CaringBridge journal entry by Nancy Aarsvold — 8/13/2016
This is Nancy writing for the first time. Well, we don’t have a lot of exact information about why I had two cardiac arrests on Friday, August 5, but here is what I do know. Stephanie saved me for sure by giving me CPR at home until the ambulance with the paramedics arrived, and later the excellent staff at the University of Minnesota Medical Center revived me again. During these past 8 days, we have been surrounded by the love and support of our family who have arrived from near and far, and by the care of the doctors, nurses, and physical therapists at the hospital.
I feel a little better each day and have been enjoying visits with friends and family, as well as receiving various types of physical therapy and care from the staff here. Here’s a picture from a morning visit today with a group of women from our church. Amazing how much better you can feel when sitting out in the sun, wearing your own clothes instead of a hospital gown, and surrounded by close friend!
Hope to have a cardiac MRI and get an implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) sometime during the first part of the coming week!
Much love to all!
Nancy, Stephanie, & families
Heather Ferguson | Aug 15, 2016 9:37am
So wonderful to hear your “voice” Nancy! Love and prayers
Michael Schulze | Aug 15, 2016 6:13am
Nancy and Stephanie you are in my prayers. Mike Schulze😀
Heather Campbell | Aug 14, 2016 10:42pm
Glad you are doing better Nancy. So happy to read all the positive updates. Heather C
Kris Grangaard | Aug 14, 2016 9:51pm
We love seeing your smile, Nancy!! What a week!
Nancy Montgomery | Aug 14, 2016 8:31pm
What a great picture! Wonderful to see you up and around. What a scary time you have been through. How good to have Stephanie, family, and friends for support. Know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers. See you when we get back from Saskatchewan!
Helene MacCallum | Aug 14, 2016 8:22pm
You are the most wonderful teacher I’ve ever had so of course you would do well and make a great recovery. Thinking of you.
Beth Christensen | Aug 14, 2016 6:33pm
So very happy to read about — and *see* — your good progress, Nancy. You continue to be in our thoughts, hopes, and prayers. Your sense of optimism is, as always, priceless.
Pamela Itzin | Aug 14, 2016 5:10pm
How wonderful to read your update! such good news on all fronts. Stephanie’s sharing at church this morning was beautifully done and so very moving. The love you share is a great joy to witness. Ongoing prayers and sending a big hug.
Hanna Emerson | Aug 14, 2016 2:45pm
Great news Nancy, so glad your recovery is going so well! Thinking of you!
Aimee Brown | Aug 14, 2016 2:12pm
So glad your recovery is going so well! Sun and comfy clothes are great things.
I’m keeping you and Steph in my thoughts.
Su Smallen | Aug 14, 2016 12:56pm
Yay for real clothes and sunshine! Yay for love!
Michele Whetstone | Aug 14, 2016 12:17pm
So happy to hear your amazing progress! Lots of love from the Whetstones☺️
Laura Secord | Aug 14, 2016 11:40am
So glad that you’re now able to post (and speak!) for yourself. Your crisis has been a great reminder for us all to cherish the ones we love….
Karil Kucera | Aug 14, 2016 11:22am
You look great [those sunglasses are so glam!]. Glad to hear you’re on the up and up. Hope to catch up with you some day soon.
Bob Entenmann | Aug 14, 2016 10:32am
It’s good to hear from you! Sarah a d I wish you a complete and rapid recovery.
Elaine Kinnard | Aug 14, 2016 8:49am
You are looking great Nancy! Keep it up!
Love to you and Steph!
susan Donohue | Aug 14, 2016 8:42am
You look beautiful and strong, Nancy. So thrilled to hear your progress! Sending so much love.
Jason Menard | Aug 14, 2016 7:35am
So glad you’re better!
Claudia Gordon | Aug 14, 2016 7:28am
Lots of sunshine in that picture, Nancy! Hurray for life and love….and both of these going out to you, Nancy and Stephanie.
Abby Brogden | Aug 14, 2016 7:24am
What a beautiful picture! We are beyond happy to see you out in the sunshine in your own clothes – those two things are such comfort. Sending all sorts of love from the both of us. We’ll be in to see you when we get back. Abby and JoAnn
Jonathan O’Conner | Aug 14, 2016 6:49am
Sending love and thoughts of healing. Go, Nancy!
Marc Robinson | Aug 14, 2016 6:32am
So glad to see you looking and feeling better, Nancy. Have been keeping you and Stephanie in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you healing and the continued love that surrounds you.
Mary Moen | Aug 14, 2016 6:29am
You look great Nancy! Keep up the good spirits and hard work! Thinking about and sending continued prayers!
Linda Ann Harris | Aug 14, 2016 5:58am
Glad you are doing so well. Each day brings you closer to a complete recovery. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you
Ann and Barb
Penny Flatin | Aug 14, 2016 12:44am
Great to see you looking like you again. Lots of hugs from us here on Nesodden.
Lori Ellertson | Aug 14, 2016 12:42am
So so good to see you all! I just can’t tell you enough Nancy how great you look! 💜😊💜😊💜😊
Kari Lipke | Aug 14, 2016 12:19am
You look great, Nancy! So fab to enjoy a beautiful day and good friends. Healing the spirit right along with the body. Much love!!
Pat Saltsman | Aug 13, 2016 11:52pm
Nancy you look really good considering all you have been through. Keep up the progress. Sending love and strength your way
Lisa & Brad Fay | Aug 13, 2016 11:21pm
Love you both! ❤️