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Monday, November 19

Quite a Scare

This has been quite a week. Last Sunday, I had to take hubby to the hospital because he was having chest pains. Brandon and Jordan were here. We were all going out to dinner, I got hubby settled at the hospital and they assured me it would be hours before anything was known. They advised I go to dinner with the boys and hubby agreed.

I came home but the boys didn't want to go to dinner without Grandpa, so I fed them and took them home, then went back to the hospital. I couldn't find hubby anywhere and finally asked where he was. They took me to this little room and told me to have a seat, that someone would be with me shortly.

I had visions of them telling me hubby had died, but what they did tell me was that he'd been transferred to the hospital in Hamilton.

It was a rainy, foggy and windy night. You know, like something out of a novel, (It was a dark and rainy night.) I left for Hamilton even though I am not a great night driver. I couldn't find anyone that could go with me, so I headed out alone. I got to the hospital, went into emergency and was told that hubby was in CCU. (Cardiac Care Unit)

I finally found him and he looked terrible. They had given him morphine and six blood thinners. Before I left, they had also connected and IV with blood thinners. I told them I didn't think that was a good idea. He's had too many, but they insisted it was fine and he was apparently part of a Research Study.

Monday morning hubby had a little more color and was feeling better. Tuesday morning I got there and his throat was swollen on the right side. It looked like he had the mumps. His tongue was black because it had been bleeding in the night. Apparently the meds he was getting by IV caused him to bleed. They weren't sure if he was bleeding internally but were going to do tests to find out. That was a long day.

They had taken him off the blood thinner drip and then I found a sheaf of papers in his hospital table drawer. He had signed a waiver for an experimental drug. I began reading it and was horrified. It stated the drugs could cause a brain bleed, a stomach bleed, cause kidney failure or congestive heart failure. It said, "These symptoms can be fatal," under every one of them.

I freaked and asked him what he'd been thinking to sign such a thing. He said that he hadn't read it because he didn't have his glasses. I called for the Study Nurse and asked he what she was thinking, allowing him to sign it without reading. She said he did read it. He told her he didn't because he had no glasses. She said her colleague had lent him her glasses and hubby said no, she hadn't.

I was really angry that they would do that. She said she didn't want to take him off the meds but wanted to see the final results. I really hit the roof.

But God was good and we were blessed because both hubby and his floor nurse insisted the drug be taken away.

He is home now, but really tired after having an angiogram and having stents put in. They didn't get great blood flow through the stents, but he is to see his family doctor, his cardiologist and the hospital doctor all within the next few weeks. We will see how it goes.

18 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear of this bad week! So glad Dwight is home and doing ok, praying for a full recuperation!

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  2. So sorry to read about all your husband went through. Glad he is home and will pray he keeps getting better.

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  3. Wow, How scary!!! So good you read the paper befor those drugs killed him. Good luck to you two. Sending prayers your way.

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  4. OH MY GOSH! I'm just beside myself. Thank God you found those papers. So thankful he is back home with you and doing relatively well, considering. Praying things continue to get better.

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  5. My goodness....bless your heart...
    I can imagine how you were feeling...so thankful God was watching over you both through it all.
    Mama Bear

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  6. So glad that you found those papers Mary. You are a wonderful advocate for Dwight. Good work sticking to your guns about getting him off that drug!!!

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless.

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  7. That is scarey... Hope things go well now and pray that he will soon be completely well..

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  8. Sorry about your ordeal. I hope health returns.

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  9. Good heavens what a trial. The incompetence of the nurse is inexcusable. She needs to be reprimanded. I don't know why experimental drugs such as this are even allowed. I pray your husband will be well soon and you don't have anymore times like this. I am really sorry. God bless both of you.

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  10. Oh, Mary, what a scare for sure! Thank goodness you found that paper he had signed concerning the experimental drug...hopefully he'll now know not to sign anything unless he can actually read it!!!! It's in times like these I wish I lived nearer, I would have gone with you to Hamilton. I know how much it helps to have someone with you in these situations. I'm glad he's home now, my thoughts and prayers are with both of you!! xoxo

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  11. I am glad your husband survived the hospital. I try to stay clear of them, they are full of sick people and those who like to experiment on them. I have been lucky so far I was 5 when I was last in a hospital for a stay. (polio).

    This seems like a bad time to drop back onto your web site, I will look in again in a little while when you are not so occupied with your husbands illness.

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  12. Hi Mary.

    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. Harvey and I have retired now (well more Harvey than me) and are spending our time getting used to being around each other all the time now. Not a good thing at times.

    God bless.

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  13. Oh, Mary. I'm SO sorry this happened! I felt led to come visit your blog (it has been so, so long, I know!) and then I find this post.

    *sigh*

    My heart hurts for you. Your husband - and you! - are in my prayers. May God send you healing and strength SOON!!!

    *hugs*
    Michele

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  14. Wow...there seems to be a mixed story about the reading glasses/him reading the papers and signing them. I think I would've moved him out right then and there.

    Hope he continues to improve!!! Scary indeed.

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