Shelby Clayson posted a note for Barbara that says:
I am happy to hear that you like your cardiologist and surgeon. That is worth a lot. The surgery will soon be behind you and you will be on the road to recovery.
Happy to hear of your new beautiful granddaughter! When did you get to be old enough to be a grandmother? It will be fun for you to watch her grow and develop.
You are in my thoughts and prayers, Barb!! I pray for strength, courage, comfort, peace and fast, complete healing.
Debi Noha posted a note for Barbara that says:
Hi Barb Ron and Emily,
Thinking of you and your journey ,our thoughts and good juju are with.
You struck such a cord with me as you talked about watching the beautiful western sunset yes !! One of the best times of the day .. you have taken such good care of your self you will see many more of them with all of your family around you
. loving on you,
Terri posted a note for Barbara that says:
I wanted to just reassure you that your decision to go with Dr. Castro and the Redwood City team is one you will not regret. In May, Dr. Castro performed my mitral valve repair and I could not be happier. He truly is an exceptional surgeon that treats his patients with respect. He is happy to answer all questions--no matter what they are. You will be on the road to recovery before you know it!
Lisa, Michael, Jessica and Eric posted a note for Barbara that says:
We are thinking of you and sending lots of courage your way. As you know my Dad just had triple bypass surgery and he is recovering nicely. Take one day at a time and soon you will feel better than ever.
Bob Osmachenko posted a note for Barbara that says:
Barb and Ron, thanks for sharing your story. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My numbers are much the same as yours and I am scheduled in for 8 weeks from now barring any emergencies.
I like the way you both write and look forward to tracking your progress.
Peace be with you!
Vicki Radonich posted a note for Barbara that says:
You're a strong person, both physically and mentally, which will help speed your recovery. I'll be sending healing energy your way and waiting to hear you are through the surgery and into recovery mode. WWF won't be the same until you're back to playing and kicking my you know what.
Love and hugs,
You are super brave and as tough as they come, so I can't help but know you're going to have a great outcome from this. Your wonderful daughter is so excited to see you and take care of you. As you know probably better than I do - she can be a bit stubborn in her care taking, so for that, good luck!
I am so excited to see you soon! Wishing you a quick, full, and painless recovery! Lots and lots of love from Boston!
Randy and Lulu posted a note for Barbara that says:
OK Barb, I am certain you will sail through this. Ask every question you can think of. Especially ask your anesthesiologist all your questions.
We will be following your progress all the way and wish you a flawless outcome.
Our thoughts are with you.
Terrie posted a note for Barbara that says:
I am what I like to call one of your Heart Sisters on this site. I have had heart Murmur and many years before getting to this place as well. I am 65 yrs. old.
Having a Bovine tissue valve as my replacement after doing research and thinking that at my age it will last long enough to experience many more years of gardening, kayaking & biking! If a replacement becomes necessary I am counting on one of the newer techniques!
I am glad you are going to attempt to journaling your experiences for your Family and Friends and sharing it with those of us out here.
This is my first time doing a journal that is on a shared site with so many people. I have found it to be helpful in gathering information and keeping focused on the important things.
I am going in on Aug. 20th. with a full sternotomy.
I hope you have the less invasive procedure. I have heard great things about the facility where you will be having your surgery and it is a good choice. Mine will be done in Santa Clara.
I see you have a great number of people wishing you well and who are sure that you will have a great recovery. You can add me to the list of those waiting to hear how you are doing. Best wishes.
carol ramsli posted a note for Barbara that says:
Hi Barb, Thanks for sending the journal. Sounds like you are in good hands. I am praying for a good recovery, hopefully from the less invasive surgery. God be with you. Love, Carol
Michael Schallock posted a note for Barbara that says:
OK. Time to just hang in there. For me the waiting around and worrying is the worst part.
You will be fine. Just look forward to everyone doting on you and waiting on you and bringing you ice cream and goodies.
Thanks for making the effort to write this journal. We are thinking of you.
Shelby Clayson posted a note for Barbara that says:
Hi Barb and Ron, Thanks for keeping me up to date on your upcoming surgery via your journal. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare for and go through the tests and surgery. I understand your fear. You have done a good job of exploring the options before making a decision. You are in excellent general health. There is every reason to expect a successful outcome. I'm so happy you have such good support from Ron and Emily.
Did your new grandchild arrive earlier this month?
You are very special to me, Barb! It was a pleasure to have you as a student and even greater pleasure to have you as a friend. I remember your wonderful Irish setter. I still laugh when I remember him sitting outside until we had a class break and then he would come in for a visit until class started again. What a delight! I remember when you stayed at my home when I was out of town and while you were doing one of your clinical internships. I remember taking you and your belongings to the airport when you moved to Anchorage. And I remember wonderful times with you when I came to Anchorage to teach or to just visit. I love you, Barb, and look forward to more visits in the future.
Debi and Michael Noha posted a note for Barbara that says:
We are sending our best thoughts your way ! So glad Emily will be with you as well as Ron,sure have enjoyed all the pictures of you and Wilder she is a sweetie. Sounds like you are in good hands and i do understand the bit of the fearfulness and know if anyone can do it it is you sister!!! So we are sending good JUJU from all of us in Colorado...
Love ,Debi and Michael
Joyce Barnett posted a note for Barbara that says:
Hi Barb, Have thought of you lots, even when on our ANWR adventure. The berries were still on the plants in many places (bear berries, cranberries.) The bear berries were breaking out in bloom, the leaves sometimes just barely in bud with that gorgeous red tinge.This brought to mind hunting for cranberries with you in the fall.
I am glad Ron took on the job of researching this surgery for you. Sounds like you will be well taken care of. I guess now we just hope for the partial sternotomy option.
Best wishes for total success and quick recovery. Good thing you're otherwise healthy and strong.
Amy Purevsuren posted a note for Barbara that says:
Barb! There were these two lady kayakers who passed through Unalaska last week--yes, KAYAKING the Aleutians--quite gracefully, yet full of respect for the weather and waters. One of them talked about fear; she said, "Fear can be a positive thing because it makes you careful, and it makes you smart. It protects you in the end." Your fear has made you be careful in your choices and will help you come out stronger in the end! Enkhee and I are thinking of you! I miss you! Best to you and Hugs,
Stephanie Bauman posted a note for Barbara that says:
So glad you've got this journal - what a great idea. You're in our thoughts & prayers as you go through this tough time. Can't wait till it's all behind you and you come back to Tucson with a good report.
Love, Kent & Stephanie
Rose Van Hemert posted a note for Barbara that says:
Thank you so much for sharing your journal, as I know you are a more private person, not big on drama. I feel confident that you will do very well through it all because you are healthy and active and take great care of yourself. You are kind and generous, with lots of friends and a wonderful family, including your beautiful grand daughter. I'm so glad Emily will be with you! We are all thinking of you and wishing you the very best! I'm thinking of all the beautiful knitting you have created, the gardens you have grown and the meals you have made and that your talents are equal to all the expertise of all your medical staff that will care for you. You are in good hands! In due time you'll be back to your full strenghth
Marge and Dick posted a note for Barbara that says:
Hey girl..here it is 10 pm at night and I get a message from Carol..of course I had to reread it and say What! Have worked as a nurse thru these procedures. You are A-one candidate and will ace it..nope didn't promise you a few glitches ...but what a wonderful deal that it was diagnosed and has greAt outstanding results...take our hugs with you! Wine chilling for your return to Oro Valley..Hugs. Marge and Dick..............story_fbid=10204326421619526&id=1198904859
Laurie Wick posted a note for Barbara that says:
Sending love and healing energy to you, Barb. Thank you for this journal. Get back to playing Words with Friends as soon as you can:-) So glad wd got to spend some time together this month. Love, Laurie
Anne Stone posted a note for Barbara that says:
Barb, all my good wishes go to you and your family! Your strength and good spirits will be your allies. Know that you will be on all of our minds as you go through the procedures and surgery and that we will be urging you up and over those big hills, just as you have led us over them here! We miss you...
Diane Crawford posted a note for Barbara that says:
You know all of your good buddies in Anchorage are wishing you well. We miss you and talk of you often, and will be in spirit with you on July 2nd, especially. I'm glad you are keeping a journal. You are so strong, and I know you will come through this well. We'll all get together for a coffee afterwards to celebrate the good news! Best, best wishes! Love, Di
Art and Judy Cottrell posted a note for Barbara that says:
Barb and Ron and family, Thank you for setting up the journal and explanations for all of us. You know we are so thinking of you and love you from the bottom of our hearts.
Claudia Harris posted a note for Barbara that says:
I know you'll come through this with flying colors and be back to your regular routine soon! We have many more walks to go on, many more puzzles to solve, many more Christmases to celebrate, and... MANY more chances to spoil Wilder!
I'm sending positive thoughts to you!!
Sharon Andresen posted a note for Barbara that says:
Barb, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Knowing you, I haven't a doubt you'll fly through with golden colors. I too would be concerned if it were me, it's only natural that you'd have a bit of apprehension. It sounds like you have the best surgeons and tremendous family support.
I'm so happy that you've created this sight for all of us who care about you. Just recently you've been on my mind, as I knew your surgery is just around the corner.
I'll be checking on your progress often and will be anxious to celebrate with you when you return to your home in Tucson.