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Old 04-10-2018, 12:36 AM   #1
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Not all Stents Work

I was given 4 stents at a hospital, the next day it was as if someone had thrown a switch I could walk for miles, no shortness of breath it was truly marvellous, this went on for several weeks then bang I don't know what happened or why, but I went rapidly backwards showing the same symptoms shortness of breath legs felt heavy generally lacking in energy. I went back to the Hospital I was diagnosed with a blockage, 6 months later I underwent a further Angioplasty. I was told that a blockage or a stent collapse had occurred

This resulted in a further stent being put inside an existing stent, this operation was quite traumatic with severe chest pains that caused me to lose conciseness, in actual fact my heart had stopped, I had effectively died, I was revived by electric shocks & chest compressions, which I remain eternally grateful for. My wife was waiting for me to return to the recovery ward, after a delay there was a lot of concern by the staff on duty that my wife had picked up on, she knew there was something of concern happening. I was eventually taken to the recovery area on oxygen, the care I received was fantastic, I was discharged after a couple of days, but I did not feel much different to when I went in, certainly not the euphoric situation that I felt after the first stents. I was then told by the surgeon that I could not receive any more stenting the next step for me was a bypass. I am going down that route now after some 18 months of further trauma. I was having trouble with my waterworks & I was referred to the Urology Dept. this time.

To cut a long story short I was diagnosed with a Bladder Cancer which was hit by the Cystostomy Camera which caused constant bleeding & persistent urinary infections, I remained in the Urology ward for approximately 6 weeks during which I had contracted Sepsis. After getting over that I had an operation under an Epidural Block to remove the Cancer & identify the species. Unfortunately, this induced a Pulmonary Embolism due to my Sedentary posture in bed for so long. I was then transferred to another Hospital for a further 10 days as they are above the waist specialists. I was then discharged to fully recover from these unwelcome complications. Then I was contacted by the Urology Dept. to have a further operation some 6 weeks later to remove all of the cancer they could under a further Epidural block.

Six weeks on, it was decided by my consultants that I was to undergo Chemotherapy administered by a catheter introducing Mitomycin to my bladder once a week for 6 weeks, the Mitomycin is retained in the bladder for up to 2 hrs then discharged with urine, I am now on week 4 of this 6-week course & facing the prospect of a further Cystostomy Camera at the end to inspect the results.

All of this is absolutely gospel you could not make this up, but I am still smiling, I have been treated absolutely fantastically and I am & will be forever grateful for their treatment.
Obviously, this is not the end of my story still the heart problem to sort out assuming the Bladder remains under control. But hey hoe the alternative is pretty quiet, onwards & upwards.


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