Saturday, August 28, 2021

A Broken Heart 💔


Broken Heart Syndrome, it's a real thing.

I recently had, what is called Broken Heart Syndrome.
I have never heard of this before.
It imitates a heart attack.

Tom and I went camping with our son and his family in
Hood River, Oregon.
I was so excited to see them, for it had been many months.

Mt Hood in Oregon

Friday night we set up camp, and enjoyed a few hours just the two of us.

Todd and family pulled in a few hours later.

Look how big they have grown.
Trey is 9 years old.
Scarlett is 6 years old
Huxley is now 2!

It was so good to see them.

The next morning Tom and I were enjoying our morning coffee. 

Here I am with Banjo and coffee.
Scarlett, Trey and Todd joined us minutes later.

I let Scarlett (5yrs.) take Banjo for a walk. I tied the leash to her wrist, so if she let go, the dog was still attached. She went a little too far for my liking so I went looking to bring them back.
I noticed two women walking their dog, a large Pit Bull.  They were coming towards Scarlett and Banjo. 
The next few minutes are still a blur.
The Pit Bull attacked Banjo. 
The women couldn't get control of this huge dog.
The Pit had Banjo by the neck and was swinging him around like a rag doll.
Scarlett screaming, Banjo yelping and crying, the two ladies yelling and screaming.
 So much commotion. 
Things were happening fast but in slow motion.

I knew I had to get Scarlett untied because she was being pulled towards the dogs.
I got Scarlett untied!
It had to be God who was with me because I don't remember how I untied the leash.

Todd and Tom came flying down the hill!
Todd picked up the Pit by the collar and lifted him up in the air.
The Pit let go of Banjo!
Todd scooped up Banjo and gave him to me.
I held him and checked him over...
NO BLOOD or wounds!!!
God blessed us!

I carried him back up the hill to our camp site.
My heart began to hurt!
I kept touching my chest and
checking out Banjo.
My heart really hurt!

I put Banjo down on our bed inside the RV.
I went outside and laid down on a blanket. 
Still touching my chest because it hurt.
I got up and sat in a chair.
I asked for some aspirin, nobody had any.
The Warden came by and said to go to the hospital.
 Todd and Tom quickly packed up our camp site and off we went.

It was 9:00 am when I checked into the emergency room.
I told them what had happened earlier with the dogs.

I was rushed into a room and was given an X-ray.
The ER Dr. came in and YES, there was damage to my heart.
More tests, blood drawn.
We waited and waited.

While we waited, I looked down at my dirty feet.
Mind you, I was still in my camping PJ's and without shoes.

Tom jumped in and 

 I was admitted to a room. More tests.
More discussion of what to do.
The Dr. explained that I needed to go to a bigger hospital,
 where I could get an Angiogram to see if I needed stints or an operation.
This hospital didn't have the equipment.
It was a 25 bed hospital.

The Dr. suggested I go to Portland.
I didn't want to go there! I wanted to go home!
She said it was too dangerous to drive all the way back home.
It was a six hour drive!
(What was I thinking!!)
The Dr. had to leave and go home.
Tom needed to get back to the RV to check on Banjo
and get some sleep.

So I prayed!
I remembered someone saying to pray for very, specific, requests
So I did.
I needed to know where I was going. 
 I didn't want to choose or decide, which hospital, and where.

When I looked up there were several EMT's at the foot of my bed,
with a gurney. 

One gentleman said, "You're going to Portland."
I asked, "When?"
He said, "NOW!"

This was Sunday, about 1:00 in the morning. 
Tom was sleeping in the parking lot with Banjo.

I asked it I could call Tom.
"No, the nurse will tell him."

I was wheeled down to an ambulance, and then to a medivac helicopter!

It was a 20 minute flight and we landed on the hospital roof!
We arrived in the receiving room. 
I was praying a lot.
One thing I prayed for was a soft, comfortable bed. My prayer was answered.  
I was given the most comfortable bed.
(My bed at the first hospital hurt my back and neck.)
When I was taken off the gurney, they plopped me on the softest bed!
It felt like a cloud!

God is good!
Tom eventually arrived with Banjo, in Portland.
I was hooked up to all kinds of devices.
Blood was taken regularly and checked.
My heart was being monitored around the clock.
And I was scheduled for an Angiogram.  

I had my procedure on Monday.
As it turned out, they went through my wrist and not my leg.

 That's when the Cartologist told me.
 I had Broken Heart Syndrome!
 Hmmm... sounds good to me!
No heart attack!

Afterwards I was able to walk around and I was finally able to eat a meal!

I just had to get a picture of my
Cloud Bed!

I was discharged on Wednesday.

Here we are, happily, heading Home.
Laughing, crying and reminiscing about All that had happened.

There was so much more to this adventure.
So many things I wanted to share. 
 But the one thing I must share is this,
God was with me from the very beginning.
 Banjo didn't get hurt,
answering specific prayers, 
 finding no permanent damage to my heart and
having people back home praying for me.
I am blessed!

And I want to tell you, that Tom is my hero!
Kimmy is my champion, with constant phones calls of encouragement and wisdom.
Mark blessed us by driving all the way over, to pick up Banjo and take him back home.
And I'm recovering well.

God is so good!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Long Time Coming

I have waited for awhile to show you 
what has been happening around our home.


This is what our home looked 
like several months ago.

Then it looked like this...

We added 400 sq. ft. to the back of our home.
The covered patio is now our new Family Room and
(my favorite part) a Dining Room!

We added a Barn Door, which used to be an outside door.

Still working on finishing touches to the inside.

This is Don, who is Kimmy's Father-In-Law,
Mark's dad.

He agreed to build us custom bookshelves.
He flew up from Oregon and is staying with 
Mark, Kimmy and 6 grandkids!
It's a win-win-win for everyone.

Tom has been Don's helper!

We still need to add the doors to the lower cabinets,
and painting the whole thing.
Then hanging the TV, 
next to the tall bookshelf.

The shelf that goes all the way
 across to the Barn Door, 
will have art work, 
leaning up against the wall.

When Spring comes, we will be heading outside,
redoing the backyard.
(That will be another blog post.)

Below are some pictures of our progress.

Our dining room Before...


We have three huge windows, that look out onto our backyard.
I have my desk/ sewing table that looks outside.

My favorite part is having enough room to fit
our family around the table for 
our Tuesday Night Dinners!

Praising God for His hand on all of this!

I'll miss the old patio, 
but not as much as I am enjoying our new space.

This is my view, when I blog!
No matter the weather, it's a joy to look outside!

What a blessing!


"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we many sing for joy and be glad all our days."

Psalm 90:14

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Cashing in - #4

This month has been full of  excitement.
Friday's have been busy with One-On-One, 
Full day of fun and
Overnights with our grandchildren.

The four oldest Grandchildren received 
Gift Certificates for Christmas, for an overnight and lots of fun.
They got to pick out what, where, and when, they wanted to do.
Who knew it would be such a HIT? !!!

This is Lulu!
She is 13 but soon to be 14 years old.
She is our first grandchild.

Lulu's request was to go shopping all day (😊).

For lunch she choose Chic-fil-A.
It was a cold and rainy day and the restaurant was closed for dining in.

But that didn't stop US!
Tom surprised Lulu by meetings us there, with our RV!
We set it up with a table clothe and flowers.

We went inside and ordered our meals....

and took it back for some fine
dining, inside the RV.

We were so cozy inside,
 while watching everyone ordering their lunch from the drive thru.

Then it was back to shopping!
(til I dropped)

Lulu loves a good salad, so for dinner we went to
a fancy grocery store that has a magnificent salad bar.

The dining room was open!!
 We all enjoyed another great meal.
Afterwards we picked out dessert from the Bakery.

Took our goodies home to enjoy while watching a movie.
Lulu's pick for a movie was 
Meet Me In St. Louie (Louie), 
with Judy Garland.

And what would the evening be without a game of 
cards or two?

Saturday morning, Lulu cuddled up 
with Banjo on the couch.

Lulu is now learning guitar,
 on top of knowing how to play violin and piano.
Plus, she singing!

Lulu smiles all the time! What a happy girl!

I'm a bit sad that this month is over.
Having laughter, talking, and just more busyness,
 was such a blessing!

I know what our grandkids will get for Christmas next year!!!


"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called, according to his purpose." 

Romans 8:28


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