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 Post subject: My new lease on life
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:35 am 
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Hi,
I wanted to let everyone know what has been going on during my recent life changing experience.
Since the early part of the year, I have been easily fatigued more than normal. I attributed some of it to the busier than normal schedule I had and other to new life stresses. I had a doctor visit already scheduled for the end of April, so I waited until then to do anything. He saw nothing on my EKG, but said at my age that a trip to a cardiologist would be recommended. After approximately two weeks of waiting for his cardiologist to call, I asked my wife if she would call her Cardiology group. I got an appt. for May 10th and had an EKG. The doctor said that he saw nothing, but from my description felt I was a good candidate for a heart catheterization. Being apprehensive for unnecessary surgery, I asked if we could do a stress test first and he reluctantly agreed. I had an echo that next day, and a stress test on the 18th. I failed the stress test. He said that I fatigued too quickly and he also saw some suspicious things on the nuclear films. Again suggesting I do the catheterization, we scheduled it for the 24th. Once the procedure started, they were in less than 10 minutes and stopped. They found I was 90% blocked on the main artery, 70% and 80% on 2 others. The main blockage was after a bend and a twist in the artery, kind of like what a brake line looks when twisted. It was inoperable to balloon or put in a stint. I had no option but to go for bypass surgery. All of this really floored me. They made arrangements to move me that night to downtown, and bypass surgery the next day.
The worst of this was not the surgery, but to a reaction that I had from one of the drugs that I was given. All of this was masked by the narcotics I was given. It didn’t appear until I started to wean myself off of the narcotics. I had never experienced anything like this before, but when I described it to a friend he said it was like being on a bad acid trip. When I would close my eyes, I saw things I could never have imagined on my own… and have no interest in doing again. I also had bad hot flashes, felt like my skin was on fire at times and tingling in my toes and fingers. I had 4 days of no sleep which slowed my progress. I thought it was a reaction to the narcotics, and so I stopped them all together. It made it worse. I sat up with the night nurse and went over my prescriptions. The reactions occurred 2 to 4 hours every time after I took 2 specific medications. When the new nurse came in the next morning, I explained what I felt and that I did not want to take either of these medications for at least 4 hours. After 4 hours without any issues, I asked the nurse which of the two medications was better for me to take. After 2 hours, I started having reactions again from this medication. At my next med time, I changed to the 2nd one and stopped the 1st one (that I had taken earlier). This time, I did not have a reaction. The next morning (Sunday), I felt better as I did get some rest. I was worn out from the week at that point. Later in the day, I decided the pain meds needed to come back. I did some research on narcotics and found a narcotic pain reliever with minimal drowsy effects. It also did not suppress the rest of my body functions like most narcotic analgesics. I woke up Monday in much better shape with all my blood levels in a more normal range (all of them had been fluctuating prior to this). The hospital did a good job overall. The only problem that I had was when the ward was full. My nurses had a rough patient next door to me that consumed more of their time. This left less for them to spend with me. I’m sure they would have figured it out, but without my persistence it would have delayed me leaving a few more days. The reaction I had was not typical for that medication. My cardiologist suggested it may not be the medication itself, but in the carrier part of the pill. It’s been a tough road, but it all looks positive from here.
One other note, because of my younger age (53) they took the radial arteries out of my arms. They provide a much stronger material than veins and will last at least 25 years or more. If I work on my physical health and make my eating habits better. I may not have future issues. It also makes it easier to walk, no chopping on my legs to hinder me.
For any of you that have issues in the future, PLEASE do not be afraid to have a heart cath done. I was awake for the procedure. I didn’t have any pain other than from a few needles for IV and numbing for the area where they inserted the cath. The next morning I had very little discomfort from it. It is absolutely the best way to look for blockage. And for those that can be helped with a balloon or stint, it is done during the same procedure. I wasn’t a candidate for that unfortunately, however it saved my life.
Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers from everyone. I came home Monday night, now I have a second chance to do a better job of taking care of myself. I’ll be in here less frequently for a while, however I will help if I see another direction that may help someone.


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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Good to hear from you Mark. That was quite and experience. Good to know you are on the mend and have a very positive outlook. Get better !!

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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Good to hear you're doing better and back at it somewhat!! I do have a question for you though, because I'm feeling a lot like you said you did and have been for several months now. I have an appointment with my doc scheduled for next Tuesday.....Anyway, I get out of breath very easy, and for some things that seem like I shouldn't. My chest feels tight sometimes, and I can't seem to get enough rest, no matter what I do. Other than the rest part, did you experience any of that as well? After reading your post I'm pretty concerned now as well.............Thanks for the input.

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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Great to hear your home and improving. Also good to hear the final straightened out your meds and your now able to get the much needed rest I'm sure you need to aid your recovery, I can't imagine how much a surgery like that takes out of you.

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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Coloradoracer wrote:
Good to hear you're doing better and back at it somewhat!! I do have a question for you though, because I'm feeling a lot like you said you did and have been for several months now. I have an appointment with my doc scheduled for next Tuesday.....Anyway, I get out of breath very easy, and for some things that seem like I shouldn't. My chest feels tight sometimes, and I can't seem to get enough rest, no matter what I do. Other than the rest part, did you experience any of that as well? After reading your post I'm pretty concerned now as well.............Thanks for the input.


Mark, don't hesitate on this, if you can make an appointment with a good cardiologist go straight there. Make sure the hospital he does his heart cath procedures can do a bypass as well, so switching hospitals is not necessary like mine was. The heart cath was a piece of cake, and if they have to they can balloon or stint at the same time. I wish they had been able to fix me then.


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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Glad to see you're on the mend Mark :-$

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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Coloradoracer wrote:
Good to hear you're doing better and back at it somewhat!! I do have a question for you though, because I'm feeling a lot like you said you did and have been for several months now. I have an appointment with my doc scheduled for next Tuesday.....Anyway, I get out of breath very easy, and for some things that seem like I shouldn't. My chest feels tight sometimes, and I can't seem to get enough rest, no matter what I do. Other than the rest part, did you experience any of that as well? After reading your post I'm pretty concerned now as well.............Thanks for the input.


Mark, don't hesitate on this, if you can make an appointment with a good cardiologist go straight there. Make sure the hospital he does his heart cath procedures can do a bypass as well, so switching hospitals is not necessary like mine was. The heart cath was a piece of cake, and if they have to they can balloon or stint at the same time. I wish they had been able to fix me then.



Thanks Mark, and I'll heed your advice. I have really bad allergies this time of year and I thought it was just a bad season for me, but after reading your post it really got me thinking. How I feel not isn't really typical for even my worse allergies, but I didn't think about something more serious. I have to have a referral for a specialist on my insurance, but the appointment is scheduled, and once I'm there everything else moves pretty quick, especially if there is something of concern. I'm hoping that it's just something simple, but I've heard too much lately about problems like this, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

I hope you have a very speedy recovery! Good to see you back, that's for sure! Heheheehe, four circuits now, huh??? Sorry, couldn't resist!!!

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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:01 pm 
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Coloradoracer wrote:
Good to hear you're doing better and back at it somewhat!! I do have a question for you though, because I'm feeling a lot like you said you did and have been for several months now. I have an appointment with my doc scheduled for next Tuesday.....Anyway, I get out of breath very easy, and for some things that seem like I shouldn't. My chest feels tight sometimes, and I can't seem to get enough rest, no matter what I do. Other than the rest part, did you experience any of that as well? After reading your post I'm pretty concerned now as well.............Thanks for the input.


These were my symptoms, not that I paid any attention. I'm an early riser and I'm late to bed so I've always taken a noon nap for 20 minutes, no more. I noticed I needed a nap at 10AM. I just never put it together.

Follow mark's advise BEFORE you have that heart attack.


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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Good to see you guys are doing better and on your way to recovery!!! God bless both of you!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Great news, both of you guys are on the mend.


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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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mark and his driver/wife Wanda just left the house. We got to compare scars, nurses, my hospital tech, Peaches, hospital gourmet food, and the latest in urinal technology.

He looked pretty good and was moving okay. I'd say he was doing just fine at this point in time.


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mark and his driver/wife Wanda just left the house. We got to compare scars, nurses, my hospital tech, Peaches, hospital gourmet food, and the latest in urinal technology.

He looked pretty good and was moving okay. I'd say he was doing just fine at this point in time.



That's good news and good talking to you yesterday Bruce \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

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 Post subject: Re: My new lease on life
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Hummm, is he suppose to be out and about this quick? I was told by a friend that had this surgery that the major threat now is what a seat belt/shoulder belt "might" do to that wired together breast bone? :-k


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My father in-law had a quad bypass and they wanted him to put a pillow on his chest then the seat belt and sit in the back seat....

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Hummm, is he suppose to be out and about this quick? I was told by a friend that had this surgery that the major threat now is what a seat belt/shoulder belt "might" do to that wired together breast bone? :-k


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