Good news.... Eugene came home today. He is tired and not sleeping well still.
Seems to have nightmares when he goes to sleep. Not surprising after all his
body has been through. He had four stents put in his main artery that was 99
percent blocked. After the heart attack his kidneys and liver started to shut
down so he just missed going on dialysis and because his liver was not working
he had all kinds of bleeding internally with blood transfusions needed. This is
day 11 and his heart is steady with apparently no permanent damage to the tissue
which they say is very uncommon for a cardiac arrest. His brain is clear and his
personality in tack and that was the worry after we got the other things
working. Casey and I were taken in a family room and told there was little hope
of his making it the first day and he made it through the first night. Then we
were told he probably would be brain dead. He proved that wrong on the second
night by being able to squeeze my hand and wiggle his toes. On the third day we
realized he did not recognize Casey or I. Boy was that scary. But by the fourth
day he was moved from ICU to another critical care ward where he was restrained
for 4 days due to ICU delirium. That is truly scary and if you google it you
will understand why if you do not already know about it. Then he started to
‘clear’ that as they say and everyday he came back a little more. His speech was
bad for the first few days. We could not understand it and he was like someone
drunk and on speed talking very fast about scary stuff. Very upsetting to see a
loved one like that. They said he had the fight or flight reflex so not to touch
him. He perceived it as a threat.
He was so glad to get home today but is
terribly tired. He wanted some cod to eat so that is what I made him. I do not
think he has slept properly since Jan. 1 and he is still anemic. We thought he
would sleep well when he got home but he is having trouble with nightmares. It
will get better every day. When I asked the Dr. about me going back to work she
said there is little to worry about now... the worry was before when he was all
blocked up. But it will be hard not to worry for a while yet. We are pretty
traumatized. All the angels who touched us along the way. Wow. I found Eugene
half off the bed and got him on the floor and did chest compressions with the
911 woman until the Firemen came.. then the Paramedics.. then all the wonderful
and talented people at the hospital. As Eugene got better he commented that the
nurses were all so gorgeous to help a guy recover. They were truly amazing.
Anyway... you can rest easy... he is on the mend. We thank you for your prayers.
When the Dr. took us aside and told us Eugene would live with maybe only memory
problems (we see none) he said this is the part of the job he loves... miracles.