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Introducing “Sweet “16”

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in About me, Giveaway!, Gratitude | 25 comments

Introducing “Sweet “16”

I am going to give away stuff here on my blog on the 16th of the month for the whole year of 2016. Here’s Why: On March 3, 2015 I had open-heart surgery to repair an aneurysm I had no idea I had. The week before I stood in my kitchen and told my husband something was very wrong with me. I felt off, my “electrical” system felt jumpy and I had a deep cough. I made back-to-back appointments with my allergist and my primary care physician. Within an hour of the last appointment, I was Life-Flighted to a cardiac ICU. I spent five days there before the surgery and was restricted in my movements,...

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About My Heart

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in About me | 62 comments

About My Heart

It has been four and a half months since I went from having a cough to the Cardiac ICU in five hours and ended up having open-heart surgery for 8 hours for a 9cm aneurism I had no idea I had. I have spent the recovery time taking drugs and getting off of them, three days a week exercising to rebuild the 50% muscle tone that I lost because of this, and generally getting used to being a cardiac patient. The thing is, I am nowhere near used to it, and am not sure I ever will be. I went into the hospital a fairly fit 57 year old with ambition and a full life. I came out a 115 geriatric patient...

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Two weeks down the road

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in About me | 68 comments

Two weeks down the road

Hello all. It has been two weeks since my open-heart surgery, and the first day I can sort of read and type. Before now my brain was fairly scrambled with anesthesia and medications. The surgery went well, all in all, but I did wake up tied to my bed with the intubation tube still stuffed down my throat, which was one of my biggest fears. It was ghastly, very frightening an I am having a lot of trouble with that memory. So I came home a miracle: one in a million chances of having this condition and odds likely similar that it was diagnosed and fixed before it killed me. Not yet sure what to...

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Tomorrow is the Day

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in About me | 116 comments

Tomorrow is the Day

I have been in the cardiac ICU for five days now. The nurses are letting me be a bit mobile, thank goodness. Most people in this ICU are not healthy like I am, so at at the beginning I was treated like a geriatric sausage, someone to roll around and do for. It is hard to be treated that way when you are able bodied, so I got permission from the surgeon for more freedom. Now I can shower by myself, unhook all my wires from the Great Tree and go the the bathroom on my own steam. I come back and hook myself back up and all is well. The pulse device on my finger meant I could only type with one...

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My Detour from art to the ICU

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in About me | 301 comments

My Detour from art to the ICU

I am typing this from the ICU cardiac unit at St. Anthony hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Last Wednesday I went to the allergy doctor to get a new inhaler to help with allergy and asthma symptoms that I had dealt with my whole life, but which since my flu in December seemed a little worse. The cough would not go away, the feeling in my chest was congested. Nothing  that a new inhaler would not take care of. When I got there, the doctor took my vitals, gave me a breathing treatment and a new inhaler, then sat down with a serious look on his face. I think there is more to this, he said. I had...

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“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in About me | 2 comments

“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

I found out two days ago that my email, the one associated with this website, was shut down by my host, Bluehost.com. They shut it down because someone reported it to the big dogs (Google, Yahoo etc.) as a spam email. No notice, just gone, and I spent two weeks wondering why I did not hear from anyone I wrote to. The emails I was sending were not being delivered. I am in the middle of marketing efforts and writing a book. I sell things on my site. Being shut down without knowing it is not a very good way to earn a living. Now I hate spam as much as the next person. I do not want Michael Kors...

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