Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Thank you all so much for the kind words, prayers and good wishes. I am typing this on my brothers ipad from the University of Pennsylvania family waiting room for cardiovascular intensive care patients. Beth was flown here by helicopter this morning. She had another open heart surgery this morning. She is critical, but stable, although there have been a few scary moments. Now she needs to wake up and respond so they can assess any neurological damage. It means the world to Me that you hear from so many of you words of support and comfort.

Today Is me weigh in day. I'm almost hesitant to report that I am down 7 lbs since last week. Absurd I know. I'm just reporting what the scale said. Probably last week was a false high due to some water retention, and probably this week is from barely eating for the last two days. I have no appetite. It's so weird. I always thought I was a stress eater, but this is life and death stress and it makes my stomach feel like it's in knots.I don't have anything to write because I'm barely eating. I'm committed though and wrote down my goals. Our family crisis has sidetracked me but I'm still focused on meeting my goals this year.

This horrible thing that has happened to Beth, has given me a clarity about things, and a glimpse of how fragile life is and how it can change in an instant. I also see that many of the things i stress about are not so important. I want to be healthy for myself and my family. There are no guarantees in life, but we can buy ourselves more days of healthy living, by eating right and getting to a healthy weight.

Sending blessings and big thankful hugs to all of you. Hug someone you love tonight and please keep praying for Beth to recover.


  1. I am continuing to think and pray for all of you. Beth is obviously well loved. I was telling my husband about her and how quickly it happened. Life is fragile and it is a reminder to LIVE it while we are able. I think about her children and it makes me sad, but hopeful that she will be back to them in a short time.
    Try to eat something so that you don't get sick. I know this is weird and probably not the best idea for digestion, but I always go to bread. Bread fills me up and is easy to get down. I eat it a lot when my tummy won't accept anything else.
    My prayers will continue and thank you for the update. I have thought about her all day. She is young!
    Hugs, hugs and more hugs!

  2. Thank you for the update-I know these are stress filled times for you all.
    On a happy note-congrats on your weight loss-take it...every once of it! For all the reasons those lbs are gone. Kay's right-keep taking care as best you can.

  3. Going to hug my three boys this minute. take care. xoxo

  4. I hope you see this ladies. Thank you so so much for all of your support. It really touches my heart, and I can feel your love and concern. This is really, really tough, more for Beth than for us. But we need her to recover, and I hope all the positive prayers and thoughts being directed her way, will help bring her back to us.

  5. Hi Pattie,
    I am so sorry that you have to go thru this. We are all still thinking about you and your family and wishing that she has a complete recovery.
    Don't forget to eat - you still need to eat OK?
    Take of You :-)

  6. Lots of Love, Hugs and Prayers for you Pattie. Beth is indeed blessed to have all of you for family. We will continue to lift all of you up in prayer, now and in the days ahead.
    Linda in Western NC