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Posted 2016-05-17T00:43:43Z

Now the Real Work Begins!

Today Mark started Physical Therapy (PT).  It's hard to believe that three weeks ago we weren't sure how this story was going to end. Mark's brother and I started down this road with Mark. We were quickly joined by our children & Mark's sister flew home from Florida.  The surgery & illness were brutal on Mark's body. We waited, hoping that Mark's kidneys would start to function again and they started working.  Then he developed an infection & the doctors couldn't figure out where it was.  They pumped him full of antibiotics and he pulled through that.  A little over a week ago he started rehab at the hospital - he could barely walk with a walker; he couldn't get in & out of bed without assistance and sitting in a chair for long periods of time was difficult.  Today he is zooming through the house with his walker, trying a couple steps at a time, talking less pain killers and he seems to have a little more energy.  He has his work cut out for him - he has PT homework.  They are working on strengthening his core starting with breathing exercises & some leg exercises.  This week he peddled the bike for 5 minutes & worked his arms for 3 minutes. Next week we know he will be further than this week and the week after that who knows?!  We just know that we will be grateful for the accomplishments - no matter how small.  Thank you so much for following his journey and for your prayers and good vibes![...]

Posted 2016-05-14T02:04:13Z

Mark Made it Home

Mark has made it home!  PT starts on Monday!  He is not as far as I thought he was but he is doing well.  Definitely more comfortable at home and it will be a long road to get back to where he was before all this happened.  For now we are happy that he's home![...]

Posted 2016-05-11T01:37:59Z

Definitely Friday!

Mark is preparing to head home! D-day is Friday!  Every step has its challenges - I don't mind being called Nurse Ratchett & I know Mark well enough to know he would rather take the easy route than challenge himself - so, Nurse Ratchett it is!  We know the huge number of people who have our back - there is no doubt that we will survive & be successful![...]

Posted 2016-05-10T00:29:38Z

Maybe Friday!

Mark is making great strides - literally!  The things we all do on a daily basis don't seem like a big deal - get out of bed, walk to the bathroom, get on and off the toilet, brush our teeth - but to Mark, these are huge accomplishments!  He walked two hallways & back today. He can feed himself, cut his own meat and unscrew the top off a bottle.  He can get up out of bed, use the toilet and brush his teeth. Tomorrow we will meet with his case worker and physical therapy to discuss coming home. I've already made it clear that he has to be able to walk into our house - it's two baby steps in and we live on one floor when the kids aren't home (Mark rarely went up the stairs before he got sick). He's making great strides to get there. These days it's not unusual for me to work 9-10 hours straight so he has to be able to fend for himself. I am confident that he will be there by Friday![...]

Posted 2016-05-08T20:16:51Z

Our New Goal

Our goal is that Mark will be home by this Friday, May 13!  That will be his 22nd day in the hospital & I told him the novelty has worn off for me!  We both know that it's going to take some pain, exhaustion & hard work to meet that goal but I'm sure he can do it!  We worked our butts off to get in shape & lose weight before this happened - this is just his next challenge!  And then we can work on getting him back on the golf course.  He is doing better walking with the walker - using it less as a crutch & more for stability.  Now if I could get the hospital to serve healthy food we'd be all set.  I'm making bleu cheese burgers, fresh veggies (beans & carrots) & fruit for dessert & we are gonna dine together tonight.  Keep your fingers crossed for next Friday![...]

Posted 2016-05-06T16:28:21Z

Mark is Out of ICU!

Mark was transferred this morning to the rehab section of the hospital which just happens to be in the nursing home.  He is NOT HAPPY!  I'm hoping this will motivate him to work really hard to get home by next Wednesday (that's the goal he has set for himself).  Anyone who wants to stop by and visit, feel free - he is in Room 271 on the second floor in the nursing home area.[...]

Posted 2016-05-06T02:26:47Z

Time for the Happy Dance - Maybe Shuffle!

They took the four drains out of Mark's abdomen today.  The staples are still in but those should come out early next week.  As if that's not great enough news, he walked about 45 feet this morning.  Thanks to so many of you who prayed for us, tomorrow Mark is moving out of ICU and into the rehab area of the hospital!  We are hoping he will come home midweek next week.  They have tried to tell him that he will tire easily - his body has been through a lot, but I'm not sure he's believing it.  I will just be happy to have him home![...]

Posted 2016-05-05T01:21:00Z

This Road Was Longer than I Anticipated!

April 22nd we went to the hospital. Tomorrow will be Mark's fourteenth day there and I've just realized I'm exhausted! Every day he seems to get stronger.  The doctors have even commented about how great he looks.  Today they got him to take a few steps to the door of his room & back!  He is making progress!  He seems to think he will be at work on Monday and he will be - not this Monday but some Monday!  Our family will never be able to thank everyone enough for their prayers, kind thoughts and little notes.  You all are what makes this world a great place and we are blessed to have those we know and those we don't, follow Mark's journey!  [...]

Posted 2016-05-04T01:40:09Z

Huge Improvements!

Today was a great day! Physical therapy made Mark get into a chair without a lift - it wasn't easy but it helped him realize the toll this illness took on his body and how much work it's going to take to get back to what he was. On top of that they opted not to put a picc line in, instead they took everything out - the catheter and the central line in his neck. They put an IV in just in case it's needed but they are giving him his antibiotics orally now. Today was his first full day on real food - maybe not real food - hospital food.  The best news is that he no longer needs to be in the ICU.  As soon as a room is available he will be moved to one of the surgical floors. Yippee!  They still need to remove the drains & staples and then his next stop will be rehab.  The end is in sight!  [...]