I haven't been on here in a very long time, but am happy to see some familiar names, and some new ones being accepted into the "family" as well!
Some of you may remember my husband Mathias' story, it was a rollercoaster for a bit but we have moved on from the dramatic parts and are building our life together. In the years since his surgery, we've bought a house in the same town we both grew up in, which we've been gutting and renovating since we purchased it. It's a long process, but we are hopeful it will be just what we want when (if?) we get it all done. We've started a nonprofit in our state that has been such a blessing to operate. We've met amazing people and made some wonderful connections...between running that and fixing up the house, plus our full-time jobs, we are pretty busy most of the time.
We FINALLY won the battle with his cardiologists about keeping his INR between 2-3...for years they fought us and were adamant about keeping it at 1.5-2. We weren't comfortable with that so did our own testing and maintenance for a while. But we've established care with a new cardio, and she much prefers the range we've been seeking all along, so there was no battle with her. He goes in for his yearly echo next week...wish us luck that nothing's changed since the last!
Mathias' four-legged buddy that got him through all of his recoveries turned 9 last month...I can't believe it's been 9 years since he came into our lives. He's such a special part of our days, I hope we have many more years with him. He's still a puppy at heart, he just moves a little slower when he chases the ball. We love him and his newly acquired facial glitter just the same, probably more so.
I've been writing more, short stories mostly. I like doing animal perspective pieces, maybe it's because I've worked with them for so long that it comes easily to me. I need to get myself a new laptop, to store my writings and actually work on a book of them. We'll see though, renovations take priority in our budget right now!
We celebrated 3 years of marriage in February, I'm not sure if I've been on here since we've been married?! Anyway, that's about it for now. I see some familiar names on this thread, I hope you are all doing well! I've missed you!