Thursday, October 27, 2011


Thankful that we didn't need to use the blue button.

Jari has not been feeling well for the past several weeks.
He has traveled anyway and got home yesterday afternoon.
Last evening we went to run an errand and then planned to
visit a dear elderly friend at the hospital.
The errand was aborted and the visit to hospital ended up being
to the ER instead, with a level of discomfort that gave
 the blue button a new meaning.

(I know a place that could use these lovely covers to prevent the accidental "code".)

Thankful for the wonderful care in the Emergency Room at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley.

We were able to enjoy the comforts of the emergency room until nearly
one o'clock in the morning when they moved him to a room in the
Cardiac Care Unit for the night.
By the time he was moved he didn't have a clue what time it was
and was slumbering nicely, thanks to the miracle of pharmaceuticals.
I do have to say that I was beyond exhausted and while looking at
the thermometer on the wall that fluctuated between 68 and 69 degrees,
I remembered that at that temperature I wear socks ... not flip flops.
The socks were at home.

(I grab ideas wherever I go ... I saw this board and deicded that I need one!)

Thankful for the wonderful care of doctors, nurses, and all the others.

Who never, at least obviously, raised an eyebrow
when the answer to "Where are you employed?"
was followed by "I'm not."
The answer to "Do you have inurance?"
 was answered by "I don't."
In fact, special thanks to the doctors
who made sure tests were run today so it
would all be included in the same visit.

Thankful for negative test results.

I've been on the other end of this equation many times.
It is frustrating to not be given some concrete reason for your problems.
On the bright side, the only part of his anatomy that hasn't been studied
is his heart.
Today it was.
The EKG showed no damage.
The lab results showed no problems.
In fact, his cholesterol is low enough that I rescinded my threat of
"no more butter or bacon".
He had an echo done right before he was discharged to home.
That result will come in the next day or two.
It was on to a dinner of hospital prime rib
and then on home.

I'm thankful he's crashed in the recliner chair, snuggled in a warm sweatshirt and a blanket.

Later we'll deal with the rest of it.
For now, last night was a short one and tonight could probably
be a wee bit longer.

Thankful for the elders who touch our lives.

While Jari was off having a stress test today, I ran up a floor to visit Florence,
making up for last night when we never made it.
I hope she doesn't mind my sharing a picture of her.
I love her smile.
It is absolutely beautiful.
I know she has grandchildren who would love to be sitting at her side and can't be.
This is for them. 


mrs. skoog said...

Oh my goodness! What a scare! I'm so glad that so far so good- and hope every thing turns out OK!!!!

Keilah said...

Ohh're right, she has the sweetest smile and is always smiling! Hoping Jari is back to 100% soon.

Anonymous said...

oh boy! Hope he'll be feeling better soon. Thinking about you all.

Mom said...

Thinking of you. Hope all is going well. Keep us posted.

jessica said...

thinking of you!