Status Report on Mary Witmer, 181105

It’s been a long day of ups and downs, but one that on net seems to have ended well.

At about 8:30 AM Mary’s heart slipped back into afib. So disappointing. But then this evening at about 7:00 PM it once again converted back to sinus. Mary had just been praying and immediately credited God’s power as the explanation for this latest turn.

Her appetite is back, she is now independently ambulatory, and she was especially encouraged by a hot shower and shampoo late this afternoon.

But the most significant development of the day occurred when her surgeon, Dr. Klemperer, walked into the room and said, “I don’t see why you can’t plan to go home tomorrow, even with afib. I think that it’ll clear up in time.”

So the plan to depart EMMC for Monson is now in motion. Exciting and scary. Scary because Monson is a long way from this hospital.

Earlier this morning I drove across town to have studded tires put back on the van. What should have taken two hours turned into four and a half hours due to a number of factors. I so wanted to get back to Mary’s bedside, so it became a great test of patience. I probably got a C- on that test.

All three of our sons and their families continue to be in touch regularly. We also continue to note the comments and expressions of support from so many others — including you, perhaps. Thanks so much. It’s brought us tremendous encouragement.

Until next time — hopefully from Monson.

Daryl E. Witmer

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