Heartland, Here We Come!

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

The doctor at Kindred Hospital had Robert undergo an echocardiogram to examine his heart muscle and valves to be sure there was no ongoing infection. That happened on Tuesday. The results were negative; the infection is gone. This afternoon, after lunch, he will go to Heartland. It’s a bit of a drive, but I don’t […]

Moving Forward

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

Robert is still at Kindred. He’s days away from being moved to Heartland, a “sniff” (Skilled Nursing Facility a/k/a nursing home) for follow up wound care and IV therapy. He’ll undergo some more occupational and physical therapy to get him back up to a level he was at when he was at TIRR. But according […]

Back on the Right Track

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004

Robert was transferred to Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility, last week. (Not well enough to go to TIRR, yet not sick enough to justify a bed at St. Luke’s any longer.) He’s doing much better, his kidneys are back under control. He’s continuing his 4-6 week course of antiobotic IV therapy here, and after […]

Hospital Update

Friday, February 6th, 2004

Robert is doing much, much better. I have been staying overnight since he got to St. Luke’s Wednesday morning. All the tests they’ve conducted (ultrasound [kidneys], echocardiogram [heart], MRI [brain, spine], CT scan [head/brain]) have come back negative. And it looks like they are getting his kidney problem under control. He’s got his appetite back […]

Come Saturday Morning….

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

Robert had a rough week. He’s been battling a pain that they cannot pinpoint, nausea and vomiting and loss of appetite. He also had a UTI. Nonetheless, he wanted to go home on a Day Pass Saturday. I slept over the night before so we could leave when he was ready. We got home around […]


Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Roberto had a bad day yesterday. He started feeling nauseated again yesterday afternoon and most of the evening. He lost his appetite yesterday during the day, but did manage to eat a little for supper last night (and keep it down). But he spent the evening heaving into a pink plastic basin. This continued this […]

Taking it Easy, But the Pain Continues

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004

Robert has been taking it pretty easy this week. He’s been in quite a bit of pain in his lower right rib. He and the doctor both concur that he somehow injured himself a couple of weeks ago while doing some exercises in physical therapy. He’s also been fighting a UTI and it’s very resistant […]

A Step Back

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004

Robert has had continual back pain for several days. He’s afraid it is a spinal abscess returning. Although I have read that they can recur, we are hoping that’s not what it is. Let’s rule out a muscular problem. He’s had a sonogram to rule out his gallbladder, x-rays found nothing and all blood tests […]