DAY IN AND DAY OUT,LIVING WITH MY HEARTMATE II...THIS BLOG WOULD NEVER HAVE EXISTED WITHOUT THE THORATEC CORPERATION AND ALL THE STUDIES AND LONG TRIALS THAT HAVE GONE INTO THE MAKING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE HEARTMATE II.I AM SO THANKFUL FOR MY SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE AND BLESSED IN SO MANY WAYS TO OF RECEIVED SUCH A MIRACLE LATE JUNE(2010)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

                   FIRST DAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE VAD
DAY AFTER SURGERY
MY JOURNEY HAS BEGUN AS I LIVE MY LIFE WIRELESS AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LVAD.ON APRIL 27TH 2012 I RECIEVED THE CALL AT 7 PM SAYING THAT THEY HAD FOUND A MATCH AT TWO O CLOCK APRIL 28TH I WOKE UP WITH THE GIFT OF LIFE.I AM SO BLESSED AND THANKFUL TO MY DONAR FAMILY
                   


              A TRUE PIONEER TO THE LVAD WORLD                   
                                                       
                                 RIP SISTER SUZANNE
                                          1963-2012
                          YOU WILL BE MISSED DEEPLY BY THE LVAD COMMUNITY
                                                                         
                                                 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PERC SITE 35 DAYS AFTER SURGERY:THE HEALING PROCESS OF THE HUMAN BODY IS A MIRACLE....

PIC. TAKEN YESTERDAY 1/25/12
COME ALONG WAY SINCE SEPTEMBER****INFECTION GONE****AFTER SURGERY ON DEC.20th AND LOOKING AT THE HOLE IN MY SIDE I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO THINK...BUT I KNOW NOW THAT THE HUMAN BODY IS A TRUE HEALING MIRACLE....MY WOUND AND TUBE ARE SEALED AND IT'S ABOUT 50% SMALLER AND HALF AS DEEP:)..AS NEW CELLS AND TISSUES FORM THINGS GET BETTER AND BETTER EVERYDAY...

                         STAYING POSITIVE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS BETTER!!!

     LIVE'N AN LOVE'N LIFE DAY IN AND DAY OUT WITH MY HEARTMATE 2 (LVAD)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

THE HUMAN BODY AND ITS MIRACLE OF HEALING-PERC SITE INFECTION FROM 9-30-2011----1/12/2012

3 DAYS BEFORE SURGERY AND 83 DAYS INTO TRAUMA/INFECTION...12/17/2011

1 DAY AFTER DEBRIDEMENT SURGERY...12/20/2011

2 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY..1/4/12


YESTERDAY 1/11/2012--SITE IS HALF AS DEEP AND HALF AS BIG AS IT WAS 21 DAYS AGO
 IT'S AMAZING HOW THE HUMAN BODY HEALS MY PERC SITE IS FEELING SO MUCH BETTER AND WATCHING THE PROGRESS OF HEALING IS JUST A MIRACLE IN ITSELF...I WATCH IT GET SMALLER AND SHALLOWER EVERYDAY,AS NOW I AM OFF THE ANTIBIOTICS AND STARTING TO GET BACK BACK TO MY NORMAL ACTIVITIES......ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT WENT A LONG WAY IN KEEPING ME POSITIVE AND FOCUSED...YOU ALL PLAYED A BIG PART IN MY HEALING..THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!!..... CHRIS


                    GOD IS GREAT AND I AM BLESSED

  LIVE'N DAY IN AND DAY OUT AND LOVE'N LVADLIFE WITH MY HEARTMATE 2( LVAD)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WE SAY GOODBYE TO LEVI........

The loss of Levi Stone on Wednesday is the loss of our third Lvader since Saturday...Levi had a stroke this morning and left us..He felt no pain as it killed him instantly..The suffering is over for my Brother as now he is  in a better place.Levi was an Eye and Tissue Donor and his wife posted that he has given site to two people tonight.Levi lived some of his life in the Bay Area where I am from and we liked many of the same local teams that's how we met as we were both Cal fans...He will be truly missed and leaves behind an incredibly strong wife Emily Stone who fought this whole fight with him...Emily we are so sorry for your loss..You will always be a part of our LVAD Family.....  


OUR LVAD BROTHER LEVI STONE YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL YOUR LVAD BROTHERS AND SISTERS 

THIS PICTURE WAS MADE BY JOSH MORRIS(FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY LAVD) WANTED TO SHARE AS THIS SUMS UP THE AMAZING RELATIONSHIP THAT LEVI AND EMILY SHARED

                                                                R.I.P. LEVI STONE
                                          YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR LVAD BROTHER!!!

                    LIVE'N LIFE DAY IN AND DAY OUT WITH MY HEARTMATE2(LVAD)

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN LVAD WARRIORS..R.I.P. GENE AND ROB

Since Saturday we have lost 2 of our LVAD Warriors as it has been hard to see this happen and it's hard to really make things clear but it shows us that life has no guarantees....Extended life is a blessing in itself as we all live day by day and Thank God for everyday he gives us....We may have never met each other but the bond we all carry as LVADERS runs deep in our blood....It took so much for all of us to get where we are today and to lose Gene and Rob, It takes a part out of our hearts..It's like losing a Family member and that's how it feels to all that carry the LVAD Bond..We all feel for the families in grief and send prayers of strength and Lvad Love to all of them.The loved ones they leave behind we are so sorry for your loss.....


GENE PEAK A FATHER,HUSBAND AND LVAD WARRIOR HAD A YEAR OF EXTENDED LIFE AND LEAVES BEHIND A LOVING WIFE STARLA AND TWO TEEN AGE SONS..GENE  LEFT US SATURDAY AND OUR
CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY
 

ROB GILBERT A FATHER, HUSBAND AND LVAD WARRIOR WHO LEFT US TUESDAY LEAVES BEHIND A 4 MONTH OLD BOY ELIJAH AND A AMAZINGLY STRONG WIFE JESSICA....OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY HE LEAVES BEHIND..STAY STRONG JESS ..ROB LEFT YOU WITH A GIFT,THE GIFT OF LIFE IN YOUR SON ELIJAH...OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS WILL BE WITH YOU DAILY

R.I.P
GENE AND ROB
you will be truly missed by your families and the Lvad Community

LIVE'N LIFE DAY IN AND DAY OUT WITH MY HEARTMATE2(LVAD)


                                                

Monday, January 2, 2012

DAILY WET/DRY DRESSING CHANGE AND SILVER NITRATE TREATMENT....DONE DAILY BY HOME NURSE

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IN PART 1 OF THE VIDEO YOU WILL SEE HIM TAKING DOWN DRESSING AND UNPACKING IT...THEN HE WILL PACK IT WITH A GAUZE THAT IS SOAKED IN SILVER NITRATE LIQUID AND LEAVE IT IN WOUND FOR 10 MINUTES



IN PART 2 YOU WILL SEE HIM REMOVE THE SILVER NITRATE SOAKED GAUZE AND CLEAN THE OUTSIDE OF WOUND WITH THE WITH THE TROPICAL/ANTISEPTIC POVIDONE-IODINE SINCE I AM HIGHLY ALLERGIC TO THE CHLORHEXIDINE ANTISEPTIC THEN HE WILL CONTINUE TO FINISH THE CLEANING PROCESS 

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IN PART 3 AND 4 YOU WILL SEE HIM PACK THE WOUND WITH A WET GAUZE  AND APPLY THE SPLIT SPONGES AND TOP IT WITH GAUZE AND THE LAST VIDEO YOU WILL SEE HIM APPLY THE 8 BY 10 TEGADERM FILM AND THAT WET DRY DRESSING CHANGE IS DONE EVERYDAY
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