A Note

Dear Root Simple readers,
Kelly has to go in for another open heart surgery later this month to fix some issues related to her aortic dissection that happened four years ago. It’s not an emergency surgery this time so we’re optimistic for a good outcome. We are thankful to have insurance and a good surgeon.

I need to take some time off blog posting until after the surgery. I promise to post updates and be back to this blog soon. In the meantime your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

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  1. Best to you both and glad you know you’re armed for this challenge with adequate time, a good surgeon and good insurance. So fingers crossed for a result that leaves Kelly even better and you even more confident.

  2. Sending all our best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. We very much remember that scary time and are sending you all kinds of Good Vibes that everything goes smoothly.

  3. My thoughts are with both of you. Hope Kelly has a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

  4. Sending you both prayers, peace, and good energy for a VERY positive outcome.
    Blessings and love to you both.

  5. All the best to Kelly and you (and the cats too). Fingers and toes crossed for a good outcome.

  6. Will be praying for a successful surgery and quick recovery. May God fill your hearts with peace and comfort during this time.

  7. Best wishes to both of you. Heart surgery is hard enough without having to cope with a pandemic at the same time.
    Here’s to a successful procedure, a speedy recovery and many years away from hospitals.

  8. May you be blessed with a straightforward and uneventful procedure and recovery, may your doctors and nurses be guided by love and skill, and may better health come to you, Kelly, and may reassurance be granted to Erik.

  9. Sending all the best wishes and hopes for a safe operation and a swift and successful recovery.

  10. I can’t believe it’s been four years already. Best of wishes to Kelly for safe surgery and a speedy recovery. Hugs to you both.

  11. Wishing you two all the best during this time and looking forward to hearing from you both again soon via this inspirational and thought provoking blog

  12. Hi Erik & Kelly,

    You guys are wonderful people and got me into (urban) homesteading 🙂
    I’m glad to hear that you’re in capable hands and that you don’t have to worry about something as basic as health insurance. You’re going be just fine.
    Best wishes from the Netherlands.

  13. Wishing Kelly a successful operation and speedy recovery and Erik strong nerves and calm during this difficult time. Thank you both for all you have written and shared over the years.

    All the best from Vienna. You are in my thoughts.

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  15. Please check your spam, I have a post just before the last one that had a link to one of your previous posts and a link to a link that was broken in it.

    Thank you for posting helpful articles, and helpful links.

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  16. I want to thank everyone for your kind words. It really means a lot to us to know we are surrounded by such a loving community.

    Kelly will have her surgery next Tuesday the 25th.

  17. May the surgery and recovery go smoothly and do what is needed so that Kelly can live her life to the fullest! Thank heavens for insurance and skilled professionals.

    I will be holding you and Kelly in my thoughts and intentions on the 25th and the weeks to follow. Take all the time needed.

  18. Erik,
    Take care of yourself, too. I am thinking about you both and wishing the best.

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