Saturday, July 2, 2011

Back to Blogging!

Hello, my old friends! I have decided to begin blogging again - I've missed you all too much to stay away! I don't know if anyone is keeping up with me at Associated Content; I enjoy writing there, but it doesn't have the intimacy blogging does. So I'll be trying to catch up with all of you in the coming days. Ok, maybe weeks.

In the roughly nine months I've been away, a lot has happened, as I'm sure it has with you all. I turned 50. I like being 50! I think it is a good, respectable age. The half-way point! Not too young, not too old. And being a new Grandma, it seems fitting that I not be in my 40s anymore. Unfortunately, my body did not like turning 50, and my heart rebelled. I started the new year out by getting fit and in shape, but right in the middle of Turbo Jam I began having severe, radiating chest pain - this was back in February - and a 99% blockage in the main artery (the widower-maker!) was discovered, and, as I thought, fixed with a stent. But it turns out stents are more like a patch. Anyway, instead of getting better, I began getting worse, and just last week I ended up back in hospital, getting a stent within my stent - scar tissue had blocked it all back up again. So now we're praying that doesn't happen again, because if it does, I'm facing open heart surgery.

I also got to go spend some time with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter this spring. My son was in hospital too, with pneumonia, flu, ruptured eardrum and possible cracked rib, so I went up to help out. It even obligingly snowed one day while I was there! A treat for a Floridian, let me tell you. I am happy that I avoided any tornadoes tho! My little granddaughter is the cutest little thing ever! I enjoyed her so much, and she was in major learning mode while I was there, which was a lot of fun. She's about to celebrate her 1st birthday, and then at the end of this month, they are scheduled to come for a visit, hallelujah!

Ok, that's enough for now, don't you think? I want to find out about all of you! Stop by and leave a comment, will you please?


rhymeswithplague said...

May I be the first to welcome you back to Blogland, Tracie! You and your family have been through a lot these past nine months. The important thing is that you're back, and I look forward to reading your posts.

Merle said...

Dear Tracie ~~ Lovely to see you back blogging again my friend. And you sure have had some fun with the stents into your heart. I hope they work this time. And congratulations on turning 50 - it is a nice age and way better than my 77. When was your birthday?
I had a fortnight in hospital and the same in Rehab. I went to have a kidney stone blasted and home the next day but got an infection and had 2 heart attacks and was kept in bed too long and have had to learn how to walk again, but I am here to tell the tale,so all is well. I sure missed my computer and my friends who live in it. Nice
to 'see' you again. Take care, Love, Merle.

Cherie said...

Well not only Welcome Back to Blogland but so glad to hear that you are getting your heart taken care of - that is pretty scary!!

It will be good to hear from you again.

Have a wonderful 4th!

rhymeswithplague said...

I know I left a comment here....

Connie said...

welcome back...maybe you'll inspire me to blog more frequently :) Glad you are on the mend and I know you are excited about Anna coming for a visit :)

Betsy said...

Hi! How nice to see you again! Wow, you certainly have had an exciting year! Hope you're feeling better, too!

Merle said...

Dear Tracie ~~ I do hope you continue to do well with the stents and avoid open heart surgery.
I am much better, walking better and my physio doesn't need to see me again, unless I have problems. I have to still do the exercises.
I was lucky I was in hospital when I had my heart attacks and that is the best place to be, and my heart wasn't damaged so I was lucky.
Take great care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Wanda said...

So glad to have you back. I certainly understand your medical issues.

Thirteen years ago my dearest had open heart surgery, 5 bypasses, then 6 years ago, a stint, and 2 years ago a pacemakers. And he's done great with all and is now 73.

You are a spring chicken, and know you will do well what ever the outcome. Heart surgery nowadays is so much better than years ago.

So Welcome back, and I'll keep you in my prayers.

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