Monday, April 02, 2007

Monday morning update 4/2/07

I just got off of the phone with Joel, Ty's oldest brother. He gave me the 'low down' on how Ty's night went. He said she slept very comfortbly and soundly. She has been hooked up to an EEG machine that is recording every thing her brain has been doing since she got to Barrow's and they just removed it in preparation for her MRI later on today. She will also receive her trach and a feeding tube directly to her stomach later today--she has a full schedule! She has had a feeding tube down her nose and the breathing tube down her throat so they are moving these to make her more comfortable. This will also give her the ablility to begin to communicate as she recovers. She has also been slightly smiling and opening her eyes a lot more, we have seen tears from her the last 3 days--a major milestone! She definately knows when anyone is in the room talking as she tries to open her eyes and look at whom ever is there. Joel was talking to me while in her room and she was shifting and moving her face and upper body (minutely, mind you) to be apart of the conversation. She is aware that she is sick and is getting help.

We will receive the results of the EEG and the MRI tomorrow. She also had an ultrasound on her heart this morning so we shall wait to see what is next for her in that regard. She obviously has a full schedule of things to do today. She will need plenty of rest to recover.

We again appreciate your prayers on our behalf. We know that our Heavenly Father is mindful of Tyree and of all of us during this time. Each minute advancement in Tyree is a miracle and a blessing. Keep them coming!!!


At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Jamie said...

I have really enjoyed reading these last few updates. It is wonderful to hear how well things are going. The eye opening, small movements, and other progress that Tyree is making is so exciting. I check this blog at least 5 times a day to see what is happening. I have been thinking of Tyree constantly since we heard about her last week. So thank you to all of you who are keeping this blog updated. We all really appreciate it.

--Jamie Butler

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Dawn (Echols) Farr said...

All of this good news...this is great! I can't wait to hear how all of the tests turn out. I am also glad to hear that Joel is alive and kicking!

At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anne-Celeste said...

I too have been thinking about Tyree nonstop. She and your family are constantly in my prayers. It is great to hear all of the progress she is making. I can't wait to read more good news!


At 1:23 PM, Blogger breinhart said...

While Tyree worked here at Yavapai College, her energy and positive attitude was infectious. I can't imagine anything keeping her down for too long. We look forward to the day when she brings the baby by. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Ruth said...


I'm glad to hear that you continue to make progress in your recovery. You know, Rachel & I still want to come see you when you are up for it. We love you and want to help in any way that we can. I think about you a lot. Your blog is the first website I visit each time I log on (which is often). Having this blog is great, but I look forward to the day when I can hear of your progress from you personally! Take care and God bless!


At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tyree, keep up the good work. You are in a lot of prayers. Hang in there and get better. We are here for you. Tons of love being sent your way.
Andy & Rachel Echols

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Jenny Peterson said...

I am extremely happy for Ty and her family. My sister Shanna Aten told me about Ty's story and sent me the address to read the blogs so I have stayed updated. My family has been praying for all of you and we will continue to do so. From everything I have read and heard, Ty is a fighter and will pull through with flying colors. Best Wishes
Jenny Peterson

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Donise & Doug Hall said...

We, too are so very grateful to read the day to day updates on Tyree. She and Chris and Tyler and little jocelyn have been in mine and Doug's prayers night and day since we heard of her illness last week. It is thrilling to hear of her great progress every day! Hang in there sweetie! We absolutely expect that visit to Georgia soon! Love, Donise & Doug

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

Thakyou so much for letting me know. I know it's been a while but I think of you all often - the Johnson family. Ty you are in my heart and my prayers as well as for Brisbane too. I just saw my email yesterday from Travis and I know your family is there and supporting you with all the love in the world. You are an amazing source of strength to us all Ty. I feel blessed to have you as my friend - you are one of the most beautiful, giving and inspirational women I know. My prayers are with you.
Much love

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Janice Lay said...

I was sent this via e-mail and thought you guys might enjoy this, too.


A little girl had been shopping with her Mom
in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in "Mom let's run through the rain," she said.
"What?" Mom asked.

"Lets run through the rain!" She repeated.

"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied.

This young
child waited about another minute and repeated: "Mom, let's run through the rain,"

"We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.

"No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.

This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?

"Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!"

The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.
Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

"Honey, you are absolutely
right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.

And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories...So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love
them, but then an entire life to forget them. Send this to the people you'll never forget and remember to also send it to the person who sent it to you. It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.

If you don't send it to anyone, it means you're in a hurry.

Take the time to live!!!

Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you'll need each other -- and don't forget to run in the rain!

Love and Prayers to the Miller/Johnson family!!

George and Janice Lay,
Tyler and Max

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Dawn (Echols) Farr said...

Just checking in for the probably 10th time today before I head of to bed. I guess right now no news is good news. Tyree, I've been thinking about you so much that I almost called one of my kids by your name...and I don't have any 'T' names!

Keep up the good work...get stronger and let's get together the next time I'm in Arizona--maybe this summer! Or you can come and stay at my house here in Orem if you ever come to Utah.

At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Shanna Aten said...

I have been thinking of you often over the past 2 weeks. Our family continues to pray for you, as do my parents and my brother David (all the way from Thailand).
You once told me you are fascinated with spiritual girts. I know that one of your amazing gifts is the huge capacity you have for loving and sharing yourself with others. I am continually amazed by the lives you continue to touch by your tremendous outpourings of love. I pray that through this season in your life you will be able to experience some of the love and joy you so freely give as your friends and family can share their love and support with you. I know that it is blessed to give, and also to receive. I love you and pray for you often.
On a lighter note, I played some awesome pranks on my family yesterday for April Fool's Day. I think it might now be William's favorite holiday. I can't wait to conspire with you again. I know how much you enjoyed the little prank we played at girls camp, and these would be right up your alley!


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