Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Paris, TN
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VANDERBILT AGAIN WISH ME LUCK
After nearly 6 months and a lot of therapy, the Doctors at Vanderbilt had decided to look at my insides again and see if they can fix what they messed up in the original heart valve replacement. During the surgery, they accidently did something to my Superior Vena Cava vein--caused a blood clot and major complications. I was on a ventilator for a week and then a trach and I luckily don't remember any of it. But they didn't kill me which is a good thing and the Forum Members had a group prayer for me and that must have worked because I am still alive and kicking. But the part of the vein that is causing the trouble is right as it goes into my heart and I was told just two weeks ago that it couldn't be fixed. Long story short, I am not able to do anything but putter around the house and nap with my darling Rosie. Believe me that is getting old, especially for someone that has had a very active life and runs a major Engineering and Surveying firm. Luckily it is running itself without me. Anyhow, four (4 ) Vanderbilt doctors are looking into my case and trying to see what they can do. I am going in next Thursday night for another catherzation of the vein so they can see what they can do (without open heart surgery again). Hopefully they will be able to put a stent in to open the collapsed vein. If the stent is possible they will do it then and an overnight stay in the hospital and I will be cured. If not, I will come home Friday and they will look at other options.
The doctor that called me yesterday to tell me the plan asked what I thought. I told him that I didn't want them to kill me this time. He said that was not their main objective. LOL
Yes I am scared to death. I was not scared when I went in for the valve surgery; but now I am scared for real. My GP doctor said that if they ruptured that vein I putting in the stent that I wouldn't live through the surgery. I just love a Doctor that tells it like it is.
Anyway, DH and I and two grandchildren are leaving tomorrow and wandering down to Georgia to a town where there was a gold rush in the 1800's and then maybe on to the ocean and back up through the Carolinas and back home. I will leave Rosie with my DIL and pick up a granddaughter there in Nashville. Just a little time to ride and see the country side and have some time with the GChildren. Then back to Nashville for the procedure and hopefully back at home next Saturday with a Superior Vena Cava vein stented and blood flowing through.
Wish me luck. Lucile Dodd