Got cocky today and reaped a bit of "Oh no you di'int!"
Journal posted on March 30, 2011
After waking with my leg swelling having gone down and given I only take a single Percocet at night now, I felt fine enough to get up and cull some email, surf for a while take a long shower and walk around the apartment way too much...
Results: Leg used for the bypass harvest swelled up big time and incision reopened, so am leaky again. Ugh!
I suppose the doctor and all those other health professionals were right, I should be sitting still most of the time... However, I can also tell you I am already going bonkers.
Maybe I should reconsider my taste for Percocet. ;-)
Anyway lesson learned! Stupidly so.
Anybody else out there on Metoprolol and absolutely hate it? Thanks - JT
I know that for those of you who are dreading your surgery, any kind of delay in go home seems to add to the potential danger associated with the surgery. And while I suppose you could technically say that is correct, for me it was due to a small bit of oozing along the glue line of my suture. Literally the oozing point was all of about 5 mm long. My doc put his concern simply as this. If something can get out then something can get in. So he just wanted to watch me a little longer. A little longer turned into Sat Sun & Mon only because of the weekend hospital schedule. Some might be frustrated that the doc might hold them for a such an extended time for such a little thing but I'm fine with it. Fine that it was in my best interest. And, fine with him taking whatever time HE needed... the guy just saved my life.
That is my one week update. I'm gonna put up a couple pics as well because I know I wanted to see what I could expect and found very little of it in terms of images. While the one post op in ICU looks a little icky... Please know I was feeling pretty good at that point.
Eveything seems to be pretty on track, but for the "o" word... And definitely not the dude's "o" from Office Space. The word we are looking for is oooooozing, that is "oozing". Hard to believe but that guy's O is more sexy than my oozing. Simply put the incision is releasing fluid. While no one seems overly worried, I don't think I'd be putting a patient out with an open wound, but hey that's just me. So I'll play it by ear today, and see how it goes. One way it goes is that I need a razor, been a long time since I've gone 5 days without a shave. So I resolve to make shaving my personal goal today. Isn't that exciting? The excitement never stops.
Just a short note tonight. After exploding out of the gate, so to speak, the proverbial truck caught up to me. But I have to say I'd take truck any day compared to the alternative. Right now I have a sitting heart rate right around 70 compared to 110 previously. That will change but it will be for the better.
He is doing shockingly well and about to leave ICU. They are having him walk part of the way to the room. Yay! He will be on heavy drugs so may not be able to respond to anyone until he has more energy and clarity. I am on my way to Houston soon, but someone will update you...probably tomorrow. Feel free to email, text or FB in the meantime. I'm sure he would love to hear from you.
The surgery went great. John is in ICU for the next couple of days, and he will be able to breathe on his own in a few hours. When the anesthesia wears off, we will be able to communicate with him. Although I know he will be incredibly happy and relieved, he may not be able to show it through all the pain and discomfort. Your support has meant and means a lot to him and to his family. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and words of encouragement for my big brother. :)
Well all is going good. They've repaired the mitral and aortic valves, and are finishing up. After making sure everything is working properly he will be in ICU, which should be within the hour. Hopefully we will have even better news to share soon. :)
John went into surgery around 7:45 this morning.
We had an update from the nurse a few minutes ago, and so far, things are going well. An artery had to be removed from his leg for the bypass (which he won't be happy about), and from what I understand, the docs are beginning the mitral valve procedure. He should be out of surgery around noon, and then coherent by about 6 tonight. The team will update us every couple of hours and I will let you know what they say. Keep the prayers or positive thoughts coming. :)
Supposed to be up and checking in at the hospital by 5:30 AM. This shouldn't be a problem because I do not expect to sleep tonight. :-)
The boy is home in Denver. The Pop is snoring on my couch. The sis wants benadryl and a pillow.
And I want some new hardware ;-)
I know I'm not the best communicator in the world, but I know I'm blessed to know each of you and definitely expect to get better at communicating those very thoughts after tomorrow's ... speed bump. Love to everyone.
Sitting up listening to some cool tunes and working on some documentation for the office and noted the midnight hour.
Man! The anticipation associated with the build up to this thing is pretty heavy. I would say my heart is affecting my sleep but am thinking its more likely this anxiety. Wearing me out a bit, but trying to focus on the other side of the event.
I'm told this is all normal. I think the definition of "normal" is generally prescribed by perspective. Well... from my perspective...I will tell you it doesn't feel so normal. :-)~
Angel Flying too Close to the Ground is an ALL timer!
Well phase one starts tomorrow morning when my cardiologist plays cartographer for my surgeon. That is to say he will be using the heart catheter to survey my ticker. Apparently this process gives the surgeon his game plan for my surgery.
Barring any unforeseen issues leading up to the date, the doc will be putting saw to bone on the 21st of March. Gotta say I'm still pretty anxious, but with every trip to Denver I realize just how problematic my ticker really is. Altitude really affects everyone's blood flow, but a defective pump makes it significantly more noticeable.
I will likely start posting more and more as I get closer. Stay tuned... pics to come, those should be entertaining. ;-)