Thank you for your note. Obviously you are very dear to very many - hence all the notes you received and have yet to receive.
I'm just so glad surgery is all behind you now and I pray for your full and speedy recovery.
How great is that that Pete was able to post keeping us up-to-date on your surgery? My husband doesn't do the computer at all so he couldn't help me out. I had my daughter-in-law Christa posting daily e-mails to a list of friends and family which kept everyone in loop for me. There is no way my Pete could have kept up with the phone calls etc. so my very dear Christa did it all for me.
Are you a little nervous at all about flying tomorrow? Is your daughter going with you as well or just Pete? At any rate, I wish you all the best on your return home. Keep your pillow close.
I hope you are satisfied with your results. You have just been given a whole new lease on life. You remain in my prayers.
Hi as well to Duane and Peggy. Nice that you are going to get to meet them.
Welcome back Fran! Glad to hear you got all the kinks worked out. I love the reunion idea - and I like Duane's idea we should meet at Adam's house. That would be fun! Keep up the good work! God bless!
I felt the the Percocet worked much better, but the Vicodan made the cows chase me and the little blue Mini Doctor Gillinov's chase me around the farm (A real dream I had). I am only on Tylenol and Ibuprophin (how ever its spelled) > I though my pain level was pretty low, but I sure do breath easy when its a zero. I to am retaining too much fluids and hope to get that resolved next week. All in all I feel great. I dont like the lack of control I have in my life right now. When Lori took me out to Arby's for a milk shake, I made her wear a limo drivers hat and she was not happy about that, but I felt like a million bucks. I spoke to Duane, he was a refreshing and encourging voice and few hours ago. As soon as I get caught up from work related stuff, which is slow going and home business stuff I will start posting .
How have you been sleeping? I wake up and have to sit up everynight for awhile just to get my gyroscope working right.......
Hope your Saturday is off to a great start and you continue to feel better and better! We will be thinking of you and praying for you as you trek home tomorrow. Captain Bill said his trip was rough on him, so I imagine it will be challenging for you as well. But it's so worth it to get home!
Thanks for your guestbook entry about dropping by to see you. I am going to post this here and on FB and send it to you via email.
It's Peggy's spring break, so we are leaving ASAP after church tomorrow and heading to south Florida to the beach, Everglades National Park, and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. We love that place and see it's practically in your back yard.
If it works for you and you're feeling up to it, we can stop by for a brief visit enroute back home on Wed. 3/31 in the early evening. At least those are our projections. I do have your contact information ready to take with me. Feel free to contact me and let me know if it doesn't work out for you, even last minute. My cell is 863-651-4207. That would be really fun if we get to meet in person.
Have a great trip home, and hope to see you Wed. evening.
I am so excited for you. There is no feeling like walking through your front door and having this behind you. I look forward to hearing the updates on your progress. You are amazing!!!
I'm just so happy to see you are out and soon to travel home. What a great feeling and such a relief.
You don't have a lot of time at your brother-in-laws before leaving for home so don't push it too much. I'm sure the airline will look after you and Pete so take all they have to offer in VIP treatment! I look forward to hearing from you when you are up to it. Thank you Pete for keeping us posted. Wishing you the best as well and you are both in my prayers.
I've been anxiously awaiting an update to see if you got sprung! I have come down with a terrible sinus thing and went to the Dr. on Wednesday. He gave me Augmentin and I have been in bed trying to fight this thing. We leave for Cleveland April 11th...I need to get this thing out of my system now!
Have been praying for you...I had a transfusion after my first mitral valve repair too...I wasn't expecting that. I'm axious to hear what kind of incision you had...
Keep trusting and know the Lord is with you wherever you go...
Carla Hansen (PBG-FL)
Got my fingers crossed that they will spring you tomorrow from the hospital. I remember how disappointed I was when I had to stay an extra day to get my INR level up to where they wanted. (Now I'm having trouble keeping it at a low enough level -- I guess it's a case of "be careful what you wish for".)
Sorry to hear that the cardioversion didn't do the job. Just hang in there, many of these potholes in the road to recovery tend to resolve over time, it seems.
Glad you're feeling ok. I understand the fatique factor. My inr got up to 10 and they had to give me 4 pints of blood plus three of plasma. That a very tricky number to play with. Good luck on getting you afib under control. Keep on keeping on.
Hi Fran, It sounds like you are progressing well. I have really enjoyed reading about your surgery and especially your progress. You and your family are on my heart and in my prayers. Love to you, Gayle J.
I think I found your pain in my room! I dont know what is worse. The pain meds relieveing the pain and making me see little blue people or just bitting the bullett and enduring the pain. We must agree that Cleveland Clinic, its staff, nurses and doctors are an amazing team.
Thinking of you and hope each day is getting better. Jim and I are in Maui and wish you could be here recouperating on this lovely beach watching whales and enjoying the warmth and flowers. Thanks for the updates.
Hello to the Zilko family
Sharon and Jim
Sounds like you might get your pink slip very soon now and that is great news. You are used to the Warfarin thing so that will get into acceptable ranges soon enough. I'll keep checking in. Are you managing your walks and spirometer ok? Praying for you.
Fran, Just received the first messagevia Marilyn. We have prayed and thought of you constantly. Theresa was so sweet to call just after your surgery. It was passed on to everyone. As always, we [ray at Bible study. God bless you and all of your family.
I wish the procedure had worked but it is still very early so please try to not get too discouraged just yet. You know sometimes time is going to be the answer. I see too that you've had a recharge of blood so hope it was high octane and grade "A" red.
Fran has such a positive attitude and I know she would be able to handle a couple of disappointments. In the grand scheme of things, this will work itself out.
I'm looking forward to hearing about Fran's improvements tomorrow. You are all in my prayers.
We're really sorry the cardioversion didn't work. And you had the Maze procedure too? I was wiped out by AF the night before they did my pericardial window and cardioversion. The cardioversion worked for me, but I had AF (I believe) 3 more times after I came home from the hospital. The most recent was probably almost a month ago. Time. Healing. Little bumps, and sometimes big ones, are part of the road. Don't be discouraged; keep traveling! The transfusion should perk you right up. We continue to pray for you and are eager for your return home. We expect to be traveling in south Florida in the middle of next week (Peggy's spring break). If you're home, maybe we can pop by to say hello.
Hi Fran and Pete,
Fran is doing just great - I know the disappointment of still being in AF but it was explained to me that the heart muscle will take time to adjust to the improved valve function and that several attempts at electrocardioversion is still a possiblity to correct it. Please send Fran our bestest love and positive thoughts. From Penny, Steve and Georgie (Scotland)
wow Fran that is wonderful news about you having very little pain...I am amazed, I thought and still do..haha think I am gonna die from the pain still and its been a month...You go girl....just take it easy though..
Everything happened so fast today we did not get a chance to say goodbye. Bill is more relaxed and breathing better at the hotel. We are following your progress online. You are in our prayers.
I'm happy to hear you are walking about and doing as you are expected. Way to go. Bill was saying how nice it was to have you folks down the hall. Keep well. Hi to Pete whom I hope is relaxing just a little. Take care. Cheryl, Ontario
Hi Fran & Pete - We're so happy to know you're recovering comfortably and back into a regular room. Minimal pain and ability to rest will speed you along - keep up the good work - we'll keep up our prayers & blessings.
Thinking of you daily. David & Julie Nodland
So good to get all the happenings there and to know how well you are doing. Linda called me right after Theresa called her and we both gave God the glory! I love looking at your picture as I write this....makes me feel so close to your heart!! It sounds like you are comfortable and doing so well... You remain in our prayers.
Lots of love and gentle hugs to you!
A big "Lobowski" to you, Pete! HA
Marianne and Dick
Wow...no pain! Great news! What kind of incision did Dr. Gillinov do? Three weeks from today I will be starting my marathon Monday of tests at Cleveland Clinic. I'll be praying for your continued great progress! Sandy's surgery will be in Cleveland a couple days before mine...maybe we will get to meet up like you and Capt. Bill.
Good morning, and that it is! We are so proud of you. We expect to hear you are dancing a jig by week's end. You will be coming home to nice weather - good for recuperating. We miss you and can't wait until you, Teresa and Pete step foot on good ol' Florida sand.
Bill and Alleen
I think that I am more thankful you were just a few doors down, than for Adams Book But then it is a cart before the horse kind of thing.Without his journal and book, we would just be another pretty face. I'll keep the noise down on my end of the hall!
captain Bill and Lori
I have been advised that my Mitral valve needs to be repaired. I am currently researching my options and came across Adam Pick's book which I purchase and read cover to cover in two sittings. I also came across his website and link to the Journals. Since I am considering have the surgery done at the Cleveland Clinic with Dr. Gillinov I came across your journal. Just wanted to extend my well wishes and was glad to read that the surgery was sucessful and that you are doing well. My prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery.