Ahead of schedule like all the other events surrounding Dick's surgery and recovery he was able to come back to Sioux Falls Friday night! Earlier Friday morning I had called Shawn our LVAD coordinator and asked him if he could be released sooner seeing how well his recovery was going. Plus, his physical therapy last Thursday was not very intensive and I figured he could just as easily do that in Sioux Falls. Shawn was very impressed with Dick's overall strength and improvement and agreed he could resume his PT in Sioux Falls.
Three and a half weeks early! The original projected homecoming date was September 15th, then changed to September 6th, then changed to August 20th. This was music to our ears! Robert and I had come home Thursday afternoon because our 14-year-old Springer Spaniel, Dolly is failing. Both Dick and I wanted to get home for her, so with me going to Sioux Falls the day before, I asked Richard if he could drive Dick home Friday. Dick and Rich loaded up the "essentials" plus whatever they could fit into Richard's car and left Minneapolis around 7pm. We had a homemade carrot cake ready for him to welcome him home.
At our support group last Thursday, the transplant and LVAD recipients were absolutely amazed at how quickly Dick was able to recover. They asked if he had been really healthy before surgery, but the answer I gave them was "No". But I told them that it was the goodness of God who heard the prayers of over two thousand people throughout the country that led to a quick and successful recovery. There is still a long to go so keep praying, but having Dick home is a hugh step.
Thank you to all our beloved family and friends for all your prayers. God is indeed so gracious and his loving kindness endures forever! I would like to invite everyone to a homecoming party once Dick has progress further in gratitude of your care and support.