Wednesday, October 8, 2008


We are home for less than 24 hours and Mickey's double bi-pass heart surgery has been moved up to October 9th at 6 a.m. (tomorrow) Please pray for him and this surgery which is to last 4-6 hours.


A brief recap

As you know Mickey and I left on September 30th to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on October 4th. We headed to Flagstaff, Arizona where we were married and Grand Canyon where we spent our wedding night.

We drove the first day to Albuquerque to visit my forever friend, Joan & her husband, Jim for 3 days. I had set up a luncheon meeting with Kitty, At Home With Kitty. You can read about it on her blog. I will post my side when all this is over.

On Friday, October 3rd, we drove to Flagstaff, Arizona where we had married 50 years ago. I had contacted Brenda, It's All Good, to meet with her. You can read about this meeting on her blog. I will post my side when all this is over.

On Saturday, October 4th, we had spent the day celebrating our 50th at the very place where it all began in 1958. We had a wonderful day. I will post all about this later.

Then we went to Grand Canyon where we had spent our wedding night.

I had to take Mickey to the emergency ward at Flagstaff hospital about 9 p.m. that night. We had our choice to stay and have the bi-pass done in Flagstaff or get him home for the scheduled 10-16 surgery in Oklahoma City. Neither of us wanted to be isolated in Flagstaff alone so we opted to make the journey home. He was released from the hospital at 1:55 on Sunday, 10-5, and we began the 1000 mile trip home.

I drove until 7:30 p.m. when we stopped at Grants, New Mexico for the night. Mickey had said he was feeling okay during this 5 1/2 hour drive. We checked into the motel and almost immediately, when he tried to lay down, he began having trouble again and I took him to the emergency at Cibola Hospital. They then moved him into ICU and watched him all night.

Our wonderful son, Marc, made arrangements to fly into Albuquerque, and was to arrive at 1:00 p.m. (10-6) and either I was to be there to pick him up, or he would rent-a-car and drive to Grants. The hospital decided he was stable enough for us to make the 85 mile trip to Albuquerque and released him at 11:30. I pulled up at the Albuquerque airport at 12:59......his plane was on time......and Marc was behind the drivers seat, with Mickey still in the passenger seat, and me safe and very relieved in the back seat at 1:09 and we began the L-O-N-G drive home.

Mickey seemed to do better as we got out of the high altitudes of 7000' - 6000' - & 5000'. We reached Oklahoma City and checked into a motel at 10:40 p.m. We had planned to drive to the VA Hospital in OKC but Mickey was feeling so much better and he did not want to do that. Marc & I decided we would check into the motel and take him to the hospital the next morning.

At 9 a.m. yesterday, 10-7, we took him to the VA Hospital. They moved the surgery to Thursday, 10-9, at 6 a.m. They did all the necessary pre-opt tests and let us come back to Tulsa. He had a very good night of rest and comfort in his own bed, in his own home.

We are heading back to OKC today around 2 and check into the motel. He will have the surgery in the morning at 6 a.m. Marc, Oksana, Aric, Suzette & Jacque will all come and join us in OKC this evening at the motel around 6. One of them will be staying with me at all times. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is for Mickey & I to have the great children we have, and especially our son, Marc, who always seems to come to our aid. Remember the story here when he showed up, just in time!!!

I know this is rambling and disconnected but I've tried to give you a run-down of our past 4 horrendous days and mostly ask that all my wonderful friends, who are prayer warriors and believers as we are, to pray. I will get word out as soon as possible when the surgery is complete.

We know who's we are.

We know who holds us in the palm of His hand.

We know in whom we put our trust and our faith.

JESUS our LORD & Savior.

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Nadine said...

Congratulations on 50 years and a good trip.

I will keep Mickey in our prayers.

diana said...

wow! certainly not the trip you had planned on. i'm sorry it ended up how it did. it must have been very scary for the two of you.

both you and mickey will be in my prayers until this is all over. may you feel God's peace during this time.

quick sidenote: i spent my honeymoon at the grand canyon with one day in flagstaff. in january!

Danielle said...

I'll also be praying for the operation.

MightyMom said...

I will admit to being very worried when you chose to wait on the surgery. I hope and pray that all goes well tomorrow. I'm glad that you got to relive some good memories.

Missy said...

Susan, congratulations on 50 years of partnership. I love hearing how you two work together. :0)

We will pray for Mickey's surgery and recovery and many blessings of faith and peace as you wait with family.

Linds said...

Add my prayers too, Susan, for all of you, especially Mickey. Hold fast, my friend.

Barbara said...

I have been checking in to see if you are back. I was so sorry to read that you had such a difficult 4 days b ut so glad that Mickey is better at lower altitude.

Will be praying for you both, especially at midday tomorrow when the surgery will begin.

Everyone I know who has had bypass surgery has gone on to live a very full life after recovery. I pray the recovery time will be quick.
Blessings to you both.

Susie said...

Praying for you and your husband Susan. I hate hospitals and have spent way too much time their in the last 11 years with my husband and my son when he was a baby. May the Lord give you peace and comfort, as well as healing for your husband. Blessings and love!

Tammy said...

Susan, I know the trip wasn't exactly the way you would have hoped it would all go...but I am so glad that you and Mickey got to enjoy at least a good part of it together. Now I will be praying for him and for God's hand to guide the surgeon and for a very swift recovery.

Momma Roar said...

Oh dear Susan, know that I am lifting you both up in prayer right now - and will be until further updates!

I am so, so, so thankful that God was with you all the way in this and that He again provided for you - Marc is such a blessing!

I am also thankful that you will always have someone by your side during this.

I am glad you were able to make some wonderful memories for your 50th!! CONGRATS!!

It is my prayer that you can finish celebrating shortly!! :)

Leigh Ann

Sioux said...

Oh, Susan, you are all in our prayers. My God guide the doctors' hand and they enable Mickey's heart to become strong again.

With love to all of you...sioux

Tina said...

Susan, I will definitely be praying for you both!!!(((HUGS)))

Kelly said...

Oh Susan, I have chills of empathy as I read this post. My Dad had a triple bypass 9 weeks ago, after a sudden heart attack that came out of the blue- no history, nothing!

Such an upsetting thing to face, but I am praying for you to feel the amazing peace of God surround you and your husband, and know that He is with Mickey and the doctors throughout this procedure.
I am so, so sorry that you are going through this- but I hope you will feel the same comfort that my Mom and I felt, in knowing that this surgery would save his life and restore him to us.

My dad is doing fabulously now, and is back to work and feeling better every day. So sorry this is rambling, but I just want you to know that I understand what you are feeling, and praying for you.

Lisa said...

Susan, I was praying for and thinking of you both each day when I logged in here.
Mickey & you will definately be in prayers Thursday.
Yes, we are all in the palm of the Lord's hand! Thank you Jesus!
Get a good night's rest!
Blesings, Lisa

Susie said...

Hi Susan,
I'm so sorry to read that you had such problems on your trip to celebrate your anniversary.
My prayers are with you as Mickey has his surgery.

nickernoodle said...

Oh Susan, its been awhile since I have checked in with you but I am praying for Mickey tomorrow. I will also be praying for your whole family. Our God is an awesome God and all things are possible through him. Hang in there and I can't wait to hear how the surgery went.

Kitty said...

Oh Susan, I can't believe this happened!! =( I'm so glad Marc was there to help you out, you found good medical care along your path home, and you are home safely, awaiting surgery tomorrow. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this trip. I will pass this information along to the kids, and you can be sure that we will ALL be praying for Mickey (and you) tomorrow!!

JILL said...

I most certianly will be lifting you ALL up in prayer now and for many more days. God's blessing to you all.

Bobbi said...

Sorry your trip didn't turn out the way you wanted, but as you already know, GOD has a purpose and a plan. :) I'm praising GOD that by JESUS' stripes Mickey is healed, that healing is the bread of HIS children, that NO weapon formed against Mickey shall prosper. That you and Mickey are the head and not the tail.

Here's some other verses...
I Peter 2:24 "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."

Psalm 103:3 "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;"

Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

Jeremiah 17:14 "Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise"

Jeremiah 30:17a "For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD"

Exodus 15:26 "And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee."

Proverbs 4:20-22 "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."

Psalm 107:20 "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions."

James 5:14,15 "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him"

Be encouraged my sister! Praying for you both!

Lynn said...

We will keep you in our prayers.

annie said...

Oh Susan. What an ordeal... I am so sorry that your trip was interrupted, but thankful to God for bringing you both home safely. How long will Mickey be in the hospital? I will continue to pray!

Maxine said...

Susan, somehow I missed this. I didn't know about Mickey's surgery before this. I am putting you down for prayer tomorrow. God bless you two. My aunt had a quadruple bypass and had no more problems afterward.Praying Mickey has the same experience. God will guide the physicians as we pray for them.

Nancy said...

Oh my what a trip not soon to be forgotton. You are both in my prayers, please keep us updated on Mickey's surgery. God's peace be with you..

PEA said...

My prayers are with Mickey as he has his surgery tomorrow morning...please let us know as soon as you can how it all went once it's over.

How wonderful that you were able to celebrate your 50th anniversary in the spot were you were married but what a shame Mickey wasn't feeling well. The higher altitude certainly didn't seem to agree with him!! xoxo

The Olson's: said...

I've been thinking about you on your anniversary holiday. Sorry to hear about the change of plans, but I'm glad to hear Mickey is having his surgery so quickly.

I'll be praying for you both as you go through this journey.
~ Leanne

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I am glad the trip was so wonderful. And I will be praying for Mickey and you too tomorrow.

It's All Good! said...

Hi Susan, Yes, yes, yes we are praying for Mickey. I wondered about the altitude here.
Sorry things didn't turn out like you planned, maybe another time!
God bless,
Sunny and Grace say Hi.
Brenda :)

Ross' Cottage said...

Hi Susan,
I am sorry for such an unexpected last few days. I will be in prayer for you and Mickey tonight and in the morning before, during and after the surgery. You are surrounded by His love and care and also by many friends He has put in your lives to uplift you both in prayer. Thinking of you

Meredith Teagarden said...
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Meredith Teagarden said...


My heart is heavy for you as I read this. I think of the fifty years you have loved this man, your partner, your other half, and the way you have written about him...You are in my prayers at 1:00 a.m. in my part of the country. I am up late, and will be lifting your family in prayer. How good the Lord is to have sent your son, Marc, to care for you both during this. May you sense the nearness of our God, the tenderness of His mercies, the power of His healing and His hand in each and every day that is yours and Mickey's!

Hugs to you!
Sorry, I posted twice because you know I m terrible with typos!

weavermom said...

Susan!! Praying right this minute! Look forward to hearing the news that the surgery went well and he will be coming home soon.

I'm so sorry your trip was not relaxing!

Our Peculiar Life said...

Praying praying praying. and lots of love!

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

Oh dear and precious friend, I just read your post and stopped in my tracks to pray. I want so badly to call you, but I know you are not home.

I'm praying that one of the kids will have a laptop along and you will get to update soon.

We are believing that you are in His grip.

Dawn said...

I'm sorry all of this had to happen when Mickey had such a nice surprise planned for you. I hope and pray he's doing all right by now!

We're heading for Georgia tomorrow morning and hoping we can enjoy and relax instead of worrying about Kristen and all the "stuff" that is going on.

Meredith Teagarden said...

You have been in my prayers all day today.

Shirley said...

Oh - I am so sorry for the emergencies - praying for you all!
HE is able!

Musicaljean said...

I just now read of your journey these last few days. What a scary time for you, dear Susan. I pray the surgery was successful today and that he will have a good night tonight and he'll soon be feeling so much better. My brother-in-law had SIX bypasses in March and he's feeling better than he had for years.

Ross' Cottage said...

Continued prayer for you and Mickey today...Thinking of you, Kim

Betty said...

I've been out of blogging for several weeks due to my husband's surgery for blood clots in his left leg...thank God he didn't have to have it amputated....

Congratulations on 50 years of marriage...very unheard of these days and times...

Mickey is in my prayers as well as you and your family.....God Bless...Betty @ Country Charm

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Wow....what a trip. I will certainly keep Mickey and your family in my prayers.

Kansas Bob said...

My heart cried a bit with you Susan. I have been praying since I read this on my phone yesterday.

Blessings, Bob

Lisa Adams said...

Russ and I have been praying since we saw the email go out. I know that Mickey will recover fully and can't wait until you two get back. We'll be glad to help with the bees or whatever else you need. Just let me know.
Love you guys

Short Stop said...

Praying, praying, praying for you and Mickey! May you know God's peace and love as you go through this together - as you have so many other things in life!