Mike and I spent Monday in the bowels of Fletcher-Allen Health Care so that Mike could have the catherization process to assess his heart and arteries prior to surgery.
He has an aortic aneurysm right at the aortic valve which means that he will be having the artery reconstructed and the valve repaired. There is a possibility that he will need to have the valve replaced with an artificial if his is too damaged. Surgery is scheduled for Friday, July 19.
It is a big operation--with a fairly long recovery period. However, we feel fortunate that the aneurysm was discovered before it got to bursting stage. Mike had no symptoms.
There was, of course, a great deal of waiting involved in Monday's procedure. The cardio unit was a very busy place, but we were impressed with the friendliness and cheerfulness of the staff. We met the surgeon and his PA and nurse. Mike was very comfortable with all three. They did all the preliminary work-ups before we left so that saves another visit.
So now I have homework to do. We got all kinds of printed material and also a DVD related to homecare after the surgery. I will have to get myself prepared and put on my Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy. God help us both!
By the way, Mike absolutely refused to let me be the one who wheeled him to the lobby when it was time to go home. And he told everybody why.