By noon today Fred was dressed and ready for the outside world after two weeks in Paoli Hospital! Fred's nurse today said, "Everybody loves him! You can't resist that smile."
A bright spot during Fred's stay was the presence of dear family friend and neighbor Peg Maguire! The Pierce and Maguire families have been friends for almost sixty years. She has been faithfully volunteering at Paoli Hospital for three decades, and made the atmosphere more homey and welcoming! Fred also had daily visits from St. Patrick's parishioners and our deacon, who brought the Eucharist and prayed with Fred. What a great comfort! Fred said it made him feel great.
Peg insisted on helping to bring Fred to our van. She is quite a woman! When we arrived home, we immediately had a meeting with a nurse from Jefferson Home Care whom we have known for many years. She refreshed my IV medication infusion skills, since Fred needs an IV antibiotic three times a day for the next ten days. Fred also needs a twice daily injection of heparin for now, and has some new medications added. Never a dull moment! We are very happy and thankful for Fred's return home. Our Phillies and Eagles will provide excitement since we'll be nesting at home for a while!! Thank you Lord for the gift of Fred's life, and for great medical care available practically in our backyard! We don't plan to darken the doorstep of Paoli Hospital again, though, God willing!