My husband is almost 78 and has had 3 MIs, the last one in 2008 when he had 2 stents fitted. I'm also a member of the lung cancer forum because, as well as having COPD, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in September after a CT scan for digestive issues because he has lost over 2 stone in a year. The lung cancer was a 3cm tumor in his upper right lobe and had not spread so keyhole surgery was recommended and he had loads of tests to make sure that his heart could stand the shock of surgery. He had his lobectomy on 29/11/17 at Papworth hospital, the best cardio/thoracic hospital in the UK, and his lung collapsed, as expected, but he was discharged home with a couple of portable chest drains on 19/12/17. On 23/12/17 I called an ambulance as he had pains in his arms and the ECG showed that he was having a heart attack. He was rushed back to Papworth and had an emergency angioplasty where they repaired one of his stents. On 25/12/17 he had a cardiac arrest and had to be given CPR and shock treatment but was fine when I visited in HDU that day. He now has a chest infection, has bruising over his ribs due to the CPR and is in extreme pain controlled by codeine and paracetamol. His condition is complicated because he cannot eat. He vomits every time he tries and the doctor has told him that he is being sick because he isn't eating...a catch 22 if ever I saw one! I am taking him his Aymes Complete bottles that our GP provided when he couldn't eat due to nausea while he was at home, and he is attempting to drink them. (He had investigations into why he had nausea, but only GERD was found) He was told, he says, that his chest drains are doing more harm than good and that they will be taken out today and he may be allowed home on Friday.
It sounds very unlikely that he will be allowed home but I have been unable to speak to any of the doctors or nurses concerned...when I phone they just put me through to my husband! He expected to be in the hospital for 4 days or a week at the most and has now been there a month. I feel so sorry for him but, whilst I would dearly love to have him home, how likely is this do you think?