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2015 Florence M. Grous Scholarship

If you are donating in memory of Eileen Ridgway, thank you.  We love and miss our treasured Aunt Eileen!

Donations – make checks payable to “Rutgers University Foundation” and write “School of Nursing-Florence Grous Memorial Scholarship Fund” in the memo line.

Mail donations to:

    Marianne Wiatroski, BSN, RN
    Director of Development, School of Nursing
    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
    180 University Avenue, Room 338
    Newark, NJ 07102

Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a donation receipt.

To give online, be sure to specify the scholarship –


I’m very pleased to announce that tomorrow, May 15, 2015, we will be presenting the Florence M. Grous Scholarship to the 2nd annual recipient at a small ceremony on the Rutgers campus in Newark, NJ. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a Rutgers nursing student nearing the end of their studies.

Here’s a Rutgers School of Nursing Facebook posting of the 2014 recipient, Sara Weissblum, BSN, RN, and photos from last year:

2014 Recipient 2014 Recipient

If you are a Rutgers Nursing student, here’s details on how to apply –

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the scholarship fund, please see this page for details –

Merry Christmas!

Hey Macareindeer


Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree


Elf Snowball Fight (The Parents vs The Kids)


Winter Wonderland


Twinkle All the Way


Sled Race


Elf Fun Factory


Santas Twerk Shop


All About That Bass


Afternoon update

Mom continues to do well, way way better than yesterday.

We finally got some answers today.

Her blood levels were up to 8.4 and she was much more active and alert today.  The hematologist came in this morning and gave us the results of the hemolysis test – negative.  So that wasn’t causing the bleeding.  Bleeding was not in GI either.  Still, where?

The attending physician came in this afternoon and said he read the CT Scan with the radiologist and saw a pooling of blood near the hip replacement.  Ahh – this explains why the blood levels dropped.  The swelling isn’t huge and there’s no pain in that area.

So, here’s what we think happened…  the hip surgery was done, and it’s still healing.  When she came in on Saturday for the pain in her side, they discovered blot clot in her leg and lungs.  So, they put her on blood thinners.  The thinner blood was now leaking near the hip surgery area, causing her hemoglobin levels to drop to 5.7.  Immediately, blood thinners were removed so she didn’t bleed out.  Blood transfusion overnight worked, as her blood levels were 8.4 this morning.

The attending doc wants to consult with a orthopedic doc to see what to do about the pooling, if anything, before starting again on blood thinners.

Fortunately, the doc who did Mom’s hip surgery was in the hospital in the OR, and he was able to come up to see Mom this afternoon.  He said there is risk of infection when there is fluid in the hip area, so best is to do nothing and just let it heal itself.  Draining it would introduce risk of infection.

So, she’ll get a good night’s rest tonight.  Docs will consult tomorrow and determine when to go on blood thinners again.  

Just watched the Red Sox win with her.

Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers.  They are working!  Keep ’em coming.

Cardiac Catheterization procedure information

Dad is at the hospital waiting to have a Cardiac Catheterization test performed.

He’s felt fatigued over the past few months and went to his doctor, who referred him to a cardiologist.
He had an EKG, and echo-cardiogram done, and the cath is the next test to get a good picture on what’s happening.

Cardiac Catheterization information:

First, go here:,243588&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Then, click on Health Topics A-Z on the right side.
Then, click on “C” and scroll down to “Cardiac Catheterization [Medical Test]

It has the following sections:

  • Test Overview
  • Why It Is Done
  • How To Prepare
  • How It Is Done
  • How It Feels
  • Risks
  • Results
  • What Affects the Test
  • What To Think About
  • References

It even includes a picture of what the lab looks like.  Hard part is that you have to lie still on a hard table for about an hour.  Good news is that you are slightly sedated and may not even remember it.

There’s more info on stents and valve replacement surgery there too.

Carolyn also found good information on WebMD –