It's 10:30 on Tuesday night. At 5 am tomorrow morning we will report to Catholic Medical Center here in NH to begin a very long day. It will end with my heart being "fixed," and I will have started on journey to recovery. My 2 daughters arrived safely this afternoon. We had a great lunch of New England seafood. Tonight our pastor came over for a family devotion and a time of prayer. Thanks for all your thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement. There will probably not be an update until after I leave ICU I(Thursday).
It's late Saturday night -- almost Easter morning. To all of you in this group who celebrate this glorious, joy-filled day --- Christ has risen; He has risen indeed!
This year Easter also begins my "Surgery Week," as it does for several others in this community. Next week at this time, we should be planning my return home. But for now, our focus is on Wednesday morning at 5 am, when I'll check in for my AVR and triple by-pass.
Thursday night I had a chance to talk with two friends at church who had valve surgery at the same hospital (one by the same surgeon!). They were so encouraging! And so many of our friends at church told me they were praying for me. We also found out that one of our church members works in the cardiac rehab program at "my" hospital.
So we continue moving confidently ahead to my surgery. We have confidence in our surgeon. Yes, there is uncertainty and some anxiety, but I know I'm as prepared as I can be. Now I need to put this whole "adventure" into His hands.
Thanks for all the encouragement, advice, and prayers for everyone here. And now it actually is Easter -- Christ the Lord has risen today -- Hallelujah!
My wife and I with our grandchildren leaving for Disney World on March 1st. This was our last big event before my surgery.
Now less than two Weeks
Journal posted on March 26, 2015
It's Thursday 3/26. Two weeks from today I should be 1 day post-op and beginning my whole recovery journey. I can sense the tension building in both my wife and I. Fortunately, I am only working 4 days a week, so our weekend begins in less than 20 min.
I first realized this morning that this is the last "full" 4 day week I'll be working for more than two months. Next week I'm taking Tuesday off for my pre-op appointment at the hospital (to include a contrast CT scan, chest X-ray, and some blood tests. And of course, the week of 4/6 I'm only working Monday and possibly a half day on Tuesday.
I'm realizing more and more what a "big deal" this surgery is. Both my daughters will be coming back from Michigan. My step daughter from Georgia is coming to provide extra support and encouragement for my wife. My other step-daughter lives here in NH. I know she's planning on being at the hospital at least the day of the surgery. I guess I'm disrupting as many other lives in the family as is possible.
Hope to hear from some of you who have already traveled this journey, as well as from those of you who will having surgery near my 4/8 date. Thanks -- Henry