Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Glad to see 2008 end

Boy oh boy, are we ever to see 2008 end. Our son, Todd, had his cardiac problem in November. Leah's mother fell and broke her hip on 11/22/08 and Leah had open heart surgery on 12/30/08. And before I forget, I got another year older on 12/29/08.

Todd seems to be doing just fine and can not wait to get back to full time work and driving. Mom had her hip repaired on 11/24/08 and is now in rehab at a local nursing home.

Leah's surgery went well and she is coming along well. She was moved from cardiac icu to a step-down unit. We are hoping she will be allowed to come home this weekend. It looks like she has about 3 months of recuperation time ahead.

So far, knock wood, I am still going strong.

We hope everyone has a good 2009!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Well, today is Christmas day. With all that has been going on in the past several months, it has been hard to get into the Christmas Spirit. We have done all of the normal things like decorate, put up a tree, purchase presents, go to Christmas parties and go to Christmas Eve services.

Last Friday Leah's mother was moved into an assisted living facility. On Sunday we went to Leah's brother's house for a family Christmas party. Leah and I took mom along with us and returned her back Sunday evening.

Monday morning Leah got a phone call that her mother had fallen during the night and injured herself. Her mother told them at the assisted living facility that she didn't want to go to the hospital. By early morning her leg was hurting her to the point where she thought that she should go the the hospital and have things checked out. At this point we received a phone call telling us what happened and that mom was going to be taken to the hospital.

In the emergency room it was determined that mom had a broken hip and would need surgery to repair it. Surgery was scheduled for 8:30 am on 12/24/08. We got to see mom at about 3:00 pm and she looked as good as a 91 year old woman can look after surgery. There will be a rehab period after mom gets out of the hospital. We are hoping that we can get her in at Lorian which is here in town.

Leah's surgery day of December 30th is getting closer and closer. Leah has a leaking mitral valve and must have it repaired or replaced. We hope that thing goes well with her surgery.

Oh, and did I mention that Tom's birthday is on Monday.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Missed Maddy's Birthday

Today we were planning to go to our son's house and help celebrate our granddaughter's 9th birthday. But this was not to be, we both were sick. I started feeling bad on Friday with sore muscles, a headache and everything going in to top was coming out the bottom.

When I got up Saturday morning, I thought I was feeling beter, but as the day went on, I felt worse. During the night after making one of my several trips to the bathroom, Leah told me her stomach was starting to bother her.

Sunday morning found us both too ill to make a trip to a store and back let alone a 2 hour trip to Va.

Not only were we ill physically, we were broken hearted that we would not be spending the day with Maddy on her Birthday. We hope the next weekend goes much better as we have several Christmas parties to attend and host.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Busy Month

Boy has the past several weeks been busy. Between getting ready for Christmas and hospital visits, the weeks have been full.

Just to bring everyone up to date: Todd has been back to the hospital twice. Once for a wire that dislodged in his heart from the defibrillator/pacemaker and second for an infection in his incision. This latest incident was on Sunday 12/7/08. He is back home again and we hope this time that he does not have to go back except for normal check-ups.

Leah had a cardiac cath several weeks ago and was told she had to have her mitral valve repaired. We had to make several trips to Baltimore to meet with the surgeon and to have a prior to surgery work up. Her surgery is scheduled for 12/30/08.

We had to take Leah's mother to the hospital this morning as she was not feeling well. They admitted her and are going to give her a blood transfusion tonight. She should be home by Saturday.

I have been driving a school bus everyday because of the regular driver having a baby and the substitute drive having a fall and being injured. I don't mind driving now and again, but this driving everyday is like working a full time job again.

Sunday the 14Th is our granddaughter's 9Th birthday. We are looking forward to going down to Virginia and having a small party for her.