Sunday, October 23, 2016

Our Six Week Stay at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

Ted was released from St Anthony Hospital in the Denver area August 25th.  The doctors wanted him to stay in the area for a month to 6 wks to gain his strength and make sure he was stable before heading home to FL. There is not a lot of campgrounds in the Denver area, but the AF base said come on over and we will make sure you have a spot. Thanks to our brother-in-law Gerry and my sister, Jean, for getting our rig down from Elk Creek CG in Grand Lake to the AF base just outside of Denver.  This was our spot for Ted recovery for almost 6 weeks.

The first Monday we were at the famcamp the lawn mowers through up a stone and broke the side window of the motor home.  Neighbors across the street secured the window with duck tape until the repair was completed. 

The mowing company at the base had the window replaced for us. Glad their insurance covered the replacement, since was told that it would have been about $1500.

Job well done...

Dr Fabian, Ted's kidney doctor...part of Western Nephrology.

Dr Wieland, infectious disease doctor, with WIDC

Chelsea, Ted's great PT person came twice a week to get him moving...

Anna came weekly to take his blood and change his pick line dressing...

Wendy, also was a frequent visitor to help take Ted's blood and change the pick line dressing.
 What a great group of people we had to help Ted with his recovery. Thanks to all of you!!!

Breakfast at the bases Burger King became a tradition.

Ramon, with Horizon Transport, was sent by Sky Med to transport our rig back home to FL. Jan and Ramon did a walk around of the motor home before transport....Ramon picked the rig up on a Wed afternoon and had it in Ocala Saturday afternoon. Even hurricane Matthew didn't slow him down! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Catching Up

Since my last post, which was of Ted being in St Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, CO and his return to Grand Lake for recovery from open heart surgery, we have had a lot happen. Shortly after returning to Grand Lake Ted had complications and was sent back to the hospital. He suffered several strokes and developed an infection as a result of his operation.  The following photos were taken turning his 2nd stay in St Anthony's rehab unit. 

Kari and Curtis did get up to Elk Creek Campground for a camp out during one of Jan's short return trips for clean clothes.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

St Anthony Hospital Metro Denver and Ted's Stay

Ted leaving Middle Park Medical Center heading for St Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO. Ted had gone to Middle Park MC several times during our first week in Grand Lake thinking he was having a hard time adjusting to the altitude this year. However, symptoms were showing something much more serious.

Ambulance leaving Granby, CO with Ted aboard.....

St Anthony's Hospital, Lakewood, CO, where Ted started his stay on the 4th floor.

Ted in his pre-operation room with his new dance partner. Diagnosis:  Ted needs a new heart value and a bypass. In other words, open heart surgery.  Remember Ted's on going cough(5+ years)...well that was a symptom of his heart problem. Thanks to the Colorado Doctors for finally figuring out his problem. Having visited Doctors across the country trying to find out why he was coughing, thank heavens we were in the right place at the right time. 

View from Ted's 4th floor room....

Ted's nursing angels!

Joshua Cross, PA-C of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery Associates was Ted's helping hand after surgery. Ted's Cardiothoracic Surgeon was Patrick Rudersdorf, MD and team. (never did get Dr Rudersdorf's photo)

Jonathan Degner, PA-C and Lanette Bringham, Heart Nurse guided Ted's recovery and followup treatment.
Thanks to the whole team at Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates in Lakewood, CO! 

Ted is now continuing his recovery at our favorite summer location Elk Creek Campground, Grand Lake, CO. It will be a very slow process and no golf for at least 6 mos.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Unexpected Visitor at Elk Creek Campground

Returned from Denver the other day to find that one of our neighbors was visiting.

Was trap in the car for awhile, but finally made it in to the motor home and were able to take these photo from the RV window.

Sorry this photo did not turn out well,but moose was right outside the window in the shade....

Friday, June 10, 2016

Grand Lake, CO, Settled In

We are back in our favorite spot in Elk Creek Campground, Grand Lake, CO. Check "Our Position" in the right hand column to see exactly where we are! 

Weather has been beautiful and you can still see snow on the mountain tops.

Tuco in his favorite spot. He is definitely a "companion dog".

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Golden, CO Visit

Enjoyed great hamburgers from Bob's Atomic Burgers in Golden and a nice visit with Kari.

View story of Bob's Atomic Burger...

Got to catch up on all the gossip with daughter, Kari, and Jan's sister, Jean, and her husband, Gerry.

Gerry and Jean's new Mustang 

Along Clear Creek in Golden...

Spring run off on Clear Creek....

Monday, May 30, 2016

USAF Thunderbirds and Colorado Springs

Heading north out of New Mexico toward Colorado Springs on I 25... view from  Raton Pass...

Pikes Peak

USAF Academy Stadium 

USAF Thunderbirds practicing over the famcamp at the Air Force Academy...getting ready for graduation.

Our campsite at the Air Force Academy Famcamp...

Accident on I 25 north out of Colorado Springs added an hour to our trip into Golden, CO

One of Tuco's traveling positions....