Since I am not currently with Mike, it is hard for me to know exactly what is going on. We talk on the phone, but that is quite difficult for him, so I just get the basics. So, I thought it was a good time to share some of the funnier things.
As you know, Mike is currently on blood thinners. I have no idea what the heparin was made out of, but the other two brought some laughs. Argatroban is made out of slug spit and coumadin is the same thing used in rat poison. What a combination! He is getting weaned off of the argatroban now.
On what is now known as open heart surgery day, there were many doctors working on Mike in the neuro ICU. One of them came up to me and said, “I’m Will and I am working with Dr. Keegan. I would like to explain to you what is going on with your husband.” I really don’t remember what he said after that. Something about a bunch of different medications needed to keep Mike’s heart working. The funny part is his name. All Mayo doctors wear identification on the jackets. This doctor’s name was William Shakespeare. I kid you not! I do not know what his parents were thinking when they named him. Maybe they wanted him to be a writer. Instead they got an anesthesiologist. Since he is being trained by Dr. Keegan, he’ll probably be a good one!
Mike still has his sense of humor, but some of the nurses don’t. As the kids and I were getting ready to leave last Saturday, Mike was overconfident in his newly acquired skills and thought he could get from the wheelchair to the bed by himself. He was not at quite the right angle and was leaning too far toward his weak side and fell over on the bed. He landed on the heart pillow all open heart patients get so that they can hug it when they cough. This apparently helps with pain. Mike just laid down, saying with a smile, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. Goodnight!” We all got a good chuckle out of it. We did need to call the nurse in to help. We managed to get him upright before she came in. She asked what he needed, to which he replied, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” Saying that he’d fallen got quite a rise out of her! We assured her he hadn’t and was just joking. She really did need to have a sense of humor!
On a more serious note, Mike said he had another productive day of therapy. They added another session of speech therapy, which pleased him. He would like to see things improve more quickly in that area. He was also able to lift his arm for the first time. He had not even done that prior to open heart surgery day. I talked to him at around 8 tonight and he was exhausted. I am glad he is able to get good sleep now! I am anxious to see the improvements he’s made when I get back there on Wednesday.