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Yes, there’s an end in sight…finally! — 3 Comments

  1. Wow! But I love the Aorta Ice idea. Best wishes on a full recovery. Do as you are told so we can you and Devyn back to the dye pots.

  2. Based on my own personal experience, it takes about a week per hour under anesthesia to get your brain back. Anesthesia brain is a real thing. I did nothing but sit in the couch and play solitaire for hours at a time. It was all my brain could handle.

    Prepare your home now for when you return. Move most used dishes, foodstuffs, towels, etc. to places where you don’t have to bend or stretch too far to get them. Stock up now on favorite or needed items such as food, beverages, toiletries, medical supplies. Ginger is good for nausea, lavender is soothing, relaxing, and just plain smells good. Fresh sheets on the bed before you leave home are nice to come home to.

    I wish you the very best, and will be thinking lots of good thoughts your way.

  3. That’s good news that your chest won’t have to be cracked open, at least. I am so sorry, Ray, that this has happened to you. It’s unfair and just wrong, that you would have to suffer this. But that’s how “life” works; it isn’t fair, just like Mom always told us.
    This is major surgery you are having of course, but it’s true that surgical techniques have improved over the 35 years I was working in a hospital that performed these operations.
    I would encourage you to get in touch with the Social Work department, at the hospital in which you will be having your surgery, if you have not already.

    Social workers can help with your loss of income by showing you how to apply for disability benefits, and for temporary SNAP benefits if you need/want them, and how to arrange rehab and home care post-op, if needed.

    Hopefully you have already had a Social Work consultation placed in your chart, and perhaps you have met with them already. If not, just ASK for it.