Things like this are not a huge surprise given the massive amount of manipulation the heart has endured in the last few days. Is this disconcerting? Most definitely. This also the reason why Susan has an AICD (Automatic Implantible Cardioverter Defibrillator). The "blip" that Susan's heart made (also known as V-Tac) was not significant enough to cause the AICD to go off.
|There are Susan's Purple Irises|
No significance to this picture other than these flowers always
put a smile on Susan's face. :)
The afternoon has gone a bit better. Susan perked up a bit after lunch and went for a walk. While hanging out in the healing gardens we met a couple from Saskatoon. After the obligatory "what are you in for?" icebreaker we found that they were recent recipients of a new heart. We felt right at home. Of course we exchanged war stories and some of our medical adventures. We visited for a long time. Hospital Administrators and Health Care professionals take note. Peer support is REALLY REALLY important. The connections are immediate and no one can speak to each other better than those who have similar experiences. It is a huge morale boost. We really need to integrate patients more and create opportunities where patients and the family's can interact and support each other.
So what is the plan? The current plan is for Susan to "chill" for the rest of the day. No homework. The Docs have ordered an echo in the morning (Monday) and the "plan" is for discharge tomorrow. That is the "plan" subject to change without notice.