The Miracles of Modern Medicine
I stayed up late last night and woke up early this morning. Like any good Catholic guy (and gambler wanting to hedge his bets), I went to confession just in case there was an unforeseen problem. I recently had some dreams that dealt with death, and frankly I was a little scared.
I checked into the hospital just before 8:00 this morning. I was scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. cardiac catheterization. I found out that my cardiologist was running a little behind, so at least I had a little additional time to prepare -- or worry. He was not too late, however, and he quickly put me at ease by speaking with my wife and me. The surgical crew and the nurses were all fantastic.
It was actually all over pretty quickly. As I suspected, the lingering problem from my last hospital visit got worse over time. It was nice to see that the procedure done last time looks great. I was disappointed that all the exercise and relatively careful eating the past seventeen months did not prevent the trouble spot from getting worse. Although in actuality I should have gotten in to see my cardiologist sooner, at least I got in in time to prevent what surely would have been another heart attack as the troubled artery had almost completely clogged.
The last time the procedure was done by going through the groin area -- or actually the upper thigh. Today everything was done by entering in through my wrist. Amazing!
After the doctor finished, I ate lunch after recovering and left the hospital before 2:00 p.m. So ... in a span of less than six hours I went from being a heart attack waiting to happen to a guy with fixed blood flow through his heart.
I have a few physical restriction for a short time, but otherwise should be in great shape.
Thanks to my friends who wrote encouraging comments on my blog and sent test messages and tweets. You guys are the best!