Archive for September, 2012

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.

We Got the Beat

Update | Posted by Laura
Sep 14 2012

Just a quick exciting update. While we were visiting with dad this evening his heart monitor dinged and I noticed his heart rate dropped from about 120 down to 84. A few moments later a nurse came in and informed us that the ding meant his heart skipped a beat and then went back into a normal rhythm!

It is good to sit with him and not have him breathing hard the whole time :)

Keeping the Rhythm

Update | Posted by Laura
Sep 14 2012

This morning Dad had an atrial fibrillation which is basically an irregular heart beat. They have put him on a blood thinner as well as something to try and steady the rhythm. They did a procedure where they tried to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, but it didn’t stay there.

This is a common thing to happen and is most likely caused by the swelling around the heart as it heals. It should correct itself in the near future, but if it doesn’t they will try the shock procedure again.

Because of this incident they have pushed back his release date until they know they have this under control.

Free Bird

Update | Posted by Laura
Sep 13 2012

When we visited Dad this morning he was looking much better. This morning they took out his last chest tube, so he can breathe without pain. By this evening he should be a “Free Bird” as his nurse said and will be tube free.

He took a stroll around the hall this morning and made it all the way around the nurses station which is an island with all of the rooms around it.

They told us this morning that he should be coming home Saturday if all continues as it has been going. Tomorrow morning we will have our “discharge class” at 10:30 am.