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Update on DH

October 4th, 2018 at 07:37 pm

Well, my week has pretty much been spent at a hospital. DH was moved to a heart specialty hospital on Wednesday. They attempted to do a heart catheter twice - once through each wrist. But due to his anatomy, they weren't able to get a clear picture of the issue before the unsafe level of dye had been reached.

So today they did a 3rd attempt - through his groin. They found 90% blockage in one of his arteries and placed a stent.


The 3 procedures themselves were not too bad according to DH - but the aftermath of today's was the worst pain. After he came back, he had to lay absolutely still so as to not dislodge the sutures in the groin artery incision.


The nurses had to apply a LOT of pressure for 15 minutes - then the found a hematoma - which had to be broken up - and another 10 minutes of extreme pressure.


The laying still thing … he was having a REALLY hard time with that. I kept having to tell him not to do things and he was getting really frustrated.


Right now at least I think he may be willing to make a change. He said several times he never wants to go through this again.


Financially we are looking at a minimum of 3 weeks lost wages. Plus of course increased medicine costs, and whatever we have to pay after insurance kicks in.


3 nights and 4 days in two hospitals, an ambulance ride, at least 3 procedures … Then there's the cardiac rehab program and follow up visits.


It'll all be worth it though if we can celebrate our 10th anniversary together maybe taking a hike or going on a long biking trail somewhere.

17 Responses to “Update on DH”

  1. Jenn Says:

    I checked in this late specifically to see an update from you!

    I hope your DH does decide to change his lifestyle and that it isn't too late for him.

    Take care of yourself! You've been through some serious situations lately.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    What a scary experience! Wishing you and DH the best in getting him healthy and figuring out the finances.

  3. Stephanie Says:

    I am just reading all this now. How scary for DH and you. So glad he had didn't ignore the pain. Sending good thoughts your way!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I am sorry for the pain DH is experiencing, and I hope he will use this as a point to turn around his life and habits. Hang in there, Laura, and remember to take of yourself, too.

  5. Sarah Says:

    I hope he's willing to make some changes. I agree, take care of yourself too. You can't pour from an empty cup.

  6. Wink Says:

    I hope your DH makes a full recovery and moves on to a healthier lifestyle. Take care Laura.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    I do hope this is enough to get him to make changes. So sorry you are having to go through this. It is scary how fast medical costs add up on top of lost wages. I hope your insurance is very good.

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks everyone. If this doesn't get him to change, then nothing will.

  9. Joanne Says:

    So sorry this happened to your husband. Hope that he had an easy recovery. I think he will find cardiac rehab helpful. Also,try to take care of yourself.

  10. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry this happened. Hopefully DH will recover and feel better. Prayers for you both.

  11. starfishy Says:

    oh no - so sorry to hear that your DH had a heart attack. i hope he has a full recovery. thinking of both of you.

  12. scfr Says:

    I join the chorus in sending my prayers to you and your DH, with hopes for a speedy recovery and many hikes and bike rides long in to the future.

  13. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I'm really late, but hopefully DH is recovering well. Sending thoughts and good vibes to both of you.

  14. crazyliblady Says:

    Don't forget to take care of yourself in the midst of all of this, as you can't help him if you are tired and stressed out. My thoughts are with you and your family. Here's to hoping for a hike with you and your husband in the future.

  15. My English Castle Says:

    Laura, I'm so sorry to hear this. I've been off the site for a couple weeks. Everyone's advice for you is so good. Do take care of you while you take care of him. Big hugs and lots of prayers for you both.

  16. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Good luck and so glad that it worked out okay. Prayers fora full and fast recovery

  17. Stephanie Says:

    FT, you haven’t posted in awhile. Hoping DH is ok...prayers for continued health and happiness.

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