Good Morning Everyone!
I wanted to make sure to provide an update on Patrick Jones this morning. He has had an incredible summer adventure so far! I am sure he does not think it incredible, but he is alive nonetheless!
Earlier this year, Pat had a bought with pneumonia, or so we thought. It turned out to improve somewhat, but the antibiotics and steroids did not do the trick after 2-3 regiments. Thus began a series of Emergency Room visits that all ended with sending him home with no resolution.
Finally, we changed the ER room to another hospital, where the adventure began! They immediately found an issue with the bladder as well as with the heart. They could not fix the heart issue until they resolved the bladder issue because they did not want to introduce heparin after a cardiac operation for bleeding reasons. So he, in effect, got a double “whammy” with this illness. He had bladder surgery the first of June followed by a CABG x 5 procedure on June 10th. They refer to the cardiac bypass operation as a “CABG” which means cardiac artery bypass graft. Having studied some of the technical information, I have found this to be an extremely complicated and life-saving procedure. I have also googled the cardiac bypass information and watched one of the videos on how they actually perform the procedure. It is incredibly impressive how they even know how to find all of the vessels to fix. Pat had 5 arteries bypassed. He is alive. He was fortunate not to have had a heart attack or stoke beforehand…that is for sure. This also provided him the advantage in the healing process.
Pat was in the hospital for a week with the bladder and then a week and a half latter went through the CABG procedure. He has been out of the hospital now for a week and a half and is not quite ready to begin writing at this point. He is progressing as expected, but it is a long road to recovery. His biggest problem is wanting to go out and mow and weed whack and work in the garden, but the strength he will need is to NOT do those sorts of things right now. It is kind of like keeping a wild animal caged!! 🙂 He is learning to follow the rules albeit reluctantly, but the extra exertion reinforces the need for rest! For being out of the hospital for a week and a half, he is doing fantastic!
I look forward for him to begin writing again soon in the next couple two or three weeks. Right now his focus is on healing and resting. He wishes everyone well and misses all of you and is anxious to get back in the saddle. Until then, I thought I would write a quick note to let you know why he hasn’t been blogging and writing lately. He should be bionic soon!
Take care and stay well. More information to follow.