Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Update on my Father-in-Law

First, this is what my MIL sent out yesterday:
Bill had the stent put in on Friday, not Thursday, as the last "pictures" they took showed some blockage around the heart, so the vascular surgeon wanted to include him in the stent procedure in case a stent was needed at the heart. After going to the heart first, he decided that a stent was not necessary at this time by the heart, so the vascular surgeon went on up to the neck and put a stent in there. He went up from the groin to the neck. It took about l-1/2 hours. Bill was awake, but sedated so as not to feel anything. He was awake and alert when he got to his room. Amazing! That afternoon they gave him a pint of blood to help build up his platlets, etc. There will be no surgery on the bladder at this time as Bill will need to stay on his Plavix to keep the blood flowing as smooth as possible. In two weeks they will check this and go from there, but he said Bill will definitely need to stay on the Plavix for at least a month before he can get off of it for the bladder surgery. The heart doctor put him on a very low dosage of high blood pressure medicine (even tho he doesn't have high blood pressure) to help the flow of blood. So, it looks like it will be January before anything else will be done. Therefore, you all get a reprive from my e-mails. I will not send anymore until something changes and when they schedule the other surgery. We got home on Saturday about 5:30 or 6. Bill seems to be a little more "sluggish", but that could be from the anesthesia. His appetite isn't as good as it was before, but hope it will improve in a few days.
Thanks for your prayers, keep it up! God bless you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today we got a note telling us that he'd gone to the doctor first thing this morning with some problems. He had to have a catheter put in for a few days. He is not feeling well. They are not going to go to the wedding that the girls are in this weekend (my niece's wedding), and I am not sure he will be up to traveling for Thanksgiving even. Good news, though, was that this doctor felt where the tumor was & said it has definitely shrunk & agrees it is now operable. That is a real praise!

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