Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Make the most of what you've got while you can.

This has been my motto since I nearly lost Ken four years ago. My previous post here yesterday about our financial situtation was written in a light-hearted manner, but underlying that position is the fact that I don't know how much longer I will have him alive and well, and I am determined that his last years - whether it be two or twenty - should be as happy as I can make it for him.

Last week he went for the first of several medical tests on his heart that he has to have annually for his job. It was an echo-cardiogram - a scan of the heart, in other words. The technician didn't volunteer much information, but she can't anyway - that is up to the specialist to decide. Today, he had the treadmill stress test - where they stick things all over his chest and monitor his heart while he is walking/running on the moving treadmill. A year ago, he made it to nine minutes and was a bit puffed. The guy who was monitoring Ken at that time said the cardiologist should be pleased with that, and a few weeks later, yes - he was.

Today was a different story. They start you off slow and level on the treadmills, then gradually increase both the height and speed, until it is equivalent to running up a steep hill. They keep you going until you can't take any more - all the while monitoring your heart. Ken stayed on it for 5 minutes and was absolutely exhausted. The doctor kept saying "come on, just a few more seconds...just another minute..." but he saw that it was no good, so he took Ken off it. Then he sat down and told us that the results showed significant change (read deterioration) in Ken's heart functions, and they would have to run more tests as it looked like there was a blockage in an artery somewhere. Ken has already had angioplasty and a stent put in one artery, three years ago, so he might have to go through that again now.

We came home without saying much, and after tea he went for a 'lie-down', as he called it. Under normal circumstances he would have been sitting in this room beside me, playing with his new toys, so it is an indication to me of how low he is feeling. So, I hope you will be patient with me if I am not my usual silly self over the next week or so. I will find some nice things to scan in the meantime and just put photos on here for the time being.


Blogger Medieval Lady said...

Hi Gina,
Big Hugs to you and Ken. Gee talk about a rock and hard place. I don't know what to say. My dad went through all kinds of heart stuff. He's even back to smoking. :-( He had quit years ago but had the taste and didn't resist. He even started to drink again. :-( After 30 plus years of being sober. :-(
I'll keep you both in my thoughts and well I believe that all the kindness you showed me will come to you and Ken 100 fold.
Hang in there!
Feel free to vent or whatever. You've got my email and I check it daily. :-)

Tuesday, 20 September, 2005  
Blogger Mickey said...

Good luck. I hope you can "Make the most of what you've got while you can" (a nice title) and I hope you both dont feel too down. All the best.

Tuesday, 20 September, 2005  
Blogger Chloe said...

Thinking of you, very much.

Tuesday, 20 September, 2005  
Blogger Peggy said...

Gina you and Ken have alot of friends sending out prayers and good thoughts...especially our group of blogging friends... am sure each one has/will be praying things work out for Ken. He is very lucky to have such a sweet and kind wife.

Tuesday, 20 September, 2005  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Thank you all very much for your kind thoughts and caring hearts. I am feeling a bit more philosophical today, having spent the day with my dear friend S and her daughter. Ken also seems to be accepting the thought of whatever is in store for him, as he is just getting on with work and play as usual. Being a man, he doesn't show his feelings, but that's fine. I read "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" and it was a real eye opener, explaining how men cope with crises in a different way to women.

Tuesday, 20 September, 2005  
Blogger Pam Kellogg said...

Gina, you and Ken are in my thoughts as well.

Wednesday, 21 September, 2005  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

I hope your sweetie is ok... and like every one else has said - you have your blogging buds here any time you need x x

Thursday, 22 September, 2005  
Blogger Kali said...

Great motto Gina! HUGS ~ Kali xx

Thursday, 29 September, 2005  

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