Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Another hospital stay and all is well

Yesterday was a long one but one that we hope will turn out well. I took Grandpa to the hospital about 9:00 a.m. He had his surgical procedure at 11:a.m. and everything went well. They usually send guys home the same day with his procedure, but because he does not heal well and his heart was in question, they kept him overnight and I can pick him up about noon today. Grandpa's heart doctor said he should have a spinal instead of a general anesthetic but when they checked the clotting factors in his blood just before surgery, they said his blood was too thin and there was a risk of bleeding into the spine, so he went ahead with the general. His heart did well. A representative of Medtronic, the maker of his defibrillator, was there to stop it from working during the surgery and start it again afterwards. Jim came to the hospital and sat with me. I really appreciated that because even when you are not thinking someone may die, it is nice not to be alone. We had lunch together in the cafeteria and Jim stayed until daddy was up in his room and settled. I hung around the rest of the day. Grandpa enjoyed a phone call from Karen and a visit from Kenneth, wife and family. I came home around 9:00 p.m. which made a long day but I was so happy Grandpa was in good spirits and doing well. It is kind of quiet here at home right now because Muffin is hanging out at the breeding kennel - don't know yet how that is going but hope it takes because I would like to have her spayed and get it over with.

5 comments:

Farrell Family said...

I'm glad everything went well and I hope the recovery goes well too. It's so nice to have family close and have that extra little bit of support.

Melinda said...

It's good to hear that everything went fine with the surgery. I'm not looking forward to my own (C-sec), so it's comforting to see others go through successfully. Hope he comes home okay today and that Muffin survives the breeding kennel!

Calista said...

It's such a relief to hear that everything went okay yesterday with Grandpa's procedure. I'm sure he's looking forward to getting home now! Good luck with Muffin at the breeding kennel; maybe you'll have new puppies in a couple months :)

Karen said...

I talked with Dad again this morning, so I knew he was coming home. He sounded really god and was looking forward to being released. I am so glad Jim was there...I miss being there for you and am really glad you have the boys close. Hang in there. Hope the recovery goes well and that the results are what Dad hoped for...Love you both!

Karen said...

Sorry about the typo...He sounded really good!