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Oct 12, 2017 Latest post:
Oct 28, 2017
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
On October 9th, after a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend with family , Ron started to feel unwell. About 8:00 it became apparent that what he thought was angina was not going to pass. I called an ambulance and within a few minutes (God bless our Linden EMS AND Fire Department) there were 2 wonderful men assisting Ron and 5 others bringing equipment and providing support. Because of Ron’s history, it was decided to transport him directly to the Foothills Medical Cente, even though his ECG wasn’t clearly indicating a heart attack. My daughter Kate and I left shortly after the ambulance to go to FMC. By the time we arrived they had determined that a heart attack was happening and Ron had already been rushed to the department that does angiogram and angioplasty. They determined that he did have an almost 100% blockage and were able to remove the blockage and place a stent in the artery. Unfortunately, during the short time that blood supply was cut off due to the blockage, there was considerable damage done to Ron’s already compromised heart. For those who don’t know, Ron has had several previous heart attacks which have each left his heart further damaged. Monday’s attack has really dealt a bad blow though and left Ron in a place where a lot of support has been needed to sustain him. Since early am hours on Tuesday he has been in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He is on several support machines and many, many drugs to assist with his respiration and heart function. The hope is that his heart will heal from the massive blow it received, to the point that it can sustain him without the machines. The care he is receiving in this wonderful facility is second to none, but they are unable to give us any indication of a timeline for possible improvement. There have been small incremental improvements to his heart function and we are so hopeful that possibly by next week they can try removing some of the machines. Kate, Julie, Mike and myself are so appreciative of all your prayers and calls and the help of our extended family. We will provide updates as there are substantial changes and hope that this may be a good way to keep everyone that is concerned updated. Again, thank you for your caring and prayers.