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Thread: I got diverted from shop time!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA

    I got diverted from shop time!

    In a big way, too!

    I haven't felt well for quite a while and mostly blamed the weather. Then on Saturday, 2/13, I had some chest pain that I thought was lung congestion because it was really high on my chest. Sunday morning, I felt a little worse but kept putting it out of my mind until LOML saw I was getting worse. She drove me to the hospital ER here in Thomasville where they evaluated me and notified my cardiologist.

    My cardiologist came by and made sure I was stabilized. He scheduled a heart cath for Monday. The heart cath showed areas of 90% blockage in two coronary arteries and some degree of blockage in other areas. He said stints would not be an option, so I would have to be transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning. I had one stint placed in 2003 that had cleared up a lot of issues.

    When I met the surgeon at TMH, he went over the process with my wife and me. I was scheduled for surgery first thing Wednesday morning. I felt fine during all of the preparation process, then lost track as they wheeled me into the operating room.

    I started becoming aware of my surroundings around the time of day the surgeon had told me I would. I didn't know until a day or two afterward that I had actually been out of it for 24 hours. I was still entubated which was really annoying and had to wait until the next morning for the tubes to be pulled. All of the doctors who came to see me assured me I was doing fine, my heart was strong and I would recover just fine.

    After a couple of days, the surgeon gave me more details about the surgery. They got me prepped, then started the anesthesia. My vital signs started dropping but didn't stop until I had none. They had to shock me twice to get my heart started again, then began the surgery. Those events changed the surgical process somewhat but they were able to accomplish a large part of the planned repair.

    I still have some areas of small blockage but they aren't of concern for now. The surgeon said the bottom line is that my heart muscle itself is very strong. I should be back to normal and even better in a few weeks.

    LOML brought me home yesterday (Friday, 2/26). I slept better last night than I had in a couple of weeks. I can feel myself getting stronger each day. I'm sure I'll be able to do some light shop work in a couple of weeks.
    The main thing the surgeon cautioned me about is limited lifting. Fortunately, a large bottle of Beam fits nicely in the parameters!

    Thanks for letting me get a little long-winded. It's therapeutic to review the events of the past two weeks and gives me a greater view of the future I now have.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Long Hill Township, NJ

    Given the history of the last 2 days, we are glad you are able to tell us whats going on at all. Glad you came through with flying colors.

    It must take something special to be a heart surgeon - revive the patient and continue on with the procedure.

    I hope you follow your doctors orders and your back on your feet quickly.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Bill glad to here you made it through. My father in law has been going through prutty much the same thing the last couple weeks. They woun't do any more by passes as he's had 6 or 7 in the last 10 years. just have to pray every thing goes as the lord see's fit.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    Bill, I know some people will do anything to get attention, but, don't you think you went a little overboard?

    Glad your gettin' better. Be sure to follow doctors orders. We want you around for a long time!

    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Glad to hear that you are doing better now. I hope that you will be in the shop after a quick recovery.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Dang Bill you had better follow ALL of your docs orders cause I bet the LOYL is going to be watching ya like a hawk Glad you listened to your body and went in and had it checked out. Heal quickly

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Rhode Island
    Fantastic your doing better. No go out & get LOYL a big bunch of roses & take her out for a nice meal.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    hey bill you cant be doing things like this i havnt met yu in person yet and you said i could drop by sometime.if i was in the neighborhood..i kinda like talking to someone that will respond back glad you are doing better now and that as defiantly a wake up call..the doctors deserve a big attah boy for sure..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Man, that doesn't sound like fun at all. (Well, except for the part where you came out alive.) Listen to the docs, take care, rest up, and heal quickly and completely. Thanks for letting us know.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    Its good to hear things worked out and youre on the road to recovery.
    Dont rush things, the shop aint going anywhere.

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