I became friends with another patient last year when I was hospitalized named Dave. He has his LVAD placed about two weeks after mine. He just got his new heart last Saturday the 18th. I saw him in the hospital on Monday and spent some time with his family. He looked great for being only two days since his surgery. Well I went with the family yesterday to the hospital and spent about 90 minutes with him. He looked amazing and the change since early in the week was palpable. He had so much energy and had good color and just looked healthy. I don't know how to describe it other than to say if you have spent any time in a cardiac ICU the patients don't generally look great. Dave looked awesome. I have attached a couple of pictures of he and I. For me it is so good to see beyond the surgery and see the other side. A happy and relieved family, his great kids, and somebody who looked like his life was starting again. It validates for me all the research I have done into what this next step represents and what I can look forward to.
Here are a couple of pictures