My mom has been recovering very nicely from last Thursday's double bypass, so much so that she was able to return home yesterday.
We did have a scare over the weekend when she went into an "atrial fibrillation." Her heart beat up to 200 beats per minute, and fluctuated dramatically.
Allegedly, this occurs in ~95% of heart surgeries. It took about five hours to bring her back into a normal sinus rhythm.
Despite the annoyance of a portable oxygen machine (although oxygen is a very good thing) and her lingering pain (which does seem to ease each day), Mom is now resting at home with her two male nurses (my dad and I).
I was supposed to have been in NY this week for some IBM meetings where we were going to be discussing the social media. As I related in a Facebook video to a private IBM group attending the meeting, I've been practicing what I preach instead of just preaching it.
Over the past several days, I was able to use both my blogs as well as Twitter to provide updates to friends and family, often from bedside.
The Twitter updates in turn updated my Facebook status, so that those folks who weren't following my Twitter stream could still get an update (which I needed only make once).
I also used Facebook to respond to friends who were checking in and sending their best, and, as is often the case with Facebook, even heard from some old friends with whom I hadn't communicated in a while.
And yes, I even rubbed two sticks together and sent a few old-fashioned emails (including to my mom's extensive list of AOL chat friends from around the globe).
To all of whom Mom says "hey," and she'll be back in the chat rooms in no time.
Yes, it is definitely genetic.