Thursday, January 19, 2012

Update 01/19/2012: Taking Larger Steps

Hi Everyone,

Yes yes, I know...I'm sorry for not posting anything sooner. Its been a hectic few days with work and all...ah, but you dont care about is a little update on Dad:

- Rehab is kicking his tail...but in a good way! He is doing daily leg exercises on a stationary bike, he works on standing up on his own while playing dominoes on a tall table (weird, right?...but it seems to work) and working out his arms by using a tennis ball and various other clever contraptions.
- He has gained some good strength in his arms so that he is able to eat and drink on his own. Mom bought him a little stand so that he can prop his books up to read while in bed. He loves it!

We were able to celebrate Caleb's birthday tonight in the formal dining room at the rehab clinic. Natalie made Cream Tacos (it's kind of like chilli only 100x better!) and we had some cheesecake for desert. Dad was able to sit in his wheelchair with us at the table and partake in some of the food. It was a nice little break from the cafeteria food and it was nice to have just about all of the family together for a meal (miss you, Ems!!!).

Even with these improvements, we still don't have a firm check out date from the clinic. It is still day to day but each day is yet another step in the positive direction.

Again, the facility is very friendly to visitors so if you get a chance to stop by, please do so. Dad would love to see you.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.

Till next time....

Happy Birthday, Caleb Keith!
Happy Birthday, Aunt Cindy!
Happy Birthday, Coach Decker!
Happy Birthday, Uncle Keith! Always loved and forever remembered!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Update 01/10/2012


I just wanted to tell everyone that Dad has finally made his way out of the hospital and in to a rehab facility!!! As most of you know, this is a big big step considering where he was a few weeks ago. The rehab facility is called Park Manor and is located in Tomball.

The address is:
Park Manor of Tomball
250 School Street
Tomball, TX 77375

The website is:

I believe the visiting hours are from 9AM - 9PM. They like visitors stopping by to help encourage Dad because rehab is going to be a challenge due to what his body has been through. With that said, this is just a friendly reminder to please keep in mind that he is still recovering from the sickness and is building up his strength. If you catch him after he just finished some exercises, he might be out (asleep)for a little while. But please feel free to stop by if you get the chance. You all know Dad...if he is awake, he needs someone to talk too. :)

As always, thank you for the prayers! And thanks to those who have had the time to visit him and us at the hospital. Not only did it help us, I believe it had some impact on others in the hospital. I don't think we will ever know the full extent of this impact but rest assured, they realize that something is different with Dad. He is a man who is truly loved by his family and his many, many friends. A few people told us that they were just amazed at the number of people who came to see him while in the CCU and when he was moved to the other rooms. Perhaps this recognition of something different will spark a curiosity to discover what causes such a difference.

Throughout this whole process, we have been constantly focusing on Dad's small steps of improvement. In this very negative situation, we relied on his small positives to stay encouraged and to stay the course. But I have come to realize that other small positives could have taken place apart from Dad's health yet still connected to his situation. Perhaps the faith of a nurse or even another patient was strengthened by simply witnessing the visits and prayers of those who came to the hospital. Perhaps someone is one step closer to wanting to discover and know the Giver of such Joy and Peace. Be encouraged! In this, you all have played a part!!

I can never say it enough...we are truly blessed to have such an awesome group of people we can call friends!

Till next time....

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Update 01/08/2012:

Hi Everyone,

I apologize for not posting anything in a couple of days. Here is the update:

- the infection is clear! No more antibiotics!
- the speech therapist has given Dad the ok to eat regular food and drink regular liquids. No more mushy chicken!
- Doctors should release him sometime early next week.

The next step is to move Dad to a rehabilitation clinic where he will stay so he can build his strength to where he can walk around on his own. Hopefully the rehap process will take no more than a couple of days but we will not know for sure. It will be a day to day process. There are a couple in the Tomball area that we are considering and should have one selected early next week.

Please continue to pray for Dad's healing; more specifically to build strength in his arms and legs.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. I promise not to take 5 days to post the next update :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Update 01/03/2012: Still Making Small Steps


Just wanted to let everyone know that Dad was moved out of the ICU yesterday! He is now in a regular room. Moving on up!

- His voice is getting stronger...which means his throat muscles are getting stronger...which means he is getting closer to being able to drink and eat on his own. The speech therapist will see him again tomorrow to determine if he is ready to drink liquids in larger quantities. For the past two days he has only been able to drink very small sips of water and chew on ice chips.
- According to the infectious diseases doctor, he will only need 3 more days of antibiotics. This is awesome news! The white cell count has dropped to 17 and all other lab numbers are looking good. The kidneys have improved as well. If all goes well over the next few days and his strength improves to where he can get out of bed and move about on his own then we should be able to get him home soon after the antibiotic treatment ends.
- His strength is gradually coming back. The physical therapists came by today and got Dad to sit up in a chair for about 30 minutes. They also showed us some exercises that we can help him do throughout the day, like short leg lifts and arm lifts. He gets a little tired about half way through each exercise and gets a little irritated when we urge him on to finish. In doing so, we ever so gently remind him of the countless times when he would...ever so gently "urge" us on while we ran "10 in a minute" sprints and horses during basketball practice. Yes...all of you who have suffered under Coach Frazier's wrath in the past...we are now returning the favor. :)

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Till next time...Hebrews 11:1

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Update 01/01/2012: Still Making Small Steps

Happy New Year!!!

Dad is doing better! His voice is steadily getting stronger and his strength is gradually improving. The doctor told us that his lab numbers are looking good; white cell count is decreasing and the kidneys are looking good. The white cell count is not where it needs to be but it is getting there, slowly but surely. We are hoping Dad will start speech therapy and physical therapy tomorrow (if not tomorrow for sure Tuesday). The goal for the speech therapy is to get Dad to the point where he can drink and eat without usuing tubes. The goal for the physical therapy is to have daily sessions in order to build Dad's strength so he can get out of bed and move around on his own.

Thanks to everyone who has sent us emails and posts of encouragement! Thanks to those who have been able to stop by to see Dad! His body is still pretty weak and he likes to sleep a lot throughout the day but your prayers and and visits are much appreciated.

Here is a verse Dad wanted to pass on to you all: Colossians 3:4

May the Lord bless you, may He keep you and may He give you peace in this new year of 2012!!