Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bob has now been discharged from cardiac rehab. He is doing well. The only pending issue is what to do about his flutter. In 2-3 months his cardiologist will again attempt to cardiovert him--during this procedure electrical current is applied to his chest in an attempt to reset his heart rhythm. If cardioversion is not successful, he may have an ablation where the cardiologist places a catheter in one of his blood vessels and then guides it into his heart where he tries to cut the abnormal electrical pathway.

Mom is doing well. This will be the final blog entry.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bob continues to have episodes of atrial flutter. He had an MRI earlier this week. He has not been told the final results yet. Evidently these results will help his physicians to determine whether he will need a pacemaker or a defibrillator. These devices are implanted in patients in order to provide a way to restore a normal heart rhythm quickly when things like flutter are detected.

Mom is doing well. She survived a day at the funeral of my grandfather on the 12th. This was her first husband's father.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bob is home! He will go to outpatient cardiac rehab tomorrow at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. He will be assessed as to whether he needs the more intense rehab at this cardiac rehab center or whether he is ready for a home program. If he needs to go to the cardiac rehab center he will travel there from home probably five times each week for the next several weeks.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bob and Ann Marie found out today that Bob will be discharged from the rehab facility on Thursday, October 1st. They are excited. Mom is nervous. Bob will continue to get therapy through home health care. They appreciate every one's help and prayers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

During his visit to the cardiologist's office yesterday, Bob was found to be doing better than expected. He is off oxygen during the day, but still needs it at night. He will meet with his surgeon in a couple of weeks. The surgeon will determine when Bob will be able to leave rehab and go home.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bob is doing well in rehab. He says they have to hold him back so he does not try to hard. Mom reports that he looks better. He does like his naps after therapy. The therapy sessions wear him out a little. He will see his regular cardiologist tomorrow. He is in a different room, so ask at the front desk when visiting him. He would also like people to call the cell number because he keeps the cell phone close to him.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Overnight Bob's heart rhythm returned to normal. He has been transferred to Stonehenge. His private number is 801-850-5421. Visitors are welcome anytime. He will be at this rehab center for up to 30 days. His duration of stay will depend on his improvement.