Marian/Merrimom backstory

16 Sep

I will be posting regular updates on my mom here as I’m able.

Backstory – she’s had narrowing of a valve in her heart that recently hasn’t severely limited her ability to be active. For those who know her, that is not acceptable. She had a heart catheterization last week to clear her for surgery. An unfortunate complication led to days in the hospital and worsening of her symptoms. However we were able to get her home for a night’s rest and she will be admitted to Novant Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte today. She will get a couple of days of hydration in anticipation of a Wednesday or Thursday surgery. If all goes well she will be in the hospital 5-7 days post-surgery then continue cardiac rehabilitation from home.

My brother Glenn and I are working out details on who will be with her and when during this process. For now it looks like I will be here for the next couple of weeks but as rapidly as things can change, those plans are subject to change.

Contacts: I will be posting latest updates here so this is the best way to keep up on how she is doing. Jill Archer will be coordinating food needs. She can be reached at 614-563-5124.

I can be reached by email: Brian.Duggan at or 704.989.9192. As you might imagine, I may be tied up so that I won’t be able to respond immediately.

Thanks for caring for and praying for her.

3 Responses to “Marian/Merrimom backstory”

  1. Liz Spellman September 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Spellman’s are praying! Good to hear news. Thanks Brian! Glad you can be there with your Mom. We love Marian– give her a huge hug from us!! Let me know if I can help in any way.

  2. Marjorie DuPree Marshall September 17, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    I was so happy to talk to Marian but shocked when she told me about the heart cath. I am also glad to know that this surgery will soon be behind her and that she will soon feel more like the old Marian. Know that you and she are in my prayers. Love to you both, Marge

  3. Mary Walton Chatham September 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    So glad you will keep us updated this way. You know I have Marian in my thoughts and prayers……will check with you after her surgery. Love to you both, Mary

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