Thank The Lord for a un-eventful day!

Uncategorized | Posted by Randy
Jul 07 2015

Dad started the day highly sedated in the ICU with a “balloon pump” in his heart to let the right side rest and to help with the pressure. He was also still on the ventilator. We did get to visit a few different times throughout the day. They took the balloon pump out this evening and hope to get him off the breathing tube later tonight. Hopefully when we get there in the morning he will be conscious and not remember much of the last 24 hours.

– Laura

Dad always has to keep things exciting

Uncategorized | Posted by Randy
Jul 06 2015

So a quick update on Dad. When they went to put him on the heart/lung machine the Doctor noticed all of his blood went missing. Dad’s aorta sprung a leak and he bled into his chest cavity. The doctor has never seen that happen before and can only guess that when the doctor in toledo fixed his aortic aneurism 3 years ago he didn’t graft enough of it and this section was week as well. They fixed the hole in his aorta by grafting the rest of it. The rest of the surgery (valve replacement) went without incident, but because of the “blown hose” they did not want to enlarge the root of his heart. 

Dad has not been transferred to the ICU yet, but we should be able to visit with him in a couple of hours.

– Laura

Here we go again…

Uncategorized | Posted by Randy
Jul 05 2015
  1. I’m having open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve that is a mismatch for me. (Valve is too small dia. for my body). Symptoms I have are minor chest pressure, shortess of breath & higher gradient pressure in the pumping chamber of heart. The higher pressure is very damaging to the heart in the long term. The surgeon didn’t want to wait more than 3-6 months to have operation. 
  2. The operation is being performed at Cleveland clinic tomorrow morning. Approx. length of surgery is 5 hrs.

uneventfull good day

Uncategorized | Posted by Randy
Sep 23 2012

Vitals etc. pretty stable today. Appetite was good, I was able to take a 1 1/2 hr nap this afternoon which felt good. Tomorrow I have a follow up appointment with the Cardio/thoracic surgeon. One question I have is when am I able to reduce some of the medicines I’m taking.

events from Friday

Uncategorized | Posted by Randy
Sep 22 2012

Yesterday was a little crazy, I felt OK upon waking yesterday morning, but a little while later noticed my heart was pounding. I checked my pulse & found it was 2x normal. I called the nurses station at ST. Lukes Hospital (CVU), they said I should go to the ER. Went to the ER & after consulting with my Cardiologist & Cardio/thoracic Surgion, they gave me an extra dose of the medicine (IV) that stabilizes the Blood Pressure & pulse. Very shortly the pulse dropped back to normal levels. This was a recurrence of the atrial / fibrillation that I had when in the hospital. We stayed another couple hours at the ER to make things stabilized. Bottom line, they have doubled the dose of 1 of the medicines & increased the other medicine approx 30%. Both these medicines stabilize & reduce the load on the Heart. The rest of the day was uneventfull & I had a decent nights sleep. FYI my appetite is now back to normal.

short trip

Uncategorized | Posted by Randy
Sep 20 2012

This morning I had a short trip back to the hospital to have some blood work drawn to check the levels of the blood thinner. Boy that sure is tiring.
Tomorrow I go back to the CVU (cardiovascular unit) for a short routine checkup. This is done by the same group of nurses etc. that take care of you when your admitted to the hospital.

pain medicine good!!!

Uncategorized | Posted by Randy
Sep 18 2012

This morning I only took 2 extra strength tylenol at breakfast, I should have taken again later this afternoon. A lot of discomfort this afternoon & early evening. This evening I’ll be taking the Oxycodine / tylenol blend.

And He’s Home!

Update | Posted by Laura
Sep 18 2012

Yesterday was a very busy day, and I do apologise for not updating you all.

Dad came home about 2:30 yesterday! He is enjoying being at home and out of the hospital.

He is slept last night in a recliner and slept better than he had been at the hospital.

Hopefully I’ll have Dad post an update himself this afternoon.

Sunday comics

Update | Posted by Laura
Sep 16 2012

Early this morning Dad had another episode with an irregular heartbeat when they were trying to switch from an IV medication to an oral version of the same med. They didn’t have the dose high enough at the time, they have since doubled the dose. The irregularity only lasted about 2 hours this time.

Of course the first thing he looked for when Mom went to visit this morning was the Sunday paper. It is one of the things I have always remembered Dad doing on a Sunday morning over breakfast is looking through the paper.

He is doing well with his walking around the heart center, but boredom is starting to really catch up with him. While we don’t want him to come home before his body is ready to be home, we are hoping it is sooner rather than later.

Bells and food

Update | Posted by Laura
Sep 15 2012

Randy is more awake today then the past few days, probably from the ability to get up and walk more then once a day around the hallway. He had already taken a walk before we arrived and another after the discharge class.

I learned that Janice was actually planning to give Randy a bell to ring when he got home, but the doctor says that’s out of the question. He needs to do some walking a on his own and not to be his servant. However it is restricted to 5lb weight limit for lifting which is about a carton of milk.

His appetite is coming back slowly, he ate most of his lunch of cream of asparagus soup and a chef salad.