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Hospital Stay

September 24th, 2016 at 11:47 am

I took my uncle to see his doctor yesterday morning. His EKG showed abnormality so he ordered a visit to the ER. Long story short, he had a heart attack.

After doing tests including a heart cath, results show nearly 100% blockage and they are considering a CABG. My uncle who is 89 does not want surgery. He is widowed and they never had children so I'm his surrogate "daughter" and power of attorney.

I'm hoping for a home health nurse to be there for him whenever he gets discharged. Although he is here until next week (he's having a fit about staying in the hospital).

Needless to say, I'm feeling a bit distressed. I stayed with him all day and overnight. Came home at 7 am and am planning to return to the hospital at 9.

Prayers requested for recovery for him, and strength, endurance and wisdom for me and my family. Thanks!

8 Responses to “Hospital Stay”

  1. snafu Says:

    If uncle doesn't want surgery, had the cardiscusseddiologist considered/ Angioplasty to open clogged arteries? It's far less invasive, easier recovery but higher risk factor for whether the clever surgeon can get the stents to open the clogged arteries.

  2. snafu Says:

    couldn't get 'edit' feature to work...

    trying to ask whether cardiologist discussed possibility of Angioplasty

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I'm surprised they are even considering surgery for an 89-year-old.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I don't blame him for not wanting the surgery.

  5. Trying to get ahead Says:

    The other option is a stent, which is what we decided on. thanks everyone.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    You are wonderful helping and staying with him.

  7. Trying to get ahead Says:

    Thanks Rob. He's like a 2nd father to me. I'm glad my family (DH & DSs) is here to help provide support. I'm also helping my parents too.

  8. Trying to get ahead Says:

    Snafu, is angioplasty the same as a heart stent? He basically does not want to be cut open and suffer through a possibly rough recovery. When the cardiologist comes back, I will ask him. Thanks for the advice!

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