Almost three weeks after his triple bypass, Dick returned to Moanalua hospital in Honolulu today for a follow-up appointment with cardiac physician’s assistant Tim Berkley, one of the incredible team of caretakers who repaired Dick’s heart.
I got the full report from Dick and his on-the-ground carewomen, Cora Johnson and Connie Raub, and Dick is coming along very well. He has very little pain, is off the heavy-duty meds, is walking daily, and his blood sugar numbers are very good.
The women from the AED Institute will also be there, including Pam Foster, the former emergency room nurse who moved to Hawaii in 2004 to make the installation of AEDs in airports and in public places across the islands her life’s work. She and her colleague Jenna Tanigawa came to visit Dick the day after his cardiac arrest to tell him that he is the 50th survivor in a Hawaiian airport, a statistic of which he is very proud.
After all the fanfare, Dick and Cora and Connie will board Hawaiian Airlines flight 20 to Sacramento, and this time he’ll do just fine, returning home 76 years young and ready to stride into the rest of his remarkable life.