So two days ago on the 2nd of Mar., 2018 I had my Angioplasty at PGH. As I explained earlier it was one of those situations when an Angiogram, a procedure to find out if your heart had any blockages would be done and should it be found to be necessary an Angioplasty would then follow immediately while you’re lying there.
And as it turned out I had two blockages, and thusly two stents were installed.
This image may or may not be exactly how it was done to me but you get the idea.
So between Jan. 15 (Mon), to the 19th I suffered chest pains. I was still able to go to work on Tue and Fri AM. The worst of it came on Fri PM as I was coming home Jill suggested and I agreed that I go to hospital where I stayed until Sunday.
The feeling is exactly 100% like GERD, which is why I hesitated so long. I would feel much better after rest but after simple exertions such as climbing stairs or walking short distances my chest would feel very tight with pain across my shoulders and arms.
I went to a cardiologist on the 17th Wed and after an ECG, a blood pressure check (a whopping 160/130 at the time), reading through my thorough history of lab tests (I keep detailed accounts), and his interviewing me, he leaned towards believing I had an Unstable Angina, a condition in which your heart doesn’t get enough blood flow and oxygen, that may lead to a heart attack. He concluded this after considering my decades old diabetic condition which had unfortunately worsened since my last tests mid 2017) and of course existing symptoms.
He was however cautious about saying I had a full on heart attack because of my ‘young’ age (truly relative, that), and that he needed lab work. He required a battery of tests which I took the next day at HP along with a long list of medication.
The most conclusive tests of all however are prohibitive and require pause. Here’s the results of Jill’s exhaustive research. Continue reading
In order for my back surgery to proceed, my orthopedist required me to get clearances from A.) my nephrologist – because as per my records I have been shown to be close to having kidney disease because earlier tests showed I only had 30% of my right kidney functioning (90% – 80% would be normal for my age), and B.) a cardiologist, which is normal since one always asks these for advice before any surgery.
To understand why I have a nephrologist, it’s apt to go back a bit in my medical history. Back in 2010 I blogged about discovering I had diabetes. I ate healthy and worked out and my blood numbers improved. A year or two I got worse again, then I got back on the wagon and improved again. Yes it’s crazy. Continue reading
In response to Chel’s request that I write more about my diet, I’m finally gonna publish a long delayed favorite dish of mine, baked chicken. Chicken per se is healthy provided you go for white meat, and baking, like grilling, is also healthy because the fat drips off out of the chicken and not into your stomach.
My version though has a caveat. I don’t go for white meat so much because pre cut chicken breast is actually far more expensive than the rest of the parts (go figure), and I really like chicken thighs. They’re the part near the ass (depending on how its cut), and usually involve only one large bone, making it a quick and easy to cook. And besides it’s the best tasting, meatest part imho.
So here’s how it looks pre – cooked.
So that’s two approximately 6 pieces (I don’t remember anymore) pieces of chicken thighs mixed with thinly sliced ampalaya, salt and pepper, cheyenne pepper, worcestershire, some olive oil and tomato ketchup.
Here's a typical meal of chicken with lots of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, green pepper, parsley and shallots
Before I get to the pic above, I need to talk about my diabetes.
So I have diabetes.
To be honest I had already been suffering the symptoms for awhile. The problem is diabetes symptoms aren’t terribly life altering and what I had been suffering from, (ie. worsening eyesight, fatigue etc.), I attributed to other things. But sometime early August my situation was worse than ever. I suffered from unquenchable thirst (and as a result, frequently had to pee), my pee would be covered with ants, and worst of all had severe cramps every night, sometimes waking up 2 to 3 times in extreme pain.