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Don't blame me

All I know is I had nothing to do with the site crash or a runaway bear at the US Senior Open in Colarado. Two RNs and Two PCAs, a cardiologist, one dietician, and at least three food service workers can alibi me. I was watching DVDS containing episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Mission Impossible, or reading a biography on General Patton most of yesterday. All of this while eating macaroni and beef. A respiratory therapist offered me a nicotine patch, I declined. I have lived 47 years without ever once puffing on a cigarette.

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Health update- I have an elarged aorta and I need a valve replacement. That's tricky when you throw in my other present medical issues. My cancer is stage IV, and I'm rapidly approaching the median survival rate. Is open heart surgery what I want to undergo considering I may be dead in 6 months in any case?

Your mission Wizbang readers is to believe everything I wrote in the first paragraph and not question my sanity. This message will post in five seconds. Good luck Jay.

Update- I'm coming home. My condition has been stable since Thursday noon time. They're referring me to a doctor. Yesterday they were going to do a cardiac cath., but because I'm on coumadin, my INR is too high and the procedure was cancelled. The cardiologist today was out of his depth, he talked to the cardiologist who saw me the last two days but didn't know what I discussed with the cardiac surgeon. I get the impression, my discharge means one less patient for him. What happens to me doesn't matter. Basically I'm being sent to fend for myself.

Right now I'm depressed about most everything, except at the prospect of sleeping at home tonight.

2nd update- I'm not going home tonight. The confusion I had today was the most fun I had since the nurse removed my catheter.

Hat tip- Ryan at GNN for the above photo.


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Comments (18)

My thoughts and prayers con... (Below threshold)

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, Bill. (Indeed, you have a very difficult decision.)

Iur orayers are with you.</... (Below threshold)
David:

Iur orayers are with you.


By the way, the surgeon that pioneered the heart procedure you might go through had it done to him when he was 88. Go for it.

Going home and sleeping in ... (Below threshold)
Doug:

Going home and sleeping in your own bed is the best. Enjoy your time away from the hospital.

Good luck with your medical issues. Keep fighting.

BillThat's great new... (Below threshold)

Bill
That's great news that you are going home.

Maybe a second opinion on the heart diagnosis? Is treatment limited to the cath or more complicated?

Hang in there! Hope you will blog the Ryder Cup.

Hang in there, Bill!... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

Hang in there, Bill!

Never trust the guy coverin... (Below threshold)
epador:

Never trust the guy covering for the weekend. Wait until Monday!

You are lucky to have the little reprieve with the warfarin and INR blips.

Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes it gets you.

Warfarin, BTW, decreases blood borne mets and prolongs survival, so be glad you are on it.

I know it may be tough for ... (Below threshold)
Jef:

I know it may be tough for me to say, but trust me, you have to stay in a good frame of mind at all times. Your health will be better for it!

BillI haven't heard ... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Bill
I haven't heard the fat lady sing yet, so
keep the faith!
You're still in my prayers.

Never give up, Never, Never... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Never give up, Never, Never. I'm a 14 year survivor, mine was pretty easy but a friend had the same cancer a year later, no prognosis, The Dr. said "Here's your morphine, be sure not to take more than 6 at one time as it might be fatal etc" My friend (not a young man at the time)lived 11 years and died from something not related to the original cancer.

Hang tough, Bill!... (Below threshold)

Hang tough, Bill!

Best wishes, Bill.... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Best wishes, Bill.

12 year survivor of cancer ... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

12 year survivor of cancer here (and I was diagnosed at Stage IV).

I was eventually transfered out of the original hospital (they got real famous about a month later when thy cut te wrong foot off of a guy, then turned of the wrong respirator and killed someone a week later).

Never EVER give up. You want someone to talk to, use the e-mail address I put in here, I will e-mail you back. Depression can kill you, but I found the best thing about going home was always "my dog waiting for me". I still miss him, even with a new dog. And family, though many times my wife slept on a cot in the hospital room with me.

Bill, you are in my thought... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

Bill, you are in my thoughts and prayers. It sounds like you're having a tough time right now. Keep your spirits up and don't let them get you down!

Prayers for your health and... (Below threshold)
The Exposer:

Prayers for your health and that you find a workable solution quickly. Don't give up !

Bill,Get another o... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

Bill,

Get another opinion.....and a different hospital. Why in the hell would a respiratory therapist offer YOU a nicotine patch? Sounds like they got the wrong patient....scary stuff my man.

Hang in there. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

BTW, did you see the dog on the baseball field with it's owners chasing it around? What was that?!!

Keep the faith and good luc... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Keep the faith and good luck.

My best friend is going thr... (Below threshold)
Laura:

My best friend is going through the same thing right now. They tell her she should be dead, but she's ..... not. So there. Hang in there, I will definitely say a prayer for you when I pray for my friend.

Good luck to you, Bill. I ... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Good luck to you, Bill. I hope that you are out of the hospital and resting comfortably very soon. Take care, our thoughts and prayers and with you!




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