Thursday, December 1, 2016

An Early Titanium Christmas

Last Friday morning, I went out to the garage to fetch the Christmas Tree that I promised Dianne I would set up. I carried the big bag with the tree in it up the outside stairs and into the Family Room. It seemed a bit heavy, and I was out of breath, a bit. It has three pieces and went together easily. All the lights lit up when plugged in. I felt tired and lied on the couch.

After about 20 minutes, I thought I was not recovering as fast as I normally do, so I asked Dianne to take me to Credit Valley Hospital. It was noon when we got there and Emergency was totally empty. A doctor took an ECG and I was whisked inside into a bed. Blood was drawn. Another ECG. A doctor said all was looking fine, but the blood was being analyzed. After about 45 minutes, she said instead of sending me home, I was going to see the Cardiologist. Enzymes produced when the heart is distressed were found. Nice fellow decided I needed multiple injections and a Nitro patch. I was told everything that was happening. Suddenly, my blood pressure dropped fast. Sure knew it too!

So, off by ambulance with two nurses and the crew. Down to the Trillium facility and new room.

Around 10pm, off to the Cardio Lab. Dye injected in right wrist. That showed the Right Coronary Artery was "100% blocked". So, a balloon opened it up and a Titanium stent now holds it open. Back to the room. Slept. At about 3AM, I woke. I felt better than I had in a long time. Funny how a restored blood supply can do that.

On Saturday, in the early afternoon, the Circumflex artery (only 80% blocked) also got a stent. Back to the room, More sleep. Not as dramatic a change this time. But I was perfectly satisfied.

Sunday saw me transported back to the first hospital. The driver actually got lost and we took the long route. Nice room, great staff, bland but ok food. Rest and getting medication sorted out took until Tuesday morning. Dianne drove me home. I had an upset tummy and that was not pleasant, but eventually passed.

It's Thursday night, I'm doing nothing but resting and watching TV. But, I am feeling quite well.

The whole thing was very non-painful. There might be a small scar on the heart. There is also a chance of a complete recovery.

In about a month I will receive an invitation to attend a recovery program with supervised exercise, dietitian's advice, and other services. I intend to take full advantage of the program.

For those who don't live in Canada, I should mention that at no time was any money involved. No cash, no credit card, no bill at all.

So, I am continuing to make plans to ride to the MOA rally in Salt Lake City next July. Will likely be in pretty good shape by then if I follow the program, which I intend to do.

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  1. It sounds as though you weathered it well. I am glad you went to the hospital right away and it was caught early and you have great healthcare too.

    Listen to the doctors at the recovery place and eat as much plant based foods as you can.

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    1. Thanks, I do intend to use the recovery program fully. Dianne is watching my eating like a hawk. I'm taking it easy, but did make it out for a half hour (slow) walk around the block today. Knees and lower back said once around was plenty. Had a wee nap and just watching TV. I can now understand why the recovery program is set for four weeks after discharge.

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  2. We'll see if you ever have to haul in the Christmas tree again...

    Thankfully, it was caught in time and you have the opportunity to recover. We're considering at least spending a day at the MOA rally in SLC but it depends on the dates. I haven't looked into it much yet...

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    1. July 13, 14, 15. 13 is my 72nd birthday. Look for me in the booth that makes various signs, such as "No Parking", etc. if you manage to get there. I'd like to meet you, if we get the chance.

      I was very lucky and looking forward to the formal recovery program. I generally do well under formal programs and have the motivation. Not in favour of giving up riding, even if I do have to haul in the tree.

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  3. Ed - MOA Forum ExGMan here - That was a close one for sure! No bypasses needed, which is the upside of the whole thing. Cardiac rehab should be interesting, along with some dietary changes.

    I'm getting a new aortic valve this Monday (congenital defect). They told me six weeks no driving, but back on the bike in 12 weeks. We'll see.

    I hope your recovery goes well and is in some ways fun!

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    1. I hope all goes well for you on Monday. Your procedure is more complex and the recovery too, so I do wish you well on that.

      I actually am looking forward to the exercise program. No excuse now for not signing up for a supervised program.

      Let's keep in touch.

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  4. Geez Louise! I get distracted for a bit and don't see the goings on and crazy stuff like this happens!

    Glad you're doing well. The next riding season will see you in top form and hankering for a ride.

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    1. With the bike put away, we have a nice time to lose weight, exercise, and get ready for the new season.

      In the new year, it should be a good time to set things up right for the next decade.

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  5. Ed, I like your attitude but more than that I like that you recognized the signs and got to medical help quickly. Speedy recovery.

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    1. Thanks Karen. I now realize I should have acted a bit faster, but all is good now. I have received the invitation to the supervised exercise program and will be doing that for sure. Have lost a bit of weight and will be trying to continue that as well.

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  6. Ed - I am sorry I missed this, I have been away from everything blog related. I am glad you are on the mend!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Dar, it's nice to hear from you. I noticed your blogging was less frequent, hope all is well with you!

      Have been doing some walking, over 10,000 steps the other day. Lost over 10 pounds so far and more, much more hopefully to go. Off to the motorcycle show in a few minutes, lots of walking there!

      Formal exercise classes start in Feb, hope to be in good shape for them.

      Never any further pain since the stents installed, and the blood flow is really improved. If I do get winded, recovery time is wonderfully short. I figure all is looking just fine.

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