A quiet day of rest. Judy came to the house and gave her communion and spent some time with her while I joined Jean at a wonderful theater performance at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton. We Skyped Guy, in Italy, and it was good to see his face as well as talk. Karen arrived today around 6:30 PM after a long travel day. It was a great day to have all the windows and sliders open, and all in all- she rested. A bit wearier today, but I think it ebbs and flows with the process. We appreciate your kind thoughts- they waft through the breeze- knowingly. Lisa
It was strange not have little Lucky greet me with his familiar bark when I arrived this evening. I understand he’s at a first class doggie camp nearby. Bev is resting, and I can see Lisa has been taking good care of her. We’re getting ready to move things closer to USC tomorrow night, at one of the hotels so Bev can get to her early Tuesday appointment easier. Thanks to everyone for your prayers. Karen
Mom is resting well. It has been a quiet day, beautiful weather, and she had lunch and some R&R on the deck. We are lying low- according to the Dr’s prescription…. I am so glad she is not holed up in the hospital- there will be enough of that later. Thank you again for all of your respect, thoughts, and prayers. Lisa
Friday 5:50 PST!
Whew- we have a date- Tues Feb 16, 8:30 AM. The surgeon will be well rested after his 3-day weekend! Got word back that Lucky (mom’s dog) is enjoying camp, hangin’ out with everyone on the couch, has his routine, and getting along with the gang- so he will stay put till we can get her back home. We are told that the surgery should last roughly 3-4 hours. She will be in ICU a few days, and then 5-6 days in the hospital before being released. That times out to be roughly Feb 24 before she can be back in Fullerton. From the enormous wave of support and prayers being felt, it will ensure that. This weekend, she will be low key- she seems to have a low-grade fever, so we ask that everyone refrain from visiting, while we pump her full of Susie Serbin’s amazing chicken soup, and keep her well rested. Karen Falconer (her daughter in law) will arrive Sunday. Enjoy the Olympics-Thanks to all of you- Lisa
Thurs PM- it is 8:45 pm and we are home! It has been an exhaustive and chaotic day. One moment she is there for the duration, and later, the possibility she may be released for the weekend. Alot hinged on the INL number, which tested significantly lower than the number tested on Tues, and the other was the surgery date option. She endured a battery of tests, but was able to complete all of the tests required before surgery. She also ate her first significant meal I have witnessed since I arrived on Sunday- so I was grateful to see her appetite return. We will call the Dr. office Friday to see if there is a true date scheduled for next week and we will lay low through the holiday weekend. – Thanks for all of your kindness- she will see your responses in the AM. - Lisa
So, here she is, with aortic stenosis- a blockage of one of life\'s important channels of the heart....and as all of you know- this heart stops for no one. Now, we need to get her well so she can continue her life\'s journey.
Reality: It was earlier that she met with Dr. Cunningham of USC Medical facility to discuss what was then a partial blockage. It is my understanding he told her-then- her valve could hold out for roughly 2.5 years. Years pass quickly when you are as busy as Bev, and now 4 years later, she faces the surgeon again to ask for his skills of less-invasive valve surgery.
Tues. Feb 9-(Lisa-Bev\'s daughter writing) Irene, Judy, mom and I drove to USC for the initial appointment. After driving through an impressive rain storm; lightning, flash flooding, and all, we found ourselves waiting a bit of time in the waiting room. In mom\'s great style, she engages another patient, also in the waiting room, grateful to blurt out answers to a crossword puzzle mom and Judy were trying to sort out. It took this woman\'s mind off of her own anxiety, and we quickly engaged in exchange and banter. She was one who had just gone through Mitral Valve replacement and was released from the hospital the day before. She raved about the USC hospital, the staff, the entire process, which comforted all of us, and soon, we were all yapping away like old friends. We were finally called in to see Dr. Cunningham. Mom was clear that she did not want the traditional breast-bone breaking -was seeking him for his minimal invasive skills, and held her breath for his answer. All in all, time would not be wasted, and tests prevailing, she could have her wish Fri, most likely Tues.- (Mon being a holiday)- She took an EKG, ultrasound and blood work before leaving, a double rainbow from the storm, crested the hospital as she finished the tests.
Wed Feb 10- (Lisa again) USC calls in the afternoon. Mom’s blood-thinned count was way high and the white cell counts were elevated (which indicate infection). It is decided she should come to USC in the AM to be admitted, so as - in my mind-\" to right the ship\" and get her healthy enough to go through this surgery. Lucky, her dog will go to \"camp\" for a bit, and I will travel with mom to USC, taking this computer along, and continuing the blog. She has great friends and strong prayers- all are felt and appreciated.