Day one was great for Dad. My Mom, Lindsay, Lauren and I all visited with him for the last time of the night at 7:30 pm. He should have a great night sleep tonight. His eyes were open the whole time as we we’re in and it’s the first time he could briefly talk to us post-surgery. My Dad said his chest is really hurting him. You can see his struggle on his face for comfort. Doctors say tomorrow is the hardest recovery day after heart surgery just because of the pain.
My Mom and I plan to head up first thing in the morning to see him at 8:00 am. Doctors want him active tomorrow with little things to get his body moving. I can’t wait to see him then. It’s definitely not the same with him not here at home.
Just went in to do a second visit on Dad. All his tests are doing very well. We were able to talk with him and he could nod his head for us. He’s such a strong guy and you can tell he is in quite a bit of pain. We got to hold his hand and I’m sure that meant a lot to him.
He will move up to a room tomorrow as Dr. Bibler will continue to watch him. Down in the surgery area Dr. Bibler is doing an emergency surgery on another patient, so that is why they are not moving dad up until the morning. But actually that is good, because the Doctor will be right there next to dad keeping an eye on him. We’ll go visit him one more time tonight sround 7:30pm and come back to see him tomorrow around 8:00am. It’s been a very successful day.
Love Adam, Lauren, Lindsay and Tracie.
Saw dad just a bit ago. He actually looks well, a bit swollen like the nurses warned, still hooked up to machines, but looking well. All vitals are good and they are slowly bringing him out of anaesthesia. He should be in ICU around 6:00pm. After that he will be taken off of the ventilator and on oxygen in ICU.
Tomorrow should be a tough day as we were told. They are going to get him up, walking through the halls,get him eating. They want the new valve to be working good and pumping the blood. He will be tough through it, he has a strong will.
Lauren, Adam, Tracie and Lindsay
Dad’s new heart valve is working great. Dr. Bibler just stopped by to talk with us and let us know that Dad is doing great. No bleeding or problems. He’s off the bypass machine and his heart is running his body. He is not on any heart medication, it is all his body and heart doing the work. Which is great.
Dr. Bibler said we should be able to see him in about an hour. He will look pale and a little puffy but all in all, good shape. After we see Dad, he will be in ICU and being monitored. Since the surgery has taken a little longer than planned, they should have him up to eat his first food during breakfast tomorrow. And also tomorrow they will have him walking around.
Stay tuned in for more. -Lauren, Adam & Tracie
Got a call from the nurse, it is about 1:10pm here and it looks like it will be about 45 minutes to an hour from now that he can be off the bypass machine. Then they can watch to make sure the heart can function on its own. We will keep the updates coming as we hear them.
Everything is still positive here, thanks for viewing and staying updated.
The Nurse just came back in and informed us that the surgery is still going well after 3 hours in. She said he’s stable and that his body is functioning well. In roughly 45 minutes he will be off the bypass machine. While observing him the new valve was functioning properly, and before they stitch his chest together, they make sure all internal parts are working well.
Dr. Bibler’s Nurse arrived to update us once again. Dad is currently getting the valve placed. It is a very intricate process, stiching it up. She thinks this part will be about another half an hour. It will be an hour to an hour and a half until when we can see him. They will then watch his inside for about 4 more hours after the surgery to make sure everything is flowing well and there is no internal bleeding. He’ll able to get off his ventilator when he goes to his situated room later tonight. The nurse also believes that he will be able to sit up and eat some supper late tonight. We should be able to talk with him and he should be aware of what we’re saying. So that’s good news.
To close the chest they will wire his chest bone together, stich up the tissue with dissolveable stiches, and close his chest with antibacterial “krazy glue” as she put it. This will keep out infections and seal it nicely.
Time is going a lot smoother than I thought it would.
Adam & Lauren
Been at the hospital since 5:00am, surgery began around 8:00am following prep. Dr. Bibler’s nurse informed us that all is going well. Vitals are stable. He’s already an hour into surgery. He’s on the bypass machine, so that the blood in his body flows through the machine while they work on the heart valve. She said he is taking the anesthesia well and his body is in great function.
She’ll be back in roughly an hour to speak with us again around 10:20. Keep you all updated as we know.
-Adam & Lauren