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away — responding to phone calls, answering days-old emails, and sorting through a large bag of mail, bills, and now-outdated campaign flyers.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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  1. Paul & Melissa
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your updates, we have been and are praying for miraculous healing for Mary and excellent care for you both. Remember I for the most part am available, limited but willing to help in any way I can. Really. We love you guys. God bless.

  2. Deb Falkenburg
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    So glad to hear things are going well. Continue to take one day at a time. I loved reading about having house warm and fresh bread baked when you came home. Also glad to hear Mary slept well. May God continue to bless this healing progress. Love Debbie

  3. Gina Plain
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Good news. We very much appreciate the updates. It will be a full time job holding her back I’m sure!

  4. Charles Piazza
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    TYJ – Thank You Jesus for Mary coming through this significant procedure. She remains in YOUR arms while she rests HER arms!

    Posted November 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    We’re so glad to read of the good progress being made! Prayers continue to be lifted up for both of you. Love, Paul and Melissa <3

  6. Lee Boardway
    Posted November 9, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Daryl, I’ve been following Mary’s progress, and praying for you both.
    I have the time and ability to run errands for you, if you need anything (in this area or Bangor, etc.).

    May God bless you both, and show His loving care (I know He will).


  7. debby
    Posted November 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I laughed out loud picturing you stopping Mary from getting up out of a chair using her arms!
    Praying for more good days than bad. Thanks for the updates! Praying for you all!

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