Transient Ischemic Event

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.

Friday 1/21/11

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.

About danielcfischer

Loyola School in NYC, Georgetown University, Shrader Sound, ACF Electronics, National Staffing Consultants, Univac, Applied Data Research, Western Union, Wells Fargo, Prometheus Products, Access Master, GasTech, Lawrence Livermore
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