Our daughter, Michelle, wrote:
“Seven long hours at the hospital and now we are back in our camper. I
just took a few minutes to walk up to the beach and check out the
sunset. The ocean is my happy place.
The CAT scan with dye showed that both arteries in his neck are
completely blocked on the stroke side and carotid on the other side is
3/4 blocked so he’s running on about 25%. They said they can’t do
anything for a couple weeks til the inflammation dies down so that gives
us time to get home and find a Dr. There’s a new program the hospital
told us about for veterans. Since the VA is so overwhelmed they issue a
card that allows the vet to see an outside Dr and the VA pays for it.
Please pray that Howie will be able to get the card and the hospital
bill for the stroke will be covered as well as future visits.
He’s realizing a little that he’s using the wrong words. He said he
knows what he’s thinking, it’s just not coming out right. He’s really
lucky that he can say words even if they’re wrong.
I really thank all who have been praying for us. It’s working. Howie’s
son, Spankie, is flying out to drive us back home to Missouri. Howie has
resigned himself to being driven back home, although he thinks he’s
going to drive while Spankie sleeps. We’ll deal with that when it gets
here. Spankie is planning to stop for the night so that should be good
with no pressure to drive. It’s a 34+ hour trip. Howie’s finally
settled down about it and hopefully it won’t be all new again in the
morning. He still gets confused on what happened to him and asked me
today if he had a stroke.”
We too thank you all who have been praying and thank those who have sent
emails to us saying they were praying. Please continue to*PRAY* for
Howie and Michelle – that Howie will continue to be willing to be
driven, will continue to improve, safe travel while they haul that big
travel trailer back to MO, and that Howie will be able to get the
medical help he needs when they get back home. And especially *PRAY*
that this experience which the Lord has allowed will draw them closer to