Steve Spencer's Heart Surgery: Incredibly GOOD NEWS

August 20, 2014  •  8 Comments

SteveSp Trail Running Hummingbird  (1)SteveSp Trail Running Hummingbird (1) INCREDIBLY GOOD NEWS

about Steve Spencer

 

This morning I woke up thinking about Steve.  Grateful I have my health, though it isn’t perfect.  Grateful for all of the people I get to “hang out” with every day at “work”. 

As the morning progressed I contemplated what Steve and Suzy might be thinking about, talking about - definitely feeling scared at the worst case scenario would unfold but remembering Diane (Steve’s sister-in-law) updating me with the fantastic news about his strong heart.  

My station was dips. I got to see every camper today and while I watched over them working I started feeling the positive energy everyone had for Steve.  There is a lot to be said when humans rally around a cause and feel the good vibes.  My fear on their behalf was replaced by anticipation of what I knew would happen: he’d wake up fuzzed out but anxious to know “what happened” and then get the great news that everything went PERFECT.   

Then my updates from Diane began coming in...

August 20th, 9:41am: “We had the first update at 8:50am, which was not good news.  He needs a quintuplet by-pass with comes with a bit more complication.  They were harvesting a vein in his left leg.  We will get another update soon.  They have a nurse dedicated to keeping us up to date.”

Me: “CRAP, but OK good on dedicated nurse. Stay positive.”

10:16am “Update: mammary arteries rerouted, vein from leg harvested, hook up of heart and lung machine beginning.  Chest open.  Heart sack not open yet.  Takes 30 minutes.  No more updates for 2 hours.”

Me: “Holy SHIT that is intense.  Just INTENSE and I’m getting sick to my stomach.  I’m out getting supplies for the weekend Bulldog Aid Station and I look around at all of the people milling about.  I’m sort of numb and I read over that text 4 more times.  Ugh, got to stay positive.”

11:59am “The latest: all major artery work done.  20 more minutes on heart and lung machine.  Suzy will breath a sigh of relief once he’s off machine.  Next person to update should be heart surgeon in 60 minutes.  Steve is in the home stretch.”

Me: “I’m so glad Diane is an A-Personality.  Ahhh...I feel like I’m there with them.  I didn’t realize I was holding my breath reading the text. “

1:02pm  “Surgery over.  Doc said he only did quadruple.  No bypass machine was needed.  Doc was hoping to be able to do beating heart procedure.  Surgery went awesome.  No blood needed.  They just wheeled Steve by us.  He looks good.  We expected him to be pale, but no.  Color in his face.  He’s on ventilator for a couple of hours.  Probably wake him up in a couple of hours. Doctor said outcome great.  Steve is bootcamp strong!!”

Me: “In line at JoAnn Fabrics I squeal a happy squeal.  I feel like I’m watching the most ultimate Superbowl ever.  Wait, it IS the most ultimate Superbowl ever.  Steve did it!  He did it!!!”

Randy and I can breathe again - we both were actually taking shorter smaller breaths until we heard the good news.  Were you?

Salad - Lettuce Carrot Basil Red Cabbage Yellow squash FOODSalad - Lettuce Carrot Basil Red Cabbage Yellow squash FOOD

The next stage is JoAnn is organizing meals for the family while Steve recovers.  Of course everyone invited is IN.  Now we need to know what the new “post Ultimate Superbowl” menu should be.  

Steve told Randy and I he’d be joining us on more Salad Challenges.

I can’t wait to create our meal for the amazing Spencer Family.

My heart is smiling for everyone today!

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Rodney Louissaint(non-registered)
Great news!!! Steve, I hope to see you at the white Bull trail series.. Wishing you a super duper and fast recovery!
Monica Wilson(non-registered)
Excellent news! (Love the way Diane and Sarita made it feel like we were all in the waiting room too) The whole time I ran this morning, I kept thinking "run for Steve". Wising a speedy recovery to Steve and strength to the whole family.
mark Goldsmith(non-registered)
Wishing you a speedy recovery Steve!
Salley D Hernandez(non-registered)
Glad to hear Steve is doing great…… Here's to a Speedy recovery!
Shannon Kent(non-registered)
Such great news!!! So happy to hear that everything is done and Steve is doing well! :)
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