Jan 6, 2015

We have a diagnosis

Hello all.  I made it to Cleveland Clinic, with a speeding ticket, and several where-the-hell-are-we incidents.  On a four lane road in town almost bumper to bumper, going along with the traffic speed, we were singled out going 40 instead of 25.  Well so was everyone else!  That bitch in the GPS was not cooperating with the route we wanted, and retaliated on the way home when it took my husband an hour off course.  But he made it home.  I'll be here for the week, go home on the weekend, come back next week for her aortic valve replacement surgery.  If all goes well, she will be in ICU for 3 days and then another room for 4 more.  I'll have to get a hotel for those first three.  The doctor is 99% sure that is her problem.  The echocardiogram done here was vastly more detailed from the one at the prior hospital several days ago.  There, they told her the valve was not bad enough to be treated at this point.  Good thing we came here.  But.  She had all these other procedures and surgeries, being told they would fix the problem (they were sure of it) and none did.  She is concerned of going though such a major and serious operation, only to be disappointed again.  Being that it's Cleveland Clinic, we are pretty sure that won't be the case.  I am in awe of this place.  I went down to the main floor and walked around, found a Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds (sweet tea, baby!) food, and shops.  And a relaxation area with pianos and a swaying lit tree that just calms you in a minute. 

For mom, we had the tall bubbling fish tube with lights.  You can control the bubbles from slow to fast and watching the little fake fish slowly move in the bubbles always calmed her down.  This tree did it for me.  I want to take Carole down to see it but she is having a left heart catheterization tomorrow and another involved test Thursday.  Maybe in the evening when less people are milling around.

I brought my stitching and will work on Harriet but also started Notforgotten's Pennsylvania Pillowe.

Have a good one!

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42 comments:

Robin said...

Marly, thank you for the update on your sister. I am glad that there is a diagnosis and praying for your sister's upcoming surgery.

Robin in Virginia

Patti said...

I'm so glad that your sister is at the Cleveland Clinic. I can't think of a better place for her to be. Sending prayers her way...
Blessings, Patti

Carmen Sutton said...

Great news for your sister I hope all goes well sending prayers for her.

Mary A said...

I support law enforcement, I really do, but, don't you think that if the officer knew your story, he would've reached down for an iota of compassion and let you off with a warning? Glad that you feel better about CC. She's getting the best in the country. My sister's a cardiac surgeon and she did her fellowship there.

CalamityJr said...

So glad to hear you have a diagnosis for Carole and a calming place for yourself. You will all definitely be in my prayers.

carol fun said...

Sending prayers for Carol and you! They do great work at the Cleveland Clinic, she is in good hands!

Anonymous said...

Marly, thank you for the update, it sounds like she is at the right place to be sure. You all certainly are in my prayers and good thoughts. Please try and exhale, sending love, Debbie in IL

capecodgirl565 said...

I am sending prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery for Carol. Sounds like you are finally in the right place, so hoping all goes well. God Bless!

Barb said...

It looks like she is finally in the right place. Prayers are with you both.

Mouse said...

ouchie re the ticket ... and glad to hear that they think they have found the problem and can fix it ...
love the sound of that clinic and want one of those fish in bubbles :) love mouse xxxx

Ele said...

I am so glad your sister has a diagnosis, and is in a comfortable clinic. Wish you all the best

backporchcarver said...

glad to hear your sister is in what sounds like the best place and that you can be with her.It does sound like a great place, hoping everything goes well.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Let's just hope that this will prove to be the answer you and your sister have been waiting for. I sincerely hope all will be well and you can both look forward to a very happy and much healthier new year. Love Irene xxx

C. M. Designs said...

Marly, I "googled" Cleveland Clinic.. It said that it's the #1 hospital for heart conditions in America. Praying that Carole's new surgery will go perfectly and she'll feel much better..
Sorry about the ticket. You really didn't need that to happen.
You and Carole surely do have strong fortitude to be going through all that has happened.
I would love to have a "fish bubble" thingy in my home. Does it have balmy breezes to go with it.. If not, it should. I hope you and Carole can enjoy it together.
Strong, positive prayers coming your way.
Charlotte in Va.

Three Sheep Studio said...

It's comforting to know you're in an excellent hospital. Praying surgery goes well.
Rose

gracie said...

Sending good thoughts to you and Carole.....be sure to keep some time for yourself so you will be able to be there for Carole.

Vickie said...

I am sooo glad she is FINALLY receiving excellent care.
Good for you stitching. I am wondering if you brought your Dove?

Truus said...

Thanks for updating this good news about Carole!
Still praying for you all and take care Marly.
lots of love,Truus from the Netherlands

Margaret said...

It's nice they have so much for the family members of patients there. Hope this surgery is the answer and Carole is all better when it's done. Continued prayers.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

That hospital is crazy cool with it's art and restaurants!! Best wishes - I will be thinking of you.

Karen said...

I am glad you are feeling better. Just stay by the tree when things get tough. I can just see the headlines now: Cleveland Hospital Missing It's Tree-found in Carol's room with her sister sitting under it. Anyway, I hope to start on your sack pattern soon. My daughter bought me His Eye Is On The Sparrow pattern by Heartstring Samplers and I ordered a yard of 28 count linen to stitch it only to realize just how big Big I say that sampler is. I am going to do it on 40 count, struggle I mean, Parchment linen. So, I have lots of 28 count and will do your pattern. Looking forward to it. Don't forget to water your tree! Karen in NC

Maggee said...

Thank you for the update. Praying the diagnosis is the final one, that with proper procedures and surgery, she will soon be well. Stick by the tree! Stay calm! Be blessed!

Vera said...

So glad to hear that there is a diagnosis and procedure which should correct the problem. And, so glad you are at the Cleveland Clinics. Continued prayers for Carol and you.

Laura Richards said...

Hope all goes well with your sister. They can do such amazing things these days. Hope her recovery is super fast!!!

Primitive Stars said...

So happy for your Sister Marly. Keep her in my prayers, Francine.

Jill said...

It's been 12 years, but I stayed at a hotel across from the Clinic that had a shuttle service...it was pretty inexpensive to stay there, as I recall. There was also a "Hope" center nearby where I stayed...families and patients from out of town were able to stay there-kind of like a Ronald McDonald house for adults....ask to speak to a social worker who will help you with your options....and be safe....it's not an area of downtown Cleveland that you want to explore by yourself at night! Prayers for a quick recovery and return home....

Gisela Suski said...

Great news, we have wonderful hospitals here in Omaha and when you walk into them you feel good. I lived in NY most of my life and they say they are the best but here in Omaha we have great hospitals. We have lots and lots of them.

Melody said...

It sounds like quite the place. I am hoping they have the right answers for your sister. It sounds like they have a good reputation. Take care.

blueladie said...

Sending prayers for all of you. Cathryn

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Marly, thanks for the update today. I've been offline for the holidays and am just now catching up. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. I have faith your sister is in the best possible place she could be right now. Hugs to you both!

Marjorie Downey said...

I'm glad your sister is at Cleveland Clinic now. She will get the best care possible there. I went through this with a friend with a heart problem a few years ago. Her cardiologist wanted her to go to Duke which is only 1.5 hours away, but she insisted on staying local for convenience. Their expertise was limited so they only partially fixed the problem. A year later she had to go back for a second procedure.

Sandra said...

I am so happy you went to the Cleveland Clinic and that you got a definite diagnosis. She should be on the road to recovery very soon now. Aren't you glad we have our stitching to do in times of stress. At least, I know it helps me. Thinking of you and your sister. Sandra

laceystitcher said...

I am so glad that there is a diagnosis that they feel is correct; something positive to hold on to. Continued prayers going up for you and your sis; grace and peace to both of you and your families. Glad there are areas there of calm as well.

Penny said...

Good news about a diagnosis for your sister! Sounds like the Cleveland Clinic can make a real difference for her. Thanks for keeping us updated.... looking forward to hearing more positive news soon!! Glad there are peaceful places for you to go to relax...

Denise said...

Wishing you both well....may
the Lord bless you.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and Carole. It really sounds like you are in the best place. In my experience, the bigger hospitals are the best. My cousin's wife is a nurse in Cleveland - if the rest are anything like her, you're in good hands. Hmmm, her husband is a cop - maybe we should start a blogger campaign to get you out of the ticket?
SF
P.S. Trying AGAIN to prove I'm not a robot. Must be telling me I'm spending too much time on the computer.

Lisa S said...

Sounds like Carole is right where she should be! That sucks about the ticket, not to mention the 'bitch in the box.' I hate her sometimes also. Sweet TEA from McDonalds....yes! Thoughts and prayers coming your way!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Marly, I'm praying for Carole to make it through everything and come out better than ever. I'm praying for you too. Hang in there, go watch that tree! :)

Carol said...

I have always heard such good things about the Cleveland Clinic, Marly, and it seems like she is finally on the right path as far as diagnosis and treatment are concerned... She is so lucky to have you there as her advocate and support person (not to mention loving sister). Continued prayers for you both...

Mary said...

Thank you for update, CC is one of the finest hospitals. If a tickets is the price for a healthy sister...you are lucky. For a laugh. The ticket reminds me of a story. A guy is pulled over for speeding, he says everyone else was speeding too, Why not give them a ticket? The police office says , do you fish? the driver says "yes". The police officers say, do you catch them all? hahaha. You sound better, but leave the tree where it is... good thoughts out to Cleveland.

Glenna said...

I am thinking of you both.

Glenna

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Keeping you both in my heart Marly and sending positive thoughts and healing energy to Carole.

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