Ed was also discharged with a Zoll Life Vest, which is a wearable defibrillator worn by patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The website states that the LifeVest allows a patient’s physician time to assess their long-term arrhythmic risk and make appropriate plans. Although Ed's cardiologist would disagree somewhat about this. He is very adamant to explain why we do not want our politicians involved in health care decisions. You see, the only reason Ed is wearing this vest, rather than having a device implanted into his chest, is because insurance does not believe that a cardiologist would make this decision wisely and so has Ed waiting months for the implant. Even though there is absolutely no chance of his heart improving and the implanted defibrillator not being needed after all. But thankfully, it is nearing the time for this implant to occur and we are just waiting for the word from his doctor.
I, for one, had a Muga Scan about 1 year ago in preparation for chemo and the damage it can cause to the heart. At the time, my ejection fraction was within normal ranges. But you can imagine that this will be one of the things I again discuss with my PCP when I see him next month, just to be sure.
Each visit with Ed he seems a bit stronger and more himself. But he has quite a long road ahead of him. He is still very weak and frail. And all the medications, and fluid restrictions are very hard. I also know it is very hard having his teenage daughter so far away and not able to visit during his illness. I can't imagine how that would be for me.
For now, it feels good to give back a bit by helping Ed and getting to spend the time with him. I hope and pray that he continues to improve, and that all goes well with the procedures he has in front of him over the next few months.