Monday, January 10, 2011

My new blog

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!!!!


  1. Rob and Carrie,
    please know that Paul and I will be praying for you next week. Prayers for a successful surgery and a fast recovery.

  2. You guys are two of the absolute best people i have ever met in my life. My family will be praying for you. Tell Rob I'll jump in the mini van and come see him!

    Please let us know if there is ANYTHING we can do to help out.

    The Kuhn family

  3. please let me know if there is anything that Ken and I can do. We are keeping all of you in our prayers! I know he will do great!

    Maria and Ken

  4. You all will be in my prayers, for sure. Let me know how I can help. Carrie, even if you just want someone to come sit with you, I'll spend my lunch break with you...I may even share my lunch. I'm there Mon-Fri...but available Sun-Sat. I will email my phone number to you. I love you Wetzel's madly and will be praying to a speedy recovery

  5. Hi Guys,
    Just read what was going on and thought I would say a prayer for you guys. I hope for a sucessful recovery and peace for Carrie. Rob, when you get surgury out of the way, I have major furniture to move around the house. HEEHEE! Please take care and to healthy new year!

    Kelly and Jason Bish

  6. Rob:

    Your Uncle Bob and I enjoyed seeing you and that lovely wife and daughter of yours a couple of weeks ago. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you for a successful surgery and prompt recovery. We will look forward to hearing about your day to day progress on this blog.

    Love to you all, Aunt Barbara and Uncle Bob