"The doctor wanted to see Karl in his office on Monday and we were able to do that successfully. A lot of fluid is building up in both lungs again and the doctor is prescribing more diuretic meds for a few days and lessening the cumaden (warfarin) he takes hoping to put off another trip to the hospital to tap the fluid again. He, of course, is very weak but is still doing pretty good with the exercises the physical therapist guides him through.
Yesterday, while the home health nurse was here to help Karl take a shower, I went to Marco Island (just 5 miles away) for my first day of physical therapy for problems with the right hip that was replaced four years ago. Thank goodness the hip itself is ok . . . but muscles and ligaments connecting with it are injured from the lifting, falls and stretching. I was hoping it would heal on it's own and the orthopedic doctor said it could eventually but it would be best to start on anti-inflammatory meds and do the PT right away. Everything always works out for the best and this will too. For one thing, now that I know the exercises to do, I can do them right here at home and in the pool too.
Even with all the "bumps in the road" right now, there is much joy and peace here in the Kastens' home and abounding gratefulness for this time in our lives."
Oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas (30" x 30" x 1.5") From the archives
"We managed pretty good for our first night on our own and am sure it will get better. The first physical therapist just left this morning and an RN will be here shortly to do the blood work. We will hire some good people to help us when and if that time comes. Today, Karl is home and we're happy, we're grinning at each other and just thankful for the miracle we're experiencing. Many, many thanks to you all again. Hopefully, this will be my last update on Karl. In this case, no news will be good news and it looks like I just might get back to the easel, even this afternoon. Life each moment is GOOD!"
Oil painting on linen (10" x 8") From the archives SOLD
"After five weeks, the doctor is allowing Karl to come home tomorrow and we are so thankful. Everything is almost ready and the medical company will deliver oxygen and the equipment we need to the house today. We are both aware of the uncertainty that continues but today we are blessed abundantly.
There will never be enough words to express how truly thankful I feel to you all. Your kind words of love and support have helped so very much and they always arrive at just the right time. Life is good."
Oil painting on linen (24" x 36") From the archives
"Karl's nephew, Chris and my son, John are here for a couple of days for a visit. Karl says he doesn't want visitors but late tonight, in his halting speech, he tried to tell me how very much he had enjoyed their visit today and wanting me to be sure to let them know. We are still hoping Karl will come through this, make some progress and come home again. One day at a time is how we survive and I can't thank you all ever enough for your support and prayers."
Oil painting on linen (20" x 16") From the archives
"A precious granddaughter when she was ten years old . . . 8 yrs. ago"
"On Saturday, 7/10/10, three weeks had gone by since Karl was rushed to the hospital. It was one of his worse days and he was struggling. It was so discouraging and then yesterday, Sunday, he showed tremendous progress in those few steps he took with the walker and today was even better . . . hope rises up anew for this good man."
Oil painting on linen (24" x 36") From the archives SOLD
"Paintings from the archives are all I have to post these days. The studio is ready with a canvas on the easel but no painting. Since my dear husband, Karl, has been moved to The Chateau at Moorings Park here in Naples on Tuesday he has pneumonia. It's such a wonderful place and I'm most thankful he is there but the doctor's nurse is counseling me that Karl is very, very high risk and for me to consider hospice soon. Living and staying present in each moment of the day sustains me and there is untold peace from God."