on December 04, 2010, 07:00:51 AM
Great news!  Keep at it Jeff - u can do it
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on December 04, 2010, 08:52:29 AM
Nice results. It's good to see this positive report.

Thanks Brian and Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on December 04, 2010, 09:26:52 AM
I got chills reading that.  Go for it, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on December 04, 2010, 10:53:12 AM
Another email from Brian.  Our brew club is on a pub crawl in Boston today and he went over beforehand to visit Jeff.  Kicking myself now for missing the crawl...
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I just hung out with the big man for an hour.  He was sitting in a wheel chair when i walked in.  I woke his ass up and told him he needed to look at me and talk to me since I had come all the way in to see him on the train. 

He was awake almost the entire time and talking a lot.  The only problem is he still has a tracheotomy an it is brutally hard to hear and understand him. 

I asked him if he remembered my name and he nodded yes and said, "Brian". He was having trouble opening both eyes yesterday but had them both open today.  He tried to scratch his right ear and got his hand up to about his nose and he couldl't lift it anymore.  I asked him if he had an itch and he said "yes" and then he said "my right ear".  I scratched it for him and asked if I got it and he said "yes". 

His right hand is still a bit swollen from not being used (according to the therapist).  The therapist said to just move it for him so i kept opening and closing the hand and then made him lift his left hand and grip mine...  Which he was doing well. 

At the end i told him i had to go, "ok".

"i'll see you on monday".....   "ok"

"you gotta keep working. You have to keep moving your hands, arms, head and any other body part because the more you work the easier it is going to get". And he said "i will"

It was great because while i havent been to see him that many times, that was by far the longest he had his eyes open and he was looking right at me. It was also the most words i've heard him say...   And there were a ton of other words i couldn't hear/understand.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 04, 2010, 11:27:01 AM
It reads to be good progress.  This is one nasty virus.  I wish Jeff a full recovery.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on December 04, 2010, 09:08:07 PM
Thank goodness he is making more progress. This is great to hear.  Maybe some more of the club can show up and help!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on December 06, 2010, 02:10:38 PM
It's great to see Jeff making progress.  Hang in there, bro!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on December 08, 2010, 02:03:29 PM
Update 12/8/2010

His wife called me this afternoon to report that Jeff's sarcasm muscle is fully functional.  He had her laughing.  She said to him today that she missed being able to really talk to him and she asked him if he missed talking to her.  His response, "Sort of."  This morning he had Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy and they decided to give him some time to rest before Occupational Therapy this afternoon.  They're cutting him some slack 'cause he's fighting a urinary tract infection right now and is on some antibiotics.  

His wife and the nurse were talking in his room and out comes a big "SHHHH!"
"Oh, I'm sorry are we keeping you awake?"
Nods his head, "yes"
"Want us to keep quiet so you can get to sleep?"
"SHHH!"

By the way, he got his tracheotomy tube removed the other day and that situation is working out well.  He's able to speak a bit better, but it's still pretty quiet.  He had a good speech therapy session and a good PT session.   They put an empty pint glass in front of him and asked him to pick up the "mug."  He shook his head, "no."  "Jeff pick up the mug."  Again shook his head.  Maureen interjected, "Jeff pick up the pint glass."  He did.

They also had him picking up one of his son's toy cars and one of his toy NASCAR guys.  They had him pick up a Dale Earnhardt Jr. guy a few times.  His wife asked him who it was.  Jeff thought for a while.  She asked "is it Jimmy Johnson?"  Jeff replied, "no...Junior."    

He continues to make daily progress and has had a few more visitors lately.  If you can fit it in, try and make it up to see him.  

Keep up the positive thoughts and prayers.  Our Jeff, the "real" Jeff is definitely emerging and can use all the help he can get.


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Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: theDarkSide on December 08, 2010, 02:09:16 PM
Excellent news...and funny too.  I don't know Jeff but he sounds like a great guy.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: EHall on December 08, 2010, 03:20:39 PM
'His response, "Sort of."'

He's going to be just fine!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on December 08, 2010, 03:50:22 PM
Things are looking up and up for Jeff.

Thanks for the update Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on December 08, 2010, 03:53:50 PM
Thanks Frank!!  Will continue positive thoughts & prayers for Jeff.  I don't know Jeff or his family personally but I'd be there in a heartbeat if I could.  For those of you who are close enough, please pay Jeff a visit!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Kaiser on December 08, 2010, 08:33:17 PM
They put an empty pint glass in front of him and asked him to pick up the "mug."  He shook his head, "no."  "Jeff pick up the mug."  Again shook his head.  Maureen interjected, "Jeff pick up the pint glass."  He did.

I was hoping he would say: "Put in some beer first" ;)

But I'm very glad to see that he is making good progress.

Kai
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on December 13, 2010, 03:54:09 PM
Right on! Keep up the fight, Jeff. Thanks for the info Frank and Brian.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on December 14, 2010, 06:45:40 PM
I've been silently monitoring Jeff's progress via Frank's updates for the past month or so, but this latest one deserves a "woohoo!"  It really sounds like he's coming out of this!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on December 14, 2010, 08:46:29 PM
I had an awesome visit with Jeff today.  When I arrived he was sitting in a wheelchair and had just returned from Occupational Therapy.  His therapist said he did a great job and that he had Speech Therapy at 1 and Occupational Therapy at 2:00 PM.  He was awake and alert. I asked him how he was doing. He responded in a pretty loud voice with “pretty good.”  I got to spend the next hour and a half with him one on one.  We were able to have a real conversation.  I was able to hear and understand almost everything he was saying.  Although he had a couple times where either I couldn’t understand what he was saying or what he was saying didn’t quite fit into the conversation.  But overall he was doing great.

I told him I was dragging his ass to the National Homebrew Convention in June in San Diego.  I asked him if it was OK and he said. “Yeah that’s OK.”  So I told him he needed to brew something and enter it into the Nationals, and I said it would be great if he won it this time.  He said, “that would be nice.”

I asked him what we should brew. “Bass.”  I said, we should brew a Bass clone?  “Yeah, a Bass clone.”  What else should we brew I asked.  “Maybe a Porter or something like that.”  I said, maybe we should brew your Baltic Porter, that was a good one.  “Yeah, Baltic Porter sounds good.”  I told him that wouldn’t be a problem, but he had to keep up the hard work and himself the hell out of there.  “Yeah, I know.”

We talked a little more about the brew club and brewing.  Then his wife and her Dad showed up.  She asked Jeff to look and see who she had with her.  “Who’s this Jeff?”  He responded with “The brewmaster?”  “No Jeff, look at him, who is he?”  He said some other name which I didn’t understand.  Finally she told him it was her Dad.  She brought up a story about not knowing that her Dad swore until Jeff told her about them golfing together.  She asked if he remembered golfing with her Dad and he said, “a couple of times.”  Her Dad mentioned that he did it because golfing was a frustrating game.  Jeff smiled and nodded and said “these things happen.”

Then it was time for his Speech Therapy.  I don’t know why they call it that.  The therapist asked him a series of questions that she asks each day and they grade the responses on a scale.  Today he scored two points higher than yesterday.   She then fed him some ice chips, asked him some more questions and fed him some applesauce.  He did great with both of them.  Then she asked if he wanted to try feeding himself.  She asked if he was a righty or a lefty.  He responded, “righty, lefty, either way.”
He was able to feed himself with his left hand and need some help with the right.  She told hos wife that she would notify his nurses that she could feed him ice chips whenever he wanted.  She asked Jeff if he liked chocolate pudding, his response was calm, quiet, “yes.”  Then she asked if he liked mashed potatoes, a resounding “YES!” was his answer.  Looks like he’s only a few days away from real food.
  
All in all it was a great visit.  I’m really thrilled with his progress from just a few weeks ago.  Word is that he’s been green lighted to continue his rehab, at least for now.

I know the holiday season is in full swing and we all have a lot going on, but please take a little time to keep Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Kaiser on December 14, 2010, 08:50:22 PM
Great news,
Thanks Frank.

Kai
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on December 14, 2010, 08:53:46 PM
Awesome news Frank! If we don't hear from you again before Christmas you and yours have a merry one. And Jeff - fight the good fight brother!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on December 15, 2010, 03:53:28 AM
Fantastic news! The very best to date. I'm so happy for him.

Thanks Frank!
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Post by: hamiltont on December 15, 2010, 07:19:24 AM
Sounds like a WOOT is in order. That's really good news Frank!!! Setting goals is usually a good motivator. I sure hope Jeff is thinking the same!!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on December 15, 2010, 01:29:13 PM
Great news! Continued thoughts and prayers to Jeff and his family.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 15, 2010, 07:17:34 PM
Frank, I have never meet Jeff.  This post makes me really hope that I can meet him at the NHC.  If he makes it there, he will find many friends he does not know that he now has.

Please keep the update coming.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on December 15, 2010, 09:35:27 PM
Very good news and thanks.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on December 17, 2010, 09:07:54 AM
Very happy to hear that Jeff is making good progress, such a long road to recovery.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 18, 2010, 08:47:26 PM
Great news.
Keep it coming.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on December 18, 2010, 09:15:23 PM
I always look forward to seeing the good news.
I'm looking forward to seeing you guys in San Diego
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on December 19, 2010, 03:18:55 PM
Great to hear! Tell him Weaze says to keep it up!  We're all with him.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on December 20, 2010, 10:23:34 AM
A friend of Jeff and I asked me to forward this:
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update 12/19

 
We had an awsome visit with Jeff yesterday. When we arrived he was in the soloriam sitting up in his wheelchair watching the colts game and looking around at the million dollar view of Boston and all the circling roadways and traffic.
 
Jeff was fully awake the whole time eyes wide open. He was very responsive to questions. He was very clear speaking some times, other times it was difficult to understand him. He was moving both arms and squeezing a pillow.
 
We talked about getting him better to go camping. He responded clearly (That would be good)
 
I asked him if he was looking forward to Christmas. He responded clearly (Next Year)
 
He told me he wants to go home.
 
At one point his nurse Nicole came in and Jeff tried to tell her something but it was not clear. She told him to take his time that she was listening. He repeated again but we still could not make it out.  When she left the room he said to Mamie and I very clearly (she can't hear anything ) in a frustrated funny sarcastic tone.  It made me see that good ole Jeff  still has his personality intact.  It was great to see.
 
The Therapists are working to gain strength in his legs. They gradually stand him upright and let his feet touch the floor to feel some weight. Working toward getting him to be strong enough to support his weight.
 
He seamed to be trying to move his right arm to get more motion out of it.
 
I told him it is hard work all the physical therapy. (he said yes)
I told him to keep up the good work.
 
Jeff was wide awake eyes open from when his parents and Maureen arrived in Am and still wanted to sit in his chair in his room when we left after the colts game after 4. We asked if he wanted to get into bed
to get some rest and he told us (No)
 
He said "bye" when we left
 
It was such a positive uplifting visit to see the improvements.
 
The prayers are working keep them up.   
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on December 20, 2010, 10:29:52 AM
Awesome news,

Come on Jeff,  keep it up,  keep it coming, see if you can make it to the NHC if not this year, next.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on December 20, 2010, 10:31:34 AM
Wow, awesome stuff!  Keep it up, Jeff & thanks once again for all the updates Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on December 20, 2010, 10:32:17 AM
Very encouraging news Frank.

Thanks for the update!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on December 20, 2010, 02:38:16 PM
Ahhh,  That's a good update!!  Keep 'em coming!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on December 20, 2010, 07:19:56 PM
I was looking forward to hearing good news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on December 21, 2010, 01:50:48 PM
Great news. I should be out working in my brewery today. I will keep Jeff in mind to motivate me and create
some good juju. Keep up the fight Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on December 23, 2010, 08:07:48 AM
Simply awesome! ;D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on December 23, 2010, 10:09:32 AM
Wishing Jeff and his family Merry Christmas with hopes for an incredible New Year.  Hope to see ya in San Diego, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on December 23, 2010, 10:13:51 AM
Wishing Jeff and his family Merry Christmas with hopes for an incredible New Year.  Hope to see ya in San Diego, Jeff!
My thoughts exactly,  Denny where did you learn how to spell?  It goes

Wishing Jeff and his family Merry Christmas with hopes for an incredible Brew Year.  Hope to see ya in San Diego, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on December 23, 2010, 10:27:55 AM
Silly me!!!   :D
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on December 23, 2010, 03:01:08 PM
A new update from our friend Brian:
--------------------------------------
Went over to see Jeff today.  They had Jeff down in the physical therapy room, between these parallel bars having him try to stand up. I had just missed it but they apparently got him to stand about 2/3rds of the way up by himself.... and he did that two or three times. I guess it was the first time they have tried to do this with him so it was yet another small step forward.

Jeff continues to have what I was calling "moments of clarity" where he will talk and make perfect sense and remember things reasonably well. Other times he talks a bit of gibberish and doesn't make a lot of sense. Jeff's father was there and he mentioned that the doctors said this is "normal" for what Jeff is going through. The doctors were saying that what is going on is that Jeff's brain is super active, trying to sort things out and every once in a while it is almost like he gets radio static in his brain and it comes out as gibberish.

As long as his "moments of clarity" continue to come more often and for longer periods of time (which they are) this is normal and good progress..
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on December 23, 2010, 03:08:55 PM
I like that report Frank!!  Sounds like Jeff is making good but challenging progress, and in the right direction. Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: MrNate on December 28, 2010, 10:01:18 PM
Haven't checked in for a while, but I'm glad I did. Great news! Keep it up, Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on January 05, 2011, 04:54:16 PM
On Christmas Jeff came down with an infection and was returned to the hospital.  He was there for a few days and returned to rehab.  Well, he's back at the hospital again.  He has been fighting another infection and today his liver and white blood cell counts were up so they transferred him back.  He's got gall stones that are causing some issues with his gall bladder and they're trying to decide whether they're going to remove it or just remove/treat the stones.  

He had just about gotten back to where he was before he got the first infection, but the new one is really sapping his energy.

I think we need a new round of prayers and positive thoughts here, so please keep Jeff and his family on your mind.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on January 05, 2011, 05:58:30 PM
Thanks for the update Frank. Positive thoughts & prayers heading Jeff's way.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on January 05, 2011, 10:44:00 PM
On the way! Let's not get complacent.

Ok it's been done. Another in the mo...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on January 06, 2011, 10:53:23 AM
Keep up the fight, bro!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on January 06, 2011, 11:26:21 AM
Frank,

Thanks for letting us know.  I'm sure these changes in Jeff's condition have been extremely disheartening for all of you who have been taking care of him.  My thoughts are with Jeff and his family, including you.  Keep fighting the good fight, Jeff!

Cheers,
   Janis
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on January 06, 2011, 12:44:06 PM
Wishing the best for Jeff and his family.  8)

Keep the faith!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on January 06, 2011, 04:50:00 PM
Jeff is once again back at Rehab.  They now believe one of his meds was causing the liver inflammation and elevated counts.  They're adjusting his meds to try and get things back to normal.  Apparently the gall stones are not causing any issues. 

Hopefully the med changes will get him back on track.  Thanks for the prayers and positive thoughts.  Keep 'em up.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 06, 2011, 07:25:35 PM
C'mon Jeff! Been planning a night out with the gang tonight. I'll get the whole group to
toast to Jeff tonight.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tygo on January 06, 2011, 09:37:32 PM
I read every post in this thread but I never know what to say.  I can't imagine what this ordeal has been like for Jeff and his family and wish them the best.  Just gave another little charge to the paypal fund.  It's not much but I hope it helps.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on January 13, 2011, 03:58:46 PM
Well,  Jeff is once again back at Rehab.  He went back to the hospital last week for some scheduled tests and he began vomiting while he was there.  They readmitted him and checked him out and found that he had another urinary tract infection, along with the other infection he had been fighting.  They've been treating him all week and his white blood cell and liver counts are back down to the normal range.  So they transferred him back to Rehab this afternoon.

He was actually very alert today and talking to his nurses and parents.

Let's all hope that this little slowdown is finally over and he'll quickly get back to making big some real progress in his rehab.

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on January 13, 2011, 06:16:05 PM
Thanks for the update frank!!  I truly admire Jeff's stamina and perseverance!  I hope to meet him someday! Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 21, 2011, 02:18:33 AM
Raising a Cascadain Dark, or IBA for Jeff. Cheers mate. I hope you are kicking some butt and
taking names.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on January 23, 2011, 06:17:54 PM
Well we've finally got some good news to report.  I got a text on Thursday from his wife saying that Jeff was having a great day, almost as good a day as he was having just before Christmas.  I called her and she told me he had just had a good OT session, catching a ball that they were throwing to him.  Reaching out for the ball and having good movement and coordination in both arms.  He also had a good speech therapy session.  Answering most of the questions correctly and the ones he was unsure on, he quickly gave the correct answer with a a hint or two. They also brought him some stuff to eat.  Ground up London broil, which Jeff said was "horrible."  They also had some butternut squash, which was "gross."  And some mashed potatoes that were "OK."  The speech therapist also approved him to start eating soft foods, meaning anything you can cut with a fork.  So he can start having some real food now.

After speech therapy his wife took out the laptop and asked him if he wanted to look at some pictures.  She gave him the laptop and they started to look through them.  Jeff put his finger on the correct mouse button and clicked his way through the pictures.  his wife also said he identified most of the people in the pictures.

I don't know how yesterday went, but he had another great day today.  My phone rang a couple hours ago and it was was Jeff on the other end.  We had a quick conversation told him it looked like Green Bay was in and Jeff agreed and I then said I couldn't believe I'd be rooting for the Steelers later tonight, he replied "yeah, I know."  I had a hard time hearing/understand everything he said, but it was good to talk to him.

His brother went in to see him this morning and I guess they had a good visit.  Later when his wife arrived to visit she asked how his brother was, he replied "large and in charge," which definitely describes Jeff's brother.  

Please continue to keep Jeff in your thoughts and prayers and lets hope this is the start of a long series of positive news.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bonjour on January 23, 2011, 06:22:58 PM
really awesome news!!!!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

In my thoughts and prayers
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on January 23, 2011, 06:40:46 PM
That's great news! Looking forward to much more!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 23, 2011, 09:11:18 PM
Thank you for the Great News.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on January 24, 2011, 08:15:39 AM
Great stuff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: theDarkSide on January 24, 2011, 08:22:22 AM
I then said I couldn't believe I'd be rooting for the Steelers later tonight, he replied "yeah, I know."

You're not the only ones but seeing Rex Ryan slam his headset down made it all worth it.  :D

Thanks for the updates and best wishes for continued recovery for Jeff!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on January 24, 2011, 08:35:07 AM
Thanks for the update Frank!!  Can't wait for Jeff to start posting his own updates..  Hopefully soon..  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on January 24, 2011, 10:55:15 AM
Freaking fantastic Frank!

I can't wait to see his first post. I'm excited!

 8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on January 24, 2011, 11:16:33 AM
Good news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 24, 2011, 04:28:13 PM
Sweet! Keep going! Great news.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 24, 2011, 05:04:58 PM
Love to see Jeff post again!

The NHC in San Diego might be out of the realm of posibilty, but with this news, maybe it could happen.  I wish Jeff a full recovery.  Sounds like he is doing better than the norm. 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Kaiser on January 24, 2011, 06:34:15 PM
That's great news, Thanks.

Kai
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tubercle on January 25, 2011, 05:55:11 PM
Simply amazing.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: yugamrap on January 25, 2011, 09:07:18 PM
Nice to hear the good news that Jeff is making progress.  Keep up the good work, Jeff!  We're all pullin' for you and rooting for your full recovery.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on January 26, 2011, 04:06:42 PM
A quick Jeff update.

Including the last update, Jeff has had 5 great days in a row.  Today was no exception.  He ate some of his Mom's pasta fagioli soup and some diced peaches.

The best news yet...with some assistance, Jeff stood up for the first time today!

Keep the positive thoughts, energy and prayers coming!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on January 26, 2011, 04:14:54 PM
Awesome news! Continued good vibes from here!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Hokerer on January 26, 2011, 04:23:39 PM
Keep it up, Jeff !!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on January 26, 2011, 07:50:55 PM
This is fantastic news!

Go Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on January 26, 2011, 08:33:06 PM
Awesome news. Hoisting one now.  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Mark G on January 26, 2011, 08:40:37 PM
Cheers Jeff! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: theDarkSide on January 27, 2011, 06:04:58 AM
Great news!!  Sounds like things are moving in the right direction and quickly!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: yugamrap on January 27, 2011, 08:04:08 PM
Wow - great news!  Keep up the good work, Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tom on January 29, 2011, 09:55:22 AM
When can we send beer?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 29, 2011, 09:42:53 PM
Great news.
So when is first post coming?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: ndcube on February 06, 2011, 06:54:41 AM
Wow, this is my first time on the forum in quite some time and I just read this thread.

I will have Babalu in my thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: alikocho on February 06, 2011, 09:30:48 AM
Great news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on February 10, 2011, 04:45:20 PM
Jeff's had a great couple of weeks.  He's back to making small daily gains.

With regards to insurance, WBZ did a story on Jeff: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/02/10/family-of-eee-patient-fighting-to-keep-insurance-coverage/ (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/02/10/family-of-eee-patient-fighting-to-keep-insurance-coverage/)

(Mod edit to fix url)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 10, 2011, 05:29:18 PM
Frank, thanks for the update.  We have had some elder care issues that have been trying, but have worked out.  Jeff's issue is one that makes me shake my head.  Lack of progess...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on February 10, 2011, 06:19:45 PM
Thanks Frank. Continued well wishes to Jeff and his family!
  The emotional distress that BC is inflicting on the family is cruel and I take comfort in knowing that it will come back on these criminals many fold...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on February 11, 2011, 09:43:53 AM
Jeff's had a great couple of weeks.  He's back to making small daily gains.

With regards to insurance, WBZ did a story on Jeff: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/02/10/family-of-eee-patient-fighting-to-keep-insurance-coverage/ (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/02/10/family-of-eee-patient-fighting-to-keep-insurance-coverage/)

(Mod edit to fix url)
Thanks for the update, Frank!
Jeff is making great progress, and I hope his wife and father can win the fight with BCBS.  Jeff and his family are in my thoughts.
Cheers,
    Janis
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on February 24, 2011, 02:53:21 PM
Sorry, I never got back to let you know about the BCBS issue.  They eventually approved him to stay until March 7th, this will be the end of his alloted 60 days of rehab.  The next step is still unclear at the moment.

But we had an update from our friend Brian today.

----------------------------------------------------------------
Hey All,
I just wanted to shoot out a quick note on Jeff as I went over to see him today.

He's still making progress although it continues to be very slow progress. According to Jeff's speech therapist, today was the first time Jeff has been able to read anything since he's been there. She was showing him peices of paper with his wife's and children's names on them. She was showing them to him upside down or sideways on purpose. He would take the paper, put it right-side up so he could read it... and then read the name out loud.

It continues to be baby steps.

He continues to make small progress in his PT. One small example is that he was able to help his therapists get him off a table and into his wheelchair today. Up until then, I've always seen them use a lift mounted in the ceiling to pick him up and place him in the chair. He was able to push up with his legs enough that they were able to kinda pick him up and slide him into his chair without the lift.

Again... it is little things like that.

On small kind of light-hearted moment... and I think you HAVE to laugh at least a little bit because the alternative is too depressing... but... whenever I go and see Jeff, I try to talk about ANYTHING that might click a light on in his head... any kind of memories I KNOW he has... so I was talking to him about the Jamboree this past summer. I kegged up another keg of my IIIPA last night and I was joking with Jeff saying, "You remember my IIIPA.. my AWARD WINNING IIIPA... the one that won the big award at the Jamboree"... and he scrunched up his face and said, "That was MY beer!".

"What??? That wasn't your beer!! You make the Dahkness... the black IPA! My triple IPA is waaaaaayyyy better than your Dahkness"

... and that got a nice smirk from him.

He continues to make very slow progress but they are still steps in the right direction.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on February 24, 2011, 03:12:15 PM
That's good news Frank!  Thanks for keeping us up to date.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on February 24, 2011, 03:13:17 PM
Thanks for the update, frank.  Give Jeff a big hug for all of us!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on February 24, 2011, 04:43:20 PM
I think about Jeff now and again and look forward to positive notes like this.

Thanks Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on February 24, 2011, 05:39:51 PM
Thanks Frank. Had been wondering.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on February 24, 2011, 08:03:47 PM
Great to hear. We're still pullin' for ya! Hang tough...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on February 26, 2011, 12:24:07 AM
Good Update. Keep 'em coming.

Keep up the progress, Jeff.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: marty on March 02, 2011, 04:41:22 AM
Here is what Blue Cross would rather spend their client's money on

http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/articles/2011/03/02/blue_cross_ceo_got_86m_in_exit_deal/?p1=Local_Links

Quote
In a statement yesterday, the insurer’s former chairman said for the first time that the board negotiated terms of Killingsworth’s departure — suggesting both sides thought it was time for him to leave.

The $8.6 million that Killingsworth, 58, took with him is a combination of the $273,040 salary he received for his 2 1/2 months at the insurer last year; a $922,480 bonus for his work in 2009; and $7.4 million in additional compensation, according to the regulatory filing. That additional money represents the severance and retirement payments that accrued over his six years at Blue Cross, including almost five years as chief executive. Much of the retirement pay had been reported previously.

But the $1.4 million severance paid out last year was less than half of what Killingsworth will eventually receive. The board of Blue Cross also agreed to pay him $1.8 million this year and $925,000 in 2012, bringing his total severance to more than $4 million, according to the insurer.

Wonder how many denials of service it takes to save $8.6 million for a golden parachute for a CEO they fired
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on March 02, 2011, 07:32:57 AM
 I look forward to the day when Jeff can walk out of the hospital and flip two birds to Blue Cross...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on March 09, 2011, 06:22:55 AM
Sorry I haven't sent an update in a while. Jeff has been making slow and steady progress, he's eating real food now and feeding himself and his therapy has been going pretty well. I was kinda waiting for something big to report. Unfortunately I don't have anything like that to report right now.

At 2:00 AM Friday morning, Jeff's wife called to see if she could drop the kids off because Jeff had spiked a temperature and she was headed to MGH. Jeff's gall bladder was extremely inflamed and he was suffering from pancreatitis. They did a procedure to insert a drain in his gall bladder and they've removed a large amount if nasty fluid from it. He's starting to recover now from that infection. They'll likely remove his gall bladder when everything gets back to normal. And he'll remain at MGH for a little while. Where he goes after that is still to be decided. His time at Spaulding is likely through. Jeff's the family had been leaning towards a Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Jeff's home town, but he needs to be medically stable to go to a facility like that. So, we'll have to wait and see.

On the up side, while at MGH they have stopped all of his meds except his anti-seizure meds. While the infection has him run down, he's still alert and talking, even without the neural stimulants they had him on.

 

More than ever, Jeff could use your positive thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on March 09, 2011, 06:28:31 AM
It's been a tough battle for Jeff but as always, he's in my thoughts.

Wishing all the best for Jeff and his family.

Thanks Frank!  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on March 09, 2011, 09:22:42 AM
Come on, Jeff!
You've got to get out of that place for your own good.  Keep working hard to get back home and put this whole thing behind you!  We're rooting for you; you can do it!
Cheers,
    Janis
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on March 09, 2011, 09:41:37 AM
Thanks for the update Frank!!  This really has become a long road to recovery for Jeff, his family and friends! Following this has made me very, very thankful for what I have. Continued good thoughts & prayers for you Jeff!  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on March 09, 2011, 10:32:51 AM
My heart goes out to Jeff and his family. Continued thoughts and prayers from Michigan!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on March 09, 2011, 11:17:54 AM
Positive news! Except the cholecystitis (ouch!), but that hopefully should clear up with the stent placement.

Thoughts and prayers sent.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on March 25, 2011, 09:34:10 AM
Jeff has been back at Spaulding since last Thursday. The BCBS insurance fight should be over, as he's now being covered by another provider. So, he'll likely be at Spaulding until he's ready to leave or he stops making progress. That's good news.

They're still treating him for his gall bladder infection, but he's winning that battle. This whole thing has probably set him back a few weeks or so. Thankfully he's now back to his daily OT, PT and Speech Therapy sessions and back to making small daily progress.

If you're local and you can make some time, try and get over to see him. These setbacks are obviously frustrating to all of us, but they must be even more frustrating to Jeff. Visiting him is a great way to encourage him an show him how many people care for and are rooting for him.

As always, please keep Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers. And if its something you can manage, some new donations wouldn't hurt either.


Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on March 25, 2011, 09:44:03 AM
Glad to hear he's winning the battle.

Also happy to see an update on Jeff's progress. I was thinking about him as I was searching the forum and discovered a Black IPA recipe thread where Jeff was posting. His wit and sarcasm are missed here. I wish the best for him.

Thanks for the update Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on March 25, 2011, 09:46:13 AM
Glad to hear he's winning the battle.

Also happy to see an update on Jeff's progress. I was thinking about him as I was searching the forum and discovered a Black IPA recipe thread where Jeff was posting. His wit and sarcasm are missed here. I wish the best for him.

Thanks for the update Frank!

A big +1.  As always, Jeff is in our thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on March 25, 2011, 09:58:35 AM
Thanks for the update Frank. Hopefully he'll be able to go home soon.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on March 25, 2011, 11:55:52 AM
Thanks for the update Frank.  Good thoughts & prayers still heading Jeff's way.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: BrewingRover on March 25, 2011, 02:53:38 PM
Glad to hear he's winning the battle.

Also happy to see an update on Jeff's progress. I was thinking about him as I was searching the forum and discovered a Black IPA recipe thread where Jeff was posting. His wit and sarcasm are missed here. I wish the best for him.

Thanks for the update Frank!

Yeah, it's always jarring to see a post of his when looking at an older thread. I hope he's back posting soon.

It sounds like he's still making progress and thanks for keeping us up to date, Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on March 25, 2011, 03:39:49 PM
Continued thoughts and well wishes from Michigan!  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on April 05, 2011, 02:57:01 PM
I got a call from Jeff's wife today.  She was excited to share some good news.  Jeff has had a great week.  His gall bladder infection is gone and they'll start to think about when the want to remove it soon.  


He's back to making small daily progress in speech, occupational and physical therapy.  In speech, he's now answering questions in more complete sentences.  Instead of answering the question "what are you doing" with "sitting."  He's now answering "I'm sitting in this chair."  Or when asked what he likes to make at home, "I like to make beer."   Another thing he's doing is, rather than just giving an answer that doesn't make sense, he's started to say, "I don't know, or "I don't remember."  They are also able to keep him engaged in speech therapy for much longer time periods now.  By the way, he's making all this progress without the heavy duty neural stimulant he was on, they've discontinued that one.   He is still taking a much milder stimulant, one that he's been on all along.

Today in PT they had him sitting up and they were essentially trying to push him over, trying to test his balance and upper body control.  He managed to stay upright.   Something he previously wans't so good at.  He's also back on the path toward eating real food again.

Something to note here.  With each of the infection related setbacks he's had, his progress in therapy has taken a pretty hard hit.  Each time it happens he has to work his way back to where he was.  So you may be thinking to yourself, gee I thought he was already doing that.   Well the answer is yes, he was already doing it.  Now the good news is that he is doing it again.    

It just goes to show you how much of a fighter Jeff really is.  

We're headed in the right direction again!  Keep up the positive thoughts and prayers.  I still have no doubt that Jeff will be back.
 
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Slowbrew on April 05, 2011, 03:09:39 PM
Thank you for all the updates.  It's great to hear he's making good progress.  We (me, wife, kids) mention him often even though none of us really know him.  Let him know strangers really do care.

Paul
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Janis on April 05, 2011, 04:19:01 PM
Thanks for the positive update, Frank!
It sounds like Jeff is making progress again; that's fabulous news!

Keep working, Jeff!

Cheers,
   Janis
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on April 05, 2011, 04:39:16 PM
Nice! I like to make beer too...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on April 05, 2011, 06:30:06 PM
Best news to date. This is fabulous Frank. Keep us posted.

Thanks!  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: rabid_dingo on April 05, 2011, 06:52:22 PM
Awesome! Sending more good juju...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: weazletoe on April 05, 2011, 07:11:21 PM
Go Jeff! You rock man!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tubercle on April 05, 2011, 09:53:12 PM
This is one of the most incredible tales of human endurance I have ever heard. This man has survived where others would have failed. I'm constantly awed by the Grand Design.

 I hope to be able to meet him in person one day.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on April 06, 2011, 06:29:07 AM
This is a great update Frank! As Tubercle said, I too am awed by the Grand Design and also hope to meet Jeff in person some day.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on April 06, 2011, 09:43:16 AM
Great news, Frank!  Always glad to hear that Jeff really is doing well for all he's been through.  He is in our thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: oscarvan on April 06, 2011, 09:47:20 AM
Indeed, what an ordeal. Wouldn't even wish on anyone...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: akr71 on April 08, 2011, 07:10:13 AM
Great news!

Frank, if you read through the postings in this thread (or someone from Jeff's family - or even Jeff).  I'd really like to know what Babalu thinks of the potential Habs-Bruins first round matchup  ;)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beersk on April 08, 2011, 07:47:08 AM
Swell news, indeed!  Keep moving forward, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on April 22, 2011, 06:50:20 PM
A quick update from our friend Brian:

Hi all,
Jeff had a really nice day today and I wanted to update folks. He's had some issues with his gall bladder recently and ended up having it removed on Tuesday. I know that doesn't sound like "good news" but he is recoverying from the surgery really well and actually had a physical therapy session today, less than 48 hours from the procedure. From what I saw today, he isn't showing any of the "set-back" that he's gone through with previous problems, which is a huge positive.

The big news is that Jeff has speech therapy once a day and during these sessions he gets, basically, a cognitive test to test his memory, logic, etc. He's been stuck at a certain level for a number of months but in this morning's test, his scores went up dramatically. His speech therapist was practically getting choked up telling Jeff's mom and me about it earlier today. This is huge news as it means that a bunch of additional switches in his brain basically clicked on.

I know they are clicking on because we webcasted the consecration brew this past Saturday and then I went in and saw him on Monday.

"hey... So you watched us make all of that beer huh?
"yeah"
"ya think we made enough with the 120 gallons"
"yeah"
"do you remember what kind of beer it was?"
"a group brew"
"yeah, but what kind of beer?"
"consecration"

These aren't answers he would have come out with even a few weeks ago so hopefully he is starting to break through and is going to start making some bigger leaps in progress.

Lastly..... THANK YOU again to the folks that sent pictures. The little "movie" that was put together was a hit so if anyone has any other pictures of club events or even just good pictures of club members, I'll put another slideshow together and get it to him. The more familiar faces he can lay eyes on, the better.... Especially now that he seems to be making strides.

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on April 22, 2011, 07:53:52 PM
Really good news Frank...it's been an uphill battle for Jeff but it's great to hear this positive report.

Wishing the best for Jeff and his family.

Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on April 23, 2011, 08:11:20 AM
What a great update.. I continue to pray for Jeff's recovery.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on April 23, 2011, 09:35:26 AM
Fantastic! Hopefully his progress will continue unabated and he can go home. Great news!
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Post by: 1vertical on April 24, 2011, 06:33:01 AM
What a long road.  Prayers answered. I too hope you get home soon. 
Did I say I LOATH mosquitoes.....
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on May 05, 2011, 04:24:56 PM
Jeff had a great day today.  In OT they had him building shapes out of plastic pipes.  They'd show him a picture and he would build the shape.  He did pretty well.   They had him spelling words with some letter tiles.  And the highlight of the day, they put Jeff in a harness and had him on the walking machine.  Supported by the harness he was doing great job walking, putting one foot in front of the other.

He doesn't seem to have any after effects from the gall bladder surgery and is much more alert now that they've discontinued the pain killers they started giving him after the surgery.  But he is fighting yet another infection, although it doesn't seem to bee holding him back much. 

Overall he's making good progress lately.  His short term memory is improving as are his gross and fine motor skills.  He's still got a long way to go, but at least for the moment, things are looking a little brighter.

Please keep Jeff in your thoughts and prayers.  He still needs all our support.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on May 05, 2011, 04:58:28 PM
I always enjoy a good update Frank!  I continue to keep Jeff in my prayers.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on May 05, 2011, 06:23:01 PM
Continued hope and prayers from MI. Spring is upon us!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on May 05, 2011, 07:04:09 PM
Thanks for the continued updates Frank. Glad to hear of Jeff's postitve report. I hope he will continue to see these kinds of progressions.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on May 10, 2011, 02:59:54 PM
Jeff's niece set up this Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Strong-for-Jeff-Fuller/163208817063902) back when the insurance companies were giving Jeff a hard time.   The family updates it with news about Jeff and you'll find comments from friends, family and folks just concerned about Jeff.  

This slideshow video (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1549025425752) was recently posted.  This video was shown during Jeff's big fundraiser back in December.  It gives a little insight into the father, husband, family man and friend that Jeff is.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on May 10, 2011, 06:59:28 PM
Jeff's niece set up this Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Strong-for-Jeff-Fuller/163208817063902) back when the insurance companies were giving Jeff a hard time.   The family updates it with news about Jeff and you'll find comments from friends, family and folks just concerned about Jeff.  

This slideshow video (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1549025425752) was recently posted.  This video was shown during Jeff's big fundraiser back in December.  It gives a little insight into the father, husband, family man and friend that Jeff is.

Very moving slide show.

Thanks Frank!
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Post by: hamiltont on May 11, 2011, 07:30:24 AM

Very moving slide show.



Very much so. Wishing Jeff all the best in the world. Cheers!!!
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Post by: maxieboy on May 11, 2011, 08:12:54 AM
Very cool. As a fellow hunter, fisherman, and homebrewer, I pray you can do these great activities again soon!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on May 20, 2011, 12:38:08 PM
Jeff's been making some big improvements lately.  

Here's a quick video of Jeff.  His wife handed him the pole and he knew exactly what to do.  

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1714027606293 (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1714027606293)


I got a text from his wife today.  Jeff called her to tell her that the Bruins won last night , 2-0.  ;D

It's a great day. Have a great weekend all.

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on May 20, 2011, 12:39:09 PM
Fantastic news!  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on May 20, 2011, 12:43:46 PM
Looks like he is doing very well!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on May 20, 2011, 01:16:53 PM
That's really great, thanks for posting the link.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on May 20, 2011, 01:42:46 PM
Very cool. Fishing, hunting, and being outdoors in general is always restorative for those who love these activities. Bluegills are close to their beds here. Break out the fly rod!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on May 23, 2011, 11:20:04 AM
THAT is AWESOME!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on May 24, 2011, 05:26:49 PM
From the Million Strong for Jeff (http://"http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Strong-for-Jeff-Fuller/163208817063902") page.

Jeff's Dad took him out fishing today and he caught a bass!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on May 25, 2011, 07:54:03 AM
From the Million Strong for Jeff (http://"http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Strong-for-Jeff-Fuller/163208817063902") page.

Jeff's Dad took him out fishing today and he caught a bass!

We so often take things like catching a fish for granted. Jeff's battle has certainly put things into perspective for me.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on May 25, 2011, 09:50:57 AM
Wow...this is a milestone for Jeff.  :)

 He's making some really good progress now. Thanks for posting Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: redbeerman on May 25, 2011, 09:54:50 AM
Glad to see Jeff making such good progress!  I'm sure that catching a fish was quite a thrill after all he's been through.  Thanks for the updates, Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: gordonstrong on May 25, 2011, 10:36:40 AM
From the Million Strong for Jeff (http://"http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Strong-for-Jeff-Fuller/163208817063902") page.

Jeff's Dad took him out fishing today and he caught a bass!

How fitting.  Bass are fighters too.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on May 30, 2011, 11:10:24 AM
Really great to see he is making such strides. Hope to see him posting again sometime soon.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 30, 2011, 09:13:13 PM
Maybe he has been waiting on the Bruins? Just saying  Jeff get your ass out and come back to the ones you love! We need you. Thanks frank. I wish I had a friend like you!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on June 05, 2011, 06:12:12 AM
A new article on Jeff:  http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110605/NEWS/106050337 (http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110605/NEWS/106050337)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on June 05, 2011, 08:29:11 AM
Definitely an eye opening article. Amazing that this was all caused by a mosquito (infected) bite. If this doesn't create an awareness as to the potential effects of this mosquito-transmitted disease then nothing will. Everytime I see one (mosquito) I think of Jeff.

Thanks for the article Frank.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on June 06, 2011, 06:56:19 AM
An amazing story about an amazing man and family.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on June 06, 2011, 07:02:23 AM
Continued well wishes from Mid MI! I'm now a bit freaked out by mosquitos, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on June 07, 2011, 04:21:11 PM
Gotta see this: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1744321843630 (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1744321843630)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: tschmidlin on June 07, 2011, 04:26:40 PM
Awesome!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beersk on June 07, 2011, 04:55:56 PM
Wow, that's encouraging.  What a battle...
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on June 07, 2011, 06:16:11 PM
Now that is very cool!  8)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on June 08, 2011, 07:01:31 AM
It's quite encouraging to see Jeff making such great progress. Hopefully all the setbacks behind him his recovery will be exponential from here on. Cheers Jeff!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on June 24, 2011, 07:02:52 PM
Jeff is now at the Neuro-Rehab Center here in his home town.

I had an awesome visit with Jeff today.

I got there and his wife and son were there.  Jeff was assembling a little NASCAR car.  His son made me do one too.  Between my sausage fingers and my old man eyes, it wasn't easy.  Jeff was doing better than me.    After a little bit his wife mentioned that they had some cards.  I busted them out and started playing poker with Jeff.  He knew exactly what to do, no hesitation, no confusion.  Mind you, I'm pretty sure he hasn't played any poker since he got sick.  After a few hands, I shuffled the cards and handed them to him.  He dealt out 5 cards each.  His wife and I just looked at each other and smiled. The rest of the hands, I shuffled and he dealt.  We played for about a half an hour, he kicked my ass.

This afternoon at PT he walked 170 feet, rested for a few minutes.  Then he walked 130 feet then rested.  He followed that up with 20 minutes on the recumbent bike with resistance set at 8 out of 10. 

He's still having trouble finding the right words and gets frustrated by it.  Like, he couldn't always name the correct cards, but while playing, he knew which cards to hold and which to discard.   With continued speech therapy, this is something he should be able to overcome.

Keep up the positive thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: 1vertical on June 24, 2011, 07:06:54 PM
Thats a giant +1 Thanks for the update.  With the present weather and extra water,
the skeeters are pretty thick this year....grrrrrr....we have to contend with west nile here...
That is prolly similar all this has made me so conscience of the threat .......

Edit: FWIW we watched "Under Our Skin" a PBS  Documentary that is very very eye opening.
http://www.underourskin.com/  (http://www.underourskin.com/)
If ya have ever been bitten by a tick, perhaps you should view this film
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: narvin on June 24, 2011, 07:20:02 PM
That's fantastic. After all the fighting he's done, it's great when we hear progress like this.  Here's hoping it continues.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on June 25, 2011, 07:34:32 AM
That's great news Frank!  Do you think you could convince Jeff to give us all a post on the forums? Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on June 25, 2011, 01:39:31 PM
Excellent news Frank!

I'm really happy to see his progression. I wish the best for him.

Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on June 29, 2011, 02:49:20 PM
Jeff continues to make good steady progress.

Here's another followup article about him:  http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110629/NEWS/106290337&cid=sitesearch (http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110629/NEWS/106290337&cid=sitesearch)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on June 30, 2011, 09:33:01 AM
Excellent article!  Thanks for sharing it with us Frank!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on June 30, 2011, 09:40:48 AM
Very positive article. He's making good progress. Thanks Frank!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: theDarkSide on June 30, 2011, 10:04:43 AM
Thanks for the updates Frank.  I didn't read back in this thread but did he get to watch the Bruins win the Stanley Cup or see the parade from the hospital window?

Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on July 04, 2011, 08:11:04 AM
Sending some positive vibes Jeff's way today as I brew a dampfbier.  Diese dampfbier ist für Sie!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on July 27, 2011, 06:08:57 PM
Hey guys/gals.

Sorry for not keeping you updated lately.  July's been crazy.  I had a couple weeks vacation and then we just got back from a longer than expected hospital stay with my daughter.  Minor surgery to correct a problem she had.  We're back home now, she's good and things are returning to normal.

I haven't seen Jeff in a couple weeks either.  Talked to his wife last week and he's still making progress.  One highlight to report.  Two weeks ago our brew club had it's annual pig roast.   275 lb hog and 28 beers on tap.  Anyway, back to the important stuff.  Jeff showed up for a couple hours, much to the delight of all the club members and friends.  It was a bit torturous for him, not being cleared to start drinking.  He did have a good time though. Although, he managed to sneak a couple sips.  His first sip was a 12.7% Barley Wine that one of the members set down beside him.  I looked over to see him taking a sip and sort of shocked look came over his face, then he grimaced a bit.  I walked over and asked him how it was.  He smiled, and said "brutal."  Then we both laughed.   I guess he should have warmed up with something a bit lighter.

Here's a pic of him perusing
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-P5zC89tx8xU/TiSGY0iceCI/AAAAAAAAAGI/_R3HIyMrE0c/s640/DSCN0045.JPG)
the beer list
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-S6Rc5PBq2D8/TiSGJgtsLqI/AAAAAAAAAF4/q3-BxfdFS0M/s640/DSCN0041.JPG)

I'll get over to see him tomorrow and report back.

Take care.

Frank
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on July 27, 2011, 07:39:43 PM
Wow, that's a pic I'm sure most of us have been hoping for. Very cool to see this. Continued well wishes for Jeff and his family!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: 1vertical on July 27, 2011, 09:47:58 PM
Wow, that's a pic I'm sure most of us have been hoping for. Very cool to see this. Continued well wishes for Jeff and his family!
+MEGA MONDO
I went back and checked the date on Post number 1 of this thread.....
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on July 28, 2011, 06:20:33 AM
THAT is a picture worth a million words! I'm sure there is still, as the saying goes "a long row to hoe" but he's getting it done.  Cheers to Jeff for his endeavor to persevere attitude and for his family's support, to the doctors who worked their magic, and especially for all the prayers that have been answered.  CHEERS!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Mark G on July 28, 2011, 06:30:40 AM
It's great to see that picture. Keep it up Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on July 28, 2011, 06:35:19 AM
That is a picture worth a thousand smiles. To think back, I remember how he was in a virtual coma for months and bed ridden for all that time, but now to see him in that picture is simply awesome. Way to go Jeff!!!

Thanks for the post Frank.  :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: denny on July 28, 2011, 09:05:51 AM
I got chills from that pic!  Thanks for the update, Frank, and please tell Jeff that we're all thrilled to see the progress!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on July 28, 2011, 10:10:34 AM
Fantastic! Been a long time coming eh? Looking forward to more good news! Way to go Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: blatz on July 28, 2011, 11:59:03 AM
Awesome Jeff - keep at it!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on July 28, 2011, 01:00:36 PM
Very good news. Thanks for the great pictures! Fight the good fight, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: dhacker on August 24, 2011, 04:39:50 AM
One year to the day of the first post about Jeff. It's good to see the progress, but this long road is a somber reminder of how quick life can change . . .
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: marty on September 28, 2011, 12:58:01 PM
and they still aren't spraying for mosquitoes in Mass

1 more person got EEE this year, and I think 3 got West Nile
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: phillamb168 on December 06, 2011, 06:38:29 AM
Any news?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on December 06, 2011, 07:34:10 AM
Any news?

I was thinking about Jeff the other day. I am hopeful all is well for him and his family.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on December 06, 2011, 09:31:05 AM
As posted on Jeff's Facebook Page "One Million Strong for Jeff Fuller" On November 24, 2011.

"Happy Thanksgiving to all! We have much to to be thankful for. Jeff continues to recover, stronger every day. We are most thankful that he will be with his family at the Thanksgiving table today. Enjoy your day, count your blessing and laugh and love with the ones you hold dear ♥"
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: beersk on December 09, 2011, 06:12:35 PM
Saw that on the NB forum.  Good to read he's doing well.  Keep it up, Jeff!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: 1vertical on January 25, 2012, 08:23:08 AM
Any Progress in the last Month? How ya doin Babalu?
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: frankw on February 14, 2012, 02:51:52 PM
Sorry for not keeping up with the postings over the last several months, but I come today with the news we've all been waiting for.  After a year and a half battle, Jeff came home for good today!

Thank you all for all your support!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: hamiltont on February 14, 2012, 02:55:04 PM
AMEN!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Slowbrew on February 14, 2012, 04:03:49 PM
That's great news!!!  Thanks for letting us know.

Paul
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: bluesman on February 14, 2012, 04:20:18 PM
Fabulous news Frank!

Thanks so much for keeping us abreast of Jeff's situation.

Hopefully he'll be able to brew again someday soon.  :)
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: maxieboy on February 14, 2012, 04:21:41 PM
Awesome news.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: euge on February 14, 2012, 04:33:50 PM
Wow this has been a long journey eh? Great news!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Hokerer on February 14, 2012, 06:21:48 PM
Good news!!!
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on February 14, 2012, 07:44:08 PM
Great news indeed.

How much did he recover?
How is his speech and memory?
Does he still need assistance?
More info please.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: boulderbrewer on February 14, 2012, 11:20:46 PM
A big finger to the Mosquitos of Massachusetts.
You can knock me down but you can't kill me.
Title: Re: Babalu
Post by: 1vertical on February 15, 2012, 05:09:15 AM
I am waiting for him to put a post on this thread. Hey Babalu  ;D
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Post by: tschmidlin on February 15, 2012, 11:42:25 AM
It's great to hear he's doing better!
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 15, 2012, 11:53:51 AM
He has survived one nasty virus.  Hope he will continue to recover. Being home will be so good after all the time away.
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Post by: Mark G on February 15, 2012, 03:59:33 PM
Great to hear! Awesome news.
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Post by: narvin on February 15, 2012, 06:15:06 PM
That's great  :)  Hard to believe it's been that long already...
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Post by: yugamrap on February 20, 2012, 01:21:38 PM
That's great news!  I hope we see Jeff posting soon and that, in time, he can get back to brewing.
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Post by: hamiltont on February 28, 2012, 08:15:07 AM
Here is a great article about Jeff & his family:  http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20120228%2FNEWS%2F202280319 (http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20120228%2FNEWS%2F202280319)
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on February 28, 2012, 07:38:35 PM
Nice article.
Thank you.
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Post by: bonjour on February 28, 2012, 07:46:12 PM
awesome news
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Post by: bluesman on February 28, 2012, 07:56:53 PM
Really glad to hear that Jeff finally came home. Maybe we'll get to interact with him again on the forum. One can only hope!
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Post by: 1vertical on March 31, 2012, 05:57:04 PM
HEY BABALU ???
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Post by: maxieboy on April 25, 2012, 06:27:10 PM
Walleyes are a snappin' and homebrew's a flowin'. What's up my brother? Looking forward to your first post...
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Post by: 1vertical on June 21, 2012, 09:13:12 AM
HEY BABALU ???

Any More progress?  Cmon Man give us a post !
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Post by: loopy on August 18, 2012, 11:25:00 PM
Hey Babalu, this has been stickied since 2010, come say hi to all the folks who were pulling for you!
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Post by: 1vertical on February 22, 2013, 11:25:38 PM
Can someone shed some light on this situation please??   Frank?
Title: Babalu
Post by: majorvices on February 23, 2013, 04:09:45 PM
As much as we want him to come back and post it may still be too big of a challenge for our old friend. Prayers and thoughts still with you, brother.
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Post by: boulderbrewer on August 22, 2014, 06:20:34 AM
For all of you wondering what is happening in Jeff's life you can get more updates on Jeff on a Facebook page. Search for the community page "One Million Strong for Jeff Fuller"

https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Strong-for-Jeff-Fuller/163208817063902?sk=info
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Post by: redbeerman on August 27, 2014, 05:20:09 AM
Thanks man!
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Post by: boulderbrewer on October 06, 2016, 01:38:30 PM
Hey Guys Jeff is turning 50 on the 15th, this is a post from "One Million Strong for Jeff Fuller" on Facebook. If you got a moment send him an email or a card.

"Chris to One Million Strong for Jeff Fuller,
Jeff will be having a birthday soon. . He's a lonely and forgotten man who gets very few visitors. I'm not judging anyone, but maybe some of his friends could remember him and send him a birthday wish? An email would be nice too. His email is babalujeff@gmail.com. His therapist gets online with him once in a while and helps him read and answer his emails. His address at the hospital Jeff Fuller c/o Kindred Hospital Northeast Stoughton
 NRU 4
 909 Sumner Street
 Stoughton, MA 02072 "
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Post by: boulderbrewer on October 20, 2016, 07:51:43 AM
A Big THANK YOU! to those who emailed or sent a card!

From Facebook

‎Chris to One Million Strong for Jeff Fuller

Would llike to thank everyone who took the time to drop Jeff a note on his birthday. His therapist said Jeff received a lot of emails. I"m sure he'll 'answer' them a little at a time, but to those of you who remembered him, thank you.
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Post by: beersk on November 13, 2016, 09:45:09 AM
A Big THANK YOU! to those who emailed or sent a card!

From Facebook

‎Chris to One Million Strong for Jeff Fuller

Would llike to thank everyone who took the time to drop Jeff a note on his birthday. His therapist said Jeff received a lot of emails. I"m sure he'll 'answer' them a little at a time, but to those of you who remembered him, thank you.

Not being on Facebook, I can't keep up on the updates as to Jeff's life. How is he doing post EEE recovery?
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Post by: boulderbrewer on November 16, 2016, 03:04:20 PM
It is my understanding that he is in assisted living. That way he can get the therapy he needs.