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From David Ruth 1/24/18
Harris, I'm not sure I forwarded this to you after I received it a few weeks ago. If not, I meant to and apologize for not doing it while it was on my mind. Nevertheless, I'm sending it now. As you can see from reading this; Jim Goode has had tremendous health problems since Christmas. Jim's a tough old bird and if anyone can pull through, he can. I thought this may be something you'd want to post on our Delta Nu web page, so our other Brothers could offer their encouragement to him and Bonna. Thanks, David To all of my church family, Friends & kinfolk, Well, it's been a busy 3 weeks: admitted @ 9 Am, then spent 14 hrs on Christmas eve in the emergency room in Owensboro; arrived with a heart rate of 146 per min, plus complete kidney failure!!! Stabilized then a midnight ride to Nashville in an ambulance arriving about 3 AM Christmas morning. Over the next 4 days I had two heart caths + a stint, & a peritoneal dialysis port surgically installed in a 3 day period; that MUST be a record or something right? I've been poked, probed, shot, cut, bled, Ived, stitched, itched, glued, irrigated, agitated, medicated, ventilated & assaulted both physically & mentally! Been warned, drugged, lectured, instructed, inspected, infected, effected & dejected... Pushed, pulled & compressed... Dialyzed, sterilized, catheterized & criticized... Exrayed, delayed & betrayed; EVERYTHING done hurts; that MUST be hospital policy! Hospital food , then no food, then fast food... You can't eat this or drink that BUT drink, drink drink water; then you can't have anything before OR after the surgeries. DO NOT move this body part for the next 3 hrs; the pain SHOULD lessen over time!!! No sleep or rest possible; why do you need my blood pressure every 15 minutes for 24 hrs? I've had many questions & fewer answers; "well that didn't work so let's try this" !!! Given high hopes then had them dashed, developed a bad attitude with a short fuse, questioned my faith but got past that pretty quick. Faced reality & mortality had to get my mind around both of those... Many prayers, food & cards from a LOT of people with some very special, personal, encouraging comments included in them; nice surprise in one, Thanks Pat & Charlot:-)... The group picture of the Sunday School class really made my day & lifted my spirits in a particularly DARK Moment. Motels, hotels & no tells every night after the initial 5 day hospital stay... Funny thing though, asked one of the hotels if they offered a weekly rate & the clerk said "YES we do, the daily rate X seven" =-O Last Wednesday, A perfect stranger that was friends of the hospital, came out of nowhere & offered us a a place to stay about 30 miles S/E of Nashville & wouldn't accept any payment, so this coming week will be a lot less expensive than the last two. Been to Nashville so many times lately that we could drive it in our sleep. We were allowed to come home Thursday afternoon just ahead of the snow storm but must return to Nashville Monday morning for another week. The last two weeks & this one coming have been all day every day in a hospital dialysis clinic, then paroled nightly on our own; were learning how to safely operate the home dialysis contraption...The chance of infection is REALLY a concern so we have to be able to do it right... We SHOULD be thru with all of that this week & back home Friday evening, then once EVERY month for the foreseeable future; We plan on TRYING to come to church next Sunday. This whole ordeal wasn't planed: I was holding my own with the kidney issue & THOUGHT that I might be getting better, then along came reality on Christmas Eve. I've had a miracle or two in Nashville & fully expect another one, although the heart flare up was somewhat of a GOODE thing as it caused us to discover a 97% blockage in an artery B4 a probable heart attack occurred & discovered that the silent killer kidney failure had quickly gotten worse... I've now satisfied all of the requirements for a kidney transplant so that's a positive as well. I want to thank all of you for your prayers, cards, calls & concerns with this latest adventure; especially Bonna who's been right there every step of the way & put up with me through all of these experiences... She's dealt with her grief, worry & emotions in silence or at least out of my presence; couldn't have made it thru this without her, my family, friends & all of you...My neighbor Jerry Price & Grandson Jordan have taken care of the cattle heard thru some of the most brutal weather that we've experienced in years I KNOW that it has been a chore & thanks isn't really enough to say... God has a plan & right now I really don't know what it is... I pray for a GOODE out come & just trust that it will be. Sorry for the lengthy dissertation but it takes awhile to express how I feel... See you all soon... Jim Goode