Sunday, January 09, 2011
As many of you know, Iíve been dealing with aortic stenosis for the past 2 years. My surgeon said it was time for surgery this fall, but I refused as my sonís wedding was in October (in GA), and I was going to be there no matter what! Mission accomplished :)
I had another check-up in December, and my surgeon said I really couldnít put surgery off any longer. SoÖon Wednesday (Jan. 12), I will be having open heart surgery (valve replacement). My aortic valve has calcium build-up of a 75 year old. Iím nowhere near that age. No one knows why, just that itís time for me to get a new valve. Will I ever be able to eat pork again? (Yes, Iím getting a pig valve.)
I am a high risk for surgery because of health complications. My surgeon is sure I will come through surgery okay, but my recovery will most likely be a very long oneÖweeks, perhaps months. (I had arthroscopic knee surgery in 2000 and havenít been very mobile since.)
My son is coming from GA today. He was lucky enough to change his plans and leave Atlanta before the big snow/ice storm that is coming tonight. Iím so grateful that he will be with me. He is my rock.
Needless to say, I will be away from Sparks for some time. Iím certainly going to miss everyone, but look forward to coming back healthier!Watch for updates on my Spark page. DDOORN hopefully will remember to post now and again. When I go to rehab, Iím hoping to take my netbook with me, so I can be in touch.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks, Spark friends!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
You're bound to have a Happy New Year.
Wishing all of my Spark friends a very happy, healthy 2011!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Every time a hand reaches out
To help another... that is Christmas.
Every time someone puts anger aside
And strives for understanding
That is Christmas.
Every time people forget their differences
And realize their love for each other
That is Christmas.
May this Christmas bring us
Closer to the spirit of human understanding
Closer to the blessing of peace!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I received this in an email this morning; just had to share!
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I'd like to thank all my great friends and team mates who were kind enough to wish me Happy Birthday.. Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of well wishes, goodies, and Spark Mails. Thanks so much for all of your kindness. Each and every one of you are special to me!
As some of you know, I spent the long weekend in Philly as my son & wife were up from GA. OnSaturday, we drove to Hoboken, NJ to Carlo's Bakery (The Cake Boss) to pick up a birthday cake for me. (Oh yum, best cake I've ever had!) Just a few blocks before reaching Carlo's, we were hit on the front passenger door. My son was driving my minivan. The fellow blamed us for running a red light (I know that did NOT happen), but just minutes before that told my dil "sorry". Thankfully no one was hurt except me. I was hit in my R leg by the door that pushed in. Panic set it because I'm very claustrophobic! Everyone else was out of the car; police, firemen, and ambulances came. I wanted out of that car! Took some doing, but finally I managed to push myself from the passenger bucket seat to the driver's seat, then had help getting my feet out of the car. Medics insisted on getting me in the ambulance. Obviously I didn't want to get inside anything at that point, but they wouldn't listen to me...lol They kept insisting that I go to the ER, but I refused. I was fine (or would be as soon as I got outside again!
Finally we were on our way to Carlo's. Just down the street was a CVS. My son and dil purchased some clear duct tape, white plastic bags, and bungee cords and fixed the door so cold air woudn't blast in on me. (It pays to have a PA surgeon in the family :)
After we got back to Philly, we had supper out with my family and dil's mom. Then we all went back to the hotel for birthday cake and canolis! Oh yum!!! The next morning we had breakfast with my son & dil before they left for GA. That was the best birthday! Nothing else mattered as everyone was okay!
Quite the birthday, huh?!
Thanks again everyone; Spark friends are the best!!!
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