Grr. We just found out that my husband's surgery has been cancelled due to covid numbers. In Ontario ICU occupancy is really high and increasing rapidly. His BAV replacement has been deemed elective. He was to have it on April 20. His surgeon is able to operate but there's no place to put him after the surgery, no space in ICU. Now it's wait and see and we'll let you know when we'll have space. He's stressing, I'm stressing. Just needed to rant.
Hubby has his surgery set for April 20. He's got BAV and will get mechanical put in. We're in southern Ontario and his surgery will be in Hamilton.
I'm concerned about his life on blood thinners. Is there an app that people use to track their INR, food , etc. He's not good about tracking things/researching things in general so I'm a little concerned about how to help him manage without being a complete nag. I can't even get him to join this community, hence these questions coming from me. We were gifted a home INR tester machine that he's now trying to see how to use. I figure the more he can be familiar with before the surgery the better.
Hello again. Hubby's surgery will be scheduled for the next couple of weeks once he agrees to the procedure. He's leaning towards mechanical but is a little freaked out about the noise mechanical makes. We have a clock in the guest room that ticks. It drives him nuts! Can't sleep at all with the clock. He takes the battery out every time he has to sleep there. Is there any way to predict based on size of the mechanical valve or body size or chest size to know if he's at higher likelihood of being able to hear the click? His aorta is 27, he's 6ft, 200lbs and fairly broad chested. Or is it that you can always hear the click and it bothers some people and not others?
My husband (50, bicuspid aortic valve) is having cardiac catheterization on Friday so they can get a good picture of his heart and figure out the most appropriate surgery for him. We've known this day would come but now it's getting real. Today he comes home and says that a friend has asked him to dog sit for 10 days, starting the day before the procedure. Am I being unreasonable to say this is not a good idea and that he won't be able to do anything with the dog and that the added chaos of a dog after his procedure is silly? How long did it take people to start moving around after the catheterization? Did you just want quiet and lying around?