Carol Sing

Margaret, Neil and Lynore lead us.

Margaret, Neil and Lynore lead us.

A few evenings ago, we visited the home of friends here in Comox. They had asked us and other friends to come and join in a good, old-fashioned carol sing. Lynore led us in the carols, Margaret played her flute and Neil played the electric piano. We raised the roof and had a marvellous time together. The pics are a little fuzzy, but thank you Calvin for taking them anyway.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

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What A Difference A Year Makes.

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Cardiac Intensive Care At St. Paul's Hospital-Dec. 2014

Cardiac Intensive Care At St. Paul’s Hospital-Dec. 2014

Well folks, one year ago today Tim received his second transplanted heart. A year has gone by, the days have flown past and all our lives are so changed from what they were a year ago.

Our family is so thankful for the gift of life. We thank our gracious and loving God, a courageous donor family, an amazing medical team of surgeons, nurses and doctors. We are also in awe of the on-going love and support  (of all kinds) of family and friends, locally and the world over.

As we look forward to celebrating the birth of the babe of Bethlehem, our prayer is that peace would replace war, love would replace hate, and that we would all be able to love our neighbour as ourselves.

Summer 2015 With Andi, Charlotte and Oliver.

Summer 2015 With Andi, Charlotte and Oliver.

Merry Christmas, God bless and ‘bye for now.

A Wonderful Evening.

11822548_10155900500890156_2326874752920528195_nLast night our family attended a wonderful evening out at Glacier Greens Golf Course, one of our local courses. Friends of Tim and Andi had organized a celebration evening whereby other friends of theirs and family members got together to celebrate the wonderful turn around in Tim’s heath over the past year.

Most of you who read this blog from time to time know that one year ago Tim was very sick and things got worse until a new heart was found for him on Dec. 22 of 2014.

Tim, Andi and their family have received so much loving care from this wonderful community of the Comox Valley, and last night it all came to a head through the tremendous efforts of an amazing group.

There was a silent auction followed by a dinner (cooked by a friend). A short video of Tim’s life from birth to present came next, and the whole evening wound up with a dance to a live band.

It was so good to see everyone loving life, meeting and greeting each other and caring for each other in so many ways.

The evening also helped raise funds for Tim and his family, to help them through this tricky stretch where he is recovering from the transplant, unable to work, and facing more corrective/replacement surgery for a leaking heart valve.

From our family to all the brilliant organizers comes a heartfelt thank you. Enjoy the pictures which are courtesy of Marcie Dumais.

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The Best Christmas Present Ever

In Tim's Room At Hospital Day Before Surgery

In Tim’s Room At Hospital Day Before Surgery

Hello everyone…as most of you know by now, our family received the most marvellous Christmas gift this past Christmas. Our son Tim received a new heart, the second one in his relatively short life of 41 years. Of course, this gift came wrapped in a covering of sadness, for it meant that someone, somewhere had lost their life so that Tim might continue his. Our family will always be eternally grateful, that either an individual or a family, or both, had made the choice to donate organs, to give the gift of life to someone else.

Tim was in the cardiac surgery intensive care init (CSICU) for over two weeks. During that time he was sedated so we couldn’t speak with him, only talk to him. We whispered lots of prayers in his ears.

We had a Christmas without him. We stayed at the home of friends of Tim and Andi. They were holidaying in Florida so loaned us their home.

Tim eventually came around as sedation was withdrawn slowly. He was totally confused, naturally, so we were encouraged to repeat dates times locations to him in order for his brain to reorient itself to his surroundings.

Over the weeks he has progressed from the CSICU to the regular heart ward. He is now, on January 14th., able to walk a lap of the ward (about 105 metres) without stopping, eat all his meals while sitting up in a chair and operate his phone as his dexterity has returned. He has set goals with the transplant clinic nurse for when he feels he will be able to move to the apartment we have rented close to the hospital.

Our family wishes to thank all of you out there who have supported us with prayers, loving thoughts and encouraging words. We also thank Jesus, our Saviour, for His care and love for us in getting us through and being with us, in this trying time.

Love to all. Goodbye for now and God bless.

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