Ed had a five by pass operation on his heart in 2009. He had pains running up his arm, to his face.
He said, “Ruby, you need to get your things, and go with me to the hospital. “
I got my things, and we neither one knew what was happening. If I had known he was having a heart attack, I
would have insisted on driving. Ed is headstrong, and forthright. We had just gone to see his family. This was two weeks of joy, and a long trip to see them. He drove most of the way. Now he was having this pain. I got in his jeep, and he drove himself to the hospital. I had no choice. He knew what he wanted to do.
We waited in the Emergency room, but he told the staff at the front desk that he was having pains in his arm going to his face. He might have said more, but they immediately had us in a room waiting for a doctor. Ed looked his normal self, and I believe he was worried.
We got him in a gown, and on the big hospital bed. He laid back, and the nurse came in to check his stats. She left, and soon a doctor came in to say that they needed to run tests. They did, and the doctor said, “We need to operate. You won’t go home tonight. You are staying here.”
He happened to be a heart doctor, and surgeon. I called the family, and they headed to our town right away. They were worried, and I know concerned. I stayed right there, and waited in the waiting room. Ed went to surgery, and his relatives came in time to see him when the door opened for the ICU. Ed had a 5-By pass surgery.
The doctor who operated told me Ed’s vessels were all bad. He did the best he could, and he was very encouraging. I am sure this was the first time Ed had been in the hospital for heart surgery, or any other kind of surgery. It was January, and cold outside. He remained in ICU so I would go home, and come back. Eventually we got him home, but this time he was going to take a while to recover. I drove him home, and someone helped me get him to the bedroom.
Life changed. Diets changed, and it took at least a month to get over surgery. I was working in those days, but I stayed off work, because this was my Ed who was recovering. My boss let me go, and I came back too concerned, so I stay out a little longer. First things first. We had to tend to getting him well.
His family left for home after a while, and I had Ed to deal with by myself. He liked the couch better, and the first weeks he was on Oxygen. Then the oxygen was taken away, because he improved. It took a month to get healed, and I had to change bandages, and get used to medical things that I didn’t do before. I am a teacher, and I wasn’t used to medical anything. We took him to the emergency room once for something about the wound sight. I believe he was losing fluid from the sight. We didn’t know that was normal.
The staff was wonderful in their dealing with a novice like me. I was glad that several people would not leave us alone to go through this by ourselves. Ed did get better, and he and a friend found a way to go shopping for my birthday. It had been almost a month by then since the operation. Progress was still slow. I appreciated the gifts, but I worried about him getting out and doing all the shopping. He would come back exhausted if he ventured. Sure enough he did, but that birthday was special.
For those reasons we eat Salmon as much as possible. Last time the heart doctor checked Ed, he gave him a good report. Ed walks three miles when he walks, and he is faster than I could ever be. I believe exercise is on his mind because of the heart attack, and the 5 by pass. We eat oatmeal daily. We try to stay out of sweets, and we don’t eat fried food anymore.
I had a pacemaker put in that same year in November. This year I had the second pacemaker put in. The first one lasted five years. I had more energy, and with this new one, energy is steady. The only thing is the bottom chamber of my heart is functioning with the pacemaker. Otherwise it isn’t. They kept a pacemaker substitute going when they changed out the old pacemaker for the new one. I recovered quickly.
We are getting older, but we were in our sixties when this happened to us. I hope that God will allow us to live for a long time together. We celebrated 45 years together after I got home from having the new pacemaker put in this past July.
I have always supported the pacemaker. I believe someone had a wonderful idea when the pacemaker was invented. It keeps more people alive, and functioning. I believe the Lord has been good to me this year. I told my audience about the operation, and I believe they were praying with me while I went through the change to a new one.
I never did like Salmon, but I have adjusted. Now I can eat it without having to have Ranch dressing totally on it. I don’t eat sweets as much lately, and I am trying to stay off of them until Christmas Day, and special days like birthdays. Ed likes this idea.
Weight gain has crept up on me. I plan to walk more, and I don’t plan to use my arms as much as I did this summer. Washing windows is out. I will have to have Isaac’s help. Our son has been a trooper this year. He is helpful, and he watches fat content, and calories on everything he buys when he shops for things he will fix us for supper. He wants us to live long lives. We will with his cautious shopping.