Rick is home, 2-26-22

Rick called at 4 this afternoon to come and get him. And so I did but it was dark by the time I got there and of course another trip home in the dark. Someone asked how far it is – about 120 miles. Thanks for all your commiserating about this experience.

43 thoughts on “Rick is home, 2-26-22

  1. Vicki in Seattle.

    So glad you both are safely home tonight. Continued prayers for rest, comfort and healing.

  2. Anonymous

    Good to hear you made it home. I live in the country and I don’t like to drive at night. I always remind myself the Lord can see in the dark for me!

    1. Henners

      I need to remember our Lord can see in the dark 😊
      Glad Rick is home. I take it he wasn’t happy in the hospital?

  3. Jo in Wyoming

    Oh! Lordy. I’m so thankful you’re home and safe.
    This whole experience is insane, unacceptable, inconsiderate.
    Rest up for frightening Monday.
    We will be praying for you both.

  4. Sue in Oregon

    Oh, Thank Heavens you are both home now safe and sound. You are due some rest. Sleep tight.

  5. Carolyn Boutilier

    Thank goodness both of you are home and safe. You were in my prayers. Thank you for keeping us posted.Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va

  6. Dianna

    What an ordeal. Why couldn’t he stay until tomorrow? I’m upset for you. Communication was terrible on the hospital side.

    Glad you are home safe, I don’t like to drive in the dark anymore.

    Be still and sleep well.

  7. Marsha from Kansas

    So glad you are both home and hope you can rest up tomorrow. Hoping healing will be helped by the angioplasty. I don’t like driving at night on the unlit roads any more either. My eyes don’t adjust very fast when cars are coming from the opposite direction in the dark. On another note, your Iowa State beat my Kansas State. But only by one point. I didn’t get to watch it, but it sounded like an exciting game.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      It was a good game – they are well matched and either team could have won. Do you follow Gonzaga, #1? They also got beat last night – I think Rick said 6 top teams all got beat yesterday!!
      Don’t you love college Basketball – can’t wait for March Madness!

      1. Marsha from Kansas

        Yes, I do follow Gonzaga. My aunt and uncle used to live in Cour’d’lane, Idaho and were big fans. Saturday was a tough time for top 10 teams. My Kansas University also lost. It will be so nice to have March Madness this year. We just used to take it for granted and I have learned to appreciate even the smallest things that we did without even thinking twice.

  8. Susy Boyer

    So glad you are both home safe and sound. Praying for a good nights sleep for both of you.

  9. Beryl in Owatonna

    So glad you are home safe and sound!!
    Do you do freeway driving or do you do the county roads? I suppose you make the best time going the freeways. Maybe a little less traffic on a Saturday night. Hoping you don’t have to go back for a while.
    I’ll bet he is happy to be home also!!
    Sleep well tonight and have a good day tomorrow. Do you do music in the morning? If not, just relax tomorrow. Hope you didn’t have any rats to deal with tonight!!

  10. Carol Nichols

    So glad you and Rick are home now. I am noticing lately that night driving is more stressful too. Hope you can rest tomorrow!

  11. Jo in Michigan

    So glad these last couple days are behind you and Rick. So stressful, hospitals, night driving, no sleep. I hope you both sleep well tonight. Tomorrow will be a better day. ♥️

  12. Carol Eberhardt

    God bless Mary and Rick, this is what “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health” is all about. Love conquers all, even the demons of night driving!

  13. Janet S

    Lucky that you’re stronger than you ever thought you could be. Do I remember right that he has to be back at Mayo on Monday? You will be going to Rochester on auto-pilot soon. Blessings are coming your way that Rick can finally have a great and speedy recovery and that you can get some well deserved rest.

  14. Judy in Oregon

    So glad that Rick is home and that you both made it home safely. I totally understand how you feel about driving at night. As we get older it seems more difficult even in roads we are used to driving on.

  15. Gloria from CC

    So glad you and Rick are home safely. I hope you both were able to sleep last night. I can’t drive at night because of my cataracts so I can just imagine how frightened you were. Take care.

  16. Jean

    Prayers answered! You are home safe and sound with Rick in tow. Hopefully things will settle down now and you can both recover from this. Praise God you didn’t have to fight a snow storm!

  17. Rita in Iowa

    Mary and Rick, glad you made it home safely. It is hard to drive at night. Your not only watching the road but also for the four legged creatures. Stay safe and rest today!

  18. Susan R

    Glad all worked out for you. I wonder what would happen if you said you couldn’t get him til the next morning?

  19. Sandra Goddard

    So glad Rick is home and you both made it safely. I do not like driving in the night anymore either and so far you had to drive. Make today a day of rest.

  20. Kathy in western NY

    I am relieved you are both back home safely. You see enough inside those places that home becomes your safest haven. Hoping you don’t have to return Monday if they did the ultrasound before he was discharged yesterday. I don’t do enough night driving anymore so it’s harder when I do go someplace. Rest up today.

  21. Angie from Baltimore

    You must be exhausted. Driving in the dark around here you have to watch out for animals crossing the road and other hazards it isn’t like going out for an afternoon drive. I am glad Rick is home and maybe you can relax a bit.
    Keeping you and Rick in my thoughts and prayers

  22. Lorraine

    Glad you are home safe with Rick. You are such a strong brave sole for all that you do. You are such a caring and kind person.

  23. Mary M Rhodes

    My heart goes out to you on night driving. Its whole another world. Mayo is like hospitals in Cincinnati, discharge in evening. This is wrong- you have payed for room till tomorrow. So glad you made it home without problems. Lots of rest if possible. Prayers

    1. Pam Forsling

      Hi Mary. My mom’s maiden name was Mary Ann Rhodes. Therefore when I see your post I think of my mom, who passed away in 2015. Have a peaceful day.

  24. Sheila in WI

    Glad to hear you are safely back at home. As Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said… there’s no place like home! Hope you can find some time to relax today and get restored for the week ahead. Keeping you and Rick in prayer.

  25. Ann in PA

    What an ordeal for you! So glad that Rick is home, and you are both safe and sound after that long trip in the dark. Do you have an “Advocate” at Mayo, Rochester? It might help to inquire about one to help you navigate the busy hospital system. You should never have to sit alone wondering if a procedure is going well. It’s awful that they discharge so late in the day when you have a long drive home in the dark. Bless you both, relax and enjoy being home. xxoo

  26. Jane Boyer

    Hospitals can be pretty brutal places. They worry about the patients but could use show more compassion toward the significant others accompanying the patients. My hubby had surgery at a noted hospital in Pennsylvania. Although I had told doctors and nurses and admissions that I would wait at the hospital no one came to notify me when he got out of surgery. I finally went down the hall by myself and discovered the recovery room where I found him awake and wondering why I wasn’t around. The nurses said they thought I’d gone home as it was snowing outside. Duh! I’ve lived in Minnesota. I do know how to drive on a couple inches of snow.

    I’ve worked at VA Medical Center and at Hennepin County Medical Center in Mpls but in not in patient care positions. We lower ranked people seemed to take the time to guide visitors and relatives more often than you would expect. It was easier to lead someone from the parking ramp to their destination than it was to give them verbal directions.

    At least you have hubby at home. Take some time to recover yourself.

  27. Maureen

    Mary, so glad this ordeal is coming to an end. Driving at night is no picnic; I avoid it as much as possible. I hope this is a quiet week for you.

  28. Holly in Two Harbors

    That’s such good news! But what a drive, and at night. I can’t see well at night, so it sounds like a nightmare to me. But Rick is home. Really good news!

  29. Sherrill

    Oh gosh, Mary, 120 mi. is a LONG ways to drive in the dark. Sure hope you don’t have to do it again anytime soon. Wishing a speedy recovery for Rick and strength and patience for you!!

  30. Jan from SW Iowa

    I’m so sorry for Rick and his medical situation, AND for you for driving that far so often AND in the dark. I hate it too because my eyes aren’t that good and especially at night. Take care.

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