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I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:20 am
by realist
I'm going to have to put up with them for a few days. :cry:

A couple of months ago, I went in for my routine appointment with my ophthalmologist. During our conversation about "how have things been going with the eyes sort of stuff" I mentioned that a couple of times in the past several weeks, in my left eye it appeared as if someone had pulled down a shade. He told me to immediately see my doctor because that was a classic sign of TIA. He did not, however, see any evidence of a bleed or clot or any such. That was on a Friday.

On the following Tuesday I saw my doc. As usual, he began with his assistant taking my vitals. Upon taking my BP she left the room. Which was a little odd. He came in, with the princess, and told me what my reading was (208/108)!! and that I needed to get to the ER (5 blocks away) and do not stop and collect $200. He called ahead to tell them I was coming. He then decided to do a quick EKG and give me the strip to take with me. It was then discovered I am in AFib. Luckily a cotrolled AFib but AFib nonetheless. No idea for how long, as my last EKG was 2 years prior.

So the princess and I head to ER. Got in to ER quickly and then spent the next about 36 hours in the hospital seeing all sorts of specialists and having all sorts of tests run. I was discharged with appointments made for lots more tests, all manner of MRIs, CTs, more doppler ultrasounds, neurological tests and a stress test (which surprisingly, with the exception of the AFib, was a normal read which indicates all the vessels carrying blood to my heart are good). YAY for me!! :thumbs:

What was discovered in the end, and to make a short story long (which I think I've done) my left carotid internal artery has a blockage of roughly 90%. It's a very small portion (.5 cm) above the bifurcation. There were basically two choices to remedy the issue (excluding stroke, heart attack or death) and that endarterectomy or stenting.

Upon visiting with my vascular surgeon, because of the location of the blockage (basically right behind my jaw) to do the endarterectomy they would need to dislocate and likely break my jaw. Or we could stent going in through the groin. :cantlook: I opted to do the stent, which they will be performing tomorrow (2/19/19) at 11:30 AM. The main risks of the surgery are stroke, heart attack, or death (not necessarily in that order :lol: ) and we're sincerely hoping those don't occur. :fingerwag:

So as soon as one of us can, we'll (either the princess or I or both) let the boogle know how things went.

That is all.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:27 am
by Addie
Oh, my goodness, Green Man. Tots and pears :grouphug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:33 am
by listeme
Many :grouphug: and good wishes from us!

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:02 am
by MsDaisy
:shock: Dang realist! Poor baby! :bighug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:04 am
by Slim Cognito
Oh my! Here's hoping all is straightened out quickly and easily.
💐💐💐💐

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:18 am
by vic
:bighug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:19 am
by fierceredpanda
:bighug: Be well.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:21 am
by Bill_G
We'll be seeing you in the Aging -it's not for fraidy cats next week. Mind your meds and try to stay comfortable.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:21 am
by Notorial Dissent
Yes, definitely best wishes.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:25 am
by Mikedunford
Best wishes, Realist. Hoping for the best.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:35 am
by NotaPerson
Holy moly.

Best of luck to you.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:03 am
by Estiveo
I'll be thinking good thoughts, greenie.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:11 am
by AndyinPA
Best wishes for a speedy recovery! :bighug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:20 am
by Clairez
Hoping for a quick and painless recovery for you.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:25 am
by kate520
Ooooh, realist. So sorry! I had that e-ticket once. It’s not what you want to hear from the ER doc.

Good on ya for not ignoring symptoms. Or good on Princess. :mrgreen: Tots and pears for the best outcome. :bighug: :bighug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:38 am
by Foggy
Well that sucks. :madguy:

Hang in there and get well soon. Soonest. :bighug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:55 am
by Flatpointhigh

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:55 am
by Wintermute
Get well soon!

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:03 am
by Tiredretiredlawyer
Sending positive thoughts to you and the princess. Dayum! It's tough finding out you are HUMAN, not SUPERHUMAN.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:20 am
by Dolly
Wishing you a Speedy Recovery.

:bighug: to you and the Princess

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:24 am
by SLQ
Healing thoughts going out to you and the princess. Take care! :bighug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:38 am
by Princess foofypants
I’ve tried to be as helpful as possible though realist has resisted my attempts to keep him in bubble wrap the last 6 weeks. So mainly I go to the vascular surgeons, neurologists etc and cry. We are fortunate to have some of the best doctors in the country. Our GP even dropped by the hospital after teaching a class at Johns Hopkins and gave some input about the cardiologists, vascular surgeon etc. Calmed me down a little. I will admit that between this and my father having a stroke Thanksgiving week then passing away last month and changing jobs a month ago the holiday season was not the greatest.

It almost drove me crazy that the surgeon wanted to do surgery ASAP yet his own schedule turned ASAP into several weeks. But I’m confident in the surgeon and realist is a fighter (well, not with me) so I am going into this very optimistic. I will of course be at the hospital crying all day because that’s just what I do. His youngest daughter flew up yesterday to help and she’s very capable.

But certainly we will gladly accept any good karma credits to get him well.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:48 am
by Dr. Caligari
Realist, wishing you a complete, speedy and pain-free recovery.
Princess, wishing you the strength to get through this tough time.
All good thoughts to you both. :bighug:

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:49 am
by AndyinPA
:bighug: to you, too.

Re: I HATE HOSPITALS AND SURGERIES, BUT ... Gonna Be Putting up With Both For a Few Days

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:56 am
by RoadScholar
Hoping it all goes perfectly, Realist. :towel: :bighug: