November 25, 2015
Well, I went off to work as usual. I left Den and Em home sleeping (it’s Thanksgiving Break). Den has had no arrhythmia problems since the cardiovert last Friday. He even seems to be getting his energy back! Den had a call at the house from the nurse at Dr. Andres/Mitchell’s Office at 11AM to let him know everything looked very good since the cardiovert. He said he hung up the phone, went to the bathroom and when he came out he was very dizzy. He reached out for the wall and fell. Em found him on the floor unconscious. This was about 1:30PM. Em talked to him and then called me at work. At first, Den said he just fell. I left work at 2:30PM. Later when I spoke to him about it, he admitted that he lost consciousness. Therefore….he received a shock from the Pacemaker/ICD! I called the doctor’s office to let them know about the shock.
Nothing of real interest happened until February.
February 3, 2016
Dr. Raj admitted Den for Bumex IV therapy prior to an angiogram. Den was very scared and begged me to stay overnight…so I did. The Bumex therapy is to take excess fluid off the body to reduce the load on the heart. Trust me, it works.
February 4, 2016
Den’s sister, Roberta and my friend, Lisa came up to the hospital to sit with me while Den is in the procedure. They started at noon and Dr. Raj was done before 2PM! He found one small occlusion, the Mid Circumflex Artery (which serves that left ventricle) was 75% blocked. He put in a stent and Den would be here for a few days to be monitored while the stent settled in. Great…another weekend spent in the hospital….just what we wanted! NOT!
Pictured about is Den in the hospital after the angiogram with Butterscotch (a stuffed animal that Em gave him) and under his “love from home” blanket.
February 7, 2016
Still in the hospital, everything looks good heart wise. But Den is not eating and has lost 25 pounds in the last 2 weeks. He did ask the nurse to remove the catheter…it was really giving him pain. I asked for Physical Therapy and Nutrition evaluations for Den, so he can see how precarious his situation is right now. I am more frustrated than mad at Den, but I want him to come home. The problem is I cannot be a 24/7 nurse and pay the bills, too!
February 8, 2016
Den and I talked most of the night, I expressed my concerns about his not eating and the possibility of him not being able to come home. He said that he is not eating because he can’t stand the food. It has no taste and a strange texture. But he said that he would try to eat more. He did eat all his cereal, coffee and graham crackers for breakfast. It’s a start.
PT came and evaluated Den. He is considered home ambulatory, not community – meaning he can only walk very short distances. So she will recommend to Dr. Raj for Home Healthcare PT. The plan is to get him strong enough to go to Cardiac Rehab. He needs more strength first, light exercises – arm and leg movements while sitting to start.
February 9, 2016
John, our Home Healthcare nurse, came to the house for the first time. We both liked John from the moment we met him! He checked Den over, took his BP, pulse and temp. He talked to us for a while about Den’s general health and then said he would be by once a week for 8 weeks. Physical and Occupational Therapy would call for separate appointments for evaluations and scheduling.
I also called all of Den’s doctor’s offices today to make followup appointments. His PCP said, to get into the cardiology team first, then call her. So I made appointments with both cardiology doctors for the following week.
My fingers and eyes are tired, so that’s it for today. Soon we will get to the big change to LVAD. Thanks again for listening!