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12/13/07 6:47 A

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Good Morning!

One thing that most Hospitals have is WARM BLANKETS!! I always ask for them, and they bring them right out of the warmer and put them on me and its "snuggle time" with the 'warm and fuzzzies'! Best part of the surgery!

Now, remember, if your 'not out of it', or stil concious, DONT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR MORE SLEEPY MEDICINE!!! They will be happy to give it to you! (The last thing they want is someone nervous like me, jumping around, scared to death, because of my 'first experience' with a nut case. I told the Doc on my second one that I was scared to death, and I 'was' shaking, so, they gave me more stuff to almost put me out! (They dont want you completely out, but in la-la land).

Questions? Ask them RIGHT THEN AND THERE! Dont be afraid to ask either, because either the Doctor or Nurse will be helpful in anything you want to know about. If they say 'cough', do so, because it helps the cath move easier through out the chambers of your heart. And, if you feel its going up the side of your neck, or down your arm, TELL THEM!! Thats what happened to me and they sure did want to know :)

In most hospitals you can even watch the tube going into your heart, but, by them your pretty wacked out that it doesnt even register what they are doing, but, the first time I watched, it took my mind off the pain the nut gave me. (And to think, I actually gave that Doctor three tries to kill me!!! LOL! I must of been nuts! Good thing the Wife had more sense than I did :)

Yours will be a cake walk, because your going in there with full knowledge of whats going on. I went in there blind, not knowing what to expect.

You get in there, its cold as a refridgerator, so you WILL ask for those warm blankets. Then they will shave both sides or one side of your pelvic area either before or when your in there, (sometimes they need to be sure so they do a wee bit extra while they are in there before the Doctor comes in). Then the Doctor will come in and chit chat with you a bit, then expose that leg and he/she will give you about 5 to 10 shots in the leg to totally numb it. (That was my problem, I take a lot of extra pain meds and they didnt use it, but, if your one who doesnt use a lot of drugs, (over the counter or prescriptions, you will have no problem at all, as my Wife only took tylenol in her life time and any type of drug administered hit her right away!), since I was used to a LOT of drugs having more shots than I can remember, both in the military and in civilian life, and administered a lot of pain meds because of all the operations I went through in life, it just took a lot more meds...also, I was a beer drinker before that, and 'that' alone made it harder to anestetise me like the normal person!

But, before all that, they will give you a small cup of valiam to take and it will start to get you woozy, and if you need more, they will simply inject it into your IV line! (Man, how sweet it is, as I remember the times, way back when they gave you shots all the time, and didnt bother USING that ol IV line!!! I thought it was barbaric and still do, those old timers).

You will have no problem after that.

Now, it depends on 'how' they finish you up. If they put the 'plug' in you, (a wee fuzzy ball in your vein, so that it seals you up right away), then you can go home either that day or the next! But, if they dont, and just put pressure bandages on you, then they will roll you up to your room and make you stay in one position for 12 hours!!! I am a bit claustophobic and I was told to hold my hand over my heart for 12 hours and not move...MAN DID I SWEAT AND GET NERVOUS AS IT REALLY BOTHERS ME TO BE IN ONE POSOTION FOR SO LONG!! (When I was young, I was trapped in a pipe, stuck, and ever since then, I cant stand to be trapped or cant move!).

I gotta go now, but...

I wish you well...

Jesse

May the LORD Bless you with Grace and Salvation, and if we dont meet in this life time, that we meet in the cloud when our SAVIOUR comes to claim HIS own...The Church.

I wish you well...

Jesse


 
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12/12/07 10:43 P

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Most surgical rooms should have a supply of lightweight heat-reflective blankets to cover you with as soon as they're done - usually a sheet of aluminized mylar (so-called "space blanket") backed with flannel, they are nice and warm. They'll put that on you and leave it on in the recovery room, and then when you wake up you can get more blankets. Chat with one of the nurses about the lightweight blankets while you're being prepped; that'll stick it in their minds so they'll remember to look for one at the end.

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12/12/07 3:04 P

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. Based on what you've said, it doesn't sound too bad. (Although I hope I don't have Jesse's old doctor. Yikes! what an experience!). The doctor told me that it doesn't hurt and I will not remember a thing, but since he's never been on the procedure table, how would he know? Its good to hear first-hand experiences. I hadn't thought about how cold it could be. I'll try to smuggle in some warm socks, at least until the procedure starts. I turn blue when I get cold and that seems to freak out the doctors so maybe they will let me get away with it. :-)
My cath is next Thursday, Dec. 20th. At this point I just want to get it over with so I can move on to the holidays.

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12/11/07 6:59 A

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Hiy Y'all!!

Yeppers! I underwent the Cardiac Cath... When I was going to go 'under the knife', my Dad came to the hospital and told me not to worry, its painless and there is nothing to it...YEA RIGHT DAD!!!
The "Butcher" I had, didnt numb me enough, and the entire time it felt like he was shoving a bic pen up my leg!! I layed there and screamed the entire time!! sheesh!! (Did that Butcher care? Naw, not a bit!).

I told my Dad "You lied to me"!! He said "Of course! If I told you the Truth, you NEVER would have had it!!!). He's right too!!!

So, eventually I changed Doctors and the next one did two of them on me, and I told him about my experience and he kept me under most of the way and I felt absollutely nothing at all!! In fact, they had to tell me when it was over!! Now THATS a butcher I can live with, while going to the meat market! (Oh, I always told my kids that the Doctors were butchers and the hospital were meat markets, where they slice and dice on ya, and my kids know that I have the strangest sense of humor, and even the Doctors wonder about me at times LOL!).

Now that this new butcher doesnt keep me informed one way or another, (cause there are always things that are popping up that they 'forgot' to tell me about, and I have to do this or that in order to get this or that done... its like joining the circus now! Sure does make life interesting :)

Oh, another interesting fact, when, or If I ever get my Radio Ablation, they are going through both sides of my crotch, AND both sides of my NECK!! Boy, this is something I sure can just wait for an not be itching with anticipation anymore about wanting to occupy that table... Toe tag goes on the left foot everyone!! ;)

I wish you well...

Jesse

Edited by: STAR-WARRIOR at: 12/11/2007 (07:02)
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I wish you well...

Jesse


 
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12/4/07 10:27 A

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Hi Linda,

I don't know if you've already had the procedure or not but figured I'd pop in and reply since I just had a cardiac cath done one week ago today.

I found myself in the hospital and being told I had a heart attack (read my blog if you want more info on all that *smile*). I was scared out of my mind about the cardiac cath procedure, it just seems so scary...

I requested drugs to ease my mind and they willingly gave me two doses of adavan as I underwent the procedure. The worst parts were NOT the procedure itself... the worst parts were the fear in my head before and after the procedure (I tend to be anxious and worry about everything), laying in that cold cold room with nothing on but a sheet covering me during the procdure, and having to lay so still after the procedure.

The procedure itself was not a bad experience or painful at all. I felt the lidocaine they used to numb my groin but after that I only felt a little pressure, no pain at all. One week later and I can hardly even find the incision, it heals very quickly.

Do your best to relax if you undergo this procedure and trust your doctors - at the hospital I went to, they do 5-6 of these a day!

If you have specific questions, I'm happy to email you offline or here in the team forum.

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11/5/07 8:48 P

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LOL!! When I had mine done, I had just shaved the night before, and the nurses teased me that if I was young enough to have shaved that area, then I was WAY to young to be in the heart hospital! emoticon

Edited by: RKBABCOCK at: 11/5/2007 (20:48)
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Man, I didnít even think about the crotch thing...
I was more worried about how they were going to get my big butt on the procedure table.
By the way, you are right about the spelling. My only excuse is that I had the nurse write the procedure down for me so I went off of her notes.
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[spelling nazi]catheterization[/persnickety]
I've had this done twice. Worst part, to me, is they shave part of your crotch to have a clear area in the groin to insert the cath, and then it itches for ages as the hair grows back in.

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Linda, it is very scary finding out that you have something wrong with your heart. I had an 11 day old baby when I had my heart attack, and I just cried the whole day, from the time they told me I was having a heart attack until they put me out for the surgery, 12 hours later! I'm hoping for you that it is an "easy fix", and that you won't have to go through open heart surgery!

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Thank you for the encouragement ladies.
I'm usually an upbeat type of person, but after my visit to the cardiologist, I was really depressed. I guess since I am the caregiver of the family, the thought of being vunerable scares me. It was really uplifting to hear both of your experiences. I feel much better. I guess I will look on the bright side. Being forced to lay around might be a good thing. At least I can catch up on my reading....

Thanks for sharing!


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11/1/07 6:09 P

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Hi Linda, I also had a coronary cathitorization done as an outpatient procedure. I was only there a few hours and the only thing that I felt as a discomfort was that they go into the groin area but it really wasn't significant pain. I also had to continue to lie flat in the recovery area for a period of time and then I went home to take it easy. I wish you success with your procedure.

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Hi Linda!

I have had 2 heart caths. The first I had when I had my heart attack to diagnose the cause of the attack. I did have to have a bypass surgery as a result of that cath, because I had an arterial dissection, so I was in the hospital for 4 days after that. I honestly don't even remember having that cath done, because I was so drugged up! The 2nd one I had a couple of months later because I was still having chest pains. That one was an outpatient procedure, and I was only at the hospital for a few hours, because everything looked good. I was a little more cognizant with that one, but I didn't feel a thing. You have to lie flat for a while afterwards, and then I was on restrictions for about 24 hours - couldn't lift the baby, go upstairs, etc. Good luck with your procedure!

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Linda and this is my third day at SP. I'm still trying to find my way around the site, but I like what I've seen so far.

I was recently diagnosed with a defective aortic valve and have become introduced to the wonderful world of cardiology. I absolutely loved (excuse the sarcasm) running on a treadmil in a paper gown with 3 Dr.s telling the technicinan to make it go faster and higher. I guess I "failed" the echocardiogram stress test because now they want to do a coronary cathitorization. The doctor said it could be a one day procedure, an overnight stay, or even major surgery depending on what they find. Has anyone out there been through this procedure? What was your experience like?

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