Because of your thoughtful and sweet comments about the heart catheterization, this is a follow-up about that experience.
After a four hour delay (yes, the cath lab was running that far behind!) the Doc checked out my heart - thankfully, an "all clear" there. But while looking into each leg, in the thighs he found larger-than-expected blockages: 90 percent in my left; 70 percent in my right.
In a nutshell... I have PAD (peripheral artery disease). Updated December 21: Technically, it's: "severe peripheral vascular disease."
proverbial frog in a pan of hot water. I don't remember what normal legs feel like. All I really felt - that triggered all the testing - was a burning pain in my left calf every time I line danced!
So, the cath was to determine the extent of the problem. Stents come next, inserted one leg at a time - during two separate procedures - one yet this month, and the other in January. The nurse said I would immediately feel the difference in each leg, after each procedure. She said my feet wouldn't be so cold! Yay for that!
Turns out the culprit in all this is "the bad boy," LDL cholesterol. The tendency to have too much can be genetic. Doc wants LDL to be less than 70. Looking back through 12 years of records, my numbers have been between 118-156, hovering on "borderline high." I've never been on cholesterol meds because my total cholesterol number has been fine... but maybe I should have been. I'll be on Plavix now. Knowing what I do, I would have preferred taking cholesterol meds than go through this
What frustrates me to no end though is reading stuff like this, knowing I've done everything right!
Often, you can successfully treat peripheral artery disease by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet."Often?" Balderdash!
Oh. And I specifically inquired about recuperating, sitting at my sewing machine. I was told "no" because I'm not to use my foot to press the control pedal. Posh and bother! Thank goodness for hand work.
On a positive note... I've suspected I have a sinus infection (is it possible to visit a grandchild and not come home with a head cold?) and the doc was nice enough to write a script for an antibiotic. Saves me another doctor visit!
Thank you for all the lovely comments that continue to come in. I especially appreciate your prayers. It makes a world of difference, knowing I have praying friends. Bless every one of you. Linda