Thursday, May 25, 2017

2 Weeks since my last post feels like a year.

     When I posted last I had just got out of the hospital . well I took a turn for the worse on the 11th and had to be rushed by ambulance due to bleeding . This time I had surgery on my gut.

     I had lost 2 pints of blood when I got to the emergency  room and was barely conscious . It took 3 units of blood and 3 of saline to stabilize me.  After 22 hours in the E.R. they desided I had something wrong in my gut . a big Duh . So they carried me to get a scope run down my throat to my stomach for a look see.

  Well they did and a vein or artery popped and I started spewing blood  seems I lost 5 units or more before they could get it stitched up. I woke up the next day on a breathing machine wondering what the hell was going on. My wife told me the surgeon and doctor couldn't believe I had been that close to a bleed out for a month. She was told only a small blood clot had kept me alive and they had hit it with the camera scope. Yesterday I went to my doctor for a check in and he said he was glad they had found that piece of plastic from the feeding tube . he said it was lodged against a vein and had cut it . Seems I spent 3 weeks in the hospital and could have died because they didn't get all their trash out of my gut!

    Since I got out 9 days ago I now feel great!!! I am a little weak working but that because I haven't  done any thing in a few months.  Today I got the BBq ready for a big weekend my son should have .  I may be selling him my stand and smoker after the 4th of July. I was approved for supplemental security income and the check will begin june 1st.


  1. Good to hear from you and good to have the health issues behind you. And now with a little extra income you can get on with living and be happy again!
    Maybe on the 4th I'll drive over and sample some of your famous BBQ! It's only an 8 hour drive! :-)

    1. Mike I hope and pray the worst is behind me. WHEN I get the all clean report on july 11th me and the wife may start us a long road trip with the camper

  2. dear gary,
    praise be to God!
    never thought to say this but thank God for a blood clot.
    seems He is keeping you safe despite dangers.
    yea, though you have walked through the valley of the shadow of death, the Lord has been with thee!
    advice from one who has spent lots of time in hospitals--don't overdo it.
    stop for a rest or an easier task between big jobs.
    love and prayers,
    deb h.

    1. Thanks for the prayers Deb. I cant take it easy its a man thing :).

  3. Gary,

    Dang if you haven't had your share of medical troubles; I hope that is all behind you now. Real glad to hear the .gov has given you some financial relief.

    Take care of yourself.


    1. It has been an experience Moe. SSI isn't social security its top pay is 735$ a month and mine was reduced to 525$ because I had to tell them My daughter lived with me to cover utilitys.

  4. Glad to hear from you Gary. I am also glad to hear you "dodged the bullet" and are feeling better. I put you on the prayer list at the little country church I attend and will continue to remember you. Take care and have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.