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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Considerations of mortality this week - TIA

I've had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) event yesterday. I'm going in to get all the tests and exams done. There's a good chance I may be scheduled to have surgery to install stent(s) into my neck. There's almost a 100% chance I will be adding Plavix or some other medication to my daily meds cocktail, could be some form of ACE inhibitor or anti-platelet inhibitor. Given that I don't even know what those are, I can't be more specific.

*MY* journey will involve getting up very early tomorrow morning and heading to the closest branch of UC-Davis Medical Center (being the hospital I'm enrolled with) and waiting around in their emergency room until they can schedule a doctor to examine me and recommend I be shifted to the cardiac care specialists for further tests. Given that I'm a Medicare/Medi-CAL patient, and it's just a TIA and not already a full-blown stroke, I'll probably get the medication prescribed right away but may have to wait until early next week for the CT or MRI. That's okay. I could be a 'medically-indigent' patient, in which case I might not get those exams for months. No health care plan and no signs of money equals *minimal* care.

If they think I must wait, I might not get surgery this next week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'm taking all my meds! Still, even with surgery, things can go wrong... Thus my meditations on mortality and planning for the possibility. I'm not worried if I *do* die, because the health problems are GONE. No, I'm more worried about what happens if I have a stroke or something during the procedure and suffer major damage. I'm already disabled. I'd hate to lose more ability.

If everything goes smoothly, I'm buying a small exercycle and doubling my workout program! If not, I won't need to sweat it.


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8:01 AM  
Blogger Derek A Benner said...

Thanks. As today's post informs, it wasn't TIA, but still there's something (not life-threatening, thank God) wrong that needs to be dealt with.

11:33 AM  

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