Just today, I thought, "Wonder what's going on with Steven's Heart Thing? Haven't heard anything in a while." In related news, just today, I checked my spam folder for the first time in a couple of weeks.
Later, the story of my "right-sizing" of the entire spam-folder "team" to prevent any further Information Gaps going forward.
Speaking of going forward, as you roll along the Hallway of Heart Healing on the Guerney of Getting Your Game Back, there will come that moment that every surgical patient dreads. It'll start as a barely-there awareness in the small of your back, travel slowly yet unmistakably up your spine, then--as it reaches the back of your neck--will seem to surround you. Denounce it! Mock it! Spit in its general direction! For it's not an ill-wind you feel, just the Shivery Squall of your Snapless Surgical Sundress. You'll have a warm feeling knowing that Anne has your back! (Alternatively, the kids can grab hold of those little stringy-things that no one can ever tie, and hold them together as you roll the Red Carpet to the Operating Theater--an educational experience that'll give them the feeling of what it must be like to be a ground-crew-member bringing the Goodyear Airship Columbia in for a smooth tie-down on the pad in nearby Carson.)
Before you know it (because you'll be anesthetized), you'll be complaining about the hospital food; taking the TV remote control apart in a vain attempt to tune the hospital TV to something other than The Jewelry Channel; trying to convince yourself that the 97-year-old guy in the room next door *has* to fall alseep soon because nobody can scream at the top of his lungs 24/7--can they? You'll be able to do all these things because your upgraded, better than new *Heart 2.0* will be pumping strong. Plus, you'll have "funny" hospital "stories" to "share" with your "family" and "friends!"
Closed-circuit to Anne: I'm just a mile and a half west on Sunset, so if you or the boys need anything, just call. As always, I'm massively and tragically available.
Wow...Steve, you are a strong person and will get through this with flying colors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will be thinking of you on the 20th and sending good wishes your way. Shelley, Steve and Nick
If this is your idea of a "code red on the 9th floor", then I have a story for you. My friend, our prayers are with you and Anne for your successful surgery and speedy recovery. I know your cheerful outlook and ever present laugh will assist as you get ready for Italy in 2012. We're counting on you.
It is never easy to undergo any medical procedure, particlarly one that involves any type of cutting or hospital stay, those gowns really are humbling. Please know that we are all here in any capacity to aid you and your family in the recovery process. Prayers will be said, fingers will be crossed and cheers will be raised when it is all said and done. You have a whole lot of broad shoulders to lean on and Anne will not be alone in that. Loyalty is a trait that I highly value and as our friends, you and Anne have it. Thank you for sharing this experience with everyone and allowing us all to be apart of your family. We will be pulling for you in the days and weeks to come and before you know it, you will be up on your feet. We got your back! Thanks again for the website and now you have your own group of stalkers. Try and get rid of us now. God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand. Much love to you and Anne.
Lee Anne Robinson and family
Best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery from all of the Hynes family. You can have confidence that are in good hands at Kaiser Sunset. You, Ann and the boys will remain in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this ordeal. XOXO Martha
Nice timing with the surgery! Should be back home for the super bowl. No work til March madness is over. Ok to drink by cinco de mayo. And back playing water polo in Atlanta for Masters! Seriously our prayers will be with you and your family.
Shaniqua sends you love and support. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Maybe since you will be out of the water for 3 months I'll be able to guard your out of shape butt! Lots of love and warm fuzzies!!!!
My family and I are sending lots of love (I'm sure my mom is even sending some prayer your way) and we hope for a quick recovery. Wow, 91 entries already! You have LOTS of people who care for you; have peace in knowing you are loved by all.
Steve- I was wondering why your game was off so much over the past few years and now I know. Seriously I wasn't aware of this and am certain the procedure will be routine, painless and uneventful. You and your beautiful family have my warmest and most positive thoughts.
This is no way to get out of a conference call with me to negotiate better pricing and terms! How can I say no now?!
Seriously, wishing you the best to fix that big heart fo yours and seeing you back in action in the pool.
Hey Steve, we will be thinking and praying for you from all the way out here in Italy. I think the hardest part will be shaving your chest hair at the beginning and then it's smooth sailing :)) We wish you a quick recovery and wish we could come visit and can check in on you but at least we can check this website on your progress.
The Italian Bockstahlers
The site is awesome, and now you won't have to think about texting Amy H after each dr visit! Maybe you can post some post-op photos to show Nikie how vain you are not! Joking girls! Seriously, we (Kirkpatricks) wish you nothing but the best of everything now, in Vegas, during your surgery, and recovery. We are here for you, Anne and the boys next week and the weeks to follow. Whatever you need, whenever - please know we are here for you always. Please remember to text me after your surgery and let me know how it went!
With love, Mary, Jim and Ben.
All our best to you Steve. I reckon you're worthy enough to be in the club on the family secret to recuperating. The Kentucky road to recovery involves lubing up new valves with a little moonshine. Let us know when you're ready for a little backyard bar stool therapy.
I think the minute you blew a heart valve was the day you met Anne! As much as I know you are not looking forward to the downtime, you are blessed in knowing the problem will be fixed and you are surrounded by so many loving souls. We shall follow your journal, pray and look forward to seeing you and your family soon.
You are in amazing shape; now you get brand new valves...geez, it is hard to keep up with you. You are always one step ahead. On a serious note...
ahhh, i got nothing. Hey, with your positive spirit and excellent health (and Anne with a bullwhip) you will, without a doubt, be written about in med journals for the quickest recovery of any patient in recorded history. Keep us up to date with your lounging around for the next few weeks and we will keep you up to date on the real world. Take care, buddy.
So, I've told Anne to call me with any need, but I want to make sure that you know it too. I'm not far away and have a flexible schedule, so please don't hesitate. I look forward to seeing you as soon as you can have/want company. You'll do great, I have no doubt. And, if you weren't worthy of having an amazing wife and family, you wouldn't. :)
May God bless you and your family during your surgery. It sounds like nurse Anne is well qualified to take care of you! You are in great hands with Kaiser and they are the best at this. Will be checking in frequently and wishing you a very speedy recovery. Thanks for sharing your story and God Bless you and yours!! Kathy Qualy
Steve: You and Annie and your boys are all in our thoughts. We're praying for your docs to use their skills, and for a speedy and normal recovery for you. We will check in on your journal frequently. (The Holiday photo of your boys was much appreciated. Wow! Have they all grown!) From snowy, frozen Kansas -- Gene and Mary Ann Wilson
I'm very sorry to hear you have to go through this but am positive your high spirited attitude and good shape will allow you to recover quickly. You know the Loose Change family will be praying for a speedy recovery and have nothing but love for you and your family. If there is anything we can do to help you out please let us know. I had a rough year myself last year with a 13 day hospital stay and know how trying and frustrating it can be. On a lighter note if they can do anything for your running ability while they have you out it would be money well spent. :-) Kidding!!!
Stay strong and get well quickly.