Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mr. Ed Update: On the Road to Recovery

Mr. Ed calling the Hogs
at the 2010 Liberty Bowl
It's been an exciting couple of days around here...well, actually the excitement has been in Missouri, but the ripple effects of recent events can be felt from thousands of miles away.

To bring everyone up to speed:  Heather's dad, Mr. Ed, suffered a significant heart attack while at home in Qulin, Missouri on January 26th.  After a full day of substitute teaching for the Twin Rivers School District, Mr. Ed came home and had a bowl of heart healthy Cheerios as a snack (how's that for irony?).  After a quick phone call to remind Heather's mother Phyllis to pick up some more milk on her way home, he was overcome with chest pains.

An urgent call back to Phyllis resulted in a call to neighbors Josh & Holly Johnson (Holly & Heather were BFF's in school).  Thankfully, Josh & Holly were able to get to Mr. Ed quickly.  Holly made a mad dash to the local Dollar General store for aspirin that helped save Mr. Ed's life.  In the meantime, Phyllis, neighbor Dennis Whitlow and family friend Danny Sentell were all there by the time the ambulance arrived to transport Mr. Ed to the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center...nothing like a party, right?

Mr. Ed was in luck with good care from the hospital.  He was transferred to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri where he underwent quadruple bypass surgery.  Mr. Ed recalls the five hour ambulance ride from Poplar Bluff as a recon mission to check out the newest school to join the SEC.

The heart attack left Mr. Ed with damage to the front of his heart.  Doctors used a vein from his leg and one from his chest to repair the damage during the five hour surgery.  Thankfully, Phyllis had the company of coworker & friend Candy Gabel during this time (Candy lives in the Columbia area).

Taking a spin around the hospital
We knew things were going good when Phyllis received a phone call from Mr. Ed just hours after his breathing tube was removed (at 4:00 a.m.) asking where she was and could she bring him his cell phone.  Although he spent a good amount of time in the ICU, it wasn't long before he was up and walking laps in the hall as part of his recovery.

Mr. Ed got to go home after 9 days in the hospital.  He looked like he had been in a cat fight and lost!  We know his recovery was sped along with the thoughts and prayers of our friends and families.  The outpouring of encouragement and support via Facebook, texts and phone calls was overwhelming and we are blessed to know that so many people care.  We are especially thankful to those who lent a helping hand to our family during this particularly stressful time, especially since we couldn't be there ourselves to do so.

As his recovery at home continues, we want to thank everyone for their well wishes and support and want to warn you:  Mr. Ed promises to be the loudest when calling the Hogs from now on.