Friends in Life – A Moment of Your Time Please

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I am struggling to find the right words for today’s post and I appreciate your understanding.

Today’s post is about a friend I never knew I had, but I finally did discover.

This post is also about taking a moment to encourage someone in the hospital.

2019 – My Third Transplant miracle

Yesterday I tried to call Bob and sing him Happy Transplant birthday but he wasn’t home. Bob had a kidney transplant in 2008.

I tried to phone my friend Bob yesterday and instead I was shocked to learn he has been in the hospital for 68 days.

He is also a kidney transplant recipient as I am and learning of his situation, being in the hospital for so long, I was shocked. All this time I didn’t realize.

I felt helpless since I live a few mountain ranges away and hundreds of kilometres.

Today I will write a card and mail it to his wife who will bring it to him next week.

But I know he has his phone in the hospital so he can read books and he reads my blog which leads to how I would appreciate your help.

My request to you the reader: Would you please send Bob a “Thinking of you and Get Better” comment?

I thought to myself, how cool it would be if my friends around Canada, the USA and the wonderful blog world would send Bob a “get better wish” and where they live in my blog comments.

He could read those and each one would be like a card to him and make him smile.

That’s the favour I have to ask,

You see, Bob is the friend I never knew I had at work who understood kidney failure and dialysis.

When I finally met Bob at some work related situation – I found out quickly that Bob had a lot of empathy and understanding. Bob told me his history relating to kidney disease because his father had it, and so did he.

I found out how easy he was to talk to and what an easy laugh he has. I saw why his staff who reported to him liked him also. He is a listener and genuine person.

I remember one day walking with him in downtown Vancouver for fifteen or twenty minutes and how nice it was to talk to someone at work who understood what dialysis felt like and the excitement of “getting the call because the hospital has found a tissue match”. I felt pretty happy that day and really enjoyed that chat.

At that time he was new to having his own kidney transplant. I had had mine for over 20 years at that point and he was and is a big fan of my health journey and I wanted him to match or beat my record!

I was excited for him about his transplant and how he would feel better, and more energetic. I wanted him to have every success that I have had with longevity and health due to the gift of having a kidney transplant. I still do.

Bob is my friend even though we haven’t seen each other in awhile. You probably have friends like that also.

Friendship with nice people like him doesn’t diminish at all but now he is sick and I want him to know people are thinking about him.

Thanks everyone for understanding♥ Hugs ! David

The Rest of the Story is Here – My Third Transplant – Miracles Happen

A new tree in the park received this knitted love treatment. I think it’s awesome that some people do that in town.

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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82 Responses to Friends in Life – A Moment of Your Time Please

  1. An Audience of One says:

    Saying prayers for you right this moment, Bob. 🙏🙏 Praying that you will be well, and feel encouraged and uplifted. Sending much love and many warm wishes to you from California. Kendra


  2. Sheree says:

    Bob, sending you best wishes for a speedy recovery from the French Riviera!


  3. Wynne Leon says:

    What a lovely and wonderful idea for your friend, David!

    I’m sending good thoughts to you, Bob! Hope you get great treatment and are feeling better soon!


  4. I’m sure all of Tofino wishes you well and wants you to visit Bob! I’ll introduce you to my furry and feathered friends!


  5. Victoria says:

    Hello, Bob…any friend of David’s is a friend of mine! 😊 I don’t know how you feel about snowy weather…do you like it? If you do…I can think of a few magical places that are receiving a healthy dose right now. In the Chicago area where I live it’s just cold…and windy. I suspect you’d still enjoy the opportunity to feel the cold breeze on your face. Fresh air of any sort as you’ve navigated through several weeks of treatment, according to David, can be a blessing in and of itself. From my family to you…we’re sending healing thoughts directly your way…and warm hugs. All the best!


  6. Tyler Abel says:

    Sending good vibes your way Bob! Hope you are surrounded by the love of family and friends!


  7. cindy knoke says:

    Love, prayers and healing hopes flying this moment to you Bob. I hope you are up and out of there soon!


  8. Mark Crittenden says:

    Keep fighting Bob.


  9. Shannon says:

    From the border of Lloydminster AB/SK we are wishing you prayers and get well wishes ❤️


  10. Prayers for David and Bob—for miracles and healing—of body, mind, and spirit! May all your needs be met. 🙏🏻 from Houston, TX


  11. ken Folstad says:

    Hey Bob, Wishing you all the best from North East Saskatchewan, where it is presently cold and snowing, and being Saskatchewan, windy too.
    My precious nephew David wrote of the friendship that you guys share, so I am pleased to drop a greeting to you too.
    I know long hospital stays can be an ordeal, but the end result makes it worthwhile.
    Best wishes,


  12. heimdalco says:

    Bob, thinking of you & sending you EVERY GOOD WISH. Praying for a speedy recovery for you. My brother is a heart transplant recipient from way back in 2008 . I have shared his journey with him simply by virtue of being his sister & loving him. Those of us that follow this blog have added you to our list of friends … slightly removed but friends all the same. We are blessed to meet you.


  13. Krystal says:

    Hi Bob! Like me, you are blessed to have such a caring friend in our Dave. I am channeling all the love and healing energy from Keremeos, BC and sending it to you. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best! Warm hugs, Krystal


  14. Julie says:

    Sending you get well wishes Bob, all the way from England. Xxxx


  15. Jane Fritz says:

    Bob, wishing you a speedy recovery. Thinking of you from eastern Canada. 🤗


  16. David, you are such a kind and generous person! To Bob, I am sending up prayers of love and healing from California. I pray for you and your loved ones, wrapping you in love and hugs, C


  17. leggypeggy says:

    Hey Bob, sending you huge get well wishes from Australia.


  18. lghiggins says:

    Bob, well wishes from Oklahoma. Our good health is something we often take for granted. I am praying for you as you struggle to recover good health. May you soon be as active and well as David. He is such a good role model for positivity and perseverance. May God bless you and your family with His strength. 🙏💜

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  19. David C. Folstad II says:

    Hello Bob!

    I hope my comment and well wishes get to you. Today and everyday you are surrounded by people who care and thankful for you. Thinking of you and hoping for the best for you.

    Warm regards,
    David Jr.


  20. Linda says:

    Hi Bob. Best wishes to you and prayers for you whatever you are going through. Prayer is the answer, I believe!! And the same for Dave BC!! ♥️♥️


  21. Tami says:

    All the best Bob! Wishing you laughter and love, health & happiness. Your new friend, Tami c/o Penticton.


  22. pkadams says:

    What a wonderful testimony of love! I hope you will be well soon, Bob! I’m praying for you.


  23. jackie Sehgal says:

    Hi Bob, I spent the day, only a day on a bed in the ER this week; pericarditis due to COVID. In hospital, we feel ‘adopted’ by a family of caring healthcare workers who have made it their life’s work to make you better… I hope your mattress is comfortable but I know how much you just want to get home to your own bed! I wish you patience and trust that it will happen soon. Thank you for inspiring my friend David, together you’ve inspired us all. I have the ‘dialysis sucks’ FB cartoon page on my feed now and every time I see it, it reminds me how fragile we all are, but with chuckles and sharing we carry each other along. I carry you too now in my heart. Sending every healing power to you and a tender hug today and every day.


  24. jackie Sehgal says:

    (Sending the smell of coffee and pine trees from Seattle Washington!)


  25. sdonais says:

    Drumheller, Alberta. Get better soon Bob. Thinking and pulling for you. Xo 🙂


  26. Darlene says:

    Get well soon, Bob. We all need good friends like you. xo


  27. LA says:

    Sending good thoughts to you Bob!!


  28. Dear Bob,
    I heard about you from my good friend David. He cares so much about you.
    I am sending you prayers and blessings for health and recovery! I hope you get to leave the hospital very soon.
    May you and your family be surrounded by love and joy this holiday season!
    Ana from New Rochelle, New York


  29. Gail says:

    Bob, it is so nice to have Facebook friends, especially when you have a special bond with them. I have to say you chose a good friend when you chose David, he is a star worthy friend and a kind human being! He has encouraged us to send you wishes for a speedy recovery. May your spirits be lifted and your burden lessened by his thoughtful request. Sending heartfelt blessings and healing hugs,
    Cheers, Gail T. Penticton


  30. Marlene Z says:

    Hi Bob, Hope this little note that is filled with love, hugs and prayers finds you feeling better; we are all praying for your speedy recovery!! From David’s aunt living in Prince Albert, SK. Very best wishes from all of us!


  31. Solitaire says:

    Bob , be well and feel the love and friendship everyone is sending your way🎐🪷🙏


  32. Pooja G says:

    Although we don’t talk all the time some people still remain our friends through everything. I wish Bob better health.


  33. Margaret says:

    What a lovely friendship you and Bob have David.

    Bob, I’m sending my very best wishes for your recovery ❤️‍🩹

    Margaret (Cheshire, England, UK)


  34. Susan says:

    From Orlando – Bob, sending positive energy your way and hopes for you to get better soon and get home!


  35. Thinking of you, Bob! Sending healing thoughts and a virtual hug! 🤍


    • dfolstad58 says:

      I feel blessed to know the people on my blog. Thank you for sending healing to Bob. I phone him regularly now and he is improving, and is at home which is the answer to a lot of prayers. – ♥ David


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