Wednesday, 16 September 2020

FNSI brought to you from ICU

I’ll be hosting FNSI from afar this month.....well, only an hour away from home but in ICU.  Not me, I’ll be the visitor, but Mr B has had a big scare  that’s thrown the biggest curve ball to us that we’ve ever had to face.

A week and a half ago,  Mr B was complaining of not being able to catch his breath when he was lying down to sleep so had not had much sleep for 3 nights.   On the second night he mentioned he had a bit of a whistle when he breathed so we monitored it.  He also mentioned he had no energy to walk from his car to his workplace during the day, he was very lethargic. On the third morning he woke up not feeling well at all and his chest was rattling.  I thought he had the beginnings of pneumonia so convinced him (after much “discussion”) it would be a good idea to go tho the emergency department of our local hospital.   

When we got there and explained what the problem was, the took us in and within minutes of checking him over, had monitors and all sorts of tests and xrays happening.   They thought he had either a blood clot in his lung or had had a heart attack but Mr B hadn’t had any pain or symptoms of a heart attack.   After a trip in the ambulance to the radiology department for a ct scan, They discovered his heart was in fact damaged, and his right lung was filling with fluid as his heart was struggling.  They informed us he had in fact, had a silent heart attack.  We’d never heard of one before and as there were no symptoms, other than afterwards with lethargy and difficulty breathing, it appears he had his about 3 days prior, at work, whilst he continued about his job driving heavy machinery.  Mr B drives a dozer clearing scrub timber on a cattle property so works by himself all day away from anyone else, often out of phone range so you can imagine my panic.

By late afternoon, we were travelling to Townsville, an hour away, by ambulance to a much larger hospital with cardiac specialists at hand.   He was booked in for an angiogram last Monday, where they planned to put a stent in if at all possible.   Well, Mr B being Mr B had to be a little more difficult than straightforward didn’t he?   He was booked for open heart surgery Monday this week  as it seemed he had five or six blocked arteries that needed bypass grafts.  We did a tour of ICU on Sunday night so we knew what to expect when he returned from surgery as he was to stay there for one or two days till he was well enough to return to a hospital room.  His surgery was booked for 12pm Monday and the surgeon rang me at 5 pm saying he was out and everything went well, although it was more extensive than they thought....he had to have SEVEN bypass grafts....unheard of!    

I didn’t post FNSI yesterday as you can say I was a little preoccupied!   But so far so good.   Despite having difficulties overnight with maintaining his blood pressure, which they had to struggle to maintain with medications, he made it through.   He was still intubated this morning and anesthetised so they could stabilise him but by afternoon the tube had been removed and he was breathing through nasal tubes to keep his lungs inflated and to avoid further complications like pneumonia.    To say he’s out of the woods would be optimistic, but he has made progress and they are expecting he will spend another two days in ICU recovering where he will wake properly and walk around to promote healing.  As they keep reminding me, it was a MAJOR operation, one of which the experienced nurses of 30 years  had not seen before, six yes but seven......never!   So my hubby is a bit of hard work at the moment, but worth every second in my opinion.    And being 61 years old, he’s considered a youngster in the cardiac care unit, so he has a lot of life to look forward to.  I’ll have me a new husband, Mr B 2.0!

To think, two weeks ago, we were planning a long needed weekend away with my son and his girlfriend but that has been postponed for quite a while now.   I’m just thanking the Lord that I still have this special man still in my life and treasuring every moment we get.  I won’t be taking any of it for granted anymore!   

So you now can see where I’m coming from when I say this week I’ll be hosting FNSI from ICU.   Join me in celebrating my new and improved model! 
Sign ups below, and if your the praying kind, like me.....your prayers are very much appreciated.  If not, thoughts and loving wishes of health and a speedy recovery are just as appreciated. It’s times like these you realise how precious family and friends are and how Quickly our routines can be changed forever. 



Always Remember to tell your loved ones how precious they are
Love to  you all and sugary hugs xox :o)



21 comments:

Lin said...

Oh dear Wendy, what a scare! I do hope that Mr B continues to improve and send you both my love and very best wishes. See you Friday. xx

Maria said...

Seven bypasses , WOW! Lucky man to have been able to repair the heart and that you still have your special man.....
Lots of healing hugs and thinking of you too at this difficult time....

Sue's Patchwork and Quilting Blog said...

Hi Wendy,
Sorry to hear that your Hubby was not well. I have heard of a silent Heart attack. Scary stuff. I hope Mr B has a good recovery and is feeling a lot better soon. Healing white light sent to you all. Big hugs too. Thinking of you all. I Am hoping to be able to do some sewing over the weekend.

Karen's Korner said...

Sending healing wishes to hubby and remember to take time out and care of yourself. You have a busy time ahead of you.

Jeanette said...

Sorry to hear your hubby is unwell & hoping he gets well soon. Hugs, xx

retdairyqueen said...

Love prayers and hugs
coming your way xx

Susie H said...

Wow! What a tale and thankfully with nearly a happy ending. Prayers headed your way to you & Mr. B for a 100%, full recovery. It always takes us by such surprise when all of a sudden there's a major health issue. We truly take our seconds, minutes, hours,days, weeks, months ..... for granted, don't we? See you Friday night, dear!

Cheryll said...

Oh no Wendy... but at least Mr B is in the right place to heal & repair.
I know he'll make a full recovery...
See you from a distance on Friday night... please take care of YoU too..xox

Susan said...

Oh Wendy - stay strong
Enormous hugs

Fiona said...

Oh Wendy, what a mighty scare.. thinking of you both...
Hugz

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Crikey! The things some people will do to get attention! ;0) so glad Mr B is on the mend. My Dad has a heart attack about 15 years ago & only felt sore neck/shoulders & excess burping ... thankfully Mum sent him to the Dr against his wishes. We now joke that he’s so slow he doesn’t even know when he’s had a heart attack. ;0P Glad to still have him around. Both of you take care. Bear Hugs! KRIS xx

Sharon @ Laurelhurst Craftsman said...

Oh my goodness, I hope he recovers.

I may not join you this month for FNSI if our air finally clears enough we can work outside. We have many outdoor projects we're trying to finish before the rainy season.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Oh my goodness Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear that Mr B is on the mend and so glad that you talked him into going to emergency when you did. Sending sooooooo much love to you both x

ButterZ said...

Oh Wendy, my heart is feeling for you. I wish you and hubby a safe recovery. No need to apologise. Don't feel pressured.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for your husband for a complete recovery.
Marion

Christine M said...

I hope Mr E is on the improve. So scary for you both. Sending you hugs, Christine xx

White Rose said...

Hi Wendy wow I am so glad that Joe is on the way to recovery,I will join you in prayer my friend. You have a strong man there Wendy and with your love and the Drs care I pray he will be enjoying life with you again soon,sending you and Joe lots of love and hugs. Remember to take care of you too my friend.xxxxxxx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Get well soon Mr. B XXX

Dresden Quilter said...

I am so sad to hear this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope Mr. B. gets better soon.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh my, that is quite a scare.. sending prayers your way, take care xx

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh my dear Wendy!!!!! How is he doing now? I'm sorry I'm just now seeing this. You guys are in my prayers!!!!