Jan 10, 2015

The week

Hello everyone.  This afternoon, Mark came back to the Clinic to bring both Carole and I home.  She had all the preliminary tests for the surgery, and needs to be seen by the surgeon on 2/12 before they will schedule.  Up to this point, they have decided on the TAVR surgery, which is using a catheter to insert a new valve, sort of like a stent.  The valve is pulled through one of three sites, encased in stent-like material that is expanded with a balloon once in place without removing the old valve.  Huge difference in recuperation and procedure, offered to older patients considered high risk for open heart.  I tried to talk her into the traditional but being put on a heart-lung bypass machine is something she can not deal with, not after the "simple" procedure disaster this summer.  Instead of the usual 40mg dose of Lasix, she is taking 80mg twice a day.  Very rough on the kidneys and we are hoping they can withstand the abuse until she goes in.  She is somewhat better without the excess fluid from the heart failure but we don't know how long that will last.
While there, not sleeping and living on unbalanced meals, I spent quite a bit of time stitching.  I started and completed Notforgotten Farm's Pennsylvania Pillowe and plan on aging the fabric and making a pouch.  I used the charted colors, and added an additional key under the numbers.  Harriet was also worked on but their lighting was so off, and my green looked putrid.  Just couldn't seem to work on it. 
 
 I had my tablet there and couldn't believe how strong the color was on my blog page compared to the computer screen.  I took a video of the tree that fascinated me and can't seem to load it here for you to see - I'll keep trying.
 
Did you ever hang a sampler and like it less every year?  I have a few times.  Some of my favorites from years ago still are but some that really appealed to me in the beginning, are fading from favor.  My recent finish of the interesting and primitive Mary Lamin from Homespun Elegance is really catching my eye more than I expected and I've moved her a few times.  I'm sure it won't be the last.

I can't wait for my head to hit my pillow, my body a real mattress, and get a full night of sleep.  I'm really exhausted and I can see the next several months will keep me busy.  This kitchen will never be completed and to be frank, I've lost interest.
I don't know if I mentioned it, but Carole's son received good news on the biopsy.  He is still not well, can't speak without coughing to the point of choking and losing his breath.  After seeing a specialist the other day, he found that his vocal cords are damaged from throwing up acid/bile for over a week while being sent home from the ER time after time before being admitted.  The doctor that insisted on admission, is the same that transferred Carole to Cleveland.  Why the cardiologists did not see aortic stenosis on her echocardiogram at 0.7 is beyond me.  Same hospital for both cases.  Thank God he transferred her and admitted Chris.

I'm off to bed.
Have a safe and peaceful Sunday.

Thanks for visiting.

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30 comments:

Frances N said...

Oh my--I know you all are exhausted!
I hope you will get a long night's sleep and wake up at least a little refreshed!
I hope your sister will fare well until her surgery--sounds like she has a good doctor this time. Glad the news was good for her son.
Hang in there--many people are praying and sending positive thoughts your way!

Ele said...

Oh, what a worrying time for you. Hope things improve soon and you can relax.
Thinking of you
Take care

CATHI said...

Very sorry to hear about your family problems! But I am sure all will end well! :-) I send you good thoughts and prayers!

All the best

Cathi

C. M. Designs said...

God bless you, Marly. I'm so glad you're home and I hope there will be more positive happenings in Carole and Chris's life very soon.
I know, from experience, that you all have been through an awful ordeal.
Your sampler is gorgeous. Love the little shelf too.
Get lots of rest and nourishment.
I'll keep praying that life will go smoothly for you and your family before and after Carole's surgery.. Waiting for something like that is no a good thing to go through either..
Thinking of you !
Charlotte in Va.

Truus said...

Take care Marly and have a good rest.Good to hear about Chris biopsy and that he will send to a good doctor.
Praying for you all.
Have a peace full sunday too.
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands

Vera said...

Oh, I'm sure it is wonderful to be home and in your own bed! So glad the news is looking good for both Carol & Chris. Continued prayers for all of you.

Primitive Stars said...

Sending prayers for you, sure hope you feel better soon. Hugs Francine.

Vickie said...

I have not stopped praying. Take good care of YOU now.

Margaret said...

We need more doctors like the one who transferred Carole and admitted Chris. Glad Chris got good news on his biopsy. Continued prayers for everyone. Like Vickie said, take care of yourself through all this. (Love your stitching.)

kelley said...

Hugs and prayers Marly...these long haul health problems drain everyone...sleeping in your own bed is such a wonderful feeling!

Robin said...

Marly, you and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin in Virginia

PS Your latest finish looks super.

Cindy's Stitching said...

A really pretty pillow. Great colors. God speed for your family members health and recovery. Keep the faith.

Maggee said...

Bless you, Marly, for being so steadfast and true for your sister, and her son. I'm confident that they are in good hands, per your reports. Now do try to get a lot of rest and relaxation, while heading towards February. Hugs!

Rugs and Pugs said...

We must be thankful to have our health. Continued prayers for Carole and Chris.
I hope you had a good nights sleep! So good to be in your own bed, I'm sure.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Carol said...

I'm sure it was a relief to sleep in your own bed last night, Marly... Sounds like this latest doctor really knows his stuff. I know Carole is in good hands at the Cleveland Clinic... Hope she can rest and gain strength for her next operation. So glad you have your pretty stitching to help you get through these worrisome times... Take care now, Marly.

JR Bush said...

Also in my prayers. Chris' good diagnosis is a
great thing for Carole so maybe she can get
rested up for her surgery. I know we'll have a
good report on her, too. I'm praying for you, too.
I have been a caregiver so I know what it is like.
God Bless, Julia

Anonymous said...

Marly, so glad you are safely back home and that both Carole and Chris are better and headed in the right direction! Bless that Dr., and you for your ever positive care and love. Keeping you all in my prayers, Debbie in IL
(and your stitching is wonderful !)

celkalee said...

So glad to hear that you are one step closer to a resolution. I have been thinking of You and your Sister and family in general since your last post. I know how stressful all this can be and I hope for a period of time for you to strengthen your soul for the days ahead. Keeping strong will be your challenge. Take care.

gracie said...

It will certainly be good for you to be back home in your own environment. Catch up on good rest time.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Glad you are home safe and sound Marly and that Carole finally has a competent team looking after her. Sending good thoughts and healing energy that all goes as planned and that she will be much improved after the procedure. Good news too about your nephew, hope that his poor vocal cords heal up and that he is feeling better very soon. Get some rest, Lord knows you need it. {Hugs}, Deb

backporchcarver said...

Not much can beat sleeping in your own bed, I know cause I slept in one of those fold out recliner things that try to fold back up every time you move, for two weeks when my husband had open heart surgery. NOT fun.Glad to hear that her Doctor is getting her on the right path to better health, things are sounding a bit more positive now, both for her and her son.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Sleep tight and sweet dreams...

Peace and Blessings,
Barb

Mary said...

I am sure your will all be a bit happier in your own beds. I take this as good news. Still in my thoughts.

Karen said...

So happy you can be at home and I look forward to see your tree. I am a tree person. Could not build a home on a piece of land devoid, denuded, and stripped of it's trees. It sounds like some "Marley time for you!"

laceystitcher said...

I am so glad that things sound very encouraging for all of you. I pray you get some much needed rest, and that everyone received His grace and strength in all things. Hugs coming your way..................

Barb said...

What an ordeal you have been through. I hope you can get some much needed rest. So glad to hear about the biopsy.It's so scary hearing about hospitals that goof!!

Kristen said...

I have to tell you Marly, I read a newspaper article about side effects of the heart-lung machine, and Carole is probably better off not being put on it. It can cause terrible post-surgical delirium that can last weeks. Scary stuff.

I hope you both can get some rest before the surgery.

Theresa said...

Glad that things are a little better for your family. My sister went through breast cancer treatment in 2014 so I know how long of a road an illness can be. You and yours are in my prayers. Theresa

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Thank goodness there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for you all. Sending positive thoughts for continued progress. Try to get some rest yourself. Hugs!

Anne said...

Oh dear Marly. I still think of you and your sister and pray for her recovery. I hope you get some good needed sleep and rest. Hugs!

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