Friday, November 14, 2014
Everything went super-great! They did the Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) first and checked the valve and it definitely will not open the way it should (as expected). That went well and they next did the Heart Catheterization (through the Femoral Artery in the leg) and I believe he said 3 arteries are 30% but I was so relieved he lived through the procedure that I didn't ask questions the way I normally would. Dr. Smith said it was expected and better than hoped for. I can also tell you that Dr. Smith said his heart was stronger than they hoped for! Awesome!!
(You wouldn't know it but my Mother passed when she got her one and only Heart Catheterization as it caused a massive stroke. She was dead in hours.)
This was Step One and he passed it! He lived!!
Step Two is to be seen by 2 Heart Surgeons and to be turned down for traditional Open-Heart Surgery so he could then be a candidate for the procedure known as TAVR. He sees the first one on Dec 1.
Dr. Smith said everything now goes to the committee to evaluate his candidacy for this TAVR and they really want him to be one of the first 6 to receive it at Forrest General Hospital. I asked that question to make sure we are seeing it right and they definitely are pushing for him to be one of the first 6. It would take his life expectancy from 2 years to past age 100!
Just in case you don't know, 3 would receive the new valve through the Femoral Artery and 3 will receive it through an incision between the ribs. Believe it or not, through the Femoral Artery is the least invasive and faster healing but it all depends on the width of the artery and the size of the valve. After he is turned down by 2 heart surgeons he will get a CT-Scan to measure the artery and valve. If all continues and he is turned down by surgeons and accepted by the committee, the surgery is expected to be in late January or early February.
This is the first time this will be done at Forrest General Hospital! It will be the top 2 Heart Surgeons, the top 2 Cardiologists and a special team from Europe! This would definitely be his best chance for success! The "dream team" of doctors has to go to a special "class" in Atlanta to prepare for this surgery.
One day at a time.
P.S. I gained 3 lbs in 3 days from stress-eating but today back to 125 so life can continue, lol.
P.P.S. Ray is 93!
11/12 - 125.1
11/13 - 127.8
11/14 - 125.6
11/15 - 124.9
11/16 - 125.9
11/17 - 124.8
11/18 - 125.0
11/19 - 125.1
11/20 - 124.9
11/21 - 125.0
11/22 - 125.2