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COUMADEN AND ME

 
 
Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 08:35 pm
Wishing you the best with your hospitalization.

Be careful with the constipation you will get from the sedative and/or anesthesia. Took me 3-4 days for my gut to recover and I needed stool softener when I was always regular as a clock. This is not to be taken lightly. Plan on taking it and be careful what you eat in the meanwhile.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 08:35 pm
Thinkin on ya Farmer.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 08:37 pm
Good thoughts from the rockpile...
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 09:06 pm
New York in 2008 - see you there, farmerman.




(will you blush if I send you a smooch?)
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 11:37 pm
Good luck farmerman. I'll be thinking pleasant, soothing, non-medicinal-smelling thoughts in your direction.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 07:42 am
Oh my, just catching up.

Tomorrow... will be thinking of you.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 08:09 am
Farmerman--

Positive thoughts are coming from the Poconos. May you be baking cookies by the weekend.
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JPB
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 09:47 am
sending positive thoughts from the midwest.
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Montana
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 03:08 pm
Ohmmmmmmmmm!
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 03:21 pm
Stilling thinking about you!
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 04:43 pm
I was hoping for news....good news.

Oooooommmm.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 05:40 pm
I'm thinking good thoughts and sending them your way. May the procedure go smoothly and may you be back in your routine really soon.
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 10:03 pm
Thinkin bout ya hoss.
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Montana
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 10:24 pm
Me too!
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 10:29 pm
Add mine to the pile of good wishes, f man.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 19 Dec, 2007 06:48 am
well, good news and bad.It was an all day procedure at Lankenau with many anesthesia procedures. (New anesthesias are really cool, since I am allergic to pentathol, they now have these anesthesias that only keep you out as long as they feed them by drip. As soon as they stop, your awake within 2 minutes). Even so, I was sleepy last night that when We got done, my good wife drove me to a PJ Changs for dinner and she ptiently listened to my "White light" experiences and dreams. When I got home, I crashed like a AT hiker after a long day.
I went through a TEE (trans esophageal echogram) and my heart was declared to be like that of n "Athlete".ith one minor problem , the a Fib. Theyve found a smll clot in the anteriror chamnber that, were they to convert me back to normal sinus rhythm by the "Shock paddle", I could have a clot begin a migration and a possible stroke.

SO, they are leavingme inAT fib with a few more months of coumadin to dissolve the clot and then theyll do the paddle or a laser ablation.

The clot issue is, Now That I know I have a small clot, I need to stay in AT fib (or at least hope my coumadin is working fast).

Its like living on a sword.

One of the side effects of converting back to normal sinus rhythm is Bradycardia, a temprary condition wherein the heart beats very slowly , sort of a post AT fib compensation.
Oh well, my heart is being fetured in an article of the Lankenau internal cardio newsletter about hearts that (due to years of essential hypertension) are not myopathied and are actually quite healthy looking.
Im gonna be a drug celebrity. Ive been on BP meds for years and , even when I drank, my BP was kept in the 120/70 range (without meds itd be like 180/110). I am a populational anomaly tht geneticists are studying. It appears that high BP cozzacks exist and are able to convert to live long and active lives with relatively clear veins.

I have, once again, wisely picked my family genes.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Wed 19 Dec, 2007 07:11 am
Farmerman--

You're going to be spending the rest of your life with the Sword of Damocles. I hope that in a few weeks/months you'll be able to move from the sharp side to tap-dancing on the broad blade.

As for your career as a Poster Boy--would you rather be sliced open and have your organs examined as an augury to influence American foreign policy?

Hold your dominion.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 19 Dec, 2007 07:20 am
News!

Good-ish!

The clot, though... oy. Sounds like the Coumadin will be able to work its magic on said clot, though?

Thanks for the update, I was worrying. (That's thinking about you, Jewish version.)
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Wed 19 Dec, 2007 08:07 am
A day like that and still out for supper? You're a bull! Razz

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I've read favourable things about laser ablation for A Fib.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 19 Dec, 2007 08:58 am
Well, all in all, that sounds good and the doctors able.

Tough day on your wife too...

Now then, what about those macaroons? We'll have to spark up that thread.
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