Helping Bob Recover

On March 30, 2018, Bob Ulmer II, a US Navy Vietnam Veteran, and semi retired self employed contractor, checked into Holland Hospital for what he thought would be a 6 to 8 hour back surgery. 8 hours turned into 15 hours and Bob’s body reacted negatively to the long surgery and continued anesthesia. His blood pressure bottomed out during surgery which resulted in two strokes. After surgery his body went into shock and his kidney and liver functions began to drop as he struggled with Sepsis. Thanks to an efficient ICU team they were able to get his vitals under control but still, for 7 days Bob remained in ICU on a ventilator in an unconscious state. Further testing revealed that Bob also had blood clots in both his legs. 

The doctors began discussing long term care on life support or removing the ventilator to see if Bob would survive. His family was lost and preparing for the worst.

On Saturday, April 7, after being transported to Spectrum Meijer Heart Center Neurological ICU for blood clot treatment, Bob opened his eyes and gave his nurse a thumbs up.
Bob is a fighter and has decided he’s not ready yet to leave his loving wife and caring family.  Still on a ventilator and in ICU, the road he has yet to travel will be long and hard. He will have to undergo many weeks of acute rehabilitation at Mary Freebed in Grand  Rapids  before he will be able to go home.  The strokes have damaged his vision and is irreversible. Hopefully he should be able to recover most of his motor skills but he will not be able to do the things he used to although we all know he will certainly try.

Although Bob does receive some Veterans benefits, the medical and rehabilitation expenses will far exceed what may be covered. Acute Rehabilitation will cost upwards of $200 per day and he will be there for several weeks in addition to the medical treatments and continued testing and therapy he will need.

In order to get him the care and rehabilitation treatment he needs we are asking family, friends, and caring individuals to please make a donation to help Bob and his wife Ruth cover the medical expenses. As Bob was self employed most his life he does not have a retirement fund or 401K. During his recovery his wife Ruth will be struggling to cover not only their monthly expenses but all the medical and travel expenses as well. Your donation will help a good man, a wonderful husband, and a caring father and grandfather get the care he needs to come home to his family without the financial burden. 29068058_15234911620_r.jpegPlease, lets serve Bob the way he served his country during three tours in Vietnam.Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.
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Jody Ann Ulmer 
Marshall, MI
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