Len's Road to Recovery
Many of you have asked how you can support or help Dad/Len through this process. Any donations will go toward his outstanding medical bills or to sustain his living situation. We deeply appreciate your generosity and prayers. (They are working!). Praise God!
We will let everyone know when he can accept visitors and will provide updates regularly - Please Return!
Hello everyone! It’s been a while since the last update, but for very good reason – as I’m sure you’ll agree. I didn’t want this next update to just be another sincere thank you message. I wanted to share some of my personal journey with you.
This week, I got to meet with the original ICU team that saved my life. My daughters Merenda and Megan (with bf Ben), my sisters Monica and Pammy, and my girlfriend, the lovely Miss Tiffany Paige, were all there with me, continuing to support me and very much looking forward to the reunion as well.
Without getting into the details, I wanted to tell you a story that would, I hope give you a better idea of this journey that I am on.
Going back to the ICU was a very surreal adventure for me, as I don’t really remember very much, let alone the professionals from my time there - I was there for a long time. For much of it, I was either in a coma or unconscious while they were trying to awaken me and trying to get the entire left side of my body to respond as it was non-responsive.
This was a very important visit because in this unit, people either pass away or, once they are transferred out, they never return. This ICU team needed to see what a living testimony to God’s power and mercy can look like and to hear how grateful I was to still be alive. They needed to her how grateful everyone with me was - that they worked so hard to keep me alive and return me to a state where I was breathing on my own and fingers were moving again.
It was an emotional visit. Stories were shared, laughter was heard in the halls. Apparently, when you’re in the state I was in, unfortunate and funny things can come out of my mouth. I know many of you are thinking that’s how Len is all the time! I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but ‘the best patient I’ve ever had’ and ‘miracle man’ were not one of them. It was hard for me to hear this and honestly, I can’t take the credit. I did my best to do what they told me to do and I listened to whatever Jesus sked me to do. There is no secret to surviving an aneurism and diligently working on recovery to try to get back to that person that you were. If there was a secret, it’s probably the most publicly held one in the history of man. The secret was my faith in Jesus. He told me what to do every day, every step of the way. I read His Word, listened and I surrendered.
The ICU team worked on me around the clock to keep me alive. My support group who never left my side, rotated in and out of the ICU, one or more of them were always with me. They spoke to me, even when I was not awake. Much of what happened is very personal and I’m not ready to share it all yet.
They were there the entire time it was happening. I still don’t know all of the details, but I know my family took over and picked my life up where I left off. They worked to keep everyone up-to-date, paid bills, took care of my home. They took care of my spirit and took care of my heart while the medical teams took care of my brain.
When something like this happens to someone you love, and you’re a member of my support team, you apparently drop everything you’re doing in your life to save mine. And that is what they all did. My children stepped up, each in their own way- that way you hope they will for each other, when you grow old. This confirmed that I have nothing to worry about. My sisters joined in, of course. We’ve never been closer than over these past few years. We’ve suffered much loss in our family. The losses have only made us all grow stronger. Tiffany Paige, whom I had just entered into a relationship with not long ago, was a constant reminder to me that God was at the center of all of it. Her spirit is hard to describe. It just brings a peace to everyone she’s around. Tiffany and my family grew a special bond while all of this was going on, and for that I am grateful.
Today, my many therapies continue. They work on my physical abilities (strength, coordination, vision), my mental abilities (cognitive, attitudinal, reactional, memory, responsiveness). I work on all of these every day.
I’m sure this was not in anyone’s plan – at least not here on Earth…
As for my spirit, I’m filled up. Every morning is the beginning of a great day! The sunshine feels warm on my skin. The air is cool in my lungs, and I get another chance to see you all again!!
I had no idea so many of you would write, call, and text to see how I was. The number of prayers that flew up to God were nothing short of amazing. Faith held us all together. For those who could not join me, (I was being protected – the amount of focus needed at this time by everyone involved was critical), I did have every word of every message relayed to me. I heard you. And God heard your prayers. And I love you all for them.
Grateful doesn’t clearly describe how this all feels. I hope others can experience this kind of love – perhaps without the aneurism though.
The healing continues! Please keep the prayers coming for continual healing, strength, and perseverance! We thank you all so very much!
I’m very happy to say that I have graduated from the Acute Rehab Center and am now staying with Sean and Merenda for an undetermined amount of time with the goal of getting completely back to being able to do everything I used to be able to do independently!
I’m also happy to tell you all that I’m talking, walking, and eating again. That running thing will have to wait. I do fatigue more easily right now.
I won’t get into too many details right now – instead, I’d rather focus on what is really important. Upon awaking, I discovered that many of you spread the word and there were thousands of people praying for me. Many sat with me, praying over me. Nurses, therapists, and doctors alike told me stories about my recovery – almost all of it I don’t remember. I prayed every day and night asking for mercy (I wasn’t ready to go – I have so much more to do here). Jesus brought me peace and strength. I worked hard every day doing what everyone told me to do and I’ll continue to do so with continued rehabilitation.
Nurses, therapists, doctors, and family tell me it’s a miracle I’m still alive. They tell me I’ve come much further than most who have had this type of aneurysm. I don’t remember much of anything, so I have to take their word for it.
This I do know. I can’t thank you all enough for all of your prayers and for keeping me in them. I believe God heard you all and that is why I’m still alive. I believe Jesus clung to me when I needed him and that all of our conversations about Him brought us all even closer to Him.
I have no words to express how grateful I really am to see your comments, prayers, and good wishes. Some of us have not talked in quite some time and yet you showed up to support me when I needed you. A true testament. I could not have done it without all of the aforementioned and Jesus’ hand on me. God is so good.
I am so blessed to have all of you in my life.
God bless all of you. I’ll post another update later. I’ll be reaching out to you when I get a little more rest, get past more rehabilitation, and when more of my energy is restored. For now, I wanted you all to know I am doing much better.
Love to you all.
Dad has been having AMAZING success at the Rehabilitation center. He is making strides and continuing to thrive! He's the Star Student of the Rehab Center! Discharge from the Rehabilitation Center is in sight. He will be leaving soon and coming to stay with Family for a period of time where he will continue Out-Patient Rehab Programs to continue to Heal. The healing process is a long one and the biggest key here is TIME.
We understand that everyone is eager to see Dad and visit with him and we appreciate everyone's patience. When Dad returns home he will need some time to acclimate and when he is ready for visitors, he will let us know and we will let friends and family know. Thank you for your continued prayers and love and support. The generosity has been overwhelmingly humbling.
Dad will be composing a Personal Update very soon. Stay Tuned :)