Cindy Vogt Pendley posted a note for Gary that says:
Hi Gary! I've been trying to locate you and Joel. Wow! What a way to find you! You have an amazing story. I have no idea if you will see this message but I did see your number posted in a note and will call soon. I am so very grateful for your recovery!
Gary, It's great to hear from you and that you are doing so well. Stick with the exercise it has many positive benefits. I've been into Tai Chi now for 7 months and learning more each week. Thanks for resuming your journal.
Glad to know your doing well and exercizing regulary. As for your doctor saying you look terrific well that's subject to opinion, I'd say he needs glasses! Haha
I knew you would pull through, cause you want to go ski next year. Come on down to Houston before it gets to hot. We can go workout everyday and eat well.
I know your pain with the pericardial effusion. I had 1 1/2 pints drawn off my heart 5 weeks after my MVP repair. The dr literally told me had I waited until the next morning to come in to the er, I would have probably died overnight! Talk about a wake up call. I am now doing great and enjoying life again, as you will too. Take it slow and know that God is in control and probably telling you, like me, to slow down! Praying for a fast recovery for you.
You are gracious about the frustration of losing the long blog. I have learned to make a copy before submitting a long blog, and keeping it until I actually see my blog on the website. (The last one that I "lost" was even after getting a message "Duplicate submission".)
I don't think you ever said how old you are, or what kind of valves you were given. It would be good to know those things as we track your recovery.
Everybody told me recovery is a long haul, and it is. But the pace of progress i am making is exponential, and probably will be for you too.(By that I mean the progress is extremely slow at first, but gradually accelerates, so don't get discouraged the first few weeks.)
I'm relieved that your trip home went well and that Eric and Joel were there for you. I know you needed to be in your own house after being here for so long, and you'll probably see your recovery take a faster pace while you get back in familiar territory. I miss you, but I know you're where you need to be now. Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you were here. Keep pushing yourself! Get well! I know you will! I love you. Gayle (and Edd)
Hi Gary I am glad that you are home and your surgery was a success. Your sister Gayle and her husband Ed sound likes angels. You are so blessed. They certainly took good care of you. Continued healing and we will talk by phone soon. Good thoughts coming your way. Kathy
It's great to hear you are going home finally after a month or so of recovery. I told my sis Ellie about your challenges and where you have been. She's temporarilly in Largo, FL shipping her things to Cincy so she'll get to see you there when she gets back. I guess she is returning to her roots, since what's left of the family is mostly there and that's good.
Hey, it was just a few years back that we had you you here for Thanksgiving. We're going to Tulsa to visit with Donna this coming Monday so that will be good to see her and her kids and grandkids.
Keep us posted Gary. All of us truly have much to be thankful for! Praise the Lord!
Jim & Nancy
P.S. Tell Gayle that she did a wonderful job looking after you this last month, truly a sterling performance.
Thank you, Gary, for your loving and genuine words of appreciation not only for your Sister, Gayle, and Ed, but also for me. Gayle and I have spent a lot of time on the phone with each other over our concern for your recovery. Basically you can sign her up for saving your life because she was persistent with the surgeon about your last batch of symptoms that got you in the operating room quickly for your pericardial window, which, finally has you on the "right road" for recovery. It pleases me to see you improving. I'll be waiting at the airport with Eric to take you home! Keep healing, though; you still have a little more to go!!!! Joel
Fabulous news! First Class ticket, eh? Only the best for a First Class Guy!
Please remember it tends to be a little snappy (cold) in Cincy this time of year. Make sure you have your muffler, mittens and a warm hat. Do I sound like Mom? I recommend a red plaid Stormy Kromer hat. (google "Stormy Kromer")
Glad you are mending my friend. Keep it up!
Be well, Do Good Works, Stay in Touch.
Row Hard, Fish Well, Live Strong.
Sounds good, Gary! So glad you are strong enough to fly home.
Isn't it amazing what they can do for our hearts these days? and the experience does a lot for our figurative hearts, as well. (I'm thinking of how much closer you are to your sister now, and even experiencing a better relationship with your ex-wife?)
Anyway, I join you in expressing thanks to God for your progress.
Good morning GARY, one more day and you weill be on the way home, get here, be safe and take it easy, let me know when you are able to have company, and I am here to help you in any way. how about pizza one afternoon next week. Enjoy your flite home. JESSIE
Gary...Great to hear you are on your way home on Saturday. Give me a call and I can come over and bring lunch some day. Jenni sent me your guestbook because I stopped getting them for some reason. God speed and have a safe trip home.
I have been following your recovery from the sidelines. I am also a pilot and will be having my AV replaced within the next few years. I really understand when you talk about missing flying. Good luck and enjoy the upgrade!!
Gary...Awesome news!You've been through a lot and it will feel good to be home even though Gayle and Edd have taken care of you very well.Enjoy your flight home in first class and have safe travels.I know "Chocolate" will be glad to see you.Keep us posted of your progress when you can.It's been good to be updated like this.
You and your doctors must be pretty darn confident that you've got the recovery under control. I am looking forward to your uncensored assessment of your "adventure".What will your medical protocol be when you get back in town? Do you have a cardiologist and pcp standing by?
I would like to see how you are doing. Maybe if you feel up to it on Monday you could call me at work. 679-2023 x-15.
Mike has been using me as an information liason regarding your progress...I have been giving him everthing I know as soon as I know it.
You won't be too keen on our weather here...its beginning to seem more wintry all the time... still dry even though we've had an inch or so of rain this week.
the message I have been waiting for , Get in that seat and I will be your co pilot, so happy you are better, any thing I can do here to help//// PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I AM PROUD OF YOU, GET STRONGER, AND NOW YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT BEING AFRAID. JESSIE
Time to get out of the hospital. Watch out! They do funny things to you in there!
Sorry you had a a little "set back", but trust you are once again on a speedy road to recovery. I told you before we have to share a couple of "cold ones" while we swap lies about our "astounding feats of aerial dexterity".
I am still keeping Carol in Crew Sheduling at bay for you. Get well sooner!
Rich in Hogansville, GA
What a journey! Thank goodness the issue was corrected and you can stop the back and forth.
I hope Gary will be feeling better after that procedure and can get on with the business of healing.
Gayle does an excellent job of communicating the issues regarding your care.
Thanks to her.
Sounds as though your recovery is more challenging for you than expected. Hopefully you can keep us updated as you feel better now and have more strength.
I know you would rather speak for yourself regarding how you are feeling and what you are thinking.
I'll be watching for your posts and hope to get a call from you when you feel up to it.
It's great to hear of your most recent super good progress!
You know we're both in a rehab process (me with my hip and a pacemaker) and one of the best decisions I've made is to get into Tai Chi less than a month after the pacemaker. It's helped greatly with not only balance, etc. but breathing which enhances oxygen intake.
If you're not familiar with it it's a very deliberate slow form of martial arts. I was into Taekwondo some years back, so there's a lot of similarities, except the speed/ intensity. My primary physician and the EP specialist both feel it's very beneficial. Look it up on the web if you want to learn more.
It sounds like you've made the turn. I know how you feel being in the hospital that long. I spent weeks like that with pneumonia at the start of basic training in the Air Force many years ago and wouldn't want that again. Every day you will get a little stronger and before long you'll be back up to 100%. Those surgeons work miracles!
Great news Gary, keep up the good work and you will be back with chock in good ole norwood before you know it.Tell your sister she is a wonderful person for making you come to Las Vegas to get this done. Prayers from me to you. JESSIE
Subday morning. how about breakfast at Cracker Barrell, just wish you were here and well enough to travel to Sharonville, you will be soon and that would make chock happy and everyone else. Get better and enjoy the Sun and warm weather there, winter is moving in here. See you soon, JESSIE
GREAT news on being released from the hospital and home with your sister. You're on the recovery road and you're starting with baby steps, one day at a time. Be encouraged and stay focused. You will obtain your objective.
Hi Gary I have been reading your journal and I am so happy that you are home I am soory you are still on the O2 but I am sure that you are OK and I know it helps. Hang in there and I will cont to follow your progress
Susan V NC
Gary, Great news to hear you got to go to Gayle and Edd's.I'm so glad you have them to recuperate with.Yum..your meal sounds so good and I hope you enjoy every bite.Keep the posts coming.I love hearing your progress.
Love to you,Gayle and Edd,
Good morning Gary, just got your e mail site to come up, have been wondering about you and am pleased with the report. Just take things easy, get well and hurry home. Enjoy the nice weather there, hope Chock is doing ok. Jessie
Damn Gary, I mean I knew from your early posts you liked Vegas but 21 days?:-)
Hey I know this is probably taking WAY longer than you expected and you are anxious to get out of there. I am sending positive thoughts your way and sending some prayers up to the big guy upstairs. Hang in there!
Retaining fluids? My guess is that you have had someone sneeking you in a couple of "cold ones"! I know how pilots are.
Keep on the mend. There are too many walks to take, too much sunshine to bask in, and more than a few "cold ones" to drink on the front porch while we look at all the pretty girls walking by.
Keep the Blue Side Up!
Hey, Gary! You need to get out of that hospital-your two new grandchildren will be enrolling into college! By the way, do hospitals in Las Vegas have slot machines? I'm glad you understand the importance of consuming adequate fluids! And don't forget the importance of those graham crackers!!!!! You're almost there-one swift kick and you'll be out of the hospital! Keep up the good work on "healing"! Joel