Status Report on Mary Witmer, 181107

Today has been a day of nurses visiting, calling, and checking in as a follow up to Mary’s heart valve replacement surgery last Thursday, November 1.

I’ve been “picking up the pieces” here at home after nearly a whole week away — responding to phone calls, answering days-old emails, and sorting through a large bag of mail, bills, and now-outdated campaign flyers.

Mary slept well last night and has been up and awake all day today — engaging in some activity but resting at other times as her body continues to heal. We believe the afib is continuing, at least intermittantly.

Mary has been told not to pull or push with her arms, or to lift more than eight pounds, for at least 4-6 weeks in spite of how well she feels. It’s a trick to get out of bed or up from a low chair without using her arms, but she’s trying to find ways to do such things. She often impulsively begins to do more than is probably appropriate, so my role has become one of cautioning her when she crosses the line.

We’ve been told that there will be good days and trying days in this process over the coming weeks, but at least for now, in general, it’s been a good first day at home.

Tomorrow, God willing, it will be back to the office and a more normal routine for me.

Thanks for reading along once again.

Daryl E. Witmer

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