Saturday, March 1, 2008
God is in Control
This morning Dad had a second heart attack in the same place of his heart as the first one. In the middle of the heart attack they were able to take him back to take a look at the heart.
Here were the findings:
The front wall of his heart is damaged. They won't know if it is permanently damaged or if it will begin to strengthen and heal until time passes. They suctioned the LAD artery (the one that has the two stints in) but if that part of the heart doesn't recover then the clots will continue to form in this area. Basically, the heart isn't demanding any blood from this area. When the blood isn't moving fast enough, clots form. He's out of surgery and now all we can do is wait and pray. The doctors admitted that for the next 48-72 hours, it's all between Monty and God. So pray.
Best case scenario, they'll do an "echo" tomorrow and if there is more movement from this area than there has been, it says the wall isn't dead but recovering. Then they will make plans to best help it do this.
If not, then that part of the heart is like a "piece of leather" and they have to continue to watch to see if what's left of his heart can handle the added load. Since his vital signs were so strong during this recent attack, they have higher hopes that it could sustain this added stress if this happens.
For now, we all wait and watch and pray. Monty's in the ultimate physician's hands and we couldn't ask for more.