Mike slept about 5 hours, and I slept about 9, so the day started on a better note. I got to the hospital at about 7:00 this morning and Dr. Meyer arrived around 8. He always comments that he knows nothing about cardiac care, which is one reason Mayo works. Everyone knows their specialty and they don’t pretend to know about anything else. They talk when they need to and go from there.
Dr. Meyer said that he expects this to set him back 2-3 weeks neurologically, so basically back to where he was immediately following AVM surgery. We also will not how this will affect him long term for a long time. The plan is to get him back to rehab when he is ready and go from there. Dr. Meyer is still suggesting a month of inpatient rehab here and then probably a couple more months back in Des Moines, followed by outpatient rehab. So, we are in for a long haul.
Dr. Sundt, the cardiac surgeon, followed a short time later. He showed us pictures of the clots he removed on Thursday. Yikes! The one in his heart was 7 cm long. There were two other pictures of many smaller clots they removed from both the right and left lung. When this is over, I am going to ask Dr. Sundt for a copy of those pictures so that I can put them on the blog. He is now on coumadin to prevent further clots. They are also bringing in hematology to see if he has a clotting disorder. They will do a follow-up CT with contrast on Monday to make sure that the filter is in place and check out other areas.
Dr. Meyer commented that if we had taken him home for rehab he wouldn’t have survived. Then later the nurse said that in any other situation he would have died. He told us that Dr. Sundt specializes in this kind of surgery and he “just happened” to be on call Thursday. We all know that he did not just happen to be on call. Nor did I just happen to spend the night with Mike instead of heading back to Iowa like he wanted me to do. I should probably show a timeline of what happened so that people can see all that God did. I’ll work on that sometime. For now, suffice it to say, all of our days are numbered before one of them came to be, and Mike’s days are not up yet.