And that’s what I’m going to tell you about today. About my pretty bumpy week! Maybe you think to yourself, well girl do we need to know that, but it’s my blog and I write what I want to say. In addition, the contacts that I, and I hear many other bloggers, have with my readers and followers of Instagram, is very warm. So supportive. I want to thank those who wrote me such sweet words, it really made the misery more bearable. Of course my sister and girlfriends and family supported me tremendously, they are the best! But the most important person to me is of course Gerben who for this week was very stressful too.
Well and for those who are thinking, what is she talking about here is my story about the bumpy week. More for myself, because I like to write it off. Last Monday I was admitted to hospital in Groningen because one of the valves in my lungs had to be replaced. I had to stay there for two nights, I was going to be under anesthesia and the chance of a collapsed lung was 1 in 4. But I assumed I didn’t get it because I hadn’t had that in 2013 either. The procedure went completely according to plan, I felt super good the next day. It is also a very nice team in Groningen and a pleasant hospital. But then the bumpy road started!
On Wednesday I was allowed to go home and everything went very well for a few days. And Saturday morning I suddenly heard a crack in my lungs and then it happened, collapsed lung! For those who don’t know what it is: your lung just collapses and does nothing anymore. If you then know that I have a lung capacity of 26%, then I was left with a maximum of 13%. I can tell you, that feels terrible. Gerben immediately called 911 and I was rushed of with flashing lights. A drain was placed in the hospital and after 3 nights I was allowed to go home.
There is more to tell about pain and fear and all, that I won’t bother you with. Let me just tell you that it really was a bumpy week.
And now I can’t wear my concentrator myself until March, so I can’t leave the house on my own and no work out with weights for 6 weeks. Six weeks!!! Pffff. But we’re going in the right direction from now on! Thank you again for all the support!
This outfit I choose for Let’s Brighten Up January! The Thrifty Six . Yes, this is colorful to me!
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Oh my goodness Nancy, that must have been very scary! I’m glad you’re starting to feel better now. My mum has been in hospital all week because her fistula stopped working and she couldn’t dialyse so her potassium level got too high. Her heart rate was very fast too but it seems to be stabilising now. She hates hospital! But then nobody likes it do they? You can’t beat your own bed and home comforts.
Oh dear, can she continue the dialyse again now? I hope so. The thing I missed most , apart from Gerben and the cats, was my own food!! Gosh, all those animal products!
Wow, You did have quite a rough week, Nancy. Convalescing can be a challenge too, but it’s a necessary evil if one wants to regain their health after a procedure such that you had. I hope that it goes smoothly and quickly from here on out.
Yes I know I need to take it easy, that’s the best heeling. I just need to tell myself that a hundred times more, lol.
Ohh, what a stressful week. But, it sounds like you got wonderful care and your husband was quick at calling 911! My son had a very bad asthma attack (before we even knew he had asthma) at only 3 years old and I will tell you that ambulance ride over to the hospital was hard on me (and him!). I am sure you want to get back to working out with weights, etc., but maybe some self pampering will relax you and make the time pass quickly. I hope everything continues to go well for you on your road to recovery! And, you look so beautiful in that top and the blue colors in it and your booties are making me think of Spring!
Thank you very much Carrie. The ride in the ambulance did take long indeed, but I guess it was just 7 minutes or so. You are so right that I need to pamper myself, no stress is welcome now.
OH dear Nancy I will pray for you and for healthy lungs. That was a bad week for sure but you are a survivor, my friend. As always you look beautiful and polished in a skirt and I just love that floral purple sweater.
Please feel better soon and taje great care of yourself!
Thank you very much dearest Ada. You are such a sweet woman!
How scary Nancy, I cannot imagine the panic and fear for both you and Gerben! I’m glad you are back home but yes, you definitely had a bumpy week. And that really stinks that you are housebound for 6 weeks. I am so sorry my friend and hope that all goes according to plan!
Well I can’t workout for 6 weeks, and not eave my home fro two weeks on my own. I can leave with Gerben or a girlfriend. Thanks Kellyann.
Oh my goodness; that sounds so scary! What a week indeed. I’d call that more than bumpy. I am so glad you are home now and on the mend but I am sorry to hear that you have so many restrictions for now. I hated having to wait to workout after my surgery but totally understood that my body needed time to heal as does yours after that whole ordeal.
Yes it was hard, especially for Gerben. Thanks Joanne.
Dear Nancy, a flashing blue light is so frightening for you both but actually it means that you are now in the best possible hands. I am so thankful to hear that you are well enough to continue your recovery at home and I think the workouts can wait just a little while! I wish you a speedy recovery dear friend.
Thank you very much Pamela!
I love your outfit, that floral top is so nice with the blue boots, but what a rough week! You are looking a lot better than I would after all that! I’m glad they were able to help in hospital and you are feeling better and home again.
Hope that things continue to improve for you!
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Haha, those photos are from a few weeks ago Mica. I am in no condition to take photos now. Thank you for your kind words.
Oh my gosh, you did have a bumpy week. How scary! I’m so happy you are back home now and recovering. It’s hard when we’re told we have to follow restrictions but it’s best to just rest and focus on your body healing. Sending you healing vibes!
Jill – Doused in Pink
Yes rest is the important thing right now, and that is so hard to do, lol. Thank you Jill.
My husband had a collapsed lung because of Covid so I totally get all that you are saying. So sorry for the bumpy road but you are a home now which is so good. Sending prayers of healing and peace my friend. Love this floral top and blue boots that pull the blue out of it. So pretty!
Thank you very much for your kind words Kathrine!
Lovely pictures Nancy. Sorry for the bumpy week. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Those blue boots are divine! xo Sabina
Thank you very much Sabina!
That sounds so scary! I am glad you had the care and support that you needed. I will be praying for you.
Thank you very much, I appreciate that.
Wow! I didn’t realize how low your lung capacity was to start with (I have a good friend with cystic fybrosis so I understand how those numbers really make a difference!) and to go to half that with just one lung! I am glad they took good care of you and hope your recovery continues smootly!
Love this outfit and I am so drawn to your boots!
THank you very much Mireille.
Oh Nancy, the week sounds much more than bumpy! So sorry you went through that pain and fear, but very glad you have a wonderful, quick thinking husband and competent hospital to help you. Sending you healing energy, and hoping for a smooth recovery at home. You are looking very well! Love your outfit, with the floral top and matching blue booties signaling spring and better days ahead! Take care!
Thank you very much Di!
Oh Nancy that had to be so scary and miserable. I’m sorry you had to go through that. And I’m sorry for Gerben too. I know it’s no fun to be stuck at home, but the important thing is that you are on the mend.
And I love this outfit!
Hugs dear friend!
Yes it was hard for Gerben too! Thank you very much!
So sorry you had such a scary week. It really was a bumpy ride, but I am praying that is all behind you now.
That is so very kind of you Rosemary! Thank you very much!
Oh Nancy, I am so sorry you’ve had such an awful week and that things went wrong with that lung. But you’re back home and you will get better. You take care now and yes, pamper yourself and do all the things possible to relax and heal yourself. We all love you and want this.
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Oh what a uplifting words! Thank you very much Penny!
Aw, Nancy, I love you so much! I am glad that you are home and recovering with lots of love and care from Gerben and your sister and your girlfriends. I’m gonna keep sending you lots of love and positive energy!
Thanks , it helps! I feel a lot better!
What a terrible thing to have happened Nancy! That’s not just your run of the mill bumpy week!
I can’t even imagine how scary this must have been, both for you and for Gerben …
Glad to hear you’re on the road to recovery, even if it’s going to be a longer one than you’d hoped.
Sending lots of positive vibes your way, and in the meantime, I am admiring those gorgeous ankle boots of yours! xxx
Thank you very much Ann!
Wow! That really was a bumpy week! So glad to hear you’re on the mend. I like the outfit, especially the blue booties. Thank you for hosting the link-up.
Thank you very much!
Oh Nancy what a disaster. I wish you a speedy recovery and please be patient. ?
Patiinet? What is that? Haha, yes I know it is very important to take it easy, but it’s hard.
Oh my gosh, Nancy, I can’t even imagine how scary that must have been! I so appreciate the update and also the actual description of what it felt like. I’m sorry you won’t be able to do your regular things for 6 weeks, but those will fly by, hopefully. Big healing hugs to you and Gerben in this stressful time.
You look fabulous with those touches of blue in your outfit. Here’s to a quiet peaceful weekend!
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Thank you very much Sheila!
Oh Nancy so awful for you. But glad you are home and on the road to recovery.
Thank you very much Hilda!
Oh dear, Nancy, so sorry to hear about your lung—that sounds like quite the traumatic experience! I hope you are able to rest and feel better soon. My friend’s lung collapsed years ago totally out of the blue, and he made a full recovery, so hoping the same for you!
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Thank you very much Cheryl.
My goodness, Nancy! I’m glad you heard it and knew what it meant so Gerben could call 911! I’m sure it was frightening and frustrating. But, gosh am I glad you are on the road to recovery. I hope the six weeks of no exercise goes fast for you…I know when you’re told you can’t do something is when you want to do it most.
I love this outfit on you. That sweater is such fun! Have a fabulous and restful weekend! And, thanks so much for the link up!
Thank you very much Marsha, glad to be back home again!
Nancy, I am so sorry that you had such a bumpy week. 🙁 That just sounds so scary for you and Gerben. Anyway! I am so happy that you are home. I hope that you have a relaxing weekend and that you recover quickly. Sending you a hug too! XO, Caroline
Thank you very much Caroline!
I’m so sorry that happened to you Nancy! That is so scary! I can’t even imagine the fear and pain! I’m so glad you are ok and on the mend.
Thank you very much Laura!
What a scary road for you. The power of prayer is working overtime here!!!
Oh thank you very much Jodie!
I’m so glad that you are doing better. Hoping the 6 weeks goes quickly and with increased health.
Oh I hope so too, thank you very much!
You would never know it was a bumpy week by the beautiful, bright smile on your face in these great pictures. Glad you’re better, and back home. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Thank you very much!
Gosh Nancy, I am so sorry you had to deal with that. It sounds scary.
I am glad you are doing better and you have great support.
You certainly look wonderful in your outfit, You always look great in the pleated skirts.
Hope you are feeling even better soon!
Thank you very much Jess. I am so glad to be back home!
Very sorry to hear about your awful week and the collapsed lung. I can’t imagine how scary that must be. Not exercising for 6 weeks will be very tough for you but the weeks will fly by and it will be spring by the time you can start again.
Yes that is true! And I am so looking forward to that! Thanks Gail.