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, March 25, 2010

New hope for Ken's heart.

On Wednesday, Ken saw Dr D. - another heart specialist; he was referred to him by Dr M. his regular cardiologist. This bloke is quite a character, we can see why he and Mark appear to be good friends! They both have great 'bedside' skills, in that they explain everything in detail, and give you the best and worst scenarios, which some people may not be happy with, but Ken and I like to know what we are up against. They also have a good sense of humour, which helps to lighten the mood when you are discussing the harsh realities of your health!

Dr D. handed Ken a pacemaker unit, and explained how it worked and why Ken needs one (to keep him alive!). I was astonished at how big it is - glad it's not going under MY skin. Although if my heart was as bad as Ken's, no doubt I wouldn't be complaining...It will be implanted on 11th June, unless our health fund refuses to cover the cost, and that depends on what category we are in. Our Health fund cost has gone up to $600 a quarter ($2400 a year), and I was thinking the other day 'do we really need this?' Dr.D told us the pacemakers cost $70,000 each, but it would cost us nothing because if Aust. Unity doesn't pay, Medicare will, although Ken would have to wait another 9 months to have it done at a public hospital. $2400 suddenly doesn't sound like a lot of money, considering it would take 29 years to pay for a pacemaker at that rate.

So Ken is feeling marginally happier, although there is no guarantee it will improve his health by much. Yes, the pacemaker will keep his heart beating, but that doesn't mean it will help him to breathe properly. Both doctors admit it is a last resort, and will of course have no impact on his lungs. We'll just have to wait and see.


Blogger Sharon said...

Oh G - I guess sort of good news...:) Love to you both...

Thursday, 25 March, 2010  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

HI Gina,
HUGS. Keeping both of you in my prayers and thoughts.

Thursday, 25 March, 2010  
Blogger Merle said...

Dear Gina ~~ I do hope a pace-maker will help Ken, but it's a fair wait to have it done. Will be thinking of you both. I enjoyed the previous
posts and your visit to the zoo and your trip with your friend. You must remember the camera Gina!!!
Thanks for your comment on Peter's post. I asked him to put it on to explain my absence. So he had to mention dementia of course. It stopped anyone from thinking maybe I was dead. Take care, my friend.
Love, Merle.

Saturday, 27 March, 2010  

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