This is the first of the timeline posts that I’m actually writing more or less as they happen!
Last Monday, Feb 18 was the first visit with the cardiologist. Getting there was a bit of a problem but the appointment itself went smoothly.
We got into the inner sanctum and a very nice nurse named Lisa took down DH’s info. It worked out well that we hadn’t finished all the paperwork since she had lots of info fron the hospital, anyway.
She took DH’s blood pressure and oxygen levels (both good), then took the bags of meds and vitamins away for cataloging.
The doctor came in and asked some of the same questions as everyone else about how he was eating, sleeping, exercise, swelling, pain. He listened to DH’s heart and lungs and everything sounded good. He checked the legs for swelling…none.
We made 2 more appointments – one for a low-stress treadmill next week and one with him for three months out. There’s also bloodwork to be done before the treadmill. After passing the treadmill test, DH can start rehab. Yea!
When we got home, there was a call from the PCP’s lab. DH called back but had just missed them.
DH finally got through to the PCP’s lab and the cholesterol numbers were excellent. Hooray! Other numbers such as liver enzymes were good, too.
He decided to start off the night sleeping in bed and made it until about 4:00 am. He said that there was no pain but he would be more comfortable in the recliner.
DH spent most of the morning working (at home) on a proposal, then most of the afternoon napping. Most of the pain seems gone – hooray! Evening there was a short meeting with a nap before and after. Then, dinner and another nap before bed.
He started out for about an hour in bed, then back to the recliner for the rest of the night.
He doesn’t seem to cough nearly as much. Hooray!
Friday through Sunday – lots of napping, trying to sleep or nap in the bed but usually winding up in the recliner.
It was a nice day so we took the dog outside for a very short walk…followed by more napping. DH is looking forward to the treadmill test on Wednesday so he can start the rehab soon.