When the Everyday is a gift...
By Lynn Rohrer on Oct 03, 2008
My daughter walked to high school this morning and my husband dropped my son off at middle school on the way to an appointment. Pretty routine, pretty wonderful.
About two weeks ago we got news that we were expecting but didn't want to hear -- a quarter of my husband's heart wasn't getting blood when he picked up his activity level. You know something's up when the cardio technicians ask you to sit down in the middle of a stress test and suggest that you contact your cardiologist immediately.
This Tuesday my husband received his third stent and I was very impressed with the gains that have been made in cardio treatments since his last stent was put in 9 years ago. Folks are now using medicated stents to minimize the growth of scar tissue in the arteries and are using collagen plugs to close up the rather significant opening they have to put in the big artery in your groin to snake the equipment through your arteries and up to your heart. (The angioplasty process itself is an incredible advancement to heart care.)
I spent the last couple of days home with my husband doing the driving and lifting but those restrictions were lifted this morning. Modern healthcare technology is amazing and new advances are being made all the time. One of the most significant differences this time wasn't technology though... it was a new approach by hospital staff to keep a much more calm, less intrusive, more relaxed environment for the patient and their family.
While they watched my husband in the ICU, my kids and I were able to come and go into his room and the only "announcements" over the PA was a inspirational message at 9a each morning. Many thanks to the crew at Avista for our short stay.
Now we're back to our Everyday. And it's a gift.