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  1. sarah

    Excellent post that shows the anguish of loved ones facing the re-hospitalization nightmare. Thank you for bringing this issue to the light. First, let me say the story of Lucy was very moving. At first I didn’t know where you where going with it, but you effectively tied the story to the topic and brilliantly made us care about the issue of heart failure and readmissions to the hospital. You clearly have a talent for story telling. Your post was both informative and engaging.
    As for my own story, I have seen my dad frustrated after being re-hospitailized 2 times for fluid in his lungs. The problem, as you point out, is that often this condition leads to trouble with breathing by the time it’s detected by normal methods. If this ReDS technology can help someone detect symptoms of fluid in the lungs at an earlier stage, I’m all for it.

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. Yes, Lucy is a very special person and an inspiration. When she told me about her dad, I could see the impact it had on her. I had to tell her story and many like her who have to face the gut wrenching issue of watching a loved on being re-hospitalized for heart failure. I am fascinated that a technology that was once used to see through the walls of buildings to recover bodies buried in rubble is now used to see through the walls of the chest to find fluid in the lungs.

  2. Jamie

    Your post touched my heart. I think you managed to artfully tell a beautiful story of friendship while also exploring an important medical issue that impacts many lives. Readmission to the hospital is something that puts more stress on someone suffering from a heart condition. I am all for anything that can reduce the chances of a repeated heart attack. I will tell my friends about this post. It’s important to get the word out. Good job. Say hi to Lucy.

    • Hi Jamie,
      Lucy is a very special human being who has taught me a lot about appreciating nature and standing up to adversity. I will convey your kind words next time I see her. As for the issue of readmission to the hospital for heart patients, I couldn’t agree with you more. I think it takes a tremendous toil on someone’s psychological and physical health whenever they find themselves in the position where they have to be re-hospitalized.

  3. Zahra

    Thabo I loved your site! Sharing real stories is one of the best ways to promote anything. Because I’ve felt connected to your site in many ways. I pray for you mom’s healing, and she’s blessed to have a son like you who is going after something he’s passionate about.  Helping people heal and have their best health back. Well Done! God bless

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Zahra,

      I am happy that you were able to feel a connection to the story and the issue on my site. I think that it’s important, whenever we can, to show how people  are affected by the issues we bloggers talk about. I also appreciate your kind words. God bless you also.

  4. Louis

    A very timely post. I had a grandmother who was recently readmitted to the hospital, and it was very stressful for the family. Thank you for using your love and empathy for an ailing mother to help the rest of us.

    • Hi Louis,

      Yes,unfortunately, this is a timely topic. About 20 percent of older adults are readmitted to the hospital within in a month of their initial discharge, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. As you can imagine, this is not only a very stressful situation, but it can also be costly as the bills pile up. This is why I think this new health technology is great news because it reduces the rate of readmissions.

  5. Penelope

    Your story was an effective introduction. You really know how to hook your readers and make them care about your topic. I obviously don’t know Lucy, but she sounds awesome and I’m glad you two seem to inspire each other. Wonderful! As for the topic of readmission, oh God what a nightmare for so many elderly parents and relatives. An aunt of mine suffering from respiratory problems keeps going in and out of the hospital. I think a big problem is that once she’s home, she’s unable to detect if something is going on with her lungs until it sneaks on her and then has to be rushed to the hospital. Sounds like this new technology can act as a sort of early warning system and give those suffering from a heart problem a chance to do something to avoid a visit to the hospital. What do you think?

    • Yes Penelope,
      Lucy is awesome. She seems to be getting a quite a few fans, and I’m sure she appreciates the kind words. As for the topic of readmissions to the hospital, I have to agree with you that the thought of a loved one constantly having to be re-hospitalized is a nightmare. It’s not only stressful but can also a financial drain. This is why I hope this incrediable technology, that was once used for war to find bodies in collapsed buildings, can continue to do the good work of detecting fluid in the lungs. This way more people can become proactive in keeping themselves from being re-hospitalized.

  6. Rebecca Sharks

    Seriously, the way you put up your posts here never seizes to amaze me. wonderfully and informatively put together. And one of the things I love most about the site is how you share true-life stories in the bid to help many others out there. I am glad I found this site. It has not only improved my life but has also contributed to the well-being of many friends alike.
    Pls say hi to Lucy for me and I’m sure she will be proud having you as her friend.

    • Hi Rebecca,
      It’s always exciting when you can show, as a blogger, how something like war technology is reimagined as health technology. I’m glad you enjoyed the story of my awesome and inspiring friend Lucy. Her bravery and resilience when dealing with setbacks is remarkable and a great lesson to us all that nothing is ever totally lost. If we dig deep within our selves we can something that will renew our hope in the future and give thanks to happy memories.

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