Oct 21, 2011 - 10:54 pm
Hi all! I've been lurking for a few days and thought I'd toss my hat in the ring. I'm really impressed with how much most of you know
I have congestive heart failure as a result of going into V-Tach twice at home for no know reason. My EF is 10% and that makes any surgery extra risky. I need a heart transplant but I opted for a clinical trial heart assist device called C-Pulse and am now happy to say I'm #19 out of 20 in the world to receive it.
After surgery for the C-Pulse, blood test showed my liver not working. Had a sonogram on my liver and gallbladder. Radiologist came to my room and said my liver and gallbladder were fine but that I had a rapid growth density on my right kidney. I asked "What does that mean?" He said "I can't really tell you any more but there will be a Urologist in to see you." Great! So the next day 2 Urologists show up and tell me it's probably cancer because it's a dense growth, but it's good they found it early 2.5cm, so he will take it out and all will be good. Yeah!
So while were making this discovery, I'm also having problems with A-fib. I had to be Cardio-verted 4 times in 4 weeks while waiting to have an ablation. A week before the ablation the EP doc wants a CT of my heart and the Urologist wants a CT of my abdomen and pelvic area. YEP! I also have a 3cm mass on my left kidney! Great! Get the ablation and then 1 of the 3 wires from my heart to an ECG that I carry for my C-Pulse goes bad. Another surgery to replace the wiring embeded in my abdomen. Goes good, I'm home 3 days and wake up with puss running out of my abdomen where my pigtail comes out. Back to the hospital to get that cleared up.
Through all this I'd seen my Urologist a few times in the hospital and he was all positive and gung ho to go. My surgeries were scheduled for 6/20/11 and 8/8/11. I know this is long but it all has to be told.