Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Not Exactly On Heidi's Christmas Wish List

I always knew my daughter and her husband were strong, but I never had any idea how strong they are.
For the past several months, Heidi has been dealing with some serious health issues that have brought her a great deal of pain.

In a previous post I mentioned that I had gone up to Salt Lake to be with her and Daniel as they visited with her surgeon, and he discussed the surgeries he felt would be the best for her.  I sat there in shock as he went over the procedures.  Daniel asked all the right questions.  My heart broke for my sweet daughter as she sat there in tears.  I'm very impressed with her surgeon, and I am so grateful that they have confidence in him.

She had the first of three surgeries today.  I am so glad we are here in Utah to be a support to her and her husband.  They are amazing to me.  The surgery went well.  She has already sat up and will be up walking around later today.

She will be in the hospital for 3 - 5 days and will be back again in a few months for the 2nd surgery and then a couple of months later for the final surgery.

I so appreciate her sweet husband who is great with her.  He is one of the sweetest young men I have ever met.   Knowing he is here to take care of her will enable to me to get in our car and go back home. I know she is in GREAT hands.

They have been trying very hard to keep a stiff upper lip.  I also appreciate their sense of humor and have laughed at some of their comments.  I don't think I could laugh at a time like this, but I'm glad they can.  (I guess laughter truly is the best medicine)

Last night we had fun "skyping" with Heidi's "little" nephew, Chris, and his wife, Heather.  That was good medicine for Heidi, too.

Had to take a picture of her last night before I left.  She been spending the afternoon and early evening getting prepped for her surgery.  (Believe me, I wouldn't be smiling ; )

So grateful for the Priesthood.  I know the blessing that Heidi has received will be a help to her.

I'm grateful that Allan is here and so appreciate the support of good friends who have been a listening ear and a shoulder for me.  I especially appreciate Natalie whose daughter has gone through similar surgery and understands all that is involved.  Allan and I visited with her and her husband this afternoon.  Thanks, Natalie.

Sidenote:  I will do a post about Christmas later.  We had a wonderful day.

The food was good, the company was great and we loved our chat with our Elder.  He looked great and sounded WONDERFUL.


Cherie said...

Poor Heidi. Surgery is no fun. I am glad things are going well though, and I hope all of the surgery will bring relief from her pain. She and her husband are so cute - I can tell from the pictures he adores her :-D
Glad you had a good Christmas! Love the big family picture!

Cherie said...

P.S. Hope you have a safe trip home.

Sheri said...

Sorry to hear about Heidi needing surgery. I hope all goes well and she has a speedy recovery! Glad you are with her now. Merry Christmas and I hope you have a fabulous New Year. Hugs!

Connie said...

I've been thinking about her all day today and wanted to call you but didn't want to bother you. I'm glad it went well. How sad that she has to have 2 more surgeries. So glad you can be here for her AND for you! It's worse when you have to be away and worry about how things are going.

Take care and give Heidi my love and wishes for a speedy recovery.

gigi said...

Prayers for all of you and quick healing!

Randi said...

I'm so glad Heidi is in such good hands. It is so much easier on moms when they feel their children are getting good care!

Randi said...

PS praying for you - and have been.

Garden of Egan said...

I've been thinking about her and hoping all goes well. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lana said...

So so sorry. I know how hard this is and you and Heidi are in my prayers.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Merry Christmas. I hope you (and Heidi) get everything you're wishing for.

Carrot Jello said...

It must be hard to have everything out of your hands. ((Yvonne))

ShEiLa said...

My thoughts and prayers will be with Heidi... and Daniel and YOU. It is never easy watching your child suffer. The times I have had to witness it... the worst moments of my life. I would rather it be me... than them.


Heffalump said...

I'm sorry this is happening to your sweet daughter, but glad they are able to have a good attitude. That can make such a big difference!

Valerie said...

Best of luck to Heidi and Daniel! I'm glad you were there for her and she will continue to draw on your support as she continues her journey. She's definitely your daughter: She seems very strong and has such a positive attitude! Hang in there!

I thought about you Skyping with your Elder on Christmas Day and knew that it would be wonderful for you!