Hospitalization and surgery.
Thursday 13 February 2003.
I checked in for placing a filter in my Vein. It is used as a safety net for intercepting new bloodclots. After placing, I went to the day-care centre. because I must lie flat on my back for at least3 hours.
Friday, 14 February 2003. (St Valentine’s Day)
In the afternoon a CT-Scan was made.
I took a very sad good-bye of my parents, family and friends.
Saturday, 15 February 2003.
The physiotherapist and the anaesthetist came by for introduction and for giving me important information how to act after the surgery.
Sunday, 16 February 2003.
It is a very emotional day. Our daughters 29th birthday. There are better places for a party. In the evening my children said good-bye and only Peter stayed with me in the hospital. Later on we had an emotional farewell. Will we see each other again tomorrow night. I felt very lonely that night.
Monday, 17 February 2003.
The big day. In the Netherlands I was number 15 for this operation. I woke up
refreshed myself a bit, got some medicines and from that moment on everything is
I was slowly cooled down till 20 degrees Celsius, then the surgery and after that very slowly warming up till the normal temperature.
Around 1800 hours Peter and the children heard that the surgery was successful. Finally they could visit me at the intensive care. For my family it was a very long and heavy day.
Tuesday, 18 February 2003.
I was unaware of living. Peter told me that my arms were tied up, because I tried to remove the tube. Everywhere wires and hoses were coming out and going into my body.
Wednesday, 19 February 2003.
I had an irregular breathing. Every day they took an x-ray of the lungs and cleaned them via an opening in the tube.
Thursday, 20 February 2003.
My heart fibrillated, so they had to defibrillate it. The tube was removed, but in the evening there was still a problem with the lungcapacity and they replaced the tube as well as a drain in my side.
Friday, 21 February 2003.
Yesterday they noticed a pneumothorax on the x-ray, for that reason they replaced the tube. During the evening visit the tube was removed again. Communication was only possible with paper and pencil.
Saturday, 22 February 2003.
I was miserable, sick and tired. For the first time since the operation, I left my bed.
Sunday, 23 February 2003.
Today I was transferred to the recovery room, because there was no place at Medium Care. Still felt not very well
Monday, 24 February 2003.
I went to Medium Care. I was rebellious. Later on that day the catheter was removed.Slowly all the equipment is removed
Tuesday, 25 February 2003.
Finally my hair was cleaned and I started to feel a little bit better.
Wednesday, 26 February 2003 until Saturday 1 March 2003
Not much to report. I took a shower on a chair, for the first time I went to
the toilet using a walking device.
I slept very bad due to an old Hernia which was churning up, but slowly I felt a little bit better.
Sunday, 2 March 2003.
An ECG and a photo of the lungs were made.
Monday, 3 March 2003.
An echo of my heart showed quite an improvement. In the afternoon a scan was made.
Tuesday,4 March 2003.
A memorable day, I discharged from the hospital. Peter treated the medical
staff to cake. We had an interview with a satisfied surgeon, dr Kloek, who told
us that the heart pressure reduced from 105 to 32. On the way home, I became
very emotional when I spotted the steel-plant near our home town. Back home the
flag was up and the room was filled with festoons, flowers and presents.
The order was, resting, recovering and regular check-ups in the hospital. It is still a long way to go, but a happy way to go. I survived