Monday, November 26, 2007


I'm sitting in the hospital waiting room on the third floor of the critical care unit. I've been here since about 2:30 this afternoon. I went back to see my grandpa and sit with him for awhile. I found myself just staring at him, feeling all lack of emotion. We heard from the surgeon today who reported that he has a 20% chance of making it. It's hard to believe that when my grandpa is starting to wake up after being under heavy sedation for just over two weeks. His eyes were opening, but we know he can't yet see. He was also rolling his head back and forth. Unfortunately, the doctor said all of this would happen, but there was still a 20% chance. Life as I know it dealing with grandparents might be changing soon. I'm still asking for prayer, but now I'm asking for peace. Peace for my dad especially. And for my grandma, who still has high hopes of him coming out of this the same person as he was when he went in two weeks ago. It's good to have faith, but at some point you have to be realistic too. I'm just not sure where you have to draw that line.

Friday, November 23, 2007

We had our first snowfall last night! I didn't feel much in the Christmas mood until last night Mike and I were walking to his car and the snow was flying through the air, it was cold, and the ground was covered with a thin layer of snow. It finally felt like Christmas was right around the corner. I felt like Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year, and while it wasn't the typical thanksgiving for the Mast household with my grandpa in the hospital- I'm still feeling blessed to be surrounded by the family and friends that I am. It doesn't matter where I am for a holiday, or what I'm eating - just as long as the people I care about are with me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving! Only two days of work at Newmar this week! Too bad I have to work Thanksgiving day at Amish Acres, but it won't be too bad since everyone is required to work. I'm headed to Grandpa and Grandma Huber's for Thanksgiving after I get off work and I'm excited to have the whole family together again. My cousin and his girlfriend are coming up from New Orleans and Mike is going to spend the evening with us as well. I love the holidays, because everyone is brought together! On a sadder point, the whole Huber family will be together, however the Mast family will be a little torn apart. My grandpa hasn't improved much and is still in ICU. He still isn't awake, and despite the doctors' attempts to take my grandpa off the ventilator, he still isn't able to breathe on his own so the breathing tube is still in. Keep him in your prayers.

I hope everyone enjoys their week with friends and family! Christmas is right around the corner!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

37 Days til Kenya..What!? Where did the time go? I just looked at my countdown and realized how quickly that time is approaching. Still so much to do before then!
My life lately has been anything but boring. This last week has proved to not let me down either. On Sunday afternoon last week my Mast family gathered at my aunt and uncle's house in New Paris for Thanksgiving/Christmas (We do this early so my grandparents and head to warmer weather down south). Before we sat down to eat my grandpa complained of chest pain. After asking him several questions and him collapsing in a chair in pain, we called the ambulance and he was rushed to the hospital. To make a very long story short, he's been at the hospital since then. He found out that all arteries were 95% blocked, so he went in Tuesday night for emergency open heart surgery. He had a five time bypass surgery. Everything seemed fine after the surgery so we went home at about 3:30 Wednesday morning. Around 8:00am (after getting a couple hours sleep) we were called back to the hospital by the doctor because a blood vessel in my grandpa's heart tore- and he was losing a lot of blood. From what we've heard now- he should not have lived through that. But the fighter that he is - he did. Currently he's still not breathing on his own, he has had 30 units of blood (thank goodness for A positive blood donors!), and he is not awake. Tomorrow they are going to try for the second time to take the breathing tube out. He is also developing pnemonia. Pray for him and my family as we are trying to get him through this! The doctor has told us that if we can just get him through this little rough patch - he will be fine. We would appreciate your prayers.

On a brighter note- I love that the holidays are coming up! Mike and I went to the mall tonight and the stores are decorated for Christmas. We have been in the holiday movie mood lately too. Tomorrow I got the day off work so Mike and I are having a Christmas movie marathon! I can't wait to relax all day and enjoy his company! Things are going so well! I can't help but smile.

Sunday, November 11, 2007