Perrys bass singer / emcee Tracy Stuffle suffered a stroke on January 21. We’ve had several posts with updates on his condition—update 1, update 2, update 3, and update 4.
UPDATE, 6/6/13: Due to the nature of blogs, few are going to the archive pages to read these updates. We will transfer updates to our Saturday News Roundup column.
UPDATE, 6/6/13: Libbi posts: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!!!!! NO mass!!!! Nothing was there but a couple of polyps and the Dr removed those!!!!!!! Goooooo GOD Goooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooohoooo!!!!!!! Praise Him Saints!!!!!!!!! Yippee!!!!!!!”
UPDATE, 6/5/13: Libbi posts: “Tracy will be having a colonoscopy between 10 and 10:30am in the morning (Thursday). CT scan showed some abnormalities in bottom of colon. Please pray for him! It’s in God’s hands and I am just gonna trust him for an excellent report!!!”
UPDATE, 6/5/13: Libbi posts: “Dr just came in. CT scan on Tracy’s stomach area shows either an infection at top of colon or a mass. GI dr will be by to look at CT and will decide what to do next. Probably be tomorrow before he can do camera images up in colon. I choose to believe the report of The Lord!!!!!”
UPDATE, 6/4/13: Libbi posts:
Infectious Disease Dr just came and said the brain and shunt look clean from infection. So he said they will be moving to the stomach area and doing a CT scan this evening of the stomach and gall bladder area. He said there was a little abnormality to one side of liver. He thinks it could be his gall bladder. We should know tonight or first thing in the morning.
Thanks for all the prayers and love!!!! God is totally in charge here and I am just gonna stand out of the way and let Him do His thing. I will praise Him in this storm just as I’ve done for the past 4 1/2 months.
UPDATE, 6/4/13: Libbi posts:
Well, so far not sure where infection is at that has caused Tracy’s white blood cell count to be 27,000 last night. This morning they had dropped to 23,000. From the preliminary results of spinal fluid, it doesn’t show infection in brain or shunt. But, it will take a couple days for cultures to grow anything. He’s on broad spectrum antibiotics. He temp is 98. Blood pressure is still elevated some.
Right now once again, it’s a waiting game.
I am still trusting God and know that none of this caught Him by surprise! Yes, I am worn out mentally and physically but I will still fight on and praise God in the process!! God is good!!
UPDATE, 6/4/2013: Two updates from Libbi last night. First: “Headed back to Baptist with Tracy. His white blood cell count is 27,000. He had a fever earlier but is 97.7 right now. His blood pressure has been elevated this afternoon. His heart rate was up, but has since went down. Don’t know what is going on!”
Second: “No pneumonia, no UTI. Doing a spinal tap in few minutes to check for infection in brain.”
UPDATE, 6/3/13: Libbi posted:
We moved Friday to the “Rehab Vacation Home.” We are adjusting. Going into a new place is always scary. You have to start over learning new faces and names. Along with personalities! :0/ Some are not so pleasant. Also, new schedules to learn. If you think hospitals are understaffed then you need to be in a skilled nursing / rehab facility! Ugh!!! Meds that are suppose to be given at 6 is given around 8. I have already had to address this matter. Tracy’s blood pressure has been a booger to control the past few days and has to have his Meds on time or his pressure is gonna be high. I can tell this is gonna be a issue to stay on top off! The blood pressure Meds are still needing some tweaking to get blood pressure down with bottoming out the heart rate. Please, help me pray that God will touch Tracy’s blood pressure and make it normal the way God intended it to be.
OT has already worked with Tracy everyday since being here sitting him on edge of bed and other little stuff. He’s looking a little stronger each time.
This week will be interesting to see how all the therapies will go. Praying they will take Tracy out of the bed and into the therapy rooms for a change of scenery for him. I think if this can happen, it will make Tracy feel like he’s getting better and stronger.
I went home for a couple hours today to shower and do a load of laundry. First time to take a shower at our house since Jan 16!! Felt weird!! I almost felt like a visitor in my own home! LOL I will be making trips home about every other day now due to no shower in Tracy’s room.
My three days with the group was good this past week. It was good to spend some extra time with JK! God I believe worked this out for me to be there for him during a tough time. I’m proud and thankful for the young Christian man he has become! I am working on some dates after June 18 to get back at least a couple dates a weekend with the group. This is gonna require a lot of planning and probably some flying!! Anybody got a plane! :0) I am really trying y’all to do more dates so hang with me!
UPDATE, 5/28/13: Libbi posted:
On the bus headed to Salina, KS. Very hard to leave Tracy tonight!!! I just pray he understands!!
He had a great day today. PT sat him on edge of bed for 30 minutes. Working on his balancing. You can tell he’s getting a little stronger every day. PT said they will try sitting him in a wheel chair Thursday. This should be exciting! I won’t be there, but I know my brother Randy WILL video it or FaceTime me! :0)
I will be flying back home Friday around lunch and then we will move him to Lebanon to the “vacation home!”
Please pray for me and Tracy both during these next few days. This is the first time of being away from him for this long in over 4 months! I miss him terribly already!!! But I know God will watch over both of us!
God is good!!! Give Him praise for all He’s done and gonna do!!!!
UPDATE, 5/26/13: Libbi posted:
Sitting here in Tracy’s room on this beautiful day. Watching my precious Sweet T as he sleeps. I am letting him sleep as much as he can, cause sleep is good for his brain and it’s healing. He had speech a little bit ago and did good.
He will be transferred Friday afternoon to the new skilled nursing “vacation home” and rehab center. We choose to call it a “vacation home” because he is not old for one and he’s not gonna stay there long! :0) Why do these places want to have names that only sound like it’s for old people? We thought he would be moved this weekend or tomorrow, but forgot that it was a holiday weekend. And, I will be going out with the group Lord willing, Tuesday night and fly back home Friday morning. It’s not at all what I want to do, but Leah has a graduation and the other fill ins I sometimes use already had things going. Thank God my brother Randy will be coming to stay with Tracy while I’m gone. He’s as tough as I am with making sure things are done right.
Lord willing after the groups vacation in June, I will be trying to do more dates as I can. Some dates will require me to fly because I cannot be away for long periods of time until Tracy is able to talk for himself.
UPDATE, 5/23/13: Last night, Libbi posted:
I went today to search out a skilled nursing / rehab facility for Tracy to be moved to within the next few days. I think I found one in Lebanon, TN. Just waiting to see if they are able to accept him. I went to several and I just prayed for God to show me the one where He wanted Tracy to be. If this one takes him, I will be 15 miles closer to the house!! And this facility WILL let me stay with him at night some!!! PRAISE THE LORD!! So, help me pray they will accept him.
Tracy tonight has been making noises like he’s trying to hum like. I told him he could talk if he wanted to! I think he’s discovering that he can make noises. I am just waiting for the day he just takes off talking or singing!!! :0)
He has started winking at me!!! Yes, I bout shouted the first time he did it!! I have it on video. He’s back to blinking twice for yes. Rubbing his lips together after putting chap stick on his lips. A lot of this we have not seen since the shunt was put in. The speech therapist has been impressed with his progress this week!! He is holding his head up better when the PT therapist sit him on the edge of bed. He tried to kick me again in the leg! :0) His fingers on the right hand have been moving some. Yeah, it’s coming back!!!!!!!!!!! It may be slow, but it’s happening!!! GOOOOOOO GOD GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Lord willing, I will be in Ringgold, GA this Friday night with the group. Also, Lord willing I will be with them next Wednesday in Salina, KS and Thursday in Guymon, OK. Leah my fill in has a graduation on Thursday night in Florida so she can’t go the first two days. So if nothing happens, I will be with the group those two days and then I will fly back to Nashville on Friday morning. PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME, because this will be the first time I will have been away from Tracy for this long. My heart hurts every time I think about it, but I know God will take care of both of us. My brother Randy will be staying with him during this time.
Remember to thank God for all your blessings tonight!!!! HE’S GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!!
UPDATE, 5/18/13: Libbi posted:
YES, YES I know I haven’t updated in a couple of days. Tracy is doing good. He’s rested most of the day today, but that’s what his brain needs to heal. THANKS TO RONNY AND DIANNE REID from S. Alabama for the healing player by Rev. John Hagee!! It’s taped to the side of Tracy’s bed and plays almost 24/7!! Great for Tracy, but also great for me and great for those that may not be believers!!!!! You will never know how much this means to us!!!
Last night I went to Huntsville, AL to sing with the group. My Pastor’s wife Alisa Grubb went with me for company. I think she’s gonna become my roadie when I have to drive to some of the dates!!! Eat and talk!!! Any ways, Tracy must have missed me pretty bad because his blood pressure stayed up from about 7pm to I got back to his room about 12:30 am. When I walked in and started talking to him, his heart rate went down immediately and then in just a few minutes his blood pressure went down. Made me feel good that he may have missed me!! :0)
Tracy will be moving from Kindred Hospital here to a Skilled Nursing/Rehab facility in the next couple of weeks. He will need more time for his brain to heal and be on the trach a little longer. With 5 bleeds, it just takes time. Not for sure yet which facility he will be going to yet. JK and I will be checking one out in Lebanon and one is Mt Juliet, TN on Monday. Only down side to this is I will not be able to stay with him at night! I wouldn’t worry so much about him if he could talk. But, I pray God will give me a peace about it and Tracy too!!! Not sure how long he will be there, but probably for a little while. Please, pray for me during this transition!! I’m a protector!!!
UPDATE, 5/15/13: Libbi posted:
Tracy did good with the blood transfusion he received Monday night at midnight. Fever elevated tiny bit, but nothing major. He seems to be staying awake a little more off and on through the day and night. Yesterday evening he lifted his head off the pillow about 3 times and tried to turn his head. That’s a great thing. PRAISE THE LORD.
Working on trying to get him on a schedule of some sort with his sleeping and staying awake so when the therapist come in he will stay awake for them. So far…….well I still have some tweaking to do! :0/ PT and I set him up on the edge of the bed again yesterday and he did well with holding his head up, but it just really tires him. He set up for about 15 mins with me holding his back. Therapist kinda got on to him because he felt like he wasn’t really putting forth a lot of effort. Just praying that this will improve!!! He may be discouraged I don’t know. I am trying everything I know to encourage him and cheer him on (even have pom poms)! :0)
He did great yesterday on the speaking valve. He was on it for probably 4 hours. He’s already been on it for 2 hours today and still going. The doctor said his lungs sound soooo much better. The speech therapist is teaching me some more things to work with Tracy on being he responds more to me than them. We will see how this goes. …
Please continue to pray for Tracy’s strength, that it will improve each day! Pray for me to have patiences and not try to rush things that can’t be rushed. Sometimes I am a pusher and want things to happen NOW!! I am learning, IN GOD’S TIME, things will happen!
UPDATE, 5/12/13: Libbi posted:
Today has been a great day!!! Such a beautiful blessed day!!! I got up this morning and went to church with JK, my Mom, my sister Debra and Bro in law Chris. The nurse Tracy had this morning was soooo sweet and told me she would watch Tracy while I was gone if I wanted to go to church. Then, the cleaning lady came in and we started talking about going to church, being saved and stuff and she told me the same thing, that she would watch Tracy while I was gone to church. It was great being in my home church and able to worship with my family!!! My Pastor, Mark Grubb did some incredible preaching on End Times!!
When I got back to the hospital, I ask Tracy if he missed me and he blinked his eyes twice to tell me yes! :0) I missed him too!!! But, felt good to take a little break to go to church. Then all the family came to the hospital and brought food for Mother’s Day lunch! It’s always great when we can be together. JK brought me a Peanut Butter Pie, Amish Peanut Butter and bread from Blue Gate Amish Rest. in Shipshewana, IN!! My FAVORITE!!!!! And he brought me beautiful flowers! He’s such a great son!!! Blessed to call him son!!
Tracy has got settled in now I think. He seems to be resting well. His secretions seems to be better. He’s been awake a good bit today. I worked him out some when I got back from church. Talked to him a lot. I have about got his facial expressions figured out. He watched a little bit of Tiger Woods golfing and then fell asleep. It’s amazing how watching golf does me the same way!!! :0)
Lord willing tomorrow he will begin his therapies here at Kindred. I am praying that God will gird him with a supernatural strength to do what he needs to do! I’m gonna get my pom poms out that someone sent me and cheer him on!!!
Please pray specifically this week for God to move Tracy toward a great progressive week!! Pray for strength that will totally amaze the doctors, nurses and therapists! I BELIEVE!!!!
If all goes well Friday and it’s the Lord’s will, I may be with the group in Huntsville, AL that night with The McKameys. I will update y’all closer to the date. I have to line up people I trust and that he knows to stay with Tracy that afternoon and that night til I would get back about 11pm.
UPDATE, 5/11/13: Libbi posted:
Good morning!!!! It’s a great day to be a live!!!! A brand new day is here, filled with new mercies and new miracles!!!! I praise the Lord for ALL His goodness, grace, mercy and love!!!!! Hope you find the blessings, mercies and miracles throughout your whole day!!!!
Tracy is being moved back to Kindred sometime today. The doctors feel that he has improved greatly in the past couple of days and that he’s ready to head back and start back on the road to recovery!!! And yes……I am trusting God and expecting nothing less than a full recovery, in God’s time!!!! I know there’s a lot of doubters out there who will say, I just don’t know about that. Well, it’s your choice to be a doubting Thomas!!!! I choose to BELIEVE AND TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD!!!! The world has always been filled with doubting Thomas’ from the beginning of time and will be til the very end of time!! What a miserable life to live always doubting God. It’s been a 111 days and we are still here, a live and breathing!!! That’s a miracle within it’s self!! I hope and pray that if you are a doubting Thomas, that God will show you just as he did Thomas himself, that HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS!!!! AND “NOTHING” IS TOO HARD FOR HIM OR IMPOSSIBLE!!! I’ve already experienced one major miracle this week that to man looked totally impossible, but to God it wasn’t nothing!!!! Don’t go through life always doubting, start trusting God and see how different life can be.
Thank you again to everyone who has prayed a prayer, sent an email, text, cards, love gifts, bought a motel room, hosted a benefit concert, requested prayer, had prayer vigils, have sent prayer cloths, prayer shawls, blankets, bought a lift chair and sooooo much more!!!!! I may not have been able to thank each one of you in person or personally, but I am doing it now, because I DO appreciate everything!!! I will be forever grateful for all the love, prayers and concern you all have shown our family over the past 111 days. My prayer is God will “richly” bless each one of you!!!!!
To all the Moms out there, let me take this time to say “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” tomorrow!!!! I pray it is a very blessed day!!!! I am happy that my sweet mom is in town for the weekend!!! God has given me the greatest Mom ever!!!!
UPDATE, 5/9/13, 8 PM: Libbi posted:
Sorry I haven’t updated in the past 24 hours but been waiting on test results and blood cultures to come back on Tracy’s pneumonia and his latest CT scan this morning.
The CT scan this morning from Tracy’s brain shows that the shunt is doing it’s thing. The old blood from the ventricles from the last bleeds he had several weeks ago has decreased!! PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!! It will take several more weeks and maybe months for all the blood to dissolve. The little pocket of spinal fluid near the shunt is better! So, everything with the brain is improving! Gooooo GOD Goooooo!!!!!!
The pneumonia shows sign of clearing up. Tracy has been more awake today than he’s been in several days. He’s been trying to watch ESPN. Sometimes he just tires out and falls back to sleep. Dr. Ulm said anyone with pneumonia would be sleepy, tired and not feel good. He said give him time to get over this and we should see some progress. The secretions are not all yellow and green anymore, but a white color. So, we may be heading back to Kindred tomorrow. I just want him to be better before he goes anywhere!! . . .
I will try to update again tomorrow if we get to go back to Kindred. Thanks to everyone who has prayed so hard for my Sweet T!!! Y’all have been so faithful to keep praying and lifting him up. I will never ever be able to thank y’all enough!!!!! I love y’all and y’all are the greatest friends ever!!!!! I pray God richly bless you all!!!!!!
UPDATE, 5/7/13, 8:30 PM: Libbi posted:
Well, Tracy was admitted back to the hospital last night after having CT scan and X-ray. He has pneumonia, which I found out this evening from Kindred where he was at, that he came there with pneumonia. Surprised me! No one told me anything about it! Ugh!!! So, they have him on 3 different kinds of antibiotics to make sure they have good coverage in case there’s infection somewhere else. Should have cultures back in next 48 hrs.
CT scan showed a little pocket of fluid on the right side of brain, that was there after putting the shunt in had a little more fluid than 3 weeks ago on last CT scan. Not a significant amount, but more than before. Dr. Darice Spackmen (Dr. Ulm’s PA) came in this evening and opened up the shunt pressure to let more fluid be released. He will have another CT scan done tomorrow to make sure it’s doing the job.
Tracy’s temp is back to normal tonight!!! Praise God!!!!
PT worked with him this morning by sitting him on edge of bed and he did very well considering him being tired from a long night of getting settled in. He even balanced for a few seconds on his own.
Speech and OT will be by to work with him tomorrow. Praying he has strength from God to do great!!
Don’t have a clue as to how long we will be here, praying not long!! Ready to move forward in the name of Jesus!!!!
Thanks to everyone for praying extra hard for my sweet man!!!! I am forever grateful!!! Please keep it up!!!
None of this caught God by surprise!!! He is all knowing and all seeing!!! His Will be done, not mine. I just pray for more grace to keep fighting on this journey He has laid before us!
Thank You God for Your sustaining grace!!! I love You!!!
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