Good Friday

It was a very long day for us yesterday – got to the hospital at 7:15 and got home at 6:15. I had to be at church at 6:30! I made it but it was stressful.

Rick’s procedure didn’t go as planned. His “flutter” had already gone back into rhythm and since he was not under general anesthesia the doctor could not go into another chamber of the heart. So now Rick will have a stress test and go back for cardiac mapping, a procedure to determine what nerves are causing the heart to go in and out of rhythm. That will be next month. Still no hip replacement. 🙁

The first thing I did this morning was record a short song on the piano to post here on the blog and of course I don’t know how to do it! I know I’ve done it before but I can’t remember! I’ll come back to it later.

25 thoughts on “Good Friday

  1. Charlotte

    Dear Mary, continuing prayers for you and Rick. And a blessed Good Friday and Easter to you and all on the farm. 🐇🌸🐣

  2. Kathy in western NY

    Yes a long and stressful day indeed for you. Do you think a pacemaker might keep his heart being in rhythm? Poor guy seems to be under a lot of appts.
    Relax a bit today, I hope.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I wonder how many times I’ve asked him this! And until he ALLOWS me to go to the appt with him, I will never have the answer. I swear the minute I left his floor yesterday the doctor showed up. I do not know but I’m going to know before long! You have no idea how frustrated I am.

      1. Kathy in NY

        I imagine you are beyond frustrated but plain mad. Good thing you can be the advocate for the pets in your life!! We all need an advocate or we miss important information. You will forge ahead and get answers one way or another.

  3. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Prayers raised for Rick, for patience and for peace and comfort through this ordeal. I look forward to hearing the recital! 😉

  4. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Prayers for both of you.
    What an ordeal, hopefully you will be able to find out answers soon.
    Glad that the weather will be better for safe travel now for a few months.
    Have a joyous Easter.
    God bless you and give you comfort and strength.

  5. Connie R.

    What a frustrating day for you and Rick. Praying for both of you that the issues will soon be resolved. God bless.
    Wishing you both a Happy Easter.

  6. susie Q

    look forward to the the music…… will say some prayers for your husband. Easter is coming.

  7. Marsha in Michigan

    Oh, that is too bad about Rick. So stressful for both of you.

    You’ll remember how to post the song . . . in the middle of the night!!

  8. Janet Easley

    So sorry for yesterday’s frustration and the long day. Prayers for answers to the cause and a solution to address the flutter.
    May your Easter weekend bring peace and joy.
    Jan E.

  9. Sara in Indiana

    What a day for you, Mary! I’ve been through similar situations, so know how frustrated you must feel now. Hope you get some answers soon, so you can move forward. Be still. This too shall pass. Hang in there. That’s all the cliches I can think of for now–take care, eat chocolate, pet a cat and a dog–ha!

  10. MartyCae

    Thinking about the two of you. Hope all goes well the next time you take the trip.
    I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend. The weather should be nice.

  11. Mareen Nedved

    Frustrating for sure – I was just up there for three days only to come home and get a message that I missed one of my appointments. I had not they just had it wrong but still frustrating for sure. We are just lucky to be as close as we are although I did just stay up there as my appts were early in the a.m. but I know with everything you have at home it is not possible for you. I hope it all works out and he gets his hip fixed….Happy Easter!! God is good!! Even when things are not –
    Take care

  12. Sue In Oregon

    Does it seem like to you that doctoring everywhere has just slowed down and the patient has to wait and wait for results and appointments? I shouldn’t say that, I guess, but I have that going on here in my own house. Last May my husband had a heart attack. We didn’t even know it until we went to the clinic to be Covid tested. He was not feeling too well. Shock! It was his heart. I thought they would put in a shunt but they said No! to that. Put him on lots of meds. They monitor him with finger pokes of blood every week. And, in that time it seems like he gets worse. Now he has to sleep with oxygen. Only at night. They have changed meds. At first they told us his heart was repairing itself. Oh, Wonderful, we said. In all that time there have been no more tests except the once-a-week blood poke. Very frustrating indeed for all of us. Plus, here in our small area, Doctors come and go like the tide. Rant done now.
    I pray Rick gets his problem under control.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – get a second opinion! Doesn’t seem right that he has not had more tests, does it? And he’s worse? Yikes – second opinion is needed.

  13. Launa

    My retired son had E,N and T appointment…got to office @ they had canceled it…without informing him.

    Sending prayers for Rick’s problem! Enjoy your Easter weekend!

    Snow is melting off roof here….we had 16” new this week!


  14. Polly Perkins

    I feel for you both. That is so stressful. I am scheduled for a TEE and cardioversion April 19tn at Monroe, WI hospital. They say I have a textbook a-fib/Flutter. So far it has not changed. I have to be on Eliquis for that much longer in order for them to do the procedure. I am hoping this is the light at the end of the tunnel for me.

    Good luck to you both. Sewing is mighty sparse lately due to so many appointments. I see my UW Madison cardiologist Tuesday for him to check up on my new problems and make sure I am taking the meds he wants for the hole in my heart procedure.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Polly – your situation sounds worse than Rick’s! He is also on eliquis – please keep us posted and take good care of yourself.

  15. Janet S

    Mary, For goodness sake, spend time taking care of yourself. You absolutely cannot be expected to be on 24 hour duty along with the animals, blogs, church piano, gardening etc. etc. There is nothing wrong with you calling his doctors and ask for information – unless Rick won’t allow it. You are due for time off and relaxation. God bless you and have a happy peaceful Easter.

  16. Brenda in N Calif

    Mary, Being a card giver to someone we love is a very hard task. Remember you can’t take care of Rick and the animals if you are not well. It’s important to take time for yourself and to find a way to let go of your stress.
    Prayers for you and Rick as you go through this. Try to explain to him how important it is to you to know what the doctor says. Two sets of ears is better than one and you might think of questions that he doesn’t.
    Enjoy your Easter and hopefully find time to relax.

  17. Sharon G.

    If you’re your husband’s caregiver, you need to be included in all of his appointments, tests and test results, procedures, and decisions. If the medical facility has an online “chart” available in your husband’s name, you both need to get access to it so you can keep up to date about what is going on. The chart could include cardiologist notes, blood test results, and other medical and doctor information. .
    There is no time like the present to get involved! Good luck to you both.
    Wishing you and yours a nice Easter. 🐰

  18. Dorothy

    Oh that is so frustrating for both of you. Why is it that everything takes so long?! My husband had a stent last month. Is having another next week and an ablation the end of May. It just seem that this journey is taking so long when all I want is for him to feel better. I keep telling myself that it took longer than 2 weeks for him to develop these problems so it’s going to take long to fix them. Patience is not one of my strong points but I know God is right there guiding the doctors so I am trying my best. Will keep you and Rick in my prayers. Good that you are keeping up with those things you love Mary. It’s important for your own well-being.

  19. Jane Boyer

    I shuttered to think of your long day. We are supposed to be in Sioux Falls at 8AM next week. Procedure is scheduled after lunch. It will be after 6 before we get home. Thankful that we have a neighbor who will come let dogs out while we are gone. Getting old can sure eat up our “spare” time. Glad there isn’t snow forecast.

  20. Susan K in Texas

    I’m so sorry that the medical challenges continue for Rick I know it is worrisome and frustrating. Take care. Sending healing prayers.

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