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Apr 17, 2019
Jim is currently at Seattles Virginia Mason Hospital awaiting Coronary bypass surgery. He's had an angiogram to determine which arteries are blocked, blood tests, an ultrasound to identify blood vessels in the legs to replace the 3-5 clogged coronary arteries. The bypass surgery helps to restore blood flow to the heart muscle by diverting the flow of blood around a section of a blocked artery in the heart. He hasn't experienced much damage to the heart muscle & is expected to recover well. Having diabetes & some extra pounds may add a few complications. He is currently stable but they are keeping him under round the clock observation in case he de-compensates. Gautam R. Velamoor, MD is a well respected Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the hospital & in charge of Jims care. Unfortunately, he's been out of the country until Tuesday. He will triage Jim tomorrow to determine where to fit Jim into his existing schedule. The cardiac PA said that Jim's severity of symptoms are "average," so thinks that Jims surgery won't happen until Wed or as late as Thursday. The situation is anxiety producing but otherwise Jim isn't in pain. He's eating ok & trying to get some rest before the procedure. You can call him on his cell at: (509) 433-4399; email him at email@example.com; or call him at Virginia Mason, room 869-bed 1. He will be moved to a room in ICU after surgery for 24-48 hours. Then if he's stabilizing, they'll move him to a general medical surgical unit for 4-6 nights. The PA says that Jim can go to Davids afterwards for 2 weeks (although David, Susan, and I asked him to advocate for a few extra days in a rehabilitation facility until Jim is able to manage his own wound care, mobility and medications. Jim will not be able to lift anything for a few weeks after surgery & will need assistance with meals. He also won't be able to drive for a few weeks.