Saturday, December 29, 2012

Update on Mom

The Happiest Patient in the World
A quick update on Mom.
Alice
She took a long while to wake up and breath on her own....like 12 hours.
I now know that heart surgery is just not science but an art form.
What a balancing act to keep her alive those first twelve hours.

Yes, the doctor did a great job on her surgery...but the nurses kept her alive.
The nurses made it a success.
I can't imagine the stress of this job...but then there are great rewards too.

So...
She finally awoke at 4am and started breathing on her own.
She woke smiling and wiggling her feet...ready to dance.

Once she was ok'd to talk...she would not shut up.
She was full of joy.
So happy to have made it.
She kept saying she wasn't in any pain.

She ate three times yesterday and was looking forward to 
trying all the great food on the menu during her stay.

She kept saying that staying at that hospital,
The Oklahoma Heart Hospital, was like staying in a fine hotel.
You order room service for food off a menu full of heart healthy choices.

I have to say the food was so great....we both think we might have to go there for eating out in the future.

She was up walking three times. 

I didn't sleep for over 38 hours so I finally came home and dropped.

I'm going back here in just a little and as long as she is still doing well....
I will then go get her dogs. 

The nurses and doctors all said she was doing incredibly well.
They'd never seen such a happy patient.

She was so relieved to be alive.
She was like Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas morning!

She talked all day.
Never slept. 
I thought I'd sleep while she rested...but she never rested.

We'll see how she is today.

I hope good. But I expect her to be tired after so much yesterday.

I'm sure it was the drugs that boosted her. 

I appreciate so much all your comments and emails and wanted to let you know all is good.

I will post as soon as I can more.

The little dog is still at the vet.

I'll look for lost dog signs today.

I'll do something about him next week.

Anyway...Alice is good.
She's happy.
She's looking forward to being back at all her projects and chores.

And she's looking forward to eating her way through the hospital menu before getting out of there.
She may pretend to be sicker than she is to stay and continue getting treated like a queen.

She is the one always caring for everyone else, so she feels very spoiled having everyone care for her.

I'll be back soon.
I'll try to have an Open House up tomorrow and will if all continues to go well.

I'm looking forward to the New Year.
I feel like I've been just barely getting by in so many ways the last two years.

I'm hoping to focus on me in the new year and getting back to posting projects on this blog.

A service will be held for Shannon next Sunday.
We will all remember how special she was, always.

But today is for the living and so Mom and I are going to live.

See you soon!

Thanks for being there!

37 comments:

Lee said...

Wow! Your Mom is extraordinary~ready to dance!
So relieved to hear all is well and the worst is over.
Bless you for always being there for your loved ones.
Continue to look ahead...make plans for yourself in the new year!

Traci Creel said...

Nita, I am so glad your mom is doing well. It sounds like she is a trooper. Thanks for the update on her condition, I have been to your blog a ton of times checking for news.

I would love to contribute money to help pay for the kennel bill for your little found dog. When you get a chance please shoot me an email with your real address.

Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Traci

Dewena Callis said...

Wouldn't it be a great challenge in 2013 to wake up every morning like Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Morn? Thank you for this image. I will think of it and your mother and you Nita and wish it for all of us.

The dog's picture you led with? It looks like my granddoggie Bentley!

Debby said...

So happy to hear the news of your mother. She was in a deep sleep for over 12 hours and probably woke well rested. So exciting to her that she was so happy. It must make you feel so much better. Love the doggy picture.
Will keep you all in my prayers.

TiKiMOOSE said...

Such GREAT news Nita! Your mom is a champ! I'm so glad to hear some really happy news....it's good for you too. I hope this new year brings many good things to you.
Adam

Annette T. said...

That is great news, so glad you posted to let us know. Yes, it's time good things come to you. I have the feeling 2013 is going to be a great year for you! Bless your heart for trying to find that little dog's owner. They must be sick he's missing too.

Lady of the Woods said...

So sweet to read about your mom, and so nice she has you to care for her too....such a blessings. May the blessings to your mom and you continue for a beautiful and peaceful coming year and more. lady

Belinda said...

Like others, I've been anxiously checking on news of your mom. So very glad to hear how well she is doing!

sheri said...

Oh, Nita, what a treat! So glad your Mom is doing well. She's got spunk! I can't wait to hear more about her in the coming weeks. Wishing you and your family a Healthy and Happy New Year. And all the little doggies, too!

Cottage Dreaming and Flea Market Wishes said...

hi there...glad she is doing well.... it's a beautiful sun shiney day here in Oklahoma...I'm in Tulsa :)

Ricki Treleaven said...

Yay! So happy your mom's recovery is gong so well! Nita, you have had a terrible past few months with Shannon, Shelly, and Newman. We're here in Mexico celebrating Christmas, and it has been so sad. My MIL booked this trip because she thought that spending her first Christmas without my FIL (in New Orleans) would be too sad. Then she passed away, and we came on the trip, and we're all kind of sad....but happy we missed all the severe storms and tornadoes in Louisiana and Alabama on Christmas Day!

Ironically, I stopped by your blog because I needed cheering up. Your adorable storybook cottage, weenie babies' shenanigans, and excellent posts always cheer me up. I love reading your blog.

And in a way, although I'm terribly sad for your loss, you have reminded me that in spite of our losses, how lucky we've been to love those that God has put in our lives.

Take care, and I hope that you have a Blessed 2013. You deserve it! :D

Feliz Navidad,
Ricki Jill

Melissa Bishop said...

Yay!

Kit said...

Yay!! So glad your Mom is doing so well. You rest up and take care of yourself too. Kit

An Urban Cottage said...

Great news about your mom!

vintage girl at heart said...

Happy Happy news!!
Thanks for taking time to let us know all is well.
Tell your Mama to enjoy her time being the Queen!
Your plan for taking care of you in 2013 sounds perfect!
Happy almost New Year!

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

Hi Nita. I've just caught up on reading several of your past posts. I'm so sorry for all your heartbreak and worry. So much to handle, especially at the holidays. Surely 2013 will be better for you, and for your mom's health, too. I'm glad she's doing well. My best to you for the new year.

Cynthia Myers said...

Thanks for the email and for this post! I am SO incredibly happy for you and your mom. She's such a strong lady that I'm not surprised really, but still that was scary!
I love reading your "voice" in this post. I was so worried but I can feel your joy of life and your optimism for the New Year!
2013 is going to be THE year!
and I gotta say, that is one of the CUTEST photos! :) makes me want to burrow under the flannel sheets with my furbabies.
XOXO - Cindi

Donna W said...

Yea! Im glad your mom is ok and in good spirits. And in a hospital that actually serves good food. Bon apatite!

Connie said...

Prayers have been answered!
What a joyful way to start the new year.

Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp said...

You are so great to give us these updates.
Alberto was the same way, joyous and like he was reborn, so sweet like a newborn baby.
Your mom is on her way to getting well, now you try and rest.
xo xo

Anonymous said...

Good news!!! Glad your mom is doing well........love her and take good care of her. Wishing both of you the absolute best 2013!!! Jana in Texas

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Great news regarding your mom! Just remember to find some time to rest and take care of yourself.

Jennie@gotmyreservations said...

What wonderful news! Experience tells us that she will need to rest -- don't let her overdo it. And take care of yourself so that you can take care of her. Sending good wishes from Chicago.

Scribbler said...

I am so happy to hear that Alice is doing well! This is a hard thing for the family to go through, as well as the patient. Stay strong, and know that we are all thinking about you and your mother.

Erin Kaven said...

Prayed for you last night. Will keep you in my prayers...mom too. Puppy too. Blessings and Peace.

Denise said...

Yippee! I've been praying for you and your Mom! So happy to hear that she is doing well and so happy. I'll keep checking in on her progress. This is great news!

"Create Beauty" said...

I loved hearing about how happy your mom is, happy to be alive, to order 'room service' and that she has such a great attitude.

And she is blessed to have you for a daughter! Thanks Nita for the update. We are all relieved that she made it through the surgery so well.

May H O P E rebound in your heart,
~ Violet

bbard said...

I am so relieved for you! I truly hope you, your mom, and the doggies have the most wonderful New Year.

Patti Willey said...

Excellent! You needed this break! Such a relief off your mind I'm sure! I hope she settles down so you both can rest! Sounds like she's in the best hands! Enjoy this quiet time and rest!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Thanks for the email Nita. I think Mom's success is harbingers of things to come in the new year~onward and upward! Great news!!! You are right, life is for the living!!

Pamma said...

Nita...such wonderful news and so happy for you and your mother!

S said...

How awesome;) I am happy her surgery seems to have gone so beautifully:) Hope the little dog finds a home!

Patty said...

So happy your mom is doing so well! Hospitals can be such tiring and depressing places, but hopefully she will be out soon....take care of YOU too!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Nita,
I want to thank you for thanking the nurses and saying that it was the nurses who kept her alive. We are the eyes and ears of the Dr.'s when they are not present and let's face it, they do not spend much time with the patients. It is the nurses that do. So being a nurse for 34 years, THANK you for paying us homage. Most people do not. Yes, it is a very stressful job as we do hold people's lives in our hands.
I am glad to hear that Mom is doing so well. Will she need to go to a Rehab unit afterward ? Many patients do not but some do and that is when they become my patients.
It sounds like she is doing just fine. Just make sure she does her deep breathing exercises.
Wishing you a Happy New Year. I know you have had a rough time of it lately.
Hugs,
Debbie

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