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Saturday, September 17, 2016

"Just because your world is falling apart doesn't mean you have to fall apart. When everything seems crazy, you be calm. Don't let the outer chaos you are facing get inside of you." - Bryant McGill

No, I am NOT falling apart but reading this quote this morning was a reminder that I can stay calm. While it is not exactly chaos, my husband and I are going through his health challenge right now and I am doing my best to stay on top of things.

Himself had an aortic valve replacement on September 6. He was released from hospital on September 11 and on September 12, after spending the night with our daughter, we returned home. He is feeling well and he is eager to get back to normal. His days have been fairly good but at night, he hasn't been sleeping well. He wakes up in a sweat. Thursday night he could feel his heart was 'fluttering'. We called 911 and the ambulance took him to the hospital. He is being monitored. They told us that the 'flutter' is quite common after heart surgery. They are working on what drugs and dosage to give him. As things were standing when I left the hospital last night, he would be coming home on Sunday.

This morning I woke up to a text that told me the same thing happened again during the night. At least this time he was in the right place. I know he is scared. Frankly, I haven't allowed myself to think. I just carry on. When I asked him what time he wants me to come to the hospital, he replied that he doesn't know what he wants.

I need one of those Keep Calm shirts - Keep Calm and Carry On!


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    I had some spells of Afib after my aortic valve was replaced. That is much better now due to adjusting my beta blocker. You and hubby are in my thoughts and emoticon
    1423 days ago
    My mom had a pacemaker in June and has been having lots of weird things with her heart (feelings the doc says are normal). Am leaving today for my vacation but she is "sick" so my sister came here to stay with her for a couple of days. I had a feeling she wouldn't be okay when I left although she has been encouragin me to go for several weeks. So I am going!

    Will keep you in my prayers, Judy! And yeah, we all need those "Keep Calm & Carry On" shirts-or maybe just a bracelet that says it!
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    1424 days ago
    He's in the right place, Judy. Hugs and prayers for both of you. Keep,calm and be strong.
    1424 days ago
    1424 days ago
    It's hard to get the mind to stop worrying, especially when the stakes are high and you feel "helpless"! Now is the time for self-nurture and meditation and prayer. Praying on your behalf, my friend! emoticon
    1424 days ago
    Staying calm and not worrying about what might not happen: good plan! Thank goodness for our health care system. At least you need not worry about medical expenses for one second.
    1424 days ago
    Keep staying calm and taking care of yourself. Talk with someone who love you and give solid advice and walk to help release stress. It there even if we try to keep it out of our mind. I will you both in my prayers.
    1424 days ago

    I know everyone is different and heals differently. My brother-in-law (66 years old) had that surgery in February. He's doing great now. He's back to exercising, going to work, fussing in the yard, and enjoying life. Stay in the present moment as much as you can. Don't borrow trouble from the future, it may not happen. And you are handling it like a champ.
    1424 days ago
    Ahh poor you--- Judy --He and Beau would be a pair---- I'm sorry he is still not well--I'll pray for strength for you-Lynda
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    That is so true what Bryant says in that statement. I worked as a nurse and learned to be calm inside no matter what was happening around me. Otherwise you can't think straight.
    1424 days ago
    I hear you and given the circumstances it sounds like you may be the one to be the decision-maker for a while as his body has been traumatized....( It can definitely impaired judgment for a while until he feels secure again)...Best wishes for a restful time of healing.... emoticon
    1424 days ago
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