Dec 23, 2002:
Recap: Back in September, the spouse's blood pressure began to do weird things, causing him fatigue. And after a month of me badgering him to go to the doctor, I finally took matters into my own hands while at my own appointment. My wonderful GP went out into the lobby, and told him to come back. Then pointed to the appointment desk.
"You will make an appointment for the first available appointment, and you will keep it."
In November, he shocked many nurses and two doctors by his 160/20 or even 160/0 BP, and was ordered to have tests, including a heart cath two days before Christmas.
We went in and completed the paperwork, then I was directed to the waiting room. A few hours later, they called me back into the room and we were told a surgeon would be in shortly. A surgeon?
We watched several episodes of Law and Order on TNT while we waited, then Dr. Sherher came in.
"We've determined your aortic valve has been damaged in some way; the base of it appears to be in shreds, like butterfly wings. I want you to go home, enjoy the holidays, and I'll see you back here January 10th."
My spouse was in shock. "Is there anything I can do in the meantime? Exercise..."
"No. Do not exercise. Just enjoy your family over this holiday season. You'll be going into surgery for either a repair or a replacement. I won't know how badly it's damaged until I open you up."
And when a surgeon says 'no exercise', you know it's bad. My mind was whirling; he was only 48 years old. And about to undergo serious heart surgery, when previously the only injuries he'd had were to his back! We thanked Dr. Sherher and waited for the discharge orders.
Christmas was still cheery, but a somber cloud of this is serious was on everyone's mind. The only thing we could do was put the matter in God's hands, pray, and hope for a surgeon's steady hand.
Next Month: Surgery and the aftermath.
Currently Reading: Loved, loved, LOVED Jean Joachim's Renovated Heart! Definite Recommended Read! Next up: Kellie Kamryn's Tumbling Hearts.
Print Books: Suffer The Children was okay. As a mom, I was disturbed the content, and had to keep putting it down or even switch books to 'cleanse' my mind. Doomesday Device was better, and really enjoyed the ending!
Next up: Such Devoted Sisters by Eileen Goudge.