Friday, April 15, 2011


I'm here, but I feel as though I've been run over by a Mack Truck.

I have three holes in my groin, two that go into veins and one that goes into the artery.

I have a hole in my neck, through which the doctor inserted a "camera" to look at the inside of my heart.

I also have a hole in my the artery.

I have no idea what that last hole is for.

I was strapped to a table in the OR, so I wouldn't yield to the compulsion to "help" the doctor.

You cannot imagine the indignities endured in preparation for the ablation.

Dr. Estrada is a good electrophysiologist, and the next thing I knew, I was giving the recovery room folks as much trouble as I could.

Time will tell whether or not the procedure accomplished its goal.

I'm home, now, but exhausted.

I'll return to blogging later.


Mark said...

Oh, man! I can't imagine how you feel. Please try to stay out of the operating room from now on.

Joe said...

Mark: Trust far away as possible.

Lisa said...

Hope it works Joe. My mom had that last month for t arrhythmia and elevated heart rate. It got rid of the irregularity in the bottom chamber but created a new one in the top. Also didn't fix the heart rate which they were able to get under control finally after 3 weeks in the hospital with a combination of meds after experimenting different ones.

Pradaxa(in place of Coumadin)
Metoprolol-Beta Blocker
Multaq -for heart rate
Cardizem-Calcium Channel Blocker

So far so good. She went from 150 rate to 68.
2 weeks out of the hospital she fractured her ankle tripping over the dog bed.

Hopefully your ablation works,that's the best you can hope for.

All the best!

tha malcontent said...

Welcome back, Best of luck to you and a quick recovery

Joe said...

Lisa: When my heart was in the midst of acting up, I was having 35-40 beats per minute...not a good rate...and those were uneven, interrupted by frequent PVCs (Premature Ventricular Contractions).

This third ablation was to correct those PVCs.

As of now, it seems to have worked, as I feel stronger than I've felt in over 6 months, and my heart rate is close to 60 BPM.

I take metoprolol, sotolol,

Hope your mom does well!

Joe said...

Lisa: I forgot to finish my med list.

Sotolol (Betapace)
Warfarin (Coumadin)
Allapurinol (for gout)
Glipizide (Type 2 diabetes)

Lisa said...

Holy Medicine Cabinet batman. Wow that is quite a list Joe, Glad to hear you are feeling better.
I wonder if all those meds would be covered under Universal Health Care.

Leticia said...

Oh my goodness! I had no idea what that procedure truly entailed.

I pray for a speedy and pain-free recovery.

God bless you and heal you my friend.

Joe said...

Lisa: Yeah...Universal Health Care would cover it...sure it would.

Leticia: Thank you for your prayers. He is in complete control and knows exactly what He is doing!

cary said...

Good to see you back. Glad you are able to BE back!

Joe said...

Cary: I'm glad to be able to be anywhere!