This has been a very interesting week for our foundation. It began in a very good way when we got notice from our Emory Social Worker that our first apartment patient was going to be released by his medical team on November 30th. We were so happy for Will that he was finally able to go back home. It’s been a long, five month journey for him and his wife, Melody. When Will left the apartment for the last time, he just left the keys on the dining room table, knowing that Bob and Mary would be at the apartment later that evening to begin cleaning it to get ready for our next guest.
Thursday evening…Bob and Mary arrived at the apartment and were absolutely blown away by how clean and tidy the place was. The Kirkland’s had done a thorough cleaning themselves, washing the sheets and towels, cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen, dusting and vacuuming! It was spotless. All we had to do was make up one of the beds. So we immediately contacted the social workers at all three hospitals and the Georgia Transplant Foundation to let them know the apartment was ready for someone else as early as Friday.
Thursday night, driving back home…Mary got a text from Melody, that the doctor did one more test before releasing Will, and it showed a problem. Will has to return to the hospital on Monday for further care. What would happen next? All Bob and Mary cared about was getting Will back into the apartment, but that is not up to us. So we left it in God’s hands.
Friday morning….Mary got a call from the social worker at Emory that she was doing the paper work involved with Georgia Transplant Foundation to allow Will to move back into the apartment.
Friday at noon…Mary got a call from Will and emails from GTF and Emory that everything was approved for Will to move back in. Praise God!
Friday afternoon….Mary drove back down to the apartment to return the keys to Will. She arrived before he did, and she brought a little decorated Christmas tree and a couple of other Christmas cheer-type things for the apartment. Anything to make Will happy!
Will arrive with his mom. Will looked a little down hearted (who wouldn’t), but he was so happy and relieved to be “back home.”
Our foundation literally exists to help avoid these kinds of circumstances. In other words, to make this process as worry free as possible for our patients and care givers. But this was out of our hands. Fortunately, it was in bigger hands and HE came through. We have no idea how long Will be there, but he knows that he has a place to live until he is finally released to go back to his new normal.