Tuesday, November 11, 2008

~ Short and Sweet ~

I have so much I could say, and no doubt will in the coming weeks.  Might even share some pictures of my Frankenstein like chest.  Yeah, you know, those nah sayers.  Pttuuee much more important things to worry about in life.

I did want to come by real quick and thank everyone for the support, well wishes, and love.  It's appreciated.  So very much appreciated.  The short of it....  I went to my sisters on Halloween to get pics of Bug and Gage.... a sweet pirate and pretty guesome skeleton.  A HillBilly was there along with the green giant and Elvis.  Yes I swear this was all BEFORE going to the hospital. 

I left somewhat early thinking I would work on the pictures and post, but I just didn't feel right.  Indigestion.  I burped and got relief so nothing out of the ordinary to think it wasn't.  Not right then.  It just got worse and different things hurt.  I told my sister she needed to take me to ER, something was very very wrong. 

Things went rather quickly from there.  Nothing like showing up saying you feel like you're having a heart attack and your heart beat is over 150 a minute.  Many many tests, and it was determined by the enzimes that I infact had a heart attack.  We thought it would be as simple as a stint being put in.  Not my luck.  I had triple bypass and to be very frank and honest I am very lucky to be here today.

My Dr's were great.  My heart surgeon, one of the best.  When he came out after surgery and met with my family he asked by show of hands who smoked.  Some raised their hands, and he stated 'good, you'll keep me in business.'   Some may not find that funny but I do.  Straight forward and to the point.  And so very true.

I remember bits and pieces and will elaborate more at a later time, but let me tell you I don't know what I did so good to deserve a son like I have, but damn straight I am lucky.  He stood up and batted the ball out of the park.  I will always remember the look on his face, the tears, and him telling me 'Mom, I still need you.'  That will keep me plowing forward and changing the things I need to change.

Love you all, and again thank you so much for all the support and love you've shown.  It's gonna be awhile and I am taking it easy.............. rest assured YOU WILL see those halloween shots... and some comparisons between the new and old camera.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and one more thing...  I came back on line this weekend to over 500 pieces of mail.  A ton just got deleted, so if you sent something that needed a reply please email again.   One mail I did see though was from Vish....   they did get my journal over here.  I have the link but have not really gone to see what actually came and what didn't.  All in do time.

Hugs
~d

95 comments:

Missie said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers! I think your sister was watching over you making sure you were okay!

Tawnya said...

Wow!! So glad to see you here!!! I was shocked when I read about you!!! Get better soon.... If there is anything that I can do from Michigan let me know.... Hugs to you my friend, I need you here too!!

Jeannette said...

So great to see you posting again Donna. You did the right thing deleting. You take it easy, it is going to take time to get over surgery like that so be a good girl and pace yourself. Love you.

Joyce said...

Your awesome to update us and you take care of yourself...take your time getting back to this stuff on here. We all understand...many hugs and love,
Joyce

Brittany said...

It is SOOOOOO Nice to hear from you D! So happy you have made it through all of this and you were well enough to update us briefly!
(((((((LOVE AND HUGS)))))))
XOXOXOXOXOXO
-Britt

Saltydawg said...

This bloody blogger, this is the first alert I have had. I am not sure what's been going on. I hope you are ok now.
Big hugs. Gaz xxx

Big Mark 243 said...

glad to see you are back! You were missed!!

Darlene said...

omg, I emailed you to find out if you were ok cause you hadn't posted anything. first I thought I might have accidentally unsubscribed from the posts. Take care of yourself D, and just know that we're all here rooting for your speedy recovery hon!! Sooooooo glad things turned out for the better!!
xo Darlene

Linda said...

Donna, It was so good to see you posting. Take it easy and we are so glad you are on the mend!
Love to you
Linda
LLBrown247@aol.com

Gaboatman said...

Donna
Don't try to do too much too fast. I'm so glad you had the foresight to ask your sister to take you right to the ER that night. I'm glad your son stepped up, too, but I was always sure he would if need be. We'll all be here for you when you get a little stronger and feeling a little better. Glad you're still with us, Kiddo!
Sam

Julie said...

Oh Donna, I am so glad you went in promptly and got fixed. What a great gift for Christmas for your family. What a scare for you. Our heart doctors are that direct also, I don't mind that. Take care and rest as needed. WE missed you. {{{{{hugs}}}}}

Joann said...

Well, in case you had to delete my first one... just know that you are in my prayers for a quick recovery, take it easy, don't try to overdo it!! We'll be here for you when you get back!! Triple bypass, I KNOW you are in some pain!! TAKE IT EASY!!!

Love you much,
Joann

Teresa said...

Very happy things are looking up for you :) was worried... 1st when you didn't make a entry for a few days then once I found out you had the operation. Blessings, Teresa

Nelishia said...

You were so missed. You scared me and I'm glad you fought like that. I have had you in my prayers ever since I read this had happened. Come back when you are able, but please, Donna, just come back. We love you too.

Nelishia

Leslie said...

Donna, *hugs* Im soo really, really happy to see this post. We all were so worried. I pray & prayed for you for days now. My gosh what an ordeal you went thru. My heart just goes out to you. As you said yourself your so very lucky to be here today. You are very lucky & blessed, someone out there is definetly looking out for you. Im so glad your son was such a trooper thru all this and was there for you, along with all your family. Im just glad your going to be ok. I am looking fwd to the pics but can wait. You need to just still take it easy, get some major rest ok? We will all be here waiting. Oh and im soo glad your journal migrated hallelujah my goodness, lol. Thats awesome :) Take care dear. Rest up & hope to see you again really soon :)
Love my love, Leslie

Robyn said...

It is so great to hear from you!! Your one tough chick. Take it easy and take all the time you need to recover! I Have been thinking about you and praying for you since I found out. I will continue to pray for you and send happyt thoughts your way....Hugs, Robyn

Melissa said...

oh my goodness!yu had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery! Im so glad ur ok

MISSY said...

I started to wonder what happened to you and then I read in Indigo's journal about what happened! I am so glad that you are okay Donna! Things can happen so fast and I'm just glad you are okay. (((BIG HUGS))) ((((GREAT BIG HUGS))))) -Missy

Carol said...

So lovely to hear from you Donna.
You take care now and rest up.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs
xx

Kath said...

It was good to see this posting Donna but don't overdo things.Prayers continueing for you.great to know your journal got thru after all.Take Care God Bless Kath xx
http://kath-mysimplerhymes2.blogspot.com/

Astaryth said...

It was wonderful to see an entry from you. Hang in there, take it easy, and we look forward to seeing those Halloween pics.

moshell's lilbit of space said...

Love you.....prayers for you always.

Nancy said...

So good, and a relief, to see you posting. Take your time healing...
Love,
Nancy

Dannelle said...

I am so very happy that you are back and doing well. We have missed you terribly. Crap, I'm ready to cry- love you and take care. Dannelle

Vicky said...

I am so sorry that happened to you how scary but,so happy you are still here and doing well I'll keep you in my prayers love v

Jan said...

Dear Donna my word what a shock that was ,you must take things slowly now and get better ,we cant be without you, so pleased they migrated your journal , ..love ya Jan xx

ADB said...

Good to hear from you, Donna. You are very lucky. Take it easy.

Guido

michele said...

oh donna i am so glad to hear you are doing ok. Sending lots of healing thoughts and a great big (gentle) {{{{{{HUG}}}}}} take it easy mrs t xx

Ann LRD said...

Here I am crying like a baby! I am so happy you are alive first anf for most!!!!!! About your son .... more tears .... I have one of those young sons who watches over his mom and wants her to stay around a while longer. So boy that one hit my heart strings! Then the big topping for the heart was they saved your beloved Journal. More tears of happiness.

Gentle Hugs and love,
Ann LRD (Little Running Deer)

k2shine said...

ahhhhhhhhhhh she's back. Yanno when I saw you come online sat i got all welded up, yet I still found myself coming to your site here wanting you to blog even thou we im'd. Then I had to go over and lite candles for you on the candle site. Thank you my friend, thank you doctors and the greatest physician of all, Our Heavenly Father!

Bridgett said...

Oh D. Honey, it's so good to hear from you.

When I read what had happened, I think I nearly had a heart attack. I immediately told Brit and she posted a very sweet blog entry for you.

You gave us all a good scare, but I'm so glad you're okay. I see it hasn't changed your sense of humor. ;)

We love you!

Take VERY good care!!!

XOXOXO,
Bridgett

CntryMomma said...

Sooo sooo glad you had an excellent surgeon who was able to help bring ya back to ya! Take care of you!!

LORI

Lori said...

Donna, I've been on vacation and didn't know anything about your surgery until catching up with Guido today. I'm sorry you had to go through that, but so glad that the surgery went well and you had so much support and good medical staff. And I'm very glad your journal got transferred. What a nice gift for you to come home to. Take care, and I look forward to more posts from you. But take your time and don't overdo.

Jeannette said...

You scared me more than any halloween ghost could have done when you sent the email saying you'd had a heart attack. I'm just so happy you're here to tell the tale Donna! It was so good to see an update from you when I got home, we really can't take life for granted can we? I'm still keeping you in my prayers.... probably for ever now! Now, cut down on those steaks ~ more white meat and plenty of veg please and cut down on salt too, I want you around for quite a while longer! Take care of yourself, don't overdo things and get plenty of rest and gentle exercise! I think that covers it! Love Jeannette xx

Jeannette said...

Forgot to say I'm so happy your journal got imported! Jeannette xx

ADM DESIGN'S said...

Glad to see you here. Its good to see an update from you. Glad you're og and recovering. Take care of yourself and dont rush your recovery. Hugs, Alvia

Martha said...

Now that I see you've posted I know you really are feeling better! It's so good to see you here! I am so thankful that you made it through this. I have tons of questions for you about it, but all in good time. Like I've said in emails, just rest, rest, rest and do whatever the doctor tells you too!
We're going on a total health kick together - nope, you have no choice so don't argue with me ;-) I take what happened to you as a huge warning for myself too. Our families do still need us - we have to do what we have to do for them if we won't do it for ourselves.
Love, hugs and continued prayers!

Indigo said...

Scary hon! I'm not surprised your son stepped up to the plate, I would expect nothing less of him. Paul wasn't too happy the surgeon said that to your family. I get it, he doesn't. Then again he's back to smoking.

Take care of yourself hon, your loved and missed. However I would rather you get yourself well, before returning. We'll all be waiting here with open arms. (Hugs)Indigo

Hollie said...

I'm so happy that you are doing as well as you are. You just take care & know that you are in my thoughts & prayers!! Bless your son's heart! He sounds like such a good son!

HUGS:)

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

Dear, dear D, I am just so thankful and praising the Lord or whatever that you are still among us. I know how very, very serious this all was and that you are so lucky to still be among us. I've been thanking God every day since I heard that you were able to get this all taken care and are still here to talk about it. Love you! It looks like your journal migrated, comments, pictures, tags and all. LOL...I know when you feel better, you'll be changing the template on it but it's here. Guido found it...bless him.

You take care of yourself. Thank you for updating and know that you are soooooo loved.

Sonya said...

Donna, I'm so glad you are ok. Big hugs and many prayers of thanks to God for taking care of you. They say a heart attack for women can be so different. Like hurting in your shoulder or hurting in your jaw. Etc. I wonder if you felt any of that. I'm just glad you are ok.
Sonya

Debbie said...

Donna it is so good to hear from you. I'm so thankful you are still here with us but... damn woman don't you worry about us just rest and get yourself on the mend. I know your son must be so worried about you bless his heart no matter how old we are we need our Mom. That's great news that they were able to get your journal migrated. Rest, take it easy, we'll be hear when you feel like updating.
Love ya
Debbie

Beth said...

Glad you're back! Take care of yourself and I know you'll be up and running soon!

Sharon said...

I was so hoping you would recover quickly....yeah, it'll be a long recovery but do take it easy and follow orders! Glad to see you back online and in good spirits.

Robin said...

You and Sam will do anything for a little extra attention! Just teasing...I am sooooo glad you are okay! What a scare for you, your family and all of us! The net has been on fire with chatter over you...you are so special to so many. You take it easy and take good care of you, we will be here when you are up to it.

Missed you...

Kathy said...

I am so very happy to see you are feeling well enough to post an entry.

Take care of yourself.

Keeping you in my prayers.

madcobug said...

Glad to see you back Donna. My prayers will continue to be with you. Hugs, Helen

gina said...

so glad to see a post from you! and glad that you are feeling some better. take it slow and take care of yourself and post when you feel like it. we'll all be here waiting on ya. :)

lisa jo said...

Guido did an entry about your blog.
I am so glad you are going to be ok...i was worried sick..kept asking Chris about you..she was worried sick too! Now i know i had reason to worry! Take it easy and know we are here for you in ANY way! LOVE YOU!!!

Yasmin said...

Great to hear from you Donna and so glad that everything went well with the operation, and you are now recuperating. Take all the time it takes, and glad your journal was finally transfered over I did see it and the comments are there as well.

Yasmin
xxx

Linda's World said...

So happy to hear that you made a good decision in going to the hospital & that now you're doing well. It's good to live in this day & age when we have access to good medical care. Praying for a speedy & full recovery. Linda in Washington state

MariesImages said...

Glad to see you posting again, that means your feeling better.
I read your entry but when I got down to the part where your son tells you he still needs you, well, I did get teary eyed.
AND I love what your doctor said!!! I just love his honesty~
Welcome back, Donna, we missed you DEARLY!

kelly said...

very scary.. glad to hear you're doing better. I had to laugh too at the smoking comment.. just my sick sense of humor.. get well soon.. take care
kelly~

Barbara said...

Praising God all worked out like it did!! And praying for your quick and full healing, along with all the strength you need to make any necessary lifestyle changes.

Terri said...

((((((((((Donna))))))))))))

I was so worried about you...
Thank the Lord you are okay!!!

What you said about your son and how he reacted..just brought tears to my eyes...aww!!

Take care of yourself and know we are here for you always!

Love ya!
Terri

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hugs my friend, welcome back and take it easy.

Linda said...

Love you lady....I need you too!

Love & Pooh Hugs,
Linda

Traci said...

It moves me to read what your son said. I'm so glad you are recovering. No words left, just sending blessings to you!

Kathy said...

Tears in my eyes to read your words and know that you are going to be okay. You know what you did to deserve such a great son? You've been a great Mom!

You are missed and while you recover remember only good thoughts come your way.

Glad your journal made it over too. ;)

Coelha :B said...

How very scary for you and your family! I'm glad you are doing well now--take good care of yourself!! Hugs - Julie

Valerie said...

I'm so glad you are going to be well. You are lucky and I'm sure you will be living each day with that in mind. You are such a cool person and the lord certainly wasn't ready to let you join him yet cause you have lots left to do here. Take it easy and come back when you are ready.

Allison said...

I am so very happy that it wasn't a lot worse for you. You will be ok and be able to be the same Donna, and maybe even a better one but I doubt that is possible. You make so many happy with your kindness and I just wish you a happy and nice recovery. Luv ya!

Angel said...

I'm so glad to see an entry from you!!
I am happy to hear that you had wonderful doctors and that you will be alright now!!
Big hugs,
Angel

Veronica B. EDMD said...

D!!

Let me know if there is anything I can do for you being I am here, somewhat local. I wish youu all the best for a speedy recovery! Having worked with CV surgery patients, the first six months are the worst... it does get better!

You're in my thoughts...

Veronica

Rose~* said...

Welcome back (((DONNA))) - you were missed! Sending prayers and hugs to you. Take it easy on Blogger, ey? They won't run away anytime soon. You need time to heal and recover from that heart surgery. Your fans will wait~*

Donna - DBP said...

Good grief! I thought I wasn't hearing from you because my alerts were screwed up. Soooo glad to know you are okay, Donna, and that the doctor took care of you. Now, take care of yourself and put us on the back burner. We will be here when you are feeling stronger. Gosh. I am still stunned to know how close we came to losing you.

Big hug and my prayers,
Donna

Lainey Laine said...

This is the best entry I have ever seen. It means you are ok! It means you are back. Im so so pleased that you are ok hun. Been thinking about you. You poor poor love what a thing to go through. Now you listen to those doctors, y'hear!! You got to take it easy and make sure you rest!! Lots of hugs coming your way.

So glad your journal is found for you hun. I know how much it means to you.

Lots of love and hugs.
Laine xxxxxxxxx
http://lainey-lainesworld.blogspot.com/

Joan said...

So glad you are OK. My hubby had a bypass 11 years ago. His symptoms were the same as yours Christmas day after lunch bad indigestion no heart attack. His Doctor said you don't smoke and Stu said yes I do the doc then said you don't smoke and he has never had another one. Take care and take it easy Love Joan.

LYN said...

i was so happy when nancy contacted me and let me know..i did not blog about it because i did not have permisssion i was just happy to hear you were recovering with your beautiful family..I can only imagine what you have been through..bought a tear to my eye what you said about your son...you are right..a wake up call..take care of YOU..you are loved by so many.. including me..be well my friend...

Linda said...

I am so very glad to hear that you are doing better. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself. Linda

Sherry said...

my heart and prayers are with you I hope you have a quick recovery
hugs
Sherry
http://onebiteonestepatatime.blogspot.com/

Stephycce said...

I am so glad your doing better!
Now take care of yourself.
*hugs*

sheri said...

Donna,
I am so glad that you took your symptoms seriously. Woman have different symptoms than men and tend to ignore them..I'm so glad you didn't.
Praying for a quick recovery for you.
It brought tears to my eyes reading about your son..He is a true blessing.
Hugs, Sheri

Mari said...

wow Donna ....I was thinking about you yesterday ...I had not seen you post anything and just knew something was wrong. I used to work in the Heart Cath Lab ...I have been called for emergency heart caths ...at all time of the day night and middle of the night.

Glad you are home ...just take things easy

Hugs Mari

Carolina said...

Ohh Donna, I didnt know what happened, I knew you had been gone and was worried. Im so glad you went to ER when you did and had great docs and got it fixed. I know it had to have been scary. Glory be to God, your ok now-rest and take it easy and hugs to you and your family.

Joyce said...

You are in my prayers GF. What a wonderful son and how that must have made you feel. Tears here.
Prayers, Joyce

Gerry said...

A comment to say that your HAttack was a shock. I am so glad you have come through it enough to update. My gosh. A hard year I would say, a stressful year saying goodbye to a sister and possibly more stress than we know. Gerry

Linda :) said...

I'll be waiting for those Halloween pictures... :)
Take care of you and I'm so glad you are ok.....

Linda S. Socha said...

Heard about you from Indigo...What a blessing that you are doing ok. I can see you are loved and cared about and needed here!
Linda

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh I am so thankful you are okay and you are still here! I'll be saying prayers for you and for a wonderful recovery and just know we are all here for you!!!!!
Hugs,
Lisa

Chrissie said...

Gosh you had me bawling at your son. I know that it was so scary to him with you all loosing your sister the pain is still fresh and he sees first hand what it's like to be without your mom. I'm so happy that you have him to help you do what you need to do to change. I thought the smoking question was funny myself too. Just rest everyone will still be here. This is one of my fears especially since I care for my grandson that something will happen and he'll be here alone with me pasted out. My mother had several heart attacks, but she was a chain smoker. I have never smoked, but of course was raised around a mother who thought nothing of it until I got old enough to tell her to take her smoke somewhere else. I'm just happy that you were so lucky and were able to get treatment so quickly. Get better soon.
Take care and Hugs, Chrissie

lisa jo said...

i can not remember if i made a comment so i am making another one. Sigh.
Guido posted that your blog had migrated..i do not know a Vish...i was SOSOSOSO happy that it made it over here!!!!! Thank God!
i love you so much and i thank God YOU are ok now and will get stronger. Take it easy! I can just imagine the scare your son got..he loves his mom VERY MUCH...and i know your parents and siblings also are so glad you will heal. If i can do anything, D, i will. I love you.

Connie said...

SO GLAD TO SEE A POST FROM YOU.I COULDN'T GET ONLINE THROUGH MY AOL -FINALLY GOT ON WITH IE AND SAW YOUR POST.WHAT AN ORDEAL YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH.I USED TO SMOKE-4 PACKS A DAY..AT TODAYS PRICES WE'D BREAK THE BANK...STILL HAVE THE CRAVING FOR ONE..BUT KNOW WE'RE HEALTHIER FOR QUITTING.MANY HUGS BEING SENT TO YOU D -SOOO GLAD YOU'RE ON THE MEND.

CONNIE

Meg said...

donna, Donna, DONNA! My goodness, don't you know better than to go around having heart attacks? I mean, that's scary stuff! ((((Donna)))) I'm so glad you are on the mend. I found out a few days ago, and I've talked to God about you, and I expect a full recovery, and an even fuller life from here on out!

Brittany said...

Yup! The Sabes are right below us!! NOT TOO SHABBY!!!

Hope you are resting well!
We miss you.

XOXO

Slacker Mom said...

Donna.....so glad, like EVERYONE else, that you are on the mend!

I think it would be pretty interesting, since they say women have DIFFERENT heart attack symptoms than men, if you would post everything that alarmed you. Indigestion, although a pain in the butt, is mistaken so much for early signs of heart failure.

If you feel up to it, at a later date, I know I'd be extremely interested in what exactly sent you to the E.R.~I'm a procrastinator, so, I'd chuck it all up to bad taco's!

Again, glad you are feeling better. That was some MAJOR surgery!
hugs

Carlene Noggle said...

Oh hon,I am so sorry that you had to go through this...the main thing is that you CAME THROUGH IT and are here for your son and family and all of us here who love you.
God bless and keep you.
love
carlene

ELLIE said...

girlfriend - I could just hug hug hug you - so good to see you - you take the time you need - no one is going anywhere - be good to yourself and give your son A HUGE hug for being the great kid he is!!!
take care of you - and if you need anything - I am here!!!
((((HUGS)))
Ellie

Martha said...

Just checking in and impatiently waiting for another entry - we miss you around here! Hope there was more nice weather in store for you today, and hope you are feeling lots better! Hugs!

Hollie said...

I have thought about you soooo much today! I hope are continuing to improve. I miss you soooo much!!!! HUGS:)

Pamela said...

I'm so glad you are back. You'll need time to rest and recover. Don't overdue things, ok? I am so glad you went to the ER and got everything taken care of in a timely manner. Thank GOD!
Love you, Pam xoxox

Jeanie said...

Dear Donna,
I was quite shocked to find out today that you have been so ill and had such a near miss!
I had no idea until I visited Indigo's journal and began to read backwards to catch up with her entries, only to find one of those entries about yourself.
I am so very glad that everything turned out so well and that you are on the road to recovery. I will keep you in my prayers my dear friend. Now that I have found you again I hope I don't loose you. Little things like opening up childproof bottle tops can become such a frustration..I know!
There will come a day when you will be able to swivvel them off like the rest of us..just you look after YOU for now and let someone feel good about helping you open those little pesky bottles. Lol!
Much love
Jeanie xxxxxxx

Carolina said...

You are in my prayers hon-hugs and love to u

SweetSouthernPearl51 said...

Donna, it's Carla! Took me a long time to locate you again after AOL shutdown... only to learn your health news. I am SO HAPPY you are on the mend! Happy to have found you again as well! Take care! Hugs, Carla

campbell.carla5@gmail.com

Michelle said...

Donna,

You've been in my thoughts and prayers, and I'm so thankful to have found this entry from you and so very relieved. Please take care and allow yourself time to heal.

Hugs of strength to you, my friend.