Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Celebrating Evan



This was Evan less than two weeks ago. He wasn't feeling well then started having chest pains. Upon arriving at the Emergency room at the hospital, he had an EKG and was told he was having a heart attack! A team of doctors and nurses descended on him and they started prepping him for surgery, doing more tests and having him sign consents. His wife called me and I immediately left for the hospital after calling my husband. It was the longest forty-five minutes in our life before we heard the news that our almost thirty-six year old son was NOT having a heart attack, confirmed by the angiogram. He had arrhythmia caused by viral paracarditis. Paracarditis is an infection of the sac that protects the heart. Anyone can get it and there was nothing he could do to avoid it. It can cause heart damage if he were to get it again and again, which is more likely now that he has had it once. 
Needless to say, we are very grateful that Evan didn't have a heart attack. He spent the night in the hospital undergoing tests and observation and was released the next afternoon. He slept for about three days and grew more sick with flu and cold like symptoms before he started feeling better.
After 11 days off work, he is back and feeling well, with just a little pain and stiffness in his wrist from the angiogram.
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This passed Sunday we celebrated Evan's birthday, a few days early. It was a great celebration, even if only half the family could attend.  

I made a special cake, which I have renamed "The Three Day Cake", because that's how long it took to make it. I baked the cakes and froze them on Thursday; I made the lemon cream filling on Friday and made the frosting and assembled the cake on Sunday.




The cake was very good but to be honest I thought my own lemon curd recipe and a lighter frosting would have been better. The filling and frosting just had too much butter in them to be palatable. You can find the recipe for the Strawberry-Lemon Thyme Chiffon Cake here. (I left out the thyme from the recipe but used thyme to decorate the top of the cake).


This makes a huge cake. We served 10 and only used half the cake. The other half went into the freezer for another day.
We are counting our blessings this week for the gift of our family and most especially that Evan is well and back to good health.

15 comments:

Nicky said...

How glad I am for you that he is on the mend. Onwards and upwards I hope for your family from now onxxx

Chookyblue...... said...

so pleased to read he is ok..........and OMG what a cake......well done..........

Rhonda the Rambler said...

How scary!! I cannot imagine the emotions I cocked in a day like that!! So glad all is well. **smooches and hugs** from Tennessee

cheeky monkey said...

So scary but thankfully he is well now! Looks like an amazing cake and a lovely celebration. I love your scrap booking!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

So glad he is OK and on the mend. Scary!

Cindy said...

How scary for you all. I'm so glad he is feeling better. ♥️

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Yikes! What a terrible scare that must have been. I'm so glad that he is ok! And that cake is beautiful!

Debbie said...

Whew! So relieved Evan is ok!!! And awesome cake Diane - that's a showstopper!

**nicke... said...

Such a scary time. I can't imagine your fear as you were driving to the hospital. So grateful for the happy outcome and what an amazing cake! Sometimes the best way to show love and tenderness is through bakes goods!

Leah said...

Thank God for modern medicine. Glad he is on the mend and may he stay healthy for a long time! Nice cake for a special birthday.

Dianne Neale said...

Hell fire di - what a stressful time you are having recently. Thank heavens he's ok now xxxx

geri centonze said...

So thankful all our prayers were answered. He definitely needed those 11 days off!

Katy Cameron said...

Eek! So glad he's all right now, and happy birthday to him

Patchwork and Play said...

What a worrying time it must have been for you Di! Hopefully things will be on the improve for Evan and that the rest of 2016 is full of good health and happy times. Thinking of you....

Leanne said...

Such a great ending but so frightening along the way! I'm glad you were able to have a lovely party.