Saturday, July 31, 2010

Long Days!

Stir crazy has set in. Dick is finally getting some sleep and now is finding the hospital boring. The doctor's continue to check him and stated that he is stable as long as he continues the IV medications controlling pressures and water levels.  They say he is in good shape for surgery on Tuesday and they expect good results.
Dede, who arrived on Thursday, and I continue to try to personalize the apartment.  We are currently in need of some good art for the walls as they are rather drab.  If you have any good, inexpensive ideas, I would like to hear them.
Mike, John, Ashley and Eva are planning to come up tomorrow.  It will be nice for Dick to see some new faces.
Robert McDonough
Monday afternoon he will be prepped for another heart catheter and moved to ICU until Tuesday's surgery.

Robert, thank you for the beautiful orchid you sent.

Also thanks to the County Commissioners for the gorgeous arrangement.
Minnehaha Commissioners and Staff
Dick checks his emails regularly, so send him some uplifting emails at  After surgery Tuesday, he will be out of it for a few days so he will not be responding.

If you would like to send Dick a card, send it to our apartment:
920 Delaware St #1001 Mpls, MN 55414.

Thank for your continued support and prayers.

Still being evaluated

Dick's evaluation is almost finished.  When the last few tests are completed he will have fulfilled all requirements for a heart transplant when one comes available. Until then, the LVAD pump will be his life line.  This device will enable him to become strong  enough to receive a transplant. This process could several months.

Next week he will be in ICU and will be under heavy medication.  If you would like to send cards, it might be wise to send them to our apartment.
The address here is:

920 Delaware Street SE,
Apartment 1001
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55414

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We got the Apartment!

Thank you God for opening an apartment up for us!  I moved into our first apartment ever Wednesday, July 28th.  It has two bedrooms a large living room/dining room combination, kitchen, and bath.  Absolutely perfect so when visitors come, there will be room.  Our Minneapolis address is:

920 Delaware Street, Apt 1001
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

Dick will be at Fairview Hospital till mid August then will move in with me for approximately four weeks of rehabilitation.  
I know everything is being worked out for our good.  "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him
who knocks it will be opened."  ~ Mt 7:8

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

First week - arriving in Minneapolis

To our dearest friends and family,
Dick and I left for Minneapolis July 25th for a week long evaluation for a heart transplant. The last appointment on the first day was with his transplant doctor who put Dick right into the hospital.  It has been the unanimous conclusion by his team of heart failure doctors that Dick needs a new heart. Dick is scheduled to have major heart surgery - Tuesday, August 3rd where doctors will be implanting a LVAD ( a pump) into his heart (this is the same device Dick Cheney recently had implanted).  This is major heart surgery but it is truly necessary to buy him time until a heart becomes available.

Dick and I will be living in Minneapolis for these seven weeks.   He will be in the hospital for two weeks after surgery then will move in with me in our apartment across the street from the hospital where we will reside for an additional four weeks for his after care and rehab.  Please pray for GRACE GRACE GRACE.  I am trusting God will allow an apartment to become available and am trusting that God's will work all of this out for His GOOD.  I see the Lord in all of this and am so thankful for his amazing love and timing.

Thank you so much for all your prayers and continual support during this next month and a half.
We love each of you.   Dick and I are truly blessed to have such loving family and friends.

May "The LORD bless you and keep you;  the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;  the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."
~ Numbers 6:24-26

Lovingly always,

Hospital information:
The Transplant Center
Fairview Medical Center
516 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, Mn  55455