I really love reading your posts Anne. You remind us all to really appreciate all the small things that make our lives so wonderful every day - not that family is a small thing, but it is easy to just assume everyone is going to be just fine day in and day out. Hugs to all of you! So glad to hear Steve's recovery is going well too - I hope Connor's is going well also! Let us know when we can bring you some sushi.
I'm so very glad to hear about your progress and healing. Anne, thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about taking for granted the little things and people in our lives. I read your February 7th posting and then hugged my kids and kissed my wife. The UCLA Alumni cheerleader you referenced is actually a friend of mine that works in our Santa Monica branch. Geoffrey Strand has been wearing that UCLA sweater for over thirty years! I will share your story with him. Our prayers are with you Steve and your loving family.
I loved hearing the latest good news. I had been dying for an update.
When I got out of the hospital last year Dino gave me a 3 x 5 card and on it he had written: "Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do". I still have the card on my refrig. good words for all of us. Take good care of yourself Steve and Anne more big hugs to you, being a caregiver can be hard work.
Besides a healthier heart and a greater appreciation of what you have; one of the blessings that your family and your friends have experienced is how many of people came together and took an look at their own lives. Thanks Steve - I know that wasn't your intent, but thanks anyway.
Heres anticipating you have an AWEEESOOOME Valentines Day.
Anne, Thanks for the update. Is the old patient ready for visitors yet? I guess water polo practice is out of the question! Glad to hear Steve is recovering well. Keep him on track. I want him back in the pool soon.
Anne - so glad that you got what you've been waiting for and so needed, so timely after our chat yesterday as the Packers were winning :)
You both continue to amaze me and as you get ready to get back to your other kids, we are here to help with whatever is needed!!
xo - MJ
Sorry I have been MIA from your guestbook for awhile! I have been keeping up with your progress and am so dang glad to hear how well it's going.
What you wrote is the truest thing...it's nearly impossible to appreciate some of the greatest things in life until you go through something like this. And you don't know how strong you are until you're tested...speaking of tested, there must be something in the air because the day after Conor broke is collar bone, Phoebe broke her leg jumping off an ottoman. Let me tell you that a toddler in a leg cast is nooooo fun. I mean, we're not talking open heart surgery un-fun, but certainly in the not-so-giddy sphere of things. Okay, I love you guys. I have to go open a bottle of wine now. : )
Thanks for the update Anne. It must be very hard for Steve to limit physically what mentally he wants to do..especially when its automatic..but really opening the door for the nurse? who knew he was so polite :-) . The true gift from all of this seems to be the affirmation of your love for each other..how wonderful! Thanks for sharing it and reminding me how very lucky I am too. Lots of Love-Lindy (& the gang)
We have been thinking about you guys. Steve, I hope the feeling of being hit by a truck after surgery feels more like being hit by a scooter. Just wanted to say Hi.
May be a blessing in disguise that both super bowl teams dont have cheerleaders...better for your heart! Have a good weekend....enjoy the game!
Just found my Mom's message, and jumped toyour site. Sounds like you've had an eventful 2 weeks! I am glad to hear that you are doing well... and think it is appropriate that there are now 2 of you in the infirmary! As they say, like father, like son??
Anyway, I am glad to hear yoou are doing well. Take care, and to a speedy recovery! (I am sure the pool and water polo team are missing you!)
Dear Steve and family,
I apologize for not writing sooner but have been following your progress and sharing it with the Tuesday meeting group. We all send our love and hope you & Connor have a good recovery. Notice I didn't say speedy. Slower the better, say I.
Your fearless Leader, Susan
I am very happy to hear everyone is doing well. After rewatching on youtube the turtle and bugs race, I am now cracking up at the sylvester/bugs/tweetie/dog skit when they are all in the hospital smashing each others casts. To a speedy recovery to all of you.
That's enough with the injuries guys. By the way, what do I have to break to get to stay in bed and watch SpongeBob??? Scoot over I am in. Seriously, take care of Beavis and Butthead and everyone will be up and running, swimming and moving soon. Sending the good healing ju-ju your way!!!
The Robinson Family
No way!!!! We are so sorry to hear about Conor! Poor kiddo. I separated my shoulder this winter and was in a sling - so I can totally relate to mini-Steve! Hang in there guys! Sponge Bob will get you through! :) Hope you two are enjoying each other's company as you mend. Anne, Max and Johnny......BE SAFE! ....no more patients allowed! ;) - love, Leslie and Rob
Wow, when it rains it pours I guess. Maybe the patients will get lucky and there will be a Sponge Bob marathon on this weekend. I had to tell Aidan what happened so I could use the term "speed wobbles".
Anne, thank you for sharing the story through this journal -it has been touching and a great reminder to cherish our loved ones all the time, regardless of health emergencies or other events that might especially call for it! Manette and I are SO glad Steve is doing well and the process has ended up being a (difficult but) ultimately positive one for you guys. Hope to see you both soon!
Way to make me cry AGAIN! I was very happy to open my email this morning and see there was a posting. It had been 4 days! I was about to remind you two, to get back to it! So very glad that the old man is doing so good - it is amazing! Will drop by to say hi over the weekend. Please let us know if you need anything at all! Love and hugs.
Although I have spent time with you and Steve and he looks amazing, I still wait for your written updates! I sure wish I'd realized that his mental quickness was working OT before I had him set me up to play words with friends the other night..he would've kicked my a$$ before so this should go well :)
All joking aside you both are truly wonderful, which we knew before all of this, and it's an honor to be your friend and neighbor!
P.S. When Megan found out I was driving Conor to polo on Sat she said, hmm..maybe I'll go so I can drive. Rest assured if I do let her, we will get him there first and she can drive home ;)
Hi Steve and Anne! So glad to hear Steve made it through and is recovering so well. I bet he is in heaven being home with you and the kids. Still praying for comfortable days and a heart better than ever!
Steve & Anne, We have been tracking your progress via Anne's great updates and this great site. It's good to hear that you are doing so well and headed home to Anne, your boys, a comfortable setting and hopefully some solid and restful hours of sleep. Please know that there are many who care that your big heart keeps on keeping on, so please be good to your aorta and don't push it while you are on the mend. Lots of love, Rob, Jennifer, Ryan & Jessica
Wow, I just found out about your surgery Steve. I am glad to hear that everything is going smoothly. I know you are a big strong mofo so I am sure you will get through this no problemo. Take care and know that we are all rooting for you (even though you went to UCLA!). Aortic "regurgitation" -- Wasnt that what Yama did at Hennessey's long ago? LOL. I am sure you are in great hands with Anne and the kids. Take care, -Rei, Nadia, Jeremy, Nicolas, and Samuel.
Hi Anne and Steve, we are so glad everything is going so well. Take your time Steve, recovery is hard work...After I got out of the hospital last year Dino decided I needed to start on a walking program to regain my strength. The first day I walked one and a half minutes and then one and a half minutes back to the car. I am now up to 40 minutes and very proud of myself. Steve if you need a walking partner call me. I don't jog, run or do hills but I'm here for you...XXOO Carol
LOVE hearing that you are doing so well and ready to go home!! You have been in our thoughts and prayers constantly. How truly wonderful your homecoming will be....the boys will be over the moon!!!! We are thrilled that the surgery was a success and that you are good as new. We love you mucho! Leslie and Rob
Hey Steve, so glad you are going home and recovering so quickly. We've been thinking and praying for you everyday! The Italian's out here say you start drinking red wine and eating pizza right away to help your heart heal faster! I'm doing it as a preventitive measure right now.
Just checked in and learned about this adventure. Relieved to hear you are home. No doubt continuous laughter speeds the healing. You will be full force in short order. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts. Cheers, EC "Cowboy"
Home so soon? That's awesome! I know it was (is) tremendously uncomfortable in the hospital, especially with those tubes in. I'm a GREAT believer that recovery accelerates away from the depressing confines of the hospital....You're well on your way. See you soon.
Yay!! We will give you a day or two to adjust to the comforts of home and then will have to at least peek my head over the wall or through the side door to see you're smiling face in the Archie Bunker chair. Soooo glad you're home and on the road to recovery under Nurse Anne's program with help from her 3 assistants. If they, by chance, aren't giving you the care you need we Bustios girls will bring you over the air horn or a special pager to use so we know you need help ;) <3
You and Steve are truly some of the most inspiring, loving, resolved and strongest people during difficult times, that we have ever known. To go through all of this and still find time to share with all of your friends and family in such detail is over the top and illustrates your sentiment and self control.
Not everyone can say they could handle this the way the Granicks have...it makes us prould to say we know you.
In true Stevo humor fashion, I was LMAO at the comment to the nurse, "if you hurt me, I'll crush you like a grape!"....classic.
We wish you guys so much speedy success with Steve's recovery. We miss and love you.