Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One day to go

Here's another update from Tom...

Ellen's back surgery is tomorrow. We're optimistic and looking forward to it, and to relief for Ellen.

Her pre-surgery testing last week included an EKG, and that revealed an "irregularity" in the electrical signals in Ellen's heart. Neither the neurosurgeon nor the family practitioner would approve going ahead with the back surgery without someone else saying it was okay, so Monday we went to see a cardiologist.

We were expecting him to tell us all was okay, but he was uncomfortable doing so without more testing (and another day of uncertainty for us). So, Ellen had a stress test Tuesday (today) morning. This was a nuclear stress test, no treadmill necessary, but it was still an ordeal for Ellen because there was only a reclining chair for her to sit in most of the time, not a bed. At the end they just left her on the camera table while the doctor evaluated the results since the table was the most comfortable place in the facility. Fortunately, she passed, and the back surgery is on as originally scheduled! It appears that abnormal is normal for Ellen! (I'm just joking, of course. It turns out I have a similar irregularity, and, in talking to several friends about this, about a third of them claim they have EKG irregularities too. Ellen will tell you I'm quite abnormal in many other ways as well.)

Many thanks to all of you who have sent messages, cards, and prayers. All have been great for Ellen's spirit. More soon...

19 comments:

p.matejcek said...

Good Luck. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery and to be pain free again. Pat

Just Me and My Shadow said...

Thinking of you Ellen and hoping all goes well for you. Sending good thoughts and hope you will soon be able to put all this behind you and be free from pain.

Best Wishes
Chrissie

Bertie said...

Will think of you Ellen and hope it will go well!!
Hugs

Margaret said...

Hugs to you both. I will keep Ellen in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow. And you too!

CalamityJr said...

Thanks, Tom, for being abnormal and keeping us up to date. I sent Ellen an email before I got here, so this is to let you know I appreciate the update!

Robin said...

Abnormal is the new normal! Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way. Hope you will be on the road to recovery real soon.

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Sending good wishes, hugs and prayer - We love abnormalities!!! it is what makes us tick!!!

Roberta

natalie said...

Will be thinking of you and praying for you tomorrow, Ellen. :) Good luck! BTW, I'm abnormal too. Doctors hate me!

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

Positive thoughts your way that surgery goes well and that Ellen recovers quickly and gets the relief she needs!!

barbara r-g said...

here is a successful surgery and for you to take the time to heal. remember Tom to be a good nurse maid, she'll need ya!

Sheila said...

Thank goodness you are able to have the surgery and I´m keeping everything crossed (and prayers) that you will soon be fit and healthy, and pain-free, again.
I´ll be sending you good vibes today :)

Cristina said...

Very positives thoughts and prayers to wish all goes well tomorrow and a quick recovery afterwords.

Katherine said...

Got my fingers cross Ellen!

~mj~ said...

I am sending prayers and good wishes. I hope you feel better soon Ellen!!

Sherry said...

Hope the surgery went well! Prayers and best wishes are abound!

delphine dlg said...

hi, I write from France and my english is very poor! But I can read it.
I whish a lot of good think to Ellen an all her familly, and I hope you feel well very soon!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, Ellen. Hope post surgery is coming along, and that you feel better.
Love and hugs, Zeena

Shelleen said...

I hope everything will be ok. Keeping her in my prayers.

Denise said...

Have been out of town and have just read about the back surgery. I am anxious to know how things went and how Ellen is feeling.
Wishing her the best and many blessings....