Thursday, October 11, 2007

Results


I did make it through the stress test, which I have to tell you is not so bad. Everyone was so kind to me and I was pretty relaxed all through it. I didnt have any results yesterday when I left the hospital. They did call me this morning with the results. They started off with my carotids are good, my echogram was good, however my stress showed up that one part of my heart is not getting enough blood or oxygen, so now I have to have a heart cath. The Doctor feels I may have a blockage.
I have really been in denial that this is my heart...I blamed it on gall bladder, tension, and a million other things....but now is time to face the music and just be happy that we caught it now before it became worse. I guess when he does the heart cath, if he finds blockage he will put a stent ( or stents) in then.
I am scheduled for the heart cath on the 31st of October. Everyone says its a piece of cake....and Im sure it is....until its you. And you all know what a big baby I am. But I am just trying to remain calm. I am kind of numb today since I just found all of this out today.
Thank you for all of your good thoughts and prayers, please continue them. The only way I got through the part of the test yesterday where I had to lay still for 24 minutes was by talking to God. When I wanted to jump up and run out of the hospital and deny all of this, I prayed and he calmed me.
I just want to get this all over with. I guess its time for a change of lifestyle.....no smoking, more exercise and a better diet. I guess I always knew it would come to this someday. My Father had open heart surgery twice. I will be updating....stick with me guys.

29 comments:

Lori said...

*hugs*


I will say a prayer for you.

Bluepaintred said...

Stick with you? You are gonna have a heck of a hard time tryin to shake us all off!

LauraJ said...

Oct 31?? Lol...I'd go in costume! Give them all a good laugh. Hand out candy too. :D
Big hugs doll!!

teebopop said...

I read you often. I rarely comment. But I thought that I should let you know that the toughest part of a cardiac cath procedure is having to lay flat for a long period. They do give you something to relax you, so that part will be easy.

My husband has a heart condition. When he had a triple bypass (at 43 mind you), the guy in the bed next to him was 88 and having the same thing.

My brother has a heart condition. He had 6 stents put in last year THEN he drove from Arkansas to Chicago to a reunion.

You'll be okay. But yes, you do have to change your lifestyle (I am always known as the Queen of the Obvious, so forgive me).

My husband who had the triple bypass, then was diagnosed with congestive heart failure 10 years later, has led a clean life since then. His heart has been okay for the last 5 years and has been "healing" itself. He actually has 35% more capacity for blood flow than he used to ... so changing your lifestyle is a good thing.

I just thought I'd share that with you.

Hang tough. Be brave. You know you can do this.

Louisiana said...

you are not a baby, just human. wheather it is an easy procedure or not, we all be nervous and anxious. and besides, it's your heart..the heart of the matter!

i'm glad the news was fairly positive. i'm glad they can help you and you won't have to wait long. i'm glad that you feel the love from so many that care about you.

Tug said...

Many MANY ((hugs)) and prayers my friend...you'll be just fine!!

Big Pissy said...

Oh, Catch!

I'm so sorry to hear this...but I agree....you'll be fine! We'll all be thinking good thoughts. :)

{{{hugs}}}

~Pissy

Michelle said...

of course we'll stick with you! Well I'm glad they you finally went to the doc and did the test and have some answers now, and its not all bad news - glad to hear you did have some good news in there, but sorry you have to have another test.

Kayla had a heart cath done last Aug if you remember. She had a coil placed because of a small PDA she had. I heard how it was a relatively easy procedure too, but you're right - its different when its happening to you (or your child!) I'll admit I was scared for Kayla and what she was going through...but you've met her! She's still full of spunk! and it was an outpatient procedure too so no overnight hospital stay.

I'll be keeping you in my prayers that they can fix the problem w/the cath.

eZ said...

hey catch
do what ya gotta do, you have plenty of people behind you.
I agree with Laura, take them candy and they will treat you extra special.
My thoughts are with you!

MarmiteToasty said...

Everyone says its a piece of cake?...... just make sure they dont shove a piece of cake in instead of a stent......

(((((((((catch)))))) you know your in me thoughts........ WHAT NO CAKE..... dam and bugger......

:)

unpacking me care parcel with british chocolate and cake LMFAO

X

Ol' Lady said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you...
Your a strong woman, you will be just fine :)

Remiman said...

Catch,
You've got a good attitude Catch, You will be fine!
rel

Christine said...

Of course we will stick with you!!
Sending plenty of prayers and HUGS to you!! You'll be just fine Catch!

Dr.John said...

We'll stick by you and pray for you. Your right it is good they caught it before you had a full blown heart attack.

DIXIECHICK said...

Catch...I wish the best of luck to you...Just to let you know...my Mom had the exact procedure, she is doing fine now...Hang in there...you are in my thoughts!
Dixiechick

Akelamalu said...

Oh Honey, I'm sure you'll be fine, but thank goodness they docs found it sooner rather than later eh?

I'll be sending Reiki to you on the 31st so you sail right through it. xx

Pendullum said...

So glad they found it early Honey...
truly...
One of my best friends was giving partof his liver to his uncle...
And they were doing all the tests to make cerain he was up for it...and then they realized he had a heart problem...
Thank goodness for his generocity... for as a result he had open heart surgery last year... and he is around to talk about it... Laugh about it...
I here...
And am anxous for the 31st...
and praying like the Dickens...

Elween said...

maybe you need to change your lifestyle a little. it will help! exercise more often and don't down after each meal. i always walk 1/2 hour after a meal :)

take care! *hugs*

bettygram said...

I am praying for you.

Mr. Fabulous said...

I'm here for you, my friend. My thoughts are with you!

Dave said...

Blessings to you and you know you will do just fine. Keep us posted

Palm Springs Savant said...

well mixed results huh? I'll keep you in my prayers...good luck

MarmiteToasty said...

I thought of you so very much yesterday...... I was in the butchers shop with me matie.... and she bought 4 hearts LOL.... apparently her hubby loves 'stuffed hearts'...... well he can bloody well love them on his own lol...... give me lambs liver and lambs tongue over stuffed hearts anyday lol......

I said to me matie..... should I buy one and send it to catch LOL she just blank stared at me........

(((catch))) hope all is well...

X

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I know I can't say anything toease your fears but I can defnitely tell you that we're all here for you and we're not going anywhere!

:P fuzzbox said...

I wish you the best darlin'. Take care.

Kat said...

You're always in my prayers Catch. Don't worry about the lifestyle change, you might find out you really like it.

Cindy said...

I'm so glad it wasn't more serious! This is serious enough, but you know we're all here for you. We love you and will surely keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Nea said...

Tom, my husband went through by pass surgery in 2000, and now he is in better shape than I am. haha

It is always scarey when it is your heart, but it is the one area that the Dr.'s can actually fix up with amazing success. I have been thinking about you and wondering how it all went. Be brave and do what your Dr. says, and toss your last pack of cigarettes away. I am rooting for you.....

Queenie said...

Oh catch I hope I'm back in time to wish good luck, will be thinking about you. Notice your sense of humour is still with you, really worried when I first saw the picture.