Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In Sickness & In Health

If you've wondered where I've been & what I've been up to... well I've been taking care of my sweet husband since his open heart surgery last Thursday. He had an aortic valve replacement & aortic root replacement (to repair a 2" aneurysm in his heart). He had an amazing surgical team & the nursing staff has been so kind, helpful & ON TOP of everything. We are both tired but, sooooooooooooo very glad this is behind us & we are on the mend. The emails, phone calls & support from so many of you before, during & after the surgery has been so much appreciated. Some of you have walked this path for your own health issues, others have shared stories of helping a spouse or parent through this. It is not a walk any of us want to take but, we are so thankful that the technology is there & continues to improve for this & so many other procedures. It was scary to think of them stopping his heart, putting him on heart/lung machine & then taking his heart out to work on it. But, then I reminded myself they can do heart surgery inutero so knew this was BIG but, not something that couldn't be handled. NOW we heal. And then he will be better than before. So, to each of you THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! For all the prayers THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For all the support THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For all the friendships... know you are valued. So, in sickness & in health I DO! HUGS!


Linda said...

OH Charlene~ you have been on my heart lately and I am grateful to hear the surgery went well and he is healing...take care of yourself, too, and let others help you! XOXO

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Charlene! I'm so glad it's done and that he's healing! I hope you're getting some rest, too...

Hope you're both doing well--you'll both be in my prayers, dear friend.



Charlene, so happy to hear that hubby is on the road to recovery. Wishing you both peace and a quick healing! ~ Angela

Rose H (UK) said...

Sending very best wishes from 'over the pond' for a speedy recovery, and for the special 'nurse' too!

Rose H

Dorthe said...

I`m so happy for you and your husbond taht the heart surgery are well over, and sucesfully done.
I wish your husbond a quick recovery, dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

Debby at Romancing The Bling said...

Charlene, I am so happy you and your husband have come through this overwhelming ordeal in your lives. My prayers continue for your husbands swift healing.
Yes, I did receive your email response regarding my anniversary and about my husbands death of almost 13 years ago. I wanted to wait to respond as I have been a bit sensitive lately and with your husbands heart surgery...well, I know you will understand my silence once you read my email to you.

basia said...

So happy to hear the positive results. Bless you both. Keeping you in the light.

Terri said...

I had no own fault for not checking in sooner....So glad you are now to the healing stage...Hoping for nothing bust the best for you both.
Terri G.

Diane said...

You are so welcome, and we can hardly wait to see you both =)
Much love~
diane & allen =))

The French Bear said...

Charlene, so glad to hear that you and your hubby are doing good!!! I am wishing you both a happy and safe recovery....what a wonderful wife you are!!!!
Margaret B

Beth Leintz said...

Charlene, I'm so glad to hear that the surgery went well and you're comfortable with your medical team-I think that can make so much of a difference.

Take good care, sending healing thoughts to you and your hubby.

Anonymous said...

Healing prayers Charlene. I know how hard it is to watch our husbands endure health issues. Keep strong.

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi Charlene!!! I do hope your sweet hubby is on the mend now!!! Please take good care of him and of course you too ~ sending prayers of healing your way, hugs and love, Dawn

Cheryl said...

So glad to hear that your husband's surgery was successful and he is on the mend. You have been in my thoughts and I'm so pleased to hear the great news!
Take Care!


DeeDee said...

I have kept you both in my very glad it is over and both on the mend...praying for speedy recovery and life back to normal for you both..

gentle hugs for you

Debra@Common Ground said...

Charlene, such a sweet way to post this! God gives us amazing strength to walk thru these times. I'm so glad you have such a wonderful and prayerful support team there for you. I'm always glad to hear how things are going, to pray specifics. I know you'll be home soon, and life will return to "normal". and it will!
hugs and love,

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Thank you for the update...was just going to email you to see how ya'll were. You and your Sweetie have and will be in our prayers ... remember to take care of you too.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Charlene ~
Thank you for updating us on
your sweet husband ~
I am glad that it is over
and he is on to healing ~

Lots of hugs and prayers ~


Alisa said...

I'm so happy he's doing well, Charlene!
I will keep you both in my prayers!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Thank you God for sending good angelsurgeons and medical staff to help Charlene and her hubby...thank you for the complete recovery that is coming. In Jesus name,

Good news, made my day Charlene!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to hear things are going the the right direction. I hope you are both able to get some rest and heal.
Love ya,

Honey Lamb and I said...

Thanks for keeping me up friend:) Still praying for you guys!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

WOW !!! The heart is soooo amazing When the one you love is ill you find out what it is all about. Just one more rung on the ladder of real true love . Only those who have walked your walk know what this means. I know it hurts to heal from this type of surgery, but I hear that you feel so much better later and that those that needed this surgury had almost forgotten what it was like to feel better!!! Send me you address Sweets, the star fish mold is all ready packed and ready to send out. I think I have made enough of them for a while - tee hee Time to pass the torch and passing it is on me. I only want to see you have a creative out let to ease that stress of caring for a loved one.

kayellen said...

Oh my goodness~~~ Charlene! Praying for you both!!

Take Care...Mermaid sister:)

Kay Ellen

Anonymous said...

SO glad to hear it went well, and the healing has started!! Thinking of both of you....Natalie

Monica@The White Bench said...

Hope all is well now, dear Charlene. I've been praying for you!
You brought tears to my eyes with Reba's Angel kisses...
Big hugs,
P.S Glad you liked my postcard ;))

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