Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Dodging the Bullet


They called him "Cat" when he was a kid in college.
Because he was fast on his feet in several sports and Olympic speed at track.
More appropriate than they knew.
After an interesting and dangerous life - mining accidents, high ocatane fuel explosions, planes on fire, riots - he still has at least one more life left.

Yesterday they found the deterioration and damage may not be quite as severe as earlier tests indicated, and that his existing collection of hardware inserts does not need further mechanical augmentation with stents and doo-dads and cardioverting defibrillators at this time.

With a fragile patient, attitude counts for much.

He has heard of many of you, either by name (like my Bonnie's jokes), by place (a guy in Michigan, a girl from England/ Germany/Quebec/where ever), by auxilliary or former occupation ( law, science, education - tinker, tailor, soldier, spy, barber, baker, candlestick maker), or by some neat comment and insight of yours I have quoted to him.

Hearing of prayers, good wishes and kind thoughts sent to him, a stranger, does something real and tangible for the heart.
They help it beat.

And I thank you from the bottom of mine.

46 comments:

December Quinn said...

Bernita, I am so, so happy to hear this (as you know)...what wonderful news.

Wishing him a speedy recovery from surgery.

Carla said...

I'm so glad to hear that, and very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Bernita said...

Thank you December and Carla. So much.
We know this is merely a reprieve...but, thank you, God.

spyscribbler said...

Oh! Yay! I've been thinking of him. I'm so glad!

Erik Ivan James said...

The food-blood of his life, me thinks, flows from his marriage to you, Dear Gal.

Your news is the best of news.

Bernita said...

Thoughts helped, Spy.

As long as he doesn't acquire some idea I'd be better off, etc., Erik.

Ric said...

In dark hours, the candle flame, though weak and flickering, keeps back the night until the sunrise comes.

Glad you folks made it through to morning.

EA Monroe said...

Such wonderful news to hear, Bernita. As soon as your dear one heads home, the better. Blessings to you and yours!

jason evans said...

Wonderful news!!

My thoughts continue to be with both of you.

Dave said...

Good news. I hope the good news continues.

Bernita said...

Keeping back the night.
That's it exactly.
Thank you, Ric. That is beautiful.

Good thoughts are like warm hands, Elizabeth and Jason.
Thank you.

The enemy has been driven off temporarily, Dave, even though the troops are mauled.

Jaye Wells said...

Great news!

Bailey Stewart said...

Thank God. I've been praying, and will continue to keep him (and you) in my thoughts.

You are correct, dear lady, about how even the good thoughts of even strangers can help the heart go on.

Blessings.

bunnygirl said...

How wonderful to start the new year with good news!

MissWrite said...

Bernita it brought tears of joy to my eyes to hear your wonderful news. As for the rest, we all love you, and everyone around you, but our love is nothing like the love of a good woman, and he has that in spades.

MaudeClare said...

GREAT NEWS! And AMEN!

Steve G said...

Really glad that it turned out minor. Enjoy every minute you have together and the best to both of you.

raine said...

(Very big goofy grin).

S. W. Vaughn said...

This is wonderful news! Get well soon, Cat. :-) Thank you for keeping us posted, Bernita.

Bernita said...

Indeed, Jaye and Bunny and Janie. Thank you.

Gratefully received, Bailey.

Tami, I think it says more about the compassion of the kind and decent people who post here than about me.

Thank you, Steve.
However,for an asthamic diabetic w/ a quadrouple by-pass and a pacemaker, even the common cold is not "minor."
At least the interest didn't come due this time.

Sweet Raine!

Bernita said...

We're just happy with simple survival, Sonya, and that the "Cat" hasn't used up all nine.

Robyn said...

So glad. I'm praying for you as well- sometimes it's harder to watch a loved one go through it than to experience it ourselves. God keep.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Praise the Lord!

I will continue to pray for your dear husband to be healed of this affliction!

What a good start to the new Year!

Sela Carsen said...

Thank heaven, Bernita. So glad to hear the damage is not as severe as dreaded. Sending more prayers for quick recovery and many more long years of health.

archer said...

Yay! Wishing you both many happy decades more.

M.E Ellis said...

Shit. I had no idea something so harrowing was happening in your life. I'm sorry to hear about your distress. I hope hubby gets very well very soon, and bless you and all your family. Aww, just...bless you.

:o(

Kate Thornton said...

Yippee! Bernita! Every day here is a good one - I am so glad he is doing better. I have been concerned and hoping for good things for you both. The champagne is flowing for you both today!
Kate

Candice Gilmer said...

Wishing him a speedy recovery -- and you as well... It can be so stressful for everyone involved, so I wish comfort and sweet blessings to you both.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Robyn and Bonnie, Sela and Archer, Michelle and Kate and Candice.

Sorry to be short -Blogger is acting funny again.

Scott from Oregon said...

More wonderful than a quarter discovered in a dryer.

Hmmm...

Well, much more wonderful than that.

Keep him in stitches, he'll be fine..

Gabriele C. said...

Bernita, you husband is no stranger to us. Glad to hear it's not as bad as feared, and best wished for the future to both of you.

In case you need some distraction. Laurell Hamilton has written a blog entry that won't endear her to her fans who are pissed about Anita's decline into a slut already, whereof John Scalzi warned her of playing up to the screechy monkeys, and a LifeJournal buddy of mine has discovered a new disorder, the Rice-Hamilton Disorder. The Smart Bitches have a post about that blog entry, too. Quite an impressive start into the New Year. :)

Don said...

Just read the wonderful news. Tell him to get well and enjoy the new year............ Ask him to write about the times in his life and post them on your site.
The best to both of you. Don

Bernita said...

Erm, Scott, you're as bad as he is!

Thank you, Gabriele, that's an impressive display of ego by LKH. Wow!
The "Rice-Hamilton Disorder" is dead-on.

Thank you so much, Don.
He has been touched by everyone's kindness and good wishes.

Jeff said...

I thought about you and your husband yesterday and was hoping you had some good news to share today. :)
I'm sure this ordeal has been terribly exhausting for both of you.
I'm praying he has a speedy recovery.

Marie said...

I am so pleased to hear that, Bernita. I wish him a speedy recovery and both of you all the best for 2007.

Bernita said...

So good of you, Jeff and Marie.
Exhaustion is the correct word. The whole procedure is an energy suck.

anna said...

3rd time - i hope this is the charm especially since you might never see this - damn blogger has been so pissy for me lately can't seem to get anything posted.
However! great news Bernita.
Hard to keep a good cat down.
Worries can be so draining especially ones as serious as this.
So happy things went well and things were better than dreaded!
God speed!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Anna.
Blogger was pissy yesterday afternoon, particularly.
So kind of you to keep trying.
All your good wishes were an adrenalin boost to us both.

Dennie McDonald said...

I am so glad to hear that - continued thoughts and prayer Miss B!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Dennie.
Congratulations on being issued in print.

writtenwyrdd said...

Good news. Precious time is often disregarded. Times like this remind us to take stock of the good things. Glad you got some good things. Best wishes for continued recovery.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Written.
"Now" is all we ever have.

Patrick said...

So glad to hear the good news. I hope he has a quick recovery.

I hope it's much more than just a reprieve. He's outsmarted his doctors with a better-than-expected condition once; hopefully he has many more tricks up his sleeve! :)

Bernita said...

So good of you, Patrick. Thank you.

Rick said...

So good to hear!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Rick.