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Mack's Personalized Wheelchair made by/from Rhonnie Besonday


Monday, November 01, 2010

Dr. Fuller and Staff at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Mack's Surgery on Oct. 6, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Mack finally had the long awaited surgery to release the athrapy(sp) that set into his feet, legs, hips and left arm. It was done in New Jersey at Cooper University Medical Center by Dr. David Fuller. Mack came through the surgery very well and the doctor feels that he was successful because he got Mack to almost straighten out his legs and arm while he was under anesthesia. Dr. Fuller was very concerned about Mack's left hand tissue because Mack has had his hand clenched for so long, not allowing air to get to the skin or cleaning of the hand. We have tried many times to open his hand enough to get a soapy washcloth into his hand one finger at a time and he has fought us all the way. Last Monday, it was impossible for me to clean it before he left the nursing home for surgery. He wanted to bite me, hollering and carrying on the entire time I tired to clean his hand. After 20 minutes of trying, I finally gave up.

As of this afternoon (Friday), Dr. Fuller said that Mack will be transferred to Moss Rehab Center in Pennsylvania, across the river from Cooper University. There, Mack will receive about two weeks of intensive physical therapy each day, with the goal being that Mack can get himself into and out of bed and into his wheelchair, roll himself to the bathroom and then move himself onto the toilet and back into the wheelchair, and get himself back into bed when he wants to. Richard will return home during this time and go back to pick Mack up when he is released. As far as we know right now, Mack will be returning to Dinwiddie Health and Rehab to continue his physical therapy and living arrangements.

Please keep Mack in your prayers asking that God will give him the strength he needs to get through physical therapy and a determination to make this surgery successful for him, giving him the freedom to move about and restore his dignity to him.

I'll post pictures once Richard returns from Pennsylvania this weekend with his camera.

Thanks to everyone for your kindness and support,
Ruth and Richard
and MACK!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mack's Surgery In March Has Been Cancelled

Happy Valentine's Day!
On December 2009, Mack had been scheduled to have surgery in March in Pennsylvania on his legs and hips, with intensive physical therapy thereafter for two to three weeks. Since then, we received a call from the PA doctor's office cancelling, saying that she was not going to be available to do the surgery for several weeks. They suggested that we could use another doctor to do the same type of surgery, however, after consulting with Dr. Zasler, we decided to wait until Dr. Keenan can do it, since she's the best in her field.

In the mean time, yesterday (Valentine's Day), Mack was talking and trying to be funny, like he used to be. His speech is still slurred, but he tries to carry on a conversation. Last Sunday, when Richard and I went to visit him, he was totally out of it. Meaning that Mack didn't want to eat, or talk, and fell asleep in an instant, like he used to over a year ago. It had me a bit concerned because I had seen this the weekend before too. It had snowed both weekends and the nursing home was shortstaffed. Of course, being a Mom, my mind went into overtime thinking all kinds of crazy things after watching crime/law shows on TV. All I can say is that I hope my fears are for nothing or someone will have hell to pay if something crazy is going on.

Richard and I had a nice visit with Carol Sue, Bill, Caitlin, Henry, Diane, Angel, Daniel, Leland, and Astrid over at Sue's house on Sunday. Since we haven't seen Angel and her family in quite a while, we all gathered at Sue's house to visit and to wish Sue a Happy Birthday, although, Saturday was actually Sue's birthday.
We've had so much snow (over 40 inches total) this year, that everyone is hoping for spring to hurry up and come. It even snowed in Milton, Florida (but didn't stick), and a foot of snow fell in Dallas, Texas, this past week where Richard's aunt Jackie lives. It's almost unbelieveable!!!

As soon as we have any news on a pending surgery date for Mack, I plan to post it. Keep in mind, things could change again for various reasons. And there may be one or two more surgeries later to straighten out his left foot and left arm. The goal is to loosen tendons in his hips and legs, and left foot and arm so that he may be able to transfer himself from the wheelchair to the bed, or toilet, and vice-versa. If the surgery and physical therapy works as it should, he might be able to walk again, eventually.

Stay warm and safe inside 'cause spring is just around the corner.

Till next time,
Ruth & Richard

Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year - 2010 (A new decade begins)

Richard brought Mack home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day again this year. With all the excitement and people around him, it seems that he was worn out a bit earlier than usual (around 8 pm) on Christmas Eve. Richard took Mack back to the nursing home in Dinwiddie around 10 p.m. Then, on Christmas Day, Richard brought Mack back home around 1:30 p.m. for Christmas dinner. He was a bit more rested and looked like he enjoyed being at home with Richard, me and Mawmaw having dinner. Kristen and Bryan came by to visit and hang out with Mack for a while, bringing him a new calendar for his room for Christmas. His smile says that Mack was very happy to see them.

Jenny, Daniel and the kids came by to visit Mack in the nursing home on Sunday, Dec. 27 and brought him a nice collection of toiletries, which he needed, and some candy. On behalf of Mack, thank you Jenny, Daniel and both nephews.

Mack has been moved, yet again, to another room #203 (back near his original room, but, across the hall). They needed a male patient on that side, so he was moved into a larger room, but doesn't have a room mate yet.

Our family ended 2009 with much sadness. Richard lost his aunt Elsie Trent to cancer on Dec. 18; then, I suddenly lost a very good friend and coworker on Dec. 22 and then, my cousin, Ivan, who lived in Milton, Florida, passed away on New Years Day morning around 4:20 a.m.

We wish everyone a very healthy and prosperous Happy New Year! We hope that 2010 is better than 2009 was for most of us.

Best regards,

Ruth & Richard

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Funny Stuff

Last Thursday Richard got a call from the nursing home to let him know that Mack had gotten out of his bed onto the floor with his head resting on his bed, laughing his butt off. The nurse asked him if he fell out of bed and he replied "no, I got out because I wasn't tired anymore." I guess he thought it was funny because he couldn't get back into bed and he couldn't go anywhere else either. He was stuck in place, but he managed to get out of bed on his own.

We had about 4-5 inches of snow on Friday into Saturday. Not too bad compared to other places. The side roads are clear and so is Rt. 10, which is good.

I made Mack and Richard's favorite meal today - Rouladen, mashed potatoes and broccoli. I spoke with Mack on the phone this evening and told him that I was cooking his favorite meal, to which he responded, "bring me some please". I've prepared him a plate and will take it to him tomorrow along with some cookies I've been baking over the past 2 weeks.