Great news! Mama Iva's surgery went super smooth. It was supposed to last up to 3.5 hours but took only two. The doc said when he put everything back together (I'm paraphrasing here), her heart just took off with full horsepower.
She's in ICU and sleeping a lot but they are going to try and get her up today. What a champ! It is amazing what can be done these days and my hats are off to Dr. Shuman and the amazing team at Long Beach Memorial Hospital - the very same place where I had oh-so-many surgeries as a child.
As for my sister, we have some waiting to do before we know more. She is coming to visit me soon and we both need the time together so badly.
Thanks to all for your kind thoughts and prayers. Sometimes I forget how much love is at-the-ready until I tap into it so thanks for the reminder. You guys are awesomesauce.
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