Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dougs surgery is over, it's time to get strong again

It's been a busy month.  Doug had his heart surgery on the 12th.   He had the Wolf Mini Maze procedure.  Here is a link to a video of the actual procedure.  It really is a cool procedure.  Doug came out looking like he had been in a knife fight and lost.  LOL
This is left side.  I don't know what the two small holes on the top were but the longest cut was where he did some of the work.  The smaller one was more laparoscopic tools I guess.  The bottom round one was a drain tube.  He had a wire under the skin to his heart for an external pacemaker that was removed around day 4.

This is the right side.  This is where most of the work was done.  Doug's heart and lung was adhered together.  The doctor had to separate them before he could start his surgery.  He still has sutures on the drain tube holes.  All other incisions were glued back together.
He was in ICU four days.  They let me stay with him.  He had so many tubes coming out of him it took 30 min. for them to gather everything, just for him to get into a chair next to the bed.  Don't you love the yellow socks and the compression wraps on his legs?  LOL  At one time he had 9 Iv bags running at the same time.  He had a port, two iv's in his arms and a arterial iv that also took his blood pressure.
He is doing well but still weak. His heart rate is running in the 90's now.  This is still high but much lower than what it was before surgery.  The doctor said it could take up to 3 months for his heart to settle in to its new rhythm.
I forgot to show you the hospital room he was in before surgery and after he got out of ICU.

The nurses told us that Dr. Wolf puts all of his patients in these rooms because they come from all over the country.  They come with family and he wants them to have room to stay in the room also.  This was a very nice room.  We could live here!
Doug has an internal piece of hardware that I don't know what it's called but it monitors his heart and when and if it goes into afib it records it and when he goes to bed at night it sends that information to Dr. Wolf.  Cool huh.  He sees Dr. Wolf tomorrow for his two week check up.  I guess we will find out then what it sent.  Is that cool or what!  I wonder if I can use his built in wifi?  LOL
We have been staying at son, Michaels house since getting out of the hospital.  Most of the time they have been gone on business trips.  We have been house and dog sitting.  They will be back tomorrow so we will head back to the motorhome.  Everyone thought it would be easier if he didn't have to climb the steps into the motorhome.  It was a good idea.  It took more out of him than he and I both thought.
 I got him to walk on the treadmill in the clubhouse today.  He didn't last very long.  Maybe 5 min. but that was 5 min.  He will do better tomorrow.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Mowing the property and a Labor Day Celebration

It's been a busy few days around here.  Thursday we went out to the property to mow.  It was a beautiful day.  There was a breeze blowing and in the shade, it was very comfortable.
 I love the shape of this old dead tree.  I am enjoying in now because I believe it is destined to be removed.
 You can see Doug mowing in this one.  It didn't take long for the grass to get out of control.
                                            I like the shape of this one too, but it's a goner.
                                                               It's looking better out here.
 It was so quiet out here until Doug ran over a paint can that was left in the tall grass.  It made the loudest boom!  It scared me half to death.  I can't imagine what it did to Doug since he was on top of it.  It looks like someone was murdered out there.  LOL

                                                                     Yep, there it is again.
 I don't know what kind of wild flowers these are, but there are a lot of them growing at the bases of the trees.
 After about 3 hours of mowing, we left to head home.  We are still learning our way around and we decided to go home a different route.  Coming down we had taken Hwy 6.  It is a very easy way but it takes you through a lot of small towns that have a kazillion red lights.  Doug and Mike had taken
different route using one of the tollways.  We thought we could figure it out without using the GPS.
So we got on Hwy 288 and headed back towards Houston.  We were suppose to get on Beltway 8.  Instead we wound up on I610.
 yes, the dreaded 610 and it's now 4:00.  Did I say it was also a Friday.  Blow this picture up and look
at all the cars.  Doug said we took the scenic route because we were going so slow, even he could look around.
The traffic was so bad that I cut it all off in this picture so that you can just enjoy the beautiful sky.
We didn't get home that night until 6:00.  Big mistake we made.. yep BIG mistake.  No more 610!

Today, Saturday, the RV park we are staying at had a cookout for everyone to celebrate Labor Day.
Can you tell this is a Mother/Daugher?  On the right is Kristi.  She and her husband, Dave were our hosts.

                                       Dave, her husband is on the left.  We call him the Sheriff.
 The two ladies on the right are also employees of the Resort.  It looks like they are plotting something.

 It seems that some of frogs had gotten into the pool and the girls had to go get them out.
                                              That was their story and they are sticking to it!  
                                             Someone can sure throw that horse shoe!
                                   Looks like he gave up and went back to eat some more.

I think everyone had a good time.  There was talk about a chili cook-off in October.  I think I can win that.  

                                                             Happy Labor Day folks!