Waiting for my Husband . . .

by L McCray
(Commerce Township, Mi, USA)

February 21, 2013 my husband's heart rate went to 160+, so off to the ER. March 5th he had a triple by-pass, (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting), Aortic valve replacement, Mitral and Tricuspid valve repair (with rings), and a hole in the heart repair. He was also scheduled to have a Maze procedure. Surgery was scheduled for 4 to 6 hours. 12 1/2 hours later, my husband was not stable enough for the Maze procedure. He was on a heart and lung bypass machine for 10 days, and a ventilator for 15. He now has low blood pressure and a high heart rate, (Atrial Fib). His liver went into acute liver failure about 3 weeks after surgery. He is still in the hospital, (today is June 1st). A few days ago I was told he now has cognitive issues, (slang term "pump head"), and this is very common with open heart surgery. He sleeps all the time, does not understand time, is seeing and hearing things that are not there, can't walk, roll over, or any physical function. I am scared and cry all the time. I know God is with us, but if anyone has had an experience with open heart surgery similar to my husbands, please share your story. I pray and pray, and wait. I miss my husband. I wait for hope, for tomorrow, for the unknown fog to clear a little. The liver is getting better, slowly. He has survived infections, Shingles, many open wounds, Sepsis, starvation (does not feel hunger), can't take pain medication, and he has little left in him to fight future issues. His lungs are weak also. He has been in the cardio ICU and the medical ICU, kidney floor 2 times, and the cardio floor twice. He sleeps with his eyes and mouth open. My husband walked into the hospital and is 52 years, does not smoke or drink. He did get a virus over-seas' in 1984 that put him into dialysis in 2001, disabled veteran. I just wish I had someone to talk to who has traveled a similar situation. I am so thankful to God that he is alive, so thankful I get to wait.

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