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post #1 of 82 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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My Surgery is Scheduled!

Well, for those of you that know about my heart valve problem and for those that don't, I had more tests done yesterday at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. The valve is definitely in the severe stage and has to be replaced ASAP.
I go in for a heart cath on the 10th, see the surgeon on the 11th and more tests, and the surgery on the 12th. I will be glad when this is over. At least there are not giving me much time to stew over it--but I am scared to death. I am not to exert myself in any way, must walk at a slow pace (really hard for me) shouldn't be carrying Rosie around in my arms, etc.

We are going to Knoxville next weekend for a grandson's wedding then back to Nashville and check into a hotel. I don't know what to do about Rosie. My DIL will keep her once we get back to Nashville; but don't know what to do in Knoxville. Leaving her in a kennel that long is not an option. We won't be coming back to Paris until I get released from the hospital. And as bad as I don't want to, I think I will try to get her to the groomer next week and get a puppy cut. My DIL has three children (one a new baby) so she doesn't have time to brush Rosie and she is really going through another matting stage. So puppy cut seems the only option as I don't want her to get so matted that she would have to be shaved. But the good news is that I won't be trying to get someone to give me a cigerette all the time I am in the hospital. God I could realy use one now though; but I am going to stick it out.
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Lucille, I know you must be frightened and I wish I was closer, I'd love to help and keep Rosie for you. Sending hugs and prayers your way

They say you recover from illness and surgery faster when you don't smoke, something about the oxygen help move healing along. If you have to crack, have a lozenge, or take a nap w/ Rosie.

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I'm so glad to hear things are finally moving forward and there's a definate plan of action. And Rosie's gonna be adorable in her puppy cut. All will be well, very soon, Lucile! You know we will all be praying for your speedy recovery, and we're a powerful bunch! Happy New Year! You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Have your daughter keep us posted on you, K?!

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Hi Lucile, we'll all be praying for your fast recovery!!!

Rosie won't mind a short "do" for a while, and as Dexter's mom always reminds us, "Hair grows"! If you want her long again, you can let her grow out. In the mean time, even when you get home from the hospital, I'm betting you won't be wanting to keep up with all that hair for a while! I love Kodi's coat, but if I were in your position, I'd do the same thing.

Can you kennel her just while you're at the wedding then have your DIL pick her up from the kennel? Another thought is to ask your vet if they know anyone who does in-home care. That's what I do with Kodi when we have to go away without him.

Good for you for sticking with your no-smoking. I'm sure it's extra hard when everything is so stressful, but you're so much better off for it!

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Lucile - I am adding my healing thoughts and prayers for your speedy recovery as well. I am also glad this is now scheduled and that you don't have long to think about it. The sooner it is done, the sooner you can recover and walk with Rosie and do your other activities. I love the long coat on the Havs too, but like Karen said, if I was facing what you are, Augie would get cut into a puppy cut as well. You never know - you may both prefer it after it is done! And, yes, please ask your daughter to keep us updated.

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My prayers are with you Lucile.

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I will be praying for you and your family Wishing you a speedy and uncomplicated recovery!

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Lucile - I pray you have a speedy recovery. Rosie will be adorable in a puppy cut. It will also be easier for you to maintain while you mend....


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As frightening as what you're facing is, looking forward to it is more stressful. I'm glad they'll be doing it soon. Add my prayers to the group for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery. You've done yourself such a favor by stopping smoking.

Sending hugs your way. I, too, wish I were closer to be able to help.

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My brother in law had the same surgery several years ago and is doing great. He got the pig valve instead of the artificial one. How about you? He is back to regular activities. I know you will be fine. If you need a kennel in Knoxville, let me know. My son and his wife live there and use one they really like. Use this time to be lazy and let others take care of you. Good luck!

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