Thursday morning update on Cindy

Posted by Phil on Jan 7, 2010 in Family News, Phil's Thoughts


I don’t really have that much to report. Cindy hasn’t seen a doctor yet today so no news on new developments or when she gets to come home. I can say that they have started her on some pain medication to help her out a bit. It helped her sleep pretty well last night. The good night’s rest was really beneficial and she seemed to be in a really good mood this morning. Just really hungry. Even for hospital food.

Hopefully she’ll get to see the Doctor soon and we’ll update you then. Thanks to all the visitors who have stopped by. Cindy really enjoyed your visits. Keep praying that everything continues to progress well.



Good news for Cindy

Posted by Phil on Jan 6, 2010 in Family News, Phil's Thoughts


With a big sigh of relief and a huge prayer of thanks, we’ve made it through this day. Cindy spent a long time with the cardiologist and he said that all of the tests they have been running have been coming back good. The only bad results are the chest pains, the EKG and the blood test from yesterday. So the cardiologist is beginning to believe that this is merely a virus that has landed in her heart and causing these symptoms. The virus will clear up by itself and she’ll be as good as new.

They are going to monitor her for another night and if the pains continue, they will do a cardiogram to rule out any blockages.So we’re pretty happy with this news. While we’re not out of the woods, yet, at least the news is mostly positive. This has had a great effect on Cindy. She had a lot more energy this evening and I believe will get a good night’s sleep. If all goes well, its possible she may be discharged tomorrow.

Cindy’s family doctor stopped in while the kids and I were there and she raved about the cardiology department at the hospital Cindy is in. The Doctor said this might be one of the best cardio hospitals in Canada. Again, that helps us feel good about making it through this.

I want to thank everyone everywhere for all their prayers and well wishes. It has truly been appreciated.

Stay tuned for even more details.



Cindy’s Trip to the Hospital

Posted by Phil on Jan 6, 2010 in Family News, Phil's Thoughts


I spent most of the afternoon with Cindy. She is pretty tired. Its hard to sleep in a hospital especially when you don’t really know all that’s going on.

What we do know is that they are running a lot of tests on her. Last night, she had her blood tested a couple of times and a few more times today. This was the first test that let us know that this was a little more serious than indigestion or dehydration. Apparently, the test indicated that some damage had been done to the heart, but that’s all we knew.

Later on, she had a CT scan of her heart and they let us know that everything looked good with it. However, they were concerned that her blood pressure was kind of high as were her heart rate. After discussing things that’s when they decided to admit her.

Today, she has had an ultrasound done on her heart and also on her legs. She was going for another diagnostic as I left this afternoon that was nuclear. She was hoping to get superpowers afterwards. Anyway, I guess they have determined that her heart isn’t operating at a 100% level but they still aren’t clear as to the cause. At least that’s what I’ve picked up so far.

The doctors have put her on some medication (blood thinners, I think) for the time being but haven’t said much more than that on medication. They have also mentioned that they might consider an angioplasty if necessary but are waiting for the results from all of the tests.

I hesitate to say much more because I really don’t know much more than that. The Doctors are being careful in what they say but seem to be taking all precautions to make sure that she will be alright. As far as I can tell, she’s not getting discharged right away.

She’s taking this pretty well, but keeps commenting on how she is the youngest person in the cardio area. Its not necessarily true, but it seems like it. I brought her some DVD’s so hopefully she can keep herself occupied a little better when she doesn’t have visitors or phone calls. It really helps to keep her mind off the situation.

Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes, they are certainly appreciated.



Happy New Year

Posted by Phil on Jan 1, 2010 in Phil's Thoughts

I am looking forward to a great 2010. We like our new house. We have a great family. Keep up with our activities here on this blog.

I have some pictures of New Year’s here in Gilford. We were really glad to have Kevin and Bev and their family with us.


December Trip to Cloyne

Posted by Phil on Dec 31, 2009 in Phil's Thoughts

I just found some other pictures that I took when Javen and I went to Cloyne for a visit. We did a bit of geocaching and watched Mom & Dad sing in Church. It was also good to see the new Pastor, Thomas Eng and have the Christmas Banquet at the Church.

The highlight was the Christmas Parade in Northbrook.

Pictures are in the Photo Album.


A Day in our life in Gilford

Posted by Phil on Nov 3, 2009 in Phil's Thoughts

October 17, 2009 was a good day. I decided to take some time and look around at the surroundings at our new house. I enjoyed some hot cider and the view out our front window to start the day. I picked up Kendra after she had a sleepover at a new friend’s birthday party. We enjoyed our backyard and sunroom. I baked bread in our breadmaker for the first time in a very long time. And we capped the day off with a bike ride to go see the sunset. You can see the pictures in the Photo Album.

This move has been an interesting one. It wasn’t a big move. But the kids do go to a new school. Its wasn’t that far, but I find that I am taking new routes during my commute. We didn’t change much, but we have picked up a permanent visitor. (Adam, my nephew has found work around here and moved in.)

All in all, we’ve really enjoyed the new situation. We play pool. The kids love their new school. I find myself enjoying the simpler things. I can’t wait until the summer when we can swim in our own pool. I’m not looking forward to the extra yard work or pool maintenance.


Phil and Cindy’s New House

Posted by Phil on Oct 14, 2009 in Phil's Thoughts

Okay, some pictures of our new house are available in the Moving Day gallery, but Cindy went out to take a few more pictures today. Okay, really she just wanted to test out a new camera she just got. See the pictures in the Photo Album.

There is also a video walking tour of our house. I apologize in advance for the bad commentary and camera work. I did it on the spur of the moment using my phone as a video camera.

Oh, and if you have checked out any of the recent albums published, check back in on them again as I have added new pics to all of them.


Thanksgiving Trip

Posted by Phil on Oct 12, 2009 in Phil's Thoughts

As we celebrated our first Thanksgiving this year (I love having American family so that I get Turkey Day twice every year) we traveled first to Wesley Acres and then on to Cloyne.

It was a beautiful weekend for driving and we had a really good time with family. I know I ate way too much, but can you really turn down raspberry pie? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

We have pictures in the photo album for you to check out.


New Pictures in Gallery

Posted by Phil on Oct 7, 2009 in Family News, Phil's Thoughts

Okay, so its been longer than I planned, but I now have a few more pictures up in our gallery.

You can see pictures of our old house in Bradford and our new house in Gilford as we moved on September, 18, 2009. Click for album.

You can also see pictures of Javen’s birthday dinner at Montana’s. He loved the hat. See pictures.

I hope you enjoy them.


Our New Home

Posted by Phil on Sep 25, 2009 in Phil's Thoughts

Okay, I’ll bet you were thinking this post was going to be about the new house we moved into. But no, this one is about a new webhost for thekays.ca The internet service that I currently have at the house won’t allow inbound connections, so that means no webservers. So I moved thekays.ca to a new webhost.

Please be patient as not everything has moved, yet. If you find problems, let me know.

Pictures of our new real house after things get a little more sorted out.

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