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May 30, 2020

It’s truly amazing, six days following Open-Heart surgery, mom was discharged from Methodist Hospital mid-afternoon Friday, May 29th, 2020.  We are all so happy she’s home. 

We are counting all of our blessings during this time!!  She is relieved to be home and resting in her own bed.  Now it’s time for her to rest, recover and heal.  It’s part of the deal, you don’t get much rest while in the hospital recovering.  Marissa gave Grandma/Mom a manicure yesterday evening.  Tracy and I have been hovering like a helicopter parent! 💁‍♀️ we are also practicing our massage skills as her back and shoulders are causing her some agony as well.   

For awhile, managing her discomfort, walking/moving 40 minutes a day minimum, resting, elevating, getting fresh air, logging medication, increasing her appetite, coughing to relieve excess in lungs, practicing new breathing techniques, cardiac rehab therapy and in general stopping to literally smell the roses, are all items on the agenda!!! 

In general, Mom realizes all of the miracles that just happened to get her to today, right now! We all do!!!  Thank you again for all of the love and support! 

We have been brainstorming of a way for Mom to say hello to all of her supporters.  We are still trying to decide if a drive-by parade would be possible tomorrow afternoon.  Based on the weather forecast for today and mostly, mom needing to rest, tomorrow would be the earliest that we could foresee doing this for her. We will keep you posted later today. We will see how today goes and post again by this evening, 7pm!

💜Lori, Tracy and the rest of the Grothe/Steele clan~

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  • Marcia Sabata : So glad you are home. It sounds like you have lots of good helpers. Hugs and prayers.
  • Al and Pat Hoshor : Glad to hear you are home, Joanie! Please take good care of yourself , we know you will. You are one strong lady. We will continue to send prayers your way for fast healing. Al and Pat
  • Lynne Steele : I know you are being a perfect patient at home for the kids. Bask in being waited upon and having others Do For You! Let them “drive Miss Daisy” if you need to go somewhere. When will you start Cardiac Rehab. The group at Methodist is excellent and you will enjoy it. I remember hiw I actually looked forward to doing Rehab! Take care and be a good patient at home!!
  • Linda Butkus : Hi Joanie, Welcome home! Behave yourself now and you will be running around with the rest of us soon. Mind the kids! My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy return to health! Linda Butkus
  • Cheryl Holmberg : Joanie, so glad you are home. You are always so giving, take it easy and enjoy the attention., you deserve it. You will be out golfing soon. Take Care, Cheryl