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Monday update on hubby

I don't know how to pull up a picture if I add this to origianl post, so making a new post.
Son and I got there about noon yesterday. The CV-ICU is one long room and his bed is at the very end. They do not have individual little cubby holes like where my Dad was in austin, just curtians between beds. Got badck around his curtain and he wa sitting in recliner "waching" NCIS>' Actually was "watching it" like he watches TV here most of of the time--get comfy in recliner and fallas alseep. But he woke as soon as we wen around the curtain.

Brought lunch to him while we were there and his description was "that is the most tasteless, nasty tasing soup I ever tasted, the chicken is okay, the potatoes are good, the zuccini is like leather and i don't like mandarin oranges (but he ate them). Said for breakfast he had had soem more "fake eggs", somthing they called Frnech toast, but it wa snothing like what I make, and some water they said was cream of wheat.

But I do have to agree with him. I was in General Hospital in Akron Ohio twice, and in St. Davis in Austin 6 or 7 times and always had great food. He was in Dcotor's Regional with his lower back surgery and neck surgery couple yers back and loved the oofd. Neither of us cared for the food at Shoreline.

Only has one IV drip now and off most of the machines. They are still keeping the heart monitor and oxygen moniter on. He has a large needle in his neck with wires running from it, no idea what it is for or does. He gets it out today. Son took one look at that needled and just shivered. Also, his blood finally got got thick enough that he got his lat transfusion Sat. night. He gets out of ICU today.

Seeing him sit in that recliner watching Tv and eating--well it seems impossible that less than 72 hours before, he had had a heart attack, his heart had actually quit twice and he had to be "zapped back", had a 3 1/2 hour open heart surgery. If anyone had told me Thrusday night that he would be sitting up watching TV and eating real food come Sunday I would have laughed at them.

I did have to laugh at him. He said "you know they cut my chest in half and put it back together with baling wire." I told him i doubted it was baling wire. He will have it in his chest forever. We wre laughing that we are being held together with metal--him with 2 plates and scres in his neck, wire in his chest, and me with three 5" screws in my hip.!

Son took this pciture yesterday of jerry eating the oranges he didnt' like. Oh, he sayshe knows there will be alot of changes in his eating, he will exercise every day, neve another cigarette, Hope he sticks with it.
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Glad to hear he is on the mend. After my husband had his surgery two years ago, he thought even the chicken broth was they put him on solids, he wasn't as impressed. To this day he will tell people the only good food was the broth..
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Your husband looks fantastic! It's amazing what surgeons can do these days.
My Mom had 56 joint replacements and revisions along with open heart surgery to replace her mitral valve. She said it was the easiest of all her surgeries. She was like a new woman afterwards.
Funny thing. That wire holding her chest cavity together? If she stood in front of a well-sun lit window then turned away you could see that wire through her skin.
Glad he's on the road to recovery.
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Only has one IV drip now and off most of the machines. They are still keeping the heart monitor and oxygen moniter on. He has a large needle in his neck with wires running from it, no idea what it is for or does. He gets it out today. Son took one look at that needled and just shivered. Also, his blood finally got got thick enough that he got his lat transfusion Sat. night. He gets out of ICU today.
The thing in his neck is called a Swan-Ganz catheter. There's not a needle in it, it's a plastic tube called a cordis. Inside the cordis runs several different pressure catheters. Each one is a different length and takes pressure readings at different areas of the heart. Using these readings the nurses and physicians can derive real time numbers on how his heart is functioning. It is an extremely useful tool. It will be removed before he goes to the floor.

Let me know if you have other questions. I'll answer the best I can.

Glad he's doing better.
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You put a smile on my face. Glad to hear he is getting back to normal. He looks great!

I remember my mother wanting to eat but the food was just disgusting, and I think some of the medicines makes it even taste worst. I remember he saying the soup tasted like water.

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Thank you for updating, I've wondered how he's doing and how you are doing

Please take care of yourself and him, glad he's eating oranges

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Oh I am so happy to read this. He looks awesome sitting up in that bed. I am also glad to read that he is going to follow doctors orders. You are an amazing woman. He wouldn't be here today without your heroism. You hold that over his head and say he has to do as you say and no matter how hard it gets he has to follow those orders.

Continued prayers for Jerry and all of your family.

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All the best and a quick recovery to Jerry

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Best wishes for a smooth recovery. I mist say the tone of today's message is very lighthearted. I'm guessing you are feeling better too, and I'm glad for that!
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Really glad to see your husband doing so well, wishing him a speedy recovery.
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