(knitted heart, with darned-up hole, a gift from wonderful Felix)

IT IS THE RIGHT KIND OF HOLE!!
Hurrah! The transesophageal wotnot procedure was a breeze (though it has left me feeling rather spaceage). Now I just have to wait for an appointment to insert the heart umbrella!

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  1. I too keep picturing a red cocktail umbrella, the sort you get in a pina colada or something equally sugary and exciting. What terrific news Kate, I’m so happy for you and Tom!

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  2. I’m so pleased, although the whole concept still sounds bizarre. Like other people, I keep thinking of paper cocktail parasols!
    Best wishes for a speedy and totally effective procedure.

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  3. I’m so glad it went well! We will still be sending you those strong healthy thoughts, hope the next procedure is very successful and easy!

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  4. yeah!!!! great news.
    but I am wondering – this can’t be just any umbrella they put in your heart.
    it should be a special parasol- lacy and pretty like those twirled by a lady while she walks in the park with her gentleman friend.
    it couldn’t be a black utilitarian umbrella boring and stodgy whose main business is just keeping a person dry.
    but maybe it could be a tartan plaid number with a wooden duck handle that I remember my Nana having and I used to like holding over my head as I splashed through puddles. I don’t remember staying dry but I don’t think it was the bumbershoots fault.
    then again it needs to be very small so maybe the doctor has a supply of the little bamboo umbrellas that come in the fancy drinks at tiki bars.
    whatever kind they use I am glad that you will soon be feeling better and soaring off like Mary Poppins with her umbrella.

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  5. Oh Kate, wonderful news!!! Step by step, in so many ways things will be more like they were before your life turned upside down. I am relieved and excited for you that you can get this taken care of and move on.
    !!!!!

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  6. Woo-hoo , love the knitted heart..and great news about the umbrella.
    Don’t suppose they have choice of custom fair isle design umbrella? ? Hope it’s fitted soon.
    Islay time for me starts Wednesday :-) :-) :-)

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  7. Hurrah! it is all very spaceage and I am absolutely intrigued by the idea of the tiny umbrella. Although the rational bit of my brain knows that it must be more in the nature of a patch I can’t help picturing a wee hooky handle and spokes.

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  8. oo and I thought I should also say I really like the grey border being back- it sets off your photos and lets the highlights sing. (we are on our second day of sunshine here in a row after 2+ weeks of rain- *grin* the world must be in sync with all sorts of good things)

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  9. Felix the wonderknitter strikes again :-)

    Good news, hope it all happens soon and you’re on your way to recovery quickly!

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  10. oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man
    H O O O O O O O O R A Y ! ! ! ! ! !

    What wonderful news! I am picturing you and Tom celebrating by doing the chicken dance in the doctor’s office.

    And now I know, for sure, I will not be able to get this smile off my face for days and days.

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  11. So glad it is good news! Hope the next procedure is scheduled quickly.

    I’m sure the knitted heart brought special karma in.

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  12. Great news! Good luck with the “umbrella”-insertion procedure. I hope it completes your healing process. You have such tremendous courage and you seem determined to live a beautiful life!

    Somehow the darning in the knit heart is easier to understand. I mean, who will hold up the umbrella handle?

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  13. love the encouraging news, Kate – things just keep moving right along, don’t they?
    also, I heart your knitted heart :)

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  14. OH That is FANTASTIC!! I don’t comment frequently, but I’ve been reading frequently and hoping very much that it’s the right kind of hole! As another active person currently decommissioned by injury, I am so happy to hear there’s a positive road ahead for you! You’ll be climbing over hill and dale soon.

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  15. Hi Kate,
    I’ve just been reading your blog for the last weekend – I know what you mean about the campervan – I entered the comp ages ago and I have a feeling I might win it !!!!???? – I’m glad you had such a good time – and well done to Tom for such a good time in the race – hard going!
    Great news about your heart op – I wish you well and soon – you are doing just fine and coming on apace.
    Keep smiling

    L

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  16. Isn’t the internet a strange and magical place? I was just checking my emails when your post popped up with the tag ‘heartening’. I didn’t really need to check your blog to know that it must be good news. But I did, of course, and I was greeted by that fabulous knitted creation – just perfect, and such good news for you. It must be a huge relief. Perhaps Felix can knit you a space helmet to match your spaceage feeling.

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