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More on the Hard Stuff [Jun. 25th, 2011|10:32 am]
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R- had his cardiac catheterization yesterday, had two stents put in, and had (by his report) a very uncomfortable night (they pulled the catheter sheathe at 1 am, so sleep was pretty much out of the question.)    I get to bring him home today, but he's not recovered yet.  Cardiologist appointment Monday, and then it's time to find out when they'll do the stomach and bowel resection and what recovery time is likely to be.   Since the cardiologist has him on blood thinners, and blood thinners are not ideal companions for gastric/gut surgery...well, we'll find out when we find out. 

Just sayin', this is not the summer we planned for. 

So far today I've fed and watered horses, checked the wildlife waterers at Fox and Owl (refilling both the tanks and noting that Fox Pavilion's storage tanks are both very low...) and done some preventive mowing (ragweed) in the near meadow.  

On the good side, the Eustomas (Texas bluebells, actually a large-purple-flowered gentian) are in great shape, the most we've ever had on the west end of the place.  They've colonized the entire gully system but I'm also finding them remote from it.  (What eats and drops the seeds???)  I even found one in the west grass (east of the all-too-dry creekbed.)

We need rain.  Everybody here needs rain.   It would take 12-15 inches for the water table to start springs and creeks running again.


[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2011-06-25 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hope your summer goes better than expected from this point forward.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2011-06-25 05:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is a lot to deal with. I really hope things go as smoothly as possible.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2011-06-25 06:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you're both facing such a wasted summer; do hope and pray all goes well. Am just re-reading some of your books, so you're very much on the surface of my mind just now.
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[User Picture]From: catsittingstill
2011-06-25 08:49 pm (UTC)
Best wishes for a quick recovery.

The bluebells sound beautiful.
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From: stfg
2011-06-26 02:13 am (UTC)
I don't know that his doctors will do this, necessarily, but there are short acting blood thinners out there. Heparin, given by IV drip, dissipates almost immediately after you stop the drip. Lovenox, given by injection, lasts in the body for 12-24 hours. I imagine he was given aspirin and Plavix, which are standard drugs after stents are placed. I agree that those drugs raise the risk of bleeding during surgery quite a bit, but it would be reasonable to stop those meds and put him on Heparin or Lovenox alone until the surgery. They could stop the short-acting meds just before the surgery and then restart them immediately afterwards.

I'm a family physician, not a cardiologist or a surgeon, so I won't predict what will happen with certainty, but that's my best guess.

I wish your husband the best of luck!
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[User Picture]From: ebeeman
2011-06-26 02:16 am (UTC)

Our prayers for his quick and complete recovery!

-Ellen and Steve
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-26 03:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, everyone. He's home, we're both exhausted, and I have a world-class headache (weather-related, probably, but maybe lingering sinus stuff from the con crud) so forgive me for not answering separately. Wiped out and heading for bed.
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From: ozdragonlady
2011-06-26 10:55 am (UTC)
Thinking of you both ...
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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2011-06-27 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! I join with everyone else in sending good thoughts to both of you, and my hopes for a quick, uncomplicated recovery.
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[User Picture]From: kk1raven
2011-06-30 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry your summer is not going to be what you planned. I hope everything goes as well as possible for R. and that there are no unexpected complications.
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