No turning back now
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
My 2 echocardiograms went well on Monday. The first
basically confirmed that I needed the second and also
confirmed I needed the angiogram later. The limited echo
show a greater heart murmur and more blood pooling in
that chamber of the heart than anticipated. The other echo
in my esophagus did not show as much as the surgeon
wanted to see but he didn't need to repeat it. The angiogram
showed "extremely healthy arteries and veins around the
heart", so there are no blockages there.
Now for the plan. This is not an "emergency" situation but
we all know if we put things off, we can pretend they do not
exist. With DH by my side and chomping at the bit to jump
in and express my opinion for me (and, yes, he will do that),
I said the sooner the better. The nurse came in and we took
the first available date, which is July 2nd. The surgeon just
happens to be unavailable the last week of June.
So I need to go in on the 29th for a pre-op check in, do lab
work, type and match blood in case of a transfusion and have
a teaching session on what to expect with open-heart surgery.
Sunday, the first, we will drive up and stay the night so I can
be there at 4:30 to get ready for surgery at 7:30. I will remain
in the hospital for 4-7 days and then have 6-8 weeks of
recovery time. I voted in favor of another type of vacation but
there were no other options on the table.
As for DH, he does indeed jump in and provide my answers when
I prefer to voice them myself. I think he has had too many years
of helping his mother "make" decisions, that he forgets I want,
I NEED to have my voice heard. I am quietly reminding him of
that now. Please, let ME speak. I do want to have some modicum
And I will leave this as it is. Do know that I love my husband dearly
and will take each day as it comes. As it is, I will be spending our
43rd anniversary in the hospital. Shucks! Maybe the nurses will
serve anniversary cake LOL!