The heart is very fragile.
The lungs are very fragile.
Life as a whole is very fragile.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve experienced just how very fragile… “very fragile” can be.
Here is the sixty second version…
The surgery at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray went well and I spent most of a week recovering in the hospital. I enjoyed a night and a day at home. Then I stopped breathing. Four times in a couple of hours, the last time I turned purple and blue and collapsed. Elisa had to snap me back to awareness and she and Clint took me back to the ER. A CT scan revealed blood clots in my lungs (not a good thing). Another ambulance ride from Logan back to Murray for treatment. And that’s where I am today, waiting for my blood to respond to the right level so I can safely go home.
AND… I have just learned I will be going home today. This means my heart, my lungs, and my blood are doing what they should be doing. Yay!
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NOV 21 ~ SUNDAY REFLECTIONS – THE JOURNEY OF THE HEART
Life, in all its beautiful glory, has taken a twist, and maybe even a turn, and it’s even more beautiful! Thanks for your love and prayers as I go in for triple bypass open heart surgery this week. As we are unable to share a song with you today, please share one of your favorites.
And you delivered, sharing well over 100 songs that meant something to you. Thank you!
NOV 22 ~ MONDAY MORNING BOOST: JOURNEY WITH MY HEART
I wasn’t prepared when the cardiologist told me, “I think you need to have open heart surgery.”
This is last week’s Monday Morning Boost if you missed it.
NOV 23 ~ POETRY OF A NEW HEART
Today is the day! I get to experience the wonderful gift of a new heart being created! In celebration, I wanted to share some of my poetry of the heart…
NOV 23 ~ THANKFUL GRATITUDE
On this most beautiful day of Thanksgiving and gratitude, I shared a few Wins Of Greatness, a few Encouragement Opportunities, and a few Reflections of Gratitude, including a heavenly visit from my dad who stopped by to share his wise counsel… “Keep Your Chin Up, Son… I Love You!”
NOV 24TH ~ I SHOULD NOT BE ALIVE
My voice is weak…
My body is frail…
But my heart is working like it’s supposed to.
I should not be alive.
NOV 27 ~ SEVEN DAYS
Today is 7 days, one week, since going back to the emergency room and eight weeks since the first ER visit made this Journey of the Heart” officially start. I share a few thoughts about Big Moments (like climbing stairs), Even Bigger Moments (you may want to skip this part), and share my hopes for coming home soon.
NOV 29 ~ BACK HOME AGAIN
John Denver sang it best…
“Hey, it’s good to be back home again… Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend… Yes, and hey, it’s good to be back home again.”
A journey home, a walk outside, and some thoughts shared in a very raspy voice about the journey of the heart. Of all my thoughts this week, this was the night I felt things the most.
IT’S SCARY WHEN YOU CAN’T BREATHE…
After a successful triple bypass heart surgery on November 23rd, I came home Monday afternoon. Tuesday was an overall good day…
Until I stopped breathing.
Immediately upon trying to go to sleep Tuesday, I experienced 4 episodes of not being able to breathe.
Panic. Fear. Scared to death… literally.
My angel Elisa, who has been carrying the extra burden these last 8 weeks, knew what to do. Though she was terrified after I started turning purple and blue and then collapsed, she was able to focus and snap me back to start breathing again.
DEC 3 ~ WHAT DO YOU SEE?
I saw a wall, then saw something more. I ask you to inspire by what you saw. Your answers intrigued me, seeing beyond my own broad vision, and humbled me by the greatness you saw in me.
DEC 5 ~ SUNDAY REFLECTIONS: THE GIFT OF SLOWING DOWN (and what’s up with that wall???)
The journey of healing our hearts is blessed greatly when we intentionally slow down. Elisa and I team up to share some thoughts on listening when our bodies, souls, and minds are telling us to slow down before we are forced to.
Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share.
p.s. Take 13 minutes today to go for a walk and reconnect with your heart.
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