Friday, May 18, 2012

Jerry Steele is out of Hospital

Hi Everyone,

After ten days in the hospital, WE ARE HOME!!!!!!!!! Both of us are EXHAUSTED but so happy to be here. Now, we just need to get some much needed rest (you never rest in a hospital!) Jerry is feeling pretty well -- just very, very tired; and, coughing and sneezing are quite painful. For the first time ever, he is on several meds but those will be removed, as he heals.

We want to, again, thank you for your hospital visits, phone calls, cards, emails, texts and, most certainly, your prayers!!!!

With love,


Monday, May 14, 2012

Charlyne Steele Reports Jerry is Out of ICU

It is with great pleasure, I can, finally, announce: JERRY IS OUT OF THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!! We are a couple of days behind schedule but, now, he is in a cardiac room and doing really well!!!!!! Don't have a clue, as to when he'll be released to go home, but we are so happy that he has progressed enough to be out of ICU!!!!!

Your calls, e-mails, text messages and, most especially, prayers, have sustained us through this long ordeal and we are so very greatful to each of you. I will, of course, keep you updated, when we return home.....home.....I've almost forgotten where that is located!

Much love,


Friday, May 11, 2012

Jerry Steele's Heart Surgery is Complete Success

Charlyne reported by phone that the 5-hour-long surgery is a complete success.  The valve was replaced, the aneurysm was repaired, and the aortic root was repaired.  Jerry will be hospitalized for 5 to 7 days.  Complete recovery is projected to be 6 months.  Jerry keeps himself in excellent physical condition, and the doctors say that has helped him greatly in this surgery.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Charlyne Steele Again Updates Us on Jerry's Heart Condition

Dear Ones,

On Tuesday, Jerry's symptoms returned (plus a couple more!), so we rushed to our local hospital's ER. Our cardiologist determined it was best for Jerry to come by ambulance, right then, to Emory Midtown Atlanta. We've been here, since. Tomorrow morning, Jerry's surgery will be performed about 8:00 AM. The surgeon will remove the aneurysm, replace the aortic valve and repair the aorta root. If all goes well, he is expected to be in Emory for 5-7 days, before being released. Jerry has continued to have no pain (thank you, Lord!) and is very optimistic about his surgery and recovery.

We greatly appreciate all the many phone calls, emails. texts, cards and offers of assistance. You are the BEST!!!!! I will keep you updated.

Our love,

Charlyne (and Jerry!)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Royce Stephens Update by Mary Lou Deeds Helm

Mary Lou Deeds Helm reports that she spoke with Royce’s wife, Linda again yesterday.  His surgery went well; his right leg was amputated above the knee.  He was in the hospital until this weekend when he went to Palm Terrace for Rehab.  She said that he is upbeat and looking for good results.  Continued prayer would be appreciated.  I’m sure he would also appreciate cards.  The address is 1919 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33805

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Charlyne Steele Updates Jerry's Condition

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, we spent the day at Emory Hospital, Midtown Atlanta, with surgeons, doctors, nurses, techs, etc. We are to "report" to the hospital on Friday, May 18th, at 5:30 AM for surgery, as the surgeon is not available until that date. Surgery will consist of removing the aneurysm and replacing the aortic valve. Jerry did his pre-op, except for one blood test (which must be done nearer the date of surgery), while we were there. Should he have any of the symptoms, which he experienced previously, he is to, immediately, get to our local E.R. and they would air-lift him down to Emory and one of our surgeon's partners would do an emergency surgery. Jerry is to do NOTHING until this is repaired on the 18th. His spirits are positive but he is not one to do nothing and that is a big problem for him!

We both appreciate all the phone calls, cards, emails and, most especially, prayers. I will keep you up-dated, as we progress through this process. Please, continue your prayers for Jerry and his medical team.