Today was the busiest day of all!
There was a decision made to potentially release me tomorrow, so there was much to be accomplished today. I was still on IV Heparin for the blood clot, so I had to learn to give myself two Lovenox injections in the stomach each day … “fun times”. I had x-rays, ultrasounds, I met 2 more heart recipient volunteers, I had a nutrition class, physical and occupational therapy, and the leads (wires) to my new heart were removed. And of course, all of the normal blood tests. I’m sure there was more as well.
The nurses and my family assured me that I was ready to go home ……. but I wasn’t sure if I was actually ready to go home. I felt safe in the hospital.
I also got my 3rd roommate, Sandwich Man was finally discharged and the poor chap that replaced him as my roommate had been flown to Cleveland Clinic apparently in need of a heart. The thin curtain that split the room in two may have blocked out the visuals, but later I could hear the family being told that he had two different types of terminal cancer and wouldn’t eligible for a heart. He laid there and sobbed all night. It was heart breaking.