Thursday, February 25, 2010


Alright, so it wasn't really a vacation.

As some of my friends (FB and otherwise) know, I'd been
fighting what I thought was a bad chest cold.About 2 weeks
ago I got laryngitis but instead of clearing up it got worse
and I felt drained. Stubbornly (and stupidly) I tried to work
my way through it, figuring it was pneumonia. Last Wed,
when I left for work I was having difficulty breathing so I
stopped in a doctor's office on the way and they had me
drive myself immediately to the emergency room at the
South Shore Hospital.

Turns out I had congestive heart failure.

I came home yesterday after a week's stay. There was
some heart damage but I'm alive and making the
necessary changes to ensure I stay that way.

I'd like to thank my family, especially my sister Cheryl
for seeing me through this.

Thanks also to everyone for their good thoughts sent
my way,

And thanks to the ladies of the 5th Floor Pratt wing at
the South Shore Hospital for taking such good care of me!


Kathryn Doyle said...

Glad to hear you are home and have a diagnosis so you can move forward in better health. Is it time for a real vacation?!

Heather Rojo said...

Bill, I'm glad you found out about your problem and it resolved itself with a happy ending. Rest up and take it easy. Spring is coming!

Thomas MacEntee said...

Very happy to hear that you are back home and on the road to recovery. Is there anything you need? Please let me or the rest of your genealogy colleagues know!

Terri O'Connell said...

Bill, so glad that you are home and making the changes that you need to. I agree that it is time for a real vacation, take care of yourself.

Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt said...

Scary stuff, Bill. So glad you got yourself looked at! Hoping you feel better.

Apple said...

Glad you're doing better and hope you are back at top speed soon! I'm bookmarking this for the next time my husband argues about going to the doctor.

Daphne Garrison said...

Oh, wow. I hope you're feeling better. I agree with everyone else... vacation, maybe?

Carol said...

Now, THAT is scary, so glad you went to the dr! Now, follow directions of said dr! You got more blog posts to write! Rest!!!

Tonia said...

Oh my goodness. Take care of yourself!

Wendy Hawksley said...

Thank goodness you are doing better. *Please* take care of yourself!

Karen Packard Rhodes said...

It is good that you got the diagnosis and now are undergoing treatment. I'm sure you know you're in for the long haul, so take care of yourself.

Time to cultivate the fine art of doing nothing . . . (grin) At least from time to time, eh?

Sue Barry said...

Wow, Bill! Please take care of yourself! Rest up! and take it easy!!!

Jo said...

Bill, glad they figured out what was wrong. Glad you are home and recovering.

Cheryl Fleming Palmer said...

Thank goodness Bill you finally went to the Dr. We are so glad you are home and recouping. Take good care of yourself and make sure you find a way to deal with those meds easily. They do have those weekly containers that you can put the meds it, so you only have to think about it once a week or so. Take it easy!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

OMG, Bill! Men are so stubborn, especially when they're sick! My husband could be bleeding out his eyeballs, and would still refuse to see a doctor.

But I'm so glad to hear that you DID see a doctor, and got yourself fixed up. Please take care of yourself, follow doctor's orders, and take your meds. Congestive heart failure is nothing to mess around with (my grandmother had it), as you well know.

We want you to be around and blogging for a long, long time!