Hi everyone! So sorry that I have been MIA. Thank you to those of you who have reached out! I’ve been debating about telling you all where I have been, as the reason is somewhat personal. However, I strive to be as honest as I can with you all, so here goes…
I was born with a congenital heart defect. To be more specific, I was born with a hole and a leak in my heart. The hole wasn’t as much the issue as was the leak, which was pretty significant. However, I was able to live my whole life without it interfering with my lifestyle. I was able to run half marathons, do high intensity interval training programs (HIIT), lift weights, basically anything that I wanted. I never felt limited. In the back of my mind, though, I knew that at some point, my heart had to be fixed. The question was when.
To start a little Grape Pairings family, my doctors were not sure how my heart would respond to the strain of a baby. It was decided that if we wanted to start this Grape Pairings family, it would be best to have to have the surgery. After careful preparation and planning, we finally decided that this summer would be the perfect time. I’d have the whole summer to recuperate and get well for the next school year, and then we have the freedom to think about starting the next chapter of our lives.
So, readers, that is where I am now; still recovering in a hospital bed at Boston Children’s Hospital, but doing as well as I can be. My leaky valve was repaired by a man whose brilliance is something that I cannot even fathom but am forever grateful for. I’m making great strides in my recovery, being able to do more each day. I’ve been up and walking, taking a staircase here and there, and doing whatever I can to be “active” without pushing myself. I have my supportive family here with me to help me with the mundane tasks that I cannot do yet. Brushing your hair is difficult!
The nurses and staff are also trying to make my experience here as welcoming and wonderful as a hospital visit can be. In fact, I celebrated my 30th birthday here, and they showered me with birthday goodies and wishes. This could have been an unpleasant and miserable experience. While this was not how I imagined I would be spending my 30th birthday, the staff and my family did everything they could to make it memorable and happy.
So readers, I am not gone, just taking a break. I have some posts on standby that I will put up once I get out of the hospital. Once I get the all clear from the doctor, I will be able to post more frequently. Until then, PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!!! I’d love to know about your wine pairings, the wines you’ve tasted, or the vineyards you’ve visited. I’d also love to hear how you are all doing! What are you doing this summer? Let me know, as I’ll have plenty of time to read them and get back to you! Cheers, and Bon Appétit!