Thursday, April 02, 2009
On February 28, I was taken to the hospital because I was complaining of "indigestion" in my chest (those are chest pains). I was kept over the weekend for observation in the Telemetry Unit of St. Bernadine's Hospital in San Bernardino, CA. On Monday, my cardiologist did a angiogram and discovered that I had at least two arteries blocked. She couldn't see the two others that were supposed to be there. On Tuesday, March 2, I was taken to surgery where my doctor performed a quadruple bypass (see the picture). I woke up in ICU to find that I was on a respiratory until I started breathing on my own. I did that right away (scary). Within two hours I was walking to a chair to sit up. My family was with me from that point on. My son flew in from KY to be there and was my "bodyguard." What a great job he did to let me sleep and rest when some people came.
As I reflect during these past 4 weeks during my recovery, I find myself more grateful to God for life, family, and friends. I have been released by my surgeon and have seen my Cardiologist. Things are looking very good. I went to work this past week for two days only staying for a few hours. I can drive in two weeks and then start cardiac rehab, 3 times a week for 6 weeks.
I must publicly thank my wife Renee for all her care for me during these weeks. I could have not done it without her. She has the best place in my heart for who she is.
I am taking great care to eat and exercise. My goal is to lose 50 lbs and to keep it off.
I thank God for the good gifts He gives His children. My heart surgery was His good gift to me.