Sep 23, 2014

Whew!

Good news for a change.  Our cardiologist thinks she should not jump into another procedure without exhausting all options.  YAY!!!  My sentiments exactly.  An increase in meds, possibly a change to another, and we'll see how the heart rate is affected.  If it helps, great, and we're hoping it will.  If not, the AV node disconnect can be scheduled.  When we talked to the first nurse, she said that two people in the office had it done.  When I asked how long they had their pacemakers before the procedure she replied that they don't have the device.  ???  You can't survive without it after AV node ablation.  She claimed you can and proceeded to give Carole information on having it done.  ???  Do you know what AV node ablation is dipstick?  NOOOooooo you don't, so stop giving out information that is incorrect!  Dammit.  Then the second nurse came in, took one look at Carole, teared up, and said she was at the hospital during her crisis and never had the cardiac ward experienced the anxiety and panic of that day.  So she goes back in 2 months, monitor again in 3 weeks, and the pacemaker box will continue reading.  Did you know that the new devices have an in-home box that sends all your information to a computer?  If there is a problem detected in the pacemaker function or a problem with your heart rate, it will send a report to the doctor.  You can even press a button and have it record the heart activity when you feel a problem.  No extra charge - it comes with the device.  Our advanced technology is mind boggling.  Green or not!   Doc appointments are over for a while and I got her groceries, so all I need to do is give her house and yard a good cleaning.  We stopped at Panera and got their new Autumn Squash soup.  DELICIOUS!!  It killed me to spend $4.60 for a tiny cup but we were giddy on the way home and splurged. I'm such a cheapo. Do I lead a boring life if I celebrate with a cup of soup? 
 
I'm feeling less anxious and will enjoy the next few days of warmer weather.
 
Enjoy your week!! 
 
Thanks for visiting, listening, and caring.
 
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29 comments:

Margaret said...

Such good news!! I bet it's a load of worry gone for both of you. I'm so glad. Here's hoping the meds will help and you won't need to worry anymore. Hooray!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Happy to hear better news regarding your sister!!!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your good news! Your dear sister is lucky to have you. I wore one of those heart monitors last December and it really was amazing what it recorded. Still remembering you both in my prayers. Take care.
Lancy in Idaho

celkalee said...

I only recently discovered your blog and enjoy your posts and your art. I am happy that you have some time to take a deep breath between stressful events with your Sister. A health crisis is such an anxiety producing set of circumstances and unfortunately medical science has not advanced to the point where merely changing a part, as in vehicle repair, will fix the problem. As a medical professional I would just like to add that not all people you meet in a physicians office are nurses. Many are medical assistants now. They have minimal medical knowledge and they are trained for task oriented interventions. I do not wish to offend but when you are dealing with a precious life seek the most qualified opinions. Best of luck to you and your sister.

Barb said...

You both deserve a nice peaceful break in all the anxiety. Enjoy! I hope the weather brings you a touch of summer. By the way, that nurse needs to be fired.

diamondc said...

Nope you do not lead a boring life and you are not cheap just frugel, I am so happy for your sister and of course you.
My job is take cardioligist to see patients, I can never give advise but can comment on your results from a second opinion, bravo for the good news.

Catherine

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news Marly! Thanks so much for sharing the updates.
Continued thoughts of you all.
Maureen

Mary A said...

Glad that the news is good! No, you are not a cheapo and a bowl of soup is most certainly a lovely way to celebrate.

Anonymous said...

Oh Marly, so glad I checked back in...such wonderful hopeful news!!! Now please exhale and know you all (two legged and four)will be kept in prayers and good thoughts. Debbie in IL

Mouse said...

well that sounds more a wee bit more promising news :) and your deserve to splash out on delicious soup :) love mouse xxxx

Hazel said...

My dad recently had a pacemaker put in and it was such an easy operation and he hardly had any pain to recover from. It worked wonders for him. No more dizzy spells. The wonder of modern technology! X

Krista said...

Nice to hear good news for your sister! xx

C. M. Designs said...

Thank God for the second opinion. Is sounds like Carole had/has wonderful nurses caring for her..
I can feel the relief in your message..
I think that with this good news you and Carole should celebrate in some way everyday.. Panera soup is wonderful. Enjoy it again and again.
Prayers won't stop. I know they work..
Blessings are wished for you and Carole.
Charlotte in Virginia

Vickie said...

Oh this sounds so much better. I am still praying.

cucki said...

So nice to hear good news :)
Hugs xx

blueladie said...

There are many people who care. Sending more prayers. Glad you all have some time of peace. Enjoy the sunshine if it is possible in your part of the world. Hugs, Cathryn

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Good deal! I would celebrate with soup too!

rosek1870 said...

So glad that things are looking up of a change. Will be keeping both of you in my prayers.

I guess we are both cheapies! I think a cup of soup is a great way to celebrate! I make a big pot of beef vegetable soup over the weekend! I seem to be spoiled either I make it or I spend the extra and get it from Wegman's. I just don't like the canned soup any more (except for Campbell's tomato lol).

Enjoy your day!!
{{{Hugs}}}
Rose

Maggee said...

Great news! Glad to hear this for both Carole and YOUR sakes! So go enjoy a warm day... Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Good news! Enjoy your weather, we live in the south and it's 63 currently, heaven.

SR

quiltygirl1 said...

So happy for this good news and I am still praying. Love you and so not know you two.

Three Sheep Studio said...

Celebrating with a cup of delicious soup sounds PERFECT ;)
Rose

Primitive Stars said...

Great news, happy to hear the news,Francine.

jan said...

So glad the pressure is off for a bit. I think it is great to consider even a bowl of soup as a celebration. It just shows you appreciate even little things. ... jan

Anonymous said...

Marly, Thank you for the update. I'm so happy for you both. I'm glad you celebrated "your way" with your sister. Enjoy the weather. Keeping you and your sister in our prayers, SAH

Jacqueline said...

You needed a treat...I hope good news keeps coming.

Anonymous said...

WOOOOO HOOOOO! So happy for the good news. I'll keep praying. SF

Carol said...

Good! Good! That other plan sounded a bit too rushed to me--so glad you have more time to figure out a course of treatment...

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Thanks for encouraging & good news.
Will continue to keep you both in our daily prayers.

Peace to all,
Barb

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