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Jerry's heart surgery
Dec 19, 2017 Latest post:
Dec 23, 2017
This is my story and I am sticking to it. Earlier this fall Esther and I were having breakfast on a Saturday morning at Village Inn here in Lincoln. A business owner whom I had gotten to know came in with his family. He sat them at a table and came over to us. He explained that he just had a stress test and was scheduled for two stents the following Tuesday. He is only in his upper 40's! When he described his symptoms I thought they sounded much like mine. These symptoms did not seem alarming to me and I just thought I was getting old. My friend said I better check with my doctor. It was time for my annual physical and I brought this up to my doctor. She suggested a Calcium CT scan. A few days later I got the scan. That afternoon the doctor called and said the cardiac clinic would call me the next morning and I saw a cardiac doctor that day. Doctor said he had never seen this before. That a calcium score of 400 they get concerned and take action. The highest he had seen before was in the 1,000's. Mine was 5,000. I asked if he was going to throw me on the floor and do emergency heart surgery, But instead he scheduled a catheterization. At the completion he said he was about to insert two stents. But because of the level of calcification he is opting for double bypass surgery. That was on 10/19 and they wanted to schedule the surgery for the next week. Well, I was feeling perfectly fine. I was entering into the busiest and most productive time of year with dozens of appointments over the next two months. My doctor did not initiate checking any of this out. I did! Usually here I mention that it was quite a coincidence that I ran into my friend that day and Esther always interjects, "There is no such thing as coincidences!" So with many caveats the surgeon agreed to schedule the surgery for Tuesday 12/19. This all seems ridiculous because I continue to feel fine. My doctor said it is unusual to have the level of blockage that I have and still have such a healthy heart. So, I look forward to a good and fast recovery. After the cath they scanned my carotids and did an Echo and all looked good. So once I go for the surgery my wife, Esther, and I will enter some updates here to let those interested know how it is all coming along. Thanks for your interest. Your prayers for the doctors and my recovery will be greatly appreciated. - Jerry