Updates on Vancouver Division Chaplain Jim Turner

Photograph of RCMP Chaplain Jim Turner at Burnaby Detachment's memorial service (Source of photo - Sheldon Boles).

Updates on Chaplain Jim Turner

June 3, 2020

The following information was sent today from Jim’s wife, Shirley, to Robert Underhill, President.

“Today is day 19 and it feels like an eternity in some ways.  There is much to be thankful for.  First and foremost Jim is still here with us.  A miracle in itself.  The recent ECG came back normal which is good news.  The surgeon says that the massive incision looks good but the drains he placed in his abdomen are not as clear as he had hoped.  An ultrasound of his tummy will tell us more in the days to come.  He is trying so hard to speak clearly but the muscles in his jaw need to strengthen and his tongue swelling must decrease before he can produce good clear sounds. This is frustrating for him.  Jim’s sense of humour is still very much in tact and he reminded me today that I had already shared a piece of news with him yesterday and that I didn’t need to repeat myself.  He was right though.  I reminded him that he was not in the University Hospital in Wisconsin which was his response to the nurse’s question this afternoon.  Wherever that came from I don’t know.  Still nothing by mouth and when he heard that from the doctor he actually pouted.  Today they replaced the central line in his chest for a picc line in his arm.  This should make him more comfortable but there is no more fentanyl/ just Tylenol /for pain so maybe not.  Two other positives are that his white blood count is normal and the surgeon believes that he should remain in CCU for a bit longer.  This means that my visiting rights should remain for now.  For this I am truly thankful.  Moving to a surgical ward could have curtailed all visiting,

As Anita says – Thank you so much for continuing to pray with and for us.  We know that it’s a long road ahead but we also know who goes before us and we are trying to fix our eyes on Him at all times. Thank you friends!  Hopefully more good news to follow!”

May 30, 2020

The following information was sent from Jim’s wife last evening to Robert Underhill, President.

” I have been up at the hospital since early this morning.  Got to sit in on the team rounds which was very Interesting.  The decision was to extubate and watch him carefully for the next 3 hours to make sure his lungs are producing enough oxygen.  If blood work comes back negative, the will do a tracheotomy.  He is more awake today, throat still pretty raw, and running a bit of a fever but we are praying that he can work past this hurdle too.

Surgeon will be coming in later today so we wait again.

Update: Jim is doing well off the ventilator.
O2 levels are within expected range and he is even trying to talk.
Praying for a good night with no fever.”

May 27, 2020

The following information was sent from Jim’s wife today to Robert Underhill, President.

“Haven’t heard from dr Cowie, the surgeon, but CCU informed us that Jim was back around 2:00 am this morning.  At this point all I know is that he was able to close the wound and no tracheotomy and no stoma.  This is the miracle we prayed for and I am thankful beyond words.
The next few days will include vigilant monitoring of the wound, watching for sepsis, reducing the adema and also working towards getting him off the vent.  The prayers of the many have been heard and answered and all glory goes to our merciful God  Let the healing begin!!  If you can continue to pray for healing and strength we would be most appreciative.  In turn, we will continue to keep you updated.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for the blessing you have been in our lives”

May 26, 2020

The following information was sent from Jim’s wife late yesterday to Robert Underhill, President.

“So after a couple of days rest it looks like we are a go again for surgery tomorrow evening – sometime after 6:00 pm.  Jim’s temp is good and the surgeon is hoping to find no signs of any leaks or infection so that he can complete what he has planned to do and close Jim up finally.  This is the miracle we need prayer for over the next 24 hours.  Please continue to hold Jim up as he prepares for another round.  He is tired.  Anita has shared this on Facebook so hopefully we are not overwhelming you with these requests but we so appreciate each and every one of you and how you have stood by our family in so many ways.  We are resting in the knowledge that the God we serve is in full control and we will be sure to keep you updated as soon as we have any news”

May 18, 2020

Update received today from Jim’s daughter:

I just heard from my mom and I have amazing news. After a mere 3 hours, rather than 5-6, my dad is out of surgery and in post-op!

This is truly a miracle and we are so incredibly thankful.

There were no complications, everything went smoothly and we are beyond thankful for the skilled surgeon, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and every medical professional who is surrounding my dad with love and care.

The next steps are still intense and complicated and he has yet to wake up despite reduced sedation but we keep seeing miracle after miracle and we will keep holding on to faith for this amazing, joyful man!

Here are the next steps in summary:

1) Dad got through this surgery (surgery #2) in record time!
2) The surgeon said that he will now wait about 2-3 days to determine the next steps for my dad.
3) Dad will still need at least one more surgery, possibly two.
4) He will need to also have his hernia fixed and his stomach mostly reconstructed from extensive damage and then he will need to be closed up (we don’t know if this will be one surgery or two).”

Further update received this evening, May 17, 2020, from Shelley Turner:

“Jim’s Platelet count has come up enough and the kidneys are back and they need to get the surgery done.  He is now back in surgery for a five hour operation to resect the bowel.  It will be a tricky surgery.”

The following update on Jim Turner was sent to President, Robert Underhill, Sunday, May 17, 2020, from Jim’s wife, Shelley:

Jim had a better night and on a positive note they were able to withdraw all the blood pressure med’s and he is holding his own.

On the other hand his blood work came back and his platelet’s are extremely low so there will be no chance that he will get the further surgery he needs today.  They are also concerned with his kidney function but will take the day to work on both of those. 

They are lowering the sedation levels in the hope that he will wake up but nothing has happened yet.  Shelley is headed to the Hospital to give him a pinch and some serious chatting in his ear to get him to wake up.  Shelley was able to get a good night sleep last night.  She will continue to keep me posted.




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