Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Heart Attack Cruise: Update 2
Yesterday, my catheterization hadn't gone the way the cardiologist thought. He figured the blockage in my artery would be minor, and he would be able to put a stent in the artery, but that's not what happened.
Instead, the blockage was severe (about 75%), and it hit at a place where the artery forked, and he knew it would be pointless to put a stent there.
He told me I would need open heart surgery to graft a vein around the blockage. I would need a by-pass.
So today, Linda and I spent most of the morning in the hospital seeing my cardiologist and another cardiologist and the open heart surgeon and his assistant. Individually, they came to tell me about his or her part of the story of the surgery they were going to do on me. Most of it, I couldn't understand. They talked about terms and procedures I didn't know a thing about and had never heard of. They showed me pictures of the heart and pictures of the arteries. They told me what would happen first and what I could expect a couple of weeks from today when I would start to feel better.
It was a lot to take in.
The last person I saw was the anesthesiologist. He was there to evaluate my condition before Thursday's surgery. He looked me up and down and took my medical history and asked me about my life style.
I told him about how I've been a vegetarian for 30 years and exercised every day and didn't smoke and limited my drinking to a glass of wine a night. I even told him about doing yoga and lifting weights.
That's when he shook his head and said, "You know, you're in great shape. You got the body of a 52-year old man."
I said, "Yeah? So how come I'm having open heart surgery at 530 Thursday morning."
He looked at me and said, "Shit happens."
Lillian will be posting updates at my facebook page about the operation.
By the way, the above tattoo of a dagger piercing a heart appeared at TattooSymbol.Com