Angela had her surgery at 5:30 pm on Tuesday and is recovering.
We are posting updates at CaringBridge.org. Her journal name is "angelamoore."
ok...I posted earlier this evening about getting the call, the call that there's a heart for me...then they said I didn't get it...I finally went to sleep....my phone rings at 2:03 am....seriously....Rhett the heart transplant coordinator says "it turns out that you will be getting this heart. come into the hospital. you will not go in for surgery until around noon tomorrow. So many questions I have, first one being...am I dreaming? I'm not dreaming...although it feels like I am. We're off to the hospital...since I"m not going into surgery until tomorrow we're not making calls to people until around 7 am. My parent's have been called, they are catching a 8:00 flight out of STL and should get to the hospital by 11. It's time to start praying...really praying...praying for me...praying for my family, praying for Brian, for the doctors and surgeons...for the family who has lost a loved one that I may live...pray for them. Continue checking my caring bridge site love to all
My phone rang at 10:20 tonight....the call...the call we've all been awaiting. At the end of line I heard Rhett, the transplant coordinator say..."we have a heart for you" what? you're joking?, breathe, breathe, breathe, try to listen to what he says. "Come to the hospital in the next hour or so." ok, breathe, breathe, I need to tell Brian....breathe, breathe....I knew it would be October all along....breathe, breathe..... and the mad rush begins....where's the darn call list...call mom, call CB, call Jen, call everyone we need to call....pack my bag....
Ring, Ring....."Angela, it's Rhett with heart transplant...we don't think the heart is coming to you. It turns out there is someone ahead of you on the list. Wait at home, we'll call you within the hour and let you know"...Ok...call everyone back who is planning on coming to the hospital....tell them to hang on....Ok, I've got time to set up my caring bridge site that will be where someone updates my progress throughout this process...Site set up....breathe, breathe...ok...I have time to take a shower....breathe, breathe....
I get dressed....I'm drying my hair....Brian walks into the bathroom...."it's not your's....it's going to someone else....they will call back in the morning if it doesn't work for the other person...but it's likely it won't come to you...Stay home." CRUSHED....that's how I felt....that's how I feel..I'm so ready...I didn't realize how ready I am...but I know that God has the perfect heart for me...and this isn't the one. Just keep on holding on to that....HE IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL! HE WILL PROVIDE THE RIGHT HEART AT THE RIGHT TIME. HE IS FAITHFUL.
Well to say the least....my bag is now offically packed....and will stay that way...we have all the phone list kinks worked out....and a silly lesson I learned....keep my legs shaved...because who wants to be doing that in the middle of the night!
On another note: Brian is traveling to Michigan on Wed for work. He will not return until Thursday evening...I know beggers can't be choosers...but I really don't want the heart to come that night...that would not be fun...I will be staying with Brian's aunt and uncle that night...on the off chance that the RIGHT heart will come that night. ( I really can't see me driving myself to the hospital for a heart transplant)...But please God...not this Wed or Thursday.
My heart has finally slowed down...and I'm realizing that I'm tired....I'm off to try to get some sleep...sorry for the drama....it's just a part of the process I guess. Keep praying...
it's finally Fall....really Fall...50 degree's and windy kind of Fall. The kind of Fall that makes you want to bake apple pie, simmer some homemade soup, light your pumpkin spice candle, and curl up with your kitties and hubby to watch tv, while the openned windows allow the Fall breeze to float through the house. AHHHHHHHH...it's that kind of day....I've been anticipating and waiting for THIS day since about February! I even got to wear a sweater! LOVE THAT!
Since I got home from the hospital, I've been really busy cleaning, planning menus, cooking, taking time with God everyday, scrapbooking, and just nesting in my home. Fall makes me want to stay home and just fluff up the feathers in my nest. Tomorrow I have another MD appt. They're weekly right now as they are adjusting my meds. They want to keep track of my blood work each week to make sure I stay balanced, well physically balanced that is. I'm going to make a little day of it though. I'm going to Penzey's before my appointment to stock up on my favorite herbs and spices. If you're not familar with Penzey's you need to become familar with them. The cost of their spices is comparable to the grocery store, but they are much fresher and have a much higher quality. Then I will head to the Med Center and hope they are somewhat on schedule. Lately I've been waiting over an hour to be seen. That drives me CRAZY!!!! Oh well, I'll take my Bible Study and work on that. It needs to be done and it will pass the time.
Below is a recipe for French Onion Soup that I made tonight. It was one of the best I've had. If you like French Onion Soup you must try this recipe.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 quarts beef broth
1 baguette, sliced
1/2 pound grated Gruyere
Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn't burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
When you're ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Ladle the soup in bowls and float several of the Gruyere croutons on top.
Alternative method: Ladle the soup into bowls, top each with 2 slices of bread and top with cheese. Put the bowls into the oven to toast the bread and melt the cheese.
Autumn Apple, pear, and cheddar salad with pecans
From the kitchen of Angela Moore Yield: 6 servings
1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
10 cups gourmet salad greens (about 10 ounces)
1 medium honeycrisp apple, cored, and cut into thin slices
1 medium Bartlett
½ (8 ounce) block of cheddar cheese, cut into small pieces
1 large handful toasted pecans
Place apple juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Cook until reduced to about 3 tbsp (about 10 minutes). Combine reduced apple juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk.
Combine salad greens, apples, and pears in a large bowl. Drizzle with apple juice mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and pecans. Serve immediately.
Just a quick email to update all of my blog readers on life as I know it....
Yesterday I had an MD appt with my heart transplant cardiologist....during my visit my heart went into an somewhat irregular heart rhythm...something I've had for 20 years due to my leaking valve. The rhythm was steady and constant, but had an irregular pace. THIS IS NOTHING NEW FOR ME, it's an everyday occurance! But despite that, and the fact that it normalized, and despite the fact that they have known about this and analyzed this before....I spent my entire day (from 10 am-6 pm) in the clinic, and then was sent to the last available room in the hospital to be monitored for the night....SERIOUSLY!!!!! Not to mention that in the clinic with me, was a lady who really was short of breath, full of water weight, and sick as a dog who didn't get a room and was sent to hang out in admitting for who knows how long!!!!!! They had an "electrician" come check me out, we had met before, and he seems to think I'm quite stable. He didn't even see it necesssary to start an I.V, (of course, I asked him and he agreed that I didn't need one...small victory for me!...convincing a MD that I didn't need an I.V....just in case!!! As they always say!) I answered these questions at least 50 times: Are you the patient? Why are you here?...You don't look sick? ARe you short of breath? Can you walk? What's your normal activity. (They're stunned when I tell them I run errands, cook, clean, shop, go to the park...basically try to live a normal life.) So after wasting the past 24 hours of my life and Brian wasting the last 24 hours of his life, I am home....they have their data and now have a room available for someone who might actually need it!!!! All I can say is that I got really good at winning solitaire which I have on my cell phone, enjoyed the unlimited supply of crushed ice....and I finished reading Water For Elephants. Which I highly recommend!
Thursday night's conversation with Brian....Brian--"So, we're still planning on going out to dinner tomorrow night right?" Angela--"Well we're supposed to get the couches from Aunt Sherry tomorrow night, so we'll do that and then we can go out to eat." Brian--"Is there any way we can get the couches earlier in the day?" Angela--"I don't know, I'll have to check with Sherry....It's no big deal to get them and then go eat." Brian--"I'd really like to get them earlier, if possible." Angela--"Well I need to talk to Sherry and see what works for her and if she knows someone who has a truck. If you're planning on going to the funeral for David in the morning with me, maybe you can just take the rest of the day off and we'll do it earlier." Brian--"Ok, I'll do that...I just want to be home tomorrow evening and then go out to dinner."
At this point Angela begins to realize that somethings up and her analytical mind begins working and thinking.....hmmmm...what is going on....something is going on...Brian is being really adamant about going to dinner tomorrow night and being around the house....hmmmmm???? Wait, when did Brian tell me he wanted to go to dinner with me on Friday...I think it was Wednesday night...hmmmm....who is meeting us for dinner????
Angela---"Brian, where are we going to go eat?" Brian---"Somewhere close by, maybe Outback or Texas Land and Cattle." Angela--"what time exactly?" Brian---"oh, whenever, it doesn't really matter."
Angela begins putting the pieces of the puzzle together....ok, it's not about the place or time, so it must be about a person coming....hmmmm....he asked me about dinner on Wednesday night....that would be about the time that my Dad would have checked the forecast for the weekend to see if it was a good weekend to ride the Harley to Houston...hmmmm...Mom is out of town this weekend with her H.S. friends...hmmmm....Mom asked me several times what our plans were for the weekend...hmmmm....I wonder if my Dad is coming to surprise me. That's got to be it....He emailed Brian at work and told him to keep it a secret. Boy, I'll be really sad if that's not it....but I really think I know!
5:30 yesterday afternoon....I hear a rumble coming down the street and I just smile...then the rumble pulls into my driveway and makes a few vroom, vroom sounds and I KNOW......I AM RIGHT.....MY DAD IS HERE....YIPPEEEEE!!!!!!! Of course, Brian was so frustrated that I figured it out and stole his thunder....I had written my prediction earlier when he was sure I had NO CLUE, so he wouldn't think I just said I knew it, when I realized the surprise! Hee hee...what can I say....I have a 6th sense when it comes to something being up....maybe I should be a CIA analyst!
Julie, my childhood friend, and her family are in town this weekend for a wedding. On Thursday I took her and her 2 boys, Jacob who's almost 2 and Greyson who is 3 months, to Kemah for lunch and a few hours of fun. It was great to see Jules and her kiddos. We enjoyed a nice lunch at Landry's on the Kemah Boardwalk and then took a train ride that thrilled Jacob to no end. It was quite warm, so none of us lasted long, but we all had a good time.
Our good friend David Null went to be with his Lord on Tuesday evening. He fought the battle with cancer valiantly and although he didn't have win the battle here on Earth, he has found ULITIMATE, ETERNAL VICTORY in heaven. Please continue to pray for his darling wife Dina and their two young sons, Cade and Hunter as they can now begin their own healing process. Visit his Caring Bridge journal here.
"Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in victory, O death, where is your victory? O, death where is your sting?" For sin is the stimg that results in death, and the law gives sin it's power. But thank God? He gives us victory over sin and eath through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15: 54-57