Greetings to everyone!
My Easter weekend did not quite pan out as planned. For the past few weeks I had been experiencing some odd feeling in my chest. It was more of a tightness at first, but progressed to more of a dull ache. Even though I know that the strongly advised course of action is to go to a hospital right away, I delayed going while waiting for my doctor to get back in town. He did and I went to see him last Wednesday. It was determined that my blood pressure was high and the EKG he did was way out of whack. I was advised to get to Anchorage immediately, sooner if possible. Actually the "enzyme test" revealed no damage and I was able to go in the next day. Further tests at the AK Heart Institute revealed that there likely was a blockage issue somewhere. On Easter morning, as my church family in DLG celebrated our Lord's ascension from the grave, I was laying on my back undergoing an angiogram, angioplasty and the insertion of a single stent. I had a 100% blockage (if you're going to do something, give it your all, right?) just past the fork on my left main coronary artery. I was told that everything went very well, that there was no damage and things should go back to normal now. By the way, my two doctors were Dr. Kramer and Dr. Mayer. Dr. Mayer is the gentleman who oversaw everything and consulted with me. Dr. Kramer actually performed the procedure. I was very pleased with both of them, in as far as what I've seen and know of them so far.
Just a bit more background: I'm 45 and had never previously had any health issues. I'm a bit overweight but not grotesquely so. What likely brought me down was a combination of not enough exercise, genetics and poor eating habits. I don't drink or smoke so that did not and will not factor in.
So here's my request/questions: I'd like to hear from others, if there are others, who have had stents put in and how it affected them moving forward, with regards to their hunting. Thoughts, experiences, advice... any of that would be good to read. And I'm going to have some time to read over the next week or so anyway. If you have had a stent put in, or are familiar with someone who has, and would be willing to share your story, I'd really enjoy hearing about it. In my mind, I'm 45 and I have a whole lotta critters to still shoot. (though any chance at a spring bear- short of one dancing in my yard- dissipated on that hospital table Sunday)
Thank you all in advance for your time.
BTW, if you've never had a catheter inserted to relieve your urinary bladder, my strong recommendation is that you take out your pencil and erase that from your bucket list. I had to have one, right after the procedure. Wow... yeah, it hurts, and in a place that should never, ever feel pain. I know the nurse was gentle, but I glanced down right before she put it in. I swear what I saw (must have been the medication) was Uther Pendragon raising up Excaliber to plunge into the rock. That's kinda how it felt too.