Friday, April 23, 2021

One Step at a Time

Terry is recovering well from his heart attack on the 10th.
We are both beyond grateful that he survived and is coming along,
but we still find it hard to believe that it really happened.
Terry has a lot ahead of him with heart rehab sessions, but his prognosis is very good.
We're taking it one step at a time.

These past two weeks have been challenging and exhausting,
but thanks to the love and support of our family and friends,
we've come through the chaos and uncertainty.
Last night, for the first time, I didn't lay awake for hours
listening to make sure Terry was still breathing.

Terry has been amazing.
I've been strong for him, but he's been stronger for me.
He was shaken by the thought that he might have left me alone.

I appreciate all the messages of support from my blogging and writing friends.
They have comforted me and helped me make to here, tonight, as I write.
If I haven't gotten by to visit, I will.

I have just about everybody to visit, because I've hit several walls.
Hitting a wall is when you are so tired you literally can't move.
You sit in a numb haze until you can summon the energy
to crawl to the couch or the bed and crater.
But it's all good!
Things are normalizing, smoothing out, calming down.

I keep looking at this photo of Terry and me:

Less than a week later, Terry almost died.
It's hard to process.  It's unimaginable.

But I know this:  You can't take life or love for granted.  
They are incredible gifts.
Accept them with deep gratitude and make the most of them.

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

On the Bay of Fundy
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved



  1. Every morning that both of you put two feet on the floor is a good day.This is what our GP told us after Hugh's heart attack. We went to rehab classes but found they were useless!!! Self help, love from family and friends, moderation in everything , Hugh found the hardest part was not driving. " Speed up, slow down, park here, NOT there, you can pAss right now, don't let the huge truck intimidate you, PASS him on the hill in the double lane" Phew ,was I so glad when he could drive again.You will conquer this too, I know, and meantime rest when you can, share the love, and know we all love and care out here too.XXXX

    1. Hi, Jean! We've had a lot going on, so I haven't been able to reply to comments until now. Terry is doing fine so far, but he has a lot of appointments. I had to laugh at your comment about Hugh as a backseat driver. Terry was giving me lots of directions too. It's a relief now that he can drive again! Thanks for you loving and kind comment. It is much appreciated. Love back to you both! XOXOX

  2. I am so pleased to read of Terry's progress, it must have been very frightening at the time. My good wishes go to you both. Have a good weekend.
    Keep safe and above all well.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne! Things are calming down some, especially after Friday this week. It's been pretty hectic and scary too. But Terry has a good cardiac team, and we're taking it one day at a time. His prognosis is very good, but it's definitely a process to go through! He's very motivated by being able to play pickleball again. He's walked two miles at a time outdoors a half dozen times now, so that is encouraging. Hugs to you my friend!

  3. You can't take anything in life for granted. Just appreciate he is still with you every single day. It will be all right, Louise.

  4. I am sorry to hear this, but glad he is getting better now!

  5. So glad the recovery is going well! Such a great photo - you both look so happy in it. Thank you for the reminder about not taking life or love for granted.

    (Don't worry about responding to me/visiting back - just sending good thoughts and prayers your way!)

  6. Glad to hear that Terry is getting along well! Best wishes to you both! Giving you a big thumbs up, Louise!

  7. I am so happy it is going well. You are in my nightly prayers.

  8. Send Terry my wishes for a healthy recovery. We can’t take anything for granted at this stage of our life. We must cherish every moment. Please don’t feel pressured to visit the blogs and comment. Your focus will be entirely on Terry now and taking care of yourself. We will still be here when you both are better.

  9. Thank you for giving us an update. Hang in there (you don't have any choice anyway).


  10. That is right Louise, every day is a gift and we do not know what tomorrow brings. There is one song that is recently kept in my mind. It is called 'One day at a time sweet Jesus'. God bless you and Terry with all He has for us while we are in this world.

  11. I am glad he's recovering, but I image there will be a long recovery. Prayers!

  12. I just wanted to wish you peace and calmness in the days ahead. Life is precious and we must remember to enjoy each moment. It is a gift. Hugs from afar...sending love and healthy wishes your way.

  13. Glad Terry is doing well and prayers for quick recovery.

  14. Thank you for this update Louise!! Sending love to the both of you!!! Big Hugs!

  15. Great that he is on the road to recovery and the prognosis is good. Keep plugging away. I sure know the tired feeling. But one foot in front of the other and away we go.

  16. Oh, Louise, I didn't know! I'm so sorry to hear this and I send him all the best. Wishing you both good health and happiness!


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