Just a quick note—- 3-10-22

We got up very early once again to get to Rick’s appointment for cardioversion. Once he got to the prep room I left to go back home. I just couldn’t face another 3 hour waiting room stay. I didn’t get even 5 miles on the way back home when I got a call from the nurse that his heart was in rhythm on its own and they didn’t need to do the procedure. So back I went to pick him up. What’s next? I have no idea – he can’t get in to see the heart specialist until April 8.

So disappointing. And today was his birthday.

62 thoughts on “Just a quick note—- 3-10-22

  1. Kathy Hanson

    With all that is going up, please tell Rick Happy Birthday from me. You both have had a very difficult time these last couple of months, treat your selves to something fun! You are both strong and resilient
    and I am sure both very tired of all of this!! Love to you both!

  2. Shirley from Oregon

    Oh my. Good news. Tell Rick happy birthday. I am saying a little prayer that all settles down for you both soon. 🙏

  3. Suzanne Golden

    Happy Birthday Rick. Great the hear that he did not need the procedure. Yes it seems to take forever for appointments.

  4. Angie from Baltimore

    Has to be frustrating but glad it went back in sinc on its own. I had it done and it is kind of scary but after it was done no more issues. Are you on the list in case someone cancels?
    You need to get some rest. We are all rooting for you.

  5. Pat in Michigan

    Mary, I’m happy for you and Rick. I’m sure it is a constant worry when dealing with any heart issue. Maybe you can have a late night celebration if you’re not too tired. Thinking of both of you and thinking good thoughts.❤️

  6. Judy from Wisconsin

    Just can’t believe what you are going through. Tonight just put your feet up and treat yourself to a nice cold beer.

  7. Henners

    Happy Rick didn’t need the procedure but sorry you’re having to go thru all this.
    Maybe you and Rick can have a mini bday celebration tonight. I’m sure you’re both tired.
    Prayers for both of you Mary

  8. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    I can’t tell you how many times I took my husband because his heart was racing about 200 beats a minute. Half the time we would make the 20 minute drive and when we got there, it would be back to normal. 10 years ago they did an ablation, but now he has a pacemaker with three leads (not the normal 2), and it keeps his heart beating between 75 and 100 beats a minute. So happy Rick’s heart decided to settle down. I have a friend in Ohio who has been in afib close to 25 years. Wish Rick a Happy Birthday from my husband, Bill, and me.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marj – wow! I understand! Rick’s heart is very slow actually and it’s obvious to me. I want to do everything fast! Haha! He had an ablation about 10-12 years ago and is looking at a Pacemaker – I wish we could skip all the procedures ahead and just get one! Now!

  9. Carrolyn V

    Love to you both from Cider and his folks! Heis so happy you might chronicle his adventure! Love you. Happy bday to Rick!

  10. Jody Irwin

    Hope the end of your day was better than the start .
    Love your stories, just not good at telling them.
    Your collections are so fun to see .
    Jody Irwin

  11. Diane Bauer

    Birthday greetings from Colorado!! I hope the two of you can have a relaxing, low-key celebration after your long day!
    I’m glad Rick’s heart is back in rhythm, though I’m sure you’d like some answers.

  12. Montana Kathy

    Good to hear that he didn’t need the procedure. And on his birthday, too. That’s a nice present! Have a great evening and wish Rick a very happy birthday. AND, take care of yourself, Mary! This has been a very wearing experience for you. We’re all thinking of you.

  13. Rosalie

    After my husband had afib we bought a Kardia monitor thru Amazon
    He had ablation almost 2 years ago and no more afib but he checks it once a month. My brother was here last August when George checked his rhythm and so my brother checked his and he was in afib!
    Brother has since had cardiac work up and is on eliquis and has found out his heart is enlarged. That $100 monitor has been a very good investment.
    We have even been able to send the report to his cardiologist when we were doing video doctor visits a year or more ago.

  14. ANN D

    Hey, not having to undergo surgery can be a birthday present. Sounds like you and Rick are having a stressful time of late.

    I enjoy reading about your life in Iowa. Me, I live about an hour’s drive south of San Francisco. The weather here is much less dramatic to say the least. We do fear that the drought will continue this summer.

    As for myself, I dabble in quilting. I enjoyed making your bullseye quilt last year. I’m currently working on Sandra Walker’s sew-along of Postcard from Sweden. What a bright mix of colors.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ann – I LOVE Postcard From Sweden but have not let myself start yet – I am trying to finish several things but that quilt is on my wannamake list. I cannot imagine your drought! Although if things don’t change around here soon we will also be in a serious lack of moisture situation. I’ll bet we didn’t get 10” of snow all winter and no rain last fall. So happy to hear you made the Bullseye quilt – send me a picture of it – to my email. Thanks for reading!

  15. Beryl In Owatonna

    Happy Birthday Rick!! Hope your day went better as it went on, but to have your heart in rhythm is a blessing! Hoping your legs are healing well now too!

    Mary, I’m so sorry you had to make the drive, at least we didn’t get the snow that was predicted for the whole area!! I will be driving back to MN on Saturday with no snow too! It has been a nice week, cold but the snow is about gone in Liscomb now!

    Have a good rest of the week

  16. Jo in Wyoming

    Well, 5 miles is a lot closer than all the way home. Good news on his heart for now. I hope it stays in rhythm. Happy birthday to him.
    Let’s hope the roads are clear in April. It’s been a crazy March. Fifteen degrees below 0 last night. Up to 10 today.

  17. Susan K in Texas

    So happy to hear his heart is back to normal rhythm. And glad you weren’t further away. Happy birthday Rick!

  18. Betty Klosterman

    Was Rick’s appointment in Mason City today? That would be a blessing right there, not that far to drive. And then everybody wonders why our BP is high??? What did Rick think? How is his leg healing? Infection isn’t fun! Since you haven’t mentioned it, maybe it is healing?
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Klosterman – I hate mentioning all these ailments to my readers- they’ll all unsubscribe pretty soon! Yes, his appointment today was in Mason City –

      1. Connie R

        Mary, no chance your readers would unsubscribe to your blog! Even when you talk about ailments, the comments are so interesting and helpful. Just shows how many are going through the same thing and can offer advice or sympathy. Keep blogging just the way you have been.

  19. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Good news about Rick’s heart. Happy Birthday- normal rhythm is a wonderful gift. Hope that this year will be one of good health and happy memories for both of you.

  20. Mary Hehlke

    Happy Birthday Rick. May you soon be back to feeling well. You have both been through so much. I pray God sends good health and peace of mind for both of you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

  21. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Mary, I am so very glad this day is behind you and Rick. Isn’t that something about him not needing the heart procedure! I hope you both have a great Friday. 🥰

  22. Sue in Oregon

    Happy Birthday, Rick. Sounds like you gave yourself a great birthday surprise! Way to go.

  23. Gloria from CC

    Happy Birthday Rick from us and the critters – Emmett, Angel and Baby.🎉🍺🎂🇱🇷

  24. Kim

    Heart in rhythm on its own is a good thing as there are no guarantees with medical procedures. Catching you five minutes out was good luck…the good in the day after a long drive to get there, only to be told to go home! Sigh. Birthday greetings to Rick. BTW, gas prices hit $4.00 a gallon here in MN on Tuesday. No end to that increase in sight.

  25. Alice

    So glad Rick’s heart healed on its own! You both have certainly had a lot on your plate recently!! Hope Rick’s leg is healing well. Many of us have or had husband’s who had serious health issues & that’s a priority over everything else! We’ve been there & understand. Happy Birthday Rick & Mary you’re taking awesome care of him!!

  26. Marcia of Ohio

    I went through this with my Mom. She had to have the procedure several times if her heart wouldn’t correct itself. My husband met with hip surgeon and meets w/ spine doctor on Tuesday. They will flip a coin as to which surgery is needed first or which doctor has a car payment due. (I added the last sentence🤣.). He had both knees replaced successfully in 2021 but other pain continued. MRI spine results were not positive. I am thankful for medical advancements to give quality not just quantity of life. Last year was the Chinese year of the knee🙃 This year has yet to be named by me.

  27. Frances E

    That’s a good birthday present – that his heart was in rhythm on its own! That’s great! Happy birthday, Rick!

  28. Lorraine

    Glad to hear that his heart corrected itself and that you didn’t get all the way home before you got the phone call. That was his birthday present. Happy Birthday Rick.

  29. Ann in VA.

    I’m so sorry that you have so much on your plate. It is exhausting mentally and physically. Hang in there!

  30. RuthW in MD

    Congratulations on being in rhythm, Rick! Best Wishes for increased good health and Happy Birthday!
    Mary, I doubt anyone would unsubscribe from reading your blog. There’s so much to read about in your posts and all the comments. I don’t subscribe to any blogs because I prefer to hop around and read whatever blog I want. I can’t have them stacking up in my email, waiting for me to read them. So I really enjoy going back and catching up on the comment sections here – I don’t do that on other blogs. Thank you for your posts!!

  31. Joy in NW Iowa

    Glad to hear Ricks heart is in rhythm again. Happy birthday Rick! As we age, our social life is at the medical facilities! It is here anyway. That’s about all we do. Oh well, so far it’s all going good, thankfully!

    I’m taking my grabber down to my hobby home today! I can’t bend for not sure how long, and I drop things and it’s getting really bad. I’m still working on a couple mission projects that need to go next week. I’ve been making some greeting cards also. So fun fun. Hope you can get back in the sewing room again.

    I’m ready for a heat wave….you too? Saw my robin today in bird feeder. I’ve had one in there every spring for two three years…he’s. Mooch haha

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – I haven’t seen a robin yet but Connie’s mom always said it has to snow 3 times on the robins before spring comes – I am so fed up with winter! Plus we got virtually no moisture! We will be in a drought for sure!

  32. Nancy Poole

    Happy Birthday Rick. Not needing the cardioversion is a good thing. Hopefully medications can keep things straight. You have a wonderful day.

  33. Julie D.

    Happy Birthday to Rick!! I’m glad that his heart went back into normal rhythm. Let’s pray it stays that way! Both of you definitely need a break! Hopefully, 50-degree weather starting on Sunday will change all of our perspectives if we are able to get outside for a bit and breathe in fresh air!

  34. Tanya T. in Houston

    TGIF! Happy Birthday to Rick! I know nothing about hearts except what a big one you have, Mary! 🙂

  35. Kate

    My husband had a big problem with atrial fib/ flutter. During attacks that required hospitalization the Docs planned to do a cardioversion, but when they finally got around to it , he always converted on his own before. After a year of frequent visits, they decided to do ablation. The first made little difference, but the second worked. He still had some episodes a few weeks after it, but hasn’t had any in the last 1 1/2yrs.
    I hope you both enjoyed his birthday.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kate – Rick has also had ablation a few years ago. I’m not sure what the next step will be – can’t get in to see the cardiologist until April 8.

  36. Beverly Lockmiller

    Happy Birthday Rick. Glad your heart is doing better. We haven’t seen moisture since October here in New Mexico so we are really dry.

  37. Linda from Georgia

    I know what you will be doing this afternoon. Sewing and basketball. Both of my teams are not playing today ( Ohio State and University of Miami) but hopefully make the playoff bracket. Have fun!!!

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