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17 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments


Colleen was discharged from the hospital just a few minutes ago! After continued conversation with the doctors, we are staying close by for the next two days just in case any symptoms flare up, and have been instructed to keep her exertion low. Interestingly, the cardiologist yesterday painted a vivid verbal picture, explaining that “every […]

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16 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Still Feeling Well But Not Out The Woods

Colleen is feeling much better today, reporting much less windedness with activity and no residual chest pain. THAT’S amazing! However, the cardiologist and treating physician came in this morning and have decided to NOT discharge Colleen from the hospital today. Cardiologist cautioned against taking this circumstance lightly, emphasizing that this was and is a serious […]

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15 June 2011 ~ 2 Comments

I Almost Missed A Miracle

Just want to thank everyone for all of the love and support we’ve received over the last 24 hours since we arrived here in Seattle! It would take too much time to go into all the emails, texts, FB messages and wall posts and blog comments left sending prayer and offering physical support while we […]

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15 June 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Another Update on Colleen

Well, they just changed their mind! The main cardiologist just came in and said that because we are seeing symptom improvement in the last 24 hours with medication therapy, he wants to stay away from doing the invasive procedure if we don’t have to. So, they will keep her here for the next few days […]

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15 June 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Update on Colleen

Just got the news that they’ve determined it will be needed to drain the fluid from the sac around the heart. They are making arrangements to do that within the next few hours. They will leave a drainage tube in for a couple of days to make sure more fluid is not building up. Once […]

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14 June 2011 ~ 3 Comments

The Cruise That Almost Was

I am writing from, of all places, downtown Seattle, Washington….NOT a place we had planned to stop when we left last Wednesday with some very good friends for San Francisco, where we spent the night. On Thursday, we boarded the Sea Princess and sailed for our 25th anniversary cruise to Alaska. The first two days […]

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24 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

A Happy Thanksgiving

I am writing this post from Lincoln, CA, where one of my wife’s brother’s owns 40 acres. He and his wife built a home on it about 2 years ago. Their place is central to where Colleen’s parents and siblings live, so it’s perfect for a holiday gathering of family. While their house is large […]

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05 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Easter Earthquake & Spring Break

I didn’t feel it because the boys and I were on the freeway toward Indio, but what a wild thing to have an earthquake on Easter! What a great reminder that we are NOT in control of life around us and that anything can happen at any time! Easter celebration at NewHeart was great! We’ll […]

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09 March 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Wherever You Go, There You Are

The last two days have been a bit hard to get my mind around. Colleen and I are at El Capitan Canyon, north of Santa Barbara. We left around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. I drove from home to one of our favorite produce stands in Somis. Colleen drove from there. Throughout this physical challenge, I haven’t […]

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13 January 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Last I Left You …

We were 12 hours into a cross-country trip in a 34 ‘ RV with 4 adults and 4 kids. The trip went well, except for one thing. Hours, maybe even minutes, after posting that update, I began to feel the chills. I was soon in the driver’s seat for my next shift, my sinuses began […]

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