The past five years were the beginning of our on-going nightmare. It has been one serious medical issue after another.
Two weeks ago, Barry was hooking the computer to the television for us to stream the evening service. Barry suddenly starts to fall straight backwards. I called out to him several times, without response. Barry takes a blood thinner, so he truly did not need a lump on his head.
When his head hit the wooden ledge on the front door, he started convulsing. He ended up on his right side, I checked him for injuries, covered him up with a blanket and got a pillow. After around three minutes, he started coming around. He was quite confused and wanting to know what happened. By this time, I had gotten mom and 911 had been called. They were incredibly slow. Apparently, the county EMS was hopping all night.
Once in the Emergency Room, they got things going. There was something going on with his heart. He had a strange arrhythmia that the hospital felt needed more attention, so he was admitted.
The next night, there was another episode opting a move to the ICU for better observation. I found out about the transfer when Barry called the next morning to say he was being trasferred to Saint Joseph’s Hospital within the next hour.
I got ready and headed to Atlanta, as quickly as I could. My sweetheart does not like hospitals and I knew he would not want to be alone. I stayed with Barry for two nights.
Then I had a chemo treatment and on Saturday, the injection to boost my white blood cells. The day of my chemo treatment, they discovered a blood clot under my right arm. I started the injections they ordered before chemo. The next day my right arm was acting up, so I requested to see the infusion center fellow doctor. Since starting the injections, shortness of breath occurred everytime I preformed a task or stood up to walk. I was concerned the clot had moved to my lung.
I was sent straight to the Emergency Room for evaluation. We chose to go to the hospital Barry was in. He was already downstairs having a pacemaker put in. Due to my injection, I was unable to see Barry before the procedure.
Our wonderful pastor made it just in time. Barry was thrilled to see him coming. While I was being evaluated, my sister went to check on Barry and let him know what was going on. He was worried. I tried to convince him I was fine, but do men ever really hear what their wives say?
I was released with a diagnosis of pneumonia. More drugs to take. Gotta love it! Kristie and I almost ran to his room. Kristie needed to get on the road soon. Not only does she have a husband and two boys, she had taken the role of chief caregiver to our father. Barry wanted me to stay, but I was running a fever. He had more test scheduled for the next day, he’d never know I was there or not.
We headed home and packed a bag. I was ready for the next day. My nephew was picking me up to drop me at the hospital for a few days. I wore a mask when I had the fever, and removed it when I did not. We met Barry’s surgeon that morning. They were scheduling his surgery for morning. During the night, I recieved a call that my father had passed away. After surgery, I would not be able to see him. He would be moved to CVICU and I would not be able to see him freely. His doctor told me to go home and come back when he is stable.
Barry had an abcess in his heart and the wall of his heart was erroding. They had to re-build a section of the heart to be able to get a valve in and they were unable to use the mechanical valve. A pig valve was placed. He has been in ICU for over 6 days and today, they finally got him off the venilator. He was up in a chair last time I spoke to the nurse. Such a huge improvement since last week. I was terrified of loosing him. I lost my father.
My blog post my be scattered, but I will get back to normal soon. Missed you all!
Jill, I have been praying for you – now I know why God put you on my heart. I will keep you, Barry and your family in my prayers. May you feel the comfort and strength from all of our prayer and may God surround you with His presence.
God bless you!
He has surrounded us. Barry has gone from near death to almost ready for discharge in a week. Thank you for the prayers. You are on my heart daily.
So happy to hear that he is being discharged. I will keep you lifted up in prayer.
Sending you prayers from Ohio. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad.
Thank you! Are you d8ing well? Jill
Yes I hanging tough. I have been attempting to do more art projects. Echo and lung dr this Friday. Hope you are close to being finished with chemo.
One more chemo treatment then 6 weeks of daily radiation. Then no more. If they find something else, I might cry.
Good chemo is almost done. I hear you about finding anything else.
God bless you and Barry! God is carrying the both of you during this difficult time.
I know He is. The only thing I am drawing comfort from. Thank you for your kind words, Jill!
I am so sorry you’re going through all of this. You and your family are in our thoughts.
Thank you! We need all the prayets we can get! Jill
Oh my goodness you poor thing. I am glad to hear Barry is improving. My condolences to you on the loss of your Dad. I hope the next week is so much better.
Thank you for your kind words Miss Tric. You are too sweet. He is a little better daily. God is eorking on him. Jill
Jill, thank you for this detailed update. I’m glad you wrote this as it will mean more people praying for Barry and for you. I’m sorry about your dad and about all you are going through. xo
I thought it might help! I was hoping to let everyone on here know what was happening. We need all the prayers we can get. I now have some form of rash all over my right hand. The doctor isn’t sure it is poison ivy or something else. Burns like fire.
Jill! It could be from stress because I don’t know anybody with more stress than you, dear! xo
Thanks a lot, I think. I just know it hurts! Jill