Breathing tube is OUT!

Journal entry by Stephanie Fay

She’s progressing beautifully.   Yay!!!


Lynda Hirschboeck|Mar 23, 2018
Oh, that is the best news of the day! 🤗

Donna Dingle|Mar 23, 2018
Great!!

Pilgrim Lutheran Church|Mar 23, 2018
Fantastic news!!!!!

Sheila Hoffman|Mar 23, 2018
Yes, fantastic news! Such a relief to get good news! Big smooch to you both!

Nonny Smith|Mar 23, 2018
Ahhhh!!! Breathe in peace, breathe out. Smile.

Joan Haan|Mar 23, 2018
Yeah indeed and continued prayers!

Mary Beth Lake|Mar 23, 2018
I can’t wait to see that wonderful smile!! Love to you both. Leo and Mary Beth

Abby Brogden|Mar 23, 2018
Great news!!!

Su Smallen|Mar 23, 2018
Yay! Thinking of both of you lots with love

Shirley Fasching|Mar 23, 2018
S U P U R B !!!!!! Keep it up–in, out, in out. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Phyllis Zumach|Mar 23, 2018
Once again, Stephanie, your dear one is on her way back to life with her honey. We’re thrilled for both of you.
Phyllis and Allen

Gail Klemm|Mar 23, 2018
Cheering, here! Sending love and hugs, Gail Ellertson Klemm

Roberta Lentz|Mar 23, 2018
Terrific news. Now on to a speedy recovery!

Kathy Olsufka|Mar 23, 2018
Thanks for the updates. Hugs to both of you. She’s a fighter, so in spite of setbacks she will keep improving.
Kathy

susan Donohue|Mar 23, 2018
So thrilled to hear the good news!

Elizabeth Madson Ankeny|Mar 23, 2018
Praise be!

Lynn Kier|Mar 23, 2018
HURRAY!!!!

Barbara Taylor|Mar 23, 2018
Real food again. Treat a yourself to whatever sounds good!

John Eric Rolfstad|Mar 23, 2018
So glad the tube is out and Nancy is making great progress. I’m so thankful you were near world-class medical care when this all began! Also amazing both Brad and Elaine were there and have been able to provide support. Big Hugs to you both!!!

Erica Kragerud-Smith|Mar 23, 2018
Yeah!!!

Patricia Sween|Mar 23, 2018
So happy to hear this. YAY!!

Denise Swanson|Mar 23, 2018
Yay!!🎉🎉 Hope you a can stay strong and Nancy gets better quickly.

Claudia Gordon|Mar 23, 2018
Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in…….how simple it all sounds, but how difficult it can be……Great news!! Breathe easy everyone!

Shelly Gilb|Mar 23, 2018
So glad Nancy is progressing! One minute closer to going home! Sending prayers for continued healing! Hugs to all! 💕

Martha Morrow|Mar 23, 2018
Phew!

Thursday Update

Journal entry by Stephanie Fay

Unfortunately Nancy’s throat began to swell after her breathing tube removal yesterday, and, worried that her airway would close, they had to put one back in.  She’s getting IV steroids to bring the swelling down.  It’ll be a “couple more days’ on the respirator is what I heard the ICU hospitalist (they call them “intensivists” here) say yesterday.

Three positive notes.  (The bullet points are for Nancy.  She has a particular fondness for them!)

  • Nancy had a VERY restful night, and all her labs and so forth look good.
  • The PVCs have all but disappeared.  So still not so much as a peep from Fiona since Sunday afternoon.  Needless to say, Nancy is quite anxious about Fiona firing again. As are all of us.  But I think the electrophysiologist has a good handle on controlling that using an antiarhythmic medication call Amiodarone.
  • For the few hours yesterday that she had the tube out, Nancy was very much her winsome self, whispering away (the vent makes folks hoarse) and showing really good coordination and awareness.

If Nancy remains restful and status quo in the ICU today, I plan to take much of the day away from the hospital while Nancy’s son Andreas, daughter Tina, my brother Brad, my sister Elaine and all their significant others take turns staying with Nancy in the ICU. I feel strongly that she have an “advocate” in the room while she is sedated and unable to speak for herself.  Nancy’s sister Jennifer flew home to California last evening with the idea that she may return later to help out.  Because Jen’s an amazing helper outer and stalwart advocate for her little sister — I can vouch for that!

I / we feel so much support. It’s a beautiful, overwhelming experience.  So thank you all. Thanks to everyone for showing up for our Nancy in all the ways you do.  I remain hopeful that she will make a full recovery yet again.

Much love, Stephanie & Nancy


Kari Dorer|Mar 22, 2018
Thanks for keeping us updated Steph. You get some rest too, don’t forget to take care of YOURself! 🙂

Susan Hadley|Mar 22, 2018
Steph, I am in awe of your extended family, gathering together to take good care of Nancy, and you, and each other. Love, Susan

susan Donohue|Mar 22, 2018
Of course! Planning on full recovery. They will figure this out. Just a wee detour in your activities. So pleased she had a peaceful night and progress is good. Thank you for the excellent updates, Stephanie. Go out and soak up some sun today. You will bring back much positive energy for Nancy! My thoughts and good wishes are with you all. What a family! Love you so.

Ann Dyellig|Mar 22, 2018
So…it’s a little setback, but she will rally and get rid of that swelling in no time — I’m certain of it! I’m happy Steph had a few hours of calm and communication while Nancy was sans tube, and that she has a chance to rest and restore today as the others spend time with her. Lots of prayers being said at Pilgrim for healing and comfort. Hugs to you both!

Betsy Ellis|Mar 22, 2018
(Say with Russian accent) “Woman strong like moose!”

Jason Menard|Mar 22, 2018
Well this is good news, too. and so glad you and Nancy have such a great support crew!

Martha Morrow|Mar 22, 2018
Good morning Team Nancy,

  • Keep getting the rest you need Nancy.
  • Tina and Andreas, hug your mom for me. Hug each other from me too;-)
  • Put on some good music for Nancy to listen to. Music is a healer.
  • Stephanie, enjoy some time out in the fresh air, soak up a little vitamin D and take care of yourself, it’s important.
  • Nancy you may not think you are brave, which of course you are, but you are also strong, wise and adventuresome. So here is to more fun adventures. I will see you back in Saint Paul!

Love, Martha

Mary Cisar|Mar 22, 2018
Hi, Nancy, I am thinking of you from MN and hope that all gets resolved quickly!

Joan Haan|Mar 22, 2018
Dear all,

  • Continuing the thoughts and prayers for healing and strength
  • Ditto to the above – and underscore the care givers self care:)
  • Also love the olive points . . . .

Pat Saltsman|Mar 22, 2018
Sorry to hear about the “bump in the road” but knowing you two and how strong you both are, you will get through this better than ever. You are in the right place and surrounded by the love of your family. When I went through chemo, I had a mantra “8:00 tomorrow morning” meaning tomorrow morning I would feel better than I did that day. So it gave me short term goals and knew I just had to get through that day. So here is to you and Nancy “8:00 tomorrow morning”.
Much love

Jillian Hiscock|Mar 22, 2018
Gosh darn swelling! Glad the crew is all there and sending all my love your way. Please let me know if there is anything back in MN I can help with!

Eric Schlotterbeck|Mar 22, 2018
Stephanie, thanks for spending the time and emotional energy to keep us all up to date. We’re all sending that energy back to you and to Nancy and looking forward to our next hugs.

Kari Lipke|Mar 22, 2018
Advocates are the best. Blessings to all as you take your turns at the bedside. Holding you all in heart from Seattle.

Liz Hawkinson|Mar 22, 2018
Sending love and warmest wishes for healing. Breathing in healing . . . Breathing out, calm. Love to you all, Liz PH

Randi Jeeps|Mar 22, 2018
Dear Nancy and Stephanie, Thinking of you and your wonderful extended family as you go through this process of healing. Sending lots of love and best wishes from across the pond! Randi xx

Sveinung Skjesol|Mar 22, 2018
I second Eric. Many thanks for sharing these reports with us, Stephanie, but a thousand times more for hanging in there with my friend Nancy. Say thanks to the rest of the gang, too.

Barbara McCauley|Mar 22, 2018
Good morning dear Stephanie – thank you for keeping us up to date on precious Nancy’s progress. Know that she was on our lips and in our hearts last night in the Pilgrim kitchen. You are dearly loved. With our fervent prayers,
Barbara and Gary

Pilgrim Lutheran Church|Mar 22, 2018
Stephanie, thank you for the updates and for taking such good care of Nancy. You and Nancy are in my prayers. Nancy, you are such a beautiful, dear woman! I’m sorry you are going through this now. All of us at Pilgrim look forward to welcoming you back to Minnesota! Hugs, Lynn

Lynn Kier|Mar 22, 2018
Steph, Thank you so much for having Nancy’s back. GO NANCY! Remember SISU.
Much Love
Lynn

Sigrun Skjesol|Mar 22, 2018
It seems that you are in good hands on the hospital, and that you too can take a rest with so much good help. That means a lot. We wish you all the best in the days of recovery. Asbjørn and Sigrun

Gloria Betcher|Mar 22, 2018
The less heard from Fiona, the better. I hope Nancy continues to improve and the swelling goes down so she can be free of the tube! — Sending thoughts and prayers–Gloria

Jennifer Beran|Mar 22, 2018
Lifting Nancy and her special care givers up in prayer! Keep positive! Jenni Beran

Terry Kenck|Mar 22, 2018
Nancy and Stephanie: You are loved! Praying. Saw several ELLERTSON cousins and aunts and Uncles last evening and we are all praying and talking about Nancy getting WELL!!!

Gail Klemm|Mar 22, 2018
I am so moved by the tremendous support reflected in these messages, and grateful to all who are taking turns staying with Nancy. I agree, Stephanie – that is really important. Get some rest, and know that Ellertson family (scattered as we are) are there in spirit, along with endless numbers of friends – all praying and holding Nancy and you close. (Nancy’s dad is my cousin, and I know the Vancouver area family are all united in prayer and positive vibes!) Much love, Gail Ellertson Klemm

Kris Grangaard|Mar 22, 2018
Stephanie,
We know it’s a little bit of a chore to keep us updated, but we are so appreciative. We have you on our minds and in our hearts. Thank you for taking this time and energy —
Rest well today.
Kris and Tom

Peter Spuit|Mar 22, 2018
May Nancy heal and become stronger and stronger, and may you all grow in confidence that her heart can operate well again.

Claudia Gordon|Mar 22, 2018
The highs and lows of this roller coaster ride are hard on both of you, Nancy and Stephanie. My thoughts and prayers say hang on tight to each other and peace will come. Love, Claudia

Connie Ford|Mar 22, 2018
Oh, darn it all, for this bump. Thinking about both of you and your ever-present indomitable spirits. Thank you for the updates. Rest, Steph, rest.

Patricia Sween|Mar 22, 2018
Thinking of you both so often. These updates are so welcome and needed by all of us here in MN who are cheering you on over the miles. Continuing prayers for both of you! You two personify strength!

Torild Homstad|Mar 22, 2018
God bedring, Nancy! Thinking about you both, and sending warm thoughts your way.

Michael Schulze|Mar 22, 2018
You have been and will continue to be in our prayers.

Lori Ellertson|Mar 22, 2018
Hi again Nancy–June, sand castles, family, bon fires and great company…I’m missing you and thinking of you almost every minute of everyday. I really need for you to get better because you are a most awesome sister-in-law among many other things, partner, daughter, sister, mother and on and on. I can’t wait to see you! Much love, hugs and everything else.

Pamela Itzin|Mar 22, 2018
Darn those tubes! Sending wishes of strength and support to you both. I agree with Stephanie, Nancy you have a beautiful and strong spirit to help you through all this. We have more “adventures” and taco parties in our future I’m sure! Sending my love, Pam

Patty Selenski|Mar 22, 2018
Hug aunt Nancy! I love you both

Jan Ellertson|Mar 22, 2018
Love to you💓

Amy Jacobson|Mar 23, 2018
Sorry for the minor setback bit she’ll do great I’m sure!

Breathing tube is out!

Journal entry by Stephanie Fay

Nancy is OFF the ventilator.   Quintuple YAY!!!  Nancy likes to say “I’m not very brave.”  The next time she says that to you, say “Riiiiiiiiiight.”

Her strength and will to live through all of this is something to behold.  More later or tomorrow.


Donna Collet|Mar 21, 2018
Great news! Thanks. Our prayers continue to be with you.
Uncle Rod and Donna

Anne Sabo|Mar 21, 2018
Thank you!!!! And yes; RIGHT??!! 🙂 I have been eagerly awaiting an update all day; this was the best birthday gift I could get from you! Big hugs and kisses to you both, miss you

Lynda Hirschboeck|Mar 21, 2018
Fabulous news!

Lori Ellertson|Mar 21, 2018
I love you Nancy!!! Oh when you’re all done can you head to Cannon Beach and stock us up on some logs for June? I’ve heard with the storms that lots of logs are rolling around. Love, hugs, love and tons of more hugs!

Kari Dorer|Mar 21, 2018
YAY! Great news!

Terry Kenck|Mar 21, 2018
Hurrah! God Be Praised! So happy with this news! And Nancy YES YOU ARE SOOOOOO BRAVE!!!! What an INSPIRATION!!! Prayers continue! Love you.

Ann Dyellig|Mar 21, 2018
Terrific news!!! We’re all rootin’ for ya, Nancy!

Abby Brogden|Mar 21, 2018
Such good news! Nancy you are about the bravest person I have ever met! JoAnn and I send tons of love to you and to the fam too!!

Jen Larsen Newburg|Mar 21, 2018
Yes! Nancy is very brave, as is Stephanie! Much love to you both!

Kris Grangaard|Mar 21, 2018
Bravery all over the place! And love and relief and anticipation.
And honestly? If you decide not to be brave for a while, we’re cool with that, too.! 🙂 Love from the Deep North!!

Eric Schlotterbeck|Mar 21, 2018
Loving you guys so much.

Barbara McCauley|Mar 21, 2018
So strong and brave you are! And, we are blessed to call you Friends! Much love from me and Gary

Jason Menard|Mar 21, 2018
Great news!

Patricia Sween|Mar 21, 2018
Not brave?? Tell me another story, Nancy, so I can LOL again!
Sending oodles of love to you both and praying for more steady progress. Pat and Roger

Joyce Aarsvold|Mar 21, 2018
Best news ever! Sending our love and prayers.

Carl Hokanson|Mar 21, 2018
Wonderful news! Continued prayers for you both!

Claudia Gordon|Mar 21, 2018
I’m breathing better now, too!! It’s catching! Hurray for Team Nancy! Love, Claudia

Janet Scannell|Mar 21, 2018
Great news. The power of love.

Su Smallen|Mar 21, 2018
great news! yay! I’m dancing a happy dance for you – a happy nance dance

Elaine Kinnard|Mar 21, 2018
So thankful!

Gloria Betcher|Mar 21, 2018
How wonderful!

Deborah Padgett|Mar 21, 2018
I’m so glad to see this great news! What a trooper, Nancy…

Nonny Smith|Mar 21, 2018
Such great news!!!

Shirley Fasching|Mar 21, 2018
God speed my dear !

Mary Ellen Erlandson|Mar 21, 2018
Great news. Nancy’s a trooper. Prayers for continued healing.

Gina Hanson|Mar 21, 2018
Great news!

Kathy Lance|Mar 21, 2018
Hey my cuz! Happy spring and I hope that means you will be springing back to your healthy vibrant self soon! Halloween was a long time ago and April fools is at least 2 weeks away, so no more scaring us for now, okay? 🙂 Thank goodness for great care and a great family to support you! Even though you are far away, you are in my heart and in my prayers. ❤

JoAnn Johnson|Mar 21, 2018
Hooray for ET tube out, slow steady progress, and for Nancy’s beautiful and courageous spirit. JoAnn and Abby with much love.

Penny Flatin|Mar 21, 2018
Fingers crossed and good thoughts coming your way from here. We look forward to your visit this summer. Love Penny

Sveinung Skjesol|Mar 21, 2018
Crying a little bit over here. While smiling.

Tuesday Update

Journal entry by Stephanie Fay

Docs want to keep Nancy on the ventilator until tomorrow.  She had a few PVCs during the night.  These did not activate Fiona mercifully.  Nurse reports they are looking for 24 hours of only good heart rhythm.  I appreciate their cautious approach.  Nancy continues to do really well under sedation.  More rest, more healing to carry her into tomorrow.


Anne Sabo|Mar 20, 2018
Yes, caution is wise. Sending vibes of peace and patience. And heaps of more love. Fortitude!

Pat Saltsman|Mar 20, 2018
Hugs to all.

Ann Dyellig|Mar 20, 2018
It’s good the doctors are proceeding with caution — keep up the good healing Nancy! We’re rooting for you from the north country! We are with you in spirit. Hugs!

Su Smallen|Mar 20, 2018
Thanks for the update. I’m glad to hear the doctors don’t want to rush Nancy’s care. You try to rest, too, Steph!

ANN LIMRIC|Mar 20, 2018
Sounds like she is in excellent care, yours , theirs and beyond. I hope for the best transmission of healing to take place.
I’m with you in stardust💜

marguretta yaeger|Mar 20, 2018
Nancy,
It has been a long time we have been in touch but we want you to know that our prayers are with you. God is right there with you. May you feel His Presence!

dorothy bocian|Mar 20, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you for a restful recovery, Nancy!
Dorothy Brown Bocian

Patricia Sween|Mar 20, 2018
Continuing prayers and sending lots of love to you both! So glad for the good care you’re receiving, Nancy! Thanks, Stephanie, for the great updates.

sandi pettersen|Mar 20, 2018
Out thoughts are with you Nancy and Steph. Harriet sends her love too! So sorry we are missing you this trip. We know you’ll be better soon with all the loving thoughts from friends and family.

susan Donohue|Mar 20, 2018
Cautious is good. Great news that dear Nancy is making fast strides. How fortunate and blessed to be in such good hands there. Sending very positive thoughts and very much love. Please keep posting.

Nadine sanders|Mar 20, 2018
When I opened up this Caring Bridge email, I could not think why Nancy would be in the hospital. Did she have an uncontrollable event of telling Norwegian jokes in Norwegian? I did not know about “Fiona” until reading this update. So Nancy, when your heart is behaving again, do tell some Norwegian jokes in Norwegian. And sing. And laugh. But for now rest surrounded by all your special people.
Cheers, Nadine in Sebastopol

Marte Hult|Mar 20, 2018
Glad to hear that Nancy is resting and that the doctors are being cautious. Thanks for the update. Healing thoughts

Heidi Dombek|Mar 20, 2018
Covering you both with prayer.

Barbara McCauley|Mar 20, 2018
Gosh! What joy to hear this positive news! May God’s Holy Spirit surround Nancy, and Stephanie and all those amazing care-givers! With love from me and Gary . 🙂

Donna Dingle|Mar 20, 2018
I appreciate the updates sending peace and healing thoughts to Nancy. Cautious sounds like a good path to take. Thinking of you both. Donna

Jeanne Eberhart|Mar 20, 2018
Please tell Nancy that Jerry and I are praying for her steady and speedy recovery. As a heart patient, I know the worst fear is to wind up back in the hospital, so I admire Nancy’s grace, patience and good humor.❤️

Claudia Gordon|Mar 20, 2018
Hope both of you have a good night…..peace and prayers for you from me. Love, Claudia

Kirsten Aarsvold|Mar 20, 2018
Thinking of all of you! I’m so thankful that Fiona did her job, and that she’s taking a break now. Lots of love to Aunt Nancy and her entire support crew 🙂

Pamela Itzin|Mar 21, 2018
Spent the day with Claire and Cole and we will be sending some artwork to convey our love and good wishes for a speedy recovery! I so appreciate Stephanie’s updates. Sending loving and healing thoughts and prayers.

Carole Vergeldt|Mar 22, 2018
Nancy continues to be in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for keeping us informed.

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!

Nancy’s in Cardiac ICU in Scottsdale

Journal entry by Stephanie Fay — 

Dear Family and Friends,

Nancy’s ICD (her internal defibrillator named Fiona) began giving Nancy’s shocks around 3 AM the night before last (March 18th).  I called the paramedics, and we came by ambulance to Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, just over a mile from where we are staying in Scottsdale.  We’re here in Arizona spending time with my sister Elaine and brother Brad and their spouses Dave and Lisa.

On Saint Paddy’s Day, Nancy and I had an active day, doing our water aerobics thing in the morning and then spending 4 or 5 hours outside watching professional women’s golf in the afternoon.  Then we went to a St Paddy’s day gathering at Brad and Lisa’s thru the evening.  All seemed just fine when we went to bed around 11:30 pm.  A few hours later, Fiona fired, waking us both us.  Nancy was conscious this whole time; it took us until the second shock a few minutes later to really grasp what was going on.  I called 911.  She was transported the hospital ER where they quickly discovered she was very low on potassium and magnesium.

Within an hour or two, they admitted Nancy to the cardiac ICU.  Her device continued to fire off and on all morning.  At first Nancy would pass out very briefly and was not aware of what was happening and didn’t feel the shocks. But she was awake for the last several shocks, and clearly these were very painful.  She had been told they would feel like being kicked by a horse and she reported that, indeed, they felt just like that.  😦

Medically she was having PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) leading to ventricular tachycardia.  Then a shock to get her heart back in normal rhythm.  So Fiona saved her life over and over again. By mid-morning, the electrophysiologist doctor in charge decided they needed to intubate her in an attempt to control the arrests and give Nancy relief from the pain of the shocks.  All that went well, and she’s been resting and sleeping quite continuously ever since.  She wakes up enough to answer questions with nods and head shakes, and eventually, with yes-no questions, we are able to figure out what she wants.  Though she won’t remember any of this, she is aware in the moment and clearly recognizes that family is here with her, responds to her nurses, etc.  Every time I ask her if she is comfortable, she nods her head “yes.”  And, thankfully, she had her last shock about 2 hours after going on intubation/sedation.  So her last shock episode was around 1:30 PM yesterday.  Fiona gave her over 30 shocks!  Yay Fiona!  But, seriously, Nancy doesn’t need any more of those for a good, long long while.

My family was here with us all of yesterday, and Nancy’s sister Jennifer flew in from California around 6 PM.  Tina and her spouse Jessica and Andreas and his girlfriend Greta arrived by midnight, Tine & Jess flying in from Seattle and Dre & Greta from Minnesota.  The kids stayed at the hospital overnight with their Mom while Jennifer and I got some sleep.  Jen & I are now back at the hospital waiting for the docs to round while the kids get some sleep.  My sibs and in-laws have been working logistics of places to stay and all that.  So we are extremely well looked after!!

Like the U of MN cardiac ICU, the nursing care here is amazing.  Nearly 1 on 1 patient coverage and very attentive.  And her main electricity doc (“Doctor Z”) is super on top of things.  I’ll try to send another update on her status after the various doctors see her today.  Indications yesterday were that she would be on the ventilator with sedation for 2 to 3 days.

Both Nancy and I thank you for your outpouring of love and support.  Yet again.  As she recovered at home in August of 2016, Nancy loved to read thru the comments posted on her CaringBridge site, always crying and even laughing a little.  So feel free to type away, smart off or however the spirit moves ya!  🙂  And, of course, please spread the word about Nancy to other family and friends.

Much love from Scottsdale!  Hoping for a restful day ahead for my sweet Nancy.

Stephanie


Sheila Hoffman|Mar 19, 2018
Such scary news, Stephanie, but relieved to read you sounding so positive about everything. Glad she is receiving excellent care. Sending love to her and you and all who gather around her there! –Sheila and Art

Donna Dingle|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy – get well soon! Thinking of you and Stephanie!! Good healing thoughts coming your way.

Jane Summers|Mar 19, 2018
Wow. So sorry to hear this but very thankful that Fiona took her job so seriously. Will keep you all in my prayers for healing. Much love.

Kathy Tegtmeyer Pak|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy – So glad to know that Fiona did you well, and that she’s stopped for now so you can rest and hopefully find a steady path back to health and retirement fun. Kathy

Rob Lubke|Mar 19, 2018
Stephanie…I know that she is in the best possible hands. You both are in my prayers.
Rob

Ann Dyellig|Mar 19, 2018
Hello Nancy and Stephanie! Thank you for the posting with details. Fiona is a trooper! Keeping it up until Nancy could take over :). I am glad that Nancy is resting and able to answer questions. Saying lots of prayers for comfort and healing — missing you. Lotsa Luv — Ann

Connie Ford|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. Your spirit of adventure overachieved again! Knock it off! Seriously, prayers, hugs and immense gratitude for Fiona, Stephanie and the rest of your loving family are coming your way.

Pat Herrington|Mar 19, 2018
I will keep you all in my thoughts. Good job Fiona and Nancy you will need to kick someone back when you are feeling up to it! Get rest and get well!

Patricia Sween|Mar 19, 2018
Stephanie and Nancy – sending love, prayers, and good vibes to you! Thanks for any and all updates. And, Nancy, in a word…Uffda! Hoping you are soon back to your sweet self!

Brad Wahlberg|Mar 19, 2018
Wow, Nancy! What a wild way to end St Patrick’s day? So thankful Fiona did her job, maybe the gelling of getting kicked by a horse is to remind you of being alive! I’ve been kicked by a horse and felt the opposite. (Sorry If too soon for a small humorous attempt).Thanks for the update Steph, as always, my thoughts are with you both!

Lynda Hirschboeck|Mar 19, 2018
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about this, but am glad that you were in such a good place if it had to happen. Wishing you both all the best, and hurry back. We miss you here, and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the retreat in April.

Bo Aylin|Mar 19, 2018
Sending warm, healing thoughts your way, Nancy! Hoping you’ll be back out enjoying the Arizona sun very soon!
From all of us at PrairieView.

Susan Hadley|Mar 19, 2018
Steph and Nancy,
I heard the news from Kit–and now from Steph. So glad you are in expert hands and care. My prayers are with you and the family.
Love, Susan

Sveinung Skjesol|Mar 19, 2018
Kjære dere! Så fryktelig dramatisk. Men fantastisk at Fiona var på plass og klar til å gjøre jobben sin! Tusen takk for din grundige og modige rapport, Stephanie. Masse kjærlighet og tanker fra Biri, Norge!

Pamela Itzin|Mar 19, 2018
Well my dear, many blessings (amidst the curses), WOW. Thank goodness for Fiona, but yes, she can go on vacation now. Sounds like your med team is wonderful, thankfully you were so close to this quality care. Be well soon! Sending love and a big hug.

Sigrun Skjesol|Mar 19, 2018
Now again! Good you had Fiona. But it must have been a chock to you too Stephanie. Seems that you have good care and medical help. Best wishes from Asbjørn and me. We will tell family about your stay in Arizona. We will think of you good people.

Jonathan O|Mar 19, 2018
Sending love and positive energy to you both. Our hearts are with you. We are flying back to Minnesota tomorrow and will be ready if there is anything we can do for you. We are glad that Nancy is being well cared for, and we hope you can all get some rest. Warm hugs—Jonathan (and Eric)

Carole Vergeldt|Mar 19, 2018
Get well soon Nancy

Peter Spuit|Mar 19, 2018
May Nancy receive the very best care, and may that care return her to good and stable health. And May Stephanie, and all who love Stephanie receive support and assurance in these hours and days. God’s peace be with you.

Margaret O|Mar 19, 2018
So happy she’s in good medical hands–and that she had you, Steph, with your presence of mind to call 911 right away. Sending much love!

Deborah Padgett|Mar 19, 2018
This was shocking news in my Monday email! I panicked a bit as I re-opened my Caring Bridge account after so long. I am so sorry Nancy is being repeatedly kicked by this horse (but I’m also grateful Fiona is there to do her essential job!). Michael and I will be holding both of you close to our hearts and we’ll be hoping for a speedy and full recovery. I’m glad you were close to such good care. Lots and lots of love to both of you.

Roberta Lentz|Mar 19, 2018
Thoughts and prayers. Please continue to let us know Nancy’s progress. Love the name Fiona! Thanks Fiona for saving Nancy’s life!

Lori Ellertson|Mar 19, 2018
I love you Nancy and sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

karla jean miller|Mar 19, 2018
Oh Stephanie! Holding you and dear Nancy in love and light. Sending healing thoughts and gratitude for Fiona.

Nancy Haddorff|Mar 19, 2018
Amen for Fiona! Thinking of you both and sending lots of love and light to you! Please let us know if we can help in anyway, although I am flying to Minnesota from March 20-27th.

Pat Saltsman|Mar 19, 2018
Love to both of you. Give her a big hug from me. Thank you for keeping us posted. Prayers for both of you. Thank goodness Fiona was awake to take care of her!! I love the name Fiona..

Jillian Hiscock|Mar 19, 2018
Love you ladies lots. Thinking about you constantly and glad you’re surrounded by such amazing family and friends.

Pete Newburg|Mar 19, 2018
Healing and love from the Newburg house!

Brian Cote|Mar 19, 2018
A friend recently commented about another friend whose had 3 or 4 tragedies in his family, in his short 18 years of life: “God, what the heck?” As good a prayer as any, I suppose. The Brian and Karen Cote family will add others to the mix for ya’ll, Nancy and Steph.

Janet Scannell|Mar 19, 2018
Good going, Fiona! I’ll be thinking of you both. I hope Nancy heals quickly and well. Tell Nancy that I said: some people tour the baseball stadiums across the country; she’s the first person I’ve heard of who is trying to collect hospitals across the country.

Karen Duzenbery|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy, Nancy, Nancy! I am praying for you and will spread the word to family. Stephanie, thank you for the thorough recap. Korliss is flying out today to AZ with a friend not sure where they will be but I will get the word to her about Nancy.

Kristin and Jean Kristin and Jean|Mar 19, 2018
Thanks for letting us know! I like that Fiona. Sounds like she is a bit of an over achiever. Sending you love and prayers for healing in the days ahead.

Jan Ellertson|Mar 19, 2018
So glad to hear Fiona did the job. Love and prayers to you for a speedy recovery. We are all cheering for you from the northwest 💓💓💓

Julie Baumann|Mar 19, 2018
Dear Nancy, the Baumann-Shinefields are sending healing prayers your way. We are going to Scottsdale on Sunday for a week of spring break. Hope to see you and Stephanie then.

Daniel Ellertson|Mar 19, 2018
Love ya Aunt Nancy, Aunt Steph, and fam! Glad she’s surrounded by family smiling at her. She’ll tough this out and come out on top as usual. Let’s get her better so she can watch Blazers outlast the T-wolves in the playoffs! 🙂

Mandy Ellertson|Mar 19, 2018
Scott and I are thinking about you all and send our love. We are glad the kids made it to Arizona and that Stephanie was so on top of the situation.

Carl Hokanson|Mar 19, 2018
Love and prayers for you all from the Hokansons!

Mary Beth Lake|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy, we are with you in spirit! After you two are through roaming, I am hoping for more Como Park aerobics and a Trivial Pursuit contests🌝. Seriously, rest and let your family and friends (which number in the thousands), shower love and care on you. We love you both❣️

Elaine Kinnard|Mar 19, 2018
We are thankful to be here with Nancy and Steph. Praying for a full recovery for her 💗

Anne Sabo|Mar 19, 2018
Thank god for Fiona. Though being kicked by a horse 30 times sounds like medieval torture. You are my hero for still smiling, Nancy. Love you!!! And thank you Steph for again being there for her and yet again doing the right thing right away. Thanks for posting too so we can keep you close in our hearts. Love you both! ❤ ❤ ❤

Jeanne Eberhart|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy and Stephanie,
I’m so sorry to hear of your health crisis, Nancy,. I’m glad you had Stephanie there and that the cardiac healthcare is so superb in Scottsdale. It was two years ago, early May, 2016, that I too had a cardiac episode— mine required replacing my aortic valve. You give us all courage. I will keep you in heart and mind until you are out of there, though it sounds like a fine place! You and I will keep on truckin’ for Andreas, Jacob, ‘Tina and Noah—and of course for Stephanie and Jerry.

Shelley Picou|Mar 19, 2018
WOW! Sending you love and prayers. Glad you are surrounded by lots of family. Much love, Shelley and Tony 💕

Jen Larsen Newburg|Mar 19, 2018
We are sending you so much love and strength! You are in our hearts and minds, and we are so glad that you have excellent care.

Marsha Foss|Mar 19, 2018
Thank you for keeping us all informed. You are both in my laps (swimming laps for you with extra energy). Love, Marsha

Mary Lundberg|Mar 19, 2018
UFFDA Nancy!!! I am so thankful for the amazing medical care and Gods healing grace you are getting!!! Blessings and love, Mary

Linda Silver|Mar 19, 2018
I love that you call your ICD, ” Fiona”! When Spence had an early model in the early 90s, it was the size of a pack of cards in his belly. When that thing went off it was indeed like getting kicked by a team of horses. So glad that Fiona was alive and kicking! Love to you both, Linda

Liz Hawkinson|Mar 19, 2018
Prayers and warmest wishes for your healing. Glad the kids are with you and Steph. Love to you all!

Lisa Webster|Mar 19, 2018
We are praying for you! Love you lots! Sounds like you didn’t miss much in last night’s Gopher game. I was too tired to stay awake for a 9:30 game. Checked the score this morning. Ouch!

Kari Lipke|Mar 19, 2018
Joanne and I pray for your strong recovery, Nancy.

Gloria Betcher|Mar 19, 2018
I’m relieved to hear that Fiona did her job and that Nancy is resting well, Stephanie. Even though I’ve never met your lovely wife, I’ll be sending positive vibes from Iowa to get her on her feet again. ~~~~~~~~ There are so many better ways to spend time in Scottsdale!

Tara Daly|Mar 19, 2018
Thank heavens for good friends like Fiona!! I am Glad you are there and in such good hands… medically and with family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you… keep up the good work, Fiona!

Su Smallen|Mar 19, 2018
Goodness Gracious! Thank you Stephanie for posting this and for being there – again – to call 911. Nancy! I’m glad you are in good hands, and you have family around you. I hope you get good rest, and heal! A prayer and a hug for each of you!

Lynn Kier|Mar 19, 2018
I bow down to FIONA!! Thank you for the update. I am grateful she is surrounded with so much love. HUG

Debra Taylor|Mar 19, 2018
Sending healing wishes to Nancy. You are both blessed to have each other to take such good care of the other.

Judith Tande|Mar 19, 2018
It seems like just yesterday that we were all at the zoo in San Diego and you were telling us how wonderful it was that Fiona had never had to activate! We’re so sorry that you both had to go through this but glad that you’re in such good hands medically and surrounded by loved ones. Sending love and prayers to you.

Randi Jeeps|Mar 19, 2018
Sending lots of love to you all. What a lovely big extended family…including the shocking Fiona! Keeping you all in our thoughts and wishing you all the best.

jeb media|Mar 19, 2018
So very sorry to learn that Nancy is in the cardiac ICU. I am guessing that means you haven’t heard the latest basketball news. So here it is: Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State won their opening round NCAA tournament matchups Friday and Saturday to advance to the Round of 32. My Terps fell to NC State and Baylor beat Michigan. Your Gophers saw their run come to an end after a 101-73 loss to second-seeded Oregon Sunday night in Eugene. But that was the best finish for you in nine years. Ohio State plays Central Michigan tonight. I’m guessing they will make it to the Round of 16. I’m hoping Nancy will be able to watch the Elite 8 , Final 4 and Championship game. Sending lots of love and healing energy to you both.

John Eric Rolfstad|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy and Steph—Thank you for the detailed information on Nancy’s condition. Thank God for Fiona! I am so glad Nancy is getting top-notch care and being surrounded by family. I hold you both in my heart and in my prayers.

Mary Ellen Erlandson|Mar 19, 2018
Sending prayers for healing and hugs your way. Take care. Thanks for the update.

Susan Donohue|Mar 19, 2018
Well that’s a helluva way to finish your winter vacation! Not so relaxing. It must have been frightening for you both. I am so sorry, Nancy. You are in the best of care, and loving arms. They will get it all figured out and you will be on to your next adventure. Meanwhile, Fiona is my new hero. Much love and many, many blessings on you. You are in my thoughts.

Barbara McCauley|Mar 19, 2018
Startling events! Wow! Dear precious Nancy, know that you in our prayers, on our hearts! Lovingly, Barbara and Gary

Joan Haan|Mar 19, 2018
So grateful Fiona is “faithful 💯 “
Sending prayers for strength and healing,
Joan & Phil

Heather Campbell|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy and Stephanie: I’ve been thinking about you all day. I hope that this all is quickly resolved, Nancy heals, and you can be off exploring and having new adventures. Thank you for the information, as I”m sure that this is an extremely difficult time. Best, Heather Campbell

Marcia Swinney-Shay|Mar 19, 2018
I’m so thankful for Fiona–however painful her shocks may have been. Sending lots of love, prayers, and healing energy your way.

Georg Ann Burns|Mar 19, 2018
Love and prayers to you both and your loving families. I’m stopping short of blaming this on the leprechauns. 😁😁😁. Much love from here.

Claudia Gordon|Mar 19, 2018
Wow! What an unexpected e-mail! Your emotions have gone into overdrive and understandably so. Thank you Fiona and thank you Stephanie! What life savers! My positive thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! ……Claudia

Lisa Cohen|Mar 19, 2018
Amy & I are thinking of you and sending positive energy your way. So glad you were close to great medical care.

Phyllis Zumach|Mar 19, 2018
Way to go, Fiona! When we first started reading your posting we thought, “What an unusual name for a medical device. Those marketing departments are very creative.” Quickly realizing, though, where the creativity lies. Our prayers are that Nancy’s recovery flows as smoothly as Stephanie’s writing. You are wonderful people.
Phyllis and Allen

Melanie Ruda|Mar 19, 2018
We are praying with you this evening and always. A team of two more tenacious, loving, joyful, faithful women would be hard to find. May you both, and all who surround you, receive what you need to sustain you in these challenging days.
Peace and love, Katia and Melanie

Sue Smith|Mar 19, 2018
Love and hugs Nancy! Fiona, you rock! Thank you for the updates Stephanie.

Nonny Smith|Mar 19, 2018
Prayers for healing being offered!! Good that Fiona can take a little rest, but also good that she doesn’t seem to get tired!! May you both be surrounded with love and faith. Blessings to you two, and to all of your gathered family!!. Nonny and Murray

Heather Ferguson|Mar 19, 2018
Hi Nancy and Stephanie, thoughts + prayers to you and the whole family. So glad you were with family, and that your kids/their spouses are there now too. Take care, love to all!

Denise Swanson|Mar 19, 2018
So glad the device works and you are there for her. Glad they could relieve her pain, the horse kicks are for real. Will keep you all in our prayers.

Laureen Schott-Jacobson|Mar 19, 2018
Sending prayers for healing and a quick recovery.

Steffen Foss|Mar 19, 2018
Sending love and hugs to you both! I am always thinking of the two of you this time of year as the WBB tourney kicks into gear. Such fond memories of watching games together and enjoying great company. Best wishes for a quick and successful recovery, Nancy.

Lori Best|Mar 19, 2018
So grateful for such amazing medical technology and good care. Sending prayers of healing, patience, and smooth/swift recovery….
❤️

Brenda McKinney|Mar 19, 2018
Thank you for flagging this on Facebook. Sending positive thoughts and strength. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tara Daly|Mar 19, 2018
Love and lots of prayers from Dolly and Gary as well… they couldn’t open the caring bridge page so I read it to them and will keep them updated and they will keep praying!!

Kim Hegge|Mar 19, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Nancy is a stubborn Norwegian so I think things will be fine. Vikings rules!

Erica Kragerud-Smith|Mar 19, 2018
Sending lots of thanks for technological advances and more prayers for continued healing Nancy! Sending strength and patience to Stephanie, the nurses, doctors and all those taking care of you too!

Dolores Peters|Mar 19, 2018
Nancy, Nancy, Nancy! It’s not good to scare the stuffing out of us on campus. Hugs & kisses from the DH Team! We–and anyone else on campus who’s gotten the news–are all thinking of you and Stephanie and your families. I hope you get the OK from the docs soon. And please tell Fiona the over-achiever that she should behave herself. Here’s to a clean bill of health very soon! Dolores

Maria Kelly|Mar 19, 2018
Peter and I are thinking of you both and hope Nancy is back to full strength soon. Team Mostly Goats has many more rounds of trivia to win and we need her!
Love, love, love, from Michigan.
♡♡♡

Kelly Kloos|Mar 19, 2018
Thinking of you! Sending healing prayers and hugs your way Nancy.

Kathy Olsufka|Mar 19, 2018
Stephanie,
Thanks for letting me know about Nancy. So glad Fiona is watching out for her but tell her to just hang around and give her a break. Hugs to both of you. 😷😧💉🚑🏥get better soon! Kathy

Martha Morrow|Mar 19, 2018
Sending love and healing vibes from St. Peter . Nancy, I really had fun watching the Norwegians do so well in the Olympics🎉

Anna Rustad|Mar 19, 2018
I was surprised to see this post, and thank god for Fiona! I hope for continued healing and comfort, no more shocks. All of my love to you both.

Nancy Montgomery|Mar 19, 2018
Oh, my gosh! Thanks for Fiona! Give her our love. How thankful we are for the wonderful medical facilities and the staff that are caring for her. Our love to you, too, Stephanie, as you care for the love of your life. We love you. Nancy and Chris

Jan Yaeger|Mar 19, 2018
Hi Nancy – It’s Bruce’s cousin Jan, sending lots of good thoughts from Alaska! I am happy to hear Fiona did her job but I hope you and she can get back to a more peaceful and comfortable co-existence soon!

Terry Kenck|Mar 19, 2018
Dear Nancy, Praying for your quick and complete recovery and stunned by news of this episode. You are such a special person to me; I always love the family events when our paths cross and we get to talk a little. I am glad you have so many of your beloved family right there with you. My Dad went over to be with your Dad today , he told me, as we all wait for further news and hopefully good news of your recovery. God bless and hold you close. Love , Terry

Elaine Kinnard|Mar 19, 2018
We are praying for you, Nancy!

Dana Whitford|Mar 19, 2018
Sending healing thoughts and good energy your way! You still owe me a visit when you are out here!😄

Andrea Nixon|Mar 21, 2018
Thank you so much for the account and updates, Stephanie. Our love to you both!

Signs of spring in Minnesota

Spring is just around the corner in Minnesota, so we have been able to enjoy some walks and bike trips in St. Paul and Minneapolis. If you haven’t tried the Nice Ride bikes yet, we recommend it. On Saturday, we rode from the Cathedral Hill area of St. Paul to St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis to have dinner on the patio at the Aster Cafe and attend an album release event for Rachel Kilgour, who performed with Sara Pajunen, Chris Koza, and Liz Draper. So convenient to get bikes from the station near our home and then return them to the station near St. Anthony Main. No worries and no fuss, plus little expense and good exercise!

I hope the sun and warmth of spring helps to get me going on my cardiac rehab program again, after a bit of a plateau after Christmas. Here is one of my favorite spring poems by the Nobel-prize winning Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Below each line is my own, very literal translation, intended to convey some of the meaning of the poem but not its poetic rhythm and beauty.

Jeg velger meg april!
I choose April

Jeg velger meg april
I choose April
I den det gamle faller,
In it the old falls,
i den det ny får feste;
in it the new gains a foothold;
det volder litt rabalder,-
it causes a bit of a ruckus,-
dog fred er ei det beste,
yet peace is not the best,
men at man noe vil.
but that one wills something.

Jeg velger meg april,
I choose April,
fordi den stormer, feier,
because it storms, sweeps,
fordi den smiler, smelter,
because it smiles, melts,
fordi den evner eier,
because it has abilities,
fordi den krefter velter,-
because it overturns powers,-
i den blir somren til!
in it summer is created!

– Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson