So I went to see the heart surgeon on Friday. He was running late…way, way, WAY late I’m afraid.
Essentially, I do not have a date for surgery yet because he wants to dig deeper into the cause of what’s wrong with my heart. He thinks I have sleep apnea and that’s whats causing the problem. I won’t tell you all the yadda yadda except to say that my heart valve looks normal…except that it doesn’t close right in a fairly serious fashion. So I have to go do a sleep study (won’t that be fun?). In fact, by the time we got out of there, it was too late to talk to the sleep apnea office because it was after business hours! So I have to wait until Monday when they call and we’ll schedule that. Finding out about the sleep apnea is very important because it will help me post-operatively and keep it from happening again…..but it might mean MORE surgery (!). Then Dr. “W” also thinks I would do better with a different kind of operation; intead of going through the sternum and opening me up that way (grisly, isn’t it?), he thinks maybe I should go up to Vanderbilt where a surgeon friend of his goes through the left side between the ribs -= less invasive, but a newer and far less common operation. And of course I usually sleep on my left side……
This was upsetting to me because I was all geared up to have the surgery ASAP and now I have to wait: wait for a call, wait to make another appointment, wait to have the sleep study, wait and make another appointment to see Dr. “W” and then decide if I’ll be doing this here or going up to Vanderbilt…which means another appointment and so on. Patience is not my strong suit, but I must learn I suppose. I’m better about it today.
So stay tuned to hear about the latest delay; in the meantime, I’ve got a joke for you.
Q: Is the quickest way to man’s heart through his stomach?
A: No! It’s straight through the chest wall with a sharp knife.