February 3, 2010

Welcome to another winter day…and the sun is shining. God is good.

Well, I didn’t have to wonder too long what to write about this week. I had one very significant event last week and that was that Friday afternoon I had a pacemaker implanted. My heart was stopping and it was documented on the Holten Monitor that I wore for 24 hours. As soon as the cardiologist read the report from the monitor, I was scheduled for surgery immediately. Everyone moved fast! I am now doing well and my heart is ticking along very nicely. Last week I talked about my blacking-out. Well it was because my heart was stopping. Anyway, now that is over. I am doing fine. As I read the little booklet that came with the pacemaker, I realized that I can no longer use a Jackhammer, or stun gun or arc welder, or lean over running motors and alternators, especially those found in vehicles. What an adjustment for me! Will it curb my lifestyle? Since I never did any of those things in the first place, it shouldn’t be too hard to get used to not doing them!

Yesterday the new whirlpool was installed in Clare Residence. It was purchased with the funds raised in our Christmas Appeal. The tub they took out has been used LOTS in the past 16 years. It was starting to leak and they had trouble getting parts when needed. The three pictures show “out with the old,” and “in with the new.” And the third picture is of me last evening checking out the new tub. Thank you to all who helped make the new whirlpool a reality by their contributions to the Franciscan Sisters.

God bless you. Keep safe. And let us continue our prayers for the people of Haiti and all those who are helping there.

Pax et Bonum. (Peace and all good.)
Sister Mary Lou



Thou Art Jules said...

Congratulations on the pacemaker! My Father in law had one that really made such a difference in his life. Although he never used a jackhammer either..

I love the duckies!

Sister Jan said...

I enjoy your postings. I did not enjoy reading that you were 'blacking out!' Glad you were able to receive a pacemaker and will be able to continue to do the lovely things you have been doing. Blessings. S Jan K

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