Friday, May 9, 2008

Disappearing Act!

Hopefully I haven't lost all my readers this week by being MIA. Sometimes life gets in the way of stamping! What is up with that? :)

The last week hasn't exactly been what I expected. I fully expected to post my blog candy in a picture, and also post the winner on Tuesday. But unforeseen events have kept me hopping this week and trying to catch up!

Last Saturday we had a big party here. It's an annual event, and one that is so easy to do, as we have been doing it for 16 years. My husband teaches Philosophy at the University here, and each spring, we have a cookout picnic for the students in the department. All the wives of the professors make something (we do the same thing every year so we don't even call to see who brings what anymore!), one professor provides the meat, another all the drinks, another the paper goods, and another the lawn chairs! It is a great system and we have it down pat. We always pray for good weather as 40-60 people gets a little crowded inside! But we have done it a couple of years when it has rained. We had perfect picnic weather this past Saturday, despite a Friday of cold, high winds and rain! Saturday brought sunshine and calm, and my crabapple trees cooperated and kept their beautiful blossoms for the day (they are now in the leaf stage - no more pink!).

The party started at 6 p.m. and was winding up around 10:30, with the last couple walking to their car around 10:40. Before they had even pulled out, I had my DH in our van and on the way to the ER. Just as the last couple was leaving he began having classic heart attack symptoms: pain in his chest, tingling and pain in his left arm, shortness of breath and a gray face! He had felt great all evening. My husband is one of the healthiest people I know -- he is almost the same weight as in high school, exercises every day, has low cholesterol, and the stamina and strength of an ox! But I didn't even hesitate for 2 seconds. We live less than 2 minutes from the hospital and I knew that if he could walk to the van, I could get him there quicker than calling an ambulance.

To make a REALLY long story shorter (or longer??) -- we got into the ER right away, they shot nitro under his tongue and he began to feel better right away. He thought he would be going home then (typical male patient.....lol) but I knew that would not be the case, as it was midnight and they would want to know what was causing the pain. Next day brought a heart cath, an EKG, a CAT scan and numerous blood tests. His cardiologist (whom I loved) came to see me in the waiting room after the heart cath and said he wished he had arteries that looked as good as DH's! So we knew there was no blockage, and I really didn't expect any, although you never know. So with all of the tests coming back clean as a whistle, they determined that he had pericarditis, which simulates heart attack symptoms, as it is the inflammation of the lining around the heart. It is caused by a virus - the same one that produces pleurisy in the lungs (which I have had twice and it hurts!) -- no known reason for getting the virus -- lots of possibilities. It can be very serious, and even life threatening if not caught quickly. After one day of antibiotics, he was back to normal - tired, but raring to go! He was discharged Monday night and Tuesday was back at work. I was trying to do catch up (and still am) for those days, but I am so thankful that it was something easily fixable and not cardiac intervention.

So -- I didn't get around to posting anything much during that time, and today is the first chance I have had to explain my disappearing act. I was able to post the last clue as I knew many were waiting for it, but it was a quick one!

This morning I find out that a tornado swept through my son's college town (kind of odd for NC, I think!) last night, so am waiting to hear from him. I am sure he is okay - he called last night to tell me he was outside watching..... BOYS AND MEN!!! SHEESH!

So thank you again to all who played in the Hunt. I will post a picture and the winner later today. And I hope to be able to stamp something, as it has been over a week! Thank you especially to those that sent emails, and were checking up on me! I so appreciated that, even though I haven't yet responded.

I hope you have an UNEVENTFUL day!! :)

18 comments:

Lorie said...

Oh, my goodness Judy! I think you've had enough excitement for a whole year! I'm so glad that both your husband and your son are safe! Have a great, calm, and relaxing weekend!

MelissaS said...

what a week you've had! May the next few days (at least) bring you calm and relaxation. I am glad to hear that all is well with you and yours after those frightening episodes! Stop and put your feet up for little bit - sounds like you deserve it.

Debi said...

I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now and it seemed so unusual that you hadn't posted. I even said a prayer for you. I'm glad that everyone is doing OK. Take some time to breathe...

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

OH Judy!!! Please don't worry about the blog..........that's the last thing you should waste any energy on!! I'm so glad your hubby is fine.........well, much better anyway!! Sounds like you need some much-needed and well-deserved vacation time!!! LOL Take care of YOU!! Hugs!!

Anne said...

Wow Judy, thankgoodness everything is okay now. What a lot to go through in such few days. Totally understand 'real life' is more important than 'cyber life'.
Hugs and prayers to your family.

Anonymous said...

The more days that past, i figured that there were issues. (Been there, done that) Now is the time to sit down, put your feet up, sigh a big sigh of relief, and say a prayer of thanksgiving. Glad that everything turned out okay.
cindyb

Judy in Indiana said...

Whew. I am glad it wasn't a heart attck, but still.....so glad they caught the pericarditis.

stampinsilvia said...

ohhhh Goodness gracious Judy! You have been busy! Glad to hear your hubby is okay and I hope your son is alright too! We had tornados here in VA too...very unusual...basement flooded, you know typical friday stuff! Glad to hear you're better! Have a blessed day and I hope it gets less hecktic for ya! It should, you are going on vacay!

Laurie in MN said...

You are smart to get your DH to the hospital and checked out. I am glad your husband's tests came back normal.

A young man doesn't think to call home. It means he is safe.

Lori Barnett said...

yikes! you poor thing! Your poor hubby....your family had some kind of week. Glad everything is working out and back on track.

Linsey said...

Wow, what an ordeal! I'm just relieved that he i aok now and that your party still went off w/out a hitch--with the exception of what followed, ofcourse. I hope you have a better weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day! I think you are just awesome!

nancy said...

When it rains... Have a happy Mother's Day on Sunday.

LeAnne said...

Praise the Lord they are both okay...my goodness, what an eventful week! Thanks for sharing this with us so we can keep them both in our prayers! Relax & enjoy & do your blog when you can.
LeAnne

peanutbee said...

Oh Judy, I'm sorry that your week was so rough. That's too much for just one week. Glad everyone is okay now. I hope you have a nice weekend that's relaxing and uneventful. Hugs, Denise

Anonymous said...

So sorry for this scary event with your husband and son, but glad it wasn't worse. Hope all goes well from here on.

Bev J. (Maxell on SCS)

java diva said...

Thank God for his timing to catch it soon enough and your husband is now ok!! PTL

Viv said...

So pleased to hear that all's well now with your family. WHAT a nightmare...but over now, thank goodness. Viv xx

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh my gosh, Judy!! What a time you have had. I'm so sorry that I am just now reading this, but so glad that things have turned out okay. Hugs to you and your family.