Friday, July 19, 2013

Long Day

Mike's surgery lasted five hours.  His aorta was repaired but the aortic valve was beyond repair so the surgeon replaced that with a new part fashioned from bovine tissue.

He went from surgery into intensive care where he was kept under sedation for the afternoon.  Towards evening, they started cutting back on sedatives and as of 9:30 our time, he was responsive.

Fortunately, I have not had a whole lot of experience with visiting intensive care patients, but I have to say I was really surprised at how strong he looked considering the invasive nature of the surgery preformed.  This will be a rough night for him as they adjust for medications for pain and do the ICU monitoring.  It does look like he will be in a regular room sometime tomorrow.  So my outlook is remaining positive.  He will have a wicked scar, though.

It has been a long day.




16 comments:

  1. I missed your earlier post, but am glad to hear things went well today. Hopefully the pain meds will be sorted out easily and he will be feeling much better soon.

    Take care of yourself as well. Sounds like a good night's rest is in order.

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  2. I'm glad the surgery went well. Now, maybe you can get some rest. Hope things go well tomorrow.

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  3. That is major surgery for sure! It's amazing what doctors can do now. I hope the night is going well for both of you. I'll be looking for an update in the morning.

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  4. Glad all went well. I am surprised he will be out of intensive care by tomorrow, he must be doing very well. Remember to take care of yourself too. All that stress can pile up. I hope his recovery is quick and not complicated.

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  5. Hope today goes well and that he woke up this AM feeling better -- you, too! Don't forget to take a moment for yourself so you can keep up your own strength.

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  6. It is good to hear that he might be in a regular room soon. Speedy recovery, Mike! We are all praying for you.

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  7. Am glad you posted - I was wondering about Mike's surgery. Sounds like an intricate operation. ICU is the best place for him until he stabilizes. Hope you can get some rest, too.

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  8. Sounds like everything is going well. That is wonderful!

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  9. Praise God the surgery went well. I will keep you and Mike in my prayers. Be sure to get some rest when you can.

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  10. So wonderful to hear that the surgery was a success. I know you're relieved. So Mike has cow/bull parts in him?? Isn't ICU amazing!? Get some rest and keep us posted. Prayers will continue.
    Peace,
    Muff

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  11. Good job! to you, Mike, surgeons, nursing staff, and everybody else.
    Honestly . . . when you realize the miracles that can be done now through medicine!

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  12. So happy he is in recovery and doing so well. Heart surgery has become amazing these days.
    I do hope you both get some rest. Be well and home soon Mike.

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  13. Oh my gracious! I'm so sorry for the worry and exhaustion you're going through. I am keeping you both in my thoughts.

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  14. I'm glad he came through surgery so well.

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  15. Again, I am happy all is going well. Peace and blessings to you both.

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  16. The scar disappears quickly once plenty on vitamin D is ingested.

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