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It is scary when you have lost your faith in Doctors

Discussion in 'Research, Health and Legal' started by Christina Ballerina, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. crispernator

    crispernator Senior Member

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    Hi christine i havent read all the posts on here but i will add a small bit from my life here ,my father had chronic heart diseaese from about the age of 40 till his death 6 years ago from a failing heart valve .He was one of the first to undergo bypass surgery in the royal adelaide back in about 1977 i think it was ,unfortunately they were still learning about this procedure then , and well it was i think good but still learning .
    He was ok for a while then he started to get angina again at work one day after the operation and he lived with it for many years and had if i am correct one of those little red bottles with him all the time as the angina attacks became worse over time . In 1994 i was still in the army then and was summonsd to my C.O.'s office for a meeting to be told my father had again been admitted to the flinders medical centre where he was to undergo a heart bypass for the second time (this is where they first diganosed him in 1977 ) of course being the army they chucked me on a plane and flew me home that day .
    He went through this procedure and was placed in I.C.U which was the norm for recovery but my problem was i went in to see him and that was the end of my army career ,after seeing him there in a bed with all the pipes hanging out i said to my wifeof the time im out .The old bugger only lived on for another 18 years i only had 8 to get my army pension but you know something ? i would never have done a thing different he was my dad . Jerry hatrick summed it up pretty well in his comments heart surgery has come a long way since the first operations were performed in the late 70"s and now they dont even have to split you open to do a lot of the procedures , I understand how much of a worrying time it must be for you as i have been there myself ,with not one but two special people in this predicament .
    My old mum would ask to go with dad when he saw the specialist but only on a few occasions did she get to go as he would never tell the specialist if things were crook or not he would just battle on ,so i would say to you if you have the chance to go to the specialist do it because you might have some input that the specialist might need ,take care be strong and i hope all will be good for you and your family .
     
  2. Noe

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    I hope all goes well for Tim, please send him our well wishes Chrissie :)
     
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  3. Christina Ballerina

    Christina Ballerina Senior Member

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    Thanks Noe x
     
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  4. Christina Ballerina

    Christina Ballerina Senior Member

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    Oh my goodness, I am so touched by you guys on this forum. You don't even know me, but you have taken the time to write this wonderful message.
    I cannot begin to express my feelings, it is as if I have another (more understanding) family :)
    Thank you so much for your kind words my friend.
     
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    We have met & you deserve all the love you receive + more :h::hug::kissing:
     
  6. Nico and Laughter

    Nico and Laughter Senior Member

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    Hey Chrissy I just found this thread and I just wanted to tell that you are in my thoughts its gotta to be so hard for you all and there is nothing worse than waiting. One thing to be careful of is the source of information that you rely on. Anyway honey hang in there, things will get better and as you know we are all here for you.
     
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  7. Christina Ballerina

    Christina Ballerina Senior Member

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    Aw thank you so much for your kind words. They are a great comfort x
     
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  8. Christina Ballerina

    Christina Ballerina Senior Member

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    Ok we got an appointment today, which was very unexpected.
    Basically the specialist was so very sweet, but very non committal........
    First of all he said there were 3 choices, but within a few minutes he said that stents would cause more harm than good.
    So we were back to two choices. It is very hard for us to take it in.........
    At the end of the day, he was not prepared to recommend anything, I asked him straight out, what would he do and he would not answer, his explanation was, well if I answered that we would probably go with what he thought!!! I said, are you a politician lol.
    But Tim's heart has deteriorated
    As far as we can understand, he could have a bypass next week, which could fix his heart and his a fib, But on the other hand, because he is feeling really well and the a fib is under control with beta blockers, perhaps he will be fine for a few more years.
    He truly is not happy about having open heart surgery, particularly as it will make him very disabled for several months and haha he would have to cancel his golf tour to Thailand in November and his golf weekend away in Mandurah in early December.
    But I did stick my oar in and said is he likely to have a heart attack or a stroke in the meantime, and he said no, He can monitor his a fib on a daily basis.
    The Doc did say he nay have trouble t0 get travel insurance, I have been checking and it looks pretty possible. but if he can't he has to decide if he still wants to go without insurance?
    Hells teeth, I will support whatever he wants........Cos I love him.
     
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  9. crispernator

    crispernator Senior Member

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    Hi chrissi ,well i am no doctor but i did go and see mine yesterday .While i was there i told him about the results or what was said to me after i had my ultrasound for the arterie that i had ballooned in my leg last year .The ultrasoundoligist ? said that it looked like the pressure was building up again so i was not happy about that ,when i told my GP he said that they are more likely to keep me on meds than another op to put in a stent as they prefer to use meds to control problems ,i am going to see the vascular surgeon today at 1150 crow eater time so i will try to report my conversation later ,if your husband is ok and all is under control then i would stay as you are for as long as possible thats what my dad did but his was a far worse case i think .
    It may pay to check if he is going to thailand with the airline about medical conditions and if they need to be aware he may have some ,also if he is going to thailand make sure he has ALL paperwork for his meds as customs may start asking some questions if they see it , and if he cant provide it he may be teeing of from the square at the bangkok hilton .No not that serious but make sure he has it there very strict on drugs trust me ,ill try to let you know later how i get on but for my money i would just roll along until you hit a speed hump .
     
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  10. Christina Ballerina

    Christina Ballerina Senior Member

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    That is encouraging about your Dad, good luck with your appt.
    We have just heard back from the insurers that they will cover him :)
     
  11. crispernator

    crispernator Senior Member

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    Well just as i expected there has been soke narrowing of the arterie in my leg but the surgeon is not to concerned about it ,he showed me all the figures and they have a leter along side each one and mine were all good ,he will keep an eye on it and i am sure of there is anymore deteriation he may well put me back in but he is not to worried about it at the moment so i will see how it is in 3 months .
     

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