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We wanted to take a quick opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in Joe’s benefit on Saturday. The outpouring of support has been amazing and inspiring throughout this entire process, but to see it live and in person was wonderful.
A specific thank you to everyone who those who played a role in organizing, planning and pulling off this event. Thank you to those who attended, donated, contributed or in any other way was involved in making this a great success.
We can tell you that seeing that room full of people, albeit from his bed at the hospital, had a tremendous uplifting effect on Joe. He commented the next day that he was pretty sure the entire town was there! We’ve known throughout that one of the most important factors in Joe’s recovery will be keeping him upbeat and positive. Seeing that room full of people there in his support is helping with just that.
Joe will be having another debridement surgery tomorrow. They were able to remove the stables from his amputation site this afternoon. He did not pass his swallow test so they are going to start speech therapy to help strengthen his throat muscles.
Tuesday, January 14th at midnight is the last day to purchase shirts for Team Joe. Please follow the link to purchase! They will be ready to pick up at the benefit or can be shipped. https://team-joe.square.site/
Dad was moved out of CCICU yesterday afternoon and moved to PCU. One step closer to a regular floor. He gets worn out very easily from working so hard during the day with physical and occupational therapy. Which they say he is doing a great job at. Mom did get a call this morning that dad will be having the first of many surgeries to start removing the dead tissue off his back due to pressure sores tomorrow morning. If you would like to visit Joe please call or text Dorothy first to make sure he is able to have visitors 515-238-2788.
Also, just a reminder about dad’s benefit that is next weekend Saturday, January 18th. We hope to see many of you there so we can thank you in person for all your continued prayers. Please follow the link below if you would like to purchase a t-shirt. They can be shipped or picked up the night of the benefit. https://team-joe.square.site/
The doctors were able to find the bleed on a Friday, his hemoglobin numbers have gone up since the procedure and he has not needed anymore units of blood so the doctors are saying it has been fixed! They have changed his feeding to help with his sodium levels and they are back in the normal range. He still has on and off confusion caused by ICU delirium. Dad has started physical and occupational therapy during the day and is doing a great job with those.
Mom is back to work full time and dads days get long. He would love to have visitors, just please send mom a text if you are planning on going up. (515-238-2788) Thank you again for all the continued support and prayers.
Upon arrival at the hospital Joe was immediately rushed to surgery to remedy what the doctors described as a massive heart attack. Stints were put in the right side of his heart to remove blockages, while blockages on the left side will be operated on at a later date.
Joe will continue to rest tonight while under sedation and while breathing with the assistance of a ventilator. An attempt will likely be made to remove the ventilator tomorrow if doctors feel his body can handle breathing on its own.
Joe’s family appreciates the outpouring of prayers and support. They have all been heard and felt. From the EMTs who acted quickly to the staff at Mercy, he has been very well cared for.
We will continue to provide updates as they arise. Thank you again for the love, prayers and support.
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