Did you know that tomorrow is Wear Red to Work day? It is a campaign by the American Heart Association to encourage awareness of heart disease in women. When I've remembered, I have worn red in the past but tomorrow - I will for sure!
I got home from the hospital yesterday after undergoing a heart catheterization with stint placement.
Are you surprised?
I am 51 years old (remember, I am the older woman) and my family has a devastating family history of heart disease. My mom's brother died before the age of 50, her mom died at about 50, my dad has had quadruple bi-pass followed by stints, he had a brother die too young and just this past September, my 49 year old (at the time) sister had 6, count 'em, SIX bi-passes (a record for her hospital in Florida).
My overall cholesterol numbers aren't bad but my bad cholesterol is not so good. When my doc heard about my sister, he ordered a CT scan for me and it found that I had two blockages, one between 25 and 50% and one between 50 and 70%.
He told me to quit running (for now).
Then he told me we needed to do a heart cath to determine just how bad the most severe blockage was. Well, the first one was at 50% but they didn't stint it and the second was at 70% so they did stint that one.
I went in for the procedure on Tuesday and got home last night.
I am feeling fine and expect to be back to work tomorrow.
I'll be wearing RED!
I don't generally look like someone that would have heart disease, I don't think. But I do. From the outside, I look pretty healthy but I guess what you see isn't always what you get, is it?
The good thing about getting to be in the hospital overnight and having such a great family and friends is that you get things like this:
This from my family with the note written by Matt:
And this from my office!
And this from my best girl friends. Yum!
Thank you all so very much!
I love the flowers and the fruit was SO good (it's all gone, by the way)!
The other good thing about being in the hospital is that I finished
The Farm Scene Sampler.
The Farm Scene Sampler (Terri's version)
stitched on 32 count Vintage Light Exemplar
WDW and GAST fibers
(BTW, pics are once again clickable - I figured it out!)
The pattern for this was reproduced as it was found, I suppose, but I just didn't care for the fact that it was so obviously unfinished.
Here's the pic from the pattern for comparison purposes:
So, the areas that were not complete, I finished.
In addition to that I added a favorite verse from the Bible: Ecclesiastes 3:1 at the bottom, over one in a full cross.
I didn't chart the verse but I think it was meant to be because as you can see above, it fit perfectly.
I added a berry to the right side to complete the line.
The farm scene at the bottom is stitched over one with a full cross except for the fields and fence which I did in tent stitch.
I love how it turned out.
Now, I can start work on Marianne! Yeah!!!
I'll be wearing RED to work tomorrow.