So this is my 1st attempt at this blogging thing so if you have experience and have any hints, please let me know!!
I thought this would be an easier way to keep everyone updated on Rob's progress as opposed to email, Facebook and phone calls. As some of you know, Rob is scheduled for Heart Surgery on Jan 20 (Next Thursday) at Barnes. He will be admitted on January 18 for 2 days of PreOp testing.
Just to give a little history, Rob was diagnosed in High School with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM), which causes a thickened Left Ventricle. Recently, this has led to increased problems with irregular heart rhythms. He has had two catheter ablations to try to correct. Over the past year he has had more symptoms- edema, shortness of breath and so the decision was made to pursue a surgical option. He will have two procedures at once, including a Septal Myectomy (to decrease the size of the thickened septum so that he will then just have Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, but without obstruction), a MAZE procedure (Cryogenic clamp Ablation in the atrium which ultimately should fix the irregular heart rhythms by blocking errant electrical signals). He will likely be in the hospital 5-7 days post-op and then recover at home!!!
So that's where we are currently!!! I will keep everyone updated via this blog and feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested!! Please pray that this all goes as planned and Rob can get through surgery and on the road to health!!!!