A Great Trip To Vancouver.

Just Arrived At Roger’s Arena. L-R Tim, Oliver, Ben and Me

On Tuesday Jan.02 Ben drove Tim, Oliver and myself to Vancouver to watch our beloved Vancouver Canucks play the Anaheim Ducks at ice hockey. There was another reason for the trip too, and that was to allow Tim to attend a morning clinic at St. Paul’s hospital next morning.

We arrived at the hotel in time for us to have a little break and then we were off to Roger’s Arena for door opening and to watch the teams warm-up.

Oliver was pumped to be there.

Oliver was excited to be there…we all were and were hoping to see the depleted Canucks team put on a good show vs the Ducks. Sadly it was not to be as the home team was blanked 5-0 by the visitors. However, it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the trip. After the game we had a meal then hit the sack for a reasonably early start next day.

We drove to St. Paul’s next morning and following X-rays, ECGs, and two hours of meetings with medical people, Tim was allowed to leave. His overall check up went well and everyone there was pleased with his progress. He sure is doing a good job of caring for his health.

We managed to catch the 1pm ferry and the ride home was uneventful thanks to our very competent driver Ben. It had been a great time together. I loved it and I think the others did too.

Thank you Lord for a great medical team at St. Paul’s, Your loving care for my son and my whole family.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

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A Great Trip! Yes, Another One!

Ben, Craig and Me

Ben and his friend Craig invited dads Al and me to accompany them to a Vancouver Canucks hockey game. It turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life, and I think Al would concur with that.

We drove to the ferry in Ben’s truck and then hoofed it to the ferry and on to Rogers Arena. We arrived at our “seats” which just happened to be at a private suite in the arena. What an experience that was. We got there just before the teams came on for warm up. There was beer in the fridge!

Beer Available

There were finger foods available.

Beer and Veggie Starters

Chips and Popcorn

The teams came out for warm-up. and we took our seats. Later on, other guests arrived at the suite. We enjoyed meeting them.

Ben and Al (leaving) Front Row

The game came later and we thoroughly enjoyed it even though our beloved Canucks lost. The game could have gone either way.

Following the game we returned to our hotel and had an evening meal to complete the occasion. Al and I both had the same reaction to the whole affair. We were so humbled that when Ben and Craig got the tickets, they invited their Dads to share the experience with them. They looked after us and would not allow us to spend a cent. It was a complete role reversal. We did get a little taken aback when they offered to buy us Pirate Pack meals on the ferry home. (Locals will understand that)

It was a marvellous time! Thanks guys!

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Update On Tim

Singing In The Rain

Singing In The Rain

Here’s an update on Tim, written by Tim, for those of you who haven’t received the update on him any other way. He posted this update on Facebook yesterday.

“Another week has come and gone. Andi, her mom, the kids and I went to he movies on the weekend which was fun and normal! Dad came when they left and we had some nice walks and a break from the hospital visits. Andi arrived Wednesday to be here for my first post transplant clinic Thursday morning after my heart biopsy (grade zero no rejection!!). We met with the kidney Drs today and they are very pleased with my kidney function. My weight continues to drop, no swelling in the legs and virtually none in the stomach!! Made it up two flights of stairs today which is a first. Thank you for your continued support and love. Tim”

This picture was taken as we were setting out for a walk in the rain. The apartment block is located near St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver. Tim still has to attend weekly clinics there for weeks to come. The area is the west end of Vancouver which slopes gradually down to the water of English Bay.  We walked down the hill to the water but then had to return uphill as we completed the block. Tim managed the hill very well without seeming breathless. The struggle for him came in the form of aching legs. However, we all know that he has lost so much muscle mass that it’s going to take time to rebuild-hence the discomfort.

As Tim mentioned above, our family wishes to thank all of you for your continued love and support. Much love from us to you, and to God be the glory.

‘Bye for now and God bless.