Wednesday, February 06, 2019


Yesterday was a long day - for my mother and myself.

She had a scheduled cardiac catherization, well six months ago, before she got sidelined by a few other medical barriers.

In the meanwhile, like any nonagenarian, the months between these visits, her health didn't improve. It so rarely does.

Her health is not dire or anything, but the regular cath ended up being an increase in procedure and acuity. A balloon, which is similar to, yet different than, angioplasty.

The balloon in the latter is to help clear plaque and blockage, mostly in the aorta. This was to expand her right aortic valve.

This is a step in hopes of getting her a new valve. But now it's a wait and see game. Her cardiologist and I will meet in six weeks to see if she's doing better after this.  If so, she gets her valve.  If not, a new valve wouldn't make a lick of difference.

The day went on FOREVER.  We were there by 09:30 (plus the 40 minutes to go get her and the 45 minutes to the hospital) and I walked out to grab my car after 17:10. For both of us it was a lot of sitting and waiting. And then for me, just sitting and waiting....for her.

While waiting, I did have lunch with old colleagues, my mom was being seen at my old place of employ. So that was nice.

As for the procedure, my mom seemed to do ok. The doc and I had a long talk before and after, so we'll see how it all goes. Now it's just waiting game.

As is life, I suppose.

Song by: Wendy & Lisa

1 comment:

anne marie in philly said...

my spouse has had 3 of those (cardio cath), and a new valve in 2008. spouse was only 48 when he had the valve replaced. yep, sit around and wait. I wish your mom good karma.