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Settling In…..

Paul is doing really well. He is settling in nicely and had a great nights sleep last night. He is also napping some today. I think his body is finally starting to realize he is home 🙂 He has spent his time surfing, working on The Producers score, watching the movie with Rachel 😀 and just taking it easy over all.

He is eating well…things like crackers and peanut butter, yogurt and I made baked chicken with rice and green beans and he ate all of that! Of course, his portions are SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. He and I split the chicken breast. Pre-surgery he would have had a whole one…if not two! There is a reason I call him Big Daddy! ha ha! But those days are over….and that’s ok. If there is a silver lining in this is its we will be much healthier as a family.

The problem Paul and I have is we view cooking and eating as entertainment. We get all excited to try a new recipe….well, I get excited anyway!….Paul goes at it more like a man on a mission. He likes hunting down the perfect, freshest ingredients and using all kind of pots and pans and new and interesting seasoning combinations…..sometimes he is very serious about his cooking….for example, his last real meal was his favorite, corned beef brisket. Now, he didn’t  buy the ready packed one at HEB with all the seasonings in it….Noooooo….not Paul Klemm. He made it from SCRATCH! It took 10 DAYS to make it and so help me God it was one of the most incredible things I ever ate….and I am not a big fan of corned beef…..so that gives you an idea of the scope of culinary love and talent we have here! <3…….we both really enjoy our culinary successes…..and if I may say….we are good……REALLY good…..so it’s been very easy to over indulge……and it’s been a “ton of fun”…literally! rofl! ….But the Party in Portland is over…..and that’s ok 🙂

I have managed to lose 50 pounds more than ONCE in my life so I know how to do it. You can’t tell to look at me now but I used to work for Jenny Craig! So fortunately, both Paul and I are educated enough to know WHAT we need to do and now we are FORCED to do it. And the timing is really perfect. I have been enjoying a Zumba class for about 2 months now and I am dancing my ass off at Full Monty rehearsals so we are going to embrace our new lifestyle and come out the other side of this experience looking FABULOUS!! Ha ha! How about THAT!?!

Besides, we already have a jump on it with both of us seeing significant weight losses so far…..and truth be told, Paul is really looking good…..I mean I see nice muscle definition, he looks so much thinner in the face, his color is good…..I can’t believe I am going to say this….but he actually looks HEALTHIER to me than he did before his surgery! So I view that as a good sign that we are getting the bad out so the good can flourish!

Thanks you all for the many prayers, love and support we have received from our beloved family and friends! You are all a true testament that our God provides for us! And His works are done through your hands and my family is so grateful and are so blessed!

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Ladies and Gentlemen…Start Your Ovens!

He is home! He is Home! HE IS HOME!!!!!!!

Paul arrived home last night around 6pm courtesy of our good friend Margot! She just happened to be in the area yesterday and offered Paul a ride home if he were to be discharged Tuesday, which he was, so an angel of God delivered my husband right to my front door! He looks great and we are still all amazed at the progress he is making!

I filled a prescription for Tylenol 3 (believe it or not, it’s enough!), served him some homemade beef noodle soup I had made and frozen before we left then I scooted off to Full monty rehearsal. But before I left, I had the pleasure of giving him his dog back.

Paul and I are dog people…..SERIOUS dog people……so separation from his beloved Lola was difficult but they both endured and I was witness to one of the sweetest reunions ever! All the dogs were outside so we could get him in and settled without total puppy chaos. After greeting the children and getting him all settled in on the couch with pillows over his tummy, I brought in just Lola. That little dog was QUIVERING with excitement but was so incredibly calm and gentle. I gently set her down on the pillows and she sniffed all over his face and gave him little kisses. She didn’t jump and get over excited …. she was as perfect as always! She did insist on licking his head (like she ALWAYS does!) and snuffled in his ear several times which we all know sends that a delightful shiver down your spine and makes a grown man giggle! It was darling!

So he ate very well and got a decent nights sleep last night and looks pretty refreshed this morning. There is no doubt in my mind his healing with begin to accelerate even more being able to sleep in his own bed and eat normal food and have his family with him.

Now LOTS of people have asked about food….what can Paul eat…his doctors said he needs to be on a Low Fat, Low Salt Cardiac Diet. Click the link for specific menu items. It’s really pretty basic. He can eat just about anything just lay off the spices and especially the salt. Low fat so no fried foods. Also NO RAW FRUITS OR VEGGIES at the moment. He has already eaten and tolerated eggs, breads, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, beef noodle soup, pop tart, fish, chicken…..so like I said, he can eat just about anything but it all has to be cooked. It’s really a relief since they told us to be prepared for him to be on a liquid diet so we were ready with Carnation Instant Breakfast so this is WAY better than THAT! 😀

Like we said, Paul feels pretty good and is definitely up for phone calls and visitors! Just call before coming by please in case he (WE! lol!) is napping 😀

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