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Thread: Back Home After Some Metal Work!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA

    Back Home After Some Metal Work!

    Well, I'm home from the hospital and am doing just fine. I know - huh???

    OK, now the details. I was having some discomfort in my chest Saturday night and had trouble sleeping. I finally got comfortable and slept for a few hours, then was feeling fine Sunday. On Monday, I was working in my shop as usual and felt a little tightness in my chest occasionally that went away when I sat down for a bit. Later Monday night, I had trouble sleeping and got up a couple of times. The second time I got up, Bobbie pressed me for what was wrong so I told her the tightness in my chest wasn't going away. So, we headed to the hospital about 5am Tuesday. They checked me in the ER and decided the best approach, considering my history, was to get me to the cath lab. The lab was booked up but they felt like they could work me in late in the day. I was getting treatment - nitro patch and a drip - so I was out of trouble.

    Sadly, the patient I was to follow in the lab began having a lot of trouble. She was an older lady and was handling the procedure well initially, then began to lose all vital signs. A nurse told me they had personnel from all departments in the lab to determine courses of action. What should have been a one hour or so procedure had run to three hours and they still had issues. The day ended badly for everyone.

    I had to wait until Wednesday morning for my procedure, but I was first in line. The crew finished prepping me and the doctor started on my heart cath. There were two bad blockages in the one coronary artery that was not replaced in 2010 when I had the major procedure. It was not blocked back then, but some plaque shifted and was creating an almost complete blockage of the artery, which is on the right side of the heart. The doctor placed stents at the top and bottom of the artery to clear the blockages.

    They held me overnight for observation and all went well. I was released about 1pm today and am resting well at home now. This may sound more scary than it actual was. Having been through a cath procedure three times before, I wasn't really too concerned. The bottom line is that my heart muscle is still strong with no damage. I'll be back to normal or maybe better in a week or two.
    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
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    I thought maybe you were getting a new knee or something similar by the thread title...oh wait that's Dave!

    Sounds scary to me indeed!! Sounds like your wife was right to press you into going to the ER! Glad you're at home and resting now Bill!
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    hey bill,, next time dont wait so long,, stubborness can make your choices not good.. glad yu made it out of the clouds once more
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Back Home After Some Metal Work!

    Wow, glad you caught it when you did. Welcome home!
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Phew, glad you're OK.
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  6. #6
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Glad you stuck around had some construction work myself a few years back, not metal work but they put some bypasses around the congested traffic
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  7. #7
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Glad you are still amongst us, Bill!!

  8. #8
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Glad to hear u fine Bill but thank Bobbie from all of us for looking after you and making you go. She is the hero here oh and the technicians that did the work.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    That's scarry Bill!!! Thanks Bobbie for pushing his to ER, he may not be here with us now if you didn't! Heal fast Bill and follow the docs orders, I'm sure Bobbie will be sure of that

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Glad you're doing better, get healed up soon. Don't wait so long next time.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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