FROM HOSPITAL TO WONDER WOMAN IN ONE FELL WALKING SWOOP

I’ll let you into a little secret. Well, this is actually a huge secret for a tiny but massive in personality Yorkshire Terrier such as myself to be burdened with for all these weeks. My Mama J is a fully fledged superhero! She is Wonder Woman in an animal print jumper. That’s what she is wearing today so we’ll have go with that description. Before you think I’ve gone crazy with my imaginative brain powers, I have not. She saw herself as Wonder Woman when she went for hypnotherapy to calm her down prior to her heart surgery last week and the role sits very nicely indeed on her shoulders. Crown, wrist bands and all! Even the Hypnotherapist encouraged her superhero powers by buying her a Wonder Woman t-shirt and of course I have my superhero bandana which goes very aptly to transform me into Wonder Woman’s partner in universe saving action.
With her new powers of calmness against the odds, Mama J was able to conquer her nemesis, the hospital doors! We all got up a 5.30am. Yes, I know my eyes hurt when Granny turned the bedroom light on for Grandpa to take me out for my very early morning stroll. Was this more Bear Grylls survival training in the mix? I have a few riders for such adventures such as wanting treats on demand when I give a paw or a stern nod.
   Once Mama J was dressed we all jumped into the car at 6.50am and travelled the hour’s drive to the hospital. Mama J usually freaks out on arrival at the hospital entrance but this time she kissed me and Grandpa goodbye and ran in through the sliding doors, her superhero cape blowing in the breeze. Just kidding her superhero training hadn’t fully kicked in but her bladder sure had. She was like Anneka Rice on Challenge Anneka bounding in looking for the nearest toilet! She bounced passed Rachel who was part of the hospital’s psychological support team apologising for her unruly water works as she went. When she’d finished her ablutions Mama J and her entourage of Granny and Rachel went up to check herself into the health spa, sorry hospital ward for the duration of her stay.
   On being checked in Mama J had to run through the necessary paperwork with the nursing staff and an extremely cheeky Anaesthetist. The chap asked her for her address, date of birth and then bank details! Mama J being the feisty and security conscious lady that I know and love chirped back, “I’m not giving you that information. I’ve only just met you!” She had one concern that the Anaesthetist allayed which was getting the cannula in her hand. His reply was, “If I get it in there in one will you give me your bank details?” She looked amused and answered, “You’ve got to get it in there first to find out!” With the banter over with Mama J put on her hospital gown and paper underpants. Somehow I don’t think these knickers will ever catch on and feature in any of Marks and Spencer underwear collections any time soon! With that they called her through to the lab, yes the lab not even an operating theatre. Now come on was she really having an operation done or a beauty treatment? The procedure began to be very real.
   Now Mama J isn’t very bendy at the best of times but she had to get on a step ladder and hop onto a tiny bed. The steps made her feel like she was about to go horse riding again and this was going to be one hell of a different ride. Once on the bed all she discussed before she went to sleep was Yorkshire Tea. See a good brew really is the meaning of life after all. I thought the deep and funny stuff was meant to come out of your mouth after waking up from an anaesthetic not before.

Once Mama J came around and vital checks were done she was wheeled back through to the ward where Granny was waiting to greet her and tell her the good news. This was that her valve replacement was a total success and they’d managed to also widen an artery while they were in there too.
   Following Granny telling her this excellent news one of the doctor’s who performed the procedure came to say how delighted he was with he outcome, how he’d be interested to see how she was getting on in clinic in three months time and that to road test the new valve he wanted Mama J to go hill walking! Oh yes you know what this means for an exercise loving loon like me? I’ve got a partner in marching crime now! Thank you Doctor, I’ll pay you later.
   Mama J who was still dazed by the anaesthetic couldn’t quite take this in and started chanting in rhythm, “Hill walking! Hill walking. He wants me to go hill walking!” Granny looked on and just nodded along with her chanting as did everyone else on the ward. So that was the patients, their visiting friends and relatives and all the staff who came to check up on her, all nodding in unison at Mama J’s chanting or ranting. I bet it was like one of those annoying tunes you can’t get out of your head. The Hill Walking song. I might paw it and go on Britain’s Got Talent to see what Simon Cowell makes of it all.

Mama J tried to rest through the night although with all the monitors bleeping, (I’d have been barking away at them had I being there) blood pressure checks and patients snoring this was very difficult indeed. At 3.30am Mama J could take no more and made her way to the nurses station for a bit of quiet contemplation. On telling them of her stresses they made her a cup of tea, cracked open a tub of Celebrations chocolate and gave her the latest edition of Closer magazine to read. Mama J was slightly disappointed it wasn’t Hello magazine but beggars can’t be choosers at that time in the morning.
 After a half hour sit down Mama J went back to her bed for another session of staring at the ceiling then at the monitor and then back at the ceiling again.

Mama J was up with the lark at 6.30am and had her hair done and a full face of make up on by 6.45am. She was coming home after her overnight stay and couldn’t wait for Granny to arrive at 10am to collect her. Prior to that she had an echocardiogram and an x-ray to have which didn’t go without event. 
   On the way back from the echo test Mama J’s very tense and tired right leg turned rogue and grew a mind of its own. Don’t you just love it when a leg does that? It then kicked off completely and tripped Mama J up to the absolute horror of the Radiographer who was walking her back to the ward. He’d already told her about his pace maker whilst he was running the test so he knew he could jokingly tell her off for startling his pace maker into action. On graciously receiving an apology from Mama J for her legs misbehaviour he said, “It’s not every day a lady throws herself at my feet.” He scraped Mama J up, tucked her under his arm and frogmarched her back to the ward like a scene from war movie Black Hawk Down. Leave no patient behind was the order of that day. Poor man was as white as a sheet but Mama J knowing her legs unruly behaviour took it all in her stride and returned to the ward with a grin on her face. She was coming home!
Since getting home Mama J has had lots of cuddles from me. On the day of her discharge I even ran up the stairs and sat halfway up them just to make sure she got down safely. Mama J’s friend said she’d be treated like royalty and she felt she wouldn’t have received better care were she from The Royal House Of Windsor. All the staff did an amazing job and I’m so grateful to them for looking after my Mama J so well and giving me the opportunity to take her hill walking! Onwards and up wards literally from now on!






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  1. Dearest Mama J, sending you lots of LUFFs and HUGS and healing licky kisses
    Take very good care of yourself and get well soon
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. Thank you Princess Leah for your kind hugs and luffs for Mama J. I'll pass them onto her now. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  2. Dear Elsie and Mama J
    My dear friend Princess Leah told us about your Mama's recent surgery and what a good nurse you have been. We wanted to say hello and let you know that we have posted about Mama J's surgery on the blogville POTP here http://blogvillepotp.blogspot.com/
    I send your Mama J kitty purrs and Mom sends her gentle hugs
    Madi and Mom
    PS I'm a cat but Princess Leah loves me anyways!!

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    1. Dear Madi and Mom
      Thank you so much for your well wishes concerning Mama J and especially for sharing my tales of her recent surgery on Blogvillepotp. That's ever so kind of you. I love being friends with a cat too and feel assured by the fact that Princess Leah loves you too as she's an excellent judge of character, so I know you must be one cool cat indeed. Take care and thanks again. Woofs and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  3. Hello Mama J! We live across the pond in Fredricksburg, Virginia USA. We heard of your procedures from Princess Leah and Madi and want to wish you a speedy recovery! Sending healing thoughts so you can hill walk soon.

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    1. Dear Milton and Mr. Stubbs, thank you so much for your well wishes concerning Mama J. She's doing ever so well and we've been out for two walks this afternoon. I put her through her paces and she did amazingly well. Lovely to meet you. Have a fabulous week. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  4. Hi Mama J... it's me da Phenny from France... we send lots of POTP your way and a BIG weimaraner kiss... and we hope it helps a lot...

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    1. Hello Mark, thank you for your kind wishes concerning Mama J. She used to have a weimaraner named Wesley and she thinks they are just absolutely the most gorgeous dogs. Big licks back from me, Elsie. xxx

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  5. WOWZERZ! Hi Elsie - a new furrend fer us an'a fellow new heart compadre fer our mom- she had the same surgery in December of 2016. At that time it wuz just Lady Shasta an'I had my pawz full. She iz doin'well. Oh, Miss Maizie joined the furmily a few monthz ago.

    Hey Mama J - I go by Mom Kim. Yep, last December, I was out Christmas shopping and my body told me it was time for a change so ended up in hospital with surgery to replace one of my heart valves - doing well now. Sure do hope you are and pray that you continue doing well. Don't know what I'd do without first Lady Shasta then Miss Maizie to keep me on my toes. Elsie sure is a cutie and I am sure helps with motivation.
    Sending lots of prayers, hugs and POTP from my 2 Ladiez.
    Mom Kim, Lady Shasta'n Miss Maizie

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    1. Hello Kim, Lady Shasta'n Miss Maize, it's so wonderful to meet you all. Thank you so much for your kind prayers for Mama J and for saying how cute you think I am, you're making me blush in my very Yorkshire Terrier way. I've just had her out for two walks this afternoon and she did so well. I'm so pleased Kim that you are doing so well now following your surgery at the end of last year. It is scary but as you say us animals really do provide the best incentive. Take care of yourselves. Thank you again. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  6. Heart issues are serious business! We are sending you lots and lots of AireZen and healing vibes and POTP, Mama J, and we know how much your cuddles mean to your mama, Elsie!

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    1. Dear Molly thank you so much for your healing vibes and lovely words for Mama J. She's doing so well and my cuddles are absolutely helping her along the way plus my Miss Motivator routine of getting her out for regular exercise. Thanks again. Woof and licks, Elsie. xxx

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  7. We are sending lots of Lhasa and Shih Tzu snuggles Mama J!! We know Elsie is going to be a pawesome nurse!
    xoxo,
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

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    1. Dear Jakey, Arty & Rosy bless you for your snuggles for Mama J, I'll be sure to pass them on to her. Yes just call me Florence Nightingale of the dog to human world. Thanks again. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  8. We are so glad to hear your surgery went well Mama J. It sounds like Elsie is doing a great job in helping with your rehab now too. Princess Leah sent us over to give you some support so we have our paws crossed that all goes well for you with your recovery.

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    1. Hello Millie and Walter, thank you for your well wishes for Mama J. I've just had her out for two walks this afternoon and she did ever so well with my furry faced encouragement. Thanks again. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  9. Nice to meet you Elsa and mama J. What a great nurse you are :) Stopped by to bring Healing Pawkisses and Purray for a speedy recovery <3 <3 <3

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    1. Hello there thank you so much for those healing pawkisses, they are ever so appreciated by Mama J. I've been doing my Florence Nightingale crossed with a Personal Trainer routine and she's doing really well indeed. Lovely to meet you. Take care. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  10. Hello Mama J and Elsa! We live in the U.S. in Louisiana and are so happy to meet you. I hope that you are feeling better every single day!

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    1. Hello there it's so lovely to meet you too. Thank you for your well wishes for Mama J, she's doing marvellously well and is getting stronger every day. Take care and thanks again. Woofs and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  11. The Princess (Leah) sent us over to chat and send up a prayer or two for Mama J,as well as to meet her super hero sidekick, the indomitable Elsie. Lucy (AmStaff) and Xena (Schnauzer Warrior Princess puppy) are here in the city of Chattanooga in the still warm southeast corner of Tennessee, USA. We think you have a fantastic sense of humor and will probably live until about 109. :) Well, looking around here, it seems to be nap time, so hope to stop by and visit again.

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    1. Aww thank you so much for stopping by. I'm glad you like my funny nature and the fact that you think I will live to be 109, that's very cool indeed and I'll try my best on that front. Thank you also for your kind words and prayers for Mama J, she's doing fantastically well. Take care and have a wonderful week. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  12. Hi Elsie ! We are sending purrayers and POTP for you and your Mama ! We know how much help a furbaby nurse can be to a sick human ! We are cats who live with a beagle so we know both sides !

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    1. Hello there it's so lovely to meet you all. Thank you for your words of kindness and your prayers for Mama J, she's doing excellently. Yes, I'm doing a sterling job of looking after her and tending to her with lots of cuddles. Take care and thank again. Licks and pas, Elsie. xxx

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  13. Hello Elsie, Madi sent us over to meet you. We are also furends with Princess Leah.
    You are doing a fabulous job of taking care of your mom.

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    1. Hi Frankie Furter and Ernie thank you for stopping by and for your well wishes for Mama J, she is really doing well. I'll keep up my fabulous work and we'll be marathon running together by next summer ha ha! Thank again. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  14. So much excitement! We're glad Mama J's surgery is over and was successful. And that you now have a partner in hill climbing. What fun! We are sure you are taking good care of your mama. It was nice to meet you, Elsie.

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    1. Hello there it's lovely to meet you too. Thank you for your kind words regarding Mama J and her surgery. She's doing really well and is looking forward to coming hill walking with me in due course... Oh yes you are Mama J ha ha! Take care and thanks again. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  15. Hello Elise and Mama J. We came over to meet you after Madi and Princess Leah told us about you. We hope your Mom heals well. We know you will take good care of her.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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    1. Hello there guys thank you so much for popping by, it's lovely to meet you. Mama J is doing so well as yes I'm doing a sterling job playing nurse maid to her every cuddlesome whim. Thanks again for your kind words, they're so appreciated by Mama J. Take care. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  16. We're sendin' lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Hello Dezi and Raena it's lovely to meet you. Thank you so much for your kind hugs and purrayers for Mama J, she's doing ever so well. Take care. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Mama J is doing amazingly well. Take care. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  18. Us pugs came to say hello and wish your mama speedy healing
    hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

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    1. Hello Hazel and Mabel, it's great to meet you. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words regarding Mama J. She's doing really well with her recovery. Take care. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  19. Elsie, I'm sure you'll take the best care of your mama. My prayers will be with her for a complete and quick recovery.

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    1. Hello there thank you so much for your prayers and kind words for Mama J and her recovery. She's doing incredibly well and I'm of course doing a sterling job with the cuddles. Take care. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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  20. Hi Elsie! We heard about you from Princess Leah and Madi cat today. Hooray for your Mama getting through that surgery. We're sending lots of POTP and prayers your way! Chester L. W. Spaniel, editor and chief of The Daily Bone, and staff.

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    1. Hello Chester L. W. Spaniel and staff it is wonderful to meet you all. Thank you for your prayers and cheers of encouragement for Mama J. She's doing so very well indeed. Take care and have a great week. Licks and paws, Elsie. xxx

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