Friday

Today is a sad day. 35 Years ago today  we had the painful duty of allowing the life support  machine to be switched off . Our  16 year old Daughter was allowed to  rest in peace. Still missed so much,never forgotten.ImageA 3Happier times.

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Another day at the Hospital for chemo. This one is for only one chemo so the day should be quicker.

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Well not a lot quicker there were problems with delivery of Chemo from Pharmacy .Lots of  people waiting  with half their treatment done. But we are home now and apart from a choking  bout which scared the s..t out of me mavis is doing well.IMG_0103My  medication is  down for home delivery but  every time i have to  phone up  and chase it. Only to find its sitting on their shelf. Anoying.

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Thursday

I got a call this morning from my Surgeons Secretary. She assured me I had not been forgotten. and that I am on the list . But  she had no dates yet. Armed with this news, I  got  hold of  The Hospital . I said I have just had a call regarding my Op, Yes she said they were  checking  up  to see if you were on our list, which you are. I said do you  not have a date yet. No  , it will be end of June or July at best.

I said look I am  between a rock and a hard place here. I am my wifes carer , she has begun her Chemo regime and I really need this at the earliest date . What can you do for me. She said I have an emergency  just  come in  now. I will  get back to you.

I thought OK maybe in a couple of days time. But 20 mins later she rang me back. She said I can fit you in for 20th June that’s the best I can offer , will you take that. I said yes please. The proviso is should an emergency  come in I may get cancelled and put back a week or 2 did I understand that. Yes no problems. OK she said we will see you then.

See what you can do if you try.

At 2;30 It’s off to cardiac nurse./ My god she is so thorough. She goes through everything Pulse blood pressure sitting  and standing then rest and re-do it all again. Questions questions questions. She is concerned  that my BP is a bit high but my pulse is far to low.

she has to balance my  pulse with my BP and my history  of exposure with asbestos . Some of my medication should not have been given to me with that exposure.

I have been short of breath  . That is down to  the change in pills. so that’s  sorted. my dizziness is sorted. So a review of my pills again. A new appointment  to see me before my  op. If my GP had been this thorough I probably would not have been on all my pills in the first place.

My new Blood pressure kit has just arrived. Gosh it is a bit technical.

 

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Wednesday

IMG_0102Its hospital  again mavis has had her pict line done. She takes all this in her stride. No moans or groans. Just lays there cracking jokes with the nurse. I admire her courage I dont say it enough. But of all the people I know she is one of the bravest. I am proud to be a part of her life. If I have to face what she faces one day I only hope I will have half what she has.

Its another wet day.

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A bit more info on Stents angioplasty:

What you can expect

By Mayo Clinic staff

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Sign up now During the procedure
Your body isn’t cut open except for a very small cut in a blood vessel in the leg, arm or wrist through which a small, thin tube (called a catheter) is threaded and the procedure performed. Angioplasty can take 30 minutes to several hours, depending on how many blockages you have and whether any complications arise.

Angioplasty is performed by a heart specialist (cardiologist) and a team of specialized cardiovascular nurses and technicians, usually in a special operating room called a cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Angioplasty is commonly performed through an artery in your groin (femoral artery). Less commonly, it may be done using an artery in your arm or wrist area. Before the procedure, the area is prepared with antiseptic solution and a sterile drape is placed over your body. A local anesthetic is injected into your groin to numb the area. Small electrode pads are placed on your chest to monitor your heart rate and rhythm during the procedure.

General anesthesia isn’t needed, so you’re awake during the procedure. You’ll receive fluids and medications to relax you through an intravenous (IV) catheter. You’ll get blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants) to reduce blood clotting, and then the procedure begins:

  • After numbing the incision area, a small needle is used to access an artery in your leg or arm. A small cut is made in the skin.
  • Your doctor will then insert a thin guidewire followed by a catheter into the artery and thread from the incision area up to the blockage in your heart.
  • You might feel pressure in your groin while this is being done, but you shouldn’t feel sharp pain. Tell your doctor if you do. You also won’t feel the catheter in your body.
  • A small amount of dye is injected through the catheter. This helps your doctor look at the blockage on X-ray images called angiograms.
  • A small balloon at the end of the catheter is inflated, widening the blocked artery. The balloon stays inflated for up to several minutes at the site of the blockage, stretching out the artery before it’s deflated and removed. Your doctor might inflate and deflate the balloon several times before it’s removed, stretching the artery a bit more each time to widen it.

Because the balloon temporarily blocks blood flow to part of your heart, it’s common to experience chest pain while it’s inflated. If you have several blockages, the procedure may be repeated at each blockage.

Stent placement
Most people who have angioplasty also have a stent placed in their blocked artery during the procedure. The stent is usually placed in the artery once it is widened by the inflated balloon. The stent supports the walls of your artery to help prevent it from re-narrowing after the angioplasty. The stent looks like a tiny coil of wire mesh.

Here’s what happens:

  • The stent is collapsed, placed around a balloon at the tip of the catheter and guided through the artery to the blockage.
  • At the blockage, the balloon is inflated and the spring-like stent expands and locks into place inside the artery.
  • The stent remains in the artery permanently to hold it open and improve blood flow to your heart.
  • Once the stent is in place, the balloon catheter is removed and more images (angiograms) are taken to see how well blood flows through your newly widened artery.
  • Finally, the guide catheter is removed and the procedure completed.

After your stent placement, you may need prolonged treatment with medications to reduce the chance of blood clots forming on the stent material.

After the procedure
You’ll probably remain hospitalized one day while your heart is monitored. While you are in the hospital, your doctor will likely prescribe anticoagulant medications to prevent blood clots and medications to relax your arteries and protect against coronary spasms that can cause a heart attack. You should be able to return to work or your normal routine the week after angioplasty.

When you return home, drink plenty of fluids to help rid your body of the contrast dye. Avoid strenuous exercise and lifting heavy objects for several days afterward. Ask your doctor or nurse about other restrictions in activity.

Call your doctor’s office or hospital staff immediately if:

  • The site where your catheter was inserted starts bleeding or swelling
  • You develop increasing pain or discomfort at the site where your catheter was inserted
  • You have signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, drainage or fever
  • There’s a change in temperature or color of the leg or arm that was used for the procedure
  • You feel faint or weak
  • You develop chest pain or shortness of breath

Blood thinners
It’s important that you closely follow your doctor’s recommendations about your treatment with blood-thinning medications — aspirin and clopidogrel or similar medications.

Most people who have undergone angioplasty with or without stent placement will need to take aspirin for life. Those who have had stent placement will need a blood-thinning medication such as clopidogrel for a year or longer in some cases. If you have any questions or if you need noncardiac surgery, talk to your cardiologist before stopping any of these medications.

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Tuesday

Summer Summer where for art though. Tis nobler in the sun than in the rain.

Another wet day. The puzzle today is a photo  of Mavis and my Sasha our jack Russel who  we sadly  lost  while on holiday . We were so impressed with the front Garden of the Cottage.

Well mavis pict line day gets closer as we go tomorrow. Ive ordered my replacement Blood Pressure Monitor. Mine recorded a BP of 288 over 188 this morning, if that were correct  I think I would be dead. So its got to go.

I have had it about 8 years so its done well.

My Mind wandered today like it often does, How many remember at school calling out, I aint got no ink Sir. and getting the reply, Then use it boy. It took a long time to understand the concept of 2 negatives.

Monday

Another quiet day. I don’t seem to be sleeping much lately. Well not at night. I was up again at just after 6 . Did my emails and Facebook. Took Mavis an early morning coffee. Then I let her lay in  till late. She is doing well on this new chemo.

My Blood pressure monitor  seems to be playing up. recently i  get error reports  or  I have to take the best of 3 or 4 readings. Thats not good enough  especially in my present condition. i  searched the net for a replacement. I found one and read the reviews lots of 5 stars  and good reports. approved by several GPs. Curries had one on their web. So we went shopping . But curries said we dont stock them you need a mega store. The nearest was nearly 30  miles away.  I had to get mavis a new keyboard and mouse so  I picked them up  then , so back home  I checked amazon. Gosh  how silly not to have looked before the same one nearly £30  cheaper. So that’s on order now will be here by end of the week. This one creates graphs and logs all entry’s and even sends  the results to my GP. Hows that.

I’ve done tomorrows puzzle. It took me a while to do. I hope you enjoy it.

I had a couple of funny turns in the car ,it was a case of  a few puffs on my puffer, that sorted it. Apart from the chest pains I broke into a cold sweat. I’ve not had that before. When I checked ,it’s all part of  the condition. No problems. The sooner I get sorted the sooner I can get on with my life.

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Sunday

Ive put 2 puzzles on  today. mavis has been tidying the back garden. The new neighbour  decided to cut  back his hedge so now we can see again.

Its been a nice day. A quick  run to the park so louis gets a run.

later  we watched les Miserables well half of it  weve paused it  to have our  evening meal. maybe catch it  after dinner.

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Meal over back to les Mis. All finished now. Not so good  on tv. It needs the big screen and suround sound or the stage show to  really enjoy.

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Saturday

Bank Holiday. We were booked to go away but with maves chemo yesterday  and not knowing how she would feel we had to cancel. We both stayed in bed watching TV longer than usual. She is tired and has slept most of the afternoon . So it was wise to cancel.

Its sunny here so  we might have got away. Terry and Nicky  wanted to visit us because they were on the opposite side of the island.

I am not to bad today .Not a lot of energy but no pains. I am using my puffer OK now. I got my hearing aid mended while I waited yesterday. It only took a few minutes. Not that it’s a lot of good anyway.

I spent quite a bit of time chatting to Ken , they are in Ontario having a great time. Its alway good to hear from him.He may work his way across to New York  later before he comes home. Lucky  man.

I’ve lost 6 small jars of special paint somewhere. I’ve turned the place upside down ,can’t find them. Ebay  needs another visit me thinks.The Chinese Company agreed my  order is lost in the post and have agreed to  send me another one. I said 6 weeks for a  14 day  airmail is not acceptable. There was a bit of  dalliancing until I said do you really want a negative feedback left. They said don’t do that , we will replace it. I don’t want it now I’ve bought one locally and it was here in 3 days. If I had known it was from China I wouldn’t have ordered it. Thats  a lesson learnt.

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