GOOD News to Share!!

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 1:13pm

Seems to me that every now & then, we need to have GOOD news...& I have some to share.

As I've said before, we dearly love our in-law children, consider ourselves lucky to have such good partners for our children. (for the record-we automatically distrusted the guys our dd's dated in high school-but got over that when they got older).

Our oldest dd's husband was found to be missing an important valve in his heart-when he was about 40years old & having a routine medical exam. He doesn't fit the image of a heart patient-he's tall, well-built (not fat, but definitely not skinny or frail) & very lively-he will try anything. Fortunately they live in Ottawa-& the Ottawa Heart Institute is world-famous, so he was deemed a candidate for corrective surgery. Our poor dd was upset-they have 3 beautiful children-& after going through Adam's Open Heart Surgery with us-very frightened. Dates were picked-plans were made (she is very organized-so I'm thinking she had everything written down & ready). With Adam so frail-I could not be there-but I sent cookies & muffins & meals. His parents drove through a snow storm to be there for their son (& to deliver my goodies)-he was prepped-ready-surgery delayed. Twice this happened-but finally, last Friday, it was to be done-for sure! We've been following it all via internet & phone-discharge date was to be tomorrow if he managed to follow their recovery protocol.

I got a message today-he is home-a mere 3 1/2 days post op! As she said "Superman is Home". Now it will be difficult to keep him still, especially as he recovers more & more!

And THAT is my good news-my news to share with you. But I would like to hear good news from others. We got some of the snow forecast-but not freezing rain. And until tomorrow-it IS still Winter, so I shouldn't whine & snivel too much. Wink

Nora

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 2:14pm

That's great news!

I guess I'll go on the medical bent - ds found out 2 weeks ago that he has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Hypermobility type, which sounds pretty bad, but of the 5 types, it's the least severe and does not affect lifespan.  It often is accompanied by a bad aortic valve - he had an echo and his heart is 'better than average' (of people who do NOT have EDS) so that's my good news.

Sue

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 4:59pm

Hmmm-well, I guess if you have to get something like Ehlers-Danlos-I guess it is best you get the version that is least problematic. Has anyone else in the family ever had this? My books say it is a genetic disease-I'm thinking probably recessive gene.

But, Suzy-thank you for continuing my "Good News Theme". I very carefully did not mention my sil's open heart until it was done & he was home...I did not want to seem to be a "Bad News Nellie" who constantly looked for P & PT. Bad enough when I must for Adam.

Nora

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 7:30pm

They did ask - we're not aware of anyone in the family with this syndrome (and when it's passed down, it's passed in the same form). So it must've been recessive...  It's just another thing to add to the fibromyalgia diagnosis. He has an appt 4/1 with a PT to get a personal program set up - instead of going for PT appts they'll just set him up with something he does on his own, which I'm sure will be more convenient for him (he tried myofascial therapy and said it didn't work that well for himm) - this will build muscle to take the pressure off the joints. 

As on all medical things, such is life sometimes...sometimes ups, sometimes not so much.

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 8:02pm

Congrats Nora on your SIL's excellent recovery. That is very good news & must be a lot of weight off of everyone. Sad to hear about your DS's diagnosis, Sue but at least he can take steps to deal with it. Has he considered yoga for the FMS? My DS swears by it along with keeping in shape, eating well & of course getting the proper rest.

I will continue the good news. Sandy has made it to week 29 with baby still baking as she calls it. Doctor said that she could even go full term but they don't really expect it. She is still having a lot of contractions but hasn't gone into labour yet & is starting to be positive. She is nesting too. She re-did Noah's room last week while he was with us. Poor SIL had to paint, move furniture including a couple of bookcases. She was going through her baby stuff yesterday & asked me to come in to help her set up the nursery next week. I don't have time to do any sewing with the shower on Sat taking up all my time but now I have the go ahead so I will start when I return from her place. I do have somethings I have brought for the baby & I think she will be ok with getting them now. Nora, I have the cutest diaper bag which includes a basinette which I brought in Westport last June hoping I would have a grandchild this year.

Dee

 

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 9:52pm

Westport is the BEST place to shop. I used to love going up there to visit Oxygen patients-I'd do my work & then go around to the little stores.

That is good news about Sandy, Dee. Are they true contractions or are they Braxton-Hicks? No matter-as long as baby stays where he/she belongs for a few more weeks! Now you can sew & sew & sew...!

Nora (ps-what is with this "New & Improved" iVillage? I tried several times to both post my original & then to respond to Suzy-tonight poof-on almost immediately.)

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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 1:37am

I love good news! 

My good news here is that tomorrow is my daughter Amy's final day of pre-requisites before she enters nursing school (hopefully this fall).  I am so proud of her.  She has pervered and chased her dream.  Being a full time mom, full time student, and holding a full time job has certainly not been an easy journey.  And I'm sure nursing school will not be easy... but good golly, she has made it this far.  Just had to brag a little!

Janet

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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 8:59am

  My good news is DD2 went back to work today.  It is a teacher's training day so she still has another day before she has to deal with the kids. We could tell there was a big difference in how she was feeling yesterday compared to previous. 

  Also today is Stephanie's 30th birthday.  I am not old enough to have a 30 year old DD.

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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 10:16am

I love the Village Green in Westport. I remember when they opened & were so reasonable. They have become a trendy store now but still have some different things at good prices. DH used to restrict my visits to once a mth when we had a farm at Elgin.

These are the real contractions. I asked the same question as you did & the dr says they aren't B&Hs. She gets some of those but she says they are much easier to deal with than the oh my god, doubled over in pain what doesn't stop for a min or two. They expect that it's the progesterone suppositiories & the rest that are making the difference to her. It's wonderful because the doctor didn't really expect her to make 26 wks and the baby develops more as each week passes. It's an active little one constantly moving & kicking/punching during the day but thankfully seems to sleep at night.

Dee

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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 11:00am

Janet-WOW for Amy! That is good news & worthy of a "mom-brag". Nursing is a Good Profession-& opens the door to so much once the novelty of shifts & bedside work wears off!

'Nester-glad DD2 is able to return to her normal life. Hard to have that operation as an adult-kids recover so much faster!

Dee-last time we went to Westport, it was with Mom, Adam & Mike-all of whom hate shopping-so I didn't get to do any. We should meet up there when Spring finally arrives in Eastern Ontario! I'm sorry Sandy has to endure the contractions-but sounds as if the baby is doing well.

I'm like Janet-I do love me a "Good News" Post! Nora

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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 5:50pm

Good to  hear everyone's good news!  My good news is that I managed to actually do a walk with my walking club friends yesterday.  I had to stop walking for quite a number of weeks when my hip and knees just weren't functioning well with the polymyalgia.  I managed to walk not a really long walk, but much longer than I could before I started taking the Prednisone.  And we are having a super first day of spring with a high temperature of 10 C. (50 F.) and the sun is shining and it just feels so good to feel that warmth!  (I won't mention what weather we are to get tomorrow...that would be less than good news!  But here's a hint - s--w - you fill in the blanks!).

Shirley

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