Update on Nancy

Journal entry by Stephanie Fay

Hello again all,Your posts make me laugh and cry, too.  I/We thank you!!  Like last time, we can hear and feel you all surrounding us from near and far.Nancy has had a fairly restful day on the ventilator today.  She’s not as sedated as she was during her last cardiac ICU adventure, so she’s moving about some at times and busy trying to talk to us around her breathing tube.  She’s also been smiling often at people when they first arrive.

The good news of the day is that she may come off the vent tomorrow.

The Medtronic ICD tech/nurse was here again this morning.  Nancy had over 50 shocks from Fiona.  Unbelievable.  I sure hope Nancy remembers very little about all that when she wakes up.

The “why” of these heart PVCs is still unknown.  Hopefully more will become clear in the days ahead.  As they reduce her heart medications and sedation tomorrow, I will be pleading for no more Fionas.  Please join me/us in this plea.  Or prayer.  Whatever suits each of you best.  Our resident Fay Family “chaplain” Elaine said a prayer with Nancy earlier today.  (Or maybe it was last night — things are a tad hazy!)  Nancy clearly drew comfort from her words.  And I know she will draw comfort and strength from your thoughts and prayers and pleas as well.

I’ll update again tomorrow at some point.  Thanks again for surrounding and supporting Nancy, our families and me.



Gail Klemm|Mar 19, 2018

Checking in to tell you that I am praying fiercely, and to thank you for the update that I just read. I am Nancy’s dad’s cousin, Gail Ellertson Klemm; Nancy doesn’t know me – Kathleen and I are the same age, and I lived in other parts of the country when Nancy and Jennifer were growing up. We Ellertson’s stick together, no matter where we are, and I hope that you can feel the love surrounding Nancy and you, as well, Stephanie. (Take care of yourself, as well, please – I know how mind-numbing and exhausting this can be.) Hugs and love to all gathered there. Gail

Sveinung Skjesol|Mar 19, 2018
You know it. We’re over here! Your reports bring across so well who you both are and what you are experiencing. I hope to see you both soon. Hug.

Ingela Flatin|Mar 19, 2018
Stor klem, Nancy! Tenker mye på deg! Håper å se deg snart her. –Ingela

Donna Dingle|Mar 20, 2018
The Swingles are sending all the love your way. Thinking of you both! – Donna, Kristo, Hannah, Austin and Henry

Claudia Gordon|Mar 20, 2018
A prayer and a plea, this first day of spring, is for Nancy and Stephanie. Take care and take heart in the numbers of people who love you both. Love, Claudia

Mona Olson|Mar 20, 2018
Guy and I want you to know that we are praying for your recovery. We were heartened to hear of your hospitalization and all that you are going through. So pleased you have so many around who love you. And that Stephanie is well cared for. Godspeed.

Patricia Sween|Mar 20, 2018
Sending love to you both. We’re heartened by your report of progress. Stephanie, your words carry across the miles. I feel like I’m there with you! And, of course, am in spirit. Prayers going always from us! ❤❤

Dan Beach|Mar 20, 2018
Sending you and Nancy all good vibes and happy, peaceful thoughts. I’m hoping everything goes smoothly.

Lori Ellertson|Mar 20, 2018
💜💓💖💙💜💛💚❤️💞💟❣️

Mary Beth Lake|Mar 20, 2018
You are in our thoughts and prayers all day long. I am glad for the progress and anxious for a solution. 💝💖 Lakes

Gloria Betcher|Mar 20, 2018
Keep the good news coming, Stephanie! I’ll keep sending those positive vibes and prayers from Iowa.

Su Smallen|Mar 20, 2018
Hello. Here is a little unrelated news (with prayers for you in the background). Last night, I came home from work late, and there were four deer in my backyard, grazing, under the very tall pine that has warmed the earth and melted the snow beneath it. I did not turn the lights on, even though my goal for the evening was to finish page-numbering my book manuscript. I did this in the dark, instead. The deer decided to camp there for the night! It was wonderful to see their shadows out there along my back fence. At about 1am, (insert drum roll) I sent my book manuscript to my publisher in Ireland. I felt like I better do it while the deer were here blessing me! And I asked them to bless you, too, with the easy vigilance of deer, and the warm life of trees, rooting deep and wide in your body to hold you here on earth.

Nancy Lee Gauche|Mar 20, 2018
Hey Steph, Prayers surround you both. First day of Spring can bring new life in oh so many ways. Drink it in… May Healing Mercies surround you.

Joan Haan|Mar 20, 2018
May Fiona phase out!
Continued prayer and presence from the Haans!

Mary Carlsen|Mar 20, 2018
Sending warmth and love from chilly Minnesota – maybe a heart as big as Nancy’s needs more input from Fiona than the typical human (-: Hoping for good recovery!

Ben Gottfried|Mar 20, 2018
Deb and I are sending our love and best wishes your way! #NoMoreFionas – I’ll get this trending once I share it with my 30 Twitter followers 🙂

Kris Davis|Mar 20, 2018
Sounds like you are on the right path….. Hope that you are out and about delightfully adventuring together sooner than later…… 😀

karla jean miller|Mar 20, 2018
#NoMoreFionas.  Spring Joy and Gratitude for Nancy’s healing path! Beseeching the heavens and earth for continued care and strength for both of you!
May Love and Peace persist.

Abby Brogden|Mar 20, 2018
It’s hard to imagine that you two are going through this. JoAnn and I send much love.

Ingrid Urberg|Mar 20, 2018
Thinking about you both! God bedring Nancy…

JoAnn Johnson|Mar 20, 2018
Loving thoughts, many pleas, candles lit in several of the San Miguel churches: all for Nancy and you too Steph. Hoping those great minds taking care of you will find cause soon! JoAnn

Sheila Hoffman|Mar 20, 2018
Thinking of you there at the Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center from here at the Mayo Clinic, Stephanie. Hugs to you and your love there from me and my love here. ❤️❤️

Anne Sabo|Mar 20, 2018
50 shocks??!! And still smiling and trying to talk?? Such a trooper. I just want to squeeze her tight right now! And you too! Thank you for being there for her, and for us, keeping us in the loop. Amen to sending all our pleas, prayers, thoughts, and love your way! You have all of ours! Love you!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Eileen Kjorstad|Mar 20, 2018
Stephanie – Greetings from the Cold North. Elaine posted the Caring Bridge site on FB so just reading all of this. Lynn and I are praying for you both. And blessings too.

Margaret O|Mar 20, 2018
Love, love, love coming your way! I was interested in the magnesium and potassium levels, since they are closely monitoring both of those with me. When I asked why they were important, they told me it was for heart rhythm. I have to take giant horse pills of both every day. Hopefully that will be the underlying problem this time!

Jeanne Huggins|Mar 20, 2018
Sending love and healing hugs to you both!! ❤️❤️❤️

Elizabeth Madson Ankeny|Mar 20, 2018
Our arms of love and faith encircle you and Nancy and those in your circle. When I talked to Emma this morning she valiantly and very sincerely offered to do any “medical language” translating you might need. Hearts and heart challenges are her medical speciality.  May this first day of spring bring soft winds, rains and sunshine of healing and health.
Elizabeth and Jay

Heidi Dombek|Mar 20, 2018
The cousins from the Rod Ellertson crew have got your back, and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Hinz|Mar 21, 2018
Praying for you Nancy, and your dear family. Sending you love and healing energy!