Home Sweet Home

Dad’s went home on Monday.  He’s very happy to be home.  And, quite frankly, we’re all just glad he showered.

He got up yesterday at 8:30am, had a bowl of Cheerios and OJ.  He sounds very good and is gaining strength, but gets tired quickly, which is normal, but frustrating to him.

The visiting nurse was going to visit him at home yesterday, but I haven’t heard how that went yet. 

Today, he’s scheduled to go to the cardiologist in Voorhees, for some blood work to check on the coumadin levels.

In about 7 to 10 days, he’ll go for a follow up visit with the cardiac surgeon.

Thanks to everyone for your get well wishes!

Still in Hospital

Well, Dad is still in the hospital. The Cardiologist came in this morning and said he could not leave because he was only  up to 75% on his Cardiac Medicine and needs to be up to 100%. They said maybe tomorrow but I guess we have to wait and see.

Dad says he is feeling very weak. After feeling so good, he is disappointed with this setback. I try telling him he had a major operation and it will take time to feel back to normal.

Hang in there, Dad.

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

Carolyn says that Dad’s A-Fib is under control and he’ll be going home today.  That’s a great present.  Glad he’ll be home in time to see Tiger win another US Open and a Boston team win another championship, all in one day.

To all Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!

Morning Update

Mom called Dad this morning to see if he heard anything about being discharged today.  He told her he felt awful and had some cardiac issues through the night.  I made a call to Dad’s nurse and he didn’t have time to talk but told me Dad went into A-Fib last night and he needed to get back in the room with him.  I will call later for an update.  Mom is on her way to the hospital.

In Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) the upper part of your heart beats (quivers) faster than the rest of your heart.  If you could look inside your chest, the top part of your heart would be shaking like Jell-OGraphic of Vibrating Heart or beating more rapidly than the lower section of your heart.  You feel an uncomfortable flutter in your chest or like your heart is going to jump out of your ribs or that your heart is “flip-flopping around.”  Your pulse is irregular and/or more rapid than normal.  Someone described their A-Fib as “…like a motor idling too fast in my chest.”  You may feel lightheaded, very tired, have shortness of breath, sweating and chest pain, and sometimes a distressing need for frequent urination (it isn’t clear how A-Fib and frequent urination are related). 
Somewhere in your heart extra electrical signals are being generated which cause the top part of your heart to contract and quiver rapidly and irregularly (fibrillate) as many as 300-600 times a minute.

Mom will call me with an update when she gets to the hospital.

To be continued……

Step only on the colored tiles

Mom visited Dad this morning.  He spent most of the time out of bed, sitting in the chair.

Carolyn and her son, Patrick, visited Dad around 6pm.   He was eating when they arrived.  After dinner, they walked around the hall.  Dad was walking very fast and was trying to step only on the colored tiles.  After he was done prancing around, he felt some pain from the incision and the nurse gave him some Percoset.  He had a slight fever yesterday and he felt like he was hot earlier today, but his temperature was only 97.

The two main things to prevent now are pneumonia and blood clots.  He needs to use the breathing tube frequently and blow big breaths to prevent liquid from building up in his lungs.  He has to keep moving around on his feet so he doesn’t develop blood clots in his legs.

He will be discharged either tomorrow or Saturday.   A visiting nurse will stop by the house during the first two days.  I’m sure Dad will be happy to get home.

Up Roaming the Halls

I went to visit Poppy this afternoon. He had a slight fever, 100.5. The nurse gave him more pain meds. This will also help reduce the fever.  Dr. Heinz came in & told him the bed is his enemy. You must get up & walk. So walk we did. We walked around the unit one and a half times. We even stopped at the scale to check the weight.  He gained 2 pounds. We even found the pantry with all of the goodies.

Amazing! Just 2 days ago he had heart surgery & today he’s roaming the halls.

Observations of $4.00/gallon gas

I stopped by to see Dad this morning for 1/2 hour, then drove straight back to Boston.  Left at 11 and got home at 3:30.

2 observations about $4/gallon gas:

  • 1) fewer drivers on the road, so less traffic, so quicker to cover long distances

  • 2) fewer drivers on the road, so more deer like to wonder on the highways – saw 2 dead deer on the Garden State Parkway and 1 on I-84 in Connecticut

Dad looks great and more tubes are being detached from him.  Mom said he moved from the C-ICU this afternoon to a regular patient room on the 8th floor.   He’ll stay there until he is discharged, which could be Friday or Saturday.

Safely Home

Well, Kristen, Addison and I are safely home.  The flight home was so much better than the flight up there.  We are exhausted but will continue to monitor Dad’s condition from Florida.  I spoke to him briefly this morning and he said he feels a little better than yesterday.  The nausea is not as bad today.  He ate some Cream of Wheat for breakfast and was waiting for lunch.  We are so happy he is doing well.

Paul stopped in earlier this morning to see Dad before he left on his journey home to Boston.  It was really nice spending time with Paul and the rest of the family.  I wish the circumstances were better but nonetheless, it was time together.

Thanks again, Paul, for creating this blog. 

We hope you keep feeling better and better everyday, Dad.  You will be back on your feet before you know it.  We are amazed at your progress so far. 

Hugs and kisses from Florida….