John Bowen's Medical Journey

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Raised by 97 people in 4 months

On October 24th John suffered two strokes and while at St. Mary’s in Grand Rapids on October 25th he suffered two more. They did surgery to try to remove blood clots but could not get to them... please keep this family in your prayers and show John our “thumbs up”, love and prayers! ❤️
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The Bowen Family wants to thank everyone for the generous support so far, including Melissa Jonio for setting this fund up. We realize there has been some confusion about Melissa’s role, but know that her support is very much appreciated and the Bowen Family thanks her. Going forward, I will manage this fund. All previous and future donations are being sent to the ChoiceOne account setup on John’s behalf. (You may donate directly to that account as well.)

Thank you!

Yvonne Bowen & Family
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Mary Bowen Kalisz
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Good Evening WOLF LAKE and Friends of Johnny NUBZ 10 30/17
Well, NUBZ must be getting better because we made it home before midnight! lol
Seriously, thank you again for your many ideas, help,posts, messages, cards, food galore, and thoughts and prayers.
So many things for you to know, but know that he is doing " ok," although still in ICU, of course. HE is not talking yet. but we do think "our boy will live!" Its the quality of life, and his physical and emotional well being, that still needs GOD'S attention here!
His blood is finally "balanced" for us lay people, clotting factor and thinners regulated. A BIG HAPPY MILESTONE!
Breathing treatments begun last night, small amount of physical therapy in his bed.. and general assessments etc all day.
PRAY GOD will grant Johnny full use of his left side, still not functioning. Trach is healing, and they hope to teach him to talk around it. Mind is fully functioning, very very tired of course. might have a couple procedures tomorrow, including a CT scan. We have someone in his room at all times, so he will not be / feel alone. He is still required to have "low stimulus" so not to over work him with talking, even for him to try to listen to noise and others. is not good they said.
Tammy sends her sincere thanks to all, as well as all of us siblings.
We have enough food for few days, and can save some, for weekend,as expect most family members then again, as most do not work on their jobs? BUT we are fine.! Been great but you might save your cooking talents for Tammy and Johnny when he gets home!
When we were leaving, Dave went back to bring Tammy some pudding in the refrigerator and found her in the hall, on HER way to get some pudding that was graciously brought in today!
Lots of funny moments too.. and stories we hope to remember to share with Johnny, when he is well and can take hearing them..
There is so much food in the waiting room, new families who do not realize it its for NUBZ...think someone or the staff is having a party!
Also, just tonight, a man came up to the kitchen in the waiting room and asked my husband, Dave, if "he was still OPEN?" he wanted some pop! lol
Johnny would be the first one to share, but we do pack up a lot of it, and leave it in our car, and return with it the next day, for family use.
Just when the "real food" was almost gone today, in walked a couple gals, with a WHEEL CHAIR FULL of goodies, cupcakes, breads fruits and food, sandwhich meats etc!
Another delivery from WOLF LAKE.
Know this is long, but can you stand one more story?
A NEW family entered the large waiting room tonight. Looking dazed, concerned (and sure exactly how we all looked and felt the first day there) . One young man, asked one of the Bowens, who they had in the ICU unit?
She told him and he got all excited and yelled ( PUTTING HIS THUMB UP!) "WHAT? You mean the NUBZ GUY IS HERE?" THE NUBZ GUY IS HERE?? He then told his wife... "HONEY! THE NUBZ man is HERE on this same floor! " with a great big smile!
SO dear friends, of Johnny's feel free to repost on his or other sites.. I am too tired to do so, but wanted to give you my nightly update.
We love you all, and you know who you are. We just can not try to even begin to NAME YOUR NAMES..in fear of forgetting some, or not even realizing what you have done for Johnny.
Sorry about all my errors too.
Tammy and Johnny's Family.
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