We've been home for a few days, and Steve is doing amazingly well! A couple of days he's gone to lunch at SACC and played dominoes. One day he even won! (It's pretty sad when your dad & one of your best friends beat you!) Steve needed a haircut so badly that he let me drive him to his appointment. I'm sure he caught up on some local gossip while there. It's good for Steve to get out - then, come home and take a nap.
Braden left on Wednesday with the words, "Well, Dad, if I'd known you were going to do so well, I wouldn't have used my vacation to come down here. I thought you might need me or something."
I've heard that it takes a villiage to raise a child. Well, I think it takes a passel of kids to raise a couple of parents!!
Our kids have stepped up to the plate on this one. The ones who could, were there, the ones who couldn't be there, called, e-mailed & texted frequently to voice their support. Likewise, our friends, family & neighbors have called, sent food, kept in touch via computer, checked on things at home & at the ranch, etc. Steve and I have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have felt from all of you.
This afternoon, Steve said that he would like to drive out to the Double J and Rivier Lake Ranch tomorrow to check on things. Since Shelley and George are coming home this weekend, I guess he is hoping that one of them will drive. He says that riding with me is worse than heart surgery!
Life is getting back to normal. Once Shelley gets here with Picasso & Toby, the peace and quiet will be over. Hopefully, there will soon be presents under our now empty Chirstmas tree. We plan to have 6 of our 7 kids home over Christmas, and that will be great. We are looking forward to our best Christmas ever.
I hope that Santa Claus brings you everything your heart desires for Christmas. I know that I got what I wanted the most!!
We made it home just before dark. It started snowing just just this side of Brady and by the time we got home it was sticking pretty good.
I'm exhausted, but glad to be home at last. Jody is beating me to bed because I'm posting this. She has been my rock thru all this. I love her so much. Sons Braden, George and Garrett (also Abby and Billye) were team members too. They all pitched in. The other members of our brood would have been there if able. Their moral support from afar was heartfelt (no pun) too say the least.
Also, all the wishes for speedy recovery, prayers, posts to my guestbook each had a hand in my easy go so far. Son Braden, 4th yr. resident in orthpaedic surgery at Duke Medical Center, says he has never seen anyone progress this rapidly. Now, I need to be careful not to try too much in the weeks ahead. Don't want to do this again!
I'll post more later, but maybe not every day. Need to see how things are tomorrow. Now it's "to bed".
I tried to post last night with th iPad but kept getting kicked off. Today has been one of continued improvement. I'm getting up and around easier and more often, which helps. The Lasix they are giving me is part of my motivation. I woke up from surgery weiging 15 lbs, more than before...all fluids they pumps into me. They don't come out that fast.
This morning I went for and echocardiagram, but won't know results until tomorrow. There is an outside chance I'll get released tomorrow, and if so, we will head home in the car. We have Braden to drive and we can always stop in Horseshoe Bay and spend the night at our condo. If we wait until Monday, the weather for Richard Mayer's airplane may be suspect and Tuesday is just too much Houston. I'm ready to come home.
Don't take this that I'm 100%...I'm not, but the worst is over.
Thank all of you for all the encouragement and prayers...they helped a lot, for me and for Jody. I'll be seeing you soon.
Sorry, it's so late for a post, but I was waiting for Steve to do it. He got frustrated with the Ipad, because it wouldn't post what he wrote. Tomorrow I'll bring his laptop, and you can get it from "the horse's mouth"!
Steve is doing amazingly well! He has been walking up & down the halls some and sitting in a chair. The doctor says that Monday is a very reasonable discharge date. Steve's appetite is coming back, but the food is awful here. The guys offered to bring him back a steak, but he didn't want to turn loose of his credit card!
Seriously, it's been good to have a little muscle around to help get Steve in and out of bed. Well, I might as well confess, because Steve will never let me live it down - I'm the world's worst wife. He couldn't reach his call button, so he called me at 4 this morning. I didn't answer my phone because it was on vibrate. But, then he butt called Frankie and Frankie didn't answer either!! Guess we're both bad! When Braden & George left awhile ago, I told them to be sure they kept their ringers on tonight!
About being in a regular room, Steve says,"The drugs aren't nearly as good as they are in ICU."
When George saw him this afternoon, after seeing him last night, he said, "Wow!"
Steve is 100% better, but still not ready to hang with the hunters this weekend! In fact, he probably feels more like one of the deer hanging in the cooler than the guy in the blind. Sorry.... Bad analogy!
Hopefully, Steve will get some rest tonight & be walking up & down the halls tomorrow. Maybe he'll even return some phone calls.
I'm seriouisly wondering about a hospital that has its first ICU visiting hours from 4-6 AM. But, it was worth getting up early to see Steve feeling so much better. He is drinking from a straw & talking a little.
I'm hoping to visit with Dr. Lawrie this morning, so I've been camped out in the waiting room since they made me leave his cubicle.
We are SO blessed, fortunate and just damn lucky!! There's a lady from Louisianna whose husband had a heart transplant early this morning. Another family is waiting for the mom to have a lung transplant and undergo an experimental drug treatment. Her son said that a month ago she was racing gocarts & drinking chardonnay. I told him that chardonnay will get you every time!
I'm looking forward to reading your comments to Steve. I know that he will be touched by your care & concern. But, I may have to wait on the funny ones!
Also, please sign your name so we will know who said what.
Jody and I drove to Houston today. We stopped in Marble Falls for lunch with Bruce and Pam Cotton before continiuing on. After checking in at our hotel, son George came for us and, after dinner, we were treated to a tour of his new apartment.
We are back at the hotel and I plan to turn in soon after welcoming Frankie and Ann Stringer, who are here as much for Jody as for me.
Thanks for all the prayers, encouragement and love. Please don't send flowers...Ken Lyons says I shouldn't sneeze for at least 3 months.
I spent today at my office with the intention of tying up as many "loose ends" as possible. Of course, it didn't work out quite like I planned. It's difficult to stay focused on the task at hand when your mind is elsewhere every few minutes. I did have an enjoyable Monday lunch with all my buddies and I didn't have to pay, since I didn't lose at the "Numbers Game" (Thanks, Frankie, Mike & John!!). I always look forward to Monday for the lunch bunch at noon and the wine joint crowd after work.
Tomorrow morning, Jody and I will start the drive to Houston (before 9:00 AM Jody!!). I hope to get there before the traffic gets bad and in time to relax a little before I need to start thinking about fasting, bathing with "special" soap and keeping a positive attitude. Our close friends, Frankie and Ann Stringer, will be there tomorrow evening and I'm sure they will help me keep my head up.
Jody will go with me to Methodist Hospital at 6:00 AM Wednesday. We will keep you posted.
It looks like the search function on this site doesn't work unless I have posted something. So here goes.
Jody and I are home getting ready for our trip. Thanksgiving is over, everyone has gone home and we are left to prepare for being away for a week or more. Thanks to Shelley, the dogs are the least of our worries. They are on vacation in Ft. Worth. Jody suggested that I start packing, but I really don't have much to pack. That's not the case for Jody, as she will pack plenty and then some.
One of us will update this journal at least daily, so all our friends and family will be up-to-date. I'm keeping a positive attitude and Jody is staying close. She will need all her patience and understanding in the days ahead...the word on the street is that I won't be a very good patient.