Hello everyone! This is our story about Hoadley "Pud" Flook, our Grandpa or Pops as some of us call him...
Grandpa was born in Small Town USA, Alexandria, IN, and one of eight children. He married his love Nidra and they had 3 children, Randy, Kim, and Kelly. He was a tool maker and then followed his dream to open a restaurant business. He had Hoadley's Restaurant and Lounge for 34 years. As the years went by he gained 5 grandchildren and 10 great-children. Spoiling his grand kids and spending time with family was his greatest joy. He loved watching them play ball, swim, play in a band concert, or just sit on his lap. And he always liked telling his girls how pretty they were. You could always hear Grandpa singing a tune; whether it was "Oh Happy Trails to You...", another song, or more often than not his own made up tune. I think there are a few of us that have picked up his song ditty's. LOL I could go on and on about how wonderful our Grandpa was but unless you knew him you would never fully understand.
On Oct 17th 2014, Grandpa was having trouble swallowing and thought he was having a stroke. After being taken to the ER and several tests later a stroke was ruled out and Grandpa was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis or MG. Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. It's a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. There is no cure for MG but treatment can help with signs and symptoms
Grandpa was admitted that day into the hospital in ICU. It was up and down for him since he was put on a ventilator to help his breathing and to allow him to rest and gain strength back. During this time Grandpa was given intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg). This therapy provides your body with normal antibodies, which alters your immune system response. Eventually Grandpa went to Bennett Rehab at St. Vincent Anderson and just before Thanksgiving he was transferred to Bethany Rehab. Things finally seemed to be going well and Grandpa was even able to come home for the day on Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful day for him to be home and enjoy our family. However a week before Christmas Grandpa went back into the hospital due to pneumonia and he was put back on the ventilator. Even though Grandpa was in the hospital on Christmas he still wore his red Santa hat and got a new red sweater (Grandpa always had a red sweater, several sweaters in fact! LOL). It was after Christmas we decided to have Grandpa transferred to Methodist in Indianapolis so he could have more specialized care. After several days Grandpa was again in ICU and put on a ventilator. He started a treatment called plasmapheresis which filters the blood similar to dialysis. The blood is routed through a machine that removes the antibodies that block transmission of signals from your nerve endings to your muscles' receptor sites. This therapy didn't seem to be doing the job Grandpa needed and he was getting weaker and as the days turned into a week a decision had to be made about the ventilator. The medical Dr's don't like to see the ventilator in for more than 2 weeks due to infection and suggested a tracheotomy and feeding tube. Grandpa didn't respond well after the procedures. He was retaining fluid, his heart was weakening, he was relying more and more on the ventilator, and his body was shutting down.
On Saturday, January 17th 2015, my sweet Grandpa gained his angel wings while surrounded by those who loved him and that he equally loved.
Not a day goes by I don't think about my Grandpa and wish he was here. I miss him terribly and some days are easier than others but I also know I have a wonderful angel always watching over me and my family!
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I am excited to be supporting the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) through the MG Walk. The MGFA is the only national volunteer health agency in the United States dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis.
MGFA is committed to finding a cure for myasthenia gravis and closely related disorders, improving treatment options, and providing information and support to people with myasthenia gravis through research, education, community programs, and advocacy.
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