This evening my mom's boyfriend was having chest and back pains. It was painful enough that he went to the emergency room because he thought it might be a heart attack. It wasn't, but he will have to have surgery anyway for a different problem. His aorta (largest artery, goes directly to the heart) is damaged and needs to be operated on. The way they described it is the aorta's wall is made up of three layers. img.webmd.com/dtmcms/live/webm…
walls---> (((+blood+))) <---walls
The inner wall is damaged and the blood is getting in between the first and second layer, squeezing the blood in the center that goes all over the body and putting a strain all over. So it looks more like this:
walls---> ((++(++++))) <---walls
He was flown from the hospital to a bigger hospital two hours away. He should have surgery tonight. They need to fix it so the pressure doesn't go through the rest of the walls and get damaged even further.
The next few days will be touch and go. I'm currently away from my home and I'm staying at his house which is closer. I drove his truck home and she too the car to the next hospital. I have a big bag of crafting supplies with me to work on the commissions I have currently. I wont be able to ship anything until I'm home which might be Monday but I don't know yet. So right now everything is on pause. I'm going to work on stuff while I'm here at the house in between hospital visits. Things will be updated when I can.
They didn't do surgery, they are trying different types of medicine that will reduce the pressure on the artery. If they can get it to a level they want they are going to let him go home on Sunday. If so, he will go back for them to monitor it a few times over the next two weeks to see if it is helping. If not, they will need to do surgery.
So when they said 'you'll get to leave here' they meant the ICU part of the hospital and go back to a regular room, not go home. Which, is actually good because he works heavy machinery/construction and would have been right back to work unless they had told him otherwise. So he'll probably be there a while. I'm staying here until Monday I believe. I'll go home and pay bills, run errands, and do all the things that need to be done and come back here after that. I'll ship anything that needs to be shipped on Wednesday and Friday as needed.
They were using IV drips of different kinds of blood pressure medications to keep his blood pressure at a certain level. They've slowly been switching the IV drips to pills instead. He's down from 5 now and now has a regular room instead of being in the ICU. Yay! Now he'll just have to maintain the progress and they'll be able to put stints in probably next week some time. They will still have to do surgery because they can't put a stint into the top part of the aorta where it curves into the heart. That is still better than having to surgery on the entire length of damaged part of the aorta.
Tomorrow, October the 6th, they will do surgery. It is a much less intense surgery than they were going to have to do the day they flew in the helicopter thinking he would get the surgery as soon as he landed. They will put stints into most parts, but still have open heart surgery for the top part of the heart. Since this has decreased the circulation/blood flow to some parts of the body, they are also going to try to put a stint into the left side of the vein where it splits and goes into his left leg.
They told us all the complications that could go wrong, like they tell you with most surgeries. The doctor said "I have many plans. If one doesn't work, I have another, if it doesn't work I have another. I'm very confident about this surgery." So that eased our minds too. He is having surgery tomorrow (today technically its midnight now) at 11:30 am unless the surgery ahead of him runs long. Then it will be pushed back until Tuesday. After that, 3-4 days in the ICU again. Hopefully 7 days after the surgery he will get to go home. He may go to a physical rehab place for a few days, but not for long.
Thank you all for the well wishes. I haven't had much of a chance to thank you all individually. Keep us in your thoughts tomorrow.