Monday – March 20th, will be a date I will remember! A milestone marking the progress in my recovery from a heart attack!
July 8, 2016, — 8 months and 12 days ago, I was admitted to the hospital for irregular heart beat, and had a heart attack, congestive heart failure, and blocked coronary arteries — and fluid collecting in my lungs and chest cavity.
Three ladies at the hospital summarized my options. I could transfer to a “rehab” hospital for long term care and therapy, or, I could go home with Hospice and die. That was exactly what they said.
After talking with the Gulfside Hospice doctor, who explained that Hospice here was two organizations – one for terminal patients, and one for sustaining care. We chose to go home under Hospice care. The Hospice doctor played a big part in convincing the hospital doctors to release me to go home.
One of the ladies asked me, “Why do you want to go home?” My reply was “to work on my children’s books and to finish Danny the Dragon.” That satisfied her; she had previously bought my book, “Tommie Turtle’s Secret.”
God answers prayers! A big thank you to the many people who were praying for me.
We went to our cardiologist several weeks ago. EKG was excellent, heart strong and regular, and he cut my one medication to one half. At the end of the visit, he said, “You know Bob, you are my miracle patient for 2016, we thought you weren’t going to make it.”
My recovery has been remarkable! I also give credit to the almost daily visits of the nurses and aids from Hospice, and to Joe, Ron and Josh – angels from The Crossroads Church, who came to help me learn to walk again with the waker, and perhaps the most, to Betty, who served nutritious meals, and kept me consuming our eXfuze superfoods.
When I first arrived home, I was still under the mandate of “nothing by mouth,” which meant all food had to be applesauce consistency, and no solids or liquids. I had failed the “swallow test” at the hospital. Betty gave me baby food, pureed veggies, and smashed ice and frozen eXfuze beverage to suck on.
Today, Monday March 20th, I will be officially discharged from Hospice home care! At my recent 6 month evaluation by the Hospice team, it was concluded that I was continuing to progress toward recovery, and no longer met Medicare requirements for Hospice care.
I still have a way to go, so please keep praying. I am proof that God answers prayer – I am still alive and progressing! To God be the glory!