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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 6/7/2015 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
thought i would share some about me. relevant, obviously. diabetic. even though my cholesterol was never too bad; however the cholesterol had built up. long story short, had severe shortness of breath, could hardly walk with pains down my left side. was having NSTEMI. doc did ekg, said ambulance coming. get to emergency. they said your heart is being very naughty and your up on the ward. so on ward, weird up with heart monitor, having stacks of angina and angenine. so next step, angiogram. bloody cold in there. i was cracking jokes as usual. get back on the ward, later the technician comes in and says, mate, no stents for you. 75% blockage in one and 50 in the other. by-pass for you. so 2 week of work up. i mean everything.

so prep, shave down for surgery, don the gown and my head wear. nurse, who i became mates with through in an extra ferneranin. 3. i was relaxed. so down in the ante room the anethetist and nurse are doing all there stuff. i wave good night. i wake up in ICU. intubated. look down nothing coming out of my chest. nurse says he will explain. basically a code was called as i went into anaphlaxis. i was 1 of those 1000 they talk about. a code was called and i was pumped with adrenaline. back on ward. another week or so. surgery happens. was cheated, only two ernergin. surgery successful. intubated, came out, was put on the morphine and hit the buttons right on the minute allowed, the nurse cracked it. so i go on the walker. i walk fast and the nurse was trying to slow me down. i was telling them to get out of my way. i did 2 laps of ICU.

so up on the ward. do the huffing. that hurts. was pumped with frusemide. so pumped i had a catharter most of my stay. so 1 day on the ward i was having breathing difficulties. they tried that little black bugger that is so tight, it wasn't happening. a call was made and like 8 dr's came from nowhere. down to ICU. a few hours later the doc comes up to me and says, your not producing wee, we are going to let you have a sleep so we can work on you. i went into renal failure, was on dialysis, so my frantic sis said, and i went into inotropic heart failure. blood pressure and lung thingy. ater 32 days i walked out of that hospital. the surgeon came up to me and said, your surgery, mainly smoking and diabetes. he said you have sleep apnea.

so i had a study, sleep study a year before, but nothing, this time bad. have very obstructive sleep apnea rem hyperventilation-still trying to get my head around that, and sleep maintance insomnia. always knew this. so i now use cpap. did a six week cardiac rehab program. eat good, walk everyday. surgery was nearly 2 years ago. have not touched a ciggie and never will again. had another surgery earlier this year, for something else and was intubated for breathing difficulties. so no more surgeries, deemed to at risk; had my fare share anyway. doing better. double by pass with extra precautions. was 8 hours. they are awesome people. just thought i'd share. was in ICU about 10 days. when i came out of being put to sleep i was heavily sedated and was seeing some trippy stuff. man was i hallucinating. my sis would come in, i would talk and she would go, i opened my eyes up and said, oh your still here, she said i was here yesterday. did that for a few days.

the worst pain is ya chest (sternum re-knitting.) so watch what you eat, do not smoke, exercise. that's my heart story. found out i was iron deficient from bloods and anemic. got a lovely decent staph infection as well. now that took months to heal. you always take something home. you appreciate life a little more after something like this.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

NOT DEAD YET!!!!! STILL KICKING AND SCREAMING!!!
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cilly
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   Posted 6/10/2015 3:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes Turtle such things change us from inside out and we start to value life more .Anxiety,depression is so small in front of this bro,you are a brave soul !!!!!!
walking,not smoking,not drinking,is very important as I know when life should not be taken for granted.
Thanks for sharing ,
I will learn from this for sure .
Thanks again .
Good luck and keep posting.
Hugs ,Take care~
Cilly~
MDD,Anxiety Disorder,Panic Disorder,Lupus,Fibromyalgia and so much .......

theHTreturns...
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2015 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
thx mate. good 2 see you posting.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

NOT DEAD YET!!!!! STILL KICKING AND SCREAMING!!!
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UserANONYMOUS
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   Posted 6/10/2015 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi HT,

Thanks for sharing. Reading your story makes me emotional as I remember my father. I really don't eat properly and healthy at all or even exercise. I should take your advice and eat healthy especially since I know there's a history of heart disease in my family. My dad's doctors did advise him to let him children have heart checks as soon as they hit their 30's due to his condition.

You are one strong and brave Turtle. I am glad that you were able to get through this and you are feeling better now. I know it must have been a bit of a scary journey.

Is it more than a year yet since your surgery? Do you still have any pain from the cut in your chest bone/sternum? I know it can take a long time to heal...

UA
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Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.

theHTreturns...
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2015 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
no all good. just gets tight sometimes. a bit of a tickle if i get angina. cardiologist got back to me this morning. new appt scheduled. they are hopeless. thx UA.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

NOT DEAD YET!!!!! STILL KICKING AND SCREAMING!!!
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RickyB
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Date Joined Dec 2003
Total Posts : 106
   Posted 6/12/2015 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for sharing.Sounds like you are a fighter.
I'm not scared of dying, I just don't want to

theHTreturns...
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/12/2015 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
cheers ricky.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

NOT DEAD YET!!!!! STILL KICKING AND SCREAMING!!!
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