Julie’s Story

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Journal entry by Rose Jones

June 13, 2021
Thank you for continuing to check in on Julie. We loved all the voice messages that were sent to us, and we played them for Julie to hear on our call last Thursday.
Julie is stable and breathing on her own with a little mechanical support. The pneumonia in her left lung is clearing up and her chest x-ray looks good according to her doctors. Julie is still slightly sedated to minimize her agitation to the respiratory tubes used to keep her lung clear of mucus. Even in this sedated state, she is keeping her eyes open and blinking for longer and longer periods during the day. Julie’s doctor reported that during one of these more wakeful moments, her eyes were able to tract a light beam albeit slowly.
Yoshi, Kahana and Kanoa visited Julie yesterday and her eyes were open throughout their visit. Today our sister Margaret was able to call the hospital and speak to Julie. Raina, the nurse, who is part of her care team said Julie’s eyes open wide when she heard Margaret’s voice.  We are confident that she is hearing us. Now that Julie’s physical condition has improved, the doctors plan to slowly decrease the sedation so that can assess her neurological condition.
Julie’s birthday is this Friday, June 18th.  It would mean a lot to us if you would send a message (voice, video or text) wishing Julie a happy birthday. We will play all of them to Julie on our next call at the end of the week. Please send to me via FB messenger.
We ran through the first 300 bracelets and have ordered more so if you would like a “Shine Your Light on Julie” bracelet please send me your address via FB messenger. It has been so inspiring and touching to our family to hear your messages of encouragement to Julie as well as hearing the impact she has had on all of you.
Attached are a few pictures of Julie gifting Daruma dolls to friends throughout her travels. The Daruma doll is a symbol of perseverance and encouragement, but for Julie also a connection and a wish for good fortune to her friends.
Rose Jones and the Thomas and Toda families
2Kimberly Uyema Hose and Erica Torrisi
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