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.