My own October surprise: Now I'm a CABBAGE!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

And just how did I become a CABBAGE? After hearing nurses use the term "cabbage" several times, I asked what it meant. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG or "cabbage") was the answer, and they were referring to ME. Cabbage

Much to the surprise of almost everyone who knows me, I had quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Oct. 8, and that means I am now a cabbage. What a Halloween costume idea that is! Maybe next year, as I'm not quite up to doing much more than the necessary daily tasks--just yet.

My first follow-up visit with the heart surgeon was yesterday, Halloween. He said everything looks good and my recovery is on track. I had been worried about swelling and tenderness below my calf on the "harvested" leg, but the doctor said that is normal pooling of fluid. It's technically a blood clot, but harmless since it has no way to travel anywhere else.

The doctor would not give me permission to drive. :-( He did say that I can start cardiac rehab, so that's a step forward (much earlier than the January start date I had been given while I was still in the hospital). I will be registering for that this afternoon--though I had hoped to be able to drive myself. I was telling the nurse practitioner how happy I am that I'm almost entirely off of the pain meds. "Well, we'll take care of that--when you get in rehab!" she laughed. So there's a new challenge for me...

I can do stairs now (important since my office is in a second story space), and I even visited the office for a few minutes--the first time since I left it to go to the ER the evening of Oct. 5. By next week, I hope to start spending a few hours a day at the office, interspersed between trips to rehab. I have been working some from home for a couple of weeks now, but not having all of my files and machines handy is limiting. My daughter and husband have been working overtime to cover for me, and we all look forward to being a threesome again.

One thing is for sure: Halloween will always be intertwined with thoughts of my new CABBAGE status.  

Additional posts in this series:

Cholesterol, triglycerides, out of normal range, kill

Not just another New Year's resolution

I graduated from Cardiac Rehab, sort of

Getting Healthy in the Rain

Life or death decision

Turns out, I was not too young or too anything-

$150,000 won't buy a decent box of tissues-

Maybe four weeks was not enough time

It's a winning election for me--not for the reasons you might think

To answer the door or not to answer the door

My own October surprise--now I'm a CABBAGE!

Alive and grateful for it! 

I THINK I have learned...

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Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
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I must say I am surprised to see that you of all people are now a cabbage.  Wouldn't it be nice if health could be based on positive attitude, if it was I'm sure you'd never be sick again a day in your life.  Anyway, here's to a speedy recovery!

Nov 01, 2012 05:31 AM #1
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Thanks, Brenda! In fact, one of my fellow Realtors said that everyone was shocked that this can happen to the Energizer Bunny. I do have a positive attitude. The "blues" that so many people say are common following bypass surgery have not stopped by my house at all. I know that I could have died. From the start when the doctors said that I had to have surgery right away, I had an over-whelming sense of gratitude and hope. "Peace that passeth understanding" is what the Bible calls it; and the prayers of friends, loved ones, and church members helps bring it on!

Nov 01, 2012 06:00 AM #2
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Liz- I had to read this to find out how in the world someone became a cabbage.  So, if spirit determined recovery rate, then it looks to me like you'll be set for a speedy recovery.  Take it easy and don't overdo it!

Nov 01, 2012 06:28 AM #3
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Liz:  Glad to hear that you are mending so well.  But I take issue with thinking of you as a Cabbage!  No matter, as long as you are healthy, right??

Gene

Nov 01, 2012 06:53 AM #4
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Liz Lockhart
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Kathy~I think that spirit does contribute to recovery, and I'm keeping it positive. Thanks for the support!

Nov 01, 2012 08:07 AM #5
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Liz Lockhart
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Gene~Maybe I should do some Photoshop work to fuse the cabbage art with my face... Thank you for the ongoing encouragement you send my way!

Nov 01, 2012 08:08 AM #6
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Karen Anne Stone
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Liz, I am so glad things are going well for you.  I, myself, am looking at an aortic valve replacement surgery after some ducks line up in their row.

So, you're a cabbage, huh?  Does your after-surgery allow you to eat things like corned beef?  If so, then, of course, you could change your name to "corned beef and cabbage."  What a treat!

                              February 28, 2013

Feb 28, 2013 12:26 PM #7
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Liz Lockhart
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Karen Anne~I wish you luck and healing in your upcoming surgery. Get those ducks in line quickly, so you can be on with the rest of your life! Yes, I can eat corned beef, in limited quanties, of course; so I guess I'll look forward to that.

Mar 02, 2013 04:00 AM #8
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Just ran across this. My mom had 3 heart attacks Oct 2011 and her cabbages were done Oct 2011, so funny, another Halloween Cabbage girl. She also had mitral (sp) valve replacement and is happy and healthy now. God bless these fine surgeons that do amazing work!

Aug 05, 2013 05:26 AM #9
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Karen Anne Stone
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Liz:  The big day is almost here.  I am due for surgery on August 14th, 2013.  Aortic valve replacement, and some sort of amputation of a part of the atrium. 

Since this IS Texas, I think the surgeon has some of his "ranch hands" down in the Stockyards right now looking for just the right-sized pig.  Yikes!

I sure wish I was as calm and cool about this as you have been.  You are my new hero.  Bless your heart!

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Aug 05, 2013 06:16 AM #10
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Evelyn Johnston
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Liz, have you heard from Karen since her surgery?  Everyone is asking about her.

Oct 06, 2014 01:09 PM #11
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Lise Howe
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Congrats again - glad that you are not a brain cabbage - just a survivor!

Oct 06, 2014 09:14 PM #12
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Evelyn Johnston ~ I was just reviewing old blogs and saw your question. No, I never heard from Karen Anne after her surgery. I talked to her on the phone several times leading up to it, but not a peep since. I am so angry at her family members for not responding to any messages! I left them, as did others; but absolutely no response. Such mean spiritedness...

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