the ohio crew is wishing you well tonight. cherrie and i are now home from our whirlwind weekend in austin. we read the updates each and every day and before we went to bed each night so we knew how you were doing. josie and jim - thank so much for working so hard to keep us updated and educated on everything! sounds like you are a rockstar and will be heading home soon - of course! your "going too fast" in the hallway reminds me of cherrie - just don't play the air guitar in your nightie like she would. :) looking forward to hearing more about your release soon. glad you will be staying at the hotel for a few days, smart move! xoxo
Hello Deb, it's amazing to think that it hasn't even been a week and you're getting close to getting out. We're looking forward to seeing you back in WI but probably not as much as you're looking forward to gettin back.
Take Care Steve & MP
Not much different than the roller coaster ride of real estate except we love you. Keep on chugging along and don't break out of there until the time is right. U turns on the freeway are illegal.
Hang in there Deb! Your doing great! Sometimes the heart is just finicky are the surgeons play it. Beta blockers are great for helping keep the heart in normal sinus rhythm. Keep up the good work. Your friends from Wisconsin.
Good Morning Debbie,
Just hang in there with this cardiorversion. What great news about the possibility of going home when they get it all squared away. Keep up the good work. Each new day may bring you new challenges, but it will also bring you new strengths.
We are thinking of you!
Heidi and family
Bernie and Gertie too!
I don't know if you know but I have had this A-fib for many years. Guess I never really knew what it was but finally after many times in the ER they finally got a name for it!
I have read up on a lot of what you are actually dealing with and getting the rapid heart rate now. It is so weird but when I have ever gotten the episodes, (mine is usually laying on my left side or throwing up!) (how pleasant is that?) all I need to do is to confuse my heart on what it is doing. I know you can't do this now, but... I have run up hills, or really just tried to make my heart beat even harder than it already is. I know that sounds stupid, really stupid, and it scared me half to death thinking that I needed to make my heart beat harder, but every time I did it, it shocked my heart out of the fast pace.(I even did it at a stress test before I was shocked and I came out of it!) My doctor has always told me to start running as it has shocked me enough to stop the rapid beat. NOW, this is only me, but it works every time my heart goes crazy. I know lots of people that have gotten the shock to get them back and it is totally fine. I know what ever they do, you will be absolutely back to you! I would do it in a heart beat!!! ha
Totally thinking about you.
HI Debbie - WOW! I cannot believe how good you look and what great progress you are making after surgery. I do not know your daughter, but she has done a wonderful job informing us of your progress and the process of recovery. Thank you Josie!! I think you have funnier friends than I do - Buckeroo and Hoopie - I wish I had friends with names like that! I am so thankful that you (and your family) are doing well and I hope your progress continues at this record rate. To think you are up and walking is amazing. Keep up the good work and take care. We are all pulling for you! Carol Evans
Okay, Deb, I'll try again. I forgot to hit the "submit" button last time. I'm an idiot.
Keep smiling but don't get too ambitious. Healing takes time and it takes a while just to get over the anesthetic. Enloy having someone else doing the cooking and changing your linens. You will be home soon to do all of that yourself. Your heart will be strong and so will you. Take care. Love you. B christensen
Getting ready for a walk after a great breakfast and nap? Sounds like recovery is going really well. You are going to continue to amaze the staff there with your strength and determination to get moving and get home asap.
Thanks for the photo updates Josie. The whole process is unbelievable and amazing but a little less scary after your detailed explanations. Deb, you have the best bedside team available!!!!
Hugs and continued good healing! Off to D.C. in a few days for the wedding bells:-)
Just want you to know that Big Cedar is thinking about you day and night. You are an amazing woman, and from the Erdmans, the Butzs, and everyone else, east side and west, we want you to know that we Love Ya. You will be home before you know it and with a heart that has more strength than ever! One day at a time.
Pam E. :)
Josie you could have a career in medical reporting. Not that we need any excitement from Deb, but it has been very interesting to have some of the expected ups and downs of post-operative recovery explained to the layman.
Hang in there you guys. You are all doing a great job being there with and for each other!
Keep sleeping Deb! You deserve it.
Thanks for the phone call this afternoon, I was blown away when I heard it was you, that means your doing well. The pictures of the incesion look a bit nasty, but if that what it takes to fix your heart, and lead a normal life again it's OK! You have a great attitude Debbie, hope I will be a brave when I have my knees done!
Talk to you tomorrow!
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh........ and yes- she's gonna come back quicker than the Dr's. Tell her ! Doc's need to be conservative............when telling how the average person re-convery time......we all know she is WAY ABOVE AVERAGE..........
Thrilled to hear you are doing so well, what a relief!
How wonderful to have Josie and Jim with you through all of this! Josie has been so good at keeping us all informed! Thanks Josie!
Hope you get some sleep tonight, I will check in tomorrow!
Hi Deb - So glad to hear everything is going smoothly! Can't wait to get you back home to Wisconsin. Hope the progress continues faster then expected! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim and Josie! Love you guys!
Cindy, Tom, Missy, Cody and Molly
Hey, Deb. I can't believe I have actually followed your directions and got this far. A techie I am not.
Anyway, sooooo glad to hear that things are going well. I never doubted it for a minute. You are such a fighter. I am thinking of you and sending you all the best wishes and love. Hang in there and give them hell. Barb Christensen
Hi Debbie! Bernie and I are so relieved to hear that your procedure went perfectly and you are healing fast like a true Ziegler!! Hope to hear that you will get some rest in the private room and continue to get all of the drugs and assistance you need! Do take care and know that we are thinking of you.
Bernie and Liz
Hi Deb, It sounds like it's still a pretty tough ordeal with tubes and pain and nausea but hang in there you are doing great and it will get a little better everyday. You will be back home with Bernie and Gertie before you know it. I just saw Ricky Evans; They have a new litter of 5 puppies! Very cute but eyes not open yet. The wind has finally let up so I'm taking my dock out today. Josie thankyou so much for the updates. I hope all of you can get some food and some rest soon.
Wishing there was one big box of bandaids that could take you home tomorrow. Glad to hear all went well and worst is behind you Josie is doing a fantastic job of keeping us all informed. Good job Josie. Keep your chin up and you will soon be traveling back to the land of milk and cheese.
Josie - maybe we can see each other next week while you are still in Ohio and taking care of debbie? We would be happy to drive up to Cleveland to visit with you for an hour or two outside of the hospital, you can meet the kids! You are doing a wonderful job keeping up this journal! Thank you! Cherrie and I are off to Austin, TX tmorrow morning for a wedding! Will be back Monday.
Just checked my e-mail for the first time in 2 weeks. Have been in Colorado at Matthew's and out of communication. I'm sorry I didn't know that you had decided to have the surgery done now. Crazy.
I am so glad to hear that the surgery was a wonderful success and that it was a repair rather than replacement.
I hope that you'll soon be back up on your feet. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Josie, I am so happy that you can be there with Jim and your Mom--just having you there will be so good for your mom's "heart".
Gentle hugs to you, Deb.
Thanks for letting me keep up with your progress.
You are loved by so many people. Add one more here.
So nice to know you are doing so well. I keep you in my prayers. Love,Carolyn
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
I heard that all went well with your surgery! All of us here and across the country in the Rolfs family have been sending our love your way! We are so happy that your procedure is done and now you can focus on recovering. You are an amazing, strong, brave woman, way to go Deb! Big hugs to you, Jim and Josie!
Love, Mary, Wilbs, George, Hill and Eliza
Welcome back. I am writing to you on my new computer that just arrived. Some dirtbag lowlife broke into my office last week and stole my laptop and ipod so I have been without. Good news is they didn't take the rum bottle just a few feet away. I decided to drink it just to keep it safe for the future.
I am so proud of your courage to git er done and so happy to hear how successful everything went. You are in the right place at the right time. Looking forward to hearing more as you recover and get out of there so I can see you at home. Just know that I love you and have been thinking about you. Kinda puts things into perspective as we get older how lucky we are. I cannot wait to chase you down the mountain when the time is right and the powder is perfect.
I'm just in from taking the boat out of the water. Hopefully you are catching up on some much needed sleep in ICU with your successfully repaired valves. I'm wondering about the pain but I'm sure the docs are keeping it under control. Tiger says he'd be happy to teach Bernie how to fetch a beer from the frig for you. It's pretty easy and a lot of fun.
Deb, I'm so glad to hear everything went well! You've certainly been in my thoughts a lot and I'm just so happy for you! Hopefully you can spend some of your recovery time working on your iPad skills :)