Saturday, January 31, 2009

We are HOME!

It's true...we are finally home!! Here is the update:

Yesterday I'm all ready to take Brian home (in my pj's, no make-up, straight out of bed with no sleep) and I'm thinking all is well. Brian recovered amazingly and I'm happily going to take him home and we are going to get some sleep. Then he stands up and passes out. So the nurse comes in and hooks him back up to all the machines and has him stand up. He passes out again. The pacemaker kicks in but the problem is that his blood pressure is what drops horribly and then his heart rate drops. In order for the pacemaker to fix the problem, it needs to be the other way around. His heart rate drops as low as 51/34!!! They stood him up two more times as the day goes on, both with his passing out. Quite naturally, we are told Brian cannot go home.

However, Brian's doctor doesn't come back to the hospital we were at, (we didn't know that!) so we are in the care of the doctor on call. So we wait for him to come and he is a total jerk and I'm going to be even more mad when I have to pay money for his visit because he did NOTHING but make me really, really mad. So he tells us that Brian is going to stay overnight and get another IV (Brian's third one.)

So this morning when he gets up, he doesn't pass out. After breakfast I take him for a 10 minute walk. No problems. After lunch I have him shower since most of the passing out at home has taken place in the shower. Again, no problems. Strange but very happy!

Then the on-call doctor comes to see us. Thank goodness NOT the one from yesterday and he had obviously been forwarned. He sat down and spent his time with us. But I think a doctor should. This is my husband's heart we are talking about here! So the low down is this:

Right now it seems that Brian's body had a tough time recovering from the no eating, drinking, surgery thing. Hopefully! That is why the IV fluids made a difference. However, since his blood pressure drops before his heart rate, there may be something else wrong. They want to see if he has any more fainting spells and if so, they will put him on a medicine to raise his blood pressure or give his heart more power to pump. He tells us, if we feel okay with it, we can go home. So we agree, pack up and are happily at home (with a brand new blood pressure machine - you should come over and try it out.)

The best part of the hospital stay was our nurse Jeanine!! We LOVED her! It was because of her that the doctor didn't make us leave, that we have the stats of Brian passing out recorded and that someone else saw what happens to Brian when he passes out. Plus, she treated us like royality! Thanks Jeanine for being so incredible!!

And thank you, friends and family, for all your thoughts, prayers and concerns. We would not have made it through this without you!

Friday, January 30, 2009

We NEED more prayers!!

I guess we spoke too soon - Brian will NOT be coming home today. Unfortunately the pacemaker did not fix the problem. Every time Brian gets up his blood pressure bottoms out and the pacemaker (thankfully) works like crazy. The Dr told us they don't know what is causing it yet. They are running more tests and we will not be going home yet. Please keep us in your prayers - we need them.

We will keep you posted.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brian is doing WONDERFUL!!

It must be because of all your prayers!!

Just shy of two hours after heading off for surgery, Brian was back. During surgery, one of the leads that goes into his heart came loose as they were moving him, so he had to go back under and fix that! SCARY!!

Inspite of that, he is doing sooooo good. He has so much more color, he is fully awake, happy, eating (I even got him a Pepsi!), cracking jokes and is in a great mood. It's so nice to see him doing so well. Also, his heart beats about 15 - 20 more beats a minute. That's gotta be nice considering it didn't go much over 65 beats a minute before. I think this pacemaker is going to make a HUGE difference!

Other than some shoulder pain and his arm being held down to the bed like he is a prisoner, he has no complaints. His scar is about three inches long, I don't know if you can really tell in the picture.

Brian's parents are here and cousin Heather came to make sure I laughed instead of cried. Thanks Heather! You are the bestest!! Time went by REALLY quick with you here!

All in all, it's been a great day. Thank you everyone for everything. We will be checking out of here tomorrow around 9:00am.

Welcome Kale Ivar-Lamar Hansen!!

Congratulations Stacey and Brett!!

I have, yet another, super cute nephew. He was born today at 7:57 am, weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces and 21 inches long.

I LOVE him already!!

Off to surgery

Brian was off to surgery at about 3:30 pm. They said he would be gone for about two hours. Weird since they told us before it would be 45 minutes.
He is in good spirits. He was telling jokes and laughing and he even survived getting TWO I.V.'s. One in his right elbow and one in his left hand.

After he left, they showed us a pacemaker. We passed it around and it fell on the floor. Sure hope they don't use that one!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Details of Thursday's surgery

Sorry to post this so late. Brian's surgery is scheduled for 2:30 pm on Thursday (tomorrow). It is suppose to last for about 45 minutes but also take into consideration him actually getting in on time. I will have my cell phone so you can call if you want. I will update our blog if the hospital has internet. And it's a brand new one so it should, shouldn't it? Don't worry, if you have been recieving regular phone calls, you will get one of those as soon as I know how he is doing. But while I'm making the calls, I'll also be updating here so that way I can get the info out to everyone as soon as possible. Sometimes technology is a wonderful thing!

Brian will stay in the hospital one night and come home sometime on Friday. Depending on how he is doing, I'm sure he'll love visitors. Just don't mind the dirty house, various piles of unfolded laundry and cat hair. It's been a crazy week!

Thank you for all the prayers, messages, offers of help, thoughts and phone calls. We really, really appreciate everything. Until tomorrow...


Just heard from the doctor. All the tests came back great. Brian's heart functions as it should. So it's the brain not reminding the heart to beat. Tomorrow afternoon Brian will have surgery to get a pace maker. 

I'm at work so I'll keep the update simple. I'll post more later.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Keep Brian in your prayers

It's been a rollercoaster ride around here lately. A few weeks ago Brian started passing out. The first time it happened, I wasn't home and I totally thought Brian and his Dad were trying to pull one over on me. Then it happened again, and again, and again. Of course there was the ER visit but they didn't find anything wrong. So they sent Brian to a cardiologist and he got hooked up to a heart monitor. He continued to pass out but never when the heart monitor was on. Finally, on Monday he passed out right after putting the monitor on.

Long story short, his heart slowed down, FLAT LINED for five seconds, beat once, FLAT LINED for six seconds, beat once, FLAT LINED for five seconds and slowly went back to a normal rhythm.

That's right folks, his heart was STOPPING!!

So today he was in for a stress test and an echocardiogram to make sure there isn't anything structurally wrong with his heart. We didn't hear anything back yet so we are hoping to get those results tomorrow.

Meanwhile, he is scheduled to get a PACE MAKER on Thursday afternoon.

Please pray for him. It's all a bit surreal but all the prayers we can get, the better.

Check back for updates.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I think I have some crushes!

Right before Christmas break I started a poetry unit with my fifth graders. Before Christmas they each had to hand in three poems under the topics of animals, place or season and people. Two of the boys wrote poems about me that were too cute not to share! Here they are with the interpretation underneath in case you can't read 5th grade handwriting.

Mrs. Morris is always trying to help.
Mrs. Morris is always ready for anything.
Mrs. Morris is blonde and nice.
She is a teacher always ready to help.
She likes the Utes and not BYU.
She likes to read, her favorite is Twilight.

Mrs. Morris is
all of these
a teacher
a nice person
a wife
a good friend
and somebody
you would love
to know.

Sometimes being a fifth grade teacher is the best thing EVER!!
Ahh....they can be so cute!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A random roll of film

This weekend Brian found a roll of film we had never developed. We had no idea what it was and since we aren't "those" kind of people, we weren't worried about dropping it off to get developed. Here is Brian's super cool Halloween costume from last year. He even made his own wig.

And the rest of the roll was pictures of the flowers I did for my friend Kara's wedding. I was pretty impressed with myself. All those years working at the flower shop and I still got it!

The Bride's bouquet...

For the groom...

And a random corsage where the picture turned out good...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Quote of the Day

I had recess duty today and I can't help but blog what I overheard one kid say to another - "Dude. You are totally hanging out with the wrong crowd. You will never be popular." Ugh - kids care about being popular in 5th grade? I'm so sad for them. High school is still more than four years away for them. Oh, I'm just so sad.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Guitar Hero weekend

That's right...I had a Guitar Hero weekend and it was AWESOME! I am already getting 90%+ on the "hard" level!! Some of Brian's family came into town. Mom and Dad Morris got here on Thursday and Joel, MacKenzie, Whitney and Abbie got here Saturday. The guys went to a Jazz game and us girls ran errands, shopped, partied at Barnes and Noble and rocked it up with Guitar Hero. Funny how not much gets me to stay up late (I LOVE my sleep) but when it comes to Guitar Hero, it's hard to go to bed.

I've learned that most people intrepret my "serious" face as "grumpy" - here it is so you can cast your own vote. When the song gets more complicated, I find myself pursing my lips! So funny! Really, I'm having fun the entire time! I know my competition may not look fierce - but you don't know Abbie's skills.

Brian and Grandpa rockin'...

Whitney and MacKenzie going head to head...

Joel and MacKenzie gettin' into it...

And yes it's true - we even got Grandma to get her rockin' moves out... Thanks family for all the fun! And thanks Spencer's for bringing Guitar Hero!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Goodie Plates

I know I'm posting this late but I wanted to have it here as a record. So better late than never. It's tradition to make tons of cookies and candy and then bring them to your neighbors and friends. I have kept this tradition because I LOVE it! Although I need to find good chocolate so I can actually make chocolates. This year I didn't have any time before Christmas to make the goodies, but once we got home from Texas, and I had a week off, I got right to work. YUMMY!! Here is evidence of this year's Goodie Plates.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Last year I only set one goal because I had NEVER in my life kept a New Year's Resolution. That was to go to a new restaurant, once a month, all year. Brian and I had a lot of fun doing this. We found some great places to eat and I feel like I know Salt Lake City a little better. So this year I'm going to be a little bit more ambitious.

Goals for 2009

Find more balance in my life by:
(1) Watching less t.v.
(2) Exercising more
(3) Writing more (okay - this entails finishing both books I am currently writing)
(4) Being more spiritual
(5) Being more productive when I am off track
(6) Being more money conscious
(7) Getting my teaching license

I don't have too high of expectations for myself do I??? Hahahahaha.... I'm really excited to see how I do on this. I'm going to have to print this off and hang it up. Here's to a great year!! :)

Signs it's going to be a better year (I hope)

Okay....2008 was a pretty crappy year. I have no desire to whine and complain and my life could, definetly, be worse. So instead, I'm going to focus on the two signs I have gotten so far that 2009 is going to be a better year.

First sign... on New Year's Day Brian and I headed over to Tammie, Steve and Lois' house for yummy food, massages (Steve is a massage therapist in the making) and games. We got them Bunco for Christmas so we broke it out and played it. Look at the score card below, I am the luckiest Bunco player - EVER!! The first game I got a high Bunco. While some of you might think - big deal - you have no idea how much Murphy's Law rules my life and how completely opposite having luck in any form is a miracle for me. So then came the second game. I very happily got ANOTHER high Bunco! I couldn't believe it. Things like this NEVER happen to me. And then things got even better- I got a REAL Bunco. The kind where all four dice are the exact number you are going for. It was glorious, beautiful and definetly a sign that 2009 might, maybe, hopefully, please, please, please just go my way this year.

Sign number two...I was introduced to Guitar Hero by Crystal, Tim and Gavin. If you know me well, you know I am not very interested in playing game console games. I'm sorry. I just get bored, my eyes dry out and okay, I'll admit it - I suck. So I reluctantly took my turn at Guitar Hero and LOVED IT! I'm totally a natural. I can't play the real guitar but I'm totally awesome at Guitar Hero. Yeah - that's right. I'll take you on and kick your trash!! Another small miracle in my life. And trust me, those don't come very often. Let alone twice in one year.

So I take these two small miracles as signs that 2009 is going to be a better year. Or I guess if 2009 is worse, at least I can look back at 2008 and be grateful it wasn't as bad as 2009. Either way - I'm a winner!