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dunny2
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   Posted 5/23/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello friends, I've just found out that my husband has to have a double by-pass. The arteries just below the main aorta
are blocked. He was told that following surgery he would be on a ventilator for at least 3 days, and in ICU for a week.
That kind of blew me away, because we were thinking he would just have a stent put in his groin. I guess it doesn't pay
to just think. I guess our luck, right now has gone from bad to worse. Sorry for the whine, but after me getting my latest
DX, now this, I think I'll put this year as a write off...

If any of you knows about this surgery, I could do with some insight. Thanks guys...
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 5/23/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((((((VIcky)))))))))))))))
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FallColors
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   Posted 5/23/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Vicky,

I'm sorry to hear you both are having so many troubles!! I know a couple people who had by-pass surgery. All of them said they immediately felt much better. Like they had woken up from a bad dream. It sounded to me like they were at last getting enough oxygen-rich blood. The Docs will keep him under close watch and on antibiotics to ward off infection. Sooner than you realize, you could have a "new" husband! Full of energy and life. And that is something hopeful and a great thing to look forward to!!

Take care and try to keep your stress under control. Let us know how it goes for him -- and you!

dunny2
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   Posted 5/23/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for that. I feel like such a fraud right now. All the whining I've done, and he's been walking around in continuous pain
and not saying too much. The CT showed a 6cm area of complete collapse in the iliac artery, as I said before, just below the
aorts in his chest/stomach area. I'm surprised he hasn't lost his leg by now. I happen to see him limping one day, so I got him
to get it checked out. Thank goodness I did. You right about the being a "new man", the pain he's in now will be gone. See you've
got me thinking on the positive side....
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


kimberlayn
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   Posted 5/23/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My MIL has a triple bypass with about 10 hours notice. She was on a ventilator for about a day and a half. While on it she was able to communicate by shaking her head and squeezing hands, but she doesn't remember that. She was very sore the first week, but was home in about a week and a half (I think, it was 10 years ago). She had to have another open heart surgery to fix a leaky valve two months later. She said the recovery from the first one was bad, but not bad enough to skip the second one! Lots of good thoughts being sent your way!!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, omeprazole, fish oil, sublingual B12, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Doc says no active disease, but flare-ups anyway. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


justjenjen
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   Posted 5/23/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it the new thing to do to put people on ventilators? I've never heard of that and I know of several people who've had triple or quadruple bypass. I was just curious...

Hang in there! It is going to be a long road but the reward is great!!

FallColors
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   Posted 5/23/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't beat yourself up! When we get one thing after another and bad stuff piles up in huge drifts, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. The great thing is that you are there for each other!! I'm betting you know what its like to be in pain and to work through a long recovery from surgery! What a blessing you will be to him when he has to go through it!! I suggest you keep yourself busy getting your house organized for his post-op recovery. I like to get everything set ahead of time -- stock up on medical supplies, pillows, movies at the ready, night stand ready with organized meds, etc. Maybe you can ask his Docs for scripts ahead of time so you can get them filled now. And maybe ask the nurse what you as caregiver should expect. Like what symptoms would be of concern and will he have dietary restrictions during his recovery, etc.

Take care!!

Nanners
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   Posted 5/23/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Awww Vicky I am so sorry to hear you both are sooo sick. I will definetly keep you both in my prayers. I think FallColors has given some great suggestions.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


dunny2
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   Posted 5/23/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Bless you all. I'm actually in tears reading this. Fallcolors you've given me some things to hang onto. Thanks..

Jen, I was wondering the same thing. It was that part that frightened me most.

Nanners, you are always there for me. Again thanks....
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


gachrons
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   Posted 5/23/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vicky Hoping things go good for your husband. So glad you encouraged him to get medical help. Had a Uncle that had that done years ago and he lived a very long life. Hope you have some good family help if needed I know your not doing the best lately but he is lucky to have you. Keep in touch and we are here for you .lol gail

Matthew
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   Posted 5/23/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
      My mom had one after a major Heart Attack in March of 2002. She spent about 10 days in the hospital after the surgery. Then was cared for by my Aunt for abot 5 days before I brought her home. Recovery was approximately 8 weeks. Had some problems with some of the meds. But it wasn't as bad as I had feared it would be in the end.
    Hang in there Vicky!
 
    Sincerely,
   Matthew

dunny2
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   Posted 5/23/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail & Matthew thanks so much for your kind words. I will have Keith read this, it will help him too.

Bless you all.
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


randynoguts
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   Posted 5/23/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
tell him good luck vicky! hope all goes well
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Ne Ne
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   Posted 5/24/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vicky, I hope things are going a little better for you now I know the shock of hearing the news at first is always a shock. I have a friend named Keith and he had a triple by pass a year ago and his wife almost had to sit on him to keep him from doing so much. lol He had no problems and he said it wasn't that bad, He shocked the staff at the hospital he was up and around better than most. Where we live we have a heart hospital and thats all they do and thats where he went. they have everything there to handle everything.

But I didn't know if you have talked to anyone here on heart & cardiovascular disease just go to the forum quick jump and there you can most likely find any answer and get the great support you get here. I go to the bipolar forum to help understand bipolar disorder.

Just remember prayers and good wishes are coming your way hang in there.


Ne Ne
49 Female
Dx June 07 Crohn's take asacol 2x3 a day , entcort 1x2 day ,lotrel for HBP , omeprezole for stomach , potassium , one a day crohn's & colitis therapy , calcium & Vit D , lomotil for lose stools , tramadol for pain , started humira in Feb 08
Dx Bipolar May 08


ski bum
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   Posted 5/24/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I always get a little worried when everyone in my life is doing real well because i know that just around the corner could be lurking some unwelcome surprise. It sounds like you and your husband got hit with one of those unwelcome surprises. (Not that you were doing real well in the first place though, as I know you've been dealing with one thing after another already). Is your husband having open heart surgery or bypass surgery of his ileac artery? I think that would be an abdominal surgery? Whatever kind of surgery, I hope all goes well. Take care.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08.


bentwistle
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   Posted 5/26/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear that your husband requires surgery - but I'm sure it will go well and he'll soon be full of energy again. Please make sure to look after yourself too during this very trying time for you both. Being sick yourself as well as acting as a caregiver care quickly wear you down. Make sure you get adequate rest yourself. If family and friends offer to do things for you - take them up on it, don't try to do too much on your own.

You're both in my thoughts and prayers,

Bev

dunny2
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   Posted 5/26/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I don't know if this is all stress related, but right now I feel so crappy!! I'm taking B12 shots everyday, still no energy.
Humira, doesn't seem to be working as good as it was, diarrhea is on the increase. The only thing behaving right now is
my pancreas. So I guess I'll be thankful for small mercies.
My husband has to see the cardiologist on Thursday, they will schedule his surgery date after that. The only fear he talks
about, is not waking up from the ventilator. I guess that's a very normal fear!

I will keep you all posted... Lol.
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 5/26/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Vicky, I think everyone feels the same way about not waking up from the ventilator. Any kind of surgery is a worry, and your husband is about to have a whammy. ..... the good news is that you caught this in time. Imagine what could have happened if you hadn't noticed his limp and insist he see the doctor. This is stressfull I know...but it is all for the best!! These are talented , experienced surgeons we are talking about, and he will come out of it with flying colors. His life will change for the better . For now....both of you....just focus on BREATHING. when you feel yourself getting too anxious....concentrate on your breathing slowly in and out.
I will keep you both in my prayers. and my love goes out to both of you.
Mary
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 


karendee
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   Posted 5/27/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Vicky, you will be amazed at how much better he will feel. Take good care of him and keep him eating healthy so after the surgery you can help him avoid a repeat of this!

Plus if you had not caught it ahead it is much worse if they had to operate in an emergency situation.

((((((Hugs to you and DH))))))

Karen


 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also on Prilosec 2x a day for Hital hernia and other issues  Might be having surgery soon to correct hernia.


LynnRN
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   Posted 5/27/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Sending hugs and best wishes your way. I hope your husband does well. :-)
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