A Great Gift

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To me one of the best gifts one can get is having a health problem fixed.  Many times we know that something is wrong but we are not quite sure what it is.  If you don’t know what’s wrong how can you fix it?

While we were in Australia Kathy had a difficult time walking because her legs would cramp on her.  This happened most often when we were walking uphill or on uneven pavements.

This didn’t happen too much before we left so we didn’t give it too much thought as to it being a problem while we were traveling.  Some people on the trip suggested she try drinking tonic water.  The said the quinine would help.  It did, somewhat.  One person complained that we knew before the trip that we should be able to walk distances.  We honestly thought she could.

Anyway, when we got home and Kathy had her next doctor’s appointment she told him about the problem.  He decided to run some tests and discovered that she had blockages in the arteries  in both legs. She was scheduled for an angioplasty last Wednesday.

We got to the hospital for 7:30 A.M. so that she could be prepped and ready for her scheduled 9:00 procedure.  We met with the doctor who would perform the angio and she spent about 20 minutes explaining the pros and cons of the procedure.

He didn’t know exactly where the blockage was, if a stent could be inserted, if a balloon could be used to open up the artery, or if nothing would work and she would need bypass surgery.  He also wasn’t sure if opening the artery would solve the cramping problem or if the cramping was being caused by something else.  He wanted to make sure we understood all of the ramifications before Kathy signed off on the procedure.  We did and she did.

I left for the waiting room and the doctor did his thing.  About an hour later he came out and got me.  He told me all went well and he thought he solved the problem.  He showed me before and after pictures of Kathy’s legs.  It was amazing.  Both legs had blockages in the exact same spot behind the knee.  Because the left leg caused her more pain than the right one that is the one he decided to fix first.  He put in a balloon, inflated it, and blood flow was free flowing.

Because they went in through the femoral artery she couldn’t leave until the bleeding stopped.  Years ago they would put a sandbag on the site for pressure.  Now they use a plug.  The plug didn’t work for Kathy.  The site kept oozing and they kept changing the dressing.  After the third change they brought the doctor back up.  He suggested a heavy gauze pad tightly taped in place.  This was done and we were sent home.  It was now 4:30 P.M.

To see if he fixed the problem and before he did the right leg the doctor wanted Kathy to go for a walk the next day and take note of any discomfort.  We did.  Her left leg was fine.  The right leg cramped.  She was able to talk with me as we walked which she couldn’t do before.  Seems like problem solved.  In two or three weeks he will do the other leg and Kathy should be cramp free.

Couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present.

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22 responses to “A Great Gift

  1. Cramp-free legs with blood that flows easily? That is definitely better than any wrapped gift! I am with you… I’ll take a fully functioning body any day of the week to something that’s material.

  2. It is just amazing what medicine can do on an out-patient basis. I am glad to hear all went well and that Kathy is recovering well. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018.

  3. A bill of good health and many more years of happiness is more important and valuable than material items. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

  4. Glad you both received this great gift. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  5. Sooo….glad for both of you. Best.Gift.Ever. xo nanc

  6. I remember you sharing about this in October. So great to hear of this healing! Happy New Year 🙂

  7. Your recounting of this made me appreciate my own health issue earlier this year when I did not know if a large cyst I had was malignant or not. I just had to have the surgery to have it out. Fortunately, for me, similarly to your situation, I am fine. Heath is the best gift of all, along with having a skilled and trusted team of doctors to “fix” the problem. I am glad things are well.

  8. Judy C.

    How often we take our health for granted. So glad that Kathy is doing well and the problem is being fixed. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year to both of you.

  9. Terje

    I a so glad that the problem was discovered and it had a solution. Health is precious beyond any other gift. Wishing you both lots of health for next year!

  10. Erika Haak

    God bless Kathy and her recovery! After finally getting my metal rod in my foot and a root canal/crown on a problem tooth, I am 100% with you! Feeling good is better than any other gift. If only God had made us indestructible! You and Kathy keep taking good care of each other!

  11. Loralee

    Such good news!

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