All is Well

CaringBridge journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 8/9/2016

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Nancy slept off and on overnight after a sweet, laughter filled day. Sounds like the plan today is to have two MRIs — one of her heart and the other of her brain. Then we’ll go from there. Still no clear answers about why this happened. The MRIs may shed some light. The main cath lab doc who worked on her right after she arrived on Friday said it may just remain a mystery. Either way (explanation or no explanation), she will likely leave the hospital with an internal defibrillator which will automatically shock her heart should she ever go into VFib again.

Another of her docs today said folks with her sort of cardiac arrest often spend two weeks in the hospital and then two more weeks in rehab. He then said he expects Nancy’s trajectory to be shorter. It’s nice to have some sort of expectation but, naturally, we will take it day by day.

Nancy’s voice is returning, and she’s been busy schmoozing her nurses, especially in her quest for ice chips. Nothing by mouth until she has a swallowing assessment — standard procedure after ventilator removal. But she has been able to have a few ice chips, which she savors like crazy.

We both thank you for all your love and support. I’ve been reading a few of your posts to her. And we will definitely read them all in the days ahead. Together. I like that together idea a lot.

More as we learn it. Steph & Nancy


Chris Molyneux | Aug 10, 2016 10:52am
We are so glad to hear all of this great news. My stepson Evyn has done well with his internal defibrillator over the past year and a half. I also have a teacher friend at school who is on her second defibrillator after more than 10 years with her first. It is very reassuring to know this device is protecting your loved ones after a scare like this. Nancy: Keep up the good work of recovery, we love you. Steph: Thank you for your strength and perseverance at Nancy’s side.

Kathy Styc | Aug 9, 2016 11:52pm
It’s great to hear the good news about Nancy’s improvement. My love and prayers to you both.

Joan Biren | Aug 9, 2016 8:16pm
I was with Evie today and for some reason she decided to start calling me Grandma Punky, or maybe Bunky, or maybe both. It was hard to tell because of her wonderful laughter. She cracks herself up. But I would bet that somewhere in all that she was thinking about her Grandma Fluffy. I know I am. Sending lots of love and prayers to you and Nancy.

Steffen Foss | Aug 9, 2016 8:09pm
Big hugs to both of you!

Pat Herrington | Aug 9, 2016 7:09pm
So glad to hear that Nancy is excelling at recovering! Keep it up Nancy!

Pamela Itzin | Aug 9, 2016 6:01pm
So very glad to read this good news! Hope food is on the horizon, and soon. Sending love to you both, look forward to visiting soon.

Elaine Kinnard | Aug 9, 2016 3:33pm
Such good news!!
Cheers from Billings!

Mary Beth Lake | Aug 9, 2016 3:13pm
Nancy, you can have as many ice chips as possible! Then ask to suck on Outshines, fantastic fruity ice bars! MaryBeth

Deb Gottfried | Aug 9, 2016 1:14pm
Love this post–it brings me joy.
Together. Together forever.
Love from our family.
Ben, Deb, Ani, Norah and Greta

Maria Kelly | Aug 9, 2016 12:22pm
So much to love here: laughter, togetherness, and Nancy schmoozing some nurses. Keep the happy coming! Go Team Besta!

Jennifer Bothun (Lund) | Aug 9, 2016 11:23am
Hi, Nancy,
I was so sorry to hear about your health situation, and hope and pray for your recovery day by day. To one of my favorite people,
Jennifer Bothun

Stephanie Handel | Aug 9, 2016 10:45am
Madeleine and I are smiling hearing the news of continued healing. We like the sound of you doing things together as well. We saw a beautiful sunrise today and know that it sent powerful bursts of energy and love and care into the universe for you both!

Mary Cisar | Aug 9, 2016 10:36am
So happy to hear, Nancy, that you are making such great progress and that there is a way to maybe prevent another episode like this. Much love to such a special person! –Mary

katia mcdonough | Aug 9, 2016 10:33am
ooops. too many double clicks. Or maybe too much enthusiasm!

katia mcdonough | Aug 9, 2016 10:32am
with you constantly in spirit. And jumping up and down with all the good news!!!

Amy Jacobson | Aug 9, 2016 10:30am
We are so happy to hear that you are on the mend! Your Lynx Buddy Fans are with you all the way! 🏀

Mary Ellen Erlandson | Aug 9, 2016 10:25am
So glad to read more good news. Prayers and love are still being sent.

Laree Winer | Aug 9, 2016 10:25am
We savor the good news as much as Nancy those ice chips! Continuing to pray and send love and healing.

JoAnn Johnson | Aug 9, 2016 10:24am
We are so happy and relieved and can hardly wait to see you both. We love you. You are both heroes – yes, Olympic Gold to you both!!!!
Love from Abby and JoAnn

Ben Gottfried | Aug 9, 2016 10:05am
So happy to read this. Wishing continued successful (and speedy) recovery!

Nancy Montgomery | Aug 9, 2016 9:53am
Good to hear positive news!! Keep that trajectory going!! How wonderful you have each other! Our love to you!

Jean Hay | Aug 9, 2016 9:46am
Blessings to you both (all). Love and prayers.

Patricia Sween | Aug 9, 2016 9:45am
Such good news! Continuing to send love and prayers.

Ingrid Urberg | Aug 9, 2016 9:34am
I’m so very glad to hear that you are doing better Nancy! Know that I am thinking of you
and wishing you a speedy recovery. God bedring! klem fra Ingrid

Michele Whetstone | Aug 9, 2016 9:30am
So very happy to hear that your day, yesterday, was filled with smiles and your infectious laughter☺️ Our thoughts are with you. Looking forward to giving you hugs and sharing smiles!!!

Julie Church | Aug 9, 2016 9:05am
Nancy! I’m so happy you are doing well! Keep it up, and you’ll be out of there in no time. Sending good vibes from here 🙂

Joan Olson | Aug 9, 2016 9:02am
I am so happy to hear this great news! Nancy is such a beautiful person and Her smile always lights up the room! My prayers are with you two very special people. Love you both, jo Olson

Louis janus | Aug 9, 2016 9:00am
What a complete DRAG to spend time in the hospital. I know it is! I appreciate the news Steph! Thanks

Dan Beach | Aug 9, 2016 8:54am
This is wonderful news! Wishing Nancy a speedy recovery and peace and rest for everyone caring for her.

Andrea Gleason | Aug 9, 2016 8:50am
best news ever! So relieved to hear that nancy is on the road to recovery. My heart is full knowing you guys are together. Everyday is special. Thank you for keeping us all updated.

karla jean miller | Aug 9, 2016 8:47am
Beautiful words to hear. Explanations are great, but having day by day together is beyond the moon and stars. Hopefully Nancy’s kind grace will come back manifold in piles of ice chips to cool her throat and mouth.Prayers for a good day, moment by moment, smile by smile, touch by touch…love and peace to both of you.

Su Smallen | Aug 9, 2016 8:41am
Thank you for this bright update! I’m holding you Together in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy I hope you get lots of delicious ice chips today! xo

Marsha Foss | Aug 9, 2016 8:26am
Keep up the good work, both of you, my dear strong girls.
Much love, Marsha

Deborah Padgett | Aug 9, 2016 8:21am
Oh I am thrilled at this news! Nancy, you are a STAR. So much love to both of you. Rejoicing here. 💖💖💖Deb

Linda Ann Harris | Aug 9, 2016 7:56am
Our Dearest Gopher Gals, we are stunned to learn of your terrifying past few days. Thank you for sharing Caring Bridge with us. With all of the love and support, present and beaming in from far places, we feel certain Nancy’s recovery will move forward at the best healing pace. Please know our most urgent and heartfelt prayers are with you both, as well as all the family gathered ’round. There are candles burning at the Duke Chapel….We send all the positive energy we can muster, we love you Nancy and Steph. Ann and Barb

Deb Filer | Aug 9, 2016 7:53am
More cheers! This is all good news!

Ann Dyellig | Aug 9, 2016 7:40am
This good news will keep me smiling all day :). Keep up the good work, Nancy. And Stephanie, you’re a most excellent cheerleader! 🙂 Cheers to you both!

Aimee Brown | Aug 9, 2016 7:32am
Wonderful news! I’ll continue to cheer you on and keep you in my thoughts.

Claudia Gordon | Aug 9, 2016 7:31am
In true Olympic spirit…..Nancy is heading for a record recovery!! Gold medals to both of you! See you at the finish line…….

rhonnie mccauley | Aug 9, 2016 7:26am
Yay, good news! Thank you for update. Cheering you on from CoLora do. Xo

Bob Entenmann | Aug 9, 2016 7:15am
This sounds very hopeful. Best wishes for recovery.

susan Donohue | Aug 9, 2016 6:55am
Very good news to date and so proud of the patient who will set a record in recovery time, it seems!

Kari Dorer | Aug 9, 2016 6:54am
Such a great post to wake up to!

mona Olson | Aug 9, 2016 6:44am
Great news! Keep up the good work. Glad you have each other.

Felicity Evers | Aug 9, 2016 6:26am
This is such good news Fluffy! You are both so amazing! Sending a huge hug from Downunder!!

Jonathan O’Conner | Aug 9, 2016 6:21am
Thank you for this update. We will hope for answers but are just so glad she is back and you are together. You have taken such good care of her. I can hear her laughter in my heart and cannot wait to hear it again in person. We love you both and continue to send thoughts focused on healing.

Donna Dingle | Aug 9, 2016 6:10am
So happy to hear all this. We are thinking of you constantly. Love from the Swingles.