Thank you to everyone again who has offered a prayer for Clay during the last 5 months. I apologize for not responding to comments lately. That will change from now on.
Clay came out of the procedure with anesthesia psychosis which was very scary for me and him. It lasted over 30 hours. He went 48 hours with no sleep (wired and hallucinating). I made it with 30 hours of no sleep before I gave up and came home and slept 3 hours on Wednesday. I went back to the hospital that afternoon and by then Clay was 100% better. I do wish the Nurses would have told us that what he was experiencing was from the anesthesia but they did not – only when we left did the hospital doctor tell Clay that was what had happened. It would have been the decent thing to do and helped us understand.
Clay never had a problem with the heart valve replacement, his vital signs were back to normal with 8 hours of the procedure! He is a tough guy for his age and that wonderful immune system of his really helped.
We were grateful that they let me stay with him in the CVICU both nights. The Doctor would not release him until the anesthesia had worn off. By Wednesday afternoon he was my Clay again and he was released on Thursday morning. By Saturday we had recouped some of the lost sleep and have been back to our little routine of life.
Friday I get to go see my eye surgeon and am so ready to get the eyelids fixed from Cataract surgery. The next 2 months will have some doctor appoints (mostly mine that I had to put off).
Today I am trying to work on my Mary Brown blocks and get back to my quilting. But I have a feeling that it will take me a bit to get over what we have been through. With my personality I expect to bounce back at 100% quickly, but guess I will have some good days and bad days as the stress level is reduced. Clay always does better than me in situations like this and probably due to his years as a Lt in the SA Fire Department. The Government only made me more nuts! LOL!
I am so grateful to both heart doctors who cared for Clay. Dr Palomino saved his life with his aggressive testing of Clay’s heart and Dr Alverez gave him a new Aorta Valve! Together they saved his life and we will be ever grateful.
We are through the rough times and trying to get back to normal life which is getting up each day and spending the day in the Studio. My goals are to get a good nights sleep, walk in the morning, and today the third goal is to start quilting again!
Have a great week and down here in the South we have already hit over 100 degrees. I will say that I really have to push myself to want to do that early morning walk when it is 75+ degrees and 90+ humidity. But it is worth it because it clears my mind and I have a better day from doing it!
I promise the next post will only be on QUILTING!!!!!