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.

 

Boston Children's Hospital
This pillow is used to help you when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or anything that places force on your chest. I got all my doctors and nurses to sign!

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.

Boston Children's Hospital random acts of kindness
How kind were the nurses? They made this for me for my birthday!
Boston Children's Hospital random acts of kindness
The nurses came in and brought cake!

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!

Boston Children's Hospital random acts of kindness
Martellus Bennett Pillows. So sad he was traded 🙁
Boston Children's Hospital
The coughing pillow

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11 thoughts on “Why I’ve Been MIA: An Honest Post”

  1. Hi Sarah, this is Chris W’s Mom. Thank you so much for this “MIA” Post! Chris has been keeping me up to date on your progress. But it’s so much better hearing from you! I am truly happy for you that the procedure went so well. You are fortunate that there is such wonderful advanced medical technology now. I lost my cousin to the same birth defect at age 13. That was 54 years ago and they couldn’t do anything back then.
    So for now, relax, be calm, think happy “little grape pairing” thoughts and get well soon. You remain in my prayers……

    1. Oh my goodness, Mrs. Weigel, thank you so much for your kind words and sharing your cousin’s story! I am getting better with each day and will hopefully be able to see Chris this weekend! My thoughts are on the finish line and how to safely get there. Thank you for your thoughts!

  2. Hey Kiddo! Sounds like you’re getting stronger and stronger each day. How long of a stay at the hospital? Love the Pats balloons. Cheers.

    1. It’s been a week and counting…still waiting to hear about some fluid that has built up in my lungs. Crossing fingers for sometime in the next few days! 🤞🏻😜

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