Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stubborn old blockage

We spent last night in the hospital - planned. Glenn had his 4th angioplasty yesterday. The first was in the wee hours of the morning, the awful night of his heart attack back in February. The other 3 have been planned.

The night of the heart attack they discovered this very old, very hard blockage in the back of his heart. They didn't clear it that night because it didn't cause the heart attack and the focus that night was stopping the heart attack. The second angioplasty was to clear another smaller blockage and this hard one. The smaller one was not a problem, but, the harder one wouldn't budge. They have since gone back in two more times (remember, the 3rd try was the same day as my endometrial biopsy and the day after my mother's kidney replacement!) but they just cannot get that old blockage to move.

The good news is that our cardiologist has decided that it's not worth trying anymore because blood has found a different route to that part of the heart. Glenn passed his stress test with flying colors and feels fine. Yes, it would be better if the blockage was gone and he'll never be able to run a marathon (hah!), but, he just wants to monitor it now as part of his regular cardiac monitoring and take it from there.

I hope I'm not tempting fate by saying that I'm glad the angioplasty roller coaster ride of 2008 has come to an end!

10 comments:

Dagny said...

I'm glad for you!!!!!

xoxo

Emily said...

About time for some good news!!!

Christi said...

So glad that it's better!

Ms Heathen said...

That's such good news, Lisa.

You both must be incredibly relieved that Glenn doesn't have to undergo any further procedures.

the Babychaser: said...

Oh my god, that sounds so scary. I'm so glad you seem to be on the tail end of the roller coaster, and that he's doing so well. You two should go out and celebrate!

Mo and Will said...

Hi! Here from ICLW - What a lot you're going through! Glad to hear that your hubby is healing so well. Hang in there!

Mo
www.lifeandloveinthepetridish.blogspot.com

tripmom827 said...

What a rollercoaster ride you have been on. I wish you and your dh all of the best!

ICLW

Cara said...

2009 - here you come! Here from ILCW and always thrilled to pop in on other people's good news!

April said...

good grief!! glad you finally got some good news!!!

CappyPrincess said...

Crossing fingers that ride is truly over. I'm glad to hear the good news in that regard.

ICLW