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X Marks the Spot


"The surgeon will make an incision in my chest."

"Do you think it will be an X?" I asked.

The Husband laughed. I think he laughed. I'll say he laughed. I want him to have laughed.

Tomorrow morning, a surgeon will make an incision in the Husband's chest and install a pacemaker.

Yup.

A pacemaker. 

The results of the remote heart-monitor the Husband wore for two weeks showed that every now and then his heart flat-lines for several seconds. Not good at all.

Thank goodness this problem was caught now rather than much later and that there is a ready solution. And, thank goodness we have a proactive doctor who cares for his patients and is willing to make insurance companies authorize things immediately.

The Husband is ready as ready can be for this procedure. I cut his hair and trimmed his beard so the surgeon and his team wouldn't get annoyed at all that hair, especially his beard. How much hair? It filled the vacuum cleaner's canister twice!

The Husband is already considering names for his new friend-to-be. "What do you think of Gerry?" he asked. He hummed Ferry Cross the Mersey.

I love the Husband.


June 23, 2016 Update
The Husband is home with his new electronic friend. Whooo-hoooo!

Medical technology is amazing. He went in at 10:00 a.m. and by 2:00 p.m. a nurse was wheeling him to our car. The Husband looks great. He already requested and ate ice cream. Now he's laying on the couch, catching up with Facebook on the iPad. Ha!  

Thank you, one and all, for your prayers, positive thoughts, and good vibrations. You all helped make this adventure bearable. I love you all. 

It's the letter X at ABC Wednesday, the weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and continued today under the ABCW team led by Roger Green.  Click here to check out other X-posts and/or to join in.



Comments

  1. The husband has a nice face, good luck to him!!!
    Ann

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  2. Hello, I like the trim job you did on your hubby's beard and hair. Looks great. I will keep you all in my prayers and well wishes for the Hubby's surgery.

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    1. Thanks, Eileen. I'm happy the Husband didn't have to stay overnight at the hospital.

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  3. A cool hair trim, a fresh new gadget to keep the ticker ticking...I would call that a great start to the Summer! All the best!

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    1. It's very hot right now, too. Having short hair ought to at least keep him cool as he deals with the pain.

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  4. He has a great attitude and nice trim up, too. I will be praying for you all.

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  5. All the best to The Husband....and prayers for the surgeon to do a good job and for fast healing!
    You are a good barber!

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  6. You did a great trim job on the hair and the beard - and I think it makes him look much younger.

    Fingers crossed that everything goes well and he has a good recovery - and I like his suggestion of Gerry :)

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  7. Pacemaker, wow. Being cut open is scary. Hope it goes well. I'm trying to listen to my body more and eat healthier. It's an ongoing thing. However, one cool thing - in July the national GMO labeling will go into effect unless the evil people in Congress manage to stop it - yet again. I'm very excited. Even if I have to use a smartphone to scan QR codes to find out if it's GMO or not, I can tell my husband, "No we're not buying that mayonnaise cause it's GMO."

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    1. I didn't know we'll have GMO labeling nationwide. Great! The bandage over his pacemaker probably is bigger than the actual incision. I'm pretending it isn't so big.

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  8. wish i lived closer . . .
    love & love.

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  9. Oh wow...he went from hippie to yuppie or maybe zippie:) I'm glad they caught this and that he will have this done as long as the pacemaker doesn't beat to their songs because you never know what Jerry may do when he hears a song. Jimmy Stewart had to have one put in back either in the 70's or early 80's and he lived a long time after. Your hubby will do fine because your mama will make sure that all goes well. She is the angel by both your shoulders

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    1. Maybe zippie. Definitely not yuppie. I asked the Mama to gather his folks and mine to make sure he didn't head to the light.

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  10. I can see why you love the Husband, - good luck to him!

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  11. Su-sieee.... Ferry 'cross the mersey... good old Gerry and the Pacemakers..and guess what? I know Gerry well he lives not far from us..Hope all goes well with The Husband's procedure...Shame to cut off his lovely curls but then he'll feel cooler in the warmer months...Nice looking chap too...He looks full of fun...I can see him riding around on a Harley Davidson with a guitar slung over his back..Give him my best wishes for his op,
    Love n hugs'
    Di.
    Abcw team. xxx.

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    1. Oooh, Di. The Husband says, Ooooh, too when I read your comment to him. You are the only one who thought it was a shame he cut his hair. Thank you. I love his curls, especially when they go boing a certain way off his brow. So sexy. As he said, they grow back. Hugs back to you.

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  12. looks like a wonderful person, wishing you both all the luck and love in the world

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-18-x/

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  13. My stepdaughter had a pacemaker inserted a couple of years ago at age 40. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Jackie. Knowing about others who have pacemakers brings great relief to me.

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  14. The hair may have been tamed but I still see that wicked twinkle in the eye.
    Big hugs and candles on the altar for you all.

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    1. May that wicked twinkle continue onward. Hugs back, widder.

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  15. You've done a fine job with your flashing scissors. Good to have discovered this problem early, wishing you and your soon to be bionic husband well.

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    1. Thank you, Joy! May this be the only bionic part he needs.

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  16. Oh so glad that hubby is doing well and he looks handsome with his 'new look'. ~

    Happy Day and Weekend to you ~ ^_^

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  17. congrats on the new machine. and the haircut!

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. By the time the Husband's locks grow back, he'll be walking a good mile or so, I say.

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  18. I'm playing catch up again and I'm glad all went well and your husband is home. Did he realize something was going on when the heart flat lined for a few seconds? Glad there was a good solution for this problem.

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    1. You know how you get a head rush when you suddenly stand up? That's what he was feeling. He'd been having them now and then for quite a while. A few weeks ago, I happened to look over when he was having one while we were stopped at a red light. He was driving. He had three more within 2 hours, which was unusual, so I kinda bullied him to see the doctor right then. As the Mama said, I'm a "mean" one. :-)

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  19. By the way you're pretty good at cutting hair and trimming beards.

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    1. Thanks, Betty. I've been doing the Husband's hair for several years now. It's fun.

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  20. Maybe I'm confused - did you post this for ABC Wed. last week? (since it was the turn for X). You must have been cutting for a while on hubby's hair/beard! But now it's done:) I have only heard good stories about pace makers, so... he probably adjusts well to it:)

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    1. Yup, ABC Wednesday. Can't remember when I started to cut the Husband's hair. Clip, clip. I can't go wrong with a buzz cut. It also helps that should I ever go wrong, the Husband would simply say, "It grows back."

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