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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Plans Gone Awry

It's been a very long June so far.  My Mom had bypass surgery in late May, and after an extended stay in the hospital, she went home.  After a few days, I had to take her back to the emergency room after she complained about pain and numbness in her leg.  It was a good thing we went to the emergency room, because the doctors found a blood clot in her leg that required surgery.  

That was Saturday night.  Tuesday, I got a call that she could go home.  I trotted down to the hospital, relieved that she was going home on my day off since this was just easier all around, rather than trying to organize getting her home while I work.  

She didn't go home on Tuesday.  We found out my Mom has a congenital "hole" in her heart, and it required another test to see if it caused the clot, and what, if anything needed to be done about it.  Needless to say, my Mom was pretty upset.  The good news is that it doesn't need to be fixed, and after being put on a blood thinner--fingers crossed--she will be going home today.  

This has pretty much taken up my time--I think I've managed to read one book, and my house is a mess.  Bud has been wonderful, doing whatever I need him to do and helping out.  He even stayed til after midnight Saturday at the hospital with my brother when I had to leave to get some sleep before going to work on Sunday.  Once again reminding me just why I love him so darn much!

So with this in mind, I am very happy Bud and I will have some time to ourselves this weekend at a family wedding.  I'm hoping to start fresh on Monday--Run again!  Clean the house!  Weed the flower beds! Cook a meal at home!  Just get back to a routine.  Mom has a long recovery ahead of her, but if she takes her walks every day, and gets some rest she will be well on her way to having energy and feeling better by the end of the summer.  

I think that I can say with pretty good accuracy that with 4 grandparents, a father, and now a mother who all had heart disease, my brothers and sisters and I all have a giant red target painted on our chests.  I plan on running and exercising for as long as I am physically able to do it.  And yes, I am motivated even more to eat more fruits, veggies, and good grains.  I am so glad I never smoked, and never will.  

Off to work!  The sun is shining--finally--and it's going to be warm today.  Sounds like a good June day to me :)


  1. I am sorry about your mom's heart problems. But, it's good she will be OK.

  2. Glad to hear your mom's prognosis is good. It's tough to have aging parents, isn't it? Sooo glad that you have such a great partner in Bud. That can really make things easier. Enjoy this beautiful June day!

  3. Thanks ladies. My Mom is finally home and hopefully will get a good night's rest tonight. Tomorrow is another round of running errands for her and getting her appointments all ready to go!


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