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, February 25, 2010

Hubby's heartaches.

Ken's cardiologist has finally made a decision about Ken's heart. Ken had another echo-cardiogram before we saw Dr.M today, and it wasn't real good. Dr M. says the cardio.conference (where a group of heart specialists meet to discuss their patients) decided it was too risky to operate on Ken, as his heart is too badly damaged to withstand an operation. So they are going to put a pacemaker in, and see if that helps the heart to work a bit better.

I think Ken is relieved that he won't have to go 'under the knife', and he joked with Dr.M about what would happen if the battery goes flat. Dr M looked at us pokerfaced, and said 'Well, if the pacemaker stops, you just die'. He knows us well enough to be able to say such outrageous things that make us laugh! Ken has to see another specialist that Dr M refers to as 'the Electrician' - the person who will install the pacemaker into Ken. That will be next month, and hopefully he will be able to do the procedure soon afterwards. Ken says he just wants to be able to breathe properly, and Dr M assured him that it would go a long way to making life more comfortable for him. He did hint that Ken might have to think about retiring though, but we'll wait and see what happens. Ken wants to keep working as long as he can. I tell him that we can live on the pension if he stops spending money on his bikes, but if he continues to do that, he'll just have to keep working!

I think I might have shocked a few people with my flippant remarks about my brother in the previous post. Ken thought I was being heartless, so I relented, and phoned my brother, wondering what sort of reception I'd get after all these years. I was pleasantly surprised; B. was quite affable, and we chatted away for about 20 minutes. He said he is fine now, and was returning to work this week, so he's obviously been very lucky, and suffered no serious damage to his heart. I guess I'm pleased. At least we won't have to go to a funeral in the near future. Oops. Sorry - I know - poor taste.


Blogger Merle said...

Dear Gina ~~ I do hope Ken gets his pace-maker as soon as possible.
He should feel lots better after it.
Everyone of my readers liked the Two Wolves. Glad you liked the church bulletin post. I have an appointment with another doctor on Monday, so I
hope that will help a bit.
Take care, dear friend, Love, Merle.

Friday, 26 February, 2010  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Dear Gina,I sure hope Ken will feel a lot better when he has hie pacemaker inserted,and I wish him a very speedy recovery.
My Mother had a pacemaker when she was 52 and lived till cancer took her at aged 93.also my dear friend who is 83 and Dr said she would die if she goes under the knife again for her heart had a pacemaker put in a about a month ago and is doing very well. and a couple of our lady bowlers playing pennent have pacemakers..Take care Gina. love Jen

Saturday, 27 February, 2010  

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