Looking for some extra prayers this evening and tomorrow. My dear Grandmother at the age of 92 years young is having open heart surgery in the morning. Please give Nelda a shout out tonight!
UPDATE:”Mom’s surgery on Monday went remarkably well. During surgery doctors decided to also do another by-pass using the LIMA artery buried in the chest wall so she ended up with a double. She didn’t need to be restrained in the ICU and was nodding yes or no to all questions last night. During the night her breathing tube was removed and she was chatty Cathy this morning—-until 9am when all her stats started to crash. She was rushed back into the cath lab and doctors discovered that the LIMA by-pass had collasped and she was in the grip of a MI, minor heart attack. The doctors did an emergency catheterization, installing two stints in the collapsed LIMA and a stint in the artery on the back of her heart, opening everything up 100%. Once back in ICU she whispered to me that she thought she was going to die during the cath as she heard a doctor say that this ‘whole thing is a huge mess..’ I informed her that afterwards the doctors reported her odds were 80-85% to a full recovery. General opinion is that the new blood supply will more than compensate for any damage caused by the MI. We hope. She’s a little beat up but is still very up-beat.
She was a wee bit concerned when she learned the doctors removed a vein from her leg and the last thing she wants to do is disfigure her ‘good German legs!” Fortunately the scar will be high on her thigh and her skirts will hide it! She isn’t exhibiting alot of pain, doesn’t need to hold a pillow for a cough, and isn’t complaining about her leg. However one glance at the ten different monitors stacked up behind her, flashing and beeping, is a reminder of just how serious all this is despite my ‘funny little’ stories.
This little setback will probably prolong her stay in ICU by two days or so but she’s already asking when she’s going to get out so she can get to Houghton Lake.
Nelda’s latest nurse info.
Staci-ICU day nurse. 26, graduated OU. On the job 6 months, boyfriend (she earns more $ than him), no cats or dogs. From Walled Lake. Lives with folks
Joe-ICU night nurse. 28, On the job 2 years, Graduated OU, no girlfriend, Rott/Golden mix dog, likes frizbee golf. From Walled Lake, Same H.S. as Staci. Has own apart.”
She can still use your prayers…
My sisters, Mother, and Grandmother.