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KinNaoko90
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Posted 02/09/14 - 12:50 PM:
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Being sick sucks... just saying. Someone shoot me please.

Cause I know how no one but me EVER gets sick and could not even possibly relate to the horrid experience of a 24 hour stomach bug.

(Yes, the last sentence was sarcasm)

But yea, PLEASE either end it all or hand me some gatorade and crackers through the screen...
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Posted 02/10/14 - 9:44 AM:

You'll live...for a bit, anyway.
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Posted 02/10/14 - 11:58 AM:

Thanks... I think? I feel much better today, anyway. Unless, of course, it's the calm before the storm?

But, god save us all, I CAN EAT AGAIN!

-dances- whee
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Posted 02/10/14 - 4:36 PM:

Stomach Bug?

Just remember the line "This too shall pass".

But please don't tell us about it.
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Posted 02/11/14 - 9:41 PM:

And pass it did...

I love you, too. xD

Sorry, I get pathetic when I'm sick!
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Posted 02/12/14 - 12:50 AM:

I don't mind pathetic, that just strokes my superiority complex. laughing
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Posted 02/20/14 - 11:38 PM:

Kin, glad you're feeling better. As for myself, the last four weeks could have meant life or death, literally. Twice I was rushed to a hospital with severe chest pains, and on the first trip was given a heart catherization, and then given the bad news by a heart surgeon. He told me I needed five coronary by-passes. So I was scheduled for surgery. The procedure requires the patient to be on a heart-lung machine for 1 and 1/2 hours. After they open your chest, stop your heart, the machine acts like a heart, infusing oxygen into your circulating blood. That's not all, you are also put on a ventilator which takes over your breathing. After looking at The Big picture, which would include all the risk factors, including factoring in diagnosics from two CT scans (nuclear medicine) on my heart just six years before, the results of which were perfect, I began to really wonder. The result was I backed out, and said no. The second trip ended the same way. Just six hours before the operation, I backed out again. Where I stand now is that I want a second opinion, and a whole lot more, before I go under the knife, and maybe never wake up! Our bodies belong to us, not the medical profession. In dollars the operation would have cost between $70,000 and $100,OOO. Sincerely, Wentworth

Edited by Wentworth on 02/21/14 - 12:07 AM. Reason: Forgot closing remark
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Posted 02/21/14 - 8:58 AM:

WentWorth, I know it's not the same situation but, several years ago I was diagnosed with 'Congestive Heart Failure' and my first cardiologist insisted that my Mitral Valve needed to be replaced. Several specialists later I found that there was nothing wrong with the valve, but the left Ventricle was enlarged, pulling the valve out of shape. It was later determined that I was not a candidate for surgery, and am now dealing with my C H F with medications, and I am doing well.

From what you have said 5 of your Coronary Arteries are at least partly blocked and that is what the surgery will bypass, but I'm sure you know this, I just wanted you to understand that I know too. PLEASE UNDERSTAND I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. Thedoc is a nickname given to me by friends. You wanted a second option, and I don't know if it is possible, but if the arteries can be opened, somehow, perhaps medication and changes in diet and lifestyle might be the answer. If your current cardiologist has 'tunnel vision' and can only see surgery as an option, perhaps other cardiologists might see it differently.

I currently have 2 cardiologists from 2 different offices. My first is the one that got me onto most of the medications (Actually he was about the 4th one that I went to, but he is my current cardiologist.) . The second became involved when I went to the Hospital where the first was not associated, and then they talked me into a defibrillator. (A surgeon from his office did the actual instillation, or is that an upgrade, maybe a download since the device is below the incision?) Both are OK with medications to treat my C H F and they both encourage dietary changes to help the condition.
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Posted 02/21/14 - 11:42 PM:

TheDoc, thank you for your concern and understanding. Currently I have two friends that have defibrillators. They do work, and they do save lives. Fortunately I do not have any problems with CHF, heart valve abnormalities, arrhythmias, or the myocardium. This was proven through two CT scans, which included a stress test, being shot up with a radioactive isotope, and then having the CT scan which produces a 3-D video of my heart in motion. The tests in 2006 and 2008 showed no abnormalities, whatsoever. The only diagnostic used recently was an angioplasty. It behooves me to seek a second opinion from a different cardiologist, using new diagnostics. This I will do. Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Wentworth
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Posted 02/26/14 - 7:19 PM:

Sorry to hear of your risk you've just shared with us, Wentworth.

If you are sufficiently serious about attenuating this risk without surgery you might want to get militant about your diet . I'm not a doctor though so check with one before you partake in any radical change in behavior by any outsider's dubious suggestions. I'd say pick the dietary habits suggested by Dean Ornish. You can (re)widen and unblock those arteries so long as you have the time to do it.

Dean Ornish Lecture, M.D. at TEDXSF
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Posted 02/28/14 - 7:11 AM:

Thank you Nihil Loc for your concern. Not too long after my second visit to the hospital, I was notified by the cardiology department that my heart catheterization was flawed, not valid, because of a malfunction in the equipment handling the profusion of dye into the coronary arteries. After checking with another cardiologist and lung specialist, they both told me that my atypical chest pain which went from extreme right to left could be the result of my excessive use of bronchodilators, and heavy cigarette smoking. In other words, the lining of my lungs were inflamed. The coronary bypass operation was going to include five bypasses. An operation which may have proved totally unnecessary. In a previous post I elucidated what it would involve. By the way, the failure rate is three to five per cent, that means three to five persons die on the operating table, or from complications. Again you thank for your concern, and the recommendations concerning my diet. What a way to start the New Year! Sincerely, Wentworth
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Posted 02/28/14 - 12:07 PM:

Wentworth, I'm taking a wild guess here, but is it possible that your excessive use of the bronchodilator is somehow related to your heavy cigarette smoking? And might this suggest to you that it might be a good idea to try to quit smoking? It is possible if you decide that you want to quit, my daughter did, after she and her 2 kids moved back in with us. We don't smoke and she would go outside when she did, and it was just a bit cold in the winter.
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Posted 03/02/14 - 4:32 AM:

thedoc, just maybe you are more of a doc than you realize. sometimes just common sense trumps the experts. I have dropped cigarettes completely, and replaced them with the top of the line electronic cigarettes. All you inhale is water vapor, no tar or smoke, just some nicotine. The results have been dramatic. I have not breathed this easily for years, and I may not even need the bronchodilators. This is not being said in any defense of smoking, no matter what method is used. It has been reported that a lot of people have stopped smoking using the E-cigarettes as a stepping stone to completely stopping. Thanks doc for your help. Sincerely, Wentworth
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