This morning’s adventure with my husband’s stress test and nuclear stress imaging test at the Heart Place ended up with us getting a call from the doctor’s office saying that we needed to come back in to talk to the cardiologist tomorrow morning at ten . . . and they wouldn’t say why. So we were hoping it was some small detail of heart rhythm, or some medication he needed to go on.
Then we got a call from our primary care physician saying that there’s a blockage, it looks like, and it’s registering in the lower left part of the heart, the worst part for it to be in. His cholesterol has stayed good for years, though, so the doctor said he hoped it wasn’t big, and that it could be taken care of with angioplasty. So tomorrow’s appointment is to set up the angioplasty. If the balloon doesn’t work, then you go to the bigger surgery.
Of course he’s terrified. He said he didn’t want to miss the client lunch they have tomorrow at noon, but we pointed out that this wasn’t an option.
I’m asking for your prayers and positive energies towards this being something we can take care of without going to worse surgery . . . and that it goes well, if it has to happen at all.
My knee swelled up pretty badly just from walking all over the hospital all morning and part of the afternoon, and I had just iced it down when the phone started ringing. So I’ve got to go ice it down again.
The way I look at this is, my dad had the same blockage except he didn’t know it (there was not an equivalent type of diagnostic test back in 1970) and his first symptom was a massive coronary with extensive heart damage. So we’re lucky that the doctor demanded that hubby go take the test. On the other hand, we’re disappointed that there was anything to find.
I suppose it’s best to find it, if it’s there. Anyway, if you are so inclined, please keep Don (and me) in your positive thought stream. Stay tuned.