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Take a piece of my heart [Jan. 13th, 2013|03:17 pm]
Ferrett hasn't written about it on here yet, but he is currently hospitalized after a minor heart attack. That heart attack led to catheterization, which revealed that he has three 99% blockages and one 95% blockage in his coronary arteries. As i understand it, the 95% will be manageable will be manageable with drug therapy and one if the 99% can be stented.

The other two 99% blockages are at curving branches of the arteries and a stent could actually slow the blood flow, making things worse. So for those, he needs a coronary bypass.

The doctor sketching out this situation for me said it with the same casual tone that one would say, "and your car needs an oil change." For me, it felt like the whole world tilted to the left.

I see this all the time. I try to reassure clients that creditor meetings aren't scary. But they are still scared. Like I'm scared. I'm trying to take some comfort in the doctors' casual attitude, but I have more empathy for my patients now.

The good news is that he avoided heart damage by getting in here quickly. That's at least something.

He will have surgery in 2-3 days, and another week for recovery. For now, I wait while he sleeps. I'm really appalling bad at waiting in the hospital. Fear and boredom are poor companions. But I am glad that he listened to his body, didn't ignore a chest pain, and got in here.

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[User Picture]From: jasonlove
2013-01-13 08:23 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. I saw his tweet, but couldn't imagine that it might be something this serious. I really hope you guys get through this alright.
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[User Picture]From: sacramentalist
2013-01-13 08:29 pm (UTC)

Holy shit, Gini! That must be scary. *hugs* Yes, it's very good he didn't ignore that pain. Wow.

My thoughts are with Ferrett, your family, and loved ones.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-01-13 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank God he didn't ignore it!! My prayers are with you for an easy and quick resolution. Aren't we lucky that we live in a time when such surgeries are 'routine'? My Dad in the 60's had a bypass when it was still 'experimental".

Take yourself to the gift shop and buy yourself a book. Go to the caf and get something to eat and a cup of tea. Leave your cell phone number with the nurse on duty while you do this. Take care of YOU, so you can take care of him. Call some family and/or friends and ask them to 'spell you' over the next few days so you can go home and get some rest.
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[User Picture]From: myskat
2013-01-14 03:13 am (UTC)
excellent advice! especially the part about getting friends to spell you, hospitals are very stressful.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2013-01-13 08:33 pm (UTC)
*hugs* (and by proxy for him when he is up to delivery)
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[User Picture]From: mariness
2013-01-13 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Hope the recovery is VERY swift.

And yeah, that casual tone of doctors when delivering bad news is really something, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: rialian
2013-01-13 08:42 pm (UTC)
===Erg! Much well wishes to you both, and better than ever expected results for him!
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2013-01-13 08:47 pm (UTC)
You are both in my thoughts. Very glad that Ferrett listened to his body and got help!
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2013-01-13 08:52 pm (UTC)
I am really glad that you got him in there in time to prevent damage, and that the doctors know what they need to do. Also, that modern medical technology is so much better than it was even ten years ago.

Won't stop me worrying about you both for the next few days though!
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2013-01-13 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness. I'm glad he got in there quickly, and will be keeping you both in my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: dglenn
2013-01-13 09:02 pm (UTC)
"I am glad that he listened to his body, didn't ignore a chest pain, and got in here."

This. So very much this.

Good luck to both of you.
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[User Picture]From: cislyn
2013-01-13 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I'm really glad that this is getting taken care of. Waiting is so hard, and hospitals are nerve-wracking - I hope you can curl up with a good book and distract yourself for a bit. You're both in my thoughts. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2013-01-13 09:07 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. I hope everything goes as well as possible.
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[User Picture]From: p_m_cryan
2013-01-13 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so sorry to read this. I wish I could sit and wait with you.
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[User Picture]From: jeanniemac
2013-01-13 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so very glad that he listened to his body and made it to the hospital in time. Our love and healing to both of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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[User Picture]From: longtimegone
2013-01-13 09:21 pm (UTC)
That sounds extremely scary. I'm glad he got in there quickly and I will keep you both in my thoughts over the coming days. Please do update when you can and let us know how things are going!
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