The worst part was…

May 25, 2021 | 14 comments

Anterior cut of an enlarged heart; ACardio_20140403_v0_003
SOURCE: cardiacsurg_lvad_anat.ai

We left Oysterville at 4:30 yesterday morning.  Nyel had a 9:00 a.m. appt. for blood draws in the lab at the Seattle Medical Clinic and a 10:00 appt at the Cath Lab down on the 2nd floor for a right heart catheterization —  a test to see how well his heart is pumping (how much it pumps per minute) and to measure the blood pressure in his heart and the main blood vessels in his lungs.

The drive up — at first dark and rainy but getting lighter and drier.  Siri kept us informed — two fifteen minute traffic slowdowns but, even so, we arrived at 9:15.  No valet parking (they could have forewarned us).  Got Nyel into his wheelchair and into the front door and then the trip through hell to find the entrance to the underground parking garage.  Asked three people.  Only one knew where it was… a nightmare.

Found Nyel (Yay! for cellphones!) on his way to the cath lab (despite the Information Desk being unable to tell me where it was… why don’t they find INFORMED people to work there???).  Helped Nyel get ready — “Gown opens in the back…” and was directed to the waiting room where I spent two hours alternately reading one of Alexander McCall’s “44 Scotland Street” books and… worrying.

The procedure, which he has had done previously, sounds “routine” when the doctors and nurses talk about it.  But, inserting a catheter into the jugular vein, threading it into the heart and through to the pulmonary artery sounds terrifying to me.

 

If Nyel’s pressures were bad, they would keep him in the hospital but I couldn’t stay with him.  And, if was told he could go home, but got out too late, my eyes would not let me drive us home in the dark.  I had made arrangements with my cousin Ruth (Bless her!) to take me/us in… either way.  We figured we could muscle Nyel up the one small step into her house on Mercer Island.

About 12;15, here came a nurse pushing Nyel’s wheelchair.  Both (the nurse and Nyel — probably the wheelchair, too) were all smiles.  The procedure went well!  So… quick! up to the third floor to see the cardiologist to get the “verdict” — hospital or home???  Home it was.  Found the parking garage (and the car!) and were on the road by 1:20.  No rain, no dark, no traffic slowdowns.  Ate the “lunch” Nyel had packed — cheese, crackers, tangerines — as we traveled.  Home by 5:20.  Whatever the worst part of yesterday was, it was totally neutralized by Nyel’s good report!  Yay!!!

14 Comments

  1. Caroline Miller

    Got today’s blog and glad I did. I love happy endings. Excuse the pun, but home is where the heart is.

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    • sydney

      In this case… the perfect pun!! And the perfect sentiment!
      Sydney

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  2. sue cowell

    So very glad to hear the news was good. The price for “living off the main grid” is having to drive to Seattle or Portland for medical procedures..%##@*&?? That’s my personal opinion. I just canceled an appointment that was scheduled in Portland. Found another doctor with Peace Health in the Longview clinic with another treatment.

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    • sydney

      Sue — so good to hear from you! I think of you every day when I see my Rabbit Foot fern. Do you remember the cutting you gave me from that huge one at the library? I still have her — plus I have “shared” her with the ensuing owners of my little house on the bay.
      And, yes, I agree with you — living in Paradise is a trade-off for a lot of “old-age conveniences.” So far so good, though.
      Hugs from both of us,
      Sydney (and Nyel)

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  3. Cassy Espy

    Wow! What a horrific day! You and Nyel must have had an extra bolt of character lightning!
    of all that frustration and angst! Think of you both so often and I find myself wanting to get to Oysterville. $15000 (so far) on TEETH! I am so broke, living off my SS check and that’s it. All I can say to these guys is I am going to be 77! Good luck gettin your dough back!

    Much much love, dear Sydney.

    Cassy

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  4. Cassin Espy

    Don’t know how that message got so screwed up, but it was too late to correct it!

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  5. Karin Ferguson

    Hi Sydney! Glad to hear Nyel’s procedure went well with good results. Big hugs to you both.

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    • sydney

      Thanks so much, Karin!
      So great to hear from you! Hope all is well with you and yours!
      Hugs, Sydney

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  6. Ardell McPhail

    Great news! Sounds like surviving the logistics of getting around the hospital ended up worse than the procedures. (probably not) Glad he’s smiling!

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    • sydney

      Well… at least HE had good drugs!
      S.

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  7. Laura smith

    Great report, good news. I can so relate been there done that.

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    • sydney

      Thanks, Laura.
      One foot after the other… eh?
      S.

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  8. Nanci Main

    So glad to hear went well. Really enjoyed seeing you both the other night.

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    • sydney

      So fun for us, too.
      Amd the cherries were delish. (I did share them with whatshisname, though it was a big sacrifice!)
      Hope each day is better for you!
      S.

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