Saturday, October 28, 2017

gotta go back...

Got the dreaded call yesterday afternoon that my cardiologist wants to have me back for a followup right away on Monday.  Good news is they didn't suggest I go to the ER immediately.  Bad news is, based on the images from my stress test there might be some blockage to contend with.  I asked if I needed to make immediate plans for a couple of days in the hospital and all they would tell me is that the doctor most likely will want to schedule an angiogram next (the gold standard for detecting blockages in the arterial system).  Best case scenario is that they don't end up finding any blockage.  Second best scenario is that I am only a candidate for balloon angioplasty and/or stent placement - which really isn't so bad considering how common this procedure is.  Worst case scenario would be if I need surgical bypass surgery (which would kind of suck but not really that bad considering how common that procedure is).  Planning on doing the long round trip on Monday (without getting another speeding ticket) for the consult.  Already have my house sitter in place in case I have to stay a couple of days (if they can schedule whatever right away).  59,63,40,0,B 

22 comments:

Carl D Jones said...

Our prayers are with you.

Undersaint said...

Dang John, hope and pray all goes well man. I'm told by the VA that I need a stress test too, over here in Huntsville, TX.

John Wells said...

All I can say is that the diagnostic tools available today are miraculous....

Zole said...

I hope all goes well with whatever treatment you get.

Sam Finn said...

John ... the procedure is painless. I'm praying you get great news Monday. Careful on the road.

bob r said...

AGGRAVATING part is the multiple visits before actual procedure, I had a stent right carotid artery year ago, was a breeze, but geezzze all the trips prior to and then several post stent, but thats how they keep the meter running............hopefully you will do fine,

Larry G said...

Good Luck John... on whatever plays out.

LIvin the Dream said...

Make a tonic from 3,500 years ago in China... 1 cup garlic puree, 1 cup ginger puree, 1 cup lemon juice, 4 cups apple cider vinegar. Bring to boil and simmer 1 hour. Let it cool, put in glass jar in fridge... take 1 spoon per day... just one. In a month, your arteries will have significantly less blockage.

MsBelinda said...

I like the positive attitude you display and it is clear you have done a rundown of all the possible scenarios. Best of luck, sending positive vibes your way.

rj said...

You will be fine, the small entry wound on the side of your leg is the only pain. If you need and get a stent you may end up with better endurance for your trouble.

Dale said...

think long and hard about the splint, it is a one way ticket.

Margery Bills said...

Sorry to hear this. Good you are on top of this. But you are so young. Men here have had and are scheduled for serious heart surgery (60's, 70's, and 80's). One older woman died some years ago because she refused surgery and did it her way.

Margery Bills said...

Gosh, Livin the dream, that sounds like part of my tonic in Alaska when I felt under the weather. I do not remember the complete tonic but it worked. A lady in Anchorage said she had a glass of something like that every morning before she went to work. She said it was to bring her blood pressure down.

Tom said...

Take care and I hope for the best!

Dani said...

Ah, John - old age is creeping up on all of us, and, at times, can be a bit intimidating. Guess we will all have to pay, one way or another, for our wild youth...? That said, I wouldn't change a thing :D

LIvin the Dream said...

I have used this tonic for 3 years. After year 1, my blockage was reduced from 50% to 35. On the end of the second year my cardiologist said to get off my meds. I have told at least 10 people about this, all have reduced pressure and some are off cholesterol and/or pressure meds. Learned about it in China a few years ago (I have been there 20+ times in 20+ years).

But, we all need to take care of ourselves, though any day is a good day to die, we want to live as many as we can. Best to you John, your an inspiration to many of us.

rj said...

Don't get persuaded by magic tonics and naysayers if the doc says you need a procedure. It is a life saving procedure (and a stent is a procedure more than a surgery) and getting one after a heart attack is not the smart move, even though many wait to that event. At that point you can lose heart muscle which will not come back.

AI4MS said...

Just as you live inside me here in Cape Cod, I visit you each day in Texas. Remember, after these procedures you will feel better, not limited, going forward. This is a good thing - Making and maintaining life - This is the joy and understanding I have learned from reading your daily adventures.

I'll be around if you need me.

Margery Bills said...

TY A14MS, that was such a beautiful and true share for John and true for any of us.

* said...

I continue to pray for you, John!

LIvin the Dream said...

Prayer and doctors are the best tonic. My addition of the tonic as a recommendation is not a replacement for a doctor, it is in addition to a doctor. This just helps the long term outcome in addition to the medical procedure. No snake oil here.

Pablo said...

Again, only "pigs" that owe to others need have a "sitter" ARMED if they go away some days, this guy OWES a lot to ALL arround there, sure crap