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Old 18-November-2006, 02:21
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Hi All.
A very sore john greets you to bring you up to date on my blow by blow account, well I went into hospital on the 7th November, Tuesday, 4.00pm and got settled, nothing much happened the first day, Wednesday, I was woken up at 0600 and informed I would be the first operation of the day, and I had to have a shower, then shave my fur off from my left nipple to my right nipple and from top to belly button, this done I waited with some trepidation for my breakfast only to be told that I was not allowed any. the doctor came to see me at 0700 and told me that he was just going to put a line into my ankle ans this would help to calm me, I would have just enough time to phone home and say good morning, I was soon feeling drowsy, later I awoke in the ICU (intensive care unit) and I was in considerable pain, I couldn't believe that the operation was over and done with, I had a line going into the side of my neck feeding me with drugs, a line in the back of both hands, a line into the underside of both wrists and two drain tubes into the stomach, and a catherter (please forgive my spelling) down my JT. and I was on oxygen, although I was in a lot of pain, I will say that as soon as I asked for pain killers the nurses were straight onto it and injected morphine direct into my neckline, this eased the pain straight away more or less, I was in ICU for all that day, the operation tooke three and half hours, during my stay in ICU i was constantly nursed on a 1 to 1 basis, If I felt sick, they gave me something to stop it, they had fans switched on if I felt clamy, they were fantastic. I slept most of that day due to the anethsetic driffting in and out of conciousness. Thursday, I was moved to the High Dependancy ward, were there were three of us, and we were onto two to three nursing, although I was still in pain, the pain killers were in abundance and helped to give me some relief, most of the pain was from where I had, had my ribs split (wound) but some of the pain was from trapped gasses way up into the chest and shoulder cavity, I was kept on the HD ward for 1 day and spent most of the day dozing still to the effects of the anathsetic, I had two lines removed from the back of my hands. Friday I was moved back to my normal ward, once i was positioned in bed I felt reasonably comfortable, still the pain killers kept arriving, I only had to ask, (they told me that they do not want me in pain, as it only hampers the healing progress, If I am pain free I sleep and recover quicker) today I had some breakfast, I was very surprised, I remember in 1969 my other operation, I was being sick from anathsetic, and wretching all the time, this time I had nothing like that, just a small cough to bring phlegm up, and not much at that. well, the chest was giving me a bit of gip, but my leg ( I had been cut from groin to halway between the knee and ankle for the removal of the vein) was surprisingly not sore at all, I spent most of the day propped up in bed reading, saturday. I slept most of the night pain free and only called twice for painkillers, I think one of the most uncomfortable moments where when I coughed, If I did not use the rolled up towel to press against my chest wound, the pain would be terrible, sp please note, your towel is your best friend, use it, it most certainly DOES help, I relied on mind so much that I accidently packed it in my case when I came home, and I still use it now. so today, I had the dressings changed on my leg, and found out that I had 40 metal staples holding my wound together, they applied waterproof dressings, then I could have a shower, this felt bliss, although when I sttod up, I felt rather dizzy, and my leg did feel sore somewhat when I put weight on it, after my shower I sat in the chair at the side of my bed and dozed, just having the shower took it out of me, I was then woken up by the physio nurse, they gave me a clear palstic cylinder with a ball inside and a tube that I had to put into my mouth, I had to suck and float the ball for as long as I could, I managed 5 seconds, this I had to repeat three times every hour, I am now up to 9 seconds, but be aware after doing this excercise you will cough, so have your towel ready. later I had to go for a supported walk down the lobby for about 15 meters, when I got back I flopped into bed, you really know that you have moved about, your tired and out of breath. Sunday, I had a good night and only called for the painkillers twice, and in the morning ate an healthy breakfast, you can have whatever you want for the next 6 weeks, high fat, cream, bacon, anything to build you up before you go back onto a healthy eating routine. I also had a visit from my surgeon to see how I was going on, who also informed me... "You may go home tomorrow" I was over the moon, but also a little frightened, I thought if anything happened at home how would my wife cope, whilst I was here I was secure that if anything happened they would be straight on my case, I was told that this is a regular responce by patients. Monday came and after a good breakfast I was once walked down the lobby and back, then I had to walk up and down four lots of stairs, I was told "Thats fine, we are happy, you can go home" next I had to have some blood tests, and an x-Ray. sign some forms and was released. After the 50 mile journey home, I was somewhat sore because of the vibration through the car seat, I was put on the couch and had some pain killers, it was nice to be home, cups of tea, home cooking, television, but I was not up to visitors.........
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Old 18-November-2006, 02:38
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Ok where was I. oh yes Monday, well I went to bed at 2030hrs it may sound early but believe me all you want to do is sleep, and sleep is the best cure, the worst thing about home is trying to get your pillows comfy for lying on, because you have to sleep sitting up, and I just cannot get them right, also when you twist to move your pillows you pull the wound on your chest and it does hurt, so you ache all over, hurting chest, out once again with the four hourly pain killers, Tuesday, well I very slowly get up, wash, shave, brush teeth, then I am tired, I very gingerly hobble downstairs and take my position on the couch, a good book, a cuppa, and a slice of toast, most of the day is spent reading and resting, floating a plastic ball and coughing, watching some tele, then befor you know it, its 2030 and time for bed, same thing tonight, fight with the pillows, ache like hell, then bingo, I found a comfy spot, and I was out like a light. the days were very much the same for Wednesday and Thursday, although I am now on only one lot of painkillers, in the morning, the chest has eased off and is only sore If I stretch, or lift something by bending over. Friday, the district nurse came and removed 20 of my staples, not at all painfull, I read most of the day, I came to bed this evening at 2100 spent most of the night fighting with my pillows, and was so bloody uncomfortable, that I hurt with stretching behind me, so at 0100 I decided painkiller time and go write up my story for my freinds on the net, so here I am, its 0140 and I am bozz eyed writing my update, so you will appreciate any spelling mistakes over the last two chapters, I do appologize. since I had the 20 staples removed yesterday, I find that I can walk a lot easier, although when I go upstairs to the toilet, I have to rest as I am shaky and out of breath, but "Hey" this time last week I couldn't even walk up a set of stairs, and lets face it, I will only get better daily, whats the rush, I am going nowhere in a hurry..... so with that friends, it is now 0145 and I am going back to try to get comfortable again. catch you later.
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Old 18-November-2006, 12:06
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John,

It can't be easy for you, obviously a slow and painful process.

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Old 19-November-2006, 01:09
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Best wishes, Tankie, you have went through so much. But you are alive and kicking and as you recover, all the pain and suffering will be worth it.
This will be behind you and as you progress ( you will ) some good times will prevail and I am sure your quality of life will be so better. I just wish you and your family all the best.You deserve as much, for your continued posting of events,and the same good wishes extend to all contributers of this thread.
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Old 19-November-2006, 01:15
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Old 20-November-2006, 17:29
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Oh well done tankie1rtr. I'd forgotten that it takes it out of you - after a few steps you are knack###d. I remember now!

How things have changed. I don't remember having so much pain killers - I remember being in considerable pain, was afraid to move (and cough) a fraction cos it hurt so much. As you said, it's the chest (ribs) that's the worst.

Didn't get all that lovely food though! In fact it was my birthday two days after my op and I couldn't face the gateau that my wife bought in (even had a job eating a prawn sandwich).

Anyway, as I said some posts ago, it's all on the up now. Things will (and do) get better.

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Old 21-November-2006, 00:38
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wtg tankie1rtr light at the end of the tunnel now
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Old 21-November-2006, 17:52
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Hi All.
Well thank you all for your good wishes, it does help one to get through it all knowing that people are pulling for you, its now 1 week yesterday since I came out of hospital, i had my staples out my leg yesterday all 60 of them and it didn't hurt a bit, I feel 100% better walking about, sitting up, sleeping, (although i am still sleeping sitting up) and today I went out with my missus in the car to asda, although I sat in the car whilst she shopped, the fresh air did me the world of good, tomorrow I go for my first walk around the close, i am only allowed 15 mins per day the first week, but as i said i am 100% better and just getting better each day, i am under no illusion that i will have a few bad days, but hey what the hell, i now have another 30/40 years extention on my life, and my wife has been a constant gem with my medication and fetch me carry me at all hours of the day. I only hope that all other people who have the operation feel as good as I do, and it goes as well for them,
catch you all later.
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ps. somebody asked me what tankie1rtr is? I am ex 1st Royal Tank Regiment, so that is where the name pops in.
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Old 21-November-2006, 18:18
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good to hear you are on the mend and getting out and about,. like you say you have another lease of life in front of you so take it slow and steady getting back to full health

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Old 21-November-2006, 18:20
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My you are doing well, Rather a lot for you and yours to go through.
I'm sure this will help and give support to others, which was very kind of you to do.
I wish you all the best on your walk tomorrow and for the future.
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Old 22-November-2006, 11:57
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Hi All.
Well its a week and a day since I came out, I must admit that although my leg still feels a bit sore, it feels better now all the clips are out, I suppose I am a bit dubious about bending it but I think its more psycological than anything, the walk went well, 15 minutes around the close, not too much out of breath, but I did know that I had done it, the rest of the day was spent sitting or in the prone position watching television, (how lazy or what?) my chest just gives the odd twinge now, but i keep up with the four hourly pain killers and I dont notice it, Its strange!!!!!! after all my posts leading upto the op, and what happens after, well I am almost better and it seems that I will just have less to write about, I have truly enjoyed letting people know whats happening step by step and you know what? I am going to miss it, in a way you ahve all become like a little family, Not saying that I want another operattion so I can carry on writing.....lol, well my next step is to find a good clarinet and get back into playing now that I have the new breath to do so, Catch you all later
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Glad to hear that the walk went quite well. I'm sure you will have other things to write about, these posts will help many people I'm sure. It is so nice to have friends on the net to give support. If only I had had it years ago!
I hope you find a good clarinet and can get back into playing it.

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Enjoy your walk - mind the cold air getting into your chest (it hurts the ribs - I first thought it was Angina until I realised!).

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Hi All.
Well the latest is that the cut on my leg where they removed the vein is healing nicely and does not give me any trouble when I walk now, (but i do feed it with E45 cream each night, it helps keep it soft and stretchy) and my chest is also healing nicely, although I feel the bones clicking occasionaly and get a stabbing pain now and again, but the pain killers keep it under control. I go back to see my specialist in 2 weeks, and hopefully I should be able to drive again in about 3 weeks (or am I being optimistic) well I though all this lot would be over by christmas and we could all settle down and really enjoy the festive season, but somebody somewhere really has got it in for us, my wifes mum collapsed 2 weeks ago and we have just been told that it is an aggresive brain tumour, they say she has between 2 and 6 months, I spent all night on the web to try to find help and I have come across a hospital in London (Cromwell Hospital) that does a thing called "Gamma Knife" they can treat some kinds of agrgresive tumours but they need to know what tumour it is, I will not know untill they get the results of the mri scan, so I am keeping my fingers crossed, if the tumour can be treated with the Gamma Knife, it will cost 16,000. Do you know it never rains but it pours. My heart really goes out to my wife, not only is she looking after me, doing the housework, and going visiting her mum in hospital, 100 mile round trip for a 1 hour visit, but she also has this worry on her mind. and at the end of the night she still has a smile for me, aren't women wonderful, I must have the best wife in the world, I am a very lucky man. oh well, here we go again. God Bless you all.
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Old 04-December-2006, 13:22
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Hi tankie1tr

I said earlier that the ribs can hurt for a while - seems to vary between people. Mine lasted nearly a year, others had no pain from the beginning!
Driving: I think I was told four weeks depending on how I was after seeing my GP. Think I was driving after one month (it was 13 years ago!)

Wives ARE a one in a million, sometimes! Mine is and you have obviously found out yours it too.

Sorry to hear about MIL, it never rains but it pours!

Hope that you are ALL better soon. Keep smiling and treasure that wife.
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Old 04-December-2006, 13:40
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Hi Gem.
Nice to hear from you, my chest is not doing bad, I suppose that I will have pains for a long while yet, but they will settle down as long as I dont do anything strenuous, I must say that I am feeling a lot better and getting stronger by the day, as for my wife she is an absolute treasure, and I realise I am a very lucky man. If your ever around my area "York" you must let me know and we will have to meet and have a chat and some lunch, this is also extended to all the other people who have chatted with me over the last 4 months.
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Awe! John, my heart goes out to you, one thing after another, your wife is and angel with so much to cope with. I'm happy to hear that you are doing quite well and I hope it gets better day by day. I sincerely hope that there is treatment for you MIL.
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Thanks tankie1tr.

We normally 'pass' near your way on our way up to Scotland every summer but, as we are moving to Dorset next June, we don't plan going up north again until 2008. Will bear your 'offer' in mind tho'.

I hurt my chest some months after my op by trying to pull a (extractor) fan off it's spindle. Boy did it hurt and I could feel it for months afterwards. The worst though was the cold (thankfully we've not had it so cold the last few years).

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Hi All.
Well my chest is getting a lot better and the scars are settling down although they tend to be a bit tender at times, so I just feed them with E45 Cream, it seems to be good, I have seen my specialist Mr Cayle and he says that I can drive again, I think this is a big part of my frustration having my wings clipped aspecially as my op was in November, so I could not drive to help with Christmas shopping. on the other side of the coin, my mother in law as I previously mentioned has been told that she has a large brain tumour, this was only found out after she collapsed and was taken to hospital, well they have found out that it is a Glioblastoma 4. it is the most aggressive form of tumour and it is untreatable, we were called into the hospital Christmas day as she had deteriorated and we have taken it in turns to be around her bedside 24 hours a day, myself and my wife got 14 hours sleep in 58 hours, we both looked like Marty Feldman, obviously we did not have a christmas and the past week or so has just been a blurr, I even had to ask a hospital security guard what day it was and place the date in later.... we have been asking and asking if she could come home as it was pointless her being in hospital, we would like her last few weeks (If she has that long) to at least be comfortable in her own home with her husband and yorkshire terriers, as for the new year, well I know what my wife is about to face, I have been there when my father died from cancer, and it is going to be a hell of a ride for her, so the new year will not be so happy. BUT that will not stop me from sincerely wishing everybody else a Healthy & Happy New Year, and YES, I do sincerely mean it. All the Best to Everybody.
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Healthy & Happy New Year, and YES, I do sincerely mean it. All the Best to Everybody.
Thank you John, that is so sincere, thinking of us when you have so much going on with you and yours. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well and that you may drive again.
Sincere sympathy's for you and your wife, on the sad news. I wish you health and happiness for the future.
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Tankie, My heart goes out yo you. A lot of us think we have problems but in reflection-- we don't. I have been where you are, although I have had MY health. Think of all the GOOD times that your family have had and rembember with affection those who have gone before!I know that it is a sad time waiting on God to take your loved one.My thoughts are with you , your wife and family. God Bless talk soon !!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you for all your wishes, we had the choice tonight to either have mum at her own home with her husband, or choose a hospice, we have chosen a hospice because her husband will not be able to cope with the constant 24 hour care she will need, at the moment she is on ward 38 acute stroke ward at york hospital, we will have a meeting with the doctors tomorrow, upto yet she is unaware what is going on, its so hard emotionaly we have to choose what is best in care for mum or be ruled by our heart, and the best for her is to have the care she needs around her at any given time.
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Hi All.
Well its been a while since I wrote, as you will see by my previous posts my mum in law had a Glioblastoma Brain Tumour and we were trying to get her home, well we got her home and she loved it, she had her bed downstairs with her two toy yorkies, but she got Pneumonia and passed away 4 weeks ago, although she was my mum in law, I was a very luck man, she loved me like a son and I loved her back, she was also my best friend, I am still very cut up about it. It was my mums birthday on the Sunday and she lives in Scotland, Kirkudbright. So my wife told me to go see my mum as it was the first time that I have got to visit her since my operation, she said she would stay at home and watch her mum. I stayed in a guest house about 6 miles away from my mums and hoped to go surprise her Sunday morning, but it was not to be. I recieved a phone call Sunday morning at 5.00am telling me that my mum in law had passed away at about 4.00am. I made it from Kirkudbright in Scotland back to York in Two and Half Hours, and that was in a Rover 75. so we have had a bit of a tough time of it for the last few weeks.

As for myself well I have been back at work for 5 weeks on light duties, it was doing my head in sat at home, and I am due to see the works doctor next Friday see If I can go back on the track (I work for Network Rail) I am at the moment attending a Cardio Rehab Clinic at York & District Hospital, we bounce round a Gym with a Medicine ball and Weights, dont know if its doing me any good, but it gets me out on Monday and Fridays for 3 hours. as for my operation well I am well on the way to a full recovery, I still get pains in each side of my chest, but that is when I lift anything heavy or stretch, I came off all my painkillers 4 weeks ago and I am doing fine, although I do have a worry and I do not know if its down to the medication that I was on... I keep forgetting things, if I am having a conversation with somebody I will suddenly go blank, I know what I want to say but I cant think of the word, and it happens quiet a lot, I would be interested to know if this happens to anybody else, I had my operation in November so I would have though my memory would be back to normal now, I always had a good memory.

We have just purchased our first caravan, upgraded from a Folding Camper, so we are going away in June. I think the rest will do us both good. Well regards to all and all the best of Health I can wish you.
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Old 25-April-2007, 20:18
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I'm sorry to hear about you mother in law John,
My hubby passed away in February of pneumonia.
Happy to hear that you are recovering well from the operation and have a light job. Not sure about the memory. I have days like that and I think its the stress that I'm under. Maybe; someone here would know.

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Thank you Twinkle, my thoughts are with you, Be strong.
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Thanks John, its very hard. I am trying to be strong, although it is hard at times. You must too.
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Hi John, I can't believe that January- April has gone by so quick.
Sorry to hear about your M.I.L. may have been a blessing in disguise though !
On a lighter side, I wonder what readers make of KIRKCUDBRIGHT,( for non Scottish dialect subscribers- pronounce - Kircoobree )
My brother in law (B.I.L.) in Canada is in hostpital whith Pnemonia, but is responding to treatment. Glad to hear to you have got over your op. - and have managed to get back to light duties at work.
As for memory................. Duh! You are not alone, I do not think that your op has much to do with it.
Not knowing your age, might do if I scolled back this thread, I can tell you this..... I am 56, work for myself, and have done since 1973.... people phone me to do a job, I forget because I don't have my diary to hand, to enter the details
It's just an age thing , I am sure. Glad you are on the road to recovery, and hope that you can look forward to a better life style.
Best of luck in the future- you deserve it.

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PS Twiinks, gonny stop posting super Happy Birthday Avatars as I cannot compete and my wee Amber ( will fii you in later John) says her "Auntie Rita"
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My father had a suspected heart attack in August and went for his angiogram yesterday to be told that he needed a triple heart bypass. Nothing further was explained to him so of course it sounds very scary. I've been on the internet to try and find out more but would gratefully receive any comments/tips/assistance.

My father is 72. He is (or was until his heart attack) very fit. He goes for long walks, used to play professional footie and played squash into his 50's. However, he has type 2 diabetes (diet and tablet controlled) and has smoked all his life until his heart attack in August when he gave up.

Other than giving up smoking following his heart attack, he totally disregarded the doctor's advice to rest and "take things more slowly" and I am worried he will do the same after his operation.

He is the primary carer for my mother who has all the ailments under the sun and is virtually wheelchair bound. We currently have people to assist my mother who come in for 30mins 4x a day to help with clothing, feeding and washing.

I will of course speak to our doctor about this but in the meantime would appreciate any comments people may have about lead up to the op and, in particular, restrictions after the op in terms of what people can and can't do and likely recovery times.

Thank you all very much.
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Old 27-June-2008, 11:45
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Control your Blood Sugar, Before Your Heart Surgery. Nearly half of all heart surgery patients may experience blood sugar levels high enough to require temporary insulin treatment after their operation, even though they've never had diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Health System.

And a significant minority of those patients might need to take medicines for days or even weeks after they leave the hospital, to help their blood sugar levels reach normal again, the researchers show. Obese patients, older patients, and those whose blood sugar levels were still high two days after their operation are most likely to need this kind of treatment, they find.

Although the study didn't look at whether such patients later developed true diabetes or pre-diabetes, the results are striking enough to warrant a new U-M research project. It will recruit patients before their operations, and will include longer follow-up and more rigorous testing of pre-surgery and post-hospitalization blood sugar levels.

On Sunday at the American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, a U-M team presented their findings in a poster that included retrospective data from 1,362 patients who had certain heart and vascular operations at U-M in 2006 and 2007.

Of them, 662 developed "stress induced hyperglycemia", or high blood sugar after surgery, and 87 needed blood sugar medicines when they left the hospital.

The study was possible because UMHS has a dedicated team of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners called the Hospital Intensive Insulin Program who look for and treat elevated blood sugar in all heart and vascular surgery patients. Led by U-M endocrinologist Roma Gianchandani, M.D., the team gives insulin and oral medicines during these patients' hospital stays, and prescribes medicines for the patients to take at home. They also recommend that such patients receive further blood-sugar testing from their primary care doctors.

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Old 23-July-2008, 18:29
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can any1 tell me how long they waited for their heart bypass after having their angiagram,as my dad keeps worrying,and isnt getting any answers of the consultants, they said he needs a quad bypass.
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