We have no doubts that your surgery will be a grand success tomorrow. Please know that you are in our thoughts everyday and that we look forward to introducing you to your grand-nephew and grand-niece in person as soon as you are able.
Monday August 13th... I'll be there with you in spirit tomorrow... As a survivor of several major surgeries, I can attest to the fact that it's all just a piece of cake. Anesthesia is a wonderful thing.
Welcome to your Isabelle–lovely photo ! Great day for a jazz concert. Rooting for you as I leave my novice instructions for a 15 second Qigong exercise to cultivate well being Qi (life force). Have been told (pardon my omitting references n’ all, in this moment) that cultivation begins the moment of practice. So, if you’re inclined, 3 basic steps are below.
While standing or sitting or lying down or simply imagining, and with the magical ingredient of intention:
1) Hold your body tall comfortably.
2) Inhale a deep breath into your belly (through nose or however); hold for the count of 1 thousand/ 2 thousand/ 3 thousand and, then, slowly exhale.
3) (while you) Imagine clouds—there’s your window, instead :))))
Takes around 2 minutes to do 8 times, depending on how you make the process your own.
Enjoy the state of being playful with and cultivating won-der-ful Qi.
Jazz Festival this afternoon: GREAT! Glad you and Izzy are covering all the bases and having FUN. Fun rules! Absolutely necessary to being in good shape for op. Unending love and positive thoughts for you and for Izzy.
I hope Isa arrives on her new schedule tomorrow and she has a good (uneventful) flight. I will be thinking of you both. Enjoy some special time together before your surgery. I will call Sunday night when we're back from the cottage.
In the meantime, keep yourself busy so you don't get too caught up in thinking about it all too much.
What glorious news that the synthetic heart implant was a success. That should make you feel wonderful. Now you next. It is going to go super duper well. Studies have proven that those for whom lots and lots of prayers are being said by lots and lots of people recover faster and better than those without those prayers. So my prayers and everyone else's join together for you and your entire medical team. Levitate? Why not? We all love you Kenny, myself not the least, good brother and best friend. HLP, dj (bzzzzzz)
Agreed with Marilyn's comment. I've been thinking of you all yesterday and today. I was rock climbing today and overtaking a climb I had never tried. It took alot of effort but after quite a few tries I got it right. It reminded me of you and your own life adventure. I can't wait for you to recover well and fast to take on more out of life!
I believe that if, at the time of surgery, people spirit to you a prayer and/or a kind wish and/or a bit o'humour or some-such, you'll practically levitate from all that soulful goodness!! I'm getting a head start in this moment as I round up my best wishes and forward them to that time—no need to worry, the Universe knows what time :)
Good grief! Just found out about the delay. I'm glad to hear everyone was able to rescedule around it on such short notice.This will give you time to watch "Guys and dolls" again and read a new Daniel Silva novel. :-)
Ce bon et vieux proverbe qui dit "à quelque chose malheur est bon" s'applique parfaitement à ton cas, Ken. One day you'll know it was a perfect postponment !
Cheers, and thanks for keeping us posted so regularly ! What a nice way of sharing your dailyl emotionse ! Bises, Dalal
I also had to postpone my surgery for another. At my 3 wk post-op with my surgeon I met another patient who had received a heart transplant. Through our conversation I learned that he was the patient who took my spot. He was very grateful for the new heart and I was glad I got to meet him. I did not tell him how his heart effected mine....wasn't important (anymore). Everything happens for a reason.
Thanks for all the messages and insight into your operation. I'm sure if the doctors didn't think you could wait the week then you yourself might have become the "emergency" to bump someone else!
Still, frustrating to try to plan for something only to have someone else at the controls change the rules on you.
Glad Isa was able to change her trip and will still be here when you need her the most. Keep us all posted.
Ken, our CCF days together ended long ago but you are always remembered. Once you get through this (and we know you will) please try and make our next reunion. We would all love to see you.
All the best,
Don't you just hate it when you get all psyched up for something and it doesn't happen! Take it as a sign that nothing's going to happen and it'll be smooth sailing the next couple weeks. Thinking of you and thanks for giving us updates. Does that mean Isabelle is postponing her trip too? Ariel
Hello dear Ken,
It's has always been so interesting to read you, and now - with your heart valve journal - I'll know so much I could never have known, if it weren't for you. I'm pleased you're so well taken care of and I hope soon we'll all see your picture back in your home or some nice restaurant with children and grand-children !
God bless you, dear Ken ! Bises, Dalal
Did you know that my mom had a aortic valve replacement 17 years ago? She did choose the St.Jude valve not the one you chose. However she is still alive and kicking... and will be 86 at the end of October. You have met her at our place.
Will you go to a convalescence home after the surgery?
We will be going to Toronto for probably one week in January 2013 and we will have the opportunity to see each other. We are looking forward to that and have a nice meal together and chat about life and of course trips.
I love you!!!! I think about you everyday and I am so happy to hear your voice on the phone--like tonight. I can't wait to read more of your journal entries and follow your journey of "fixing yourself".
You always tell me "You are special, Clélie" but it is you who is special, Ken.
Hi Ken: Sorry to hear you have to go through this procedure, this is the first I have heard about this. I will be keeping track of your progress,best wishes for a safe and sucessfull operation. Your doctor seems to have sterling credentials, that sure helps ones apprehension if there is any. Best always Gary/ Anita
Thanks for this interesting report, Kenny. I'm sending positive energy, thoughts, prayers and will be waiting for the next reports. You're in a "class" medical facility with "class" medical team. Love you! dj, bzzzzzz.
Kenneth--leaving for my European cruise tomorrow AM so I will be a little out of touch. I'll try to get hold of you along the way but I
am sure all will go well. Something as trivial as a pump valve can't be all that serious, can it?? You are a tuff dude and will be chasing the nurses within hours. My thoughts are with you my man. bob
I'm so glad to be connected with you at this
important time for you. Looks like I'll be
getting another lesson in heart surgery.
I'm very glad that Isobel will be here for you.
It makes a huge difference to have family
nearby. Love to you both, Ruth.
Bernie and I were wondering if you would have anyone with you during this ordeal. We would have driven there for a few days but I see your girls will be there to help you.
I'm sure everything will be fine, but we will pray for you anyhow, just to speed things up for you. Good luck! Talk to you soon.