I debated for some time as to whether I would post this because in a post for a newbie, the newbie said that we were scaring her. I cannot help what happens to anyone and almost all of us are scared. If you don't like what someone is saying, you always have the option to ignore their posts.
I had been having a problem with the stent in my left carotid. It wasn't painful but irritating. If I yawned, the muscles around it cramped up. After complaining to MK long enough, I got an appointment to see the neurologist.
He first had them take a sonogram of both carotids. When the tech was taking them, I noticed that he did the left side in very little time, but was taking far too long on the right side.
Based on the results of that test, I went into the hospital to have a brain MRA done.
I did learn that the right carotid is 50% blocked but that's what it was back in 4/01 when they did my left carotid. I knew something had to be wrong with the right side but I didn't ever have a hint of what was up.
My right internal carotid is as much as 70% blocked and it is not operable. Once again, I have been given the "get right with God" and "enjoy those grandchildren". He twice told me not to have any stress. Then he said my diabetes has to be brought under control. It was until I saw him. He also said I would have to lower my cholesterol below 100.
I asked what he thought the severity of the stroke would be because I refused to become a vegetable. I'd probably be a carrot and I hate those things.
The answer is that it is an unknown when it will happen, the severity is unknown, and whether it will take me out is unknown..
It has taken me some time to make a choice of what to do. If I knew for sure I'd be with Mitchell, I probably would do nothing but I don't have that as a certainty.
I've decided to fight back. I will be doing oral chelation as soon as it arrives here. The doctor told me that anytime I want to check and see if any of the blockage is gone, he will schedule the tests.
He also told me that anytime I wanted to talk, regardless of the subject, to call him. I have some of the finest doctors in the world.
Please don't reply to this post. I'm only doing this because I have some very old friends here and I thought I owed the info to them. I'm not trying to scare anyone, I'm the one that's scared. B/C, the gift that keeps on giving. (Brought to me by double radiation.)
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".