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Re: [IP] Re:My recent hospital stay
Thanks Jackie. Your message is giving me the inspiration I need to add my
As we all recall, I placed myself in lurker mode sometime ago. It was meant
to be for one week, but ended up being closer to three weeks.
I was having left sided brain problems in that intermittently I was dropping
stuff I tried to carry in my right hand and after one week I developed an
intermittent speech block. Probably the speech thing was the hardest to
deal with. As well as writing a lot, I also like to talk a lot and it was
very frustrating to no be able to talk!
I was referred to a neurologist who put me in the hospital for tests. My
left carotid artery had three ulcerative blockages varying from 75% down to
25%. Three days later I had an enderectomy (sp?). My carotid artery was
opened and scraped clean. After ten days of hospitalization I was released
to go home and continue to recuperate.
Like Jackie, I was allowed to monitor my blood sugars and make corrections
with my pump. The hardest thing I had to deal with was the food service
department. I was supposed to receive an 1800 calorie ADA diet. This was
much to high in carbohydrates for me and I spoke with the dietician who
decided I was not a flake. I was supposed to get what I ordered and not the
ADA diet. On the last day there, I did get what I ordered. On the bright
side, I lost 10 pounds while I was in there.
My final diagnoses was Transient Ischemic Attack (I had at least one a day
for two weeks). Over all, I am much better. There was some residual
effects though. If I am ever asked to walk heel to toe by a police officer,
I'll just hold my hands out to be cuffed. I can't do that on my best day
Jackie, I'm not sure what small vessel disease is. Can you tell us more.
who is also on 3 blood thinners, and 3 blood pressure meds. Not to mention
the 18 other medications. I don't eat anymore. I take meds!
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