Thursday, December 9, 2010

HEALTH FOLLOW UP #3: Surgery in 19 more days!

AM I WRITING A LOT OF BLOGS ABOUT MY HEALTH LATELY? Aye, I am. That will give you a clue as to how exciting my life is at the moment. TODAY'S EXAM HAD A BIT OF NEW INFORMATION, OR OLD INFORMATION RECONFIRMED BY A NEW SOURCE.

I had to have a heart examination before my upcoming total hip replacement (left). Kimberly, bless her heart, picked me up in her husband's pickup truck today to drive me to Hudson, Ohio where the recommended cardiologist practices. The weather was foul, and got worse as we drove North to Portage County.

Kimberly had arranged for the results from my week of heart exams in 2009 from the Barberton and Akron City Hospitals to be faxed to the cardiologist. He studied the 2009 test results then had an echo EKG made today, after which he shared the results with us.

Right up front, he told us that I had not had a heart attack in 2009, confirming what the other doctors had said. I may have had some heart rhythm problems resulting from a virus and/or meds taken for the virus. BUT TESTS DEFINITELY SHOWS THAT A HEART ATTACK DID NOT OCCUR.

My arteries were quite clear, I had some blockage of the left bundle branch, probably from birth, but the right bundle branch was clear and only one was needed, the heart output was above the minimum output of 40 percent, the valves worked well, the heart shape was correct, and the heart worked well electrically. (My heart was intentionally stopped five times at Akron City but restarted itself without aid each time).

He had an interesting answer to the cardiologist who told me that on my cross country bike ride, that if I let my heart rate get above 120, I should expect to die from a stroke or a heart attack. THIS CAUSED ME TO ABORT THE CROSS COUNTRY BIKE RIDE AT THE FIRST MOUNTAIN RANGE. The cardiologists at the two hospitals told me that this was not true. This doctor concured. HE SHOOK HIS HEAD AND SAID "B A D M E D I C I N E !!!!!

HE ALSO SAID THAT RIDING MY TRIKE WAS ONE OF THE VERY BEST THINGS I COULD DO. Woo Hoo! I had him repeat it to make sure Kimberly got the message. HA

Yesterday I went through about two hours of preadmission at St. Thomas Hospital. They took a lot of blood for testing, examined me thoroughly and took an EKG. IF I CAN DODGE A COLD OR THE FLU FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS, MY NEW HIP IS ON THE WAY. Great.

At noon on the 27th I will get a spinal. The operation from out-of-the-room til back-in-recovery will be an hour and a half. Recovery is long, maybe four hours. As the spinal wears off I will get pain meds. For two day following surgery I will be given therapy walking, including up and down stairs. I would go home after three days. I was assured that I could climb the stairs at home. Three weeks of idle, a check up, and then start a walking regime on a machine at home.

ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND IT WILL BE MORE OF A DIFFICULT EXPERIENCE THAN WHAT I WRITE, IT WILL BE SUCH A RELIEF TO HAVE THE PROBLEM BEHIND ME. The stress from riding in the truck, sitting, being moved around on exam tables created enough stress to have me on viacadon since noon.

Yup! Another blog on my health. I'll stir the pot a bit when I get my new hip a'working. Un Huh!

God Bless!

1 comment:

Mark Pierce said...

All good news - And good news from your doctor is just what you want! Reminds me of when the artist's agent told the artist that he had bad news. Seems as if a man came into the studio and asked: "Is it true that artists' works increase in value when the artist dies?" Upon hearing that it was indeed true, the man bought every painting the artist had ever created. "That's not bad news. That's good news!" exclaimed the artist. "Sorry to have to tell you," said the agent to the artist, "but the man who bought all your paintings was your doctor!"