My wife went in to the emergency room Saturday morning around 9:00AM, reached an examination room about 2:00PM, went through intial testing and was assigned a hospital room around 6:30PM.
Today we received word that she has a heart valve working at about 20%, which is overworking her heart to get blood throughout her body. So I will be an infrequent visitor here until something gets resolved.
The medical staff has done marvelous work, but the prognosis is not good.
She will be coming home Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and Medicare Hospice will take over primary care for the bandages, etc. (I will probably receive OJT (On The Job) training for what care can be provided by an amateur (me), but she refuses surgery to correct the problem. So the estimate is about six months remaining for her, increasingly painful ... much reduced quality of life).
Her brother, sister-in-law, both our daughters (and their husbands) and our friends and the church people will continue to 'work on her' to get her to agree to an operation that will correct the problem and return her to her previous quality of life ... before it ends.
Surgery naturally scares many people, but it's needed. I really hope you are able to convince her to go through with it, as it is for her own good. I wish the best for you and your wife and may this get resolved as soon as possible.
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There was a change of heart for Mary Lou, and she decided (wisely!) that it would be better to take advantage of Medicare Hospice program, and let professionals do the dressing changes, IV medications and physical therapy.
So she is now in a convalescent center, and sat up for the first time in a week on Saturday, and more than doubled her sit-up time today (Sunday). But there is precious little that she finds edible on the menu. Her favorite meal is breakfast ... and she seldom ate breakfast at home. Pancakes/French Toast/Waffles (with plenty of syrup) disappears from the plate, but lunches and dinners have her turning up her nose at what is presented to her. I am pretty much an omnivore ... able to eat just about anything (if it doesn't manage to eat me first) ... but only plants are ever eaten raw.
Mary Lou has begun walking (again!) and had her first day exercising on a combined rowing (arm pumps) and stepping machine (for the legs). What is REALLY holding her back is the feet (cared for by a WOUND nurse ... as if they were burned) and a return of edema. She was just started on treatment for the edema this afternoon. A wound nurse may be in to see her this evening, and if so, will remove some dead skin to allow the new skin to shine forth.
I still whish both of you the best. Does she still need the surgery?
Surgery is the only cure short of an act of God ... which Mary Lou is still holding out for to put an end to her problems. She still says "God will either cure me, or take me", and has not agreed to any surgery. Family and friends are still praying for a change in her attitude.
I'm so glad to hear that Marylou will have surgery. Heart surgery has come so far and I believe that God has given our doctors the knowledge and wisdom to do it. So that being said, surgery is kinda like an answer to prayer. I'm still in praying mode for you and Mary Lou. You are so loved Ed. Please take care of yourself as well as your dear wife.
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I have been remiss in keeping Gruntzerz aware of what is going on with my wife (Thanks, Zazor5000) and will now remedy that.
She had a TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) procedure on August 23, 2017. She was one of only two that her surgeon is aware of to have a certain problem with her biological valve, that caused her to have a BOGO (Buy One, Get One ... free). The first valve did not properly attach in place of the faulty one she was born with, so it was set in place other than the intended spot ... where it works as planned. Then a second valve was used, and a bit more pressure applied to get it into the correct spot. This resulted in some other (relatively) minor problems that were corrected during the procedure. A procedure that usually takes about 45 minutes wound up taking over two hours. The next person having the TAVR went home the very next day. My wife was kept under observation for an additional three days. We just had a consultation with the surgeon today, and she received a clean bill of health. We have been walking (sometimes together, sometimes her alone) for 45 minutes two or three times a day, and she arrives home only slightly winded. An ECG is scheduled and one more consultation, and then the 'case' will be considered closed.
Prayers and the medical community came through, big time!