Saturday, September 22, 2007
Well it's over and hopefully was a complete success. We will have to see of course and they say the A-Fib can get worse instead of better for awhile but so far none. He was in surgery around 6 hours. I read a book cover to cover thats how long he was in. Thank goodness I had a good , although depressing book, to distract me. All the other families came and went all day and there I sat. Since Rick had a general he slept though the entire thing which is a good thing.
They found 4 to 6 area's they corrected and said he has some extra vessels which may have accounted for his A-fib. He looked so shocked and in pain when he got out. There is just no way to really prepare you for your first surgery. But he did well and unlike me woke up with a huge appetite which we had trouble satisfying. He was so hungry.
Our motel room turned out to be a suite and was very nice. It had a microwave and refrigerator so I got some meals and ate there.
The bed were really short, maybe around 6 feet, but they had this headboard that made them shorter. Rick is 6'2 so he was pretty squished up. They had this wonderful lighting that you could make a soft blue if you wanted and the door shut between the living room area and the bedroom in case you couldn't sleep and wanted to read. Then after his surgery he had this really nice private room.
The hotel had internet and a workout room but I spent most of the day with Rick in his room after he came back. I just wanted to make sure myself he had no bleeding from the puncture sites. He had a line in his neck and both groins. He now looks like Zoey as they shaved parts of his back, his chest and his groin. The nurses were very good and so young. I tried not to do the nurse relative thing, although I did do his walk. She was so tiny if he passed out he would have squashed her and he was pretty unsteady when he got up.
I hate driving in a bigger city but managed to get us home without an accident. Zoey was so happy to see us. Turns out she has staph in the rash so she is back on antibiotics. Now where did she pick that up from? And chicken that I am I didn't ask about the biopsy and they didn't offer to tell me. I will call them on Monday.
Now for the next 3 days I have to give Rick a shot in his love handles, LOL. He will be on aspirin, lovenox, and coumadin which are all to keep him from getting any clots. Seems like overkill. Hope he doesn't cut himself as he will bleed out pretty quick. The shots are only for 3 days but I am surprised he is doing the aspirin and coumadin together. Oh well the doctor hopefully knows best.
MIL looked pretty shaky when we got home. Thinner and grayer and her stomach is larger. BIL was sleeping, or passed out on the porch. I am glad we are back in town.
So one thing down that has been causing stress. Hopefully Monday will get good news on Zoey. They to take care of MIL and get Rick feeling better. He ended up with some swelling at the puncture site on both side so is pretty sore. Thanks to all for you well wishes. It really helped.
Tomorrow is the first day of Fall so Happy Fall all.
Posted by Julie at 2:43 PM