Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It Was Worse Than We Expected!!

Well, we are home from the hospital and my husband is doing great, except for being absolutely give out! As the title says, it was worse than we expected though, but they were able to fix him up with stents. He ended up having to have 3 stents put in, making him have a total of 4 now. (only 31 years old) We were expecting one . . . maybe two but not 3! The right coronary artery was 100% clogged and 1 stent took care of that one! There was absolutely nothing going through there at all! I wish I had a scanner, I would show you all the pictures that the doc gave us of before and after, it is amazing! Anyway, then the left coronary artery was clogged in two different places. The top was 70% clogged and the bottom part was 50% clogged and that required 2 stents. The stent that he received in 2005 when he had the heart attack was placed in the circumflex artery and it was working great. That was the only artery getting a good blood flow through it, which as you can tell from the pic below is a very small artery compared to the rest and gets its flow from the top part of the left coronary artery!! So we are very blessed that we were able to find this all out and get it taken care of! I got this image from the Texas Heart Institute. So, even though it was worse than we expected, he is all fixed up now and his heart is in great shape. There is a little damage to the bottom of his heart from the heart attack and a bit on the top from this blockage but that can be improved over time!! We are so thankful that we were able to get all this done and that the hospital and doctor are working with us on the financial end!! They have been amazing as far as that goes. The nurses were all amazing and wonderful as well!

I just can not put into words how thankful I am that we got this done and was able to prevent another heart attack!!! If he would of had another heart attack, the doc said that IF he would have lived through it, we would have been looking at open heart surgery instead of stent placement.

So anyway, I just want to thank you all so very much for your kind words, your encouragement and most of all your thoughts and prayers!!

I am over 350 blog post behind according to Google Reader . . . EEEEEeeeeek!! So, please do not have your feelings hurt if once again you do not have comments from me for the last weeks updates on your blog!!! I will get around to getting caught up on reading all of your blogs but the commenting may not!!

Again, thank you all for being so wonderful!!!



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19 comments:

Jenna said...

I am sorry that it was worse, but more happy that it got taken care of. I am glad to know your husband is doing so much better and that the doc are working with you. I will keep you both in my prayers.

Janet C said...

Glad to know that your hubby is going to get better. You take care, too!

Rachel said...

Scary about the extra procedures but very happy for both of you that things are much better now!

Wishing you many happy years together

Carolyn NC said...

Wonderful news that they were able to deal with each one and fix it. Glad your DH is better.

valerie said...

Oh, I'm so happy to read this news. Even though the news was worse, they were able to help your husband and prevent another heart attack. That is something to truly b thankful for. I hope he recovers quick from the procedure!

Michelle said...

Great news. I hope he recovers in no time.

Siobhan said...

I'm so glad to hear that the doctors caught everything in time, before the situation became more dire. I hope your husband recovers quickly!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Prayers for continued healing.

Julie said...

Glad it got taken care of for him, hope he is soon feeling much better.

Kathy said...

The best news is that were able to repair his heart. Thank goodness. I hope and pray that he recovers quickly and remains healthy for a long, long time.

Rachel S said...

That is great that they were able to fix it. I know how scary it must have been, though. Keeping him in my thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Jennifer said...

Isn't it just amazing? I bet you this measure of prevention instead of waiting around for another attack and open heart surgery would cost hospitals and insurance companies FAR LESS, and look what you had to go through to get it. Incredible.

Anybody that thinks there's no need for healthcare reform in this country needs their head examined.

Ranae said...

Wonderful news!
I hope for a quick recovery to a normal active lifestyle.

Andrea said...

Sorry to hear it was worse than y'all expected, but thank God that you found a doctor to take care of things NOW and work with you on the financial end...what a Godsend. There are some really good doctors (and people) still out there!
I know how much better my DH felt after his stents and even after his open heart surgery....so I know your hubby will be feeling great too!
Hugs and prayers for continued health and some prosperity too!
xoxo

Karen said...

That's great news. Hope all continues to improve. Hope you can relax soon with some stitching!

DaisyGirl said...

I'm so glad that they were able to do the stents and not open heart surgery. That's what my hubby will most likely have if he has another heart attack. He's had three so far. I worry over him all the time. It's scary because you love them yet you don't want to smother them. Sigh.
I'll keep him in my prayers.
Hugs,
Donna Mae(DaisyGirl)

Lisa said...

I am so happy to visit your blog and see that your hubbie received the help he needed! Blessings to the kind doctors and nurses who have helped your hubbie & you through this and continue to with regards to the financial side. These people seem to understand how priceless life is and do what it takes to help w/o worrying about the $$$. Hugs for you both!
Take care,
Lisa in CA (USA)

Cheryl said...

Sorry to hear it was worse than expected but glad all is ok now! What a worrying time for you both i bet

Cindy F. said...

Oh my gosh girl!! So sorry to hear about your husband going through so much! Thank God for his dr. and nurses!! Hope he is doing much better now! Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers!