Still healing … and sleeping

Tomorrow it will be three weeks since my heart stent surgery. It seems like it has been much longer … healing is slow, very slow – complicated by my lung disease. I’m sure I am getting stronger each day – although some days are spent mostly sleeping – whether I want to or not. However, that’s better than in the beginning  . . .

After the first few days, I simply could not sleep. So, I decided to take matters in hand and took two benadryl tablets to help me sleep. Well, that may not have been the best idea. Soon I was in a state of delusion. For whatever reason, I thought that I must sleep sitting straight up. If I moved and did not keep the position, the clock would turn backward and morning would never come. And it appeared to work!  When I slide down in the chair, the clock appeared to move backward. When I sat up straight, the clock moved forward. So, there I sat – straight up – waiting for morning to come. It seemed like many hours had passed but the clock never seemed to move past 5:00 (am). Finally, morning came and it was 7:00 am. For several days following, I tried to stay awake as long as I could, hating the thought of watching that clock all night.

As for sleep medication, I will not be taking a double dose of benadryl again. Interestingly, however, I told this story to one of the nurses during my remicade infusion treatment this week. She said that sleep-deprived people can become delusional – without any help from medication. So, perhaps the delusion was just me. In any case, no more benadryl.

I am surprised about how weak I am. Never would I have imagined a time where I was too weak to knit !!!!! – or – too weak to read !!! I have finally started to knit a little – and read a little — so progress is being made.

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Plan B it is …

Well, I finally met with the cardiac surgeon. Once again there was a delay, so overall – we waited over two hours. The question was whether I would have bypass surgery or not. Well, it turns out not. Because of my lung disease, I have taken prednisone – on and off – for many years. That leaves me with a significantly enhanced chance of infection after surgery. And then, of course, there is the lung disease which is now being treated with remicade and methotrexate (since the disease has worsened over the years). Chances are good that I would have a long, difficult recovery. So, with all of this, and at the advice of the surgeon, I am not having bypass surgery.

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What is Plan B? In the next few weeks they will try putting in stents (angioplasty) again. (I already have two stents). They are pretty sure they can stent one area – and one area is a maybe. I also have narrowed arteries and a bundle block – neither of which can be fixed without bypass surgery. The stenting will not correct all of the issues but it should make it better. Chances are that I will never become a world-famous athlete because I won’t be able to do things that require a lot of exertion – but, then, I have never been a athlete in any sense of the word. And I can find plenty to do when sitting …

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So, that is the plan.

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