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Old 10-August-2006, 06:52
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Hi All

I'm 43 and I had a triple bypass last October (2006) and the worst part was waiting for it! I'm not saying post-op was painless but the drugs they have did not make it a big deal.

I'm back at work and if anything doing a bit too much. I consider myself very lucky not to have been someone who just had a massive heart attack and died. If my diet and exercise regime continue I am told I will live to a ripe old age!!

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Old 10-August-2006, 09:37
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Old 10-August-2006, 20:24
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When I was off I set up a bulletin board to pass the time .... but no one ever registered on it but if anyone wants to talk heart bypass I'd be happy to chat ...... http://www.HeartBB.co.uk

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Old 10-August-2006, 20:35
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When I was off I set up a bulletin board to pass the time ....
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Shouldn't that read to bypass the time?
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Old 11-August-2006, 21:42
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All the BEST to EVERYONE who is going thro or has been thro this
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Old 29-August-2006, 12:13
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Hi All.
Well as promised I am keeping you up to date with a step by step account on whats happening, (for any new readers, I was asked to keep up account of what goes on to give other people and idea what they will go through, so all being well I will give you a blow by blow account untill I am pronounced fit again) Ok on with the show, I was asked to visit my specialist for an meeting, on arrival I was asked what I had been doing to get in such a mess at the age of 52, my sort of dumb expresion made him go into a tirade of nonesensical medical jargon that sounded like sweihile (or how ever you spell it,) when he had finished showing off and stopped to draw breath, I quickly cut in before he could chank up again, "Can you please put that lot into some sensical form of explanation" I asked, so now I find out that one artery is completely blocked, and the other two are well on their way, " So how soon could I be done" 3 months came the reply, "And will I survive the 3 months upto the date that I go in" only if your very good and do as your told, was the reply. so my thoughts were "Dont start reading any long books" " Dont start watching any long films or episodes on the television" and a mental image of wild life running through an overgrown garden, I was then sent to have a scan done on my heart, thsi was done by a very pretty nurse who proceeded to produce a tube of KY Jelly, (Should I get very excited, or should I worry. work it out for yourself) she daubed some of this KY on my chest area over my heart (disappointment or what) and asked me to lay on my left side on the bed, she reached round and started to rub this scan head onver my left chest, I asked her if it was my turn to do her when she was done, but you can guess the answer, uhh no sense of adventure these nurses, anyhow there was no lock on the door, would have hated a 92 year old guy with a dicky ticker to walk in !!!!!! after I was done I was told that the reports would be told to me later, well a bit of good news, there is no muscle damage to the heart. I was told that I must not get stressed at all. all well and good untill I got home. Me and my wife had a lovely folding camper that we bought 2 years ago, we decided that it would be easier to sell the camper and buy a caravan, with a caravan you just park up, put the legs down, and your done, I sold my camper to a guy for 2300 and he took it away, funny though he was only interested in the chassis number nothing else, I received a letter later the following week saying the camper was reported stolen in 2004. and he sent me a letter that was supposed to be from the insurance company, I informed the police but they said they are not interested its a civil matter, (So there you go folks, its not a crime anymore to steal caravans and campers) I have recently received a letter from his banks solicitors saying that I have to give ghim the 2300 and the camper is the property of the insurance company, so now I have no camper, and no cash for a caravan, lifes a **** for us people who want to live it simple and ask for nothing, Dicky Ticker, Loss of Van, and now I have been told I will lose my PSV License. anybody out there got a caravan they dont want...ha ha. Oh well I have to go for a heart monitor fitted for 24 hours to monitor something or other, so when its done I willlet you know what happens and the outcome. Watch here for the next thrilling installment. any recovering CID lads or girls want to take on the case of the Folding Camper???? If anybody would like a chat you can mail me on (Addie removed) . Health & Best Wishes to all.
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Old 29-August-2006, 12:26
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Hi again Tankie and I'm glad and dismayed at your news. Still, I suppose the camper is pretty unimportant when you consider the other things.

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Old 29-August-2006, 13:22
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Hi Zero.
Thank you for removing my email address never thought of spammers, also appologies if I broke any rules/regs never thought, Sorry.
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Old 29-August-2006, 14:42
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No rules broken and no problems. Many people don't realise the consequenes so we tend to look out for little things like that.
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Old 29-August-2006, 16:22
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Thanks for an update tankie1rtr.

The heart monitor is not unusual it's a bit like the ecg except that you have a little tape recorder type 'thing' clipped to your waste band.

I'm no expert (doctor) but I have to say that I have doubts about 'one artery is completely blocked'. More likely seriously blocked, but whatever he's stressed (oops!) that you MUST take it easy and not get stressed up for obvious good reasons.

Do keep us posted - when it's all completed you will be able to use KY (if it's necessary) for it's proper purpose.
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Old 29-August-2006, 16:30
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....you will be able to use KY for it's proper purpose.....
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Old 29-August-2006, 17:48
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Old 29-August-2006, 23:34
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Old 04-September-2006, 17:12
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Hi All.
Well an update to whats going on, I had to go to the hospital today to have a heart monitor fitted for 24 hours, nothing to worry about, I got there and only had to wait 30 mins past my appointment time, then I was shown into a small room and told to remove my shirt, I explained I was going to shave my fur off over my heart but I would probably have shaved the wrong bit off, well "Bully Me" I would have done, cos it was nowere near my heart, she placed 5 electrodes, and DIDNT shave a thing, two of the electrodes are at shoulder height, (1 at the front of each shoulder) 1 just to the right of my breast bone, and 2 (1 either side of the bottom of my ribcage) the electrodes are then plugged into a small box that lives inside a canvas case and slips onto the belt of your trousers. I was then given a piece of paper, this is a 24 hour diary, and I have to write down if there are any pains or breathlesness at what time, and what I was doing at the time. when I go to bed I have to put the monitor under my pillow. In the morning I go back to the hospital and have it removed OR I can slip into the toilets, remove it myself and hand it into the main reception of the heart clinic...... So there we go folks nothing to worry about, will keep you posted on the next happening. I received a mail asking me why I am explaining all this, who would be interested, WELL, I would have loved to be able to read somebody's step by step account, it would have helped me to know what was happening every step of the way, seeing as I could not find anything like this, I decided that it may help people if they can read a step by step account. If I am wrong please mail me.
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Old 04-September-2006, 17:17
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I personally find it interesting and like you say it will be useful to anyone who might go through the same thing, keep us updated

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Old 04-September-2006, 17:32
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Cheers Sil thats all I need to know, will carry on.
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Old 04-September-2006, 21:27
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Oh do tell it all tankie1rtr.

Although I've had the bypass I didn't have the 24 hour monitor (although I know a man who did).

Oh, and one thing, please don't shout - in other words, only use bold to emphasise something cos it means sort of shouting!
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Old 05-September-2006, 19:54
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Hi All.
Well I had to take my heart monitor back this morning, they said I could take it off myself and hand it in at the main reception desk, it had to be baclk for 0900. so I trundled of in the works transit at 0845 only to get stuck in the traffic because I forgot the kids were back at school, so I am sat in a long line of traffic at the traffic lights facing the school, so I thought I had better take the monitor off now in case it has to stop recording at 0900. so picture me sat in the van facing a school, shirt open, hand fumbling inside, ripping off the tape that holds the pick up heads in place on my chest, I am sure the glue that is on the tape is a relative to superglue, there I am fumbling about ripping out clumps of fur in agony, whilst suspicious mothers look at this guy in a van, feeling inside his shirt pulling grotesque expressions and moaning at the same time, I was waiting for babies bottles to smash against the side windows accompanied by the shouts of "Perv Alert". Afte 3 submissions I got the upper hand and raced to York Hospital, parked in a no parking bay, and raced to main reception, I handed the monitor and my 24 hour diary sheet in and asked when I would hear about the results. "What results" came a confused reply. You do not get any results, its just for us to see what went on in the last 24 hours, wish they had told me, I would have lent them my diary and saved a lot of probs, aspecially during the night in bed when I nearly got garotted by the box unit swinging on the cables falling down the top of the bed during the night.
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Old 05-September-2006, 20:26
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Oh isn't life fun tankie1rtr.

With hindsight, it might have been better to have taken it off AFTER you arrived at the hospital, then they might have been able to see how you are when worked up with the traffic etc.
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Old 05-September-2006, 22:25
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Hi Gem
You may have a point there, ha ha. I have just noticed that you are in Gillingham, small world, I used to live in Whitsatable, then Swaleclifffe.
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Old 06-September-2006, 11:04
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..... I have just noticed that you are in Gillingham, small world, I used to live in Whitsatable, then Swaleclifffe.
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Old 06-September-2006, 12:40
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hope it all goes well
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Old 11-September-2006, 06:38
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Hi All.
I received a letter from Hull Hospital on Saturday morning, offering me and other people the chance to go to the hospital that I am having my op in and spend the morning in the lecture room along with other people that are having the operation, there will be talks from the surgeon who is performing the Op, Anethatist (I know I have spelt it wrong) Intensive care nurse, and after care, and physiotherapist. There will also be refreshments available at lunchtime. All this is to give you chance to get any questions or fears out of the way, (but i suppose I am a wuss, cos I am scared out my tree) could do with a nice young lady to hold my hand, any offers ????.
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Old 11-September-2006, 10:13
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I would hold your hand John, although I'm not a young lady.
I hope all goes well for you.
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Old 11-September-2006, 10:29
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Chin up tankie1rtr, you'll be OK.

Just remember when you come around from your op that, from then on, everything WILL get better.
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Old 17-September-2006, 16:59
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Hoping all goes well
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Old 18-September-2006, 21:45
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Thank you everybody for your well wishes, I will carry on updating as things happen. Best wishes to all.
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Old 25-September-2006, 15:22
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Hi Everybody.
Well here is the latest update, So this morning at the unearthly hour of 6.00 ( I didn't know there were two six oclocks in a day) I dragged myself out of bed and started getting ready for the 45 mile trip to Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, wondering what the day held in store for me, I had received a letter some weeks prior inviting me up for a meeting in the lecture room along with a load of other folks who were probably waiting to see what terrors the future held during the "Op" kick off time was 09.30. I was very surprised when I reached the lecture room, there must have been about 60 people albeit that some had come as company for the others but I recon there was about 35 people who were having cardio surgery. well the lecture opened up with a young lady who was the Nurse practitioner, she put us all at ease and gave us a run down on what would happen from the moment we arrived at hospital untill after we had, had the op and gone home. she told us that the operation for a bypass would last aprox 3 hours, and for a valve replacement + bypass 3.5 hours, after the operation I woud be taken to Intensive care where i would spend the first night on a 1-1 nursing basis, the day after, all being well I would be taken to a high observation ward where I would spend the rest of the time untill I was fit enough to go home, Next person to take the stage was the Intensive Care Nurse who went on to explain thatafter I come out of theatre and was bedded down in Intensive care, that I (we) would be kept asleep for about 1 to 1.5 hours so they can monitor my situation, when I was finally woken up the first thing I would notice were tubes and pipes everywhere, but not to panic, there would be wires to monitor Pulse, Blood pressure, Heart Rate, and this would be linked up to a machine, I would have a urinery catheter in place, drainage tubes coming out of my chest, and a pipe down the throat, all sounded so bloody scarey untill he then went on to explain that the pipe in the throat was to help me to breath during the anasthetic, and after they woke me up in Intensive Care, if I was breathing ok, the pipe would be removed, it is painless and in no way does it make you feel as though your choking, a small cough and it is out leaving no feeling of discomfort, i would hear alarms, and monitors bleeping but not to worry as this is quiet normal. He went on to tell us that the operation although is a big operation it is not very painfull and any pain during the recovery process would be treated with pain management by standard pain killers, he went on to stress that if a patient feels any pain at all we must tell them and they would treat it straight away, because if we had any pain we would not be able to take deep breaths and deep breaths are important to clear the lungs of any residue anasthetic and to help the healing process.

During first day I would be kept in bed, the second day all being well I would be taken to the high dependancy ward, I would be kept here untill I either got discharged or formed an escape comittee and tunnelled our way out, on the first day on the ward, i would be encouraged to sit in a chair at the side of my bed, the second day I would start my physiotherapy. at this point the Intensive Care Nurse handed over to the Physiotherapist who then told us that on the second day we would start our physio training and they would get us up to start walking around the ward, this would lead onto longer walks and eventually gentle inclines leading up to stairs, when we have mastered stairs ok, then we should be able to go home, but this would depend on the indaviduals recovery rate because everybody is different, it could be anywhere between 5 days to three weeks, but more often than not it would be one week. we broke for coffee where we were introduced to a pile of paperwork, booklets, and various pamphlets all relating to cardio surgery, and a lot of it was very helpful. after coffee we went back into the lecture room and was introduced to the pharmacist, this person tended to babble a bit about various medications, this was a bit boring and I came to the conclusion that they put her in the programme just to give somebody from her department a go so they did not feel left out. CONCLUSION... I found the lecture with slides very good indeed and I must admit after it was all over I was a lot more settled to the idea of my operation, it answered a lot of questions, and quelled a lot of fears that I had, If you are offered this lecture please please attend it is 100% worth it. well it is now time to relegate the laptop to the floor, and lay down on the couch with my moggie and have a snooze, its now 15.20 and its been a long time since 0600 this morning, i will just reflect on what I learned this morning, with heavy eyes and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Best Wishes to All
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Old 25-September-2006, 15:55
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That's exactly how I remember it tankie1rtr but with a couple of differences (well, it was 13 years ago!).

I don't recall the tube down the throat - but that may have been removed before I woke up. You'll probably find breathing difficult as the lungs are collapsed but that will soon come back to normal.

I was kept asleep for some 10-12 hours and woke up in recovery (intensive care specifically for these types of opps - different hospitals do things differently I'm sure).

Didn't have ANY physio - how things have changed (for the better) over time. But they do try and get you up in a chair, then up and about asap.

I'd say your stay will be about a week but as they say, everyone is different.

Anyway, you'll be fine. Just remember, if in doubt ASK a nurse or doctor.
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Old 25-September-2006, 22:07
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Hi Gem.
Well I was surprised because the only time I have ever been in hospital was in 1969 for appendics removal, now they have a monitor over your bed, well its a tele actually, and it has a built in mobile phone, although this tends to be a bit expensive its nice to know its there and you can talk to a love one anytime night or day, the tele costs 3 per day and the internet at the side of the bed costs 4pence per minute, good lord how things have changed, I remember in 1969 a big old brown box tele balanced on a chair at the end of the ward, it only had three chanels and finished about 10.30pm playing the national anthem with a picture of the union jack flying (in black and white of course) the ward looks more like a hotlel now than what I remember, I will be glad of the physio and lets face it, no pain no gain, and after what I heard the pain is virtually none existant although you feel uncomfortable they dont want you to have any pain, I know it wont be a breeze but at least it will be bearable, with the internet being at the side of my bed I can give upto date postings as it is going, (When I am fit and come round from the operation)
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