Whitesburg KY

Rose Ballard having heart surgery

Southern Ohio

Hello everyone!

It looks like spring has finally arrived in our area as I have noticed several trees that have bloomed already. It seems that everything has come about so quickly this year.

I noticed that farmers are trying to get started in the fields though it is still wet in some of the low-lying areas.

I bet Gwen Huff Farmer is already out messing in her garden.

Gwen had a nice surprise as her son Forest Farmer and his wife Sherry came for a visit from Arkansas and surprised her as usual. He was in Gwen’s kitchen talking to her on her cell phone, and she didn’t know he was coming. He always does that to Gwen.

I talked to Shirley Wells on the computer for a little while.

My brother Richie Hall finally got the wound vac off his hip, and is able to move around more freely. He was supposed to have a biopsy when he got to the hospital in Tennessee, but they decided not to do it because his blood was too thin.

Now figure this out. Richie had already gone through two or three surgeries! No one had checked to see that he was on Plavix! One surgery was done at Whitesburg and one at Johnson City, Tenn.

Well readers, I guess I bragged too early in last week’s column as I said I was the oldest of our bunch and in better health. Before you read this column I will have undergone heart surgery as I am having a fiveway bypass done at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. I’ve lived with shortness of breath over two years. Every test I’ve had has come back alright.

I had tests as recently as this week plus a little over a year ago I had nuclear dye injected in my vein to my heart. Well my heart is good, just all the arteries are blocked.

I went to my primary care doctor who did an EKG and it was abnormal. Dr. Wong sent me straight to the ER, which was right next door to his office, and called the ER to give them instructions to send me to the hospital.

Since I wasn’t in pain I told the ER I didn’t want to go the hospital, that I had laundry to do, and clothes in the washer. I learned later that it wasn’t too smart on my end.

Dr. Gill of the ER called Dr. Glassman, the cardiologist, whom I was instructed to see, so Dr. Glassman gave me explicit orders to come directly to his office. Then he set up an appointment at Christ Hospital for a heart cath, which came back saying I was in deep trouble.

I am still upset that it has taken this long for someone to finally figure out what was wrong, plus I am very fortunate that I haven’t had a heart attack.

My daughter Kay Gray will help me with this column, if God is willing.

I just found out Jennifer Collins had surgery and didn’t tell anyone except her family.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall and to my sister Loretta Church at Letcher Manor.

Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone 513- 367-4682.

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