Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Kings Mountain, NC, USA
Back from the hospital
First of all, Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.
Went in early Tuesday morning, laid around until 11, they did a nerve block on my neck, left shoulder and arm went numb, remember going into surgery and they putting an oxygen mask on, woke up in the recovery room with what appeared to be about half the hosital staff standing around looking at me, asking if I was awake and if I was having any chest pains.
Seems half way through the preocedure, the heart monitor alerted them that I was having cardiac distress of some kind. They halted the proceedure, sewed me up and then tried to wake my up. Tests indicated that I did not have a heart attack.
Wednesday they did a heart cath to see what was going on. 40% blockage somewhere. They are going to try to treat it with drugs, diet and excercise. No more pizza or other good tasting stuff for a while. Was informed that running off at the mouth and jumping to conclusions were not acceptable forms of exercise. As for now, no stent and no surgery, was not looking forward to having my chest cracked open.
Yesterday the orthopedist informed me that they were going to let things heal and then in a couple of month go back and finish the job. Going to use different anesthesia next time. As for now, they repaired the tendon, no restrictions as to movement, he said I 'd know when to quit, use it so it won't stiffen up.
Go back next week to have the stitches out and further consultations with the cariologist. Got a shopping bag full of pills and potions for blood pressure, cholesterol and the like, even nitro pills even though I must have told 10 folks at least 5 times that I do not have chest pains.
Took a shower this morning, felt real good. Shoulder is pretty sore and stiff but can move it, put on a t-shirt without help. It pops and cracks when I move it but the extra noise does not seem to be causing any further pain. Probably be back up on the LT as soon as next week.
Again, thanks for all the thoughs and prayers.
B D R