Well here I am sitting up in the cardiac ward adding to my blog. Thank you Paul for keeping everyone informed of my progress and to everyone who has sent me comments. Too many to reply to individually but all greatly appreciated.
The surgeon saw me tonight and is very pleased with my progress. Might even be allowed home on Friday or Saturday. Paul, Kell and the girls headed home tonight. It was great to have them up here to support me along with Kerryn and Cam. It’s going to be quite a long recovery (about 3 months) till I’m riding my bike up mountains again, but at least I’ll know I won’t have a ticking time bomb in my chest. He replaced the aorta with a synthetic one and the aortic valve in my heart with a super-duper job made from cow’s tissue so I might be mooing at the cows in France next year.
As Kerryn said it would only be a matter of before I’d want to show off my zipper, so for all of you who have been waiting, here it is.
Paul here again with another update regarding Kev’s recovery after his heart surgery.
After having his breathing tube removed yesterday about 10 hours post surgery Kev was able to get some sleep and of course was up and about this morning, my sister Kerryn visited first thing in the morning to find him talking, cracking jokes and requesting a cappuccino from the cafe! While she was there he also got up and walked around the ICU for the first time, so his recovery is tracking really well so far, he’s full of compliments for the nursing staff who are looking after him terrifically well.
I visited this afternoon and despite being a little tired after all the action in the morning he was in good spirits – and requesting another cappuccino!
Quick note to those reading from Queensland who are planning to visit Dad in hospital, at this stage Wednesday onwards is probably about the time to start considering it.
Kevin’s son Paul here with an update as promised on his surgery. Kev had his surgery this morning at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Brisbane, I’m very pleased to say that the surgery went as planned and without complication, the surgeon was extremely happy with the outcome and also very pleased they’d got him in for the surgery when they did as the aorta in question was very large.
I’ve just returned from an evening visit where Kev was waking up periodically and was very aware of my presence and knew it was me, the nursing staff were happy with how he was coming along and looking to remove his breathing tubes overnight. The likelihood now is for a couple of days in the ICU then all going well he’ll be moved to a ward.
I’ll post further updates as he continues to recover, but touch wood all is going well at this stage.