Monday, July 29, 2013

Tough 15 Days

This hospital stay was a very tough couple of weeks for Michael.  When he went in the first time, he was already so sick that all we were expecting and hoping for was an improvement.  This time, he hadn't been feeling bad, other than a couple of fleeting episodes that went away.  When he woke up on the Sunday he went to the ER, he was totally unprepared for what was about to take place. 

Michael has kept a very positive, optimistic outlook, until this time.  One of his doctors made the mistake of telling him that perhaps his heart had healed enough to remove the pump.  Testing on Tuesday before the pump was replaced, proved otherwise.  When he found out that his heart hadn't healed, he was unable to contain his disappointment and I believe that disappointment has really effected his recovery from this surgery.  

His little Sister headed to the hospital today with every intention of getting him out of there.  She was sick and tired of his crankypants attitude and him laying around in the bed.  She did her third show of competency at controller changing and then she lit a fire on the twelfth floor and said she was taking him home.  Within an hour and a half, all the paperwork was done for discharge and they were on their way!  She feels confident that once he gets home, his attitude will change.  I think it's more likely to change at home, too!

Thank you to everyone that has been supporting us throughout this ordeal, we really appreciate it!

Just before this latest hospitalization, I was blessed to receive some very special artwork and lucky clover, from TexWisGirl.  My photos don't do it justice.  THANK YOU SO MUCH, "T"!  Love ya, girl!




 
 

35 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

Oh My... I know this has been so hard on the entire family... God Bless all of you. Hope Michael perks up once he is home...

Prayers for all.
Hugs,
Betsy

Pat Tillett said...

This time it's all going to work out!
That Theresa is one heck of an artist. Take care my friend...

Lynn said...

Home has got to be better than a hospital and home is where the love process happens the strongest and has the best effect! Prayers for Michael.

YeamieWaffles said...

Poor Michael, my heart goes out to him and your family and I hope that his recovery continues and gets even better. Love this art too, just beautiful.

Hartwood Roses said...

All of us where sure hoping that Michael's recovery would be a straight upward line ... rarely happens that way, tho. Poor Michael, and poor Granny and everyone else.

Presents in the mail are a great pick-me-up. Makes us realize that we're not alone. So special. What a sweetie that Theresa is!

Hugs (real ones) for you.

Karen said...


Hugs to you and your son - hoping this return home brings renewed hope and healing - xo

and Theresa is such a kind soul and talented artist!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, bless you, dearie. i hope (when you have more time) the drawing brings you joy. in the meantime, i hope michael gets his fight back!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

They say that recovery is 50% mental so I feel this will help him being home where he is most comfortable and surrounded by people he loves and those that are going to be his cheerleaders.

(((cyber hugs)))
Caregivers need love and support too. :-)

mama .bonnie said...

Beautiful art work for sure!
I'll keep your son and you in my thoughts and prayers. Yes attitude is a HUGE part of recovery and I'm sure once he is home, it will change.
God bless you, you've been through a lot this past summer....

Nellie said...

I continue to send thoughts and prayers for Michael and the family!

Deborah said...

Oh my lovely woman. I think about you and your son a lot. More than you might guess. I will keep him in my thoughts.

SweetMarie said...

Hopefully Michael is feeling much better now that he's back home. All of you have been in my thoughts and prayers.
hugs to you,
Marie

Sally said...

That child of yours has had a very rough time for sure. I pray being home (with you?) will bring both hope and better attitude. Goodness gracious, with all he's been through, my attitude would need adjustment also. Praying still, always will.

Beautiful gift from Theresa. I know you'll treasure.

Lots of love and hugs!
xoxo

Nicole Thomas said...

I totally agree with the attitude part. That can really impede recovery attempts. The better the attitude, the better the chances of recovery. I am glad his sister took him out of there!

Ami said...

Hospitals aren't the best place in the world to rest and recover. Very uncomfortable in every aspect.

I hope he feels better and more positive now that he's out, and that he's WELL soon!

Thank you for the update, too, I have been sending good thoughts.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

What a lovely gift she gave you! Your dear son has just been through the wringer. I so hope this ends soon!!!!

Kathleen's Blog said...

Oh my...you guys have been down a long, hard road. I truly am sending my most sincere wishes for a speedy recovery now......He WILL get his groove back.......he is too darned handsome not to!!! In all seriousness though, it should really pick up now that he's out of the hospital.

Tell him to hang in, as he has been. My niece's husband had a heart transplant almost two years ago---that was tough, but it's all good now.

Take good care of yourself too----I sure wish I lived close enough to drop by with some homemade goodies, or just to take you away for a few hours. A good chat over some tea, coffee, or wine is so good for the soul----hang in :o)

Help! Mama Remote... said...

I hope him being home lifts his spirits and helps him to heal faster. Did he come back to stay with you?

Momma Fargo said...

Lots of prayers for your son! Hugs and love sent your way as well. The artwork...beautiful!

Vicky said...

Sometimes just that little dash to our carefully constructed tower of hope is all it takes for everything to crumble- I completely relate. So impressed by your daughter's insight and competence in handling the situation! Home is so much better and I pray its just the right thing for all of you! Prayers, prayers for all of you for some peace and rest!

Nancy said...

Hospitals are so depressing. I have high hopes that the change in scenery will do him a world of good.

George said...

I'm sorry to hear about the tough period Michael and all of you have gone through. I hope now that he's home, both his health and his disposition will improve. You all remain in our prayers.

Gigi said...

I know that this setback must have hit him hard - but I feel sure that once he is home his attitude will improve. How can it not? Being surrounded by family and familiar things is much better than being stuck in a hospital. Know that I keep Michael and all of you in my prayers.

Chatty Crone said...

This had to set everyone back - I can't even imagine. My heart is in prayer for you all. sandie

Saraheinä said...

Hope light for your paths! You are in my prayers.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

My heart feels heavy for you. You have more prayers coming your way. Keep breathing, keep faith, and know you are all loved and supported.

xoRobyn

Barbara Shallue said...

I hope the change of scenery does him good. Some of those hospitals just refuse to let go, don't they? I'm glad she was able to get him released. Love that artwork. She is so talented and generous!

Katie said...

you are one of the strongest women i know, and i'm so happy that your boy is outta there!

Linda said...

I imagine he will draw strength from those of you who love him.

That butterfly is fantasticalilicious!

Betty Manousos said...

can't even imagine what Michael and all of you have gone through...
please keep faith. i strongly believe that a positive attitude (i believe in its effectiveness) can improve your health.

i just wanted you to know that all of you have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers. i really hope your dear son feels better and more positive now that's back home. sending tons of love and positive thoughts your way.

p.s. what a pretty gift theresa gave you. she's such a sweetheart.


(((HUGS)))

pembrokeshire lass said...

I do so hope and pray that things are indeed better. What a so difficult time for you.....there's nothing worse than when someone gets in a 'downer' state of mind when they are ill. It seems to, indeed, slow their healing...almost as if they are telling their body to slow down! I hope that going home has helped him be more positive. Joan

CiCi said...

So glad to hear Michael's sister has gumption and strength to help her brother. I know your family is anxious about this recovery and it is difficult to watch Michael travel through the emotional roller coaster during this time of recovery. You have many people online who feel a connection to you and your family, please know I am one of this group. Hugs to you.

lotta joy said...

I can't blame Michael one bit for being Mr. Crankypants. I'd be cranky with only ONE hospital visit!! There's nothing like a sister to take the bull by the horns, and the artwork you received had to be a delightful surprise.

troutbirder said...

Home is often the best healer and good for the soul...:)

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I hope being home has lifted his mood. Your own bed really is the best when you're feeling bad and down. Good for Sister-You get'em honey!