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Round... 10?

I seriously thought about keeping this one to myself. I hate having to write about medical issues like this... I hate the sympathy that comes afterward. So, let me just put this out right now - I do NOT want your sympathy, your sorry's, hugs, etc. And I know that sounds harsh, but with as many medical crises my family has gone through, I look at these situations as work... I have a job to do, and that's that.

So why write about it if I'm not looking for sympathy? Because I need to express it on "paper"... it makes it more real. And, I believe in updating my friends on what is happening in my life.

So, with all those disclaimers out of the way...

It's my father's turn. For the past 6 months or so, he has been experiencing periodic shortness of breath. We finally got it checked out, and it turns out that he has blockage in his heart. Which of course is scaring the ever lving shit out of my father - being overweight, and a diabetic.

He has an angioplasty scheduled in 2 weeks. They're gonna let him spend his birthday (the 9th) out of the hospital.

I'm not worried about the procedure. It has a 95% success rate, and the doctors have it down to a science. I am more worried about the anisthesia. He does NOT handle it well... durning the hairball crisis of 2002, coming out of it turned him into an animal. It was very harrowing for a while. So, I'm crossing my fingers.

To compund issues, my uncle, my fathers brother, is having the SAME procedure done to him next week.

Like, what the fuck???

Gonna be an interesting month.

Comments

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nyssimi
Sep. 4th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
OK, no sympathizing. I just wanted to say that my husband went through two angioplasties (97 and 02) and a heart bypass in April. If you want/need to talk about it, message me on AIM.
alanesq
Sep. 4th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery to both your father and uncle.
rdhdsnippet
Sep. 4th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
No sympathy then, but a willing ear/eye/shoulder anytime day or night that you need it, and my best wishes for your dad and uncle's speedy recoveries, and your inner strength.
professorbird
Sep. 4th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC)
Okay, your aunt is fine. No heart trouble due to a serious lack of having one.

Love you kid and you know I'm here for you.
petemosq
Sep. 4th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
My dad had one done and it seriously improved his life. Just make sure your Dad and Uncle take care of themselves. Here if want talkin dookie.
quiet_ness
Sep. 4th, 2004 12:09 pm (UTC)
Okay. No sympathy or hugs, but I do have something to offer. Eliminating sugars and drastically reducing refined carbohydrates from my diet has done wonders for my blood sugar, cholesterol, and lipid levels. I've lost about 85 pounds, and no longer have to worry about being pre-diabetic and other impending doom stuff.

I didn't do anything like Atkins -- I don't think it's healthy to eliminate an entire nutritional category. I don't follow a specific diet, but the closest one, if you're interested in a reference, is Sugarbusters.
quiet_ness
Sep. 4th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
And, d'oh... you do have my support whether you want it or not.
kahoki
Sep. 4th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
My dad had an agioplasty procedure and a bypass a few years later, and had 15 years of good health before having complications with diabetes. Your dad and uncle should follow through on any dietary or health regimenes that are required, as it wasn't until the diabetes got worse for him that he was more stringnent with that.

On another note, conversations with my parents revealed both diabetes and heart disease on both sides of my family, so it I am finding out that it isn't too early to make note of that with my physician to keep up with.
sirkenandsubg
Sep. 6th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC)
No sympathy
but ears to listen to you whenever you need it.
lonewolf_w_cub
Sep. 7th, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)
And yet another reminder that we're here too, with love and support.
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