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Friday, September 02, 2016

We have known for several months that Hubby would be getting a new heart valve. The problem was that we did not know when the surgery would be. I never dreamt that we would get a call today, a Friday before a long weekend but that is exactly what happened.

On Wednesday I drove to my daughter's to dog-sit their two black labs while they go on vacation. They are going to a friend's wedding on Saturday and then they will probably do some golfing and enjoy their time off. Daughter and son-in-law left Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon Hubby came here on his motorcycle. He thought it would be enjoyable to go riding on some different roads.

Today, Hubby and I took the bike to Port Stanley for lunch. Port Stanley is a popular summer area. We found a restaurant and ordered lunch. His phone rang. It was his doctor's office. He listened intently to the instructions they were giving him. He is to be at University Hospital in London at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. His surgery will be at 1 p.m.

New dilemma - how to get the bike home. He will not be able to drive for six weeks after the surgery. He wants the bike home in our own garage. I think that problem was just solved. He will ride the bike home. His sister will drive him back part way and I will meet them and bring him the rest of the way. It is a 2 1/2 hour trip so half that isn't too bad. Isn't that often the case - I never imagined his sister being the one of offer help. He had contacted a couple of his biker friends and they were trying to arrange something. But it would seem it is working out.

Before I knew the surgery would happen while I am dog-sitting, I planned to stay in London for a couple nights. (Daughter lives about an hour from the hospital.) With dogs depending on me, I will have to carefully plan my trips back and forth so they aren't stuck in the house too long. They are used to being alone during the day because both their 'parents' work. Of course we have our dogs with us so that is four dogs in the house all day.

From something he said tonight, I know he isn't expecting me to stay at the hospital the whole time he is there. (They told us he would be in ICU for approx. 24 hours and then he would be moved to a regular room for five to six days, and then released if all goes well.)

Are we nervous? You bet your boots we are nervous. I know he is. I think I am more nervous about how I will handle a grumpy hurting man afterwards when he already thinks I can't do anything right and he isn't even hurting. emoticon I might just become a grumpy old woman.

I know everything will work out the way it is supposed to but we would both appreciate any prayers and good thoughts you might feel led to share for us. Thank you.

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    Today is the first day in the rest of my life - thank goodness I wake up in the mornings to appreciate everything in my life:)
    1433 days ago
    JUDY and TED you had a wait and now it is going to be better in the near future. It is too bad that you have the dogs but it will give you something to do in the post op. days.
    I sat around for hours with no-one near. Fred had his stent done on a very wintery day. I had to drive back home 60 miles with icy roads December 22. Not the best time. This will be a good time.
    Our thoughts are with you and Ted and he will have a speedy recovery if he is not going to be grumpy. HUGS and love to both of you. We were thinking to get to Wisconsin and I was hoping to see you and Ted
    The water problem has held us back. Stephen is back to work and has to keep in touch with the cardiologist. He might fly to see us but we are not sure of his plans.

    Love you from Pat and Fred.
    1436 days ago
    After your long wait, things really came together quickly! I'm glad he's able to get the bike home, and that his sister will bring him back to meet you.

    Hugs and prayers that everything goes smoothly, and he won't be TOO cranky when he comes home.

    1437 days ago
    Oh boy. You can be sure of the prayers. Already offered up some for a successful surgery. Grumpy, scared, demanding... yup. Human nature. Try to control the people and things around you when you can't control your own life. We all do it. You will have the grace to handle it.
    1437 days ago
    Absolutely you're in my prayers. As for the unexpected help from sister? Isn't that what family does? Steps up when the need appears? Even when they aren't normally "that close", somehow a health issue with family pulls out the sudden awareness of how much you *do* care! Well done for your sis in law!

    emoticon for you, and a successful procedure and a speedy recovery for your himself!
    1438 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You and Himself and all the dogs will be in my thoughts and prayers!
    1439 days ago
    Pleased you will get it over with early.
    1439 days ago
    God Bless 🙏
    1439 days ago
    that is wonderful that you have a date finally for the procedure. will say a pray for him and his doctors that everything goes better than well
    1439 days ago
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