Thursday, December 9, 2010
CARDIOLOGIST--OR THE HEART OF THE MATTER!
CARDIOLOGIST--OR THE HEART OF THE MATTER!
THIS POST IS REALLY FOR ME...AND FOR PRAYER. THIS IS WHAT "MY" BLOG IS FOR!
There was no post Wednesday as I went to my new Cardiologist. He is new TO ME, as my old one moved back to his home town, and is not working! Since July, 2010!!!. I am having the same symptoms that caused me to have a Cardiac Cath with Stents in 2007 & 2009, and I could not ignore them any longer!!
These symptoms caused me to have a stent in July of 2007, after a Triple By-pass at age 51 in 2005!! It didn't last two years--- Right Coronary Artery! 80% Blocked!
I had another Cath in July of 2009, as the same symptoms had returned. You guessed it! They re-stented the exact same stent from 2007, as it had blocked down to 80% occlusion again.!
Another Cardiologist did my stent in 2007 as my Cardiologist was out of town. OK--That happens- (the Out of Town Part!!) But his stent only lasted two years!!! (I went back to work at Urgent Scare working 12-15 hour shifts: 10am to-12:00 or , 1:00 am!
In July of 2009-- (July Sucks people!) with the exact same symptoms- I had another Cath. MY 3RD....He told me everything was perfect !
I returned to work IN 2009, WITH SOME RESTRICTIONS! and was sent home after one hour! Yep--I was now a LIABILITY!!! But they told me it was for my own good! (And you know what?--it turns out they were right--GOD IS GOOD!!)
I was forced into Disability from work! Thank the Lord I decided to take out that policy when I hired on in 2004! So, I went back to work after a Triple bypass in 2005, a Stent in 2007 & a Re-stent in 2009!
Then I was "Let GO"! It's hard when you are used to doing and after being in medicine for 30 plus years!
It was all I knew!
After I saw him for a regular visit this year YEP- JULY 2010!!!!
After continuing symptoms--- an Abnormal Echo, & Stress Test, he told me not to worry about it! I was OK, I
was told everything looked great!...Then why couldn't I walk to the mailbox and back without stopping, Chest Pains & Shortness of Breath???? All this time, I am trying to get back into Fishing, and my regular Outdoor Lifestyle! I didn't want to be a wus or Cardiac Cripple. I even had to give up my Medical Missions work that I LOVED!!!!!
Today the New Cardiologist told me I had 100% blockage of an artery. I told him that was impossible as I had been told that the last Cath, not 6 months ago was perfect, and that I had had a full work-up and nothing needed to be done.
He showed me my chart and I really got confused, thinking it was the RCA again. It said, RCA clear!
I am now scheduled for an entire repeat of the Tests, including Vascular Studies of my legs and Carotids that were also done two tears ago!
I'm now totally confused and feel like an Idiot.
So, as confused as I was, while all the tests were being scheduled, I asked the Nurse to explain to me how I had a blockage- when I had just read it was clear????, and how this new Dr knew that!! Did he have X-ray vision, or was just that Damn good ?
It is so convoluted, he wanted to do everything again, as the Documentation in my chart was poor- (JULY 2010!), to say the least. So that got my antennae up even more. Something just wasn't jiving, and I know to go with my
Gut SPIRIT MAN!
The Nurse then informed me that indeed the Stent (2007), re-stent (2009) was perfect as of my last Cath.
But--and it's a BIG BUT, I had a 100% BLOCKAGE of a different ARTERY! The New Dr. assumed I saw that as he let me read my chart!
The RCA- Right Coronary Artery was the stent, re-stent--and the Circumflex was the 100% Blocked artery and had been since the cath of yep:
I WAS NEVER TOLD THIS!!!!!! My Old Cardiologist NEVER told me the Circumflex was blocked. The day of the Cath, He told me, while I was on on the table, and lucid!,and my Wife, in the waiting room, that everything was NORMAL and LOOKED GREAT! Both of us are not going to miss that news!
REFUND, NEGLIGENCE, LAWSUIT? NO!
But it Borders on almost Criminal, as I lived for a LON TINE thinking I was a Crock, & Hypochondriac!
It turns out you cannot stent the Circumflex Artery (I did not know that!), and they won't do a One vessel Open Heart Sugery! That makes sense as you don't want to waste a Vein that may be needed later. So I have been living with this crap and no quality of life since the Cath of
WHY DIDN'T HE TELL ME??? I could maybe have pursued other options or at least known I wasn't crazy. He even stopped a medicine the Other Cardiologist started me on to Increase Oxygen flow!
Guess what? The New Doc, started me back on it today--wondering why I was ever told to stop taking it!!!!
Bottom line--this new Doc is Awesome, and I will tell him that I didn't know he was talking about the Circumflex Artery- I just read about the Right Coronary! I saw my chart with him, and then the Nurse -- but wouldn't you know it--This was the one time I forgot my reading glasses! LOL.
So--next Wednesday, I'm having ALL these tests, and then I am going to have another Heart Cath! Merry Christmas!
So why all the tests before the Cath, which is the Gold Standard? Good question my brilliant readers. He truly wants to see if any more damage has been done, as the EKG was non-specific, and just showed the Original Heart Attack from 2005. He said that when he does the Cath...he will know exactly where to look!
HOW ABOUT THE WHOLE DAMN THING!!
BUT I DO KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT, AS YOU CAN HAVE SPASMS, AND MISS IT ON A CATH, BUT THEY ARE EQUALLY AS DANGEROUS AND CAN BE STENTED IF YOU SEE THEM. BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO BE LUCKY, GOOD, OR KNOW WHERE TO LOOK TO SEE THEM AS THEY HAPPEN SO FAST.
Actually, this is the same spasm that happens every-time you inhale nicotine. It can reduce any vessel by 50%, and if it is only 50% Blocked- and you usually don't have symptoms at 50%-guess what????Every inhale = 100% blockage! Just a little edumication- and no preaching, as I smoked 2 ppd for 35 years, and if it weren't for this, I would start again!
I am not complaining, as I'm blessed to have the Premier Heart Center right here in Columbia, with the best Vascular Surgeons around, if I ever need another by-pass.
WHAT I NEEDED TO DO WAS WRITE THIS OUT!
I ALSO WOULD LIKE FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT PRAY--TO PLEASE DO SO FOR US! IF YOU DON'T MIND, IF YOU KNOW PRAYER WARRIORS, JUST ASK THEM TO LIFT UP OLD JOHN!
I AM EXPECTING A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE & NO--IT DOESN'T HAVE TO DO WITH SANTA CLAUS! HE PULLS FOR AUBURN, NOT SOUTH CAROLINA!!!--
I MEAN FROM JESUS!!!!
THANKS IN ADVANCE,