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Brynn
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   Posted 4/22/2005 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I just happened to catch your name in the Who's Online list, and thought I might catch you here.  Oh well, you and Teri know that I don't hang out here, well, ever.  But I was glad to catch your name and hope you're doing as well as possible.  It's been some time, eh?  All best.
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Teri16
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   Posted 4/22/2005 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brynn! I'll let him know that you said Hi! So maybe he'll come back around?!
Hugs, Teri :)
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gordspen
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   Posted 4/23/2005 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Bryn and yes it is long time no see. I try not to get too involved these days and I tend to leave the discussions and debates to others. It is nice to hear from you and I hope you are as well as can be expected. I am now being treated by one of the best hospitals if not the best in the UK now and I have to travel a fair distance from home to get there. But it is worth it in the end. They are remarkable people and they instill hope and promise in you which goes a long way as you know. I cope pretty well and I did receive four stents last November which did help me greatly now sadly they seem to have failed or at least one of the grafts they were in has failed at least. As I only have two sources feeding the heart muscle this leaves me in a lot of pain with the angina. Hopefully Papworth may be able to do something come my appointment with them in July this year.

That is about all the news I have Bryn, Thank you for your kind thoughts,

Gordon and Michelle
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pandacrazy
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   Posted 4/23/2005 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gordon, nice to see you around here again. You should visit us more often. I have found great support and help here since having my stent put in January 4th 2005. They think mine might be closeing up too. I had a stress test with nuclear study done yesterday and will know the results Monday. Don't lose hope because someone here told me that they have different medicated stents and if one doesn't work that another one might work. I would never have known that if I hadn't found that out here. So if they have to put another stent in I am going to insist that they use a different kind of medicated one. Take care and let us know how your doing. Barb

Teri16
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   Posted 4/23/2005 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Gordon, it's always wonderful to see you here!!  You just take care of yourself and please let us know when your next tests are?  I miss you.  Big Hugs, Teri

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gordspen
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   Posted 4/23/2005 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Btaylor for your kindness. In my case the stents that have failed are not medicated stents as they don't put or can't put medicated stents into a venal graft. I have one artery that functions and only the venal graft which was still partially open. Unfortunately they will be unable to put any medicated stents into the venal graft. It turns out that the medicated stents are about 1mm thicker than the steel stents and because of that and the graft not being wide enough to take one, I can only hope for some other life giving treatment. what that may be I will learn in July of this year. But for those that were not aware the veins they use in bypass surgery to make the grafts are not as supple as an artery and they are smaller in size. I personally would have liked to try the bio stent created by a Japanese scientist and surgeon. Sadly the companies that make these products would rather use other stents at this time and until some one does different I am left in stasis.

God bless and thanks again,

Gordon and Michelle
When you feel you have had enough of the world and what it throws.
 
Just tune into the Archers on the BBC radio 4 and just listen :- Sorry no news until I have had the chance to catch up with the serial.


pandacrazy
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   Posted 4/23/2005 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gordon, sorry to hear about that. I didn't know about that with the veins. I learn things all the time at this site. Maybe things will change by July. There is always hope. Just hang in there. I'll keep you in my prayers. You know we are all here for you to vent too anytime you need too. Teri is very helpful. We don't see much of Vinny since he had that new grandbaby. I can't blame him though that's what I'd be doing if my granddaughter lived around here. Well I'm off to the dog park with my daughter and her big dog. Have a great day. I'll talk to you later. Barb

gordspen
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   Posted 4/23/2005 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a treatment called percutanious myacardial revascularisation. This involves inserting a catheter into the groin and following the femural artery into the heart with a laser. As long as the heart wall measures no less than 8mm then they can fire the laser into the heart muscle. This treatment is presently being tested around different parts of the world as well as here. It is after all a last resort for me. The news on the treatment is that it will last for up two two years which is at least something. Whether they could do any more after that I don't know. But two years sounds good to me. In the US they have used a system called TMR which is a little different from PMR. With TMR they open the chest enough to allow the surgeon to fire a laser into the outside of the heart. The problem here is that with this treatment the heart is actually penetrated and the surgeon must use his fingers to plug the holes and stop the bleeding. As this is an evasive method requiring general anaesthetic it is considered dangerous , not forgetting the chances of infection are high with this method.

God bless,

Gordon and Michelle
When you feel you have had enough of the world and what it throws.
 
Just tune into the Archers on the BBC radio 4 and just listen :- Sorry no news until I have had the chance to catch up with the serial.


pandacrazy
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   Posted 4/23/2005 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow that's a long name. I've never heard of that one before. I don't know alot about heart disease accept what I've learned here and about my own problem. So far I only have the LAD artery that was clogged up but I'm told it could have caused a massive heart attack and lots of damage or death if they hadn't found it. So even if it does clog back up and they have to go back in I still feel lucky that they were able to find it and treat it early. Maybe they will perfect that treatment better by the time they have to do it on you. How come they are waiting until July to look at you? That seems like a long time. I'm glad you found a good place to go even if it takes a while to get there. It's important to have some one you trust and that has a good reputation when it comes to your health. Well I'm off to watch a movie with my family. tongue Take care. Barb

Patoolla
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   Posted 4/24/2005 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Gordon!  Good to see you posting!  Sorry that your news is not good though!  Will be praying that your July appointment will come up with a plan that will help you...maybe the PMR huh? 
 
 How are your little doggies doing?   They must be past the sometimes difficult puppy stage by now!  Love to you and Michelle, Pat 

gordspen
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   Posted 4/24/2005 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pat,

I do post, but only now and then occasionally here. The reason for the delay is simply that there are not that many options open for me. They don't feel another by-pass is the right way to go due to the complications diabetes causes. They feel that another by-pass would be unsuccessful for me. I am left with only the PMR and the problem there is that this treatment is only available on the trials they are carrying out at the moment. They are currently comparing patients receiving PMR against those receiving internally fitted TENS machines connected and wired to the nerves in the spinal column. The next set of patient trials won't be until around July or August and I need to have tests to ensure that the heart wall is still thick enough for me to be accepted for it. So I will wait and see and until then I will just get on with stuff.

Thanks Pat and I do continue to look and see when your light is lit up on my yahoo messenger, when it is I will make contact, God bless and speak soon,

Gordon and Michelle

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Teri16
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   Posted 4/24/2005 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Gordon, this is your 2nd warning, please look at the guidelines. Your post re other boards is not allowed. Thank you.
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