One of the life lessons I definitely need to learn is patience. Patience with other people no problem, patience with waiting, hum, more of a problem. I was told I was placed on an urgent list for a heart procedure. Now to be clear I have nothing but wonderful things to say about our Canadian Heath Care system. Our medical care is free of charge, you really can’t beat that price. With out that system with all the wonderful doctors, nurses and medical staff, well let’s face it I would not be here today. i know i have an issue in waiting particularly when I am facing something like this. I am more of a “let’s just do it and get it over with kind of guy”. We get back to that old, the world doesn’t revolve around me thing.
Actually I have know the dates for close to a week now but have tried to keep quiet about them at least until after step son Dave”s open heart surgery was completed and he is well on the road to recovery. no sense adding extra worry. It is strange you know it is coming but some how it remains almost like an abstract thought or something until the dates are set. Suddenly then it becomes very real.
Well it is real and the wait hasn’t been that long.
Today I go for blood work. Plus I am on a fairly high dosage of warfarin a major blood thinner to reduce the risk of blog clots in my system. A side effects is that it increases your chances of bleeding and with out that ability to clot the bleeding is much harder to stop. Now that is something they do not want when you are heading into surgery. I have an appointment at the clinic where they are going to take me off the warfarin, replacing it with a needle I will be needing to inject myself with. I will have more details on that this afternoon.
Wednesday is the pre-op clinic where my questions will be answered as they explain the procedure.I have had the angiogram and angioplasty before and I know from the patients point of view they are not a big deal. my questions go beyond that.
The actual procedure is set for the 24th which is Wednesday of next week. i have to be at the hospital for 6:00am with the procedure scheduled or 7:00am.
It is all in God’s hands.