Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wow! Just got the news that the obstructions in my carotid arteries are very serious and that I need to see a Vascular Surgeon right away. Judy, our Nurse Practitioner, says that on a scale of 1-10 of seriousness I have a 10!
I’d be lying if I said I had no emotional response to that one. I feel like I’m sitting, smoking, on a keg of dynamite. I have long tried to get to accept that I may get run over by a truck at any time. But now I see that the truck may be in my arteries just waiting to run me down. It is a bit scary. I am not ready to cash in my chips and deed my body to a McDonald’s meat grinder. I’m not as cool as I hoped.
I am almost 72 years old. I have had a good run. I can’t complain if it comes to an end now. I guess I had better rearrange my priorities. Clean up my mess. Pay my bills.
Tuesday night I fell asleep at the TV in my office and when I woke up I was disoriented and dizzy. I remember fearing that something serious might be happening. I suspected that I might be dying. I sat for a while and when I felt stable I got up to go to bed. After about three steps I turned to go back to my chair and must have passed out. I woke up on the floor. It all happened in about 15 minutes. I had not been drinking any more than usual.
Better than a week has passed. I had an echocardiogram of my carotids that said I had less that 50% blockage on my right side and over 70% blockage on the left. Yesterday the Vascular surgeon put a tube in my right femoral artery and shot dye into my brain. The picture showed that I had 85% blockage in my left carotid artery! 20% in the right is nothing to worry about in an old art of almost 72. But the 85% in the left requires surgery, soon. So, Monday, they will open up my neck and scoop out the crap in my artery. I’m to take it easy between now and then. I don’t need much encouragement. I don’t want to trigger a loose clot to screw up my left brain.