Support The Woodward Family

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Raised by 1,874 people in 11 days
Created February 8, 2019

Anyone who knows Josh and Chelsea Woodward knows one thing. They are two of the most genuine people you will EVER meet.
Some other things you may know: They have two beautiful young children, Jax (5) and Holland (3).
Josh is an amazing dad, an Albany airport firefighter, and all around fun-loving guy. Chelsea is a self-employed "mom-preneur" photographer in the Capital District and has shared so many of your happiest life moments behind the lens of her camera.

These two are the ones you want on your team.

On Monday, February 4th, on their usual date night, Josh mentioned that he thought he'd pulled a muscle in his arm and it was sore. Being a firefighter, this isn't an unlikely occurrence. The next day he woke up with a fever but thought absolutely nothing of it, figured he caught what their two young kids had a few days prior and expected a few days of yuck.
Wednesday night (2/6), over night, the pain from the “pulled muscle” became excruciating and the fever persisted. Chelsea and Josh assumed he must have actually torn a muscle and figured he should go to the ER for some meds to help ease the pain and maybe a sling for his arm. It was such a casual occasion that Chelsea dropped him off at the ER, kissed him and said, text me when you want me to pick you up. Within a couple of hours a doctor was calling her from his phone saying she needed to get back to the hospital ASAP if she wanted to see him before he went in for emergency surgery.
Josh did not have a flu, he was SEPTIC.
They THOUGHT initially it could have been a small cut near his arm or even just a pimple that grew inwards but TURNS OUT THE INFECTION STARTED WITH STREP, STREP. The infection was so bad all near his arm and chest it took the doctors about two hours to operate on him just to clean out as much of the infection as they could, but by the time they got in there, it had already spread to his heart, lungs, kidney, and liver.

Josh is currently fighting for his life AT  St. Peters Hospital! 

His kidneys are failing and he is on dialysis.
He is currently stable, but these are critical hours.

All Chelsea can do right now is sit by his bedside, pray, and wait for a miracle.

What WE can do is come together to support this family by prayer and action. 
Being self-employed does not lend well to these situations and Josh is going to have a long road to recovery. Chelsea will need to take time off from her business in order to care for him and maintain stability in the life of their children.

We are raising funds to support the family for childcare and medical expenses during this time.
It's our turn to be on THEIR team!

Anything you can contribute to them is a blessing.

We are not promised tomorrow : all we have is this moment. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the continued love and support towards this incredible family.


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It’s our last day to be sad. We decided.

I came in this afternoon and said, we’re done being sad ok? It’s time to work! It’s time
to be #woodwardstrong

I told him what the surgeon said, that guys like Josh who make such leaps and bounds like he has can have the option to rehab at home. We can turn our home into a space for him to heal once he’s done here at the hospital (still quite some time for that to happen). That was apparently the magic because he was motivated to eat his dinner and now he is working on drinking his ginger ale all by himself. It’s sad to watch him struggle to bring a straw to his mouth, but it’s great to see his fighting spirit back. The last two days he’s been so incredibly depressed.

Okay, news on the hand. It won’t get touched for a week, at least, so there is no say if fingers will have to go or not but it does look like his pointer finger and top half of middle finger will have to go and the tip of the thumb. But otherwise, all wounds are healing as they should be with no concern.

Today was hard, but productive and ended with a great deal of hope!

#woodwardstrong #thefivepercent

Insta: chelsea_woodward
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My undeniable miracle.
My second lease on life.

Today was the best day of my life.
But it was maybe the worst day of Josh’s life.

He’s awake, aware, extubated, conscious, forming his own unique thoughts, maybe a little confused, in pain, very weak, vulnerable.... it goes on.

He doesn’t remember much, but he’s already having some PTSD from the intubation. He is really down and frightened about the road ahead of him.

I have spent most of my day learning what my new role as his caretaker is going to look like. Isn’t love amazing? I’m holding my husband’s entire body weight on my chest while nurses tend to him. He tells me not to drop him but I’m so steady in this moment I’m positive I won’t. His skin is flaking off all over me and all I can think is how much I love him and that I would do this every day for the rest of my life so long as it means I get to keep him. But the good news is, he is going to get stronger every single day ❤️❤️❤️❤️every. Day.

Y’all keep asking about the hand: the surgeon is coming to look first thing tomorrow morning. It doesn’t look pretty though. I’d be amazed if he didn’t lose fingers. But God has been showing off all week so.....

So my poor sweet baby needs prayers for his mind. He needs to BELIEVE he will get better. He needs peace. He needs the ability to comprehend that HE is PROOF that miracles still happen.

And the hand could use prayers too...
so could the kidneys....

But we are miles away, light years away from where we were last week.
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JJ update:
Well UGH... the vent stays for another day. He is doing great with weaning but when he moves about his breathing increases too much the x-ray shows he still has some gunk in his lungs. So new plan for the day: we got him in the chair and we are going to do some light physical therapy.

Here are today’s prayer requests: please continue to pray for his kidneys, he is still not producing any urine. Please pray for his hand, while it’s the least of our concerns I know josh will want full mobility.
Please pray for his spirit. I’m sure he’s super bummed about the tube.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow

#woodwardstrong #thefivepercent
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2/15 9 Am

Good morning!

JJ is waking up more this morning!
He LIT UP when he saw me.
What I could read in his eyes was “you’re real????? I thought I dreamed you up!!”

I can’t imagine what it’s like in his brain right now, where the lines between dreams and reality and memory are all overlapping.

Everything is pretty calm ((well, considering)) with him. Yesterday the sedation was wearing off and although it was good to see him with eyes open and fighting, he seemed agitated. Today he seems a bit more aware but also much more calm.

I asked if he’d get off the vent today and a nurse told me, probably not, he has come WAYYY too far to take the tube out now and set back his beautiful progress. But as we all know by now, josh has a mind of his own. So I guess we will see ❤️

I haven’t seen the influx of doctors yet, but so far, that’s what’s up!

You’re probably sick of me saying it but thank you, thank you, thank you. I really believe it’s the out pouring of love from you guys that is making the difference here .

#woodwardstrong #thefivepercent

Insta: chelsea_woodward
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