Sunday, February 14, 2010


Hello Blog Readers/Friends of Joy:

Joy won't be making her Sunday blog post since she is still in Intensive Care. I'm Joy's friend, Margie, and she asked me to do her weekly post for her. Roger and I visited with Joy and Phil last night and we were amazed at how great she looked after what she has been through this past week. She was sitting up in a chair and had her pretty smile and sense of humor going strong.

Joy had a cardiac catheterization on Wednesday, the 10th of February. Some blockages and a potential valve problem were discovered during the test. After getting the results, Phil was instructed to take Joy to another hospital to be admitted for open heart surgery the following morning at 8:00 a.m.

Joy had a triple bypass and a valve replaced during her open heart surgery (she may start oinking at anytime now). When she gets back home, she can give you all the details. Suffice it to say that she is one lucky lady to have had this surgery in the nick of time. She came through it quite well and we are all thankful that she had the necessary surgery. She is still on an external pacemaker, but hopefully she will be able to get off that soon. Her doctor told her that she can expect to be around for another 20 or 30 years now!

Every day Phil stops by to give us updates and every day he stays at the hospital with Joy. They are both going to need a lot of rest when Joy returns home.

I asked Joy if she wanted me to take her photo for the blog, but the nurse quickly informed me that no cameras were allowed. Phil snapped a few before he got caught, so they might show up on the blog later. I took two photos outside the hospital - that's the best I could do.

I'm sure Joy would want me to thank everyone for their thoughts and concerns about her. THANK YOU!


  1. Wow! We must have missed something somewhere. We knew about the coming catheterization, but the bypass just passed us by! Best wishes and prayers of thankfulness she got it done, and confidence for the continued recovery and back to traveling!

  2. Thank you Margie.. I was SO glad that you were there. When I read Phil's email, my first thought was that you were there. She needs someone she knows. Very grateful that she paid attention to her body and paid attention to her inner thoughts about her siblings and family members. Give her my love and thank you so much for updating us. Sharon

  3. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way, Joy! I am so glad that they caught the problem and fixed it. I will be thinking of you both and hoping for a speedy recovery.

  4. Thank the Lord that yo u went to the doctor and got checked out... My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery! Take care and get well soon...

    PS thanks for the update Margie