Wandering Thoughts

August 21, 2008

Medical notes, 2023 hours, 21 Aug 2008

Filed under: Aortic Valves — terence @ 8:18 pm
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It is only 8pm at night and I am struggling to keep my eyes open. But that is nothing. Terence was having problems with his lids at about 3pm this afternoon. All pretty normal for someone who has experienced one of medical science’s many wonders – the replacement of part of your heart?

For those of you who regularly read Terence’s blog, you will know that yesterday he was scheduled for aortic valve replacement +/- replacement of ascending aorta. And you will know many of the details around it. I’ll let him fill you in fully, in his own eloquent and articulate way, in his own time. But for now, he has asked me to give you a brief update.

After seven hours of surgery Terence emerged with a new valve and a new portion of his ascending aorta. Luckily, the surgeon was able to replace the ascending section without having to put Terence into full circulatory arrest. What a relief that was! By this time last night, he was awake and cracking jokes.

He continues to do well today, including beginning to sleep properly (not the hazy, half-sleep where you drift off into a misty underworld only to jolt awake every few moments to some worrisome sensation or noise). Tomorrow he will be heading out of ICU, back to his own room.

In the meantime, I am off to sink into my own deep sleep. Many thanks to those of you who have sent messages and been so supportive.


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the update. As someone who has been both the one being operated upon, and also at other times the one outside the theatre door, who is far too conscious through the whole procedure, you’re both in my thoughts. Hoping all continues to go well.

    Comment by Te PC — August 22, 2008 @ 11:54 am

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