Hurray, I am home. 11PM Saturday evening. The house was in fair shape, Gene was well and cat and dog were alive so all went well while I was gone a few days shy of one month. Went to church last evening as we had a revival starting but found I almost went to sleep and came home and went directly to bed. Guess I really am not as young as I used to be!!!!!!!
My daughter went home Wednesday to take care of Stevie's daughter and I stayed until Saturday. Stevie went home Monday, March 26th so today is one week. Sorry I haven't written anyone as I had little access to a computer and seems we stayed so busy riding a bus to the hospital and cell phone accessability was limited, that it made communication almost impossible.
The 3 doctors told us (and the nurses on the floor) that she had started to heal faster than anyone they had so far. Probably due to her age, physical condition and attitude. Off of pain pills in three days except for tylenol. She was up walking the second day dragging the rack with all the tubes. Then a week later on came the battery pack and only on the "plugged" in machine at night. They finally found a vest that would fit her so the batteries could be...one on each side...taken from the front which caused much back pain with all of that weight. Here is a site from Mayo clinic that might explain it more. It explains what a VAD is and hers is a L-VAD concerns the left ventricle. She is back on the heart transport list in case of any problems with the L-VAD and if her heart completely heals, that will be removed and taken off of the transport list. We pray that will happen and she has met a couple of people this happened to. Then some that had a problem (mostly with infection at the site where the wires come out at a site near the middle of the stomach and connect to the batteries.
She has two sets of batteries, one to wear, take off and charge, and the other to put on immediately. Each night she is hooked up to a large battery. There is another battery to be used only if electricity is off long enough for the two battery sets to be depleted and it is one for 12 hours that would allow you to get to the hospital. Because of this, she will be in Lake Jackson many months (probably 6-9 at the least)until heart heals, or she has a transplant.
The above URL is the first page and to understand all of it there are more pages of explanation.
My pastor called every couple of days when he could get through and our church and sons churches were praying. We do appreciate all of your concerns and prayers and I saw miracle after miracle happen with Stevie. Lubbock doctors did not know if they could keep her alive before she got to Houston and until tests were run there we didn't know what could happen. We are so thankful to all the people that prayed for her, and for us, and thanks and praise to the Lord every day............almost every hour.
Her uncle was able to come to Houston and do a show at the Comedy Warehouse and she was able to go Friday by resing that afternoon and make sure all her batteries were charged. She was tired Saturday and did not think she should go that night so she was disappointed, but thankful what God has done for her and how rapidly she is healing.
Quasar, you will like this...the father of her fiancee is installing internet and taking a computer to them and she asked for the got questions site. They had already installed cable TV there for them and a generator. I gave her the URL's for only........got questions, John MacArthur site and Charles Stanley. She professed interest in them. With limited time that is all she needs for now. Prayers ...I believe...created that interest and I waited to give her the study Bible I had taken until I saw that interest.
Please keep her on all of your prayer lists as she has a long way to go and potential problems with the L-Vad but all that I have seen, I think the Lord will lead her to be a stong witness for Him and to her salvation and her fiancee.
Again, I thank all of you and I am so blessed to have this site and to have all of you as friends and prayer warriors.