Tuesday April 17th -2:50 PM Paul moved to Step-down Unit
Journal posted on April 17, 2012
Today around noon, Paul was moved from the SCICU to the Cardiac Stepdown Unit, (Ellison - Floor 8) which is across the hall, but specialized for Cardiac patients. His night was uneventful; he was trying to get a comfortable position, but his incision site has a lot of tubes still sticking in, & it is difficult to get comfortable.
The SCICU Hill-Rom bed has an inflatable component to it & he was more comfortable on it. Now he is in a Stryker (Secure II) bed, which supposedly is not as comfortable, he said.
He was able to sit in a chair briefly today.
Percoset, gave him a nauseous feeling, so the doctors have found another medicine that is better. His throat is dry & he has drunk a little ginger ale.
Paul is sleeping mostly, on and off, (as well as right now), which will be good to help in his recovery.
Thanks to you all for your prayers and good wishes. We will get back with an update as things progress! The best to you all,
Kathy, for Paul
He is now recovering in the CICU at MGH. He is experiencing rib pain where the robot was inserted into his side and he has been very dry. He has been given his pain meds and anti-nausea meds as well.
He was looking a little peaked when I came into his room; although his breathing tube had already been removed. He seemed a better color when I left, and was in better spirits as well. At some time on Tuesday he will be able to leave the ICU. He has wonderful nurses in his unit and they have been attentive to his needs.
Best to you all & speak soon!
Paul has been released from surgery a half an hour ago (2:30 PM) and will be sleeping for 4-6 hours in ICU on a breathing tube, getting his body temp back to normal.
The doctor did the minimally invasive lateral surgery between the ribs on his right side.
Apparently Paul had a lot of damage on his back leaflets and there was more prolapse than they knew. More leaflets had popped off than Dr Agnihotri realized. Paul is now 95% better, allowing for a trace amount of leakage that the doctors' consider acceptable.
Good thing Paul did not put this type of thing off any longer!
Anyone who would like, is welcome to send a card (or visit if you are in the Boston area) since he will be at MGH for several days. He would be thrilled!
Recovery and healing is next... Thank you all for your kind well wishes & I'll stay in touch.
Paul & Kathy
Good morning on this sunny day.
It is Patriot's Day in Massachusetts so most of the businesses are closed and the Boston Marathon has started- but the hospital is open!
We got to Mass General Hospital @ 4:30 AM today & waited an hour to get ready before surgery.
Paul put on his gown and slippers & his BP was taken, (which was very good) and he gargled with some Scope-type drink!
Jorge came to escort him to the surgery suite on the 3rd floor around 6:15 AM where we parted ways, but not before taking a couple of pictures of him with his surgery hat on! They told us that instead of being wheeled out around 2-3 PM it would be 6-8PM. Crazy!
There is not much right now to do but wait. When I know more, I will let you know. Thank you for your your kind thoughts and best wishes.
Kathy for Paul