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Chest pains updated

In my last post I told you I was waiting for my procedure. In this post I thought I would update you on all that has happened.

Like everything I experience in life, my procedure didn’t go as planned. I did get transported to the other hospital that specializes in angiograms / angioplastys on Mon, Feb 11 in the morning, which went as planned. Everything else didn’t.

After arriving at the hospital for my angiogram they started to prep me for the procedure. I won’t go into detail but it was very intrusive to say the least. There was shaving, putting stickers all over my body (again), and asking very personal questions. So much fun (read with sarcasm).

Once they had me all prepped De-Ann arrived and we waited. I have to admit I was very anxious because I knew I was going to be wide awake during this procedure. And second, it was going to be on my heart so that made me nervous as well. But eventually they called my name and I went from one waiting room to another, then finally into the operating room. It was a very large room that was freezing. They put me on a very narrow table and took off the one thing that was keeping me warm and dignified: my gown. Eventually they put lots of warm blankets on me so I wouldn’t freeze to death during the procedure. How considerate.

During the angiogram they discovered I had two arteries that were heavily blocked. One was 90% and the other 80%. But thankfully the third one was fine, because I would be looking at open heart surgery–the doctor told me later on. Phew! The surgeon managed to stint the first artery which had 90% plaque build up but as he did so some of the plaque fell into my heart and caused some complications. So the surgeon decided to leave the artery with 80% blockage for another day.

If you want to know more about the angiogram and angioplasty procedures, Google it. It should give you a good idea of what I went through.

After the procedure, all I remember leaving the operating room freezing to death. I felt like my arm with the IV in it was laying on ice. They put me in my “stall” and loaded all kinds of blankets on top of me. I looked like a mummy. [blame De-Ann for not having a picture to show you. She wouldn’t take a picture for me. I think she thinks I am nuts]. Eventually I warmed up and fell asleep. I slept on my back for a few hours. Then more poking, more stickers and other unpleasant things I don’t want to mention. Let’s just say I was fully exposed.

After my recover from the procedure the surgeon came and told me what happened and that he wanted to give my heart a break before he put a stint in the second artery. It would probably be on Wednesday or Thursday. Man, I was not looking forward to that. The next day I was transported back to the first hospital I came from and I stayed there all day and into the night.

While at the first hospital I had some great visit with people who are so special to me. My brother and his wife came all the way from Ottawa. One of my co-workers dropped off a really nice care package with all of my favourite things in it from all my co-workers. They really know and love me. By the time night came I was exhausted and went to bed early. I almost forgot I was visited by my cardiologist and he told me I will be transported tomorrow morning to have my second procedure. I wasn’t looking forward to that. But I was so thankful for my brother’s prayer and one of my volunteers’ prayer as they prayed for me to have peace as I went into my second procedure. They both knew I was very anxious because of all I went through with the first procedure.

The next morning, Wed, Feb 13, came with me being poked three times. It was bad enough they wanted to take blood, but to miss my vein two times before. Uggh. Still I didn’t faint. Not sure why, but I just grit my teeth and let her poke me. [Am I becoming immune to this poking?] Then the transport guys came and brought me back to the other hospital. [Here’s a question you are all probably asking: why didn’t I just stay at the other hospital since I was going to be doing the second procedure in a few days? If you find out the answer, please tell me. No one knew the answer to that one].

I arrived at the other hospital at 6:45am and my procedure was at 9:30am. Of course, like everything else, it was delayed and I finally went in at 11:30am. This time they got me to walk to the table and put myself on it. Again I was exposed for all the world to see…okay, only the five people in the operating room. Unfortunately since my first procedure was only two days ago they had to enter my body on the other side of my body so now I have two incisions to heal. During the second procedure the surgeon was not able to use a regular mess stint, he had to use a full metal stint because the way the artery was shaped and where the plaque was built up. But the procedure went well and there were no complications. However it was almost twice as long and many times during it I became very cold or in a great deal of pain.

I came out and was put into my new “stall” [a bit roomier than the last one] where they put more blankets all over me and I slept for hours. I finally woke up and I got to see my beautiful bride sitting there beside me.

So thankful for my wife, De-Ann for being there every step of the way with me. And I know now that I am home she has an even bigger role to fill. My recovery is going to be long and I can’t do much for the first two weeks, including things I usually do like vacuuming, shovelling, laundry, collecting the garbage, etc. I am going to owe her big-time once I am completely recovered and able to do all of my regular duties.

As you probably have figured out by now, I am homeFINALLY! Now it is time for me to recover. The cardiologist has told me 4-6 weeks of recovery. I can’t even drive for a few weeks. Homebound I guess for now.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers, visits, cards, messages, gifts and love. They mean so much. I really do feel cared for.

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February 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM 19 comments

Faith’s SECOND surgery

As many of you know Faith has strabismus or “lazy eye” (see older post for info on this…DXH1S9). And back in the summer of 2010 she had a surgery to correct her eyes, but unfortunately it didn’t correct them altogether so yesterday she had another surgery, this time only on her left eye.

Before I write anymore about her surgery and post some pictures I wanted to share with you a bit about the procedure to help you better understand what the surgery actually does. The surgeon told me at Faith’s last pre-op appointment and I thought it was fascinating. Hopefully you will too. He explained it like our eyes have a leash attached to them. Similar to a dog when you yank on the leash the dog turns toward you, same with our eyes, the muscle that keeps our eye looking straight is like a leash so when the surgeon pushes the muscle toward the back of Faith’s head it straightens her eye so it is looking straight on instead of looking down at her nose or out to the left. I thought that was a very practical explanation and helped me to understand what the surgeon was going to be doing to Faith. Hope it helped you too.

Back to Faith’s surgery: Yesterday we left very early in the morning to take Faith to Humber River Hospital on Finch Avenue. It was a long trip and the traffic wasn’t cooperating but we finally arrived and checked it. They put us in a room with four beds. Faith had the bed by the window. We brought her books to read, papers to colour on and our phones if she wanted to watch a movie. She was well entertained before she went in for surgery. The PJ’s they gave her were way too big so the nurse (Angela) went and got her a pair for a 2 year old. They still were too big but we cuffed the pants. You can see below her cute little “outfit.”

It was finally our turn to take Faith down to the surgery floor. By this time the nurse had come and pocked and prodded at Faith enough, she was ready for her surgery. And thankfully for me they didn’t put her IV in until she was in the operating room. Mommy got to go in with her. I had to wait patiently in the waiting room. I was told explicitly to not post a picture of De-Ann with her “get-up” on so unfortunately you are going to have to use your imagination. She had booties for her shoes, a smock gown and a cap for her hair. She looked like a surgeon. haha.

They surgery didn’t take long but she had a long road ahead of her in recovery.

After the surgery the surgeon told us it went very well and there were no complications. But we needed to give Faith eye drops four times a day for seven days. But thankfully it is only in one eye this time. After the surgeon left a few minutes later they called De-Ann into the recovery room and I again had to wait in the waiting room. Good thing I brought my iPad with me so I could catch up on some reading and playing games. Still working on Angry Birds Seasons. But I digress. haha.

About forty minutes later De-Ann texted me to let me know they were leaving the recovery room for Faith’s hospital room. I met them at the elevator and De-Ann was laying beside Faith on the gurney. Faith was fading in and out as I said “hi.” We got on the elevator and eventually into Faith’s bed. She slept most of the time while we quietly sat with her. I held her hand and rubbed her belly. A few times she came out of her sleep to tell us she was thirsty. But right back to sleep. Eventually we did get her some apple juice, and after she drank it she fell back to sleep. After about two hours the nurse came in to take Faith’s vitals and then remove the IV. Needless to say I had to cover my eyes or I would have fainted. Not much help in the medical department, eh?!

At 1pm we were told Faith is free to go so we packed up all our things and carried Faith to the van. She slept the whole way home. This time a shorter and quicker ride home. Before she actually fell asleep she said a few times “Daddy, I still sick.” Poor baby she wasn’t feeling that great and understood it. De-Ann thinks Faith is going to “milk this for all it’s worth.” I tend to agree. Faith is a very smart cookie!

Once we got home I took Faith downstairs to sleep on our couch as I sat beside her. She said to me “Daddy, you put your head on your pillow too.” She wanted me to sleep on the couch too. She slept on the couch most of the afternoon and quickly woke up when she heard her brother Shawn at the front door, home from daycare.

Both kids had a nice supper Mommy prepared then they came downstairs and watched Dora until bedtime. Shawn was so loving to his sister. I think he knew she was “sick.”

Today Faith is still recovering from her surgery, probably she is going to be back to her normal self by Thursday and will most likely be going to daycare. I am sure she will enjoy seeing all her friends, especially Owen H, her best friend. As I am typing she is sleeping beside me on the couch. Check out all the pictures I took yesterday and today. First three are just before her surgery and the last three at right after her surgery (tired little girl) and when we got home (eating a freeze) then this morning after she woke up (showing us her eye).

November 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM 2 comments

Another update on my Dad

As many of you already know Dad is out of the hospital and staying at his sister’s house until he is fully recovered and able to walk without any help and without loosing his breath.

I had a chance to visit him today and he is doing much better. Stronger looking and sitting up in an easy chair. But in my opinion he has a ways to go before he is back to his normal self. I hope and pray he will take his time getting better and not try to rush it. I want him to be back to normal before he leaves to be back at home for good.

While I visited Dad we got a chance to go out for supper where Dad had a chance to use his new cane. His cane is made of wood and has a mallard duck head. Dad is really doing well at walking with it.

I am so thankful for my Uncle Bill and Aunt Corrie’s hospitality and how gracious they have been in taking care of my Dad while he recuporates. They have been so good to not only take him in but love and care for him during his time in the hospital and now while he fully recovers.

Check out the picture of Dad with his new cane. He has lost a lot of weight and is starting to get stronger.

Please keep praying.

October 17, 2011 at 10:28 PM Leave a comment


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