Friday, June 25, 2010

Results

Well, the CT Scan has been read and I have seen the Vascular Surgeon and there is nothing they can do for me.  Either procedure, major surgery or aortic stenting would be the end of me.  He point blank told me that I would not make it off the table alive.  Kind of shocking news to hear when I had such high hopes that they would be able to fix everything!

After being told several months ago to quit exercising, including walking, I am now told to begin a walking program.  To start slowly and build up to 20-30 minutes per day, 7 days a week.  And I have an appointment with the Vascular Surgeon again in 3 months.  He is hoping by that time, the muscle tone in my legs will have improved enough to prescribe a medication that aids in circulation.  As was explained to me by another cardiologist, the whole purpose is to increase the blood flow to the muscles, even if that means that my body will make newer, smaller blood vessels to take over the ones that no longer work.  And that is what they expect will happen. 

I hope they're right!

3 comments:

Sunshine said...

Thanks for the update. If I were closer, I would walk with you. In spirit, I'll be walking with you. ~~~Hugs~~~ Keeping you in my prayers.

Katie's Mom said...

I'm sorry things didn't turn out as you'd hoped. Keep a positive attitude, Katie & I will be walking with you every day and I'll be praying for good news your next visit to the vascular dr.

martie said...

Thank you Sunshine and Katie's Mom! I feel as if I have been handed a death sentence with no way out. I am having trouble dealing with the information I have and trying to alter my life, but at this point, I'm wondering if it makes any difference at all!