Saturday December 16, 2017

It was 23 degrees, sunny, and calm when I took Colin out at 7:45.

With Bob in regular ICU now the nurses have more patients and are very busy making it harder to get a phone update. I finally talked with a nurse late yesterday afternoon. Everything is pretty much the same.

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Friday December 15, 2017

It was 25 degrees, cloudy, and calm when I took Colin out at 7:30.

I stopped in to see Bob yesterday morning on the way to my 8:30 appointment. He was in a less critical area of CICU and had been off the ventilator and on his breathing collar since 5am.
Late yesterday afternoon, just as I had arrived back home, I had a call from Bob’s case worker. He had been moved to the second floor ICU. The summation of the conversation is they are trying to determine which type of rehab he needs to be moved to based on his needs with the vent collar, etc. I will probably know more today.

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Dec 14, 2017, Nick posting

As Barbara said previously that she wouldn’t be updating today, I’ll open with this post.


Her last update had Bob sitting up in a chair, and sounded like forward progress, which is good news.  It’s also becoming very clear that this was a near thing, and Bob is not clear yet.  It will be a longer recovery than any of us hoped for.  Hang in there Bob, and Barbara, lots of folks are here rooting for you.


In other really good news, we’ve heard from OFD AKA Dave Hardy.  He has had some setbacks with his recovery but is continuing his time on this earth 🙂  We were really starting to get worried that something very serious had happened.  Hang in there Dave, and drop in once in a while.  I’ll extend the same offer to Mrs OFD and Dave, if there is anything we can do, don’t hesitate to ask.  There is a large pool of talent and resources here.


Speaking of which, Bob has built a nice community here, and it’s clear that it might be a while until things are back to normal for him.  In the mean time, I’ll try to keep the fires burning, or at least keep the coals banked…  clearly I’m not him, but I can open a thread, and post some links.  If you are in the habit of checking here, please continue to do so.  If there is something you’d like to talk about please comment.


Any of you stealth preppers who are used to passing your story through Bob, please consider relaying through me.  Those of you actually living the life always have valuable contributions, especially wrt the most mundane aspects.  Anyone can do gear reviews or pontificate on the best bushcraft skills to have, but who has practical experience dealing with the <i>ahem</i> ‘output’ of a dozen  human beings in a grid down exercise?  My email is my last name at aol dot com.  I don’t check it often, so there might be a delay if you don’t point me to it in a comment.


That all said, it was mid-40s this am when I let the dog out, and cool with a mostly clear sky as I sent the family off to start their day.  Beautiful pink and orange in the sky.  Take a moment to notice the world around you, and the beauty in everyday life.  You won’t regret it.



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Wednesday December 13, 2017

It was 16 degrees, sunny, and calm when I took Colin out at 7:45.

The nurse called me yesterday with a couple of updates. Bob was spiking a fever and the fluid in his chest was still a problem. They were going to try to drain the fluid with a needle but ended up putting a chest tube. Since they were not sure if the infection was in the lung or the picc line, they removed it for 24 hours just to be safe.

I checked on him late yesterday afternoon. He was in the chair and they had the vent collar on him instead of the respirator. He temperature was down and he was following commands and mouthing words.The nurse this morning said he had a good night and they were getting ready to put the vent collar back on.

There will not be an update Thursday morning. I am heading to Winston this afternoon and Al is coming up here to take care of Colin.

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Tuesday December 12, 2017

It was 32 degrees. cloudy, and breeze when I took Colin out at 7:45.

I stopped to see him yesterday while I was down in Winston but he was very sleepy. The nurse said this morning they may try to get him up in the chair today. He is responding to commands, still on the breathing support.

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Monday December 11, 2017

It was 28 degrees, sunny, and breezy when I took Colin out at 7:45.

Frances and Al stopped in to see Bob yesterday afternoon. He nodded yes and no to questions. When Frances told him I was in Sparta with 8″ of snow she said his eyes got wide. Don’t know if he was reacting to the snow, the snow totals, or what.
Last night his nurse called. He had become agitated and pulled out one of his main lines. They caught it in time with no damage but he is back to being restrained. In a way that is good news because we are somewhat back to where we were before this last event.

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Sunday December 10, 2017

It was 22 degrees and windy when I took Colin out at 8am.

The nurse said Bob was the same this morning with no significant changes one way or the other.

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Saturday December 9, 2017

It was 27 and snowing when I let Colin out at 8am.Looks like we’ve had roughly 6 to 8 inches so far with more falling today.

I actually talked with Dr. Lee this morning. He was in the unit when I called to check on Bob. The MRI and CT showed Bob had some mini strokes but Dr. Lee said not to be concerned. He is waking up, following commands, and wording yes and no answers.

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Friday December 8, 2017

It was 30 degrees and calm with light snow when I took Colin out at 7:40.
Dr. Lee called yesterday afternoon to let me know Bob was responding to commands but is very weak. This morning he is moving the breathing tube from his mouth to his neck.

Last night I had a call from a nurse letting me know he was going for an MRI at some point during the night and wanted some background history, etc.

And, again, thanks to all of Bob’s readers for the wonderful support. Rick, thanks again, for getting the web site updated.

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Thursday December 7, 2017

It was 30 degrees, cloudy, and windy when I took Colin out at 7:30.

I called late yesterday afternoon and again this morning to check on Bob. He is about the same. Last night he squeezed the nurses hand. This morning, so far he has not. They may take him for CT later today.

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