Good News! A Milestone Marker

Good News! A Milestone Marker

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!

Blogger Back Again

 Climbing the MountainBlogger Back Again

Where did I go this time?  Betty went in the hospital with pneumonia, so Hospice whisked me off to their inland palace for a 5 day “respite.”  Beautiful place with huge rooms with big windows looking out in the woods, and excellent custom meals brought to my bed.

Then on to another place, an assisted living facility for another 18 days in a small “cozy” room with caring people forcing me to get up in a wheelchair to go to the dining room to eat good repetitive meals for my vegetarian diet.

Pushing the chair around helped me gain strength, so now home again, I can get up unassisted – hurrah, we are both home, and enjoying Betty’s great cooking — better than the “palace!”

We are climbing the mountain again with expectation of a wonderful view from the top.

Next, news of “Danny the Dragon,” my next rhyming story picture book for children, and then we’ll get back to our adventures in Hawaii, so stand by.

Where did the Blogger Go?

Climbing the MountainWhere did the Blogger Go?

Blogger Bob got swept from the playing field by a heart attack!
I’ve been in a hospital bed for too long, and have to start climbing the mountain again.

The people at the hospital wanted me to stay in the system, telling me that with inoperable blocked coronary arteries and a heart pumping at 15%,  I was too weak to go home.  I failed the swallow test, so nothing by mouth unless a puree at applesauce consistency.

We elected to come home with Hospice, with the help of an incredible Hospice doctor who helped us.  I used to think Hospice was only for terminal patients, but this is a help-you-keep-going team that has provided bed, equipment, oxygen, and almost daily nurses and aides coming to help.

Friends from church come daily to help me get out of bed and begin exercising, and at last get back to the computer.  Good nutrition, and being home, has helped me start climbing the mountain again!

I broke the stalemate at the hospital by telling them I wanted to go home to finish my books.  We are starting a major book marketing campaign to help fund the illustration and publishing of my next book, Danny the Dragon.

Our friend Gaby has volunteered to be campaign manager, and has created a new website to start the ball rolling through friend networks and social media. Take a look:

Up the mountain again …. inch by inch!

Refer back to blog 5 & 6 for my first time recovering from a life threatening illness.