Boles is now receiving home therapy from a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a speech therapist. He has had quite a busy schedule since discharge.
Boles went to a follow up appointment with the cardiac surgeon's nurse practitioner on Monday, Feb 22, 2010. The xray showed continued fluid around his left lung. He was advised of need to remove the fluid, a procedure called a pleural effusion. this was done on Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010. Boles had some pain in his left shoulder after this. This morning he awoke with the pain. It does seem that tylenol helps.
I am hoping that with over 1 litre of fluid removed, Boles (Dad) will have more energy and will continue to recover and prepare himself for getting a new puppy.
This idea of getting a new puppy was what got him through his month in the hospital and acute rehab.
I am Boles Daughter, Gay and I am writing the journals.
My name is Gay Baker and I am Boles Burke's daughter. I am writing this journal as a way to document my father's recovery.
Boles is currently in the Acute Rehabillitation program at MetroHealth Medical Center. He is now at day 5. Boles receives physical therapy for 2 hrs per day, speech and language therapy for one hour per day and occupational therapy for one hour per day. He is much stronger than when he arrived on Friday, Feb 5, 2010.
Boles had aortic valve replacement and a double bypass at the Cleveland Clinic. His cardiac surgeon was Dr. Johnston.
The only identified concern right now is that Boles is still in AFib. He has an appointment with the nurse practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic on Monday Feb 22, 2010. This nurse practitioner works closely with Dr. Johnston.
Boles has had some memory problems especially short term memory. He actually does not remember much about his time at the Cleveland Clinic prior to surgery. Boles was admitted on January 21, 2010 and his surgery was on January 28, 2010.
He is extremely fortunate to have discovered the problem and engaged in the remedy of open heart surgery. He has faced all this with humor, courage and great faith in the medical teams managing his care.