Ailing mother.......

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Blog entry by Grant Davis posted 04-28-2008 08:24 PM 1017 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last week, my mom (Mary) has been having some breathing problems associated with fluid around her heart. She was first trying to convince herself that she had pneumonia, but after three doctors visits, she was convinced to have a heart cath(she can be quite stubborn). She has been dealing with a leaking heart valve for > 12 years and it’s finally decided to give her some problems. The heart cath was performed on Friday morning and the doctor informed me that she has three blockages (one artery completely blocked and two blocked at > 80%). In addition to the blockages and leaky valve, he said that she had suffered a heart attack in the past week. The last test he had performed on her in his office a couple of months ago showed her heart functioning at 55% and on Friday it was functioning at 25%. They decided that she would need surgery at the Ross Heart Hospital next week and transported her from the Cambridge Hospital on Friday evening to Columbus by way of ambulance.

Her doctor came in yesterday and told her that her surgery would not be until Wednesday morning. He has three heart surgeries already scheduled on Monday (each taking 6 hours). Her surgery will be the first on Wednesday. Mom told him that she’d rather wait until he was well rested :-) He wants to take the extra days to continue to get the fluid off of her and make her heart stronger for the surgery. After meeting her heart doctor I have been very impressed with him. He spoke with us for over 20 minutes, and was very patient with all the questions. Of course, mom is understandably nervous, but she’s in very good hands. She told the technician who gave her a chest Xray on Friday night that she thought everyone in that hospital must take happy pills because they are all so kind, caring and friendly.

Once her surgery is over, she will be in the hospital for one week to 10 days with 6-12 weeks recovery to follow.

My mom is now 75 years old and has only been retired for 2 years. She does have longevity on her side as my grandmother will be 102 in June.

Prayers would be greatly appreciated.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 08:29 PM

best wishes and thoughts go to your mom, your family, and the surgeons! I, too, hope they are well rested for the big day.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 08:40 PM

I’ll add her to my prayer list. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 04-28-2008 08:41 PM

My sweety spent the last four days down with her parents, her mom is going through pretty close to the same thing.

My thoughts are with you and her.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 04-28-2008 08:58 PM

What a heart wretching story. I would give anything to hug my mother one more time. You have been given that opportunity and I know you will not pass it by.
My prayers are with you and your mom for a speedy recovery and many happy years together.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#5 posted 04-28-2008 09:34 PM

Hope all goes well for you and Mom…... I know just what you are going through.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 04-28-2008 10:26 PM

My friend, you have my prayer for your mother, the doctor, and all the concerned family members. Sounds like she is in good hands.

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#7 posted 04-28-2008 11:26 PM

We’re here for you and praying for your mother. The waiting is often the worst part of the whole experience. Take care.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 04-29-2008 12:18 AM

Grant, Keep the faith, and our prayers are with your Mom and your entire family.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#9 posted 04-29-2008 12:31 AM

We’re with you man!

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#10 posted 04-29-2008 02:29 AM

Your Mom sounds like quite a woman.
Prayers and a lit candle at church for her- May God overlook her surgery.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#11 posted 04-29-2008 03:21 AM

May she heal well and quickly!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#12 posted 04-29-2008 04:03 AM

Prayers sent.

-- To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know. Unknown, on an empty C-ration box. Khe Sahn 1968

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#13 posted 04-29-2008 03:40 PM

I just went through heart surgery with 4 bypasses on April 10 and, of course, I am still recovering. I know what your mother is about to go through and my prayers are with her.

I am truly amazed at how quickly the human body can recover from such major surgery.

Encourage her to do exactly what the doctors tell her to do and her recovery should go fine.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#14 posted 04-29-2008 10:25 PM

A prayer was just sent – FedEx same-day!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#15 posted 04-30-2008 02:57 AM

You and your family are in our prayers Grant.


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