One of our patients is a fairly young guy (in his 50s) who has been here for 55 days with heart failure, a heartmate (left ventricular assist device), and kidney failure. He was not going to be discharged until he got a kidney and heart transplant. So he was just sitting around every day on top of the transplant list, waiting for a donor to pop up. We took a long walk the other day and he told me all about how he felt perfectly healthy until 10 years ago, and then he was diagnosed with CHF, although he was asymptomatic. He developed a 3rd degree block, and was implanted with a pacemaker, only the small hospital who implanted him put in the wrong kind, which only exacerbated his heart failure. Since then he has had two LVADs and one RVAD and his kidneys have gone into failure.
The day before yesterday his AICD fired several times when he went into sustained VTach. He spent the whole evening scared to death of it happening again.
Yesterday the big news came... a heart and kidneys were on their way! He was wheeled off to OR with this stunned look on his face. I hope he's doing alright. Everyone on the floor is so excited for him!