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My apologies
Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:56 PM

Sorry if I have missed replying to a post that I should have. And I’ll also apologize in advance if I miss something in the near future. I had an echo-cardiogram done Monday and yesterday they called to inform me I have an aortic aneurysm. Between all the various appointments I now have scheduled and my head being a little out of place, I might not check into the forum very often and even then might not read all the recent posts. Needless to say I’m more than a little concerned with how this turns out. If anybody has a specific question, feel free to PM me. I am still checking emails so will know if I have any PM’s. Thanks.

Steve

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Posted by High octane on Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:09 PM

I hope that things go well for you Steve.

High octane

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:21 PM

 Same here take care of your self Steve 

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:58 PM

Look after yourself, and as we say here in the UK, 'chin up'. All the very best.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:23 PM

Sorry to hear of your health issue Steve.

Take care of yourself.

I'm praying for you.

 

Steve

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:39 PM

Goofy62

Sorry to hear of your health issue Steve.

Take care of yourself.

I'm praying for you.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:06 PM

Good luck I feel your pain keep us posted

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Friday, May 26, 2017 5:43 AM

Prayers for you Steve.....May you have a sucessful & speedy recovery!!

You have MANY more years of this Hobby,waiting for You !!......JohnZ

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Posted by smhardesty on Friday, May 26, 2017 10:38 AM

Many thanks for your well wishes, guys. Took a minute just to pop in and thank you all. I can say that at this point the exact size and seriousness of the aneurysm is unknown. The echo-cardiogram doesn't give a clear enough picture to see that. If I understand all that I'm being told, and all that I read, the CT scan that is scheduled for the 31st will give the doctors that info. I've got about a half dozen other appointments already scheduled for various lab tests and cardiologist visits. Promises to be a busy time for a while.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.

Steve

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Posted by mini man on Friday, May 26, 2017 12:18 PM

Take it esy Steve,we are mostly a bunch of old farts with various ailments.

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 26, 2017 1:16 PM

Keep your chin up Steve. Wishing you all the best.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, May 27, 2017 1:19 PM

Thanks, guys. Yes, we are a bunch of old, decrepit, relics. LOL. I'm trying to stay in as good of spirits as I can. Was feeling low last night so went off to eBay and made a purchase. Cheered me up a bit, anyway. I'm about to post the purchase on the 'What Did You Get Today' topic.

Steve

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Posted by rusty32rod on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:40 AM

       I hope everything works out great for you. best wishes.

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, June 01, 2017 12:17 PM

Thanks, Rusty. I do appreciate the well wishes.

For those interested, I got the CT scan yesterday and had hoped to either talk to the doctor that reads it or get some idea from the CT technician about what he saw. No chance of seeing the doctor and the only reply I could get out of the tech was, "Yeah, I can definitely see the aneurysm". Nothing more than that so who knows?

Steve

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, June 01, 2017 2:32 PM

Hang in there my brother and take it one day at a time. Will be remembering you in my prayers. My wife survived a brain aneurysm last February. She went into a siezure right in front of me. She's making a miraculous recovery and is back to work part time so I do believe in the power of prayer. He's gotcha covered pal.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, June 02, 2017 6:05 PM

You're. Not alone recently found out that anurisms run in my. Family grandfather was 99 grandmother was 101. When they passed now I add another my list but that's all I gotta say. Bout that I just keep on keep in on your in my prayers also mind over matter I got no mind so it Don't matter keep positive as ya can it's not easy but I keep trying

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, June 03, 2017 12:35 PM

Thanks guys. And I must once again apologize for not replying to comments on the forum. I know I have missed a few directed at me under different topics. I just haven’t been in the mood to read and reply on here.

An update: Yesterday a nurse called me to tell me the CT scan had been read and to schedule some appointments. What I have is a thoracic aortic aneurysm. If it measures 5 cm or more they just go ahead and do surgery right away. Less than 5 cm they factor in other variables like size, age of patient, symptoms, etc. Mine is a little over 4 cm and I have about 75% of the symptoms they look for. So that isn’t sounding too good. They are supposed to get back with me the first of the week to let me know when the appointment with the cardiologist is.

But the nurse wasn’t done delivering bad news. I also have pneumonia in the upper right quadrant. They have shipped a very powerful antibiotic which I should get the first of the week. I also have an appointment with a pulminologist as well as having another CT scan scheduled. Then finally, I have an excessively fatty liver. The most likely cause is the amount of prescription drugs I take in conjunction with genetics. Sounds like I’ll be losing a lot of weight in the next 12 months. The nurse hinted at 50 to 55 pounds. I’ll have to meet with a nutritionist to set up a very strict diet to follow.

So, all in all, I haven’t been in a very good mood since the call yesterday. Not sure I really got any sleep last night. I made the mistake of looking up the mortality rates for the aneurysm as well as the success and mortalitty rates of different scenarios including surgery. Regardless of where I looked there was just more and more depressing info to be had, so I finally just turned the laptop off and went to the couch for a nap.

Steve

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Posted by BERT100 on Monday, June 05, 2017 2:58 AM

My best wishes to you as you struggle with these issues. 

Now Two things to remember: 1) do not look up medical stuff on the ol’ interweb

                                             2) re read #1

Weight loss can and will make a lot of improvement in your lifestyle all by its self. So, combined with the reduction you may well have some of your current med.s reduced or possibly eliminated.

Stay strong.

 

 

 

 

                   Steve

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 2:02 PM

Sorry I haven't been on for a bit. I got some more news Monday and have been fighting this pneumonia.

My CT scan had been read by the doctor that does nothing but read film, and then by a pulmonologist. Between the two of them they decided, and had a nurse relay info, that I had a 4 cm thoracic aortic aneurysm. Monday I received another call from the nurse that the scan had since been read by a vascular surgeon. Her news was that I have TWO aneurysms, one is a 4 cm ascending aortic aneurysm and one is a 3 cm descending aortic aneurysm. So I've been a little down between that news and the pneumonia. I'm hoping the antibiotics start working sometime soon. Hopefully I can stay a little more up to date.

 

Steve

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 7:42 PM

Good luck my friend I got similar news this week myself seeing a Dr again Fri, yea it sux but here is where I find comfort for the remainder of my time

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 8:23 PM

Sorry to read of your problem, ML64. Not a lot 'golden' about these later years. A good friend of mine says things should be reversed. He thinks that after graduation from high scool or college we should be given 20 - 25 years of 'retirement' and THEN begin working. I've always told him I'd support any effort he made to make it a reality.Wink

Steve

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 8:42 PM

Best wishes, Steve, hang in there mate.

Steve

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Posted by TnT on Thursday, June 08, 2017 12:36 AM

Best wishes n prayers. Health comes first.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, June 08, 2017 9:36 AM

The lead years or as I now refer to as the rusty tin years

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:37 PM

A piece of good news finally. I receive my medical care through the VA. One of the only real benefits of the time spent. Anyway, the VA has been under fire for taking way too long to provide care so a new program was introduced in 2014 called the Choice Program. It basically allows vets to receive care at a non-VA facility in the event an appointment can’t be made within 30 days or within 40 miles of home. Yesterday I received a call from the Choice Program that I have been scheduled to see a cardiologist right here in my home town. Our local hospital was taken over by Carle Medical Services a short time ago, so the cardiologist I’m to see is a Carle physician. Those guys are some pretty sharp cookies so I feel like I’ll be getting better care than I might have in a VA facility, with the added benefit of being 5 minutes from my front door. Like I said, finally a piece of good news.

Steve

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:09 PM

That is good news, and I hope that things go well with your visit with the cardiologist.

High octane

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, June 17, 2017 6:30 PM
Thanks, HO. I'm really hoping for some kind of good news at that appointment. I'm still fighting a whole host of other health issues and then all this heart thing popped up. I figure I'm due at least a little good news.

Steve

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, June 17, 2017 6:53 PM

Other health issues? While I thank the Lord that I'm in fairly good health, I do make an effort to keep up with seeing this doctor and that doctor, etc. just for maintenance as I get older. If I'd known that I would reach the age I'm at now, I would have taken better care of myself. I guess that the sayin' "you get old too soon, and smart too late" has some meaning to it.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:18 PM

I gave up on VA and went private care through my wife's school insurance my updates haven't been good. A long list from ptsd to Parkinson's to depleted uranium poisoning been under private care for 4yrs now results no better they botched my back surgery and now blaming it on everything else my Parkinson's is advancing I've been flat out for 4days now can't walk more than the length of my house with assist of wall n cane I'm at wits end on what to do or whom to talk to I know there's gotta be decent care somewhere s good luck brother lmk how it goes I got stuck with a 5900.bill using the pre authorised care from choice when I was in md last summer guess I've had bad luck on care bothways

Moparlover64

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Posted by smhardesty on Monday, June 19, 2017 1:17 PM

HO: Yes, unfortunately I have some other serious issues. Really too many for posting here, but primarily a combination of degenerative disc disease, severe advanced Osteoarthritis, and massive bone spurs on my cervical vertebra. I live on Hydrocodone and Morphine, along with other pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication. I’ve had one cervical fusion done and I’m looking at two more in the not too distant future.

MP64: I’ve used the Choice Program for 2 other problems in the past, including my cervical fusion. I received EXCELLENT care both times and never had to pay the first penny out of pocket. Really sorry to hear you had problems.

Steve

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