BEST THANKSGIVING EVER...2012
Such a BLESSED DAY!
Do you believe in miracles? I do and this is one of them! Thank you everyone for giving so generously! Let's keep reaching for our goal!
11.20.12 Chet Kwiat Update...MY HUSBAND IS COMING HOME!!! YEP, THATS RIGHT! After our group meeting with the doctors and the therapist teams, they have projected, based on his MIRACULOUS recovey, to have him discharged and sent to our home, NEXT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH!!
As you can tell, we are beyond thrilled, still in shock that this is happening so quickly and a little nervous for my caregiv
ing skills... :/
The resident doctor also told me, that someone who suffers this massive of a hemmorage (bleed) and as large as the clot was (5mm), they wouldnt normally survive or end up as well as Chet is doing! WOW...not much other explanation here except...GOD's HANDS!
Even though this is really great news and great progress, please know AND PRAY for complete healing and restoration for Chet. His cognitive level needs to be improved quite a bit, but his physical capabilities are showing good improvement and the doctors said that it is because he was already in pretty great shape and that is going to continue to be in his favor!
With all of that said, we pray for each of you to take a serious look at your own health and make that decision TODAY, to be the best that YOU CAN BE!
So, you might see us out and about in the community, but, please be respectful of this sensitive time for all of us as we continue to heal and reaclimate to our "normal" lives.
I know that with the support of all of our amazing friends, family members and a community that is as great as ours in Ferndale, we will have the support we will need to give Chet the best possible outcome for a INCREDIBLY RICH & BLESSED LIFE!
So many thanks to all of you... ♥ Chet & Debra Kwiat
"Ž11.12.12 Chet Update - Chet had a good day!
Today was alot like the last few days, but he was ready to fire back some jokes, songs & wit. He seemed to have much more clarity and mental focus.
The day was filled with visits from special family and friends. He was able to call his sister on the phone, which complete
ly blessed her evening (she said). He was also able to celebrate his birthday a day early with my kiddos since they wont be with him on his actual birthday tomorrow.
Chet will be 57 years old tomorrow and we are hoping as part of his celebration, he will be re-evaluated from the doctors to confirm that he will be ready to be moved to the physical therapy floor tomorrow. This is when we will be able to really see what he is capable of physically and what our near future will look like.
Please pray for him physically, as he is getting ready to embark on a hard part of his recuperation. He is also struggling with his memory. Sometimes, he is very "on", while other times, he is "off". This is mostly due to the are of his brain that was severely impacted during his incident. So prayers for that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all for your prayers...enjoy the pictures â™¥ Debra
See update below! Thank you so much for all your support!!!
God hears, God answers, God has plans for Chet. Thank you everyone for praying like true warriors and standing by this family's side. WOW!
11.10.12 - Chet Update...HE'S BACK!!!
The first words that come to my mind are...OH MY GOSH, I THINK I AM WITNESSING A MIRACLE!
Today was probably the best day I have had in the last 3 weeks. Today is the day when I felt hope come back into my heart...I truly believe my hubby is making a HUGE COMEBACK!
THE FEEDING TUBE IS OUT!
This morning Tracy Scott and her family were able to push Chet aro
und the halls of his new surroundings. He had a great PRE birthday visit with his son Micah and his wife Rachelle. He ate full meals throughout the day with no complications. (Which is why they felt he was strong enough to eat without any issues of choking, etc. to remove the feed tube.)
The highlight of my day with him was hearing him a full on conversation with his brother John and sister-in-law Chris Kwiat for a full 15 minutes interacting, joking a little and even saying "hola" to his sis-in-law. So, he may not be able to count to 10 yet, but, he is BI-LINGUAL! :) This is the first time I heard him speak for that length of time without any real pauses...IT WAS AMAZING!
So, the rest of the afternoon was just my daughter Mikayla Emmert and I soaking it all in. We were in constant awe of how great he looked (picture coming after this is posted) and how grateful we are to come to the realization that we HAVE OUR CHETTY BACK!
WOW....so thankful ♥
My Chetty Update 11.9.12 - I AM SO PROUD OF MY HUBBY!
He is making progress by leaps and bounds!
Today he was able to walk across his little room to the sink and began to brush his teeth...on his own...but then started experiencing a SLIGHT seizure, so the medical staff sat him down to finish his task. These seizures are a new thing and not entirely uncommon. He will be taking meds for these f
or the next 6 months, until they eventually end.
The DR. came in to evanulate him to see if he was a good candidate for moving up from the occupational therapy floor (where he is currently at) to the next floor, which is the actual physical therapy floor (3 hours of therapy per day) and he passed with almost flying colors, but enough to move him up there beginning Tuesday of next week!!! :)
His speech therapist came in and went thru the daily tests, he did great. She fed him snack, some of his faves, pnut butter and graham crackers :), peaches and ice water and was able to eat them all without any complications.
He was then served his very first REAL MEAL since this all unfolded. His meal consisted of ground turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy and cubed up carrots which he ate with absolutely NO PROBLEMS. He finished his lunch with some milk and chocolate pudding and ate it all ENTIRELY by himself! This tells the medical team that they can safely remove his feeding tube this weekend...YAY! Yes, he is still part of the "clean your plate club"...for all of you ladies out there who felt they needed to feed my husband in abundance over the years :))
We visited with friends from Woodinville, whom he recognized and even interacted with us all.
I then read all of the different cards that have come in from well wishers and he knew of each person...this was good for him and I to read thru.
But...the highlight of the day today was...my daughter, Mikayla Emmert, whom he was with the day of his accident, said to her..."Hi Sis"...her eyes filled with tears of joy!
I LOVE YOU CHETTY...YOU ARE THE LIGHT IN MY LIFE!
11.8.12 Chet Update - ANOTHER DAY OF PROGRESS!
Chet was able to re-experience what REAL FOOD tastes like. Because he passed his food digestion/swalling/etc test, they gave the green light to have some yogurt and ice cream. He seemed to enjoy the ice cream (big surprise) and the yogurt...not so much.
He was able to transfer his body from the bed to the gerny (sp?) without any assistance. He ma
y have gotten fatigued half way thru, but...HE DID IT!
He was quite humorous all throughout the day with his slapstick type of humor, with little digs and wisecracks. Each day he seems to be able to get more and more words out.
I told the therapist that he seems to sing easier than he can speak, so she had him sing happy birthday...so, he sang..."Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me..." (well, I guess he should sing to himself since his birthday is on Tues) :) He then started to look around at everybody wondering why no one else was singing happy birthday to him, with him...FUNNY
He was able to skype with his son Tim, in Atlanta, today...Tim was BEYOND ECSTATIC to hear his father's voice...LOVE THIS! :)
He has been on the occupational therapy floor for 2 complete days and since he is at the progression level that he is at, they are thinking of moving him up to the next floor up (physical therapy floor) which would mean 3 HOURS A DAY OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, this is good!
What you can pray for along with a full physical recovery, but, also his short term memory. This seems to be an issue for him right now and am SURE this frustrates him. :( Even counting to 10 is NOT EASY for him...poor guy. We are hoping that this returns after everything settles back into place in his brain.
NONE OF YOU GO UNNOTICED! I am in constant awe of how so many people who know us, dont know us, love us and everyone inbetween, are reaching out to us in ways that contiunue to give me strength and fill my heart...Thank you ♥ Debra
Chet Update 11.7.12 - Today was just as good as yesterday, perhaps a bit better.
Chet was able to indulge (successfully) in ice chips, drinking water from a straw and eat a small serving of applesauce with no complications!! He was LOVING the ice and water. :)
He also sat with Abby and I for a long time while we puzzled and he just watched us and allowed us to annoy him with lots of questions
or rants or just plain slapsticky small talk. We asked we were annoying him and he smirked and nodded his head YES!! rude... ;) So we continued to annoy us in true family form. :D
He was able to stand and walk across his room and back to his bed, with the help of us walker.
They asked him to pick up one of our puzzle pieces and bring it from one hand to the other and he did...NO PROBLEM!
When I told him I was leaving and that I loved him, he FINALLY SAID..."I LOVE YOU TOO"!!!!! Words I have been longing to hear!! :D
So, today was a SUCCESS! We just need to keep taking very small baby steps until he is back to 100%!
♥ Debra Hinrichs Kwiat
My AMAZING HUSBANDS Update - 11.6.12
OK, I thought yesterday was a good day for my hubby, but, today was an even more impressive day!
He was able to stand up pretty well, faster than yesterdays attempt and not only did he stand, he stood for a few minutes, then with the help of a walker, was able to take little steps away from the bed, turned his body to the right, left and back to center (adjust
ing and stearing his feet in the correct direction each time.
He then sat in a regular person chair :) for about an hour, until we heard the news we've been waiting for...THERE IS A BED AVAILABLE UPSTAIRS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND CHET WE WILL BE MOVING YOU IN AN HOUR! This was such great news and is now the time to see what skills our guy really has!
He started singing the song from the old TV show, The Jefferson's..."I'm Movin on Up..." He isnt saying much, but seems to find singing a bit easier to do...LOVE IT!
I am feeling more encouraged as I see and hear what I have been the last 2 days...cant wait to see what the next week brings us!!!
I feel my ♥ filling back up :)
My Chet Update - 11.5.12 - well, pretty big stuff happened today for our guy...the sutures were removed from his incision, it looks pretty good and his hair is already starting to cover it pretty well. Thankful that my hubby has such a great head of hair still. :)
He is not on any medication except for tylenol and ibuprofen only when he states discomfort. Everyting else except for his feeding
tube is off of him. This will be removed when he moves to the next phase in his therapy.
He worked with an occupational therapist while I was in the room, and he was able to state his full name, give her high 5's, pull his hospital pants up, sit on the edge of the bed and stand up 3 times! Yes, he may have had a little assistance & a bit slow on the uptake, BUT, THIS IS HUGE!
He has an order to be moved up to the occupational therapy floor as soon as a bed is available. We are hoping this will happen sometime tonight, if not early in the a.m.
This will be a time where he is going to have to work VERY HARD to do the things that we ALL take for granted every day...he will have to relearn them.
I was able to sit in his bed and watch the news and played some good ole fahioned Hymns...it was niceto see him remember some of the words to the hymns we all know and love so much. He was also tapping his fingers when he heard chopsticks o the t.v...
He's making a comeback, that is for sure...its just going to be a time for everyone to be patient and allow for this amazing man to put it all back together.
It was a good day... :)
11.4.12 Chet Update - The drain is out! It seems his head is pretty much done having to drain any real excess fluid from the hemmorage and is now starting to absorb like it is supposed to.
The day pretty much consisted of a visit from some of his dearest friends, Don & Shirley Thayer, lying around watching football, actually hearing him speak a few words (audibly) and gettin some snuggles in.
He seems very frsutrated and is ready for the next step which is going to be relocating him upstairs for occupational therapy. This will be a time that we will all be able to see what he is capable of doing physically and should show us quite a bit of what is recovery will look like. Although, we, the family, doctors & nurses all seem to think he will have a pretty decent recovery, we will just have to be patient and not ease up on him....He JUST MAY resist being pushed...:)
So, things are progressing...just very slowly and that is to be expected with this.
Thank you for your continued prayers.... ♥ Debra
My Chetty Update 11.2.12...
Well, today was not the brightest day for either of us...it seems my husband is feeling pretty discouraged with his condition.
He seems as if he is ticked off at why he can form words but not be heard. He agrees with me when I ask, do you feel like you are trapped inside your body that is not cooperating? He nods his head while making a negative smirk with his mouth
He was not very compliant with the nurses, doctors, or even me today. He just seemed...PLAIN TICKED OFF to tell you the truth.
While he is still the same as he was yesterday, he seems to be EXTREMELY aggitated and mad. He had less words to say, less smiles and less interest in following directions... I guess this is normal, just so hard to witness. :/
Hoping for a better review tomorrow...THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS...they ARE working!... ♥ Debra
11/1/12 - 8:30 p.m.
My Daily Chet Update - well, it seems that most of our days now will be very slow progress...BUT, he did indeed make some progress! :)
Sandy Beadle Donogh came to visit him and when we went into his room, He was able whisper .."These are the Days of our Lives" (YES, complete sentence) because his nurse went to lunch and forgot to change the channel so, watched the entire soap opera. We laughe
d at him being stuck with that on his tv and he smirked with his half smile.
We had some more alone time with some sweet kisses and him whispering a few more words, that were intentional and appropriate for the conversation, which is AWESOME and tells us that he is appearing to have a full vocabulary, but, just is not audible. Whatever the case, this makes me very excited at the thought of him, comprehending everything and even interacting a bit.
The staff also put him in a orthopedic chair, so he could be upright for a couple hours today...it was SOOO NICE to see him sitting up, he looks so good!
The staff that have worked with him for the past 12 days keep popping in to say hi to him and us and are all very amazed at how great he is looking and progressing!
Because of the drain that is still in place in his head (for all of the excess fluid surrounding the brain that needs to continue to exit...which is also making great progress) and the medication that he is now on to increase his blood pressure, he will continue to be in ICU for a couple more days prior to moving to occupational therapy.
This is when, we suspect, he will make GREAT STRIDES!
Youre prayers are working...I truly believe we are seeing God restoring our Chet. :)
10/31/12 - My hubby (Chet) update...
I know, I may be repeating myself, but his day was ALOT like yesterday... :0 - I am NOT, however, complaining...I (we) are celebrating!
He spends most of his days right now, very alert, aware, following MOST of the tests that are thrown his way, but more importantly, is able to kiss me back when I kiss him!!!!!! :D Sorry to all who think this is a bit TMI, but, am mor
e in love with my husband today, than ever before...did NOT know that was possible.
Was able to spend ALOT of alone time with him and had some light as well as deep conversations...one of which, was what REALLY happened to him...not that evening, but his condition...brain aneurysm and stroke....he saw a few tears down my face, & looked concerned, told him that I am not, in any way, upset with him and reassured him that I AM OK and God has a REALLY BIG PLAN FOR US ;) That is what I am clinging to anyways. :)
He had big toothy grins when Pastor Bob Marvel, his wife Dorene Marvel and Tom Burke were visiting...also requesting if they could take Chet out to go trick or treating...It was BEAUTIFUL to see his amazing smile again.
He is off of everything except the drain, tylenol and occasional ibuprofen. They have bigger plans for him tomorrow.
With all that said...I do believe we are witnessing Gods healing touch within Chet and KNOW that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU, have helped to make this possible.
Chet's VERY STRONG (hu-hmmm)Wife ♥ - Debra ;)
10/31/12 - 12 hours ag0/Harborview, Seattle, WA
Chetty update...my husbands day today was a repeat of yesterday. From this point forward, the progress will be an uphill climb.
The fever, swelling, and all of the other scary things that could happen to him, are very slim at this point!
He will continue to be in ICU until the end of this week, then moved upstairs to occupational therapy for a week. This will, hopefully, be a week of lots of p
He spends alot of his time looking as if he is in deep thought, probably A. Wondering what the heck happened to him and B. Why he can't speak.
Sure miss his sweet voice and soft spoken words....PLEASE LORD!
Our family feels incredibly blessed and loved by ALL OF YOU!
Thank you!!! ♥
Monday, 10/29/12 -
My Chetty Report - ANOTHER GOOD DAY!
Today was alot like yesterday...VERY GOOD! :) My husband was stable, incredibly calm, curious, awake & aware. He is following alot of the ocupational therapists commands., he's not real speedy, but... that is...Chet Style anyways :)
BUT, most of all he was able to say his last name & recognizes all of us!!! He even smirked at Jared (my son) when he was b
eing his normal goofy self. His communication is with a nod yes or no, winking of the eyes and a little smirky lip. We have even seen his awesome smile start to reappear.
We shared our own moment and had some long conversations with our eyes, read him some special messages, people wanted me to pass along to me, showed him pictures of his amazing family and gave him a little kiss...HE LIKED THAT ;)
These upcoming days will hopefully be filled with consistent progres, especially as he is trying to speak more. His desire is incredible, but is not quite able to spit them all out yet.
As my husband is able to fully understand what has happened to him, he is going to be incredibly saddened for my his wife, who suffered this same thing with her (my) mom and will be incredibly sad to know that I had to face it with him. He would NEVER want for me to EVER re-live this experience and we will BOTH need healing with this... :'(
MY PRAYER FROM ALL OF YOU TO OUR GUY IS...Continued good health for him, Peace, understanding & clarity with his recent event for BOTH OF US & perhpas most of all, his abilty to speak & continue to bless SO MANY with his voice.
For anyone who knows and loves my husband, is, with his voice, he was able to bring MANY MANY people to Christ though his pastoring days and not to mention he sings like an angel...His voice is beautiful and hope that it is restored.
HE IS REALLY DOING GREAT, YOU GUYS...WE'RE GETTING THERE ♥ - thank you ALL for your continued support, whether it be meals, calls, visits, special messages, cards, gifts, running kids around, walking and bathing the dog...BUT, MOST OF ALL...YOUR PRAYERS!
Late last night 10/28/12 -
Report from late last night!!!
Chet Report - WOW...what an excellent day!
They were able to extubate (remove the breathing tube) today and after resting...with NO visitors, has started becoming more aware of his surroundings.
At 6pm I went into his room, hearing the nurse say..."Chet, if you want to talk wiggle your fingers"...CHET WIGGLED FINGERS. It is very painful for him to talk at this time, because his throat is raw.
He will continue to work on this tomorrow.
He also asked him to cough and he gave a few coughs.
I then was alone in the room with him (YES, the nurse said it was ok to enter :)) and was holding his hand. He was really studying me with his eyeS, I chatted with him about how awesome he was doing and that he looked great, also mentioned that I almost felt like I was married to "Father Theresa"...(I KNOW< CRAZY) due to his RATHER LARGE fan base :) he just looked at me like i was...well..CRAZY.
I then asked him..."If you love me, squeeze my hand"...HE DID...rather tightly and just kept looking at me. :))))
He is going to just keep improving as he becomes 100% aware and his body continues to totally heal.
Such a great day...So happy for my daughter to receive this news on her birthday...she really needed this. ♥ ♥
10/28/12 - about an hour ago CHET UPDATE
THE BREATHING TUBE IS OUT!!!!!!! We are in still a critical time, praying that he doesnt take a turn for the worse and they have to go back in! No visitors or activity for him for 2 hours. I cant stop crying with such relief...I peeked in the room and he is back there licking his lips, sitting up. He is starting to look like his old self (that is NOT an old joke) :) Happy Birthday Mikayla...not a bad present for you huh?!
10/27/12 - Chet Update - Well, today started out amazing. Lots of progress, fever broke and was down to normal, both eyes open and tracking people in the room. He seems to recognize me and had a very visible tear run down his temple and even gave my hand a squeeze.
He passed his physical commands test, open eyes, thumbs up & wiggle toes, but, his breathing wants to increase when people are in the room.
As the day progressed and we were feeling encouraged, he has since gotten his fever back and his breathing is far too fast. They are hoping for 20-25 BPM and he is anywhere from 30-47...this is too fast and concerning.
Our nurse has been telling us that each time we come into the room, we are to be EXTREMELY CALM. For anybody who knows me, this is not the easiest. I get easily excited and probably transfer from of that over to Chet and it makes him anxious. BUT...I have been MORE CALM THAN EVER when in with him, trying to follow the nurse/dr orders.
Anyone who knows my husband, KNOWS that he is VERY concerned about me, (his wife), and his kids and isnt sure why he is where he is at and seems to get VERY ANXIOUS, wanting to make sure, especially I, am ok, and for him to be lying in this bed, he sees me and wants to get up, talk, wake up fully and wrap me in his arms to comfort me.
I am playing poker face with him and reassuring him with a whisper, that I am ok, but, this is still very stressful on him...perhaps he can see the worry in my eyes...unsure.
So, our nurse has requested that everybody not enter his room, without asking him if it is a stable time to come in, so that he can be calm enough to continue to heal his body without having to feel like he needs to worry about his family.
10/26/12 @ 11 a.m. ~ My beloveds update... Update...beginning to have vaso spasms, (constricting blood vessels) being watched closely for that, has irregular heart beat, doing cardiac tests today, cat scan sched for after midnight tonight, blood pressure good, still has fever. Nothing planned for today, just more of the same...♥
10/24/12 - 4 pm.ish Chet Update - not alot of change, altho, he did pass his breathing test which is good. BUT since he did not pass his hourly test of commands, while he was off of the sedation, they were not able to remove the breathing tube. They kept the tube turned off giving him the opportunity to work on his breathing, but because this will exhaust him and he didnt follow the physical commands, they turned t
he sedation back on and will continue to give him chunks of time throughout the day to keep practicing and asking for thumbs up, open eyes, wiggle toes, etc. and if appears to be very alert and making attempts to follow commands, they will take the tube out.
He is however, very physical, moving his legs, arms, coughing, reaching. So he is acting intentional, just being stubborn upon command to do some of the others.
As of right now, it is looking the tube will stay in plae for yet another day UNLESS he really rally's within the next few hours. That can now be your specific prayer...that he can breath on his own calmly and is able to start following commands...THANK YOU EVERYONE
PRAYERS NEEDED THIS MORNING! Chet is going to go thru another breathing test around noon. Please pray that he is able to breath 30 breaths spread evenly thru a 1 minute timeframe. Last time he was tested he breathed 40 breaths within seconds. Pray that his breathing is calm and slow so we can remove this tube...PLEASE GOD!
Chet Update (via Chet's wife, Debra) - The angiogram test was clear. This means that he doesnt have any leaks and/or other surrounding aneurysms/clots in the affected area...this is VERY GOOD!
They, however, were unable to remove the breathing tube due to him "not passing" his breathing test. It is normal procedure for them to test a brain surgery patient's ability to breath on their own before they remove the tube.
Not passing this test is normal, but, they were hoping he wouldve performed a bit better at this. This means he will have the breathing tube in until tomorrow and will be tested again. He did act agitated and THAT is good.
It is still unclear what the long term is going to look like. We will not know that until they are able to do other tests on him, such as, recognizing family, trying to talk, drink from straw, etc..
Now we continue to wait & pray for a stronger day tomorrow and each day that follows....Thank you all!