Yes he is home, he came home a week ago Thursday. He called to let me know he was on the way home, and called again Friday morning to report that he had slept in their bed, and slept great!
This heart surgery is what he really needed!! He bounced back wonderfully. I talked with him on the phone tonight, and he said that he feels great. The problem with his stomach is gone. It was his heart the whole time. Its just a sad case as he was misdiagnosed, he didn't have what they determined him to have. And I'm so grateful to the Mayo Clinic staff in Rochester for getting to the bottom of this whole situation!
And to think we were in Rochester two weeks ago, dreading the worst. And here he is.. attending his 4th meeting in a week! He will start Cardiac Rehab next week, and walk the treadmill. He said tonight, that he hasn't needed to use his heart pillow when he coughs. He still cant drive... my mom piped up in the background... she is counting the days... 13. He feels alot better than he did the last time he had the valve replacement surgery. He was told that this surgery would be more stress on his body, but it doesn't seem to be that way.
Thanks to everyone that have sent their comments and thoughts! Means the world! Now we are in the planning stages of planning a benefit for my Dad (on Sept. 13th - at the Winchester Town Hall.. more details soon). From his first hospital stay in Mayo, the bill was $71,000 for 15 days of care. And his insurance will cover 90%. And to think of what this next bill for the stay and surgery will be - (I'm guessing $200,000 plus!). My parents have to pay their own insurance, since my dad was forced into retirement, under the cobra insurance. He did sign up for Social Security, but that just covers the insurance premium.
So every night I go to bed, and I thank the heavens for the wonderful work the DRs and Nurse did to get my dad back out there, and on with life.