6 months ago I walked into the building, frightened and worried about the love of my life. He’d been flown by helicopter while I’d had to follow by driving 150+ miles. What followed was nearly a month of anxious moments interspersed with moments of joyful improvements.

It felt strange to walk back into that place today. But this was a thankful day. In my arms, a basket filled with goodies for the staff of the intensive care unit. I gave tearful hugs and answered questions about his current health. It was a much better day than that day in July.

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8 broken ribs and a crushed sternum (from compressions) meant a heart shaped pillow to cradle.

8 broken ribs and a crushed sternum (from compressions) meant a heart shaped pillow to cradle.

My husband suffered a massive cardiac arrest July 31st and was hospitalized 26 days, followed by 30 days in a rehabilitative care facility. That was followed by 12 weeks of cardiac rehab. Hubbymoose is currently settled in his chair next to me and doing well. We are thankful.

34 responses

  1. Tara R. says:

    I am so grateful that your HeART is doing so well after that scare. i’m sure that you and your family’s love was a major part of his amazing recovery.

    (I’m also happy that you’ve join in 100Words. Thank you!)

  2. barbara says:

    thanks, Tara. I appreciate the support we received during that time.

    Fun to be writing again – challenging, but fun.

  3. Debbie says:

    Blessings abound in those hospitals! So fortunate to have wonderful care in such a terrifying time. Happy for you and hubby all is better, and I’m sure you played no small part in his remarkable recovery!

  4. Gina says:

    Barbara! I’m so happy to hear that Hubbymoose is where he belongs and on the mend. How frightening! I’ve missed familiar Trifecta faces. It’s comforting to read your words though I know it was a scaring time for you.

  5. PurpleMoose says:

    Thank you, Debbie. He was definitely blessed to be taken to Providence. Wonderful staff. They remembered me when I came in Thursday. :)

  6. PurpleMoose says:

    Thank you, Gina. It was not the best of timmes. :) But I was blessed with being surrounded by family and friends and a very caring staff. It is so much fun to introduce my hubby to the folks who thought he would not live and, if he did live, would be a vegetable the rest of his life. His favorite question is, “so what vegetable do I look like?”

  7. Kir says:

    Barbara,
    I am thankful every day that your husband is alive and doing so well. Prayers answered and medicine be praised.

  8. Tom MacInnes says:

    Nice to see you here, Barbara! Nice to see that your story has such a happy ending, too. :)

  9. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Kir. We are blessed and humbled.

  10. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Tom. So good to see the “old” favorites back at it. And, yes, happy endings are blessed.

  11. Good to hear that your husband is recovering.

  12. Scary stuff, Barbara. Glad to hear it’s turned out well, though I’m sure it’s taken its toll.
    Good to be reading old friends again!

  13. Melissa says:

    How terrifying! I’m glad to hear he’s getting better!

  14. Joe says:

    Frightening, and well-said in only 100 words. Great job!

  15. Oh my! I’m so sorry to hear this, but so relieved to hear that your husband is doing well now. I can only imagine how scary this was for both of you!

  16. Ally says:

    A lovely touching piece. Told from the heart. So glad your hubby is doing well, Ally :)

  17. Marian says:

    Oh! So glad you shared the happy ending. Good on you both.

  18. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Marian. We are grateful.

  19. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Ally. Welcome to 100 Words!

  20. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Susan! Hope you are getting lots of gorgeous aurora pics.

  21. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Joe. We are getting used to our new normal. :)

  22. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Melissa. There were some tough days. We are thankful to still be here together.

  23. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you Kymm. It is good to see you as well. We are percolating along here. :)

  24. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Ruby. He remembers none of the really tough stuff (we were talking about this over breakfast this morning) and I am grateful he does not. He is doing very well.

  25. Tina says:

    Yay!! I love happy endings! What a horrible feeling that must have been–for both of you.

  26. Stephanie says:

    My goodness, Barbara… I’m so very glad this story has a happy ending. What that must have been like for you… The love you have for your husband comes through loud and clear. And that is wonderful! I’m happy for you both!

  27. PurpleMoose says:

    Thank you, Tina. We have a much better appreciation for each other these days. :)

  28. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Steph. We have known each other for over 50 years – met when we were 15. It was hard. We are blessed to be on the other side of that.

  29. I’m so glad you added the happy ending. Been in that spot before. It is not a place I’d wish on anyone.

  30. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Renee. We’re glad to be on the back side of it. :)

  31. Rachael says:

    It’s nice to see your name in my blogger reader again-I’m sorry you and your husband had to go through that but I’m so glad you have a happy ending!

  32. PurpleMoose says:

    thank you, Rachael. First big bump in 46+ years, so we are thankful to be over that hump and onward again. :)

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