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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 66

Joe is exhausted, but doing much better. Since the last update, it is incomprehensible how many new issues he has faced. I am unable to keep notes for myself, never mind post an update here. In brief:

On 10/26, Joe was transferred out of the ICU, back to the main hospital. However, during that first 24 hours, a disconcernting number of cascading negative events took place. I spent that night sleeping on a couch in the room which, thankfully, was just able to accommodate my size. Even so, it was a sleepless night for both of us.

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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 63

Joe is in the ICU. Late last Wednesday, a cascade of events resulted in a possible aspiration (bacteria entering lungs, which often leads to pneumonia). He was intubated and his breathing is still minimally assisted by a ventilator. (It is important to know: he is not on life support. The tube is used as a means to monitor and treat his lungs.) While he is on the ventilator, he must remain sedated.

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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 61

Joe’s surgery date is set for a week from today: October 13th. And, we have a new surgeon. Following the appointment with Dr. A+, Joe and I mulled over every detail of the appointment with him. We decided to express a few concerns to Joe’s oncologist who recommended we see another surgeon. Coincidentally, that surgeon happened to be Dr. A. We made an appointment and Dr. M accompanied us.

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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 60

Still reeling. Yesterday morning, my phone rang jarring me awake from a sleepless night. It was the surgeon. After reviewing information he’d received late Thursday, he expressed discomfort proceeding with the surgery himself. He suggested that a surgeon who specializes in colorectal surgeries take over. He had thorough notes compiled through the hospital’s online system regarding Joe’s case. He would also speak to the new surgeon. He provided us with three names and, at Joe’s insistence, rated them: A+, A and B. I called Dr. A+ whose office gave us an appointment in the afternoon.

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Joe Frank Medical & Recovery Fund – Update 59

It has been a roller coaster ride for a full two months, with the bulk of the whiplash turns, steep climbs, and sudden dives having taken place over the last two weeks. What we initially thought would be a colostomy similar to the one Joe had in 2014, turned out to be a more serious surgery, with added risk. Particularly given Joe’s age and prior medical procedures. Plus, his healing capabilities are more compromised due partially to the extended use of steroids he’s taken for a decade to protect his kidney transplant.

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Joe Frank Update: 8/15/2017

A lot has happened / continues to happen since the last update. At that point, we fully expected Joe to have already undergone surgery by now. After all, doctors said that it should be set as soon as possible. And, although the surgery itself would not be without risk – as all surgeries are – it would be minimally invasive with a short hospital stay. This is what we were expecting to hear when we arrived to meet the surgeon on July 31st.

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