On Thursday August 25th, I went through the procedure to place a device in the inch sized hole in my heart (technically known as an ASD). And I lived!
This is part four in my series about that experience. It was really a fascinating experience, and there is too much to tell in one simple post.
The Rest of the Day
After Will, Ella and I were reunited, I fed Ella and Will and I caught up, him telling me what the doctor had told him and me telling him how I was feeling. Then Will went to get some lunch for himself, and shortly later my lunch came. I was able to sit up and eat and had a good appetite.
In the afternoon, a friend came to visit which helped pass the time. I also got out of bed for the first time, which went just fine.
The rest of the day, Will and I just did things to pass the time: read, talk, eat, and watch a movie. The doctor came by to talk and see how I was feeling. He said the hole was only 19 mm, instead of 22 mm, as they originally thought, and the right side of my heart had been pumping two and a half times the amount of blood it should have been. He said he was very confident about how the device fit in and we shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
The night was a bit long and uncomfortable, as one would expect. Will slept in a recliner the straightened into a bed, and Ella in the pack ‘n play a bit further down. When she woke up, I had to wake Will up and he’d get her and hand her to me. After I fed her, I’d have to wake up Will again, and hand her back. It was a bit of an ordeal, but we all managed. Needless to say, no one got a great rest. (We made up for it once we were home!)
The Next Day and Full Recovery
Friday morning, a nurse came by and did an echo on my heart. Later I was taken to get X-rays. Once the doctor had seen them, he came in and showed them to me and said everything looked perfect. After that, it was just time to wait to be discharged. That took longer than we wanted, but finally it was time to go home!
Will and I got lunch before picking up the kids from my parents. Once home, I promptly took a nice nap!
I felt pretty good Saturday and Sunday, with Ella sleeping so well at night too. I didn’t exert myself, but I was doing things at a relaxed normal. Monday morning, I was all set to get back to the grind and got up at my usual time. However, I felt terrible by the end of breakfast and took a nap. (Thankfully Will had planned to work from home Monday and Tuesday.) This was concerning because I was told I should only feel better. Nothing was said about taking it easy, outside of no exercise. Later a nurse called to see how I was doing and after hearing all that reassured me that it was normal. It was more abnormal that I felt so well on the weekend. She advised me to take it easy the next couple days, and I did.
Wednesday morning I had a follow up appointment with the doctor, which included another echo on my heart. I was nervous about how I would feel because I had to get up early in order to get the appointment on time. Thankfully, I felt great! And, everything still looked wonderful and my heart sounded like a normal heart! The doctor assured me I shouldn’t have anything to worry about. As he walked me out, he reflected that he’s done this procedure on people of all ages, even pregnant women, but I was the first nursing mother! He contributed my set back to the fact that I was basically back on demand immediately after the procedure.
Since then, I have felt pretty much normal. With so much anticipation before it, it’s strange to think it’s all over. I’m very thankful though, not only that it was possible, but that it went so well.
Thank you all again for all your prayers! They were certainly felt!