Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bob spent Christmas day in the hospital after having what they think was a seizure on Christmas Eve day. Joy and Jane brought a little Christmas to Bob on Christmas by bringing a small Christmas tree, a mistletoe toe, a Santa and some cookies.  Oh, and Joy left a trace of a kiss on his cheek as seen on the photo.

After many tests Bob was finally released yesterday evening.  Angie moved her Christmas Eve party to last night. A few family members and friends who are family attended her wonderful party.  She had a taco bar and many sweet temptations. We also played the Christmas gift exchange game. Angie has the perfect Christmas house.  Thank you Angie.

The tests showed Bob had a small stroke since the August 13th stroke but they are not sure when that happened.  They are pretty sure the Christmas Eve episode was a seizure.  There is new blood in the area of the two strokes which makes it impossible to know the cause stemming from these strokes. The doctors are concerned about a couple of (scary) possibilities but they are waiting a couple of months for the blood to go away before they can do more testing to make any conclusions.  Although I cried uncontrollably the other night, Bob and I have chosen not to worry. And, to have hope and faith by living each day to the fullest with thankfulness to God for all that he gives us.  


Bob In The Hospital On Christmas Day!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Bob is still in the hospital.  I hope he will be able to come home tomorrow.  He has to get an EEG and another MRI.  They found new blood which indicates he had another stroke since his stroke in August but they are not sure when it was.  They did not see an aneurysm, which is good.  He has not lost any of his abilities to do things that he gained since the first stroke. (another positive)  Tomorrow they will be comparing the MRI from yesterday to the MRI from tomorrow.  This should indicate if the bleeding has increased or not. They think he had a seizure yesterday and they have been treating him for that.      

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

 Bob is in the hospital again.  He is in Plaza Medical Hospital in Ft. Worth.  They are not sure if he had another stroke or a seizure.  They took some tests tonight and will be taking more tests tomorrow. He seemed really good when I left him tonight.  He still had some numbness on his face by his eye. The tests they took earlier showed no signs of blood in his brain which is good.  He has been doing
really well lately and I hope they can  figure out when the blockage is coming from. I will keep you updated as I know.  Please remember him in your prayers.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bob using the Saebo.

Bob is using what is called a Saebo.  It aids in closing and opening his hand. It has been helping him more than any other exercise aid.

In the past couple of weeks he has been getting a massage and it is helping a little with the pain in his shoulder.  
Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a smaller group but I didn't take many pictures. Until Bob is a little more mobile I have my hands full just taking all of the things he needs when we go somewhere. The camera is too much. I did upgrade my phone with a nicer camera and editing capabilities. I'll probably take pictures with that for a while. I hope to get a lot of pictures at Christmas. Ben, Jane and Jake are coming the week of Christmas and we are very excited to spend time with them. I had a birthday last week.

I am always happy to get another birthday. Bob says " getting older is contageous" " if you hang around long enough you will catch it."
Bob works every day as if it is his job going to therapy and doing the exercises. His walking has improved a lot. He graduated from an arm cane to a regular cane. His study at UT ended last week. We go a couple of times this week for tests so they can evaluate the results. He is doing Occupational Therapy a couple of times a week. His shoulder brings him a lot of pain which makes it difficult for him to do exercises. But, he keeps trying. They are trying to make a decision about what to do about the pain. The most difficult thing is just doing the normal everyday things that we all do without thinking most of the time. For instance, getting ready for the day. Showering, dressing, struggling with compression socks, braces and more. It's so time consuming. I have started to allow 2 hours just get myself ready and assist Bob with his needs. Otherwise we are late for appointments. We still have a lot of hope and realize Bob is very fortunate to still be here. It is just going to take longer than we originally thought. The best way for us to deal with this is to go back to how he was originally and see the progress since. Bob's attitude keeps us both going.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This week John and Brooke both had birthdays. We will probably celebrate over Thanksgiving when everyone gets together.
Other than that things are about the same.  Bob is spending his days going to therapy and seeing doctors. He is trying to manage his pain in his shoulder by medication and different methods of therapy. I didn't realize that so much pain and cramping of the muscles came along with a stroke. Hopefully this will be under control soon.  He is walking better every day.  He is struggling with his shoulder, arm and hand but that is also making some slow improvements.

Happy Birthday to John and Brooke!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

While I am on a roll posting I will add this picture of Bob and I along with Rob and my sister Rhoda and Bob's brother Lee.

They were all here over the past weekend and we had a great time.  We knew Lee was coming but surprised that Rob and Rhoda had a load in Dallas with a few days available to visit.  Rob and Rhoda drive truck cross country but seldom get a chance to stop for long.  It was also really nice getting to spend time with Lee.

Dinner at Kona, Barb, Bob, Rob, Lee and Rhoda

This afternoon Bob was a part of a study with the students at the UT Therapy School.  They analyzed his walk and leg and foot functions and suggested treatments as part of their study and training.  They also attached some electric stimulation to his legs and watched him walk.  Bob said it felt weird but was helpful in walking.

If you follow my blog or are family or a friend you will know I had Polio when I was a child.  My right side was stricken with weakness and my right foot and leg are still a challenge for me more and more as I get older.
Karen heads the UT Students and does the UT Studies that Bob is a part of.  She said she was worried about my walk and offered to examine my foot and try and help me get into a better situation for a brace.  These words were golden to me as I have not been able to get anyone to understand my needs. As Bob has been attending the therapy sessions I have watched all of the patients come and go with their streamlined braces. I think I was having "brace envy." The braces I have had have been absolutely worthless to me.  Karen also noticed my left foot has a drop. On her own time she gave me a brace for each foot to try.  I am trying them out and they seem to be exactly what I need.  I have to get used to them and she is going to try and attach something softer around my ankle.  (the right foot and ankle turns drastically)  I will of course pay for the braces and she said they were inexpensive.  How can you even put a price on something that will help you to walk.  Karen, where have you been all of my life.  I have been to several doctors and brace people and no one has seemed to care enough or know enough to be able to help me.  I am so grateful.  How can you repay someone for something like that?    
Today is young Bob's birthday.  We love you and hope you have a great day!

Happy Birthday Young Bob!

Monday, November 3, 2014

What's new with Bob?

There are many improvements every day but they are small. People who see Bob maybe once a week will notice the progress more than Bob or I will.  Our days have been filled with a lot of driving to Dallas and Grapevine to see various therapists.  When Bob is not seeing a therapist and at home he is constantly doing exercises.

At one of Bob's study therapy sessions last week they took him upstairs to a lab where there were several video cameras coming from different angles pointed from the ceiling.  They attached several sensors to his body to capture the movement while he walked.  I hope I get the see those results.  It was very interesting.

Bob is walking more and has more movement in his arm.

The photo below was taken a few day after Bob came home from the hospital. The kids got together and ordered some T-shirts. I thought something was going on when everyone disappeared for a few minutes.  They danced down the steps carrying a radio playing the theme song from Rocky wearing those shirts. It was a big production. We really appreciate the support we get from our family.  

Win Bob Win

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My friend Helen and I took our art/lunch time to a different level this time.  We gathered items to build a box with a mirror and a place for Bob to put his left hand so he cannot see it.  While looking through the mirror his right hand is moving and his brain thinks his left hand is the mirror image. Studies have shown this is very successful in getting the left hand and fingers to move after many repetitions.

Mirror Image Therapy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Above is a video of Bob walking with a crutch today in therapy at the UT Southwest study.  Each day brings so much improvement.  He seems more steady on his feet.  I am so proud of how much he works at getting better every day.

I forgot to add that the floor area Bob is walking on is very high tech.  It can read out the length of each step for each foot,  pacing walking speed and other things.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It has been a little over a week since Bob was released from the hospital.  It is so wonderful to have him home.  The picture below is of Bob with one of his Techs at the hospital.  She was so sweet.  She made Bob and I a blanket for a going away present.  Bob is holding his blanket in the picture. Michele and Bob seem to have the same sense of humor so they made a special connection.  There were so many great people working at Zale-Lipshy.  I can't possibly name everyone but here are just a few names. (Claudia, Robin, Michele, Melissa, Rodney, Julieta, Lillian, and Rudy, Caroline, Danaka, Lensay, Katie, Casey, Simon and many more)  Our thanks to all of them.

We have been very busy trying to schedule therapy schedules and getting set up at home to accommodate Bob's needs until he is completely recovered. Bob is doing really well.  He can walk with a cane for short distances. I feel that once his therapy is finished in a couple of months he will be almost or all recovered.  The therapy study at UT Medical Center is really high tech.  I will give more details later as he gets well into it. It is so interesting.

Last week Jane, Ben and Jake came to visit from Chicago.  They stayed at John's house.  Our friends Glenda and Dave from Indiana were also here and stayed with us.  It was very helpful to have friends here both socially and they were able to lend a hand several times. Glenda, and Jane and Jake raked some leaves and bagged them for us.  It was wonderful visiting with everyone.  Of course, Glenda and Dave had their tickets for months and we had different plans.  You never know what may change in your life.  It all worked out though.  They said they really enjoyed themselves too.  Jane, Ben and Jake are coming back Christmas and we are very excited about that.

I have more to post but this is all I am going to do tonight.  I just wanted to let everyone know things are going well.  It is just that everything goes slow but all is good. We are so thankful.

Bob and Michele

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bob had a very busy and physically exhausting day preparing to go home tomorrow.  I went in early to observe and help with part of it.  He practiced getting in and out of the car and did much better than last week.  He also gave himself a shower needing very little assistance.  PT had him to walk on the treadmill and also assisted him in walking up and down stairs.  Then Rudy took over for awhile.  He worked with Bob on  his shoulder, arm and hand movements.  Rudy is certified not only in PT and OT but in Neurology PT.  This is using different methods of PT in regards to the brain's responses.  He gets amazing results going outside the box of the usual therapy.  He taped Bob's feet up then taped a cloth to the bottom of his show with duct tape to allow his foot to go in the right direction.  Then Bob walked without a brace or a cane.  It is so interesting to watch him work.  Rudy has a passion for what he is doing.  You can tell he just wants to help people and make a difference.  Bob responds well to his methods.

Bob is very anxious to come home tomorrow.  He has been in the hospital for almost 2 months.  The staff at Zale-Lipshy has been to wonderful.  You can tell they are a bunch of men and women who love their jobs and love people and want to help them to get well.  Their positive and caring attitudes are really the face of that hospital.    

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Our thanks to Helen and Rick who installed some grab bars and a new shower head in our home to prepare for Bob to come home.  Also thanks to Rob and John who are have been working on our broken gate and in the yard.  It is really hard to ask for help but sometimes you just have to.  We are so grateful for wonderful family and friends who have been so supportive.

Bob is well on his way to recovery.  He has been through so much and at first it was hard to believe he would get to even this point.  We have had a lot of faith and Bob has been persistent in working very hard. Much of his encouragement has come from the support of everyone and all of your prayers.  Thank you so much.

I also want to thank Rick for putting my new very large art easel together. I am really looking forward to using it for my larger paintings.  I am pretty sure I could not have done that myself.  I finally see an opportunity to get back to my art even though there will still be daily schedules involving things that Bob will need help with. I am just so excited he will be home and we can finish these things together.

Joy and Brooke came in today.  Brooke played some Mancala with Bob.  Joy cut Bob's hair and he looks really nice.

Tomorrow Bob will be practicing getting in and out of the car.  Today he walked a lot without a brace.  He also jumped.

The picture below is of Helen and Rick showing off the new shower head and pretending to be taking a shower.  Or, were they pretending?

Friday, October 3, 2014

I went to the hospital early today to watch Bob walk on the tread mill for the two ladies heading the study for walking. The study also includes the reaction of the heart as a result of the walking. They liked Bob a lot and want him to do the study.  They said he is a perfect candidate except for his name.  Bob asked what was wrong with his name and the lady said Bob was the name of her X husband. She was joking, I think. Excuse me for referring to them as ladies but I didn't get their names. So, Bob will go for some tests next week and should start the therapy at UT Southwestern after that. This is a wonderful thing because the therapy will be free and he even gets 200.00 for the study.  That will pay for the gas.  The first month he will go 3 times a week and the second month he will go 2 times a week. The hospital are trying to arrange for Bob to also have Occupational Therapy at home. (not a part of the study)  He won't have a speech therapist but he was issued a program to do at home and I am supposed to help him one hour a day.  Everything is falling into place.  The most exciting thing of all is that Bob is coming home!!!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I wanted to wait until today to post.  On Thursdays the doctors and staff get together to evaluate the patients and make decisions.  Bob's dismissal is still on for Tuesday.  We are both very excited.  I am making preparations for his arrival at home with the help of some of the kids and my friend Helen and her husband. We are needing to put in grab bars and change the shower head and etc.
Tomorrow Bob will be evaluated to be part of a therapy study at the UT Medical Center.  His therapist thinks he will qualify.
On Monday I will be in early so Bob can practice getting in and out of the car.  They will also be filling me in on his home care needs.
Some of Bob's visitors have been Steve, Ann Marie, and Dave from work. Yesterday Robert came up and played Texas Holdem with Bob.  He is doing well with his knee after surgery this week.  Rob and Austin also came up and Austin also played Texas Holdem with Bob. John visited too.
Joy has been in New York all week and was supposed to come home tonight but her flight was canceled due to bad weather here.
Angie just called and said she was on her way over.  Bob talked her into stopping at Sonic for a shake.  Yum!
Things are looking up but we know Bob has a ways to go in therapy.  It is just amazing how far he has come. We are all feeling so thankful.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Today Bob rode a stationary bike for 15 minutes.  Bob walked for 10 minutes on the treadmill but focused mostly on quality.
Greg and Gilbert stopped by and our dear friend Walt stopped by this evening.

Bob's son Robert had surgery today on his knee. It went well and he is doing good.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

We spent the past few days visiting with Bob's sister Angela and her husband Doug.  I took them to the airport to catch a plane home to North Dakota.  We loved having them here.  Thanks Angela and Doug for your support and help especially in getting the measurements in our house to prepare for Bob's home coming.  We miss you already.

Bob is continuing to walk on the treadmill working on his form.  He is also working with his arm and hand for strength and movement.

Bob, Angela and Doug

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bob Walking On Treadmill After Stroke

Zale-Lipshy was able to extend Bob's stay until October 7th at which time if he is ready he will go home. Bob will be doing a study for UT Southwest in physical therapy.  This will be a wonderful solution to some of his therapy needs and he will be helping others at the same time.

Bob's sister Angela and her husband Doug are visiting for a few days from North Dakota. It is great having them here.  Yesterday evening we all attended a support meeting at the hospital for stroke patients and their families.  It was really interesting.

Bob has been walking on the treadmill and working with his arm and hand.  He practiced getting in and out of the car yesterday. He has made unbelievable progress and is very determined.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bob and His Sister Mary Ann

Card From Lee and Maria

Yesterday Bob did about 9 minutes on the tread mill with the harness.  The harness has been set to take 100 pounds from the walk and yesterday they set it to 70 pounds to the walk.

Robert came by for a while and Tamera later.  It had been about a week since Tamara had been in and she was amazed at Bob's progress.  She said she was going to call her Mom to tell her how well he is doing. (one of our best friends living in Australia) Also, Steve and Terrie from work also dropped by.

Today Bob did about 12 minutes on the treadmill.  Bob's speech therapist gave him a cognition test. He tested normal.

At noon today Bob wheeled himself to the elevator.
A nurse yelled and ran over there to asked where he was going.  Bob said "I'm going to the eight floor to lunch bunch."  He told them he was not an inmate here he is a patient.  Even though Bob is seeming more and more back to normal he is still wearing yellow sox and the staff here take that seriously.  I laughed when he told me about it. I can just visualize it.

After I wrote this Bob told me he had permission from his tech to go alone and she was following with his food tray once it arrived.  It is wonderful to see Bob go from not moving to being so independent.

Joy called and said they were coming for a visit tonight.  Tomorrow Bob's sister Angela and her husband Doug will be flying in for a few days. We are looking forward to seeing them.  Also, tomorrow Bob asked me to come in a little early so PT can help him practice getting in and out the car. This is all so exciting!

Thanks to everyone who stops by.  Bob just loves it.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Today Bob took some steps with the assistance of his therapist Caroline.  What a thrill this was for me to watch.  Bob had been holding his leg and knee up from a sitting position for three minutes at a time in his room to prepare for walking.  He has taken steps before but this is the first time I saw it.  I am hoping to get a video of him walking on a tread mill with a harness soon.

This evening I drove to Texas Road House and bought a Filet Mignon dinner for both of us to go.  We had dinner in his room.  It was nice.

Thanks John, Casey and Jack for coming today.

When I left Bob last night at the hospital he was sitting in his wheel chair in front of his bedside table.  On the table was his open laptop, his I-Pad and his phone and was conducting business and play.  He looked like his back to normal self.  Earlier in the day he called and changed his insurance to Blue Cross of Texas.  His communication in that matter was perfectly understandable to the agent and the transaction was made with ease.  This will be in place once the other policy has been dropped.  What a wonder privilege we have now with the right to get insurance after pre-existing conditions.

Bob has been working a lot with his arm in PT and also extends this exercise when back in his room.  It is paying off.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My friend Helen and I visited a couple of skilled care homes yesterday and we both breathed a sigh of relief once we visited Life Care in Haltom.  It was the best of what I had to chose from. They really need to re-do their Website.  They are much better than their brochures or website.  It is not that the others were bad but they didn't seem to meet the needs for Bob.  I feel Life Care will be able to meet most of Bob's needs for what the insurance will cover.  I know Bob will rehabilitate himself with the things that are missing in therapy because he is so determined to be his total self again.

Last night Joy brought up some Pizza and Brent and Angie visited also.  Bob said he took about 10 steps with his cane yesterday with the aid of a strap and the therapists helping.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Please excuse me if some of my frustration shows through in my blog but I have been bringing updates on Bob through my point of view.  I hope some of this will help others realize that if something major happens to your spouse or member of your family you will be somewhat prepared. I think we all need to dig into our policies to see what our coverage is and when open enrollment comes around one might want to make changes.  Also, couples need to at least know the other's jobs in the household so the other can take over when something happens.  This is so important because not only the new responsibilities of being there for the person who is sick or injured but all responsibilities have suddenly been added to your list. It is overwhelming.  So, Bob when you get well you are going to learn to cook.

All of these details will be worked out and we are going to be OK.  It is a day by day process.  They are trying to keep Bob at the hospital another week.  I really hope they are able to do that.

It sounds as though Bobs PT was much the same yesterday but more intense.  He is doing so well.  I have so much respect for his therapists, nurses and techs.  They are absolutely wonderful and dedicated.

Thanks yesterday to Dave who brought Spring Creek Barbecue and for your visit and for your friendship.
Also thanks to Andrew and Bob's other co-workers who stopped by that missed Bob but left a note.  There may be others that I don't know about.

Thanks to Helen who has been going with me to check out skilled home and rehab facilities.  She has done this before and her husband has been in bio med for over 35 years.  She has questions that I would never have thought to ask.

Thanks to Angie, John, Casey, and John D. who came up last night. It means so much to Bob and I.  Also thanks to Rob and Joy who took care of our house by mowing the lawn and taking care of the yard.  Thank you Joy for the things you did in the house and for the card and flowers.  What a wonderful thing to come home to.  I know I am biased but I have the best kids in the world.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Yesterday, after doing some research on some rehab nursing homes AGAIN because Bob's insurance won't cover the rehab we chose.  We originally chose Pate because it specializes in brain injuries.  Also after returning some shoes that didn't work with Bob's brace and doing his laundry which I take back and forth to the hospital every day I didn't get to the hospital until after 3:30 PM.  This didn't allow me enough time to kiss away his tears and fears.  I am so thankful for my good friend Helen who insisted on having lunch "salsa therapy" for about 45 minutes during these errands.

Of course, if we had Blue Cross of Texas instead of Blue Cross of New York, Pate Rehab would have been covered.  But who knew?  Bob retired then started working for an agency who placed him in working for the same company he had worked for when he retired.  Didn't it make sense to buy insurance through that agency?  Blue Cross?  He had Blue Cross of California before. If he had Blue Cross of Texas he would have been covered because of a law in Texas which wants people with brain injuries to have that coverage.   But why then, would that not cover Bob because he lives in Texas? It doesn't stop there.  He found out yesterday Blue Cross of New York may drop him because he may not have been there long enough to take a medical leave. What??????   Bob with his "brain injury" is taking this in stride.  He said " I can get Blue Cross of Texas because of the Affordable Insurance Act (that most people in Texas are against).  I hope he is right.  It is all confusing. Bob has always worked and paid into insurance all of his life.  He has been a maintenance type person who always went to the doctor getting physicals and whatever is expected.  This should not be happening to him. Of course, I am older and I have medicare with a supplemental insurance which is Blue Cross of Texas. I should be good.  Right?

Yesterday Bob walked 6 minutes on the tread mill using a harness.  He is able to get in and out of a wheel chair without the assistance from anyone but is not allowed to do it alone because he still wares yellow socks. He was also issued a cane that wraps around his upper arm.  It has pink designs in it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In the past few days Bob has been making improvements everyday.  Things seem to be more natural for him and he moves with ease in many cases.  He sits up and down in bed when lying flat without the slightest struggle.  He gets in and out of a chair with very little assistance. The physical therapists have been working with Bob while on the tread mill with the use of a harness.  Today he walked in three minute sessions twice. He can kick his left leg to his chest.  Bob will squeeze your hand but will not be able to release it yet.

Bob's sister Mary Ann was here and was showing Bob a video of their nephew Scott's baby girl putting her toes in her mouth. Watching his Grand-niece do that Bob said he had a moment of jealousy seeing her move and within 40 seconds of that he was moving his toes.

His speech is better everyday.  His therapist told him to make an imaginary circle on his arm or nearby surface while talking at the same time.  It surprisingly seems to help.  Today she worked on voice tone and. expression.

Sunday Joy brought some delicious chicken brochette she cooked from home  Several of our family members enjoyed eating it on the outside patio of the hospital.  It was nice being outside getting some fresh air and having a picnic. Two of Bob's co-workers, Evelyn and Ellen brought some homemade banana bread. The container said" to B and B from E and E."  It was awesome!  Thank you ladies.  Please don't mind me, I like talking about food every once in a while.

I took Mary Ann to the airport today.  Bob and I both felt sad she was leaving but very thankful she got to spend some time with us.  I am sure her husband Bill and kids Joyce and Andy will be happy to have her home again.  Thanks to Bill, Joyce and Andy for letting us borrow her for a few days.  

Today brought some disappointment.  I got a call from the Pate representative telling us our insurance will not sufficiently cover Bob's stay there.  We have to see about other options.  I will update everyone on these new possibilities as I know them.  


Friday, September 12, 2014

Every Thursday the hospital staff has a meeting to discuss the patients and what they will do for them the following week.  Bob was originally scheduled to leave the hospital on the 16th but they moved his stay until Sept. 23rd.  This is because his progress has been rapidly going in the right direction and they are in the middle of of important therapy. His therapist Caroline wanted to extend his stay because she doesn't want to interrupt his progress. Since most medical issues are resolved there is nothing to stop Bob's progress.  I am so excited!  He got his brace fitted yesterday.  He also took some steps with the use of a hoist. Wouldn't it be wonderful if he can walk out of the hospital and not have to have care at a living facility and come home. Then he could concentrate on rehab at Pate rehab only.

I also wanted to add he is moving his arm and hand just a little.  We are all so thankful.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My phone rang this morning at 6:00 AM.  It was a familiar yet unfamiliar voice I have heard for twenty eight years saying "Good Morning Honey."  Andrew, one of his bosses was visiting last night agreed with other members of our family that Bob now has a Russian accent.  Bob's speech has improved every day and can be understood easily even on the phone.

Andrew, realizing the improvement of Bob's speech said there were a few guys at the office that needed to ask some questions. Things were in progress when he had his stroke and there are many un-answered questions.  Bob said he would love to help so they agreed they would bring Bob a Hamburger and they would have a meeting.  Bob now on a non-restricted diet and not requiring eating supervision is looking forward to this. He said it would be good therapy.

When I went in yesterday Bob demonstrated that he could lay flat on the bed and lift his left leg, bend it and bring it up to his chest.  I asked if he did that in therapy and he said "no."  He was up half the night working on it and didn't get much sleep.  He is so determined.  I reminded him he needs his rest for therapy and he agreed. I doubt he will rest until he walks out of there.

Last night Andrew, Robert, Casey and Jack came up for a while.  Robert is coming up today to play cards with his Dad. Excited my sister-in-law Mary Ann is coming tomorrow for a few days I am running errands this morning and getting ready for her visit.  I had no food in the house when Bob's brother Ronnie came. We somehow made it by going through drive through restaurants and got to eat at a couple of nice "sit down" restaurants and all I can say is poor Ronnie.  I always try to be a better hostess but it was impossible this time. My daughter Joy reminded me yesterday I need to start eating more healthy and she is right.

Yesterday I had lunch with my friend Helen.  I always look forward to "salsa therapy" with her.  We talk about art and projects.  Yesterday she was telling me of a recipe to make a clay like substance which is easy to sculpt. She said it feels like silk and doesn't crack or brake easily.  It air drys.  I am anxious to try this and possibly use it for my mixed media paintings.  She has been using it for jewelry.  I can't believe I am actually getting time to even think about these things again.  This is such a good thing.

I wanted to also mention that Bob said his bladder situation was better last night so we are hopeful this problem will work itself out.

I am a mess with trying to organize and co-ordinate my pictures as they are being transferred to my computer.  I am trying to get them set up in Picasa.  This is what I am used to.  I hate changes and especially technical changes. I am going to have to call our friend Walt and see if he will help with this situation. This is a "heads up" Walt.  :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I spent hours with Bob at the hospital yesterday.  Joy went with me to visit for a while, then took a taxi to the airport to go out of town for work. Bob was in and out of therapy and is always extremely excited about any new movement or feeling.  I bought him two pairs of shoes the same but different sizes in order to house the brace he is getting to aid him in walking.  Disappointed they didn't fit I bought a couple more pair of shoes on line suggested by his physical therapist.  They should arrive by tonight and I think this will be his ticket to walking sooner.  He is standing and has taken some steps while standing in the same place. He is sitting straight, getting in and out of his chair with ease, (still with assistance).  He positions himself all over his bed and last night was able to pick up his leg, turn to his side and pull the left leg up and made a fetal position. He no longer has food restrictions, and his speech improves everyday.  He is really working hard at each task. Bob said that is his job right now.

We thought the bladder and kidney issue was solved but discovered yesterday there is still a problem. He cried and of course when he cries I cry but decided it is just another road block that he is going to work on. I do hope and believe the approach they are taking (and I am not going into detail) will work. It has been these little medical issues that have prevented Bob from getting farther than he has already in recovery but I don't think this one will stop him with his progress.

We talked a long time yesterday about different scenarios of what he will do with his life depending on the outcome of his recovery.  A couple of co-workers Daniel and Rolland, came in yesterday and they were talking shop as if nothing had happened. Always happy to see people he worked with Bob said he would really like to return to work.  As you know Bob retired last year and was contract/consulting at UT Southwestern at the time of his stroke.  When they left the room Bob said he really felt like he made a difference and how fulfilling it was for him to be working at UT and helping people.  How often do we all go through life doing work for the sole purpose of money and survival?  How often do we get to do things because we make a difference or for self satisfaction or to be able to help others with our knowledge of whatever it may be?
Bob said if it works out to be that way he will be very happy but if not he will try and find a hobby and be a volunteer somewhere.  You know, those things retired people do.        

Monday, September 8, 2014

This is a quick note about Bob.  He is doing very well and has been making improvements every day.  I have not posted for a couple of days because my computer is completely broken. Bob offered to buy me a new computer a few months ago but I refused because I didn't want to give up some of the old programs I can't have on a new computer. I am presently posting from Bob's I-Pad.  I need to get the home computer set up to do the blog posts.  Fortunately Bob's brother Ronnie was here last week. He installed Picasa and also added many of the pictures I had on my computer.  Once I get all settled in I will be start posting pictures again.

Bob has been doing standing and stepping on one foot exercises in PT.  In OT he has been doing reaching exercises and played scrabble with Simon today and beat him.  I noticed today Bob seemed to be more in control when sitting in the chair and actually sat down with much ease.

The Recreational Therapists invited us to the 8th floor to take our lunch and dine at a table with a table cloth.  There were a couple other patients and we had a nice conversation.  The room had windows from the floor to ceiling with a view of the Dallas skyline.  Just going to another floor and being in a room that doesn't look like a hospital room was kind of like going out.

Some of Bob's co-workers stopped by today.  Thank you for coming.  It means so much to Bob.  Angie is here right now and I am going to take advantage of that and ask her to help me get my laptop to my car.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Today Bob stood for two minutes with his right leg off the floor and lifted his right leg ten times in physical therapy.  That is just one of the exercises to prepare him to walk.  Bob has a bladder infection and they are starting an IV today for five days.  I hope this will take care of this problem.  Other than that Bob is in very good spirits and is speaking much better every day.

Below are a few of the pictures I mentioned regarding Labor Day.

Family Interacting in Occupational Therapy with Bob Playing Balloon Volley Ball

Labor Day: Pizza from Lou Malnati's Shipped from Chicago

Robert and Bob? or Bob and Robert? How about Father and Son!

Brooke with Grand-pa

I will start with yesterday and go back to Monday.  Bob is doing better everyday.  Last night he was able to move his left foot a little on command.  He is experiencing feeling everywhere on his left side at times which is a good sign.  His spirits are still great and has a passion to be able to function normally again. 

Bob's brother Ronnie has been here this week and has been helping me with the watering of the yard and some things around the house.  He has also helped me with some techincal challenges regarding the computer and etc.  Because we had no internet on Tuesday he helped me deal with the AT&T Technician and that transistion was fixed but it took all day running to and from the hospital as to meet schedules with the technician and etc.

Yesterday we spent the whole day visiting rehab facilities and their residences.  We chose Pate. We took pictures, had brochures and discussed all details of the rehab centers.  Bob altimately made the decision.  Both rehab centers were highly qualified for brain rehabilitation but Bob felt Pate would be the best for him. 

On Labor Day some of the kids were at the hospital.  They brought pizza from Lou Malnati's which was shipped from Chicago.  It was the second day Bob was able to leave his hospital room In a wheel chair.  We took him to the ICU waiting room area where there is an outside patio. It turned out to be a party until the Occupaitional Therapists came looking for Bob and found him there.  They were so sweet to let him continue the party and incorpated his therapy with the party by allowing him to play games with our family members.  Everyone enjoyed it and I could see these moments were very special to Bob.  A special thanks to Lindsay and Katie. Once I return to the hospital today I will include some pictures of the party which I need to get from my computer.

Yesterday Joy visited Bob at the hospital and cut his hair.  Thank you Joy. Ronnie and I spent yesterday evening with Bob.  Angie and John came up also.  Since Bob is no longer criticle and is feeling better I am not spending as much time at the hospital.  I am not aware of everyone who stops in now and can not mention everyone who visits but please be assured he really appreciates it.  I know rehab is a slow process but I couldn't be happier with Bob's progress so far.

I also want to mention that Bob has been used to me being at the hospital most of the time.  Yesterday while meeting with one of the rehab representatives I recieved a call.  It was Bob.  He tracked me down by reaching for the hospital phone and dialing my number.  He said "I just called to say I love you."  That made my day.   

Monday, September 1, 2014

It seem every day brings a blessing or two.  Yesterday Tamara came by to stay with Bob while I went to the airport to pick up Bob's brother Ronnie. Thank you Tamara. Ronnie lives in Seattle.  What a pleasure to have him here this week.

Bob's weekend therapist Rudy was successful getting some commanded movement in Bob's left foot, leg, and arm.  One of the things he did was to tape Bob's hand to a golf club and told Bob to move it to the left.  He encouraged the move by shouting and hitting the spot he wanted Bob to move his arm to repeatedly. I think this was to get Bob's total focus and encouraged it by shouting and hitting the aimed spot he should go to finally got him to move.  Fascinating!  He also started rubbing and stretching his feet and was able to get Bob to do some command foot, toe and leg movement.

So anyway, the doctor said we could take Bob for a walk in his chair.  That was the first time he was out of his hospital room since the stroke.  We walked around the hospital then went on the patio outside.  I was trying to get Bob to move his foot using Rudy's methods by shouting and pounding on the area I want him to move it to but he didn't respond.  He looked at me, smiled and said "I can not take you seriously."

Angie and Brent stopped by for a little while on their way to dinner.  Ronnie and I ended the day with a late dinner at Johnny Carino's. Yum!

Bob with his Physical Therapist Rudy

Bob with his Brother Ronnie

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Get Well Card from Jane to Bob - Bob and Jane have a Snoopy thing go'in on.

Get Well Card from Jake for Grand-pa

Today was good.  It is so nice to see Bob feeling better.  It seems to make all of those things he has to do for rehab a little easier.  He has made so much improvement. I know he has a ways to go but I am encouraged by his will power.

I had to stay home this morning to wait for AT&T to fix our internet connection. Angie and Brent covered for me here at the hospital with Bob.  I am grateful and I know Bob liked it.  While they were here two friends from where he used to work came to visit. (John M. and John C.)  Bob just loves it when his friends come to visit.  Once Bob is well and at home we are going to have to set up visiting hours. He is going to go through withdrawal not seeing these people. I think that is one thing that has kept him going.

While waiting I thought I would take advantage and clean a little to get ready for Bob's brother who is arriving tomorrow from Seattle.  Joy stopped in and helped me.  She brought some sausage gravy and biscuits that Rob made at home this morning.  What a treatI Thank you Joy.  

I think PT tired Bob out tonight.  He is quiet and said he has a headache.  I guess it's common but I still hate seeing him in the slightest pain.

Today I opened an envelope for Bob from Jane, Ben and Jake.  They want to be here so bad but the distance from Chicago to Dallas/Ft.Worth and their schedules with school and work makes it too difficult.
We know their hearts are with us.  The pictures above are cards made by Jane (our daughter) and Jake (our grand-son).  


Bob Shaving After his Stroke

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fruit Bouquet!

                  Thank you, Athar, Bryan, Jeff and Kevin

Up-date on Bob - He had a scan today and they found the clot in his leg is resolving itself. Great news! He is going in the right direction for good health and recovery.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today is good so far. Bob did well with his PT. When you look back on the past two weeks it is amazing to see the difference.  He is supposed to have a scan today to check on the clot in his leg.

Bob's doctors and Physical Therapy group met today to estimate a dismissal date from the hospital. They said Sept.16th is the projected date.  After that he will go to an in-patient facility.  There are a couple he qualifies for and are recommended to chose from.  I will update that info as we decide.  Those facilities are designed to rehabilitate in intense detail. They rehab for 6 hours a day and live in a place similar to an apartment where they learn to do everything for themselves with a health care person.  The bus picks them up to go to rehab.  They can have visitors in the evening.    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today was very good.  Bob did well in therapy.  If he is lying flat on the bed and someone pulls his left knee up high enough and he puts his left knee at that same height and when he lifts his hips he can either scoot from side to side or push himself upward in the directions of his head. I was impressed with that. He also practiced on his reach and posture.

Joy covered for me while I went to the cardiologist today.  He gave me a clean bill of health. My blood pressure was good.  (surprising after all that has been going on) my EKG was good and my heart checked out good.  I will say I have put that bovine aortic valve replacement to the test in the past couple of weeks. All I have to say to that is "Mooooo"

Ellen and Evelyn who work with Bob dropped in again today.  Bob was sleeping a lot while they were here but I enjoyed talking with them. They said the next time they come they are going to bring some cards to pass the time with Bob.  This has been encouraged by his therapists.

Robert came by tonight for a while.  Bob and Robert talked for quite a while.  It was good and also good to see Bob is more aggressive in his conservations with people. Robert thanks for the new mouse.

After I had my doctor's appointment I met my friend Helen and her daughter Christy. We had lunch at Anamia's in Southlake.  It was so great to sit at a table with friends, while being waited on and having a nice conversation.  We call it a Salsa Therapy.

Joy who was covering for me was caught in traffic this morning and called the hospital to tell them she would be late.  Bob has to be watched while eating his meals especially since he graduated to the mechanical diet last night.  Tonight I want to thank Claudia (the tech) for being with Bob and assisting him with breakfast. Also thanks to Joy for being here up to and past lunch.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To God be the Glory

Today was an awesome day.  When Bob's Physical Therapist came in this morning to get him she was checking his legs.  Bob asked " would you like to see me move my knee and leg?"  She said "can you do that Bob?"  Bob raised his knee taking his leg with it about 6 or 7 inches from the bed.  She asked him to repeat it and he did.  This was done on command and this is the beginning of the end for rehab.

Bob also graduated from a Pureed Diet to a Mechanical Diet. They did a swallow x-ray on him and his speech therapist said he did better than she thought he would do.  I ordered some spaghetti for dinner and for dessert he gets ice cream and lemon cake.  They also eliminated thickeners from his liquids. I ordered him a coke. I thought these things would be a treat for him. I feel sorry for the poor lady taking my orders for Bob every day because I am learning and have so many questions regarding these diets.

Today I am thanking Steve Miller.  Steve is Bob's boss here at the hospital where he is contract/consulting.  I think he may have played a role in Bob being alive today.  He took Bob to the emergency room when Bob told him he thought he was having a stroke.  Steve has often been checking in on Bob bringing co-workers with him to visit. Bob lights up when these friends and co-workers come for visits.  Yesterday they came bearing gifts and a card with loving signatures and messages.

Tonight I am going home to sleep because I have to see my Cardiologist in the morning. I am glad  it is my annual exam because I am wondering how I am doing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bob is doing much better after going through a few hurdles which set him back a little from rehabilitation. Some of them are due to side effects from the feeding tube. The tube is out and he is doing so much better. Bob is well on his way to rehabilitation.

Bob was exhausted today from rehab.  He was up all morning and very busy.  In occupational therapy he played card games and even played volley ball with me using a balloon with a smile face.  

In physical therapy he wheeled his chair to the therapy room and stood up. The patients are taught to hold their head straight without leaning, to work on balance, posture and  etc.

Bob is such a good sport.  He said he didn't mind if I post the picture of him on the equipment used to put new stroke patients in bed.  He calls it his baby Huey air lift.  I am happy to say he doesn't have to use that much anymore.  He is learning to get in and out of bed himself.  He still needs assistance. Isn't it wonderful though, that they have equipment like that?  His nurse is Robin.  Rock'n Robin.  And, she rocks.

The other picture is of Katie and Lindsay, his occupational therapists.  They are the cheeriest girls here. They threaten to sing and dance if Bob does not cooperate.  I like those girls.  They are so spirited and make things fun for the patients. 

We have so many family members and friends to thank that I would like to thank someone each time I post something.  Tonight I choose our son John.  John, Thank you for spending so many long mornings with us helping at the hospital. John has been so much support especially to me. I know this is about Bob but if I am not good then I cannot help Bob.  When I get frustrated about something John always says "it is what it is." Don't ask me why but that seems to calm me. He also brought me breakfast every day. John mowed our lawn and took care of some things at our house. John is selfless and never expects credit for anything. With all of this saying, his wife Casey was out of town all week with their daughter.  He had to take care of Jack and go to work.  Thanks John for all you have done and all that you do.   



Occupational Therapists, Katie and Lindsay with Bob

Robin Assists Bob into Bed with Special Lifting Equipment

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It has been a roller coaster the past couple of days.  Sleepless nights for Bob and I because Bob was coughing up flem constantly from an irritation in his nose due to his feeding tube. Encouragement from our kids and I we were able to convince the doctor to remove the feeding tube.  They are allowing him a 48 hour trial period of time to see if he can eat enough.  After speaking with his dietitian yesterday she said he seems to be doing pretty well.  Those of you who know Bob know that eating is normally not a problem but the pureed diet is a challenge.  And of course,it is just a challenge getting his body back to a normal working order.  Almost as instantly as they removed the feeding tubes he stopped coughing.

There have been some other challenges as well not seemingly related to the stroke but it's all a part of getting him back to functioning normally again.

Once Bob's coughing stopped the night before last the kids insisted I go home to sleep after not sleeping much for three days.  I was actually a walking zombie. I couldn't think straight anymore.  When I saw how peaceful he was sleeping I went home and got a good night's rest.  I was rejuvenated when I returned at 7:00 AM yesterday ready to watch Bob start his day of rehab.  I like observing as much as I can so I can understand what he is going through, his progress and things I can do to improve his progress. He has learned to get in and out of the chair with assistance, how to guide the chair with his right foot and right hand down the hall, he has learned to stand up for a while and is getting prepared to walk.  Bob gave himself a shower yesterday.  How we all take for granted the body functioning skills we do everyday until we lose them.

 After a long day yesterday I thought I would go home and sleep for the night but Bob asked me to stay. How could I refuse those puppy eyes.  Well, I tried but there are too many interruptions and hospital activities during the night. I got three or four hours of sleep so a couple of naps today should help.

I know they will be in here soon to start a day of therapy.  Bob has been doing great with the therapy.   He is certainly an inspiration to me.

Lets go Bob!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I am sorry I didn't get to post last night.  Bob was moved to Rehab and as soon as he got here he was sick. He was miserable with a head ache, vomiting,  and coughing.  They had the doctor come in during the middle of the night and he prescribed a cough syrup. The syrup did the trick. This was after the news they found a blood clot in his leg.  They said it is superficial and is common in stroke patients.  They are giving him blood thinners and hope they don't have to insert a filter in his leg.

After such a horrific night I never imagined he could have such a good day. He started his therapy this morning with eating his breakfast and learning some personal health care skills all over again with what he has to work with.  He sat up in a wheel chair then learned to guide it down the hall and back with just his right hand, arm, leg and foot.  I couldn't believe it.  He also spent some time with his speech therapist. After that he took a nap and when he woke up he had some visitors from co-workers.  He was Chatty Cathy. His speech has improved so much. We were actually having a conversation together without prompting.  I said "lets just imagine we are at a hotel on vacation for the next few weeks.  He said " the service is great except for when they stick you with needles."
It is true though,  the people are marvelous here and sincere about doing an excellent job. They all have happy faces and are so sweet and compassionate.

I am so grateful for the staff here and appreciate all that they do. We are so fortunate to live in a day where research has solved so many problems. I know God is at the head of the board here because so many prayers have been answered.

It has been a roller coaster and I know we have a long way to go.  But how wonderful to have a day like this with so many blessings.  

Beautiful Smiling Face of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Zales- Lipshy Adorned with Yellow Flower In Her Hair

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tonight's update on Bob:  I first want to answer some of Maria's questions.  Where am I sleeping?  I posted a picture below of the bed beside the window.  It is about 36 inches wide and approximately 6 feet long.  It is fairly comfortable and I am thrilled with it. When it is not being used for a bed there is a long padded cushion to lay across the back that makes it look like a couch.  

How are the headaches coming along?  His headaches seem to be less and less but they still seem to occur at least twice a day.  They are giving him medication for it as soon as they start and Bob has learned to ask for it.

How do they know if there is still swelling in the brain?  They won't know a true measurement and damage until he has his Angiogram which is not until about 6 weeks from the stroke.  They do look at his pupils periodically. They can tell by looking if there is pressure on the eye.  Once they don't see pressure signs they know it has gone down a little.  One of the doctors told me he wouldn't be doing everything he has been doing if it hasn't gone down a bit. Their goal is to let it all happen naturally and it takes a while.

Did Bob ever get his eye drops?  They gave him ointment for his eyes and it is scheduled everyday.  His eyes are better.

Now, as for today and last night:  He had a really bad night because of allergy problems. He was sneezing over and over intensely.  Then his nose would run. He was miserable. I would give him ice chips to moisten his mouth.  His nose was irritated.  He even somehow ripped his feeding tube from his nose.  It was a constant, all night occurrence. I was constantly calling the nurses in for help.  I felt so bad for him.  The doctors scheduled Claritin  for the day time and Benadryl for night. He is sleeping very soundly now and is also dried up.

Bob had rehab today.  I was not there but it sounded as though it was very much like yesterday's rehab.  He was exhausted all day from no sleep last night and rehab today.  He never complains.  He just does what is asked.  I know he really wants to get well.

I went home for a nap and shower today.  I was exhausted.  My brother Tim called.  I cried when I heard his voice, then he cried.  He has and still is very, very sick.  

Bob had several visitors from his co-workers today.  He loves seeing those encouraging faces even though he may not say much yet.  Robert was here with me this evening then followed by Tamara and Phylene and John and Jack. Phylene is visiting from Australia.  Tamara brought all of the fixings of a chicken taco salad and prepared it on a taco shell at a table in the small lobby on this floor.  Both Robert (young Robert) and I had some. It was delicious.  Tamara is a really good cook.  We called it table side taco salad. Some of the Mexican Restaurants in our area serve what is called table side guacamole. The table side taco salad was a take on the table side guacamole. We had a few minutes of fun and laughing.  I think we all needed it.

I want to add that this is my daughter-in-law Casey's Birthday.  She is in Austin getting her daughter Peyton situated for school at UT.  I think sometimes we take those little birthday celebrations and family gatherings for granted.  Happy Birthday Casey!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hospital Guest Bed at Zale Lipshy

Bob was moved today from "I See You"  to the 5th floor today to continue with recovery.  He had physical and speech therapy for about an hour.  He sat up with his feet handing at the side of the bed for about 25 minutes.  They worked with his posture, balance and just strength skills to hold himself up.  Fortunately, there was a mirror just in the right place where he could see himself and how straight he was and etc. He did really well and also well with his speech therapy.  All of this tired him out so much that he was in and out of sleep most of the day. There will be about an hour a day of therapy on the 5th floor.  I hope his endurance will build and eventually become less tired after therapy. He is doing terrific but has to take baby steps.

As for me, I am just thrilled I can spend the night at the hospital.  I have a cozy corner in front of a window overlooking the city.  My computer sits comfortably in the window. Bob is finally sleeping peacefully and my mind is at ease.  

Dallas Skyline View From the 5th Floor of Zales Lipshy

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This was an amazing day for Bob.  He fed himself breakfast and dinner.  The most remarkable event of the day was when he moved his knee on command. He did this twice. This is big!!!  His speech has improved and has even started some conversations. Headaches are still a daily occurrence but medication has taken care of the problem.

Bob plays a computer game called "clash of clans" and he chats with the players and seems to have somewhat of a relationship with them.  I don't understand because I'm not much of a game player except for Words With Friends.  He wanted to let the people know he has been sick so today he found his way into the game and I'm not sure exactly what he said but it was a short message. Tears began to flow and I was wondering what happened.  He said they were keeping him in their prayers.  He was very touched.

I am so happy tonight and thankful.

Bob Must Be Feeling Better!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This is going to be a quick review of the day.  I can't believe how exhausted I am!

They say there will be good days and bad days.  Bob had a very good day today.  I fed him breakfast and dinner for the first time.  He did very well.  Of course they are still feeding him intravenously to insure he will get everything he needs.  Tomorrow he will feed himself.  Bob said he enjoyed just having food in his mouth to taste after only having ice chips for so long.

They may move him out of ICU tomorrow.  I am so happy.  He had a few visitors and he is always so happy to see his friends and family. I can't express enough how it brightens his day.  He doesn't say a lot but he is totally there. (unless he drifts off to sleep)  He remembers everything. All of the nurses marvel at his sharpness.  So thank you for those visits, those email, those messages and texts.  I may not get back to you right away but I will eventually.  I am so touched and so is Bob.

Please continue to hope and pray for Bob's swelling to go down in his brain. I was told it takes time and everyone heals differently.  
I normally plan to give updates as often as I can after the day is done.  But it is amazing how much a good night's rest made me feel.  I hope to see that difference in Bob today. I wanted to share this because I was alone and started laughing out loud this morning all by myself.  (this one if for your diary Angie)

For everyone who has been following my family and travel blog for the past six years knows we are a blended family since 1986.  And, all our Ex's moved to Texas after we did. We strive for a mutual friendly relationship with everyone because it is best for us all. Some have said we are the most functional ,  dis-functional family they know.

Yesterday Angie and Robert's Mom texted me for an up-date on Bob. When I began the text it was quiet but as I was texting (and I often use audio to speak my message) the room became full of people and there was much activity.  I spoke with some updates and sent the message without editing.  This morning I had this text from Donna saying I put a smile on her face.  What?  What did I say?  I re-read the text and and when I spoke ICU it came out "I see you."  

Today I am going to visit Bob in "I see you."  It make sense though.  They are watching over him.  Thank you God and thank you UT. Southwest "I see you" medical staff.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bob's symptoms improved from yesterday to today.  More than a three syllable word is no longer a problem for Bob. Tonight he was saying something about a Margarita. He laughed and was feeling proud he could say it. He is also constructing sentences.  This morning he was talking and writing to the nurse telling her he thinks he may have gotten the stroke because when he was a boy he stabbed his finger with a pencil.  The led has been working it's way up to his head and that is why he stroked. Of course that is not it but it is amazing he is trying to figure it out.  I am sure after he recovers he will do his own case study.  He knows everything that is going on and is trapped in his body right now. He has involuntary movement with his arm, hand, leg and foot.  When someone pinches him or even rubs his feet he feels sensation.  These are all positive signs.  

Because of the swelling in his brain he is having a lot of head pain.  It is very difficult to see this.  After a long day and feeling exhausted I have to admit I went in the ladies room and cried.  I think I can deal with his frustrations of trying to talk or move a limb but to see him hurting is too much. Please pray the swelling will go down and we can get him out of ICU.      
Bob had a stroke Wednesday afternoon.  I was shocked when I got the call because he had gone to the doctor on Monday and it appeared to his doctor he had a pinched nerve. The next few days are critical and they are hoping the swelling from the blood on the brain will be reduced. Last night he showed some improvement. He had some movement in his left arm, hand, and leg for a moment encouraged by his nurse.  He said it felt like pins.  He also started saying three syllable words and putting them in sentences. This is huge.

During all of this Bob has not lost his wit and sense of  humor.  I believe he must have been thinking about what to do when he would see his Grand-son Jack, eleven years old knowing it would be traumatic for him to see Grand-pa in this condition. Because, when Peyton and Jack walked in for the first time yesterday Bob was in and out of sleep and not responding much all day.  I touched his arm and said "Peyton and Jack are here."  He opened his eyes and greeted them them asking for the notebook and pen by signaling me with a writing motion. He was writing a lot and I couldn't wait to see what he had to say.  He handed to tablet to the kids and they started to laugh.  Bob started writing the Gettysburg Address.  I know it broke the ice and Bob knew that too.

Our Grand-son Jake, 12 years old living in Schaumburg Il. was beside himself at the news. He said to his Mom "I know a much better thing to do than to send Grand-pa a get well card.  His mom said" what is that Jake?"  Jake said" Send Grand-pa a Lou Malnati's Pizza!"

We are all hoping to see that full smile on Bob again very soon.  Thanks to everyone for your good thoughts and prayers.  I will continue to post Bob's condition as often as I can for updates.

Bob Had A Stroke

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Joy!

Last week was Joy's birthday.  Our families got together and took a beach vacation on Orange Beach.  We had a wonderful time celebrating Joy's birthday with a barbecue by the pool.  I will have more vacation pictures soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Birthday to our Son-in-law today!  Rob, enjoy your special day.  We love you.

Happy Birthday Rob!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

John, Casey, Rob and Joy gave a graduation swim/party for Brooke and Peyton at John and Casey's house. Casey's sister Kelly and her family attended and came from Boston.  Also Casey's brother Tim and his wife and Chris and his family attended coming from out of town.  We got some pictures of some of the family and friends but didn't get all who came.  You need to click "older posts" to see all of the party pictures and the actual graduation pictures. The swim party was a very good idea and a lot of fun.  

Graduation Cake for Brooke and Peyton


Taryn and Emerson



Peyton with her Friends

Kelly and Danny

Erin and Chris

Brooke with her Friends

Brooke with Salena and the Baby

Tamara and Lincoln


Brooke and Peyton's Friends

Bill and John

Salena and her son

John D.