Ken asked me to contribute to this blog. I wanted to a few times. I would start, stop, start again. I could not find the words to describe how I was feeling and dealing with everything. I have decided to just lay it out and hope you can understand it all. I will start with my emotions leading up to the angioplasty and then what I felt after that.
As Ken explained, the nurse from the cardiologist’s office was trying hard to reach us. When he found out what was going on he called me and told me we were going to need to go in for the angioplasty. He explained why and what that was. I was sitting in the waiting room at the eye doctors waiting for his mom to be done with her appointment. All I could think of was that I didn’t want to lose it there. Then he asked me to talk to his mom about it. “Sigh!” Hold it together even longer. I can do this!
The day of the angioplasty comes. I was prepared to sit and do some work on my computer while they worked on him. I barely got set up and the nurse was coming for me. She took me to a little room with a computer in it. I was not sure what was going on, but I knew in my gut that it wasn’t good. The doctor came in and went to the computer to show me the pictures of Ken’s heart. He told me that they found many blockages and that there was no way a stent would do it. I was stunned. He informed me that it was from years of diabetes issues. However, the working part of his heart was strong. At least one thing was good!
Once I was away from the doctor the anxiety set in. I paced and started to feel out of breath. I knew I needed help to not have an anxiety attack. I called my mom. She is always my rock and I needed her on the prayer chain. She calmed me and was very helpful. One more call to a friend to fill the rest of the time before they came to get me and I was calm when I got in the room with Ken.
This is where we learned of the waiting game that would become our lives. I didn’t know what that meant at that moment, but I soon found out it meant anxiety, stress, and headaches. We are almost there and I, for one, can’t wait!