Today July 13,2016 Cliff had another stroke incident which had impaired his vision and his speech. He woke up and said his vision was really weird (double/triple vision), I noticed his speech was slurred too. I immediately called the VAD team and we were instructed to head to the nearest ED. After many hours there he was transported to Philadelphia. They have run many tests and we wait. He has a patch over his one eye and that seems to help him focus.
Jul 06, 2016
Recently Cliff and I took a lovely trip to Maine. After a beautiful and long day of sightseeing thru that evening while sleeping, his Defibrillator fired. We called his medical emergency team and they treated him with extra potassium, told to drink OJ and rest.
He felt well enough to continue on with our trip. After getting to our next stop, his breathing became labored and I became more concerned, but he kept pushing himself and said he just needed to take his diuretics. He finally agreed to have me call the medical team when he said his vision was impaired and he had a headache. Well we headed to the nearest ED; The medical staff there were not familiar with the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), so they arraigned for him to be transported to Philadelphia by LifeFlight from Bangor, Maine. *See picture that was taken by his Flight Nurse. They were fantastic!
While still in Maine, he had a CT scan which was compared to the ones that were taken in Philadelphia. They confirmed he had suffered a stroke on the left side back of the brain.
Once back in Philadelphia at HUP and after being in CCU for a couple days; thankfully his vision has improved. We will follow-up with a Neuro-Ophthalmologist.
They also found an infection near his driveline. This is the area where the tube goes in his belly and is connected to the heart pump device, called HeartWare (Also called an LVAD). They are treating this issue as well and will put a piccline in to administer a steady flow of antibiotics. We will follow-up with infectious disease specialists when we meet with the VAD team for our monthly clinic.
Although this is a difficult time for us we are thankful that we are back at HUP for his treatment.
So with all this being said, please continue to lift him/us up in prayer.
Lovingly, Team Colbert!
May 31, 2016
Just wanted to stop by and give you all an update; I know it has been a while.
Cliff graduated from Cardiac Rehabilitation. Very proud of him!
We are still waiting for his disabity; after...
Feb 20, 2016
NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET!
Yesterday (Friday) Cliff and I headed down to HUP for his follow up with the VAD/Stem Cell Study Team. He had what they call a VAD turndown, which is SOP.
Jan 28, 2016
Today we celebrated my birthday, we went to Lancaster, PA and to Shady Maple (On your Birthday your meal is free). Lancaster was so beautiful with snow coverd hills and farms. I love spending time...
Jan 21, 2016
Cliff received clearance and has started his cardiac rehabilitation. Yesterday 1/20/16 was his first day. He is so good at figuring out innovative ways of how to keep his device with him, while...
Jan 04, 2016
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a blessed Christmas/holiday season. We were cleared to take a road trip to visit Cliff's side of the family for Christmas. We had a fantastic time visiting them...
Dec 28, 2015
We are thankful for you generous donations and for your support. We have been blessed by so many reaching out to us in the time of need.
I am one to always look on the bright side of things...
Dec 08, 2015
Cliff had his appointment with the VAD study group at HUP in the Perelman Center in Philadelphia today. It was a long day for us both.
During our visit, he was given a 6 minute stress test,...
Dec 01, 2015
WOW! Thank you for your donations and for being a blessing to us. We wish we could view who has contributed, so we could thank you personally.
We are doing well and God has blessed us with so...