The beginning of the end

It’s been a good, quiet week with Thanksgiving and all, however, Kevin is not progressing as fast as Shelly would like. This puts me into the position (as the lucid, coherent one) of having to answer for his day. Why didn’t he do this, that or the other sorta questions. I understand that there are…

Wow, that’s a lot

Once we got Kevin’s medication sorted out at the hospital, his a-fib was getting under control and he was discharged, again, on Wednesday, 20 November. The following weekend really went quite well, especially with Kaelen making it home on PCS leave (or whatever it is the Navy calls it). Now we restart the work of…

Definitely some lessons learned here

What I’ve found is that Kevin has had a disconnect in the continuity of his care. Starting on 3 October, he was at the ER in Upper Chesapeake, then on 15 October, went to Good Samaritan for Rehab and, at some time, was transferred to their Cardiac unit. Then, in early November, he was transferred…

Well, that didn’t go so well

Kevin has a wearable defibrillator called a life vest. This is an interim measure whilst they worked on resolving the stroke issues. Easier to wear this thing for several months than to have the surgery for a pacemaker/defibrillator that subsequently is not needed. This thing will also alarm if it detects an abnormal condition prior…

That got exciting.

Since Wednesday, Kevin has been to two hospitals and one Emergency Room. But first, the trip to Johns Hopkins/Wilmer Eye Institute went very well but took all day. No, I didn’t bring a book. The neuro-opthomologist was impressed with Kevin’s progress in recovery and thinks his vision might well improve. That was great news. Now,…

This isn’t easy

The journaling part, that is. I’m not a writer in the first place, so keeping up with this is will be skittish to start. Deal with it. Friday and Saturday were good days getting oriented to the program and how Kevin was doing. Sunday was a layabout day (day of rest!). Monday morning, I awoke…

Why did I do this?

When I found out that Kevin had had his stroke, it took me about two minutes to respond to Shelly, “Let me know when you need me there.” Those two minutes were me looking for my phone. But why? Kevin is not my brother or even a relative but a friend I’ve known since 1994….

And now we start.

Shelly and I agreed to me coming up on Thursday, 7 November, so I can get set up in the basement and meet Kev. The drive was absolutely horrid. My mentality was to just complete the trip; not trying for a land-speed record or personal best or anything like that. However. The idiots around me…

Let’s try that again.

Alright, Shelly thinks that Kev would benefit by having me up there whilst he’s still in rehab as he seems to improve at a better rate when family are there. Hopefully, the local MRI shop will get their copy of the Tricare referral on Monday and I can get that scheduled. If not, I’m goin…

And we wait…

Kev had a set back on 19 October and was transferred to Cardiology because of diminished blood flow, instead of Acute Rehab. Therefore, I’m still waiting to get up there. He got into sub-acute rehab on 23 October and could be there 2-3 weeks. Or he could be released tomorrow. After priming everyone with my…