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Bob Creasey taught full time at Western Iowa Tech Community College on the Denison, Iowa, Campus for over twenty years. He retired in the summer of 2013, after being diagnosed with Atypical Meningioma. Bob has had three craniotomies (2002, 2007, and 2012). During the last surgery, Bob had a seizure that resulted in permanent foot drop on his left leg. He now wears an orthotic brace. Brain swelling from radiation treatments in 2013 caused several small focal seizures that left Bob unable to walk. His family admitted him to a nursing home in Okoboji until he was awarded space at the Madonna Rehab Center for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Lincoln, NE. Bob immediately began rigourous treatment and therapy in the Intensive Care Unit of Madonna in August 2014. Robin joined him for outpapient services from Septembr to December. They lived on campus, focusing on extensive physical and occupational therapies six to eight hours a day. Here Bob learned to walk again, regaining much of his independence.
Bob's MRI that December revealed additional tumors were growing (eight) that are inoperable. Bob underwent a final round of radiation therapy and returned home. Again, the radiation treatment caused brain swelling, and Bob was sent home to Denison armed with steroids. Bob suffered a series of falls when he was inadvertently taken off steroids cold- turkey and his family admitted him to Eventide Nursing Home for rehabilitation March to May.
Bob and Robin were able to stay at home after his release and enlisted help from hospice from June through November. Bob suffered a seven hour seizure at the local ER which revealed a difference in health goals with hospice. Bob recuperated and returned home, yes, walking again,( is there nothing he CAN'T do?? ) regaining strength from aqua therapy at the Denison Aquatic Center. A stair chair has become a welcome addition to his home, and it enables the daily road trips for Bob and Robin, as long as the weather cooperates. We diligently practice "safety first" as Bob remains at home to this day.