Thursday, July 28, 2011

Can a Former Dementia Sufferer really look this Good?

A few weeks ago, we treated our grandchildren to a day at a riding camp.  Bruce suggested I take the video camera and tripod and set it up for him to do an update while I watched the grandkids.  The last video he did was six months ago, just about a month after I had started him on coconut oil.

His brain has continued to clear since then and he is back to his old self except maybe for being a little bit wiser, and gentler and better.  I continue to thank God for the blessing of having my husband back.

Incidentally, I don't really have a zillion things for him to do.  He thinks up quite a few things for himself, but he does know enough to take it slow and easy this time.  We do not want him to have any more bouts of endocarditis.  So we do our part, and believe that God is in control, and we rest in that.

For the previous post see: Good News from the Doctor

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Good News from the Doctor

We headed to the heart doctor's office with mixed emotions today.  We were hoping that he would say, "you're fine, go on home," but that was not the way it happened the last time Bruce finished his six weeks of  I.V. antibiotics.

The last time we went to see this doctor in his office it was to be told that Bruce's valve had been destroyed in spite of all the antibiotics.  It was all part of last year's nightmare.  

But today was different.  Bruce was able to drive himself to the appointment.  He wasn't in pain.  He wasn't all swollen up.  And the doctor did not have bad news.  There is no damage to Bruce's heart valve, and the endocarditis (infection in his heart) appears to be gone. He was given a clean bill of health!

Bruce was ready to run the mile after we left, but we went to the market instead. Tomorrow he gets to be separated from his constant companion, the penicillin  pump, and the picc line (the tube that feeds the medication directly to his heart) will be removed. 

We know that we take one day at a time.  We know that there are no guarantees in this life other than the ones God has given us in His word.   But it sure feels good to know that the doctor doesn't need to see Bruce again for six months.

Thanks everyone for all your prayers on Bruce's behalf.  We are still listening for His leading on the next stage of our journey. 

For the previous post see:   The best dads

For the next post see:  Can a former dementia sufferer really look this good?