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June 05, 2018
Many have asked, Why Edmonton? Don't they do valve replacements in Winnipeg?
The short answer is yes, they do valve replacements in Winnipeg but they specialize in congenital heart defects in Edmonton. As I was born with this, my cardiologist in Winnipeg knew that this is where I would get the best care and outcome. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute is state-of-the-art and an incredible place to be if you have to.
It was an early morning! I was prepped up on the 5th Floor. The nurses were very chipper for it being so early. I was given a little room where I was asked a bunch of questions and given a hospital gown to put on. They never ever feel soft and for some reason, I always seem to put mine on wrong, feeling completely exposed! I came equipped with fighting words on my BluQ socks "Give 'em Hell", a gift from one of my sales reps. Check my vitals and it's go time!
By this time, they had given me something to make me feel relaxed. An orderly came to up to the floor to get me and take me to the OR and then something out of Grey's Anatomy happened. It was a surreal moment occurred while they were wheeling my bed down the halls of University of Alberta Hospital.
As they moved me across the PedWalk to the next building, I was staring up at the glass ceiling of the hospital and I could see all of the stars and just a glow of the sun beginning to rise. It was magical and calming all at once. An incredible peace came over my body. All I could think to myself was, I wish I had my phone so I could capture this moment.
Now, I know what you're thinking! She just said that they gave her something to relax her. Hmmmm...maybe it was the drugs, but I choose to see it as a beautiful moment that will not be forgotten!
June 05, 2018
I am SO happy to hear you are doing great!! Scrubs and a coffee…that’s Dr. Rebeyka!! He is Nate’s surgeon, too, for the two heart surgeries he’s had. Incredible surgeon, facilities and staff! Thank you for sharing your story….and the hope of living with congenital heart disease. We know many children in the stage we’re at, and it’s encouraging to hear of adults, like you, who are showing CHD who is boss – and fighting with all they’ve got, showing us what superheros really look like!!
You are my hero in more ways than you will ever know! 💕
August 17, 2018
I had an "Aha Moment" yesterday. We've heard Oprah talk about those for years on her talk show...did you know I share a birthday with that amazing woman? sure do!
June 14, 2018
...But you've all heard the saying, "one (wo)man's trash is another (wo)man's treasure". This has become my creative mantra since discovering Cottage Paint/Milk Paint. You would not believe the amount of furniture and decor items I've found at thrift stores, garage sales, my own basement, or even dumpsters (more on that to come) that I've entirely transformed into something lifestyle-magazine worthy using only a paintbrush and some good ol' Cottage Paint.
June 08, 2018
It was soooo cold, like teeth chattering cold, as I lay on my bed in the operating room waiting for my team to show up. Bursting through the door they came! Being the smart ass that I am greeted the docs with, "Did everyone wear their capes today?"