My daughter Kim, an I are in Brian's hospital room trying to figure out how to start a blog so that we can most easily give everybody who wants one, an update on Brian's condition. If you're reading this I guess it must have worked.
This is Wednesday. Brian's heart attack was Saturday night. It has been a wild few days starting with the news I received when I reached the hospital just after the ambulance that he had had a major heart attack in the ambulance. The early going was pretty touch and go. The doctor wouldn't give a prognosis except to say that if they put in stents, the operation itself had a twenty percent chance of killing him but that, if he didn't have the operation, he had an eighty percent chance of dying that night.
After surgery there were complications requiring extra support for his heart--meds to keep the blood pressure up and the heart beating regularly and a balloon in his aorta to help his heart beat and a ventilator to breathe for him. Now all of that is gone except the ventilator which is due to come out in an hour or so. He has been under sedation throughout but after the ventilator is out he will be weaned off sedation and be able to talk and we will see how he is. The main concern at the moment is an infection in his lung which started because he aspirated vomit sometime around when he was having the attack. They assure me that this will clear up in a few days. However, the estimate of number of days has increased recently.
Anyway, things are looking better and better every day. I'll write again when I know more. I want to thank all of you who have expressed your concern and offered to help. It is really appreciated. Yours, Pat PS Let me know if the blog worked, would you?