Hello again everyone. CT Angiogram 9th December. Onwards.
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Another step in the right direction, did you prod them? It’s another box ticked, you will be good.
No I didn't at all Pauline. Letter arrived in late post within the last half hour xx
Your cardiologist was on the money said he wanted it done before Christmas.
Yep, said he wanted tests before Xmas. Now Pauline. Is this indicative of how early next year I could be done. What I'm getting at is how long are these angiograms valid for (*toys with idea of putting the Rams to the ewes for a May lambing *waves) 😁
Good things are moving in right direction for you but maybe your rams shouldn’t be moving in direction of Ewes for lambs this May 😉 😁 😂!! Going to take you a few months to feeling tip top and up for ‘shepherding’ again would imagine .... ?
I doubt I will. It's a very busy time. But magical. No my small army of Rams and ewes can potter round with me........
However, can imagine it must be very magical ..... can lambs ever be born early Autumn? 🐑
Oh yes... There is such a thing as an Xmas lamb but Flower it's cold, it's wet and both are lamb killers if you lamb outside. I'd never do it x
No, don’t blame you at all !
Think May might be pushing it, though if you get it sorted beginning of February you might be ok. You would probably need some help with the lambing.
Having your angiogram done beginning of December I would say early in the new year, barring any hold ups, your cardiologist as been good so far, have you meet the surgeon yet? Things will really start moving then😉
Will have my fingers crossed for you.
No haven't met Surgeon yet... But onwards we go Pauline because I want to see those Grandchildren of mine, as yet unborn... My daughter is not yet with child but I see myself as an old lady with a tribe of little faces around me. All of my issue..
Have 5 granddaughters aged from nearly 18 to 9, 3 in Australia 2 on the south coast. They give me so much joy I can’t tell you. Had 2 sons so girls were a gift, we did have a grandson but we lost him one of the darkest days of my life. The oldest girl was 14 when I had my surgery (she is in Australia ) and sent me a card that her Dad brought when he flew over. The words she wrote in that card kept me going through those 7 weeks in hospital before my op when I had had enough. I would read them every day. So yes grandchildren are so precious and so life affirming. Pauline x
I'm so sorry about your Grandson Pauline. A cross no one should ever bear 😔
Why did you end up 7 weeks in hospital Pauline love?
My heart was so weak and couldn’t pump hard enough. I had so much fluid and was literally drowning😩 so was on a drip twice a day to get rid of the excess. I lost 67lbs in weight 😂 they needed to keep an eye on my kidney function so blood test every day. While they had me there I had the best mot you can imagine I think I had every test you can think off! Once they thought I was fit enough they transferred me to the specialist heart hospital, had my surgery and I have been great ever since, though having said that just had my normal bloods done and my kidney function as dropped so have to have more bloods done on Monday. So we will see.Love Pauline
I'm sure all will be well Pauline. I really really appreciate everyone talking with me on here. Thanks so much. X
Good luck for Monday Pauline, please keep us informed as results.
Jubilee on Monday for bloods as well, kidney function had dropped, due to persistent urine infection I had scans the other week, results on Monday, and hoping they can start reducing dosage of meds particularly the steroids 🙄 I hope your bloods are fine take care char
Thanks char, hope your results are good, just going to phlebotomy clinic at the local health centre. I am high dose of furosemide to help push the fluid out so my heart doesn’t have to work as hard, so nervous in case they start talking about reducing dose! I suppose it’s a balancing act between the two. Really hope they can start reducing your steroids soon, fingers crossed for you. Let us know how you get on. Give my love to the Jubilee that place saved my life😊Pauline
I couldn't agree more I'm extremely fortunate to have nine grandchildren one month to 14yrs all of whom brighten my life and all endeavour to help with my AF.
I forgot to add i hope all goes well for you 🙏 💓
Glad to hear it ITSINTHEBAG9 it’s great that things are moving in the right direction for you. Let us all know how you get on on the 9th.. good luck.
Good luck with yours. I have mine next Friday as I too have severe aortic stenosis caused by radio and chemo 28 years ago. My operation should be before Christmas as my health is deteriorating. I have met the surgeon and he is confident it will go well as I am classed as young 😂I too am a farmers wife and I hate being confined to the indoors but for now until they mend me I must.
I hope that everything goes well with you and your mind is giving you mental anguish. I am looking forward to being able to get stuck into looking after my animals without the awful shortness of breath
Take care x
Aww thank you so much. Bit of a two pronged sword here as I'm husbands carer. Our sheep are pets really and we eat the lamb ourselves or gift it. I am a Farmers daughter so well used to animals. We just borrow a bit of land. I've been pretty lucky symptom wise. And thinking about your timing Onthescrapheap you will be heading into Spring recovery wise which is good.
My op should have been carried out in March but due to Covid it wasn’t and I was told to just rest. We run 120 store cattle and camping site and a bunkhouse - couldn’t see rest happening but with lockdown and closing the campsite it was an easier season Just hoping the op happens soon so next years season can happen as like everyone else we are just hanging on.
Are you having a new valve, I have to decide between biological or mechanical and it’s a difficult decision to make, I was hoping the surgeon would make it for me but it has to be mine.
I hope that things do get back to some semblance of normal re campsite next year. I know several sadly who are watching their livelihoods go down the drain. I'd personally like a tissue valve altho Cardiologist says it will be mechanical but I note the good folk on here say it's our choice really. However, you and I both are dealing with large farm animals and for that reason alone I'm not terribly keen on mechanical due to the warfarin.
It’s such a difficult decision. I was going along the lines of biological but the my cardiologist said it would probably only have a short shelf life because I am so active in the farm 6-10 years. Which means I could be needing a replacement mid sixties when my health may not be as good as I have lung disease again caused by radio abs chemoNow swaying more towards a mechanical valve and doing less with the stick and more with the tourism. Did ask the surgeon if it’s a bovine valve if I needed TB testing the same time as our herd 😂
Just wanted to wish you all the luck in the world, having had Aortic valve replaced and bypass know how debilitating it is but after a mended heart 😊 and getting your life back on track.Pauline
Pauline. Thank you so much that message has lifted me no end. I just spend my time resting or sleeping which is so different from my life a few years ago. Horse riding, swimming, farming walking etc
I am trying to stay positive, I overcame cancer so I am thinking I can overcome this.
I really appreciate you taking time to message me.
You most certainly can overcome this, having this surgery is a gift, I am 4 years post op and grateful every day to the medical team that gave me my life back. Just follow all the things you are told to do and you will be walking the farm again 😉Take good care Pauline
👍 great news. I had my CT scan last Monday. That’s the last pre-op check for me. Hope your angiogram goes well.
Have you been given any info on the angiogram procedure?A fairly stressful day for me!😃 my iron levels were low so some discussion with surgeon who eventually decided to go ahead with angiogram and investigate bloods later. Made it a long day. lol.
Al the best Jane
CT angiogram can also be used to show calcification of the cardiac arteries and you will be given an Agatston score re this.
My score was 1315 (very severe blockages) and I had 3CABG almost 4 years ago now.
A very successful op nowadays - thanks NHS!