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Aldo
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   Posted 3/10/2006 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Well I got home last night. I stayed with my sister, while my daughter stayed with my ailing wife. I have had good days and bad ones. I went to the ER Sunday night. Not this past Sunday night, but the one before. On Monday my doc admitted that the stenting would be very hard to do at Huntsville. I asked him if it could be done at UAB Hospital. He said yes. I said why am I not there already?, lol. I rode in an ambulance from Huntsville to Birmingham. No lights or horns, ha ha ha.

Tuesday afternoon I stayed on the cath table for 1.75 hours. I had the rotoblation procedure, because if they had pressed the blockage (plaque) with the new stent, it could have traveled into my left main, or down my Lad. This was my 6th cath and I was really too awake, as I have been for each. I had to take a deep breath and hold it, several times. The cath lab nurses would have to remind me to resume breathing, lol. I had to strain like I was having a bm a few times. No problem there. I think I went into the procedure, in that mode, lol. Pardon the off color attempt at humor :)

They inserted 2 new stents into my Lad. One at the very proximal (beginning) and one upstream of the existing stent. The dimensions of one stent shocked me! The one at the beginning of my Lad is 33mm or 1.29 inches by 3mm. The other was 8mm by 3mm. Both were a different brand- Cordis Cypher stents. So I now have 2 Taxus Two stents and 2 Cordis Cypher stents. I think they have a side by side stent trial going on, lol.

The blockage that was estimated on the Thursday cath in Huntsville at 70%, was estimated at 95%, during the cath for the stents at UAB, the following Tuesday. I am really mad about this. This is why I called an ambulance Sunday night, ie the blockage was killing me. I have reviewed the angiogram cd (over and over) that the Huntsville people made (on Thursday). It is clear to me that my Lad was blocked. They almost let me die. I will never leave a hospital again, when I am told I have a 70% blockage. Really I was in an outpatient facility, when I left. I told the nurse after the procedure that I had angina bad, and would he hand me the spray nitro in my pants pocket (I still couldn't move my cath leg). He said if I wanted to go home to not complain of chest pain....I said ok, forget the nitro...I was a good patient and went home. I was the last to leave the clinic, which was next to the main hospital. It was around 7:00 pm. The nurse would probably have been delayed from getting home, due to some extra paperwork, had I asked to be hospitalized.

DocER, you would have loved to have been there, I think....The rotoblade came apart during the procedure. I could hear all of the conversation, and it hit me as to what was happening. I instantly remembered reading about the rotoblation procedure, and one of the things that could go wrong. It did, and this grand doctor gently scolded the man at the controls and told him to step aside. It took a while, but the wizard retrieved the misplaced piece of equipment and work resumed. Instead of freaking out when this happened, I relaxed as best I could in order to help out, and I prayed...

The most vicious part of all of this is that I had to give myself 14, well 15 counting the practice shot before I left the hospital, of Lovenox into me belly!!!!!! 2 per day to prevent blood clots. Lovenox is an anti-coagulant and once injected, it feels like venom spreading across the stomach....Although I have never had venom spread across my stomach, lol. My belly looks like a purple dart board....I was running out of belly too :)

I have permission to pay tribute to 2 marvelous, genius doctors at the UAB University Hospital. Dr, Vijay Misra, and Dr. Gaurav Kumar. Dr. Kumar was the trainee. They came to my room after the procedure. I thanked them vigorously and told them that they saved me from bypass surgery. Dr. Misra said " we did bypass surgery on you". They both had big smiles on their faces. They were not as proud of their work, as I was though.

The cath lab crew was terrific! All were hard ankled rednecks like myself. They congratulated me on my cooperation, and laughed about me holding my breath too long.

As soon as Dr. Misra entered the lab, he said "Mr. Doe, first of all we do not get into a hurry in this room". That really impressed and relaxed me somewhat. UAB is a wonderful place for sure.

I am so sorry to have worried anyone, with my late post regarding my whereabouts. No internet at my sisters :(

Thanks to all for listening and being a friend,

RJ

Here are some before and after angio pics. They are not that good though.
 

Hopes
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   Posted 3/10/2006 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
It is good to hear from you and glad you are all right! :)

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 3/10/2006 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
cool  well hi there aldo, we all truly have missed you, posting all over the place to find out if you had shown up.  wow sounds like you had two great docs, i wish i lived closer in case i ever needed one.  we have the university of washington here in seattle, but i live in tacoma so i need to find the best here, but i would love to go to the U W (that is what we call it here)WELL SOUNDS LIKE ALL AND ALL YOU ARE VERY PLEASED WITH HOW THINGS WENT  GOOD. SO NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK.

Aldo
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   Posted 3/10/2006 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to both of you :)
Hey I was in Ft. Lewis for a week, long long ago. Then I went to Southeast Asia. :) I am so glad to be back also, Dgirl....

RJ

els
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   Posted 3/11/2006 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Glad to have you back RJ,  we were worried.  It sounds like you went through quite an ordeal but have came okay over all.  Glad they didn't have to do the bypass.

How is your wife doing?


~elisha
 


Aldo
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   Posted 3/12/2006 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Elisha, my wife is doing better but needs to gain some weight. She grew up in a house with mold. Her Mother died ~4 years ago from invasive aspergillosis that destroyed her lungs. Although she was 79, she was very healthy and vibrant, otherwise. So we are all really concerned with whether or not the pseudomonas/aspergillus has been irradicated in my wife. She has finished 14 days of a very strong and frankly dangerous, iv antibiotic. She has now started Sporonox, an anti-fungal medicine. She feels so much better though, so we are all hoping for the best. I will not let her suffer with this. I will find the "experts" out there, in this field, and she will be cured!

My eyeglass lense keeps popping out, lol. Will have to wait until the wife gets up and puts a screw in the frames.....

I just wanted to say here and now that I feel fantastic!!!! I didn't get a new heart, I got a new body!!!! I have not felt so dang GOOD in about 5 years. I actually have STAMINA!!!! 3 weeks ago, I could walk from the bed to the recliner and feel tired from the trip, lol. Yesterday I cleared and burned brush all day. I never got tired at all. My back just started hurting and that is just fine. I cannot really describe the change that has occured with me physically. These last 2 stents really did my heart good:)

RJ

els
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   Posted 3/12/2006 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   

RJ,  I am glad that your wife is doing better.  It must be hard when you both are going through so many medical problems.

It is wonderful that you are feeling so good!!  Can some of that rub off on me?  Just kidding, I dont really feel bad just tired.  Take care and try not to over do tongue


~elisha
 


hope3
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   Posted 3/14/2006 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to meet you Aldo, and thanks for posting a reply to my post.I cant tell you how much it helped me((alot)) Im glad your feeling so well thats really good news.I know alot of people here were worried about you.I hope your wife gets better soon. I love your since of humor keep it up!Some of it might rub off on me! Take care and hope to chat sometime.
 


Aldo
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   Posted 3/15/2006 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, glad to meet ya too Hope :) and am more glad my few words may have helped to make your day a bit better. I think I needed to see a post like yours yesterday, just to know that I wasn't the only "down" person on the planet, lol. They say misery loves company :( ...ha ha ha. No, I really do not wish my misery on anyone, but today is a different and new day. My misery gauge is hovering around empty this morning :) I'll be on the treadmill soon, with eyes closed and hanging on to the handlebars; getting this ole ticker up to a good pace and blowing out the pipes...

RJ
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