Get Well, Gateway Pundit
A couple months ago Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit literally had a life changing experience on so many levels.
A sudden bacterial infection had Hoft near death, and undergoing surgery after surgery to save his life. He has obviously been gone from blogging while fighting his illness and the ramifications and the repairs to the infection’s damages done to his body.
I have been writing for blogs for several years now, and have always looked to Hoft’s The Gateway Pundit for breaking news scoops. He has a wonderful staff at TGP, and loads of friends in the blog world. Add to that the loyal TGP readers and Jim had a tsunami of good and positive thoughts all through this trying time in his life.
Today Jim Hoft finally had enough strength to hit the keys and let everyone know he was on the mend, and gave an accounting of the health misadventure he was still recovering through. However, as often we find with these health issues, our soul can no longer be ignored when the body threatens to give up…
Much of late August through September was blurry for me. I was very, very sick. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed, but was not sure if I was going to make it. It was such a dark, lonely place. But in the end, prayer won.
Since my memory is not clear, I’ve relied on friends and family to help tell this story.
The initial diagnosis was that I had a bacterial infection, so I was treated with antibiotics. My temperature continued to run high, reaching 103.5, an incredible number.
After more tests, my cousin, Dan, a top doctor at a nearby university hospital, came on the scene. He determined that I had an infection in my knee, in my bloodstream, and that it had affected the aortic valve of my heart, creating an abscess. Due to the complexity of the case, I was transferred from the community hospital to St. Louis University Hospital.
Before they could fix my heart, my badly infected knee had to be removed. This was done and I recovered over the Labor Day weekend, resting up for the most harrowing of all surgeries: open heart.
When the surgeons looked at my heart, they found the infection was more extensive than they had thought. During a twelve hour surgery, that was supposed to last only five hours, they removed the infection, replaced my aortic valve, took out a portion of the aorta near my heart, and put in a new artery that leads to the brain. They patched up a small hole I have had since birth and another hole the size of a dime, which was caused by the infection. The lead surgeon said this was within the top 1% of complicated cases in his career. Later, my cousin, Dr. Dan, said it was a unique case with several features that will make it a case study for years. But, the surgery did not go without complications. The heart machine broke down, and one artery they used became so brittle it broke apart during the surgery. But, God’s healing grace was there every step of the way.
I recovered miraculously in the immediate days following the surgery, cared for by wonderful nurses, friends, and family members, including my twin brother, who flew in from Hong Kong.
But there was more to come. Due to fluid buildup around my heart, I underwent surgery again a week later. Then a week after that, I underwent another surgery to remove fluid from around my lungs. After that last procedure, I had my best night’s sleep in more than a month.
In late September, I had a pacemaker placed under my skin, near my heart. The surgery went well, and I was moved to a skilled nursing facility.
There have been several other procedures and operations, but I am on the mend. I still don’t have vision in my left eye, I won’t have a new knee for many weeks, and the pain can be horrible.
God bless, Jim Hoft. Keep mending and getting stronger everyday.