Boy, you can say that again! I hallucinated that I was looking up at the ceiling through my trach tube. When the nurse finally came over, it seemed like days, but really just hours, later and asked me sweetly if I'd like it out, I'd been signing "OUT" with ASL for a long time. When she pulled it out, my throat was so sore, I could barely speak. I'd had tubes 15 times before at that point, but none of them hurt like that, probably because it stayed in so long...Prayers for Chris and his family. As stated, while CABGs have become "routine" these days, there is nothing "routine" about it when you are the patient.
Andy Miller happens to be my cardiologist as well. If Andrew Miller says bypass is the best option, it is an opinion you can trust. He has managed my care since my heart attack five years ago.