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Down the LTAC Road October 31, 2013

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Mike's Big Adventure in Liver Transplant.
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Oct. 16 Mike was transferred from UW Hospital Madison to an LTAC (Long Term Acute Care) hospital a couple miles from UW Madison.
Select Specialty hospital is geared toward patients with complex care issues that require a longer rehab time.
Mike is currently undergoing Wound VAC therapy to help close an opening in his incision.
V.A.C.® Therapy for Wounds
Since its introduction in 1995 (U.S.) / 1994 (Europe), V.A.C.® Therapy has changed the way wounds are healed. With more published clinical evidence than any other form of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, V.A.C.® Therapy has been selected as the treatment of choice for more than 7,000,000 wounds worldwide*.
V.A.C.® Therapy promotes wound healing through Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). By delivering negative pressure (a vacuum) at the wound site through a patented dressing, this helps draw wound edges together, remove infectious materials and actively promote granulation.
Videos can be found on YouTube- Warning! Graphic content, proceed with a strong stomach!
Mike is currently undergoing mobility exercises to improve muscle tone and yesterday they got him up and sitting at the side of the bed! He is still very weak but is gradually making improvements 🙂
Today is Halloween and our 11th anniversary! I’ve decorated Mike’s room for the occasion.
Last Thursday I got him an iPad to help pass the time while I went out of town to my youngest son’s wedding. I am so glad I went, it was good to see friends and (ex) relatives I’ve missed seeing in over 15 years 🙂20131031-063344.jpg
Youngest daughter Nats decorated the cake!20131031-063438.jpg20131031-063451.jpg20131031-063503.jpg20131031-063515.jpg20131031-063529.jpg


My two sons, Richard and Sam, the Happy Groom!


Granddaughter Hayley, youngest daughter Natalie and Sam20131031-063730.jpg
The Reception



Photo Op


GrandDivaDaughter Rhonda, Daddy, Mommy, GrandMommy

Breakfast with the Kids


20131031-064651.jpgNatalie and Jake, decisions….

20131031-064922.jpgSaw some pretty kewl Halloween decor in IN!

Mr. and Mrs. Johnston! 🙂

20131031-065143.jpgChiao, Indianapolis, until my next trip down! 🙂




1. KnitNurd - November 1, 2013

Congratulations to your son and his new bride, and to Mike’s progress (sitting on the edge of the bed).
Happy Anniversary to you both and may you have many more happy years together!!!

Stella☆LunaC - November 1, 2013

Thanks GF! I hope your brother is closer to getting a new liver, how is that going? I am keeping him (and you) in my daily thoughts….keep me posted when you can 🙂 XOXOXOX

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