Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Patient is IN! (so visit him!)

umm... hi everybody! this is aubrey and i am kinda new at this whole blogging thing. i mean, i've done blogs before but not on this one. anyway, today i went an visited my dad and i have to say, it was really amazing how strong he is already! as i walked through the NICU (neurological (sp?) intensive care unit) there were people who couldn't even open their eyes but my dad was talking, eating, and he even got out of his bed to sit in a chair while he ate his lunch! the doctor also had GREAT news. my dad said that the doctor came into his room and he didn't stay very long or anything, but he did say that on the MRI scans, there was no sign of anything that would stop him from being able to use his left side again. my dad asked if they would have to do another surgery and the doc. said no!! we were really happy about that :)

My grandma, (Jeff's mom) is still here and will be staying here for a while. she is a LOT of help. without her i wouldn't have a life because i would be babysitting ALL the time! [thank you grandma :)]
my dad would also like everyone to know that he would like visitors because on Tuesday, my mom will have to be at work for a while, and he gets really bored when he's all alone; and the television channels aren't really the best so that doesn't help. unless my dad wants to watch the recovering patients channel on channel 29! ha ha. anyway, keep my dad & the rest of us in your prayers PLEASE!!!
lots of love,
aubrey dodd :)


Terri said...

Aburey, what a great blog, I love the color, you are a natural and you wrote better than I could have. I am soooo happy that Jeff will have his left side back and that there will not be another surgery. Your dad sure is strong, and I think that you must take after him too, you seem like you have been pretty strong through all of this too. I am proud of you for being so strong and keep up the positive atittude it will take you far. We are all praying for you guys so stay strong!:)
Love, Terri

Peggy Wilkins said...

Jeff, Kelly and Aburey,
Thank you so much for making the effort and time to keep all of us who are praying for you up to date. It really means alot to us and hope it is of some benefit to you too. May God continue to be with you and bless you and encourage you in your fight.

Sean said...

Hi Jeff and Kelly (and Aubrey). It's Sean and Heather (Keslar) Stevens. Just wanted to let you know we've been following your progress.

I agree with Terri, Aubrey's blogs are much more colorful than her parents'!

We're so happy that you're doing well, Jeff. I'm convinced that your attitude towards fighting the cancer (along with the constant prayer you're receiving) is what is carrying you through this so well.

It sounds like things are very positive for you and that you should be home where you belong again soon.

We're thinking of you and praying for you in Omaha.

Sean and Heather
Kyle, Abby, and Megan (Heather)

gardiner said...

Thanks for the posting, Aubrey.
It's also great to see your photo with your Dad. Each of you is in our prayers throughout the day.
Once again, your strength and positive outlook is inspiring. We're so happy for the smooth surgery and good results. Our love, Meaghen & Brendan and girls

Kara Smith said...

Great job on the blog, Aubrey. I bet your dad appreciates your help! It is so good to hear that he is doing well. The doctor's encouraging words were great too! We are continuing to pray for all of you through this tough time. It sounds like you are being very strong! I bet it is nice to be able to visit him more often than when he was in Houston! You being there with him is a great gift!
Kara Smith

Sheila said...

Aubrey, thanks for sharing all the great news!! Say hi to Grandma Mary for me. Tell her I'll keep the coffee pot on. I know she's happy to be with all of you and you're right, it gives you extra time to be with your Dad! Love and prayers to each of you.

Cathy Ledvina said...

Hi Jeff and Family,
My name is Cathy and my family and some friends went to the fundraiser that Greg Koch had for you. Since then, I have been trying to keep up with your blog. I hadn't looked since June, so I was sorry to hear of the original bad news that somehow, through the grace of God, has turned out well.
Just wanted you to know that you and your family have been in our evening prayers since the fundraiser. I myself am a 5-year breast cancer survivor and I know how much prayer lifted me during the months of treatment and recovery. Please know that you all will continue to be in our prayers. Remember, when you only see one set of footprints, God has not abandoned you, He is carrying you.
Take care,
Cathy, Tim, Ryan and Sean Ledvina

Anonymous said...


It has been a long time. I am happy to see that you have a great family to support you. Know that you are in my prayers.


Josh Daws
Lincoln, NE

James Sandstrom said...

Aubrey, Jeff, and the Dodds clan,
What great news. You could almost hear the excitement in Aubrey's post. You are a testament to the power of prayer and faith. Your family's strength is a powerful example for all of us.
God Bless the Dodd clan,
James, Stacey, Sean, Michael, and Lauren Sandstrom

Jennifer (Gutschenritter) Meier said...

Jeff and family,
I don't know if you realize how many people you have touched. Your faith and spirit is very inspirational. You have made people aware of melanoma. I have had 2 all over checks and on my last one, I had 3 suspious moles. They came back fine but it's because of you that I went in the first place. I have followed your blog since it started and will continue to do so. I wish you the best and know that your highschool friends are praying for you!!

Jenny (Gutschenritter) Meier

Patrick and Tracy said...

Guys, we are definitely coming home August 21st. Just confirmed today. We are excited to see all of you so soon!
Love the photo!!! And Aubrey you did a great job at blogging!
Love, Aunt Tracy and Uncle Pat