Gotta have heart...A disappointment...It is What it is!
Journal posted on February 8, 2011
Damn, should have, I thought, been in Cleveland at this time with tomorrow being the day for the last tests before a valve job on Friday this week. Damn, got some sort of crud over the weekend..Decided Sunday would get a thermometer and if I had a fever would call regrets to the Sunday afternoon send off party for a friend facing a serious cyst near lungs surgery and for me. Damn, 101.5....really missed the time with those guys...one is my hero, Mike. I don't think he likes me calling him my hero..that kind of guy. He deals with chemo treatments for his chronic lymphoma of some sort, and is always such an inspiration, a super athlete who rides circles around me on a good day. I know the inconvenience I will go through with this valve repair is nothing compared to what Mike has to endure. He is always so positive. I opened the docs office, no appointment...Doc Julie Nipp (well she's a CNP, but the best GP I've ever known)...got in right away. Neg on in office strep and flu tests, but damn fever is there and lots of aches..no haven't had a flu shot in at least 3 decades...sent an additional strep test thing to the lab that is more reliable than the in office test. Doc says she'll call my cardiologist and let him know my status. Later Monday, Doc Brendan Cavanaugh called me and he's already spoken with the local cardiac surgeons about my Friday surgery date. He says I should call Cleveland Clinic....and tells me again to be sure to have my wife call him with updates when I'm there. He's probably the best cardiologist a guy could have in the Albuquerque area. I'm so fortunate. Vickie, the coordinator for Dr Mihaljevic (think I spelled the name correctly), tells me perhaps this is a best thing. Doc M..was called back to Croatia for an emergency and all his appointments this week through Thursday were cancelled, although he said to keep Friday's, but she seemed not to be positive he'd be able to keep Friday's appointments. Bottom line, they'd like me well a couple weeks before the surgery. I have a new tentative date of March 18th, but could be sooner. I'm to call Vickie early next week. Vickie asked me a little about my symptoms. I think I'm beginning to have some whereas I didn't really have much of anything before. After reading the journal by the lady from Evergreen, Colorado, where she commented about body aches before surgery going away after surgery, I'm guessing the muscle aches in my shoulders and elbows and other areas may be symptoms. Had a noticeable heart area chest sensation, like a half second or second sensation, after chasing the hound dog a few days ago and occasionally feel a small sensation in the heart area of the chest....wonder if it is my being paranoid about the heart being ok or not...wondering if there's more left ventricle distension. Getting a worse dry cough...could be related. Delaying the surgery is definitely a big disappointment, but it is what it is. I've estimated I can still have a solid six months to train for the Marine Corps Marathon, assuming I can begin low level easy running by the mid to late April time frame. I should have enough base to do OK. I'm gonna count on it, period.
Gotta have heart..Again, who wudda thought..and 2nd Opinions
Journal posted on January 28, 2011
Preparation, Wow! Local docs do take care of one. The docs treating the strep double checked me and even though the new office test, double checked by the lab test, did not reveal strep any more, still gave me a three day "z" pack because I still had a little congestion and slight sensation in the temporal sinuses, just to be sure. We had the discussion again about limiting one's exposure to antibiotics to when one absolutely has to have them to guard against building immunity to them, but decided jointly, in this situation, the antibiotics are appropriate.
Took the Cleveland Clinic dental form to the dentist to update I don't have any infections in my mouth. The nice young lady dentist guaranteed to me 100% those roots from that old molar that fell off with its crown I suppose a couple years ago, that just quielty sit, would have to come out before she could sign the form...damn, I didn't like that much...and she gave me all the deadening stuff she dared and it still hurt like hell. Told her I'd get over it, just do your job, but she worred more about the pain than I did, poor lady. Now, today, it is two weeks from "robot day". Biggest worry is what if when they do the prep inspections to veryify my anatomy is suitable for the robot, that I fail that exam and they end up breaking my sternum. Other than that, wonder why I'm still so stoic about the whole adventure about to happen. When am I gonna get scared (my English teachers would hate that sentance structure...can here Ms Wallace and Ms Donaldson now say, Barry, you mean to say "When will I become scared?"
Copied the following from a FB post I made today regarding being your own advocate. Gosh, this is important.
What reinforcement to research the Interent and get second opinions for medicine/surgery, and being your own advocate. In some sense this is me....if I hadn't done basically what Jane Rebolet (CBS TV) did, I would have been scheduled for an open chest/break my sternum procedure instead of being scheduled for the Da Vinci robot. The local docs, I love 'em, never gave me the slightest clue I had other choices.
Check out this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbw3TSDBJDs
Some of us are extremely reluctant to see docs regarding anything. We know things pass, just like running...you feel an annoying pain in the knee or such..think..hmmm...knee hurts...keep running and forget about it and the knee hurt goes away...yeah..most things pass. However, last Sunday evening I knew (sometimes we know stuff that's not really so) I scratched my throat on a popcorn kernal, knew I was tired/worn out from the long drive back from Loveland, Co, gargled, and went to bed. Monday there was still a mild soreness, really mild, almost nothing, in the throat and still was worn out. Tuesday morning was the same thing, plus was a short time itchy at my finger tips, below the knees, and, when I was drying from my shower, found out I had a slight kind of rash on bottom of butt cheeks and inner thighs. Hmm..what's going on here..got valve repair in a few weeks..perhaps make an exception and call the doc to rule out strep..called the doc...hate to bother doc, but thought..with the valve thing..just go a head and call...called...went..rash gone and itchyness mostly gone, but doc checks chest and wants to know if it is always that pink..my chest...PINK? I have a tanned chest..no way PINK! Damn..the strep swab is positive. Well, sometimes it is really appropriate to go to the doc and error on the side of safety regarding whether or not one is wasting the docs time, the feeling some of us think about serously before seeing the doc. Thanks to Julie Nipp, LNP, the best GP doc I've ever known, for taking good care of me.
EXCITEMENT: It is so exciting my four daughters are beginning their Marathon training and all are excited about it. They are so wonderful. And, our super champion runner boy from Belgium, Ayoub, will return here Saturday to train for the 2012 World Olympics.
ISSUE: Been feeling puny, little sore throat and some body aches along with a little stuffy nose and not so wonderful breathing last night...a little itchyness and some rash that comes and goes...wondered if I should see the doc to rule out strep...saw the doc...wonderful, thorough Julie Nipp...Damn...Yep...strep...geeezzzeee...why...But is is what it is and thank goodness I had it checked...Pen V 500 for 10 days and then a recheck she said.