Monday, February 18, 2008

Affairs of the Heart

Just a quick update....

Assuming there are no last minute changes, the surgery to repair or replace John's damaged mitral valve is scheduled for tomorrow morning down in Bryn Mawr. We're told it's about a 5 hour operation, after which he'll be in ICU for a couple of days, then moved to a regular room. I'll be spending most of the week there, and leaving the furkids to the capable hands of friends and doggie daycare, but do hope to pop in here periodically with progress reports. Apologies in advance if I don't get to personal emails as promptly as usual during this time.

He's expected to stay in the hospital all week, with recovery at home taking several more weeks, and has been teasing me that he needs to get a bell. I'm not sure he understands just how quickly they're going to want him up and around, lol. Not to mention the necessity of it when you live in a house with only one bathroom, and that on the second floor. ;)

On the art front, I'll have just one item listed this week, but it is, as my father used to say, a doozy; a children's Halloween chair which is shaping up to be quite the magical piece. I found an Amish woodworker recently who handmakes the most wonderful children's furniture, and after purchasing one of these chairs for a commission, I just had to paint one for eBay as well. I really struggled with whether to participate in the eBay seller boycott in progress, and whether to add one more thing to manage in the midst of everything else this week, but the bottom line is that the income needs to continue....I may add a "buy it now" option to this one though, so anyone interested, please stay tuned later today.

That's about for now, other than thanks, as always, to those of you who've sent prayers and positive thoughts for John, and please keep them coming. When they stop his heart tomorrow morning, I feel as though they'll be stopping mine as well, and it won't start again until I see him tomorrow afternoon or evening. Whoever coined the phrases "my heart" and "my better half" wasn't kidding. He's both, and I'm counting on this surgery to give us many more happy years together.

~ Carolee



Dear Carolee, all our prayers are with you & your better half...

May God protect John & heal John completely.

May God give you the strength to be by his side with faith & courage.

We will light candles & be praying all day for John's quick recovery...


*retro-rudolphs* said...

Carolee, we are sending positive thoughts your way, and looking forward to hearing the good news soon!

XO, Lori

Emily said...

Dear Carolee,
sending you good thoughts and a quick recovery for your husband.


Kristen Beason Designs said...

Hi Carolee~
Wishing John a smooth surgery and quick recovery. Sending you positive thoughts!

I know you have a lot on your plate this week, but when you have a little bit of free time, I just wanted to present you with the Art Prize and Award. Details are on my blog.


Anonymous said...

As always, you and John are in my prayers, but especially at this time. I wish I was there to be with you at the hospital.
We are sending lots of thoughts, prayers and love.
Barb and Ron

thegothamcloset said...

Dear Carolee,

I am sending prayers your way! God bless you both.


Anonymous said...

Carolee - please know that I will be thinking of you and John tomorrow and the days after his surgery. Sending love and prayers your way. Kristen

Designs by CK said...

God bless U BOTH! :-D)


Diane MacNaughtan said...

Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and John.

Random York said...

I'm praying for the success of it all Carolee! Take care!

Velvet Moon Bathery said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you as well Carolee. Hang in there,it will be over with soon and John will be home ringing that bell soon enough too ;)

Enchanted Productions by Joyce Stahl said...

Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way Carloee! Hang in there!

Hugs and Enchanted Blessing to you and John!