Getting Ready to Get Better

 My first day at the Rehab Hospital ended up busier than anticipated. No hard workouts, mostly evaluations, goal setting and meeting staff members that will help me get back on my feet and hopefully closer to where I was a week ago.

As I look at my clock, I realize that it was one week ago tonight that the intense symptoms began that resulted in an ambulance ride to the hospital. So here I am beginning, what all seem to agree, will be a speedy and successful rebound. Thank you for your prayers to that end.

Today I had a visit from my case manager with Kaiser to update her on my events. While she was with me I met my case manager who will assist me with communication and administration issues here at the rehab hospital. During this afternoon stretch that was “open” my respiratory therapist came to check me out followed by the speech therapist followed by the occupational therapist.

So, today was pretty much an evaluation day to determine the game plan for the next seven to ten days. Tomorrow will begin the three hour per day of therapy and off we will go with the goal in mind to return home as soon as possible, as strong and independent as possible.

The test results from my hospital stay showed that I had micro-abscesses in my right kidney that spawned the infection with it spreading to my blood system causing the drastic drop in blood pressure and the multi-organ failure. As a result my weight gain (instead of loss) is an issue, especially with some significant water retention due to the low functioning of my heart.

While this time can be a source of discouragement, I realize that in the broad scope of life that a few weeks of going through this temporary setback is relatively small. I am learning more about the Apostle Paul’s words, “…when I am weak then am I strong…”         (2 Cor. 12:10)


But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:13,14)


  • Success in rehab program
  • Healing of heart function and elimination of excess fluid
  • Resolution of the source of  reoccurring infection