Tom had his follow up appointment with the cardiologist and the doctor wants him to have a Cardiac Catheterization. If you are not familiar with this, it is a procedure where a small tube is inserted into an artery and is sent up to the heart. It is used to detect blockages in the heart among other problems. Tom had one of these five years ago and they found a blockage which was corrected with a stent placed where the blockage had been.
The doctor is doing this out of an abundance of caution and I do agree with him. The last time we had no idea Tom was as close to a heart attack as he was until they found the 90% blockage using this procedure. We are hoping no problems will be found but it is a matter of we would rather be safe than sorry. This is an uncomfortable and frightening test but it can prevent a heart attack and save a life. We have to be at the hospital very early tomorrow morning. If everything is clear and they do not find any problems he should be able to come home sometime later in the day. If they find any problems, he will have to stay the night in the hospital and hopefully come home the following day.
This is certainly not the best time to be spending time in a hospital with the increase in Covid cases in our area. It does make me feel a little uneasy but I know they are doing everything they can do to keep everyone safe. Everyone at the hospital wears a mask at all times and hand sanitizer is readily available. I can go with him and stay in the waiting room but no one can come with me due to the Covid cases in the hospital. If he has to stay all night I don’t know if I will be able to see him or not.
So, that is what is going on tomorrow. Since I had mentioned the previous test that Tom had taken, I wanted to let you know what is going on. I’d sure appreciate any good thoughts you could send our way! Thank you all!