A few years ago, I was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Basically, there were times I couldn't walk across the room without feeling faint. My enlarged heart muscle occluded the blood supply to my brain. After a number of hospitalizations, my cardiologist referred me to the specialists at OHSU.
On May 30, I underwent open heart surgery. My heart surgeon and his team removed part of the enlarged muscle. I guess you could say, I've had a change of heart. And what a change it has made. I can even climb stairs now without feeling like I was going to die. My echocardiogram is looking great and my heart murmur has lessened. I'm still running on batteries (pacemaker dependent) but feeling ever so much better.
Having open heart surgery and following it up with cardiac rehab took quite a slice out of my summer. I'm still trying to catch up.
In the Writing World
I have a new book out in my Artisan Mysteries called Watercolor Dreams
My character, Lindsey Montgomery, came into being early in my writing career, but her story remained untold until now. Her story along with Deadly Deception and The Quiltmaker's Daughter are available as e-books and in paper at Amazon.com
I have taken a break from writing during the holidays but hope to begin another series in 2019. Amber Stone, Minister's wife, would-be writer, and amateur sleuth can hardly wait to get her story out there.
Ron and I celebrate the dawn of 2019 with a visit to our daughter and her family in East Grandforks. What a treat that. Our great-grandchildren are growing up way too fast and I desperately needed my nana fix.
I continue to quilt and dabble in painting and am continuing to take art classes. I signed on as Director or chair of the Clark Country Quilter's Fall Retreat again this coming year. Also, in addition to making traditional quilts, I am doing more art quilting. And taking watercolor classes.
With that, we bid you adieu, and pray the best for you in 2019.
Much Love, Pat
Patricia H. Rushford