If you are on Facebook, you may know Alberto had a heart attack in the Calgary airport on our way to teach a tango workshop. He was put into a paralytic induced coma, had his blood cooled to protect his brain, has been rewarmed and he's off the ventilators, and breathing tube, is talking, but not walking.
Alberto is not all there - sort of like dealing with a mild case of Alzheimer's. He is like a sweet newborn baby.
He needed to have an angio gram today, and he refused! He only wanted Dr. Bhansali his New Orleans doctor.
Finally we got Bhansali on the phone with Alberto to tell him to do it. You know the patient has to be awake and cooperate. So Alberto agreed, but with his memory lapses, it was tough getting him there, because it took the hospital six hours to have a slot. I had to be there with him during the angio.
There is a blockage of course. But too close to one of the valves in the artery (left side) for a stent. They are proposing open heart surgery. Nothing will happen until Monday, when a group of heart specialists look at the angio results.
He cannot travel until his mental state is better, and he can walk. He is talking, eating, but is sometimes very difficult emotionally. He just wants to come home, and really doesn't understand that he is in the hospital. I play him tango music to soothe his troubled mind.
Medivac has been mentioned. But how. It is so expensive. If anyone has any connections in this area, please share your information with me.
We could use a good fund raiser.
Dancers in New Orleans, and people from all over the world are contributing to our Paypal account:
For now the blog must be on the back burner. Please pray for Alberto and me.