Sett i gang 2 is available on Amazon!

What a difference a few months can make! On the morning of August 5, I had just updated my author biography for the upcoming release of the second edition of Sett i gang 1, the first book in our introductory Norwegian curriculum. Suffering from the effects of a bad cold, I was working from the couch with my Mac laptop, covered up with a blanket on a warm summer day. I felt a little bit funny and could smell something burning. Of course, I googled something like “what does it mean when you smell burnt toast,” but that is the last thing I remember before my cardiac arrest.

Anyway, not to revisit that whole thing again, but I didn’t really get to enjoy that book release as I normally would. That’s why it feels especially good today, exactly five months later, to finish the second edition of Sett i gang 2, the second book in our introductory Norwegian curriculum.

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It was really good for me to get back to work on the Sett i gang project once I was home from the hospital and starting to feel better. In fact, it was a type of cognitive rehab for me to accompany my physical cardiac rehab program. In the beginning, I tired easily, but after a few weeks I was able to work more normally again. My co-author Kari has been very patient as I worked my way from being a patient to a full-fledged colleague again. We were also very fortunate to have two incredible graphic designers working with us – Laura for the first three chapters and Erika for the rest. We appreciate their talent and dedication to the project.

And just in case you are interested in learning some Norwegian, here are the links to Amazon where the books can be purchased:

Update on Nancy’s MRI

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 10/21/2016

Nancy received a written report yesterday that her cardiac MRI is normal. We give thanks for that. As expected, there are parts of her heart that can’t be seen clearly because of her defibrillator. So this is good news on Nancy’s continued road to recovery. She says, “Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.”

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Update from Nancy & Steph

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 10/18/2016

Week by week, Nancy has continued her amazing recovery. The proof is in the pictures! We just finished walking 5.2 miles from our house to Longfellow Grill via Summit Avenue. We are ecstatic to be sitting outside for supper in mid October!!!

Last week Nancy had an appointment with the electrophysiology cardiologist (the doc who placed her defibrillator before she left the hospital in August), and he discovered her kidney numbers were back to normal and her heart MRI could be scheduled. So she will have that tomorrow afternoon already. Please hold her extra tight in your thoughts and prayers for both a calm and easy test as well as a NORMAL result. We are not sure if we will get results tomorrow or not.

Thanks to all for your continued support. We are grateful for each day, each other and all of you!

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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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Getting an ICD Tomorrow

CaringBridge journal entry by Nancy Aarsvold — 8/15/2016

Hi all!

This is Nancy again. Thank you for your comments, your encouragement, and your prayers! The support from our various communities has given us strength and courage in the midst of a difficult couple of weeks.

I’m doing better here at the hospital this week; I still don’t have much of an appetite, but I have been able to sleep a little more. Otherwise, I have been doing physical and occupational therapy daily and spending time with family and friends. Today, the chaplain stopped by, and he sang a little blessing for us at the end. He had such an amazing singing voice, so I will ask him next time whether I can make a brief 15-second recording so you can hear it too.

Tomorrow, the docs are going to do a procedure to give me an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator). It is a procedure that they do all the time here, so it should go smoothly. We’re hoping to be able to go home on Wednesday or Thursday, and I will start outpatient cardiac rehab at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

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Below are some links about Sudden Cardiac Arrest if you are interested in learning more:

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Much love from
Nancy, Stephanie, and families

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We love these guys!!

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/10/2016

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And two of Nancy’s doctors — Doctor Brett in the white coat and Doctor Jason. These two guys are Fellows here and were the ones who talked with us the most about various important decisions on Friday. Doctor Brett was also the doctor standing at her foot of Nancy’s bed and calling the shots when she arrested in the ICU. You could feel good putting your life in their hands, and they are both just very compassionate human beings.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings. Nancy and Steph

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Cardiovascular ICU Graduate

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay – 8/10/2016

Nancy moved up to the 6th floor later this afternoon. Hurray! MRIs have been moved to tomorrow. She’s one very entertaining patient. And, as the evening nurse said to the overnight nurse, Nancy has a very loving and involved family. Indeed.

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Must sleep so will rely on a few photos this entry. Nancy with her nurse from 3 am last night to 3 pm this afternoon, Katie. Check out those gorgeous pigtails!!

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