Thursday, June 5, 2008
Close to Nowhere
It was time!
Just another ordinary week in the Jones’ house — mayhem and madness abounding!
For several years now, we’ve all been urging Pop to go see the heart doctor again. Shortness of breath and chest pain for someone who’s already had a double bypass is usually an indication of more problems.
But Pop is one of those “macho guys,” who always knows best and he had to wait until he decided it was time to go.
He decided a week or so ago that it might be time to think about it — something to do with having to take his nitro pills constantly, I think...
So, Friday we trotted off to the heart cath lab at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. First time we’d been there and we were pleased with the entire day. The staff was excellent; the surroundings were nice and comfortable and except for the part where Dr. Michael McDonald of The Sutherland Clinic (Pop’s longtime cardio doctors), said — “One artery is 95 percent closed, one artery is 100 percent closed and the lower right chamber is damaged from a heart attack. But the good news is, the two bypasses (16 years ago) are doing nicely.”
This time, though, instead of bypasses, Dr. McDonald opted for stents. Man, what a difference 16 years and a different surgical procedure make!
Pop and I trotted off to Methodist Germantown Hospital Monday morning (all hospitals were choice of Dr. M. — and what was convenient for him was fine with us!).
Except for a slight hitch with an emergency Dr. M. had to deal with, delaying Pop’s procedure an hour or so, everything went swimmingly.
By the time Pop was back in the room Monday evening, he was announcing that he felt better than he had in years!
Tuesday, except for the pain in his leg where they went up through that artery, he said he felt great. He even tied his shoes without losing his breath. He was pretty excited!
The car ride home was a bit tiresome, especially after a stop we made because Pop was starving. I don’t think “dining out” was on the list of things he should have been doing.
Sixteen years ago, Pop was on a ventilator for 24 hours, in ICU for three or four days and in a considerable amount of pain from having his sternum popped open and his heart played with. It took him a while to feel better after that one.
This one — he’s already calling me at work and ordering me around again. And we won’t even talk about backseat driving on the way home — both Friday and Tuesday!
All things considered, I was happy to listen to — “You can get in that lane and pass him now...”
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