Reader recovering after surgery

Dorothy Ages kicks some toys out of the way and lifts her grandson's baby walker into the breezeway. The curious baby reaches for anything he can get a grasp of, and eventually grabs a cup of coffee off the table and dumps it on the both of them.

Dorothy simply smiles and begins to giggle along with the baby. "You want a sip of grandma's coffee?" she asks him.

It's only been a few weeks since Ages returned to her Craig home from undergoing major artery surgery in Grand Junction. Months ago, a doctor told her that she needed to travel to Denver for the operation, and if she didn't, she had a good chance of dying.

"The hell I'm going to Denver!" was Dorothy's response. So she took matters into her own hands and found a doctor in Grand Junction, where she felt more comfortable.

"Still in the back of my mind, I knew this was a pretty touchy deal. I thought about the chances of me not coming out alive," Ages said, as she fingers the 3-inch scar across her throat.

"I still can't do a lot of stuff. For two weeks, I couldn't even pick him up," she said, playing with the baby's blond curls.

Ages moved to Craig from Meeker in 1991, and the 72-year-old said she doesn't plan to move again. She lives with her husband of 54 years, Clayton, and watches her daughter's children while she's at work.

"It keeps me hopping," she said.

She said she didn't have any epiphanies while under the knife, but looking back on everything in her life, she really appreciates her family.

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