We want to take this opportunity to sincerely express our gratitude and thanks to each and every one of you for everything that you have done to help Steve and myself through this difficult time. This surgery was a complete surprise. We did not realize how bad his health was. He was getting to a point when he came home, going up our four-step porch and sitting down at the table that it was very exhausting and he had to rest before taking off his shoes. His cardiologist scheduled him for a Cardiac Catheterization for a review of his valves that looked questionable. Our assumption was maybe a possible stent. For a doctor to say, “Steve, you have too many blockages to stent. We will need to do open heart surgery” was quite a shock. A day or two later, before the scheduled surgery date, the doctors also found through a more detailed test two valves that were severely damaged and needed to be replaced.
I will not go through each detail of every day at Maine Medical. I know each day practically by heart. I think I experienced every kind of emotion there is. (Fear, Anger, Sadness, Joy, Disgust, Surprise, Trust and Anticipation)
It is the wonderful actions of others that keep us going. During a time like this we realize how much our family, friends and community really mean to us. I cannot tell you how much this has meant to Steve and me.
Thank you again and God bless you all.
Ruth & Steve Jarrett