Hello folks, a few people well at least one or two have asked about my recent health issues and what I have had done and why, to create my recent hospital admission
Well over the years I have slowly added to the number of things wrong with me as they have been diagnosed by various medical professionals, sadly I was recently reminded this is a sign of a well used body over the years. Then last year I seemed to become more breathless for no apparent reason, initially I thought it it was just a chest infection or my ME playing up, but it got worse as the weather got colder, that much so that when I tried to cross a road I was getting more breathless and had pain across my chest.
I went to see a GP and was referred to see a cardiac consultant at Fairfield hospital, certain tests were carried out then I eventually saw him, after a series of questions he informed me that in his opinion I now had asthma and was prescribed inhalers and discharged. Initially they seemed to help but slowly everything seemed to get worse and I was more tired as well. Thr gp tried a range of medication to help relieve the symptoms, but with no improvement.
The gp next referred me back to the cardiologist, after some delay I got a letter for me to arrange an appointment through the internet website, it seemed there were none available for the foreseeable future, so I went for one at Salford which was the first that fitted my other appointments. I looked a number of times for other ones locally but still there were none.
One the day of my appointment, firstly they did a comprehensive test, then I saw the consultant, her first question was why was I there I explained because of the nhs computer, she explained that because I had sern a cardiac specialist within the last 12 months that I should of been fast tracked back there within 2 weeks, so much for how things should of been. She took my history and did a physical examination, at the end she referred me to another consultant for more comprehensive tests.
The appointment came through quickly so I returned to the hospital for the next test. After various processes the consultant asked me more about the history of these latest symptoms and what made them better and worse,after explaining these to him and the results his opinion was that I did not have asthma but that it was my angina creating the breathlessness and he was referring me for another angiogram and possibly stents as he felt I had a blockage of an artery. I was agreeable to this.
Quite quickly I had the next appointment so off to another hospital, luckily I was second on the list and having had the proceedure before was not that worried. All went well until the consultant explained to me that one of the main arteries as well as two others were blocked and he would attempt to clear them and insert stents if not then he would have to stop and bring me back for a heart bypass, luckily he eventually succeeded, by then I had been in for 2 hours, all had gone well, I then had to stay to be monitored in bed for two hours, then allowed to dress but stay on the ward, in toral it was over 6 hours and Jane had patiently waited for me first outside then on the ward. Eventually the ward sister explained what I now needed to do and also if I had problems. My friend came to drive us home and I was pleased it was all over.
I do worry now about the totally wrong diagnosis by the first consult and what would of happened if I had not been referred to the other hospital, I also odd though it sounds wonder why I seem to be so light hearted about what after all was a very serious condition and presumably has not been totally cured, but I suppose its better than putting life on hold in case. I will nit be able to fly for a month and wonder how long before my travel insurance will cover me for any trips particularly abroad, so coukd be as well I now have the caravan to give me a break from home. I will try this time to watch my diet more carefully and try to exercise to keep heart working and weight down