08 May 2007


The surprise went off without a hitch. Dren was completely floored and over the moon with happiness all night. Granny (mama) is sufficiently spoiling both of the boys. Fabulous.

The other granny (my mama) is dealing with her heart. A week ago today, she had to go to emergency on our doctor's advice with a very elevated heart rate. Turns out she has atrial fibrillation (Atrial refers to the heart's two upper chambers, the left and right atria. The two lower chambers are called the ventricles. Fibrillating means quivering, or rapid beating.) Sometimes the heart will convert back to normal with help from some drugs, and sometimes it doesn't. So far, unfortunately, it hasn't. Her prognosis is still somewhat uncertain and she may be on meds for a long time. She isn't thrilled (duh) and is definitely up and down. She is used to being strong and healthy and super independent, but also admits that because her mum died when she was a teenager and didn't have much to do with her dad after she moved to Vancouver on her own at 15, she just doesn't know how relationships with aging parents goes. All part of the process for all of us, I guess. It's weird to see her out of breath and feeling so tired. I'm glad she's in good care with her acupuncturist, GP, and heart doctor. We love modern medicine indeed! (with a little ancient Chinese medicine thrown in for good measure too).

So, that's basically what I've been focusing on for the last week.

Toronto granny just made a huge pot of curry so I better clear of a bit of the dining room table. Not to eat at, of course...just so that our guests don't have to trip over scrap stuff.

Phew. Thank goodness for this giant glass of red wine in front of me.

PS! Thanks for all the birthday wishes...Dren got such a kick out of reading your comments!


*~*Jocelynne*~* said...

Your husband is a hottie! i remember thinking that in the freestyle book (a page about your wedding).

Sorry about your mom! Thinking good thoughts for her!

sarah said...

sorry to hear about your mom...
I'll add her (and you) to my prayers.

SO glad D's birthday surprise was just that - a surprise! how fantastic! :)

claudine hellmuth said...

hey sweetie! I sent you email. just need one more little thing for the project we are working on. let me know if you have questions!

gabbyfek said...

love that mama of yours.
sending you both so much love.
enjoy that wine.
you deserve it.

stephaniehowell said...

glad your mom is okay.
and i'm so happy it went off without a hitch.
happy wednesday!