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Nov 18, 2017 - Early Thanksgiving Celebration

Today I drove up to Belton to Donette Harpole’s home for an early Thanksgiving celebration. I left home at 9:00 and made great progress through the metroplex, arriving at the southern city limit of Georgetown at 9:30. I couldn’t believe it. That’s a record!! Other friends included Larry Roming and his nephew, Justin Cole; Betty Ray Wendler, Annette Dean and Karen Merdith. This evening we went to Ratibor Country Grill outside Temple in eastern Bell County at 10226 FM 2086. It is in the heart of Czech country and is known for its...

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May 19, 2017 - George

Linda got the call that George had passed away as she was getting ready to see the doctor yesterday. We had already packed the car and planned to leave for Texas after her appointment. She did get a shot in her knee thank goodness. We drove 429 miles yesterday and stopped in Forrest City,Ark. Today we drove 539 miles and got here around 3pm a total of around 15 hrs. It was just over 3 weeks ago that we left here for Kentucky. The traffic wasn't as bad this time as it was when we headed home and we are not pulling a trailer. For us we made...

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Apr 20, 2017 - 100

100 thats how many days George has been in hospital. 34 days regular room Temple TX 10 days Nueo Rehab Austin TX which is like an ICU unit 56 days ICU Temple TX That is a lot of hospital time for George,Kathy, a good friend Bill and Kathy's brother David. But things are looking up again the bleeding has stopped last Saturday the 15th. They are now adding blood thinners back in and all is good so far. The antibiotics are taking care of the infection. They still have a feeding tub in. He failed the swallow test bad they said it could...

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Apr 15, 2017 - update

They have deterimed George is losing blood in his small intestines. They have been giving him 3 units a day for 10 days now. There are so many feet of the small intestines that they can't scope or see. There is not a good option for repairing. So there plan is lowering all of his blood thinners and slowing down LVAD. Hopfully it will clot at the leak. The problem with that is the possiblity of a stroke. This is day 94 and it has not only been tough on George but also the family. All prayers have been greatly appreciated. The storm rolled...

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Apr 9, 2017 - another setback

George had stopped improving in the rehab and started passing blood. So they loaded him in a ambulance Friday evening the 7th and took him back to Scott & White hospital in Temple TX a 80 mile ride. Yesterday they did a upper GI and couldn't find anything. This morning they did a lower GI and didn't find anything. They think it must be in the small intestines but to find it they will do some kind of scan while they are giving him blood. I guess it will happen sometime today. He sure can use some prayers. We moved yesterday to Belton and...

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Feb 24, 2017 - update

George is still in ICU he has a colon infection. When you visit now you have to wear a gown and mask. Linda and I have another cold we have decided to head back to the RGV. That will open up a bedroom for the boys to come up. There's nothing we can do but pray it's just going to be a long recovery.

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Feb 22, 2017 - bad day

Monday was a bad day he wasn't responding at all. They determined that he needed more fluids. With this heart pump you have to drink a certain amount of water a day which to me looks like alot. What I say happens is the pump loses suction and doesn't pump as much blood as it should. They also gave him some more blood. When he gets more fluid in he swells up and it leeches out of his skin by way of his feet. Another problem is that he has a infection going on they are trying to deterrmine what kind it is. We pray today will be a better day.

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Feb 19, 2017 - Continue praying

George is still in ICU at Scott & White Hospital Belton TX. He still needs to eat they installed a feeding tube and started feeding him yesterday. He had 4 tubes in his chest for drainage and they did remove 2 of them yesterday. He has turned the TV on that's a good indication that he is improving. KATHY & George still need continued prayer. This is day 40 in the hospital. Kathy has been at the hospital everyday all day long since he was admitted.

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Feb 16, 2017 - prayers

We are aaking for continued prayers for George(Linda's Brother) and Kathy. He has been in the hospital for 5 weeks now waiting to have a LVAD installed in his heart. He had problems that needed clearing up before they could proceed. Well Valentines day they finally got it done. He is really doing good but that's just the start. There is a lot of does and don'ts with a system like that. Kathy needs as many or more prayers than George does she will have to do it all. We had never heard of a LVAD (Left Ventricular assist device) system...

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Nov 26, 2016 - San Antonio

Well we went to San Antonio Friday to spend the night. George's duaghter inlaw (Mellisa) is a soroity sister to the tourism director of San Antonio. They go to the river walk lighting and parade every year. They got us a room at the Hilton on the river walk at a big discounted price. Plus it included a meal on the first floor with viewing areas to watch the events. It was a good time and we thank them for including us. We have been back to Buc-ees again. This time I counted gas pumps 60 pumps if you count both sides thats 120 individualy...

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Nov 22, 2016 - still going

Well we are continuing to burn the road up running around. George is doing alot better than he was this past March. His iron is low so he does alot of sleeping but they are working on getting it back up. We have been here a little over a week and I have already gained 5 pounds. It's just like a cruise ship I normally gain 10 pounds but we haven't left yet. We went to Magnolia Silos in Waco last week. If you don't know what that is you don't watch HGTV. We didn't see Chip & Joanna Gaines but there were plenty of other people. Everytime...

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Nov 16, 2016 - more fishing

We didn't make it to church Sunday but we did do TV church. When your retired Sunday is the only day that breaks up a week. If you don't go you never know what day it is. Crappie fishing was alot better Sunday. George's neighbor Matt went with us and instead of fishing Lake Waco we went to an old power plant lake. I think 28 was the total number with me catching maybe 6 not bad for me. Of course if I'm not in the hot spot I just pretend to fish which is fine with me. Did I mention that I just like being on the water. Linda and I talked...

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