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March 22, 2010 - Ray Hall (Archive)

 That old bromide “when it rains it pours” was exactly that for me until a few weeks ago when things deteriorated before getting better.  I was flown to Hamot January 20th with a “significant” heart attack.  The good Doctors there fixed it in a jiffy and I returned home for four days before being transported back to Hamot.  

Again my heart was repaired and I was placed in intensive care but it wasn’t long before my kidneys failed.  Round the clock dialysis for five or six days helped but my condition was exacerbated when I developed an unknown strain of infection in my bloodstream.  It was touch and go as Doctors frantically tried one antibiotic after another until they found one from the original penicillin family that made it possible for me to leave the ICU after 15 days.  After daily dialysis in Hamot my kidneys are working and I returned to Jamestown for rehab at Heritage Park.  The professionals there did a splendid job rebuilding a car wreck and I came home March 6th headed for cardiac rehab at WCA and doing just fine.
During  my hospital stay my wife and family ignored the snow and was at my side most of the time.  It wasn’t until I returned home that I learned my wife had discovered a lump on her breast while I was hospitalized.  A mammogram showed a tumor and a biopsy revealed it was cancerous.  Last Friday, March 19th, Joan underwent radical surgery exactly two weeks after her cousin had the same experience.
Joan was released from the hospital the next day after her surgery and I remain determined as we both convalesce to be fractionally as good a caregiver as she has been to me.  She's handling her situation just fine, but then she always has.
I will return in full force soon. Stay tuned.


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