which lasted somewhat longer than expected. There was inflammation that had to be addressed, and a drain had to be put in temporarily (coming out tomorrow before I go home). Was told the blockage was “very bad” before this procedure, but fortunately the other carotid is unblocked.
I will have to be on Plavix or equivalent for the rest of my life. Also remain on a statin.
I will need serious changes in diet. After all, I also have a stent for an aortic aneurysm.
But I will be able to continue to lead a full life for quite some time.
I had a fair amount of pain when I was coming out of anesthesia, but that is now under control.
I have had to be catheterized to drain urine, but that may no longer be necessary.
I am now fully alert, albeit still pretty tired.
And as a Government teacher, I was able to be awake enough to watch the votes come in on impeachment.
It will be about a week before I will be able to drive. I will have to come off the painkillers. I have a history of quick recovery, so I am hopeful of returning to my classroom on time on January 6.
Yesterday I thanked my students for letting me teach them. I told them to honor and respect the school they are in, which even more than a community is a family — the principal stopped by to ask me to inform them of how the surgery went which she did — they were praying for me.
I am lucky.
Because I am tired, I am about to send my wife home to sleep — she had very little last night.
I will go home at midday. I have fresh sheets on the bed at home.
Thanks for all the concern and support.