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.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

You have to admire his sense of humour!

The MOTH had an appointment today with his cardiologist, and had been sweating over it for the past week. He always says he hates these appointments because he never knows what else they will find wrong with him! Last year it was bad news for his diabetes and cholesterol, so he was given extra medication for those. Today, the blood test showed the diabetes and cholesterol are under control, but his heart has deteriorated. He's had an enlarged heart for a while, but it is getting worse, and Dr.H. warned us that if it is not treated quickly it could mean either early retirement or instant death, and he wasn't joking. The heart is enlarged because it is struggling to pump enough blood around the body, due to the existing smoking related damage, and if the strain becomes too much, the person will just drop dead. You hear about people dropping dead on a dance floor or golf course...that's probably why.

So, three more pills have been added to his daily intake, one of which is a beta-blocker, and if anyone reading this knows anything about those little suckers, you'll know just how bad poor Ken's heart is. Dr. H. had to consult with the lung specialist before prescribing the B.B.s, as they can interfere with the lungs in some way. On Monday, Ken has to go into hospital to have angioplasty, and a catheter into his heart. Later on he will also have a sleep apnea test, as that can make an enlarged heart problem even worse. Depending on the results of all this he may have to have a pace-maker installed. He has to have a week off work, which is a coincidence because I've been nagging him to ask for some time off soon, as he has been so tired lately. Now we know why, and now he has a week off...not quite annual leave, but I'm relieved that he has time off anyway.

With all this in mind, we drove home, stopping at the pharmacy on the way to collect the new pills. While we waited for the scripts to be filled, we went to a nearby cafe for a coffee. Passing the 'Reject Shop', Ken said "I might just have a look in there. They might have a heart going cheap. It would probably be made in China though."


Blogger Shammickite said...

Goog luck to Ken when he goes into hospital for the heart procedure, it's a scary time for everyone concerned! I had to laugh about his comment about the Reject Shop! Everything seems to be made in China these days doesnt it, I try hard NOT to buy Chinese goods but sometimes I just can't avoid it!
And regarding the dingoes, I didn't know that they could be domesticated into family pets, I thought they were wild dogs that always stayed wild, no matter what. Those puppies are sweet.
I'm gust about to type in the word verif. and it's ozzedg... hehehe ozzie dog! funny.

Friday, 28 August, 2009  
Blogger Gina E. said...

LOL, Shammy! Those word verifications are uncanny sometimes, the way they relate to the original post!

Friday, 28 August, 2009  
Blogger Vagabonde said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. My husband, also a heavy smoker for years, had to stop and is now taking pills for his cholesterol and high blood pressure. He has sleep apnea and at first could not tolerate the sleeping machine but we realized that the doctor had given him the wrong machine. We changed doctor and now he can wear the new Bipap machine. I wish he had stopped smoking years ago. I hope everything will go OK for the Moth (is that Ken your husband?)

Saturday, 29 August, 2009  
Blogger Linens and Royals said...

Good luck to you both on Monday and hope all goes well, it's a very worrying time for you.

Saturday, 29 August, 2009  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

Hi Gina,
Warm thoughts to you and Ken. Hope all goes well. I have a friend who went through something very similar and he says he's happy he did it.
He's had so much energy. :) I'll be watching for updates.

Monday, 31 August, 2009  

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