Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Affairs of the Heart, continued......

I'm happy to report that John's surgery was a huge success, and to quote the surgeon we "couldn't have asked for a better outcome". The surgery took considerably longer than expected because they found the damage to be more extensive than the ultrasounds originally indicated, but the surgeon was nevertheless able to repair, rather than replace the valve. So no coumadin (yay!)

I saw him last night in ICU, about two hours after surgery, and he was semi-conscious, although in quite a lot of pain as they couldn't give him any pain meds due to a blood pressure drop. He's much better today, although still extremely uncomfortable, as they're administering painkillers very cautiously. He's still in ICU and is expected to stay there until at least tomorrow.

Thanks very much for the calls and emails, the prayers and good thoughts, and thanks again to local friends for respecting John's wish not to receive visitors. He should be home in a few days, and will answer emails and calls then.

That's it for now.....It's been a LONG couple of days, and I'm hugely releived, but also completely fried. Off to take care of a few things around the house, and then collapse. :)

Love to all,
~ Carolee


*retro-rudolphs* said...

I would have phoned or emailed you, but wasn't sure you'd be around or if you'd be trying to catch a quick nap.

We are thrilled that all went well. Sorry to hear that John is in pain, but very relieved for you both that they could do the repair instead of the replacement.

Hugs and much love from us all,



Designs by CK said...

SOOO GLAD Carolee!!!

Relax your evening & take care of yourself too.

Chris :)

Diane MacNaughtan said...

It is so good to hear John's surgery went well.. Continued positive thoughts and prayers for you and John through his recovery.


Dear Carolee, we're ecstatic that the operation went well. Human repairs are always better than replacements.

You should get as much rest as possible, before you start hearing bells...


Bountiful Healing Blessings, Lyndy & Tom

Kristen Beason Designs said...

Hi Carolee~
So glad to hear that the surgery was a success. Wishing John a speedy recovery and relief from the pain.


vintagepaletteart said...

This is such wonderful news Carolee!!!! John will back on his feet and better than new before you know it! =D

Take care of yourself too!

Hugs! *Lori

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear the good news ! Yay!
I always have you in my thoughts and prayers!



Kim Hardt Originals said...

Hi Carolee, Glad to hear that the surgery was a great success. You guys are in my prayers every night. I wish John a very quick recovery and less pain!

Big Hugs


catherine said...


I am so happy for the both of you that it went so well. I am glad your soulmate will grow old with you too! :)
Take care of yourself too, I know it is hard to think of yourself while John is still recovering, but try :)
Prayers for a speedy recovery! and best wishes to the both of you!

catherine said...

I am so glad to hear things went good! And that they could repair it.
Take care of you too, while John is recovering, I am sure you need it!
Prayers to John for a speedy recovery and peace and blessings to you both! :)

Holiday Queen said...

Wonderful news Carolee! I'll be checking back often to hear of your journey of a healthy heart.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

YEA!! Glad to hear the good news! Prayers for his continued recovery~