Quadruple Bypass and a Pacemaker

Life can change in an instant. I saw that again this week.

Saturday afternoon I went to my grandparents’ house for an Easter party. When I got there I found out that my grandpa had fallen, cut his arm really bad and was taken to the emergency room.

They stitched him up, attributed his fall to dizziness from medication he’s on, and sent him home. No big deal.

Until he kept passing out Saturday night and Sunday morning.

On Sunday we found out he needed emergency bypass surgery. His heart had some major blockage. And on top of that, it would stop beating for several seconds at a time.

Four bypasses and a pacemaker later he is finally out of ICU.

It has been a long, stressful week. One in which I’ve thought a lot about life and what keeps us here on earth. A vital organ the size of a human fist tried to control my grandpa’s fate this week.

We are lucky he is still with us.

I’m sure the fact that I will celebrate my stillborn son’s birthday in less than two weeks also has me pondering life.  I drove to the hospital late Sunday night to meet my grandpa’s ambulance.

I couldn’t force away the flashbacks from two years before when my husband and I drove in the dark to the hospital in the middle of the night. Only to find that my intuition was dead on — Luca was gone.

Now my grandpa is on the cardiology floor. The same floor I was moved to after my baby died. He is healing a few rooms away from where I stayed after my loss.

Life has some crazy coincidences.

I know I have written before that I need to not take life for granted. But I can’t help think that my experiences keep reinforcing that fact. And yet I keep taking so many things in life for granted. I’ve got to change.

I am so glad my grandpa is still here.

It is a miracle. A miracle my entire family has been praying for. I am sure it will take him a while to regain his strength, but it looks like he is going to make it.

Boogers 2011 Recap

In case you missed them, this week I decided to post Boogers On The Wall’s 5 most popular blog posts from 2011.

1 Problems Getting Pregnant

2 Reading Babies???

3 Living with the Elephant 

4 My Angel’s Story

5 Words of Wisdom

I find it very interesting that four out of the top five were posts I wrote about the death of my baby boy.

What do you guys think? What were your favorite posts of 2011?

Thankful Thoughts from the Turkey-day Hater

I am probably the only person on earth that hates Thanksgiving. It has always been my least favorite holiday. Not because I am unthankful by any means, but because of what the holiday has morphed into – A day of overstuffing your face ‘til your pant button pops and you can’t keep your eyes open anymore.

I’ve never been a big eater, and I have this feeling deep down that Thanksgiving shouldn’t be all about the food.

Think about it. When people ask you about Thanksgiving, they normally ask you where you are going for dinner. Right? I bet very rarely do they ask you what you are thankful for.

The poor holiday has turned into a food-focused frenzy.

With that said, I would like to change my focus this year. Before I get to eat anything, I want to share with you a short list of random things that I am thankful for. I say short list because I couldn’t possibly ever think of everything to include because I am thankful for more things than I realize. I think we all are. If you get a chance today, let me know something you are thankful for!

Here it goes:

1.    Life – everyday I have here on earth is a miracle
2.    My husband – who puts up with more crap from me than he should
3.    My babies – the two I have on earth and the one waiting for me in heaven
4.    My mom – I can’t make it through a normal day without talking to her at least once
5.    My religion and my Savior who made it possible for me to be with my family forever – all of them
6.    My grandparents  – they are the most selfless people I will ever meet
7.    My entire family – brother, sisters, mom, dad, aunts, uncles, etc.
8.    Food on my table – even if sometimes dinner is just corn dogs and french fries
9.    Heat in my home – and a new furnace
10.   Money in my bank – even if it’s only $5 some days
11.    My college education
12.   My awesome work-at-home job
13.   A home to call my own
14.   A van that I love
15.   Clothes on my and my family’s back
16.   Health and energy
17.   Love – including hugs, kisses and cuddling
18.   Music – the scream-your-heart-out-in-the-car kind
19.   Books that are so good I can’t put them down
20.  Movies that make me laugh, cry or both
21.   Flowers and weeds
22.  Ice cream
23.  French fries
24.  Blankets
25.  Sunshine
26.  Friends
27.  Notebooks
28.  Birthdays
29.  The internet
30.  Captain Hook

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