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HometownGal
02-06-2007, 09:17 PM
I know I can always count on the good people here at SF for prayers when needed, so I come to you with my request.

My ex has had cardiac problems for a good number of years due to coronary artery disease, which runs deeply in his family. He had a 6 graft bypass when he was 35, several years before we met and married, and was doing pretty well up until a few years ago when he had a cardiac cath and the doctors found that the right side of his heart basically does not function. They have been medicating him to keep his heart rate and blood pressure down to put less pressure on the left side which had to compensate for the dysfunction of the right side.

As we have maintained a good relationship, I check on him regularly and noticed a few months ago that he just wasn't looking well. Of course he downplayed my concerns and told me he was fine. He is a graduate of Bullsh it U and fibbed to his cardiologist, as well during his regular checkups. Late last week, he developed frequent episodes of shortness of breath and I insisted that he see his cardiologist immediately which he did. I knew then that something was seriously wrong - he would always fight me when I felt something was wrong and he readily agreed this time. He had a chest x-ray and bloodwork done and was found to be in congestive heart failure, which always has an underlying cause. His cardiologist scheduled him for another cardiac cath which he had early this morning. As he was there for me during my battle with the big C, chemo and radiation, I felt it was the right thing to do to be there for him this time and accompanied him to the hospital this morning.

After his cath, the cardiologist came out to speak with me and gave me some very bad news. He has developed a condition called aortic stenosis which basically means that the aortic valve, which controls blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and the rest of the body has severely narrowed and if not treated promptly, can lead to cardiac arrest and death. The docs feel that the stenosis is severe and could offer only two options to attempt to correct it - (1) replacement of the aortic valve with a mechanical valve and the insertion of a defibrillator into his chest or (2) a heart transplant. They do not feel that he is strong enough to undergo a transplant and could die waiting for a compatible heart to become available. His only option is the valve replacement which in his case, is a very risky surgery because of his condition and all of the scar tissue buildup in his chest. They gave him a risk ratio of 15-25% which is quite high. Needless to say, this is a very serious situation and he has decided to go ahead with the valve replacement despite the risks because as of now, it is his only chance at survival. As of now, the surgery is scheduled for Thursday morning and will take anywhere from 4-6 hours.

Please - I ask for your prayers now. I know a lot of folks could care less if someone they walked away from or divorced fell off the face of planet earth, but I can't be that way - my Mom at 84 years young would still kick my hiney as I was raised to forgive and turn the other cheek. I'm a firm believer in keeping a positive attitude and an even bigger believer in the power of prayer. I would so appreciate it. Thank you all and God bless. :smile:

BlacknGold Bleeder
02-06-2007, 09:20 PM
Hope everything turns out well !! Our prayers are with you !!

SteelCityMan786
02-06-2007, 09:25 PM
Prayers with your family!

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
02-06-2007, 09:48 PM
My prayers will be with your family

sumo
02-06-2007, 10:24 PM
I wish you all the best!!

floodcitygirl
02-06-2007, 10:51 PM
You already know that Ken is in my prayers. Please keep us updated.

Livinginthe past
02-07-2007, 12:55 AM
My thoughts are with your friend, Marianne.

Some people are so stubborn when to comes to illness - I have a younger cousin who has totally failed to adjust to life with diabetes.

Let us know if there are any updates.

Nigel

X-Terminator
02-07-2007, 01:50 AM
You already know that he is definitely in my prayers. Please keep me posted, and if there's anything at all that I can do, even if it's just to lend an ear, don't hesitate to ask.

Big D
02-07-2007, 08:13 AM
You already know that you are in my prayers marianne. Keep me updated on how everything turns out.

wiqidjuggalo
02-07-2007, 10:13 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Ex-Hubby. I will make sure i mention it to the preacher at my church this coming sunday morning.

Mosca
02-07-2007, 03:13 PM
You got it, Marianne.


Tom

SteelersFever
02-07-2007, 04:19 PM
I know each prayer is helpful and I want you to know you always have mine. I will pray he gets well.

Stainless Steel
02-07-2007, 05:13 PM
Prayers from NW Ohio for you, HTG

MACH1
02-07-2007, 05:22 PM
You have my prayers. Hope all goes well.

HometownGal
02-08-2007, 07:06 AM
Thank you all - it means a lot to me. :hug:

The situation has gotten worse and the surgery which was scheduled for this morning has now been postponed. Yesterday afternoon, he had a CT scan of his chest so that the doctors could take a look at how thick the scar tissue from his bypass surgery years ago was. Instead, they found a blood clot in his left lung the size of a half dollar that the pulmonary doctor said hasn't been there long. Ken has been on Coumadin, a blood thinner, since his bypass surgery, but they had to take him off of it last Thursday in anticipation of the cardiac cath on Tuesday. The docs believe the clot originated from his left leg. In a normal situation, they would send the patient home for 90 days to allow the clot to dissolve using various medications to enable that process, but as the cardiologist said last night while I was in the room - Ken doesn't have 30 days to wait, much less 90. He also said that under no circumstances will he allow Ken to leave the hospital - it is too dangerous. They started him on a blood thinner and clot busting medication last night which is injected through the abdomen, which he will now have twice a day. The cardiologist stated that he was going to have a conference with the surgeon this morning and decide what to do, as going ahead with the surgery with a pulmonary embolism in the lung takes the risks up even higher.

I just have to continue to be strong for him - he is trying to stay positive through all of this as am I. Please continue to keep him in your prayers - he's going to need them more than ever now. Again, thank you all and God bless. :smile:

Livinginthe past
02-08-2007, 07:12 AM
More positive thoughts being beamed across the pond!

It sounds like he is having a really tough time, but then he is lucky to have a friend like you to keep his spirits high.

I am of the opinion that the patients morale is a huge factor in fighting illness and recovery, I think with you there he really has an 'ace-in-the-hole' :cheers:

NM

Big D
02-08-2007, 08:45 AM
once again marianne you will be in my prayers

floodcitygirl
02-08-2007, 08:57 AM
Thanks for the update. Please continue to keep us posted. Prayers continue to go up for Ken and wisdom for the docs. :hug:

skidboot
02-08-2007, 09:06 AM
Stay positive Hometown Gal!!!


Thoughts are with you and your Ex.

stlrtruck
02-08-2007, 09:13 AM
Read Matthew, I think Ch 5 where it talks about Jesus healing the Centurions servant. You'll want to read the whole story because it sets up the last line in the story, which is this:

"Go for it is done, AS YOU BELIEVE...."

Believe in the healing power of the Almighty, know that his peace and comfort are with you, and by HIS WILL let things be done!

SteelCzar76
02-08-2007, 06:45 PM
You and all of those whom you hold dear to you,..... are in my prayers HTG. Continue to be strong Ma,.....and trust in the will of the father.

steelerbackr4life
02-08-2007, 07:03 PM
Prayers to you from N.J.

PAMillerGrrl83
02-08-2007, 09:13 PM
My thoughts are with you and your family.

Preacher
02-08-2007, 10:34 PM
HTG...

I am so sorry I haven't had a chance to see this until now.

May the Lord shine his grace and mercy upon you and Ken.

"Lord, may your hand come upon Ken with mighty and wonderful grace.
May you place your wisdom in the minds of the doctors,
your steadfastness in their ability to endure through the surgery,
and your peace, thier ability to operate with clear minds and steady hands.

Father, we know that all things work to Your glory for those who love you and are called according to Your purpose. We pray now that he is one of Yours, and that you receive the glory through this dire situation.

If it be your will, we ask that you reach into Ken now and miraclously remove the clot, the disease, and the scar tissue. If it be your will, we ask that you heal Ken completely.

We lift Ken to you that you will be a comfort and a shepherd to him at this time.

But beyond all else, because we know that one day we are all appointed to stand before you, that you heal his spirit and soul. Prepare him for the inevitable day, whether now or future.

We also ask you Lord to be with HTG. We ask you to give her the strength to walk with her ex-husband through this tramatic time. Be her crutch when she needs it, please be her rest when she seeks it, we beg of you to be her comfort when she desires it. And be her guide, regardless of all else.

Yet... as in all things, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen

HometownGal
02-10-2007, 07:55 AM
Thank you to everyone for the well wishes and prayers and especially to Preacher - that was an absolutely beautiful prayer and it brought tears to my eyes - THANK YOU!!! :hug:

Yesterday afternoon, the surgeon implanted an IVC device into Ken's femoral artery, which is basically an "umbrella" that opens and acts like a filter to catch any remaining or new clots that may be lurking so that they can't reach the heart. He also implanted a mini defibrillator into Ken's chest so that if his heart goes off rhythm or if his heart rate goes over a certain pre-set rate, the device will zap the heart back into a normal pattern. These procedures were done to give Ken a better chance at survival until he can go forward with the aortic valve replacement and 2 bypasses that he desperately needs. The risks for the surgery itself haven't been lessened by these procedures, but at least he now has a good chance at making it through until the surgery can be performed in 3-4 weeks when the pulmonary embolism has totally dissolved. His heart is still quite weak, but they had to do something quickly to give him that extra time while awaiting surgery. He may be released tomorrow or Monday, depending on how well he feels. He will not be able to work or do much of anything and I know that will make him crazy, but I'm going to make sure he follows doctors' orders to the letter or I'll kick him in the hiney. :kick: :wink02:

Please keep those prayers coming - they are very much appreciated and I believe are really helping! Thank you all again. :hug:

Primetime
02-10-2007, 08:18 AM
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

HometownGal
02-12-2007, 07:30 AM
Thank you all for your continued prayers - Ken is going to need them now more than ever.

He was discharged on Saturday late afternoon. When I went in to pick him up, he asked me to sit down and I knew something was horribly wrong from the look on his face. Apparently, his neurologist had run some tests earlier in the week, including a CT of his brain and a dopplers of all of the arteries leading up to the brain. They found that the two main arteries leading from the neck up to the brain are almost completely occluded. This now presents another major problem, as not only does he need that aortic valve replaced almost yesterday, if they don't go in and unclog those arteries (which is yet another very risky surgery due to the severity of the occlusions) he could have a massive stroke. Ken very rarely ever breaks down, but he did as he was telling me of this new issue. The neurologist said that he is going to get together with Ken's other 8 specialists and decide what the best course of action is here. Personally, I feel he should have remained in the hsopital so that he could be monitored, but his insurer insisted he be discharged - typical of those jagoffs. :mad:

tony hipchest
02-12-2007, 08:36 AM
very sorry to hear this HTG. thats pretty bogus the insurance writers are making decisions the dr.s are better off making. it soundls like you are the pillar of strength and for that he is blessed. best wishes for a successful outcome.

floodcitygirl
02-12-2007, 08:55 AM
Uggghhhh! How frustrating! Thank God he has you. I know you're doing a great job caring for him as well as being the advocate he needs. Continued prayers for wisdom for those docs to get a coordinated plan together and of course still for the entire situation. Let me know if you need me. Cyber hugs coming your way. :hug:

Preacher
02-13-2007, 01:13 AM
My continued prayers are with you

HometownGal
02-13-2007, 08:04 AM
Thank you Tony, FCG and Father. He is being a good patient and not overdoing it - he knows the risks and possible consequences if he does. His spirits are good considering what he is facing in 3-4 weeks. I really believe all of the prayers are helping him to cope and get through. I can't thank you all enough. :smile:

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-13-2007, 08:17 AM
You know I will keep praying until you tell us otherwise!!!!

HometownGal
02-13-2007, 04:57 PM
I know you will, my sweet buddy. Thank you. :hug:

I think not being permitted to work from now until 8-12 weeks after his surgery is going to be more difficult for him than getting through the surgery/recovery period.

MACH1
02-16-2007, 02:21 PM
Sorry to hear that. Hope everything works out for the better.

HometownGal
02-16-2007, 03:09 PM
Thanks, bcrabt. He's holding his own and they have him on 2 different blood thinners to get the clot to either dissolve or pass easily. He's going for a lung scan next week to check on the status of the clot and if it is gone, his surgery will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks.

I wanted to brain him this past week when I caught him outside chipping the ice off of my car. :pin: I grabbed the scraper and threatened to smack him upside the head with it if he didn't stop. He's as stubborn as a mule and still thinks he is Superman. Ughhh.

Preacher
02-16-2007, 04:51 PM
Thanks, bcrabt. He's holding his own and they have him on 2 different blood thinners to get the clot to either dissolve or pass easily. He's going for a lung scan next week to check on the status of the clot and if it is gone, his surgery will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks.

I wanted to brain him this past week when I caught him outside chipping the ice off of my car. :pin: I grabbed the scraper and threatened to smack him upside the head with it if he didn't stop. He's as stubborn as a mule and still thinks he is Superman. Ughhh.

LOLOL...

Well, least he is doing that instead of going outside and smoking.

I am still praying for him.

floodcitygirl
02-16-2007, 05:11 PM
Thanks, bcrabt. He's holding his own and they have him on 2 different blood thinners to get the clot to either dissolve or pass easily. He's going for a lung scan next week to check on the status of the clot and if it is gone, his surgery will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks.

I wanted to brain him this past week when I caught him outside chipping the ice off of my car. :pin: I grabbed the scraper and threatened to smack him upside the head with it if he didn't stop. He's as stubborn as a mule and still thinks he is Superman. Ughhh.What is he thinking??? Doesn't he know who he's dealing with yet????? Keep in line HTG!!! :thumbsup:

MACH1
02-16-2007, 08:49 PM
LOL... Just think in 3-4 weeks he'd probly kill to get away from ya. :smile:

HometownGal
02-19-2007, 07:24 AM
LOL... Just think in 3-4 weeks he'd probly kill to get away from ya. :smile:

HA HA HA!!! :toofunny:

His recovery time is going to be 8-12 weeks after surgery if he makes it through. This is a very risky surgery for him because of the very weakened condition of his heart. I've been very patient and tolerant of his verbal outbursts (which is one of the reasons I walked away) because I know he is very concerned and masking his fear with anger. I just continue to ask God to heal him and give me the strength to continue to help him through. He is going to have a lung scan either today or tomorrow to see if the clot has dissolved or passed - then the surgery will be scheduled.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and the little jokes that give me a much needed laugh! :cheers:

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-19-2007, 08:54 AM
Still praying for you and for him my friend.....(just as a reminder....his surgery might not be a bad time to have the ice scraper removed from his butt....and DENY EVERYTHING...wouldnt want you booked for assault!!!)

floodcitygirl
02-19-2007, 09:07 AM
Thanks for the update HTG. Still praying for his health and peace for the whole situation. Hang in there sweetie. We're with ya! :hug:

X-Terminator
02-19-2007, 10:28 AM
Ken is still in my prayers, HTG, and of course, if you need anything, you know I'm right down the road!

Suitanim
02-19-2007, 08:37 PM
Explains a lot, Liz...hang in there, girl. You've been through worse, and you'll get through this too...

Preacher
02-19-2007, 10:41 PM
Hang in there. We are still praying.

HometownGal
02-20-2007, 06:31 PM
Thank you. Ken is having a lung scan done tomorrow late afternoon to see if he clot is gone. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it is so that he can ready himself for the open heart surgery. He is not a sit at home kinda guy and though I understand his frustration, he's driving me loco - LOL! :crazy01: :eyecrazy: :willy:

HometownGal
02-21-2007, 08:37 AM
I will pray for Ken and I will also pray that you are given a double portion of strength!
You are quite the woman HTG! :smile:


Thank you, WG - just doing what I think is right. :smile:

HometownGal
02-23-2007, 07:48 AM
Ken's condition continues to deteriorate while he is awaiting the results of the lung scan he had on Wednesday evening. As of late yesterday afternoon, his cardiologist's office still did not have the results, which I find very hard to believe with the technology out there today. Ken has been having episodes of shortness of breath and chest burning and he had a very bad night. I am going to call his doctor in a little while when they open and get on them about getting those results, coordinating with the surgeon and getting this surgery scheduled - I don't think there is much time to play with now.

I'm sitting here very choked up while typing this and a little while ago, I had another talk with the Lord and asked him to give Ken just a little more time to get in there and get this surgery done. Please continue to pray for him - I would so appreciate it.

X-Terminator
02-23-2007, 10:30 AM
Hi all,

HTG asked me to let you all know that she is taking Ken down to the E.R. right now. She spoke with his cardiologist at the hospital where he is supposed to have his surgery and he told him to get down there ASAP. Please keep her and Ken in your prayers - they need them now more than ever.

Livinginthe past
02-23-2007, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the update XT - i'll be thinking good thoughts for Ken.

Its a positive thing that he is the best place to get help - fingers crossed they start taking some action.

NM

floodcitygirl
02-23-2007, 02:44 PM
Please keep us updated on any news that you have XT. If you see HTG let her know that Ken continues to be in my prayers and I'm anxiously awaiting news. If I can be of any help she knows how to reach me.

Preacher
02-23-2007, 03:27 PM
Thank you for the update...

HTG...

Next time you read this, it may be with a anxious, happy or sad heart. Right now, only the Lord knows which one it will be.

However, I want to remind you that NOTHING takes the Lord by surprise. He has known this was coming, and has planned not only for this time, but to be with and comfort you throughout the ordeal. You can rest in his care and comfort.

Please know that I am praying for you. I am praying for the Lord to give you the peace that as a Christian, you may have by knowing that our Father cares and loves for us.

God Bless,
In christ

Christian (Preacher)

If you need to, PM me, and I will give you my office or cell number if you need to talk.

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-23-2007, 05:49 PM
I know that many of you..share in my believe that regardless of what happens God is big enough to help our friends through it....I am so impressed by the members of this forum who take time out to lift each other up in Prayer.:smile:

HometownGal
02-24-2007, 06:59 AM
Thank you all for the continued prayers - Ken needs them now more than ever.

I'm glad I called his cardiologist yesterday, who insisted he come down to the ER immediately, as Ken's condition has deteriorated. They are going to keep him in the hospital to await his surgery which is now scheduled for Tuesday morning (don't know time yet). They are keeping him somewhat sedated and heavily monitored. The good news is that the blood clot has dissolved and the surgeon can go ahead. They have to wait a few days, though, because he has been on blood thinners and they stopped the blood thinners last night to give his blood a chance to thicken up a little. His surgery becomes even more risky now because of his deteriorated condition.

You have all been a great source of comfort and support to me and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and how much it has meant to me. :hug:

Father - thank you so much for the offer. I just may take you up on it. God Bless.

clevestinks
02-24-2007, 07:02 AM
HTG, just saw this for the first time. I`ll pray for you all.

clevestinks
02-24-2007, 07:04 AM
Thank you all for the continued prayers - Ken needs them now more than ever.

I'm glad I called his cardiologist yesterday, who insisted he come down to the ER immediately, as Ken's condition has deteriorated. They are going to keep him in the hospital to await his surgery which is now scheduled for Tuesday morning (don't know time yet). They are keeping him somewhat sedated and heavily monitored. The good news is that the blood clot has dissolved and the surgeon can go ahead. They have to wait a few days, though, because he has been on blood thinners and they stopped the blood thinners last night to give his blood a chance to thicken up a little. His surgery becomes even more risky now because of his deteriorated condition.

You have all been a great source of comfort and support to me and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and how much it has meant to me. :hug:

Father - thank you so much for the offer. I just may take you up on it. God Bless.

Be strong! I`m sure he can feel how much you care, and that will do wonders!

stillers4me
02-24-2007, 07:32 AM
Oh, sweetie. I'm so sorry. I missed this post completely.......ever since they moved it I just forget to look.

You and Ken have my prayers as well......what a loving gal you are (I'm wondering if I could do the same for my ex.......I suppose I could for my son's sake.) There's a special place in heaven for angels like you. Ken is certainly a lucky man.

floodcitygirl
02-24-2007, 08:43 AM
Thanks again for the update Marianne. We're here when you need us. Continued prayers for Ken. :hug:

Stlrs4Life
02-24-2007, 12:03 PM
Prayers with your family!

HometownGal
02-26-2007, 07:47 AM
YOU CAN REST IN HIS CARE AND COMFORT! The Lord is in control HTG and he loves you! Rest your head on his shoulder just as you would have with your own daddy! Stay strong and know that you have many people praying for you and for Ken.

Thank you, WG - much appreciated! :hug: I've spent a lot of time in the hospital chapel talking to God and I feel a sense of peace and comfort, so I know He is right there beside me and most importantly, will be beside Ken throughout the surgery.

Ken's surgery is scheduled for 7:30 AM tomorrow morning. He has been in good spirits and is amazingly calm. Of course, the nurses are giving him something to calm his nerves every day, so that has helped tremendously. I am continuing to work on keeping him positive - I told him yesterday that he is going to triumph and pull through this surgery because right now, God doesn't want him and the devil is afraid of him - LOL!

Please keep those prayers coming - they are so much appreciated, as is the caring and concern exhibited by each of you. It really has meant a lot to me. :hug:

fansince'76
02-26-2007, 09:28 AM
I don't know how I overlooked this thread for this long - my thoughts and prayers are with you, HTG. God bless.

polamalufan43
02-26-2007, 11:27 AM
He is calm because God is with him, which to point out the obvious is a pretty good thing to have. My thoughts and prayers are with him once again.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Preacher
02-26-2007, 10:04 PM
As I said in the other thread. You are in my prayers... as is Ken.

HometownGal
02-26-2007, 10:22 PM
This day had to be one of the worst in my life.

Ken was in very good spirits today and the staff did all of the necessary pre-op tests. He was ready to go........until..........

I had just left the hospital around 3:00 or so and had just walked into the door at my house when Ken called. He said the surgeon had just been in to see him and told him point blank that because of the neurosurgeon's recommendation that the heart surgery would be too much of a risk because of two of the major arteries in Ken's neck leading to his brain were almost 100% occluded. Ken asked him where he would go from here and if he was sending him home to die and the surgeon said "probably". Needless to say, Ken was extremely depressed over this and quite upset. I got right back in the car and headed back down to the hospital. On the way, I called Ken's primary cardiologist (who is also mine, as well) who knew nothing about the surgeon changing his mind. He was furious at the surgeon's attitude and asked me if the cardiologist on the case at the hospital Ken is at (who our cardiologist highly recommended as has been great) knew that any of this was going on. I told him I didn't know, so he told me he would call him immediately.

When I got to the hospital, there were several neurosurgery residents in Ken's room. I lit into them and asked them how the hell his surgery was now "too risky to perform" when the neurosurgeon knew for TWO WEEKS that these arteries were clogged, as did the surgeon. I told them they wasted TWO WEEKS of Ken's life - he could have gotten another opinion in that time instead of waiting around until the pulmonary embolism dissolved. Surprisingly, the residents agreed with me and said they didn't know anything until they read his chart just a few minutes ago. They told me they were going to look into the matter and would be back, which of course, they never were. In the meantime, the cardiologist called Ken and I spoke with him as well. He was absolutely livid with the neurosurgeon and the cardiovascular surgeon, as he recommended both of them highly after Ken's cath two weeks ago and thought everything was a go. He told me that he was going to have another neurosurgery team come in to see Ken tomorrow morning and he was going to contact a Dr. Raj - the top cardiovascular surgeon at UPMC Shadyside, who performs very risky surgeries - and discuss him coming in to see Ken. He also agreed that both the neurosurgeon and cardiovascular surgeon were way out of line with what they did. All Ken could do at that point was wait and see what would happen tomorrow. Ken is not a man to break down easily, but he did tonight and I felt so helpless as to what to say or do.

Around 10:00 tonight, Ken called to tell me that the cardiologist had called him in his room and told him that he had spoken with Dr. Raj and discussed Ken's case in detail with him. Dr. Raj could not understand why or how these two boneheads could be gung-ho to go ahead with this surgery all this time and then back out at the eleventh hour and said he would be in to see Ken sometime tomorrow morning. The good news is - he told Ken's cardiologist that if the original surgeon still refuses to do the surgery - - - he will!!! Needless to say, all of your prayers and mine were heard and the Lord responded! :smile: The surgery is still extremely risky but Ken said that he would rather have a 10% chance of survival than no chance at all because at least someone tried. I had to agree with him.

Keep those prayers coming - please - God is hearing us! Thank you all again!

Preacher
02-26-2007, 10:31 PM
Wow.

Please... Make sure he has a peace with the Lord Jesus before he goes in. I pray for you all that the Lord be with you.

Preacher

X-Terminator
02-26-2007, 10:59 PM
As you know, I'm so glad that somebody is going to step up to the plate and do the surgery if those other two "doctors" (and I use that term loosely) don't have the balls to do it. The power of prayer definitely works, and I will continue to keep him and you in mine that all goes well tomorrow. Please make sure to keep me posted, and call me if you need to - whether I'm asleep or not.

floodcitygirl
02-26-2007, 11:13 PM
Exactly what XT said goes for me. I'm here. :hug:

Mosca
02-27-2007, 08:10 AM
You and Ken are in our thoughts and prayers, Marianne.


Tom

Big D
02-27-2007, 09:11 AM
you know you are in my prayers marianne.

X-Terminator
02-27-2007, 11:31 AM
UPDATE: I got a call from HTG this morning, and Ken's surgery has been rescheduled for 8:30 tomorrow morning. It is still a very high risk surgery, not just the mortality risk, but also a even higher stroke risk due to the clogged arteries. So keep those prayers coming - they will be needed more than ever tomorrow morning.

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-27-2007, 11:51 AM
Thanks X-T!

Ironcityman
02-27-2007, 01:08 PM
In our prayers. God bless.:helmet:

floodcitygirl
02-27-2007, 03:30 PM
Really appreciate that update XT.

HometownGal
02-27-2007, 09:07 PM
Thanks, XT and FCG, for letting everyone know what is going on. :hug:

Tomorrow is the day and 8:30 AM is the time. The new surgeon is a well-renowned cardiovascular surgeon in the area and is the head honcho at UPMC-Shadyside. He is also on staff at the hospital where Ken is and will be bringing his team over there to do Ken's surgery. He explained the risks to Ken and told him these risks are very high because of the vertebral artery occlusions and the very weak condition of his heart pump. As this was Ken's only option at this point, he understands the risks as do I. All we can do is continue to pray and leave everything in God's hands.

Many thanks again to all who have responded in this thread and have supported me through this really rough time. You will never know how very much I appreciate it. God Bless you all.

floodcitygirl
02-28-2007, 07:25 AM
Everyone please keep in mind....Ken should be going into surgery about now. Please remember him and HTG in your prayers.

fansince'76
02-28-2007, 11:11 AM
Still praying for Ken and HTG - any word yet, X-T? It's 10:00 AM here, so it's noon in the 'Burgh.

floodcitygirl
02-28-2007, 11:27 AM
Still praying for Ken and HTG - any word yet, X-T? It's 10:00 AM here, so it's noon in the 'Burgh.Not XT here, but she told me that it'll probably be at least 2 -3 before I'd hear from her.

fansince'76
02-28-2007, 11:28 AM
Not XT here, but she told me that it'll probably be at least 2 -3 before I'd hear from her.

Thanks, FCG. Please keep us posted.

X-Terminator
02-28-2007, 12:47 PM
Just wanted to drop a quick note and let everyone know that Ken is out of surgery, and it was a success! Thank God! Once again, the power of prayer comes through :thumbsup: :cheers:

Livinginthe past
02-28-2007, 01:49 PM
Thats fantastic news - thats for the update XT :cheers:

NM

clevestinks
02-28-2007, 02:37 PM
Still praying for him!

Preacher
02-28-2007, 02:45 PM
that is great...

I am still praying for him as well.

MACH1
02-28-2007, 02:47 PM
Good news..
Lets hope for a safe and speedy recovery.

SteelersFever
02-28-2007, 08:22 PM
Fantastic news! Please keep us updated. The power of life is much to cherish and the will to survive and keep hope through prayer is truly wonderful! Did I just sound like a fortune cookie?

HometownGal
03-01-2007, 07:01 AM
Again - thank you all for your prayers, well wishes and positive outlooks. :hug:

The surgeon came out to talk to us yesterday around 1:30 and told us that everything went very well. He replaced the aortic valve with a mechanical valve, but strongly felt the bypasses would be a waste of time and veins. Ken has heredity going against him with the plaque and cholesterol and to have done more bypasses would be pointless, as those new veins used to bypass the old ones from his prior bypasses would more than likely clog up in a couple of years. Instead, he "roto-rootered" the plaque out of one of his major arteries that was 100% blocked to give him a nice blood flow. He didn't feel the necessity to do anything with the two vertebral arteries in Ken's neck, as there are 4 major arteries leading up to the brain and though two are totally occluded, the other two are wide open are are providing adequate blood supply to his brain.

We were permitted to go in and see him for a short while around 3:30 PM and were totally amazed at how good he looked, though he was heavily sedated and on a ventilator. He had color in his cheeks for the first itme in quite a while and when we went back in to see him during CICU visiting hours last night, he was sitting up in bed, the vent was out and though he had an oxygen mask on, he was talking to us and was very coherent! His chest is very sore from the surgery, but all in all, he didn't have much pain at all and was doing very well! When I called late last night to see how he was doing, his nurse told me that they had him sitting on the side of the bed earlier dangling his feet! We were told that if he continues to do so well, he may be moved out of CICU today and into cardiac step-down, which would be awsome!!!!

Your prayers and support have meant so much to me and I wuv you all to pieces! :hug:

tony hipchest
03-01-2007, 09:46 AM
Thank God! Once again, the power of prayer comes through :thumbsup: :cheers:not only that, but its a testament to the faith HTG had in the power of prayer. "ask and ye shall receive".

im glad things are working out, as well as can be hoped for, HTG.

Mosca
03-01-2007, 10:43 AM
....the power of prayer AND the skill of a world class surgeon! Great news, HTG. I was hanging on this for you guys, I thought about you both many times during the day yesterday.


Tom

floodcitygirl
03-01-2007, 10:57 AM
I'm thankful that God has a plan, even when we don't understand. Truly great news, HTG. Keep us updated. :hug:

HometownGal
03-01-2007, 02:34 PM
Thanks guys and gals! :hug:

I saw Ken this morning in CICU and he was doing wonderfully! His blood pressure was a little low, but that it to be expected after surgery, especially a surgery of this magnitude. He was very talkative and in some mild pain which is also to be expected, as his incision stretches from between the clavice down to his navel. The doctors and nurses were pleasantly surprised at how fast he is progressing and are moving him to the cardiac step-down until later this afternoon. He is in good spirits and was starting to take fluids. They said he may be able to be released early next week which will make him very happy - like me - he isn't fond of being confined!

Please keep those positive vibes and prayers coming! :cheers:

polamalufan43
03-01-2007, 02:44 PM
Great to hear. Happy to see that everyone's prayers are helping.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Preacher
03-01-2007, 06:52 PM
Wow.

Praise the Lord. May God continue to bless him and you.

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-02-2007, 11:51 AM
Thanks guys and gals! :hug:

I saw Ken this morning in CICU and he was doing wonderfully! His blood pressure was a little low, but that it to be expected after surgery, especially a surgery of this magnitude. He was very talkative and in some mild pain which is also to be expected, as his incision stretches from between the clavice down to his navel. The doctors and nurses were pleasantly surprised at how fast he is progressing and are moving him to the cardiac step-down until later this afternoon. He is in good spirits and was starting to take fluids. They said he may be able to be released early next week which will make him very happy - like me - he isn't fond of being confined!

Please keep those positive vibes and prayers coming! :cheers:

We wont stop till you tell us too!!!

HometownGal
03-03-2007, 03:37 PM
Your continued prayers are very much appreciated! :hug:

Ken is in a lot of pain post-op, but that is to be expected with open-heart surgery. Coughing drives him out of his mind, but he has to get that gunk out of his lungs. The docs told him this morning that he has a bit of fluid accumulation in that left lung again, so they started him on breathing treatments several times a day to aid him in expelling the mucous. The occupational therapist took him out yesterday on several mini-walks and he was exhausted afterward, again which is to be expected. He doesn't have much of an appetite and I told him he needs to eat to get that protein into him to build strength. The docs all feel that he is doing pretty well considering the seriousness of his condition pre-op and only being 3 days post-op. If he continues to progress, he may be discharged on Tuesday or Wednesday. :thumbsup:

HometownGal
03-05-2007, 11:27 AM
I just spoke to Ken on the phone and the docs are thinking of discharging him this afternoon, which is great news! He won't know until his docs confer about it, but it's looking pretty good! :thumbsup:

Thank you all again for your concern, support and most of all - your prayers! :hug:

fansince'76
03-05-2007, 11:38 AM
Great to hear, HTG - thanks for the update! :bouncy:

stillers4me
03-05-2007, 02:22 PM
So happy to hear the "tune up" went well!!

Preacher
03-05-2007, 04:50 PM
HTG.

That is so wonderful to hear.

Now please do a favor for me. Remind him of all the prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fact that he was touched by God to make it through.

Thanks,

Preacher

HometownGal
03-05-2007, 08:53 PM
Sorry - I spoke too soon. Ken still has some fluid on that lung and is still dependent upon the O2, so the docs felt it best to keep him for another day or two. The cardiologist told him tonight that the echocardiogram he had yesterday showed that the new valve is working well and his ejection fraction is close to normal, which is indeed good news!

Yes, Father - Ken was most definitely touched by God's healing grace. No doubt about it! :cheers:

HometownGal
03-07-2007, 07:01 AM
Yesterday when I went in to see Ken, he was still having a lot of trouble catching his breath, even with the oxygen running. He also has some pretty severe swelling in his ankles and feet now which he didn't have the day before. He is obviously retaining fluid and the docs increased his diuretic and limited his fluid intake yesterday to try to get him to expel the excess fluid which he wasn't doing much of. I'm not a doctor, obviously, but this sounds kidney related to me. I am going to call the cardiologist today and see what is going on and what further tests they intend to do. He is one week post-op today and should be improving, not going backward. Please keep those prayers coming - he definitely is not out of the woods yet.

floodcitygirl
03-07-2007, 08:09 AM
Prayers still coming his way. Thanks for the update. Please keep us posted. Hugs to you, friend. :hug:

HometownGal
03-07-2007, 02:45 PM
When I left the hospital earlier, Ken was being given 2 units of blood because of his low platelet count. The swelling in his feet and ankles has worsened and the docs are going to do a needle aspiration of his right lung tomorrow morning to get rid of most of the fluid surrounding his lungs. It is a very painful procedure but doesn't take long, thank God. Ken has gone through so much - it just breaks my heart to see this once very strong and confident man feeling so helpless right now.

My pastor visited him about 1/2 hour ago and Ken called to tell me how much it meant to him. Ken is not an overly religious person, but does believe in the Lord. He said he felt such an inner peace while praying with Father Mike and that made me feel some inner peace, as well, knowing that he felt God's presence so strongly.

Thank you all for your continued prayers. :hug:

polamalufan43
03-07-2007, 06:39 PM
Many prayers are with him. May God bless him and take care of him.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

HometownGal
03-09-2007, 08:07 AM
Ken had the lung aspiration yesterday afternoon and they removed a LITRE of fluid from his lungs - that is one helluva lot of fluid. Had they not done this procedure, he would have "drowned". The swelling in his feet and ankles has gone down some and he is breathing somewhat better. The docs are concerned, however, because he has a bluish-purplish tinge to his left foot and they are going to run a few tests today to try to figure out why. He called me last night shortly after midnight and was short of breath and in tears - this man rarely cries. He was having these feelings of impending doom that is common after a major surgery and all of the subsequent complications he's had. I told him to sit on the edge of his bed and take some deep breaths and I called his nurse who immediately went in to check on him. She said she was going to have the house doc come up to check him and also get a chest x-ray to see if anything was going on, such as a pnemothorax (collapsed lung), etc. When I talked to Ken a little while ago, he seemed to be a little more relaxed after getting a few hours of sleep, so I'll see what is going on when I get there a little later on.

Thank you all for your continued prayers. :hug:

floodcitygirl
03-09-2007, 08:57 AM
Still praying. Still here. :smile:

HometownGal
03-12-2007, 12:06 PM
Ken was discharged on Saturday late afternoon. The docs felt he could recuperate much better out of the hospital setting. He had a rough day yesterday and the swelling in his ankles was severe. The home care nurse came yesterday and recommended several things to him that could really help him begin to recover. He broke down yesterday afternoon because he is so frustrated at being in this situation, but I told him he needs to take baby steps and one day at a time. Last night was the first night since all of this began that he slept well, but the Tylenol w/codeine helped in that regard - LOL! The swelling in his ankles and feet was almost gone this morning, as I had him sleep with his legs elevated above heart level. He will begin cardiac rehab in the next week or so which will help him regain his strength. :thumbsup:

I can't thank all of you enough for your support, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I believe the power of God's love and His healing hands through all of you made all of the difference! :hug: I know it sure helped me to get through everything - you're all the best! :hug:

floodcitygirl
03-12-2007, 12:38 PM
Glad to know that Ken is resting more comfortably. Hopefully he can begin his healing process now. God's blessings to both of you as you work thru this next phase. You'll continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

polamalufan43
03-12-2007, 02:38 PM
Hear Hear!

And Hometowngirl please continue with the updates.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

NV STEELERS 723
04-01-2007, 06:41 PM
SF regulars, I want to say I'm sorry for not noticing this forum on a regular basis....it is now a eye opener for me, and I'm sorry to HTG for not posting in here more...

I will keep Ken in my prayers, and I thought of something really cool....

Everyone here at SF...... lets dedicate the first STEELERS regular season win to KEN and his fast recoverey.....

HometownGal
04-02-2007, 08:05 AM
Thanks, NV.

I haven't updated this thread for a while so here goes. Ken was discharged from the hospital on March 10th and has been recovering here. He has good days and a couple of bad days here and there, but all in all, he's coming along just fine. He started cardiac rehab last Monday and will go 3x per week for 8 weeks. To look at him, you wouldn't really know that he has been through so much, other than some minor weight loss. He tends to overdo it at times and suffers the consequences of trying to do too much too soon (severe fatigue). He still has a ways to go, but like I keep telling him....one day at a time.

Thank you all one more time for all of the prayers - I really believe God heard you all and answered them! :cheers: :hug:

Stainless Steel
04-02-2007, 09:55 AM
Continuing prayer. Thanks for the update.

NV STEELERS 723
04-02-2007, 07:37 PM
I'm glad Ken is doing better ! Tell him to just try to relax though.

HometownGal
04-04-2007, 03:47 PM
I'm glad Ken is doing better ! Tell him to just try to relax though.

Thanks Stainless and NV.

Him relax? :toofunny: :toofunny: You may as well tell a Bungle not to break the law! :banging:

X-Terminator
04-04-2007, 06:21 PM
Thanks Stainless and NV.

Him relax? :toofunny: :toofunny: You may as well tell a Bungle not to break the law! :banging:

Ain't that the truth? Sheesh! But I am glad that he is doing better each day - he sure endured quite a bit over the previous month!

polamalufan43
04-05-2007, 05:56 AM
Great to hear he's doing well and continued prayers.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

MACH1
04-14-2007, 05:48 PM
Good to hear. At least you dont have to use a cattle prod just to get him to move.:whip:

SteelCityMan786
04-14-2007, 05:49 PM
Good to hear Ken is recovering HTG.

steelerssteelers
06-26-2007, 05:50 AM
Great to hear, take care of things!

HometownGal
07-05-2007, 09:17 AM
Ughhh....when it rains it pours. :dang:

Ken has been doing fairly well and for the last couple of weeks, seemed a bit sluggish which I mentioned to him and of course, he played off. Yesterday, he told me that he hadn't slept at all Tuesday night because he was having trouble breathing, so I suggested that he go to the hospital which he adamantly refused to do. I decided to call his cardiologist and he strongly felt that Ken was in congestive heart failure again from the symptoms I described and wanted Ken in the Emergency Room pronto. Of course, Ken refused to go at first because after his open heart surgery, his company let him go and cut all of his benefits and he didn't want a huge hospital bill to pay, but after talking with him and calling his Mom and stressing the importance of him getting medical attention immediately, she called him and convinced him to let me take him. When we got to the hospital, his oxygen saturation was very low and it improved as soon as he was put on oxygen. Several docs examined him and after some tests, he was found to indeed be in congestive heart failure with a large fluid build-up on the right lung. He was immediately admitted to the hospital and they are going to run a battery of tests today, as well as give him Lasix via IV to try to get the fluid out. If that doesn't do the trick, they will needle aspirate it out as they did after his surgery back in late February.

I swear to God above, I must be a bad luck charm or something. First my daughter and now Ken. :banging:

Please say a prayer for Ken today that all goes well for him during his stay in the hospital and that they can get this fluid issue resolved. They are going to try to find out what the underlying cause is for this sudden CHF again.

Thank you all very much, as always. :hug:

SteelCityMan786
07-05-2007, 03:17 PM
From Hollidaysburg to your family.

SteelersMongol
07-05-2007, 10:59 PM
... so I suggested that he go to the hospital which he adamantly refused to do ...

Is this one of the many reasons why you folks are not together? :smile: This is how we, the men, all are like, and you ladies love us anyways, huh. :hug: My thoughts and prayers are out to you and your ex. God bless you and give you strength to pull this one off. (Cuz I just remembered one of my good buddies, back in the US, told me these kind of things are God's test which I thought was very convincing).