Valentines Day – Finally Home
After five months in hospital I am finally home, having been discharged on February 14th – Happy Valentine’s Day to Linda and I! It’s great to be home – I can finally watch my soccer “football” matches and, more importantly, be with my amazing wife, Linda – LIFE IS GOOD!!
Unfortunately, I came home with six pieces of equipment which are all designed to clear up the congestion in my lungs. The bad news is that it takes FOUR hours out of my day to use all the equipment; the good news is this should only be necessary on a temporary basis. Once I receive the “all clear” from my Pulmonary doctor I will be able to get off the oxygen, high humidity and finally have both the trach and feeding tube removed. The feeding tube isn’t being used any longer as even though I have been eating food by mouth for two weeks now as they want to keep it in as a precaution.
The pressure ulcer on my tailbone, acquired while in hospital, will take time to heal. Until then, I’m stuck in my bed. Since my strength was sapped during my long hospital stay and with the FOUR bouts of pneumonia, it will take a few months to gain it back. We are working on reinstating the home-based physical and occupational therapy as soon as possible because exercise, even while lying in bed, will prove beneficial.
Due to a hiring freeze and cut-backs at the company Linda worked for, she lost her job at the end of January. Never one to remain idle, she’s been busy applying for several positions and has two offers in hand with a third offer expected early next week. She’ll need to weigh her options carefully as she wants to find a company that will be flexible and compassionate when it comes to having to take time off to attend to my healthcare needs. The packages she’s being offered aren’t what she’s used to, but it is what it is… In the meantime, Linda’s been glad for the opportunity to get the house ready for my return and to spend time with me getting used to all the new equipment and medications I need right now.
We’ve hired a new caregiver for me. She’ll be here eight hours a day Monday-Friday while Linda is at work.
Finally, although I’ve received many cards and emails conveying what an inspiration I am, it is YOU, my fan base, who have been an inspiration to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued love and support.
With much love,
In celebration for my return home on Valentines Day,
I am offering the following
VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL …
- “Alex Beaton’s Scotland” DVD plus two CDs,
- “The Scotsman” plus
- “A Road To The Isles”
My DVD contains THREE full-length productions; each over 40 minutes in duration. They are a musical, historical travelogue of Scotland with 10 songs each. Originally selling for $25 each in VHS format, they were combined into 1 DVD now selling for $20. There are several songs that are not on my CDs and CAN ONLY BE HEARD ON MY VIDEOS.
Along with my DVD, I am also offering two CDs, “The Scotsman” and “The Road To The Isles” for 50% of their purchase price. “The Scotsman” CD features the title song about the drunken Scotsman and the two inquisitive ladies wondering what he wears under his kilt! “The Road To The Isles” features a wonderful selection of songs and the fine fiddle playing of Alasdair Fraser and Robin Lorentz.
All three items are available for only $30.00 plus shipping & handling (a $45 value).
Proceeds from the sale go 100% towards my rehabilitation and care-giving expenses.