Cardiac Rehab

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/31/2016

First day of official rehab! Nancy has been building her strength and stamina with twice daily walks in the neighborhood. 5000 steps yesterday! She’s, well, she’s incredible!!

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Our Evening Stroll

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/24/2016

Nancy continues to recover here at home. She remains an amazing and patient, well, patient. There have been a few wee bumps along the road to recovery — namely a bit of an infection and a whole lot of hives from a new antibiotic — but, to no one’s surprise, she has persevered.

First day of cardiac rehab earlier today. She had to take a 6 minute walk while they monitored her heart. That led quite seamlessly to a 60 minute nap upon returning home.

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We also went on a short walk together this evening on our block. She’s looking pretty amazing, don’t you think??? 🙂

I’m just happy she’s alive, happy she’s home, and happy she’s getting stronger every day.

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We’re Home

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/18/2016

A two week period of our lives we won’t soon forget even though there a some days in the beginning that Nancy won’t remember. I have new found awe for the brain and the heart and the way we humans tick. Also thankful for all the medical advances that kept my beautiful bride alive. Not to mention her amazing caregivers.

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Nancy will do some outpatient cardiac rehab and, naturally., we have a few follow-up appointments in the coming weeks. The doctor who discharged Nancy today encouraged her to get back to her normal life and activities as soon as she is able. Amazing.

Thank you all for your written support. It means a lot to me; I know it means even more to Nancy.

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Going Home Tomorrow!

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/18/2016

Nancy continues to heal and get stronger each day. Her ICD is in place, and it’s time to go home. Together. The very best of “outcomes,” as they seem to say in medicine.

Bailey, one of the hospital therapy dogs, called on Nancy yesterday soon after her procedure. Ok, maybe a little more like pawed on. And there mighta been a little dog slobber in there somewhere, too. And everybody’s heart was just a little better for it. That’s Tina in the middle and the dog owner on the left. Woof woof!!

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Hospital Song of Blessing

CaringBridge journal entry by Nancy Aarsvold — 8/17/2016

Hello all —

The chaplain here at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Bill Dexheimer Pharris, came to visit me yesterday, and we had such a nice chat about the Nordic countries, films, and music, as well as about healing and life changes. When he left, he sang me a really beautiful blessing, and I thought many of you might enjoy it as well.

 

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Procedure Successful

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/16/2016

Nancy is back up in her room after a by all accounts successful ICD procedure. She had conscious sedation for this and seems to be enjoying a sweet afternoon nap while she recovers. The docs told her to just take it easy the rest of the day.

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Yesterday we wheelchaired down to the 4th floor ICU and found Nancy’s nurse, Nicky, from her first two overnights in the ICU. Nancy doesn’t remember those nights, of course, but Nicky certainly remembered Nancy!! I’ll let the photo tell the rest of the story….. I stood there and cried like big baby pretty much –tears of gratitude and thankfulness for such extraordinarily kind and skilled caregivers.

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