Not too much to add today. I went down for my covid test on Saturday. As expected, it was very quick and this time it was less invasive to my nose. The giant q-tip was only inserted into the area that most people would consider "the nose", where it was rotated for 10 seconds, then placed in the other nostril for another 10 seconds. All in all, I might have been there for 5 minutes. The good news, I received word today that the test came back negative.
I have received a couple of pre-check in calls the last couple of days. I am not sure how many times they need to verify that I am not allergic to anything or that I am taking the 2 same medications I was 48 hours ago. I will say, everyone has been very nice and friendly and I would rather answer these question a hundred times to make sure all goes smoothly.
Sonya, Dax and I are heading down to Roseville this evening to stay with a friend. I have to check in tomorrow at 4:45 AM! I am not allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight, so I will be up eating bacon, Twinkies and donuts until the bell strikes 12!
I am still feeling relaxed and confident that this will be a positive journey. I am not sure when I will be up to posting again. I am hoping it will be day 2 or 3 post operation. Again, I can't emphasize enough, how much the support and encouragement helps me.
4 days to surgery: a little more background and current stat
Journal posted on October 16, 2020
The count down has started. I am feeling comfortable with all of my decisions so far. I notified the surgeon (Dr. Robert Kincade) of my decision to go with the ON-X mechanical heart valve to replace my aorta valve. There is currently a study going on where recipients of an ON-X valve are taking Eliquis as opposed to Warferin. I am not sure if the Eliquis is any better than the Warferin but at least it is a possible option. For those that don't know (I didn't until a week or so ago) these medications are a form of blood thinner used to prevent blood clotting at the mechanical heart valve. If that blood clotting occurs it can cause stroke or a heart attack so everyone who has a mechanical valve is on blood thinning medication for the rest of their lives. That is the main reason people choose to go with a biological valve instead of a mechanical valve.
I have to go down to Sacramento for a Covid test tomorrow. The hospital requires all patients to be tested 2 to 3 days before being admitted at a drive thru testing site at the hospital. No options for testing at an alternative site. So yeah, I have to drive all the way to Sac, stay in my car, have my nose violated for 15 seconds, and drive home. On a positive note, the hospital has changed their visitor policy since I had my appointment with the surgeon. I can now designate 2 people to visit me during my stay, of which, one can visit me each day for and hour, but not on the first day. Oh, and they need to make an appointment to visit. But at least I can have some visitation.
I have been feeling a little more fatigued as the day wares on and when I get up too quick from resting I get light headed more frequently than I typically would. It also feels as if my heart is pounding at times, usually when I am laying down tying to go to sleep. I don't know if this is from my heart issue, getting old (shut up!), or that my cardiologist (Dr Stephen Masa) instructed me to stop exercising. While it is nice not waking up at 4:45 in the morning to go to the gym I do miss the feeling of exercising.
The outpouring of support has been amazing. Sonya has been the main conduit to let everyone know what is happening with me and I can't thank her enough. In fact, she is the one who encouraged me to write this journal as a way to keep all of you (yes all 3 of you) up to date with my condition. I can't say enough about how much she has helped my so far.
I am going to try to keep this journal as up to date as I can but please, no editing of my grammer and spelling, I am an engineer after all.