Sometimes something can happen in your life that will change it forever. That something happened to me on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 6:30am. I went into the hospital for a "minor" heart procedure and ended up spending five days in cardiac ICU because of complications.
I was so convinced that it would be a simple procedure that I didn't even take a toiletry bag with me to the hospital. We had also planned a party at our house for two days later to celebrate the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Two days later I was still connected to IV's, an oxygen tank and had a tube in my chest to drain the fluid from around my heart.
The change in my life came when I woke up and was surrounded by my family and friends who continue to be there for me throughout this healing process. They give their love unconditionally and lift my spirits when they lag. They bring me flowers, fruit, sweet smelling body lotions and soaps, magazines, books, pajamas, blankets and meals (many, many meals) along with hugs, smiles and tears. They've raised me up during a time of pain, uncertainty and loss. Prayers, phone calls and e-mails continue to arrive daily reminding me of the abundance of love and support I have in my life.