More Post Ablation......

Posted by: cheryl

The past couple of weeks have been interesting.  Most days I have felt wonderful, which may have attributed to me overdoing it and causing some not so good days.  Last week my heart was beating regular but fast, but it got back into rhythm after a couple hours.  I have had palpitations also, but those subside after a few minutes to a few hours.  Thanksgiving morning I was feeling so good that I got up and baked 2 pumpkin pies, made chex mix, homemade mashed sweet potatoes and a green bean casserole.  I was feeling fine until about 5 that evening, when the fast rate began and it finally went away overnight.  The son-in-law had killed a doe earlier that morning  for us to process for jerky and burger, but I was feeling so bad that evening that I was unable to do anything, but............my brother, brother-in-law and sister and sister-in-law stepped up and processed that deer for me.  MUCH APPRECIATED!!    I had been feeling so good that I probably overdid it Thanksgiving morning. Yesterday was my worst day so far. 
Well Friday night I had told the boys they could spend the night because I had felt so good.  Well they did and I guess it wore me out because after taking them home Saturday evening, we returned and I got in bed and on the cpap machine around 9:00pm , but the fast heart rate returned at 10:30.  It stayed that way til 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon.  My longest bout so far.  It was then slower but irregular.  This is a pattern that has gone on since the ablation, it speeds up, slows but irregular, then steady.  I called my Dr.'s nurse that was on call and she reassured me that this was totally normal during this "blanking period" (the first 3months  post-ablation).  I am gonna watch it from now on!!!!
I have my tree up, gifts wrapped and home decorated.  I put up the tree and wrapped the gifts so the boys could enjoy them.  Well, when they saw the gifts all I heard was "Can we open them?" hahaha...
NOPE!!  Told them they have to wait til Christmas.   Tried to explain to them that this was the fun time of anticipation of the Christmas season.
I also had ordered 2 postcards from "Santa".  Well while I was video calling them last night, their mom had got the mail and showed them their postcards and read to each of them what "Santa" had written.  The look on their faces was well worth the small amount it cost to send those cards!!!
Our baby grandson Dawson is scheduled to have surgery on December 1 to open up a ureter tube.  He has "caught" the cold that his brothers had earlier.  The daughter is at the Dr's office with him now to see if he can get any relief.  I hope this does not interfere with his scheduled surgery.  He is also cutting teeth.  Poor little guy.  But he is being a trooper through all of this.  
The sun is shining today so it is gonna be a great day..........Ritzywife out.............................


Blessed.......

Posted by: cheryl

Last evening was so nice, I just had to start a fire in the pit.  I find it so relaxing to sit in the quiet of the evening while the sun is setting and listen to a crackling fire.  I was sitting outside waiting on the son and Ritzy to get home for the evening.  Well, Ritzy called and he was running behind, but in his call he told me he was really blessed today.  He wasn't going to tell how me til he got home.....just wanted me to sit there and ponder what he said.  I had no way of knowing what he meant, so I just waited on him.  I already had supper cooked  and waiting on the stove.
Ritzy arrived home, he walked up to me and asked if I knew anything about "this".  Well "this" turned out to be a brand new $650.00 chainsaw that he was trying to save up for.  Bigger than the one he has now.  It seems that someone went to the place where Ritzy does his chain saw business and paid for him a new saw.  All he had to do was go pick it up!!!!  THAT IS AMAZING AND.......................  we serve an AWESOME GOD!!!
What I need to point out is back in the spring/summer someone stole one of Ritzy's best saws.  We just left it to God, and He replaced it with a bigger and better one!!  Praise God!!!
With that....Ritzywife is out...............................

POST ABLATION........

Posted by: cheryl

On November 3rd, I had my cardiac ablation procedure at St. Johns, Tulsa.  I arrived at the cath lab at 5:45 am.  At 6:00 am I was called back to start prepping for the procedure.  By 7:00 I was taken into the actual room where the procedure would take place for more prepping.  By 8:00 am the Dr had started.  I was "out' before he came in...................the next time I saw a clock  it was 12:00 noon and I was back in the room where I had started.  It had taken 4 hours.  I was taken back to recovery room where I had to wait 4 hours before they could remove sheaths from my legs.  That meant no movement from waist down while waiting.  After the sheaths were removed at 4 pm, they had to apply pressure on my legs for 30 minutes.  after this they took me to my hospital room.  I had to lay still with no movement from waist down til 9:00 that evening.  I think this was the hardest part of the whole procedure----laying still from noon til 9 that evening.  WOW!!   Poor Ritzy had experienced a long day of waiting and more waiting.   My Dr. said the procedure was successful.  I have had a few palpatations here and there, but that is to be expected after this procedure.  It usually takes up to 3 months to completely heal from something like this.  I feel really good.
I had to spend 2 nights in the hospital just to be monitored.  I was released at noon on Saturday, November 5th.  I just want to say that my care was excellent from the time I showed up early Thursday morning til I was wheeled out to my truck on Saturday!  They took great care of me and tried their best to see that my needs were met.
So, for this week I just have to take it easy, not lift anything over 5 lbs. or do any strenuous work.  I can't drive til Thursday, November 10th.  For someone who is used to coming and going as she pleases, this is not easy......
  Now on to those grandkids.............they keep asking when I am  gonna be better so they can come spend the night at Ni-maw's & P-pa's.  That's the first thing they ask me when I talk to them.  I just have to wait until I can handle two little rowdy boys.  I tell them Ni-maw is getting better every day and it will be soon when they can come stay with us overnight.  I miss them too!!!
Last week,  I had gone to Keri's and we had picked up the boys from school.  Somehow the conversation turned toward Calvin wanting to operate a crane with a big magnet on it.  We told the boys that those are used at "junk yards".  Then we had to explain that junk yards are where we put things that aren't any good anymore, or things we just don't want, or things that just don't work.  So Keri tells the boys that she will have to take them to a junk yard (meaning - so they can see one)....and from the back of the car, Braedy - with a very concerned voice says:  "Mom, don't junk us!"  At that point, Keri and I both lost it.  She and I  were laughing so hard there were tears.  Well, mama explained to her boys that she would never do that to them and that is not what she meant!!
They are so funny but yet so smart!!  They are loving Pre-K.  Braedy told his mom the other day that his teacher Ms. Pittman knows everything.  That is the attitude to have if you are going to learn anything anywhere.  He has confidence in his teacher.....
Later...............Ritzywife out...............................

Aww "Woodchips"....................

Posted by: cheryl

Well...........same song, different verse.....I had to spend another week in the hospital trying to get this afib condition under control.  On the 6th day  (October 2) I was to be cardioverted early in the morning....we get down to the lab where the cardioversions take place, they start hooking me up to monitors and the  nurse looks at me and says...Well, you are not in afib..there's nothing for us to do.
what a relief...found out my heart had converted back to normal sinus rhythm during the night.  So I was sent home...... but not without making preparations for a catheter ablation to be done on November 3rd.    I have to go sometime this week and have bloodwork done. Three days before this procedure  I take my last Xarelto.(bloodthinner) Two days before i have to give myself injections for a bloodthinner twice a day.....the day before i have to report to the lab and have a TEE (transesophogeal echocardiogram) and a CT Scan to evaluate the heart's anatomy to see where the ablation needs to take place.  Kinda scary, but if this is what is needed then I pray God guides the Dr's hands and mind as to what to do to take care of this.  After procedure,  I get to spend 4 to 6 hours laying completely still...hopefully i am out of it enough that i don't get fidgety.....After spending 2 nights in hospital, I get to come home. 
Now on to the title of this post.....A couple weeks ago the boy's mom had given them their bath before they were about to leave our house.  They were putting on their pj's and Braedy said something...I asked him to repeat it and out came "woodchips".  I asked him what that meant and he said he had thought of a word that he could say when he was upset that would not get him into trouble.  I asked how he came up with that particular word and he said...."well P-Pa cuts wood and I like chips so I put them together"..................we all laughed so hard.  That is genius of a 4 1/2 year old.  We were very impressed........  I have told friends of mine and they love it. 
The boys are loving Pre-K.  They come home singing songs and telling us what they are learning.  It is so fun and rewarding as we watch them react to their learning experience.
Even Ni-maw is learning from them..............
You are never too old to learn..................Ritzywife out.............................


It's Been A While

Posted by: cheryl

I have been quite busy.  I got to thinking about the last time I posted and could not believe it's been 3 months already.  A lot has happened in 3 short months.
In July, Ritzy's mom was not doing well so we made a quick unexpected trip to Appleton, WI. The day we got there we stayed with her and decided to spend the night with her.  It was a good decision because she passed just after midnight with Ritzy and I with her.
WE arrived home, got busy again and I had to take another trip to the emergency room because of my afib condition.  stayed in there a couple of days before being cardioverted and sent home.
I have decided that added stress, not drinking enough water and not getting good rest attributes to me having these attacks.
I have since got my cpap machine, it seems to be working in that i don't feel the tiredness like before.  it's taking some getting used to, but I am doing ok.  The daughter also informed me that I was just gonna be "ni-maw" and not a regular babysitter.  I can't tell you the relief I felt, although I would do it for them.....but I now know it may not be the best choice for me. 
The boys started Pre-K this year and they seem to like it.  I cannot believe how big they are getting.  Little brother is growing like a weed too.  I like to surprise them, by going with their mom to pick them up and taking them out to eat sometimes.
Ritzy is just walking in the door after being gone for the last 8 days.  The Baptist Disaster Releif Kitchen team went to Baton Rouge to help out with efforts going on down there after the historic flooding in Louisiana.
Well I better get off here and visit with Ritzy.........................
til another day......Ritzywife out.................................... 

5.25.2016

Posted by: cheryl

At 9:11 a.m. on 5.25.2016 our third grandson was born.  He is a beauty...here see for yourself:

Dawson Duke Fuller
                                                       His brothers think he is a keeper too...

Calvin, Braedy & Dawson
Ni-maw and P-pa are so happy and blessed to have these 3 boys in our lives.
That's the good news........now for the not so good news.  Last time I posted things were going pretty well till later that night at 11:30 pm   I awoke from sleep with a racing heart again.  I could not get it to slow down....I was thinking - oh no not another a-fib attack.  Well I waited til 7 the next morning and called my mom to take me to hospital.  That little trip turned into a 9 day hospital stay.  After trying to get things corrected with medicine at Owasso St Johns, they decided I was going to have to go to Tulsa.  So on Saturday May 14th I was taken by ambulance of course to Tulsa.  On Tuesday May 17th I was cardioverted back into normal rhythm, taken off my present medications and started on a new one.  Because of the new medication, I had to stay in hospital 3 days to be monitored to make sure medication was safe.  Finally on Friday, May 20th I was released.  We go to the Sam's in Owasso to fill my new prescription and they don't have it and................ neither does anyone else around.  I call the hospital and they have to get the Dr. to rewrite the prescription to a different type.  Same medicine just difference in prescription.  Confusing---yes!!!  All this going on and I am just out of the hospital already feeling the anxiety of having to be back in there and they can't locate my medicine.....I was thinking - how in the world am i going to handle this.   But I did.  And remember.....we had planned to keep boys while their mama was in hospital giving birth to baby brother......and this is only 5 days away....................................
Well their nana had to end up keeping them for a couple of days. Ritzy and I kept them after mama, daddy and new baby came home for a couple of nights.  It was a little rough, but the boys were good and we made it...Praise God!!!!
I have a check-up with my regular Dr. this morning.  I am going to take the long way home to go visit that new baby and those two grandsons.  I am ready for a quiet uneventful summer.  I am still dealing with a little bit of anxiety about what just happened, but time will take care of that, I just have to remember that.......
And.......................we have not hardly seen the sun this past month.  I am getting a little tired of the cloudy days.  I want/need the sunshine, that would help tremendously!!!
Ritzywife out..................................................................................

I'm Still Here

Posted by: cheryl

Gee, things got a little busy around here.  I have been fishing, babysitting, taking care of the home, well, you get the picture....and.....I started going to a salon that has toning tables with my mom.  I started because I thought those tables would help stretch my back and stop some of the pain I have been experiencing since my 2 falls last year.  They do help me get limbered up and feel good too.  The only thing is-----it sure is a LOT of running around and that is just not for me.  We are expecting that 3rd grandson in 2 weeks or less.  Now there is some running around I am looking forward to ;-)
His older brothers have been keeping me (Ni-maw) busy too.  We have had so much fun playing, watching tv, and just goofing off together.
Back to the fishing.............I haven't really caught that many this year.....the lake has come up due to rain, the temp of the water was not exactly right for the spawn.  But that doesn't mean we have not ate our fill of crappie.  My brother or nephew would call and tell me they had anywhere between 8-20 fish at a time that they did not want to clean on any given night and I would tell them to drop them off.  Sometimes it would be right after my shower, but that didn't stop me from cleaning those fish and then taking another shower, haha!!!
Here is a bucket of fish my brother left me on one Saturday morning......Calvin is holding the fish and Braedy is just not sure he wants any part of it, haha!!

 If accepted, these two will start pre-school this next fall.  I am not sure Ni-maw is ready for that.  They are smart little "cookies".   They were telling me their ABC's the other day and counting to 10.
About these two...........We were driving to Ni-maw's the other day and there were railroad workers repairing the railroad going thru Oologah and the boys asked what they were doing and I proceeded to tell them they were replacing the "ties" and rock so the train would stay on track.  They asked why it was called a railroad and I told them that was the road for the train and it was made with rails so the train could go over it.  I then told them there was a song about working on the railroad.  Well, I taught them the whole song and they love it.  In fact, the daughter said they sing it all the time.  She said "thanks mom".......
We get to the "dinah won't you blow" part and Calvin and Braedy both say -  "Ni-maw, this is my favorite part".....(I love it)!!!!  When we are together you can bet we are going to be singing that song 5-6 times at least...haha!!
Geez, I have a lot of "stuff" to get done today so I recon I will catch you later.
Ritzywife out....................................