Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Yea! David's brother Dan arrived yesterday from Baltimore! It is so good to see him and to have him living with us for a few days to help us as David is in his first week home and going to outpatient physical therapy and other appointments (and not yet driving) and as I am finishing off this particularly busy semester.

The one and only problem with having Dan here is that he is TOO MUCH FUN, and I just want to hang out instead of focusing on my work! It doesn't help matters that he is moving to Singapore just days after leaving here, so since I'm not sure when I will see him again I want to visit all the more!

Ah well, such is this season of life.

David finally got to see his primary care physician this morning. It is good to have a single person now interpreting the (seemingly?) conflicting information we've been getting from various specialists. This consolidation feels good, and it feels more like we have a definite plan we will be following - and someone who will explain WHY we are following the plan we are following.

The plan is for us to consult with a cardiac surgeon from Sacramento within the next 2 to 3 weeks and depending on how that goes to then possibly head to UCSF for a second opinion. Surgery will not take place for another 3 to 4 months, because there is a chance that there are still clots in David's heart that could be dislodged. He needs to be on Coumadin long enough to make sure any remaining clots have time to break up. His blood levels are not yet fully stable and need continued monitoring. At this point he will be going in once a week for a blood test. David is going to physical therapy 3 days a week, working with two different therapists, one for occupational therapy, and one for physical therapy.

David is not yet back at work (although he's doing a few things from home). He's eagerly hoping to get back to work one or two days a week (in between physical therapy days) when he begins driving again.

As I was writing this he commented that his foot feels heavy and cumbersome; then he added, "But I can walk!"

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