Sunday, September 7, 2008

Coming Home

The word on the hospital floor is we're coming home today. I don't really know what time, but I'm guessing we'll get to leave by early afternoon. Yesterday, David took a shower, which took a lot out of him, and we went for a couple of walks around the hall. He's been really sleepy which I think is the some from just coming out of surgery, but a lot is the pain medication. The electrophysiologist came and saw him and said that they were going to reprogram his pace make a little bit. Before it was pacing his whole heart, which means that if his heart didn't beat, it would first fire the upper chamber and then the lower chamber. From the tests that they did, they really didn't see a problem with the conduction on the way down his heart. The upper chamber is really the problem, it likes to take a nap. So if they just fire the upper chamber then the rest of his heart naturally beats along with it. The doctors prefer that if his body can do it on its own, it's best if his heart beats more naturally, althought they have it set so that if the lower chamber needs help the pace maker will provide it. These pace makers are amazing. He will have to be seen personally in about a month, but after that they will give him a system for at home and he will transfer information from the pacemaker in his belly, through the phone to the doctors. Isn't that amazing?

Again, thank you everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers! Thank you for everyone that has helped with the kids. We are truly grateful!

4 comments:

Annaka said...

You two are amazing! I wish we could be closer to help you out more. But I'm so grateful for the friendship that Trav and I have with you! We love you and David and your family! I'm so glad the surgery and recovery have gone so well. We hope David's recovery continues to go smoothly & quickly.

Love, Annaka & Travis

The Leon Family said...

Annaka -
We love you guys too, and we wish you were closer. It's so hard to have our best friends so far away. We're doing good and everything should be back to normal within a few weeks.

Laura

Kirsten and Jonathan said...

I am so glad that you guys are coming home. Hopefully David will be able to rest better in the comfort of your own home, hospitals are awful when it comes to getting rest. I hope that Davids recovery continues to go as quickly as it has been. You must be a great nurse : )

Archambault Family said...

Glad to hear he is recovering.