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Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Mixed Bag of Results!

I've e-mailed this to some friends and I thought I'd just post it here for anyone who happens to follow my blog.

The angiogram procedure itself went well with no problems such as bleeding etc. It’s pretty amazing really that I wasn’t even given a sedative, only a local freezing (he said sorry for the ouch but it was not even as bothersome as my insulin needles!) and I’m talking to him the whole 20 min. while he’s “tickling” my heart as he put it. It feels like a butterfly when it’s in the left auricle! You get a huge heat rush from your head to thighs when they shoot in the contrast agent (dye) so they can take pics…and I was quick to tell him that just in case any male patients wanted to know, this felt just like a huge hot flash….X 20! (Except for the sensation of peeing your pants which I had yesterday!!)

Bottom line results….kinda mixed…

Good news part:

My actual heart muscle is in the top category 1 for a strong pumper and having no damage.
My cholesterol is really excellent
I don’t need a bypass (phew!) at this point…

I’m just to continue with my same meds and manage symptoms of angina with nitro spray.

Not so wonderful part:

There were several smaller arteries that were anywhere from 70%-90% blocked but the main artery was only (! Ha!) 50% and they don’t do any bypasses until it’s 70%. So I have some more time before the huge surgery. I see him in 6 months. I only need to do 20-30 min. of moderate walking or swimming per day…that is supposedly enough, although I’d love to be able to do what I was doing before.

And, of course, there’s the sugar to control, which is the main reason my arteries are blocked. The ever-elusive sugar. It is almost impossible for me to have under great control but it is better. The whole huge Mash-type unit yesterday (and I presume every day) was filled with mostly diabetics, albeit all older than me. This condition does ugly things to your insides and it is mostly the straying from low to high sugar that contributes to the coating and sticking to the arteries. I truly hope there is a cure for diabetes some day for it has certainly had its way with me in many areas.

Really Fabulous Part: !!!

He said I should go to Dallas on the 13th to my niece’s wedding!
Even though my insurance will not cover anything related to my heart, he told me that even though I’m a higher risk than most people, that he didn’t really think I was in danger of having a huge episode in the near future. It is only for 3 days. Let’s hope he’s right. I’m not a huge risk taker, but come on, in the big Casino of My Life, surely I can be granted 3 days episode free!??

We are lucky to have our health care system, such as it is and as much as we always complain about it. What I saw yesterday sure fostered my “faith in the process” type thing. The place ran like a well-oiled machine and the level of care was excellent. I was surrounded by happy upbeat people. In fact, with all my dealings with the various hospitals and doctors I have had, I have always found them to be excellent.

I have sincere gratitude for my many blessings in life; a wonderful caring, understanding husband, a close-knit loving family, (the best ever!) and fabulous friendships with so many people it is hard to believe. I thank my Creator several times a day actually….and most recently from the new upper deck in the trees where I am closer to the Universe!

Thanks to you all for always being so thoughtful and supportive of me.

I’m just taking it easy for the next few days…..and then I'm packing for Dallas!!!



Anonymous RennyBA said...

Like I said when replaying to your note: Life has its ups and down, but one learn from it.

Most of all I'm happy you can go to Dallas and enjoy the time with family and friends - have a great tip. I'm going to Milan in Italy :-)

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Blogger TorAa said...

1) we wish we could go canoing with you.
2) keep your heart healthy
3) Stay optimistic
4) We love you
what more to say?

then we must call

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Blogger Beverly said...

Hooray for a report that permits you to go spend time with your family. Have a good trip and stay well.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Blogger Akelamalu said...

I read that as more good news than bad so that's good!!

I hope you have a wonderful time at your niece's wedding you deserve a break hon. x

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Blogger Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I'm so glad that things are better than you perhaps expected. And so very glad that you're going to be well enough to go to your niece's wedding - I hope you have a fabulous time - just steer clear of that wedding cake! ;-)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Blogger storyteller said...

Sorry I’ve been scarce lately. I just caught up on your last 4 posts … loved the photographs (some of those sky shots were awesome) and am glad you were able to get away and spend time with your extended family. I’m relieved you don’t need surgery immediately and that you’ll be able to go to your niece’s wedding after all. Enjoy it all and take lots of photos to share ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Blogger fennymun said...

It's amazing to read the details of how everything was done in there!!

Glad to know that everything is fine, except you have to cut down sugar [no more chocolate, I guess. :) ]

Your blog always lighten up my heart, somehow, thanks for reminding me that I have to bear a thankful heart to my Creator...

Monday, September 08, 2008

Blogger gary rith said...

Oh hot dog, good news!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Blogger goatman said...

You'll like Dallas; many things to see and do there. The city at night is just beautifully lit up with neon lighting on many of the buildings. And west of the city are modern buildings and structures built prior to the big savings and loan debacle in the mid 80's.

Off topic here but I was wondering if some Canadians refer to outhouses as "biffys"? My German grandmother who ran a five cabin three biffy operation in upper Minnesota called them that and I have never heard anyone else save a recent blogger call them that.
Just wondering . . .

Monday, September 08, 2008

Blogger Barbara said...

Sounds like the best news you could have received! I'm sure you are relieved.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Anonymous Coll said...

Oh Ruth this is fabulous news!! I know it isn't perfect.. but I am so happy that it is as good as it is. Have a wonderful time in Dallas.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


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