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  1. #16
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    May 2012
    Oh Rollo dearest. I'm so sorry you have to go through this right now. I was thinking of you and figured I would just let you know.
    At least you got through yesterday. Hopefully today and tomorrow will be better. Happy, fuzzy thoughts being sent your way.
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  2. #18
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    Sep 2012
    Los Angeles
    Quote Originally Posted by rollo View Post
    When I was under they severed the carotid artery, maybe this helped to make it harder for me to breathe. I felt ok yesterday in the hospital with the oxygen but fragile today. When in hospital they gave me a blood pressure tablet which lowered my BP to 50 so they did a lot of fussing over me plus put in a lot of saline solution fast.

    My air is only 94 yesterday they wanted 96 but let me come home anyway.
    Sheesh rollo, that's horrible. When you're quite anemic you feel very short of breath-- you gasp and gasp to try to get enough oxygen to your tissues, since the red blood cells are missing. Your carotid arteries are in your neck (though they come off the subclavian in the chest) and I can't imagine how your surgeon could have made that mistake. Occasionally the carotid is surgically ligated (on purpose), especially if the blood supply to the tumor was branching directly off of it, but that would be done in a controlled fashion and you wouldn't lose so much blood. I would really question your surgeon very closely as to how this happened.

    Keep doing your deep breathing exercises. They should have given you a little plastic device called an incentive spirometer which you really should use 10x on the hour. As much as it hurts, try to get up and walk around-- when you're in pain, especially due to the chest incision, you'll feel tempted to take small shallow breaths to minimize the pain. Without your lungs fully expanding, this creates a nice space for the chest fluid to reaccumulate, so as minor as it seems it's really important.

    I hate how cardiac surgeons put everyone on metoprolol postoperatively. There's lots of data that shows immediate beta-blockade saves lives only if you were on a beta-blocker preoperatively. You didn't have heart surgery, you weren't on the heart-lung machine, so there was no need for it. I also hate how they transfuse willy-nilly. Transfusions carry a great deal of risk, most often immune depression, reactions and something called TRALI (Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury). In general surgery we don't transfuse until the hematocrit is<22 or the hemoglobin is <7; cardiac surgeons want everyone above 30. Constant battles there.

    Anyway, feel better, breathe deeply, and here's hoping the final pathology report is what they suspected!
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  3. #20
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    Aug 2009
    Thank you blade it means so much to have your insight, in fact I feel quite teary.

    You have inspired me re the spirometer they told me 4 puffs an hour.

    Any advice would be gratefully received.

    I have been getting some nausea lately and smells/perfumes make me feel sick. My appetite is returning but it is very picky.

    rollo xx

  4. #22
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    Apr 2013
    Glad to hear you're home. I'm sending happy thoughts your way. ((hugs))
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  5. #24
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    Aug 2009
    Thank you to everyone for supporting me daily through this recovery, it means a lot I can't send a personal thank you to everyone but please know how much it means to me.


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