My LVAD experience so far:Mon, 12/16/2019 - 3:10PM
Hi all!! My name is Dick. I was just reminded that I joined this forum 15 days ago. Here is my story so far.
I went to the hospital on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to get the evaluations and approvals done. I was supposed to return the following week and have the LVAD installed if all went well. As it turns out I’m still here on 12/16 and trying to get home by Xmas. During my evaluation several abscess teeth were found so I stayed here and go them taken care of and not delay the surgery date. Besides having the LVAD installed I needed to have a bi-cuspid valve replaced and the aorta repaired due to an anureysm that is hereditary among males in our family. Surgery went well but small complications keep popping up. Am now out of ICU with a new heart mate 3 and am supposed to be moved t an in-house re-Han this afternoon. However, this mornings X-ray shows fluid on my lung causing shortness of breath. They’re trying to put together a team and have it drained. The device works well and is simple to monitor. I’m still hopeful of leaving here for home on Friday.