Holy smokes! You guys are prolific hatchers AND posters! Took me forever to read the 100+ posts since last night!
@LocalYokel I'm praying for peace for your dad and your family. Lost my mom to Congestive Heart failure in 1991 when she was only 58 years old. Interesting (at least to me) sidenote: She was one of the first women in the US to have heart bypass surgery. They'd been performing them on men, but not too many women. She was so young when she had her first heart attack - just 39 - but she'd lost a brother to heart disease when he was in his late 30s too. In the late 70's, Ma was taken up to the University of Minnesota hospital where the pioneer of the procedure, Dr. Lillihi (and I always spell his name wrong!) did her bypass. She lived to have another bypass in 1987, then had her aortic valve replaced. We lost her in 1991. She was the bravest woman I've ever known, and I miss her every day. I know what you're feeling right now and my heart goes out to you!
I'm sorry about your mom Blooie! It really does sound like she was a STRONG, BRAVE lady! It's amazing to think that it really wasn't that long along ago they started bypass surgeries and keeping people alive longer. I grew up listening to stories about one of my Grandfather's brothers who was the biggest, strongest guy in the family. Incredibly healthy and one day working on the farm he started feeling week, and losing his breath. They determined he had an infection in his heart and he should just go home to die. His heart was damaged and there was nothing they could do. He died a couple of weeks later. He was 30. Today, he would still be alive, but back then, they didn't have the knowledge. Just in the last 50 years, we've made so much progress in medicine, it's mind boggling. But, there is still so much we need to learn!!!