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November
12
2019

November 12, 2019

Great news! My mom was released from the Heart Hospital at Abbott and is now at Jones-Harrison for residential rehab. What a journey it’s been so far. Thank you to the surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Abbott. She feels so fortunate to have access to the best healthcare in the country! She’ll be sending the signal out soon to let people know when she’s ready for visitors. Thank you again to everyone for their kind messages of love and support! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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November
5
2019

November 5, 2019

My mom was just moved out of the ICU.  She says she feels as if she just ran 2 marathons back to back and in a sense she has. She still has quite a way to go but we are overjoyed with her slow and steady progress. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

November
3
2019

November 3, 2019

My Mom is definitely better today but still having some complications from the aorta dissection. Recovery will be very slow, so unless there are any major changes I will probably post every couple of days from now on. 

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

November
2
2019

November 1, 2019

Mom came out of surgery around 4pm. It took about an hour for her vitals to be stabilized enough for us to see her and to speak with the surgeon. They were able to add a stent that allows the blood to flow more freely to her kidney. She was semi-conscious when I saw her, but more restful than before and not in pain (because of pain meds). Our hope for now is that she will be able to sleep without pain through the night, so that her body can continue with the slow process of recovering from such stressful surgeries. 

More updates  to come tomorrow. Thank you all for you messages, emails and calls. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

November
1
2019

November 1, 2019

I’ve learned that recovering from heart surgery involves a lot of balancing vital signs and fluids and yesterday that is what my mom’s day consisted of— balancing by adding and taking away various fluids. Yesterday things were slow and painful for her. She was on a difficult and slow track to recovery and today she has had a set back that is not unexpected after having open heart surgery. She is going back into the operating room in a few minutes to have repair work done to her renal artery (an artery that leads to one of her kidneys) The positive aspect of this is that it is only one of her kidneys and the other kidney is healthy. 

The negative aspect of this procedure is that it comes so soon after her last surgery. It’s so stressful on her to have back-to-back surgeries. The surgeons feel she is strong enough to handle the procedure now. I am comforted that once they made this decision they were able to send her immediately into preOp and will start the operation in about 30 minutes, instead of her having to wait for hours in anticipation.

i will know more soon.

October
31
2019

October 30, 2019

Just talked to my mom’s surgeon, Dr. Steffen, who said things went well and that surgery was a success. Seven hours of surgery is hard on a person, so she will be kept sedated and on a respirator until tomorrow morning. She will recover over the next few days here at the hospital. We’re so thankful for the team here at Abbott.
 

October
30
2019

October 30, 2019

My mom is currently at Abbott Heart Hospital having bypass surgery to repair a torn aorta. It’s a lengthy surgery with a couple more hours to go. I’ll have more to report hopefully around 8-8:30. 

Thank you for you thoughtful messages of love & concern. 

October
30
2019

October 30, 2019

Quick update on my Mom’s condition. Earlier today she was in pain and had what appeared to be some sort of a “heart attack” and has gone back to the hospital. She is responsive and there seems to be no obvious damage, but is having various tests to figure out what happened. 

Will update as soon as I learn more about the results from her EKG test etc., but just wanted to let people know her current status.