Everyone is home!! Katie brought John came home on Wednesday afternoon. Sorry it took so long to tell you, but I went back to work and real life began again. He is moving slowly, but doing a great job getting up each morning, getting dressed and moving around the house. He even sat in our neighbors backyard for a short time while I had a margarita!!!
Gray brought Buddy (our Lab) home on Thursday who enjoyed College Station with John and his household for a week and then spent time with Katie, Gray and Gumbo (Katie and Gray's Lab).
John is still fighting high blood pressure, but is on te road to recovery!!!
Thank you again for all the gifts, dinners, cards, phone calls, messages and visits. Each one has been so special to us!
We got word today that John would not be going home today. His blood pressure is too high and his Coumatin level is too low.
He is moving around slowly, but looking good. He got the chest tube stiches out today,which look worse that his big incision.
We enjoyed all of our visitors this past weekend which came from as far as New Orleans and Denver!!!
I am returning to work tomorrow and Katie is going to take over.Our children have been so good. John took our Lab up to school this past week (he is an Aggie now)and really enjoyed college life. Katie has been at the hospital everyday and took Buddy when he came home from College Station.
Keeping the faith that John will come home on Wednesday!!
The last couple days have been filled with minor problems, but he is holding his own.He ate his first meal this morning and he seems to have a little more strength. He has been walking to and from the restroom since yesterday morning.All IV lines are out including his PICC line (yeah).Today is shower day which is MUCH needed. All close to him are thankful!
We have not been given any indication of when he will go home, but I am pretty sure it will be early next week.He hasn't asked for his blackberry yet,but he asked today who I have talked to, so he must be coming back to reality.
I can't thank you all again for the prayers and well wishes!
John came out of surgery around 9:30 yesterday morning. We had a quick visit (stare) at 11 and he looked great. He had more color than before he went in. We had a chance to visit him in ICU at 5 and at 8:15. Each time he was a little more awake, but still pretty sedated. He said it hurt to breathe and that it felt like someone was standing on his chest and sufficating him.
I will be visiting with him at 10 this morning and may know a little bit more of a plan.
WE can't thank you enough for all your prayers and well wishes. Each one means so much to us!!
Left for the hospital at 5am this morning. Staying Alive by the Bee Gee's was playing on the radio. How ironic!!!!!
John's test was a success with all of his arteries clear. How they were not filled with butter I don't know, but we are thrilled!
With a successful outcome, he wins a trip to the ER at 7:30 am tomorrow!
Had a very good, positive discussion with my Thoracic Surgeon today. I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Duncan and the Texas Heart Institute. On Monday, February 28th, I will have a pre-op angiogram, admission to St. Luke's in the afternoon, with valve replacement surgery scheduled for the morning of March 1st.
Can not express enough, my appreciation for all of the notes of support from family, friends, co-workers, and fraternity brothers, as well as the kind words from others who have been through similar surgeries. I look forward to recovery and the chance to thank everyone personally.
Note: with the pending surgery, Joan will keep you up-to-date through this journal.
Well it looks like we are scheduled! Excited to finally move on, but reality is also looking at us in the face. John says he can recover from anything, he just has to make it to recovery.
These are some of the notes he sent me today.
1. Dr. Duncan will see me for consultation on THURSDAY, February 24th, at 9:30 AM
Purpose: Pre-Op Consultation...this is where we will discuss the operation, which valves, the procedure and questions.
Plan: The plan is to conduct the surgery the day after the angiogram (cardiac catheterization)....MARCH 1st
2. Dr. Lozano will perform the cardiac catheterization on MONDAY, February 28th.
1. You will be admitted to the hospital that day for the valve surgery to be conducted on March 1st
2. Mary suggested that I come prepared for admission...that is, I have everything I need for a 5-8 day hospital stay
3. She noted that the cath is "bad enough"...not to mention that I will be in the hospital (and in pain) for up to 8 days!