Open Heart Surgery

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by RickSt, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. RickSt

    RickSt Medium Load Member

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    My cardiologist has put me off work. I had an arteriogram done Tuesday (I already have 2 stints) and the results aren't good. I am now waiting on my cardiologist to pick a surgeon and for the surgeon's office to call me and schedule open heart surgery. Hopefully this will be in the next few days. As most of you know, if I don't drive, I don't get paid and right now I'm looking at a minimum 12 weeks off.

    I know there are many drivers out there who have already been through what I am now facing. I would appreciate hearing of any support groups for cardiac patients in general and especially those for drivers who are cardiac patients.

    Thanks,
    Rick
     
  2. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

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    Rick...Iam so sorry to hear of your situation.

    Maybe some members here will know of some support groups.

    I hope things go OK for you and your loved one's.

    GOD speed to a healthy recovery!
     
  3. LogsRus

    LogsRus Log it Legal

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    Do you have long term disability or even short term? I know that doesn't pay the bills anywhere near it, but it does help! Also take advantage of any Assistance programs, due to heart issue's you may qualify for that reason alone! You most of all need to take care of yourself and relax (easy to say I know). Ask the hospital your options or your doctor should I say. I am sure if you recover well there won't be a problem in driving if your doctor will give you a full release.
    Good luck and sorry to hear about your news: I am sure to be there soon as I stress daily; Heck I have to teach logs wouldn't you stress:happy2:
     
  4. RickSt

    RickSt Medium Load Member

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    No, I don't qualify for any disability pay because my heart problems were pre-existing when I started with this company. I had already had 2 stints put in back in the summer of 2005. I started here in October 2005.

    But God will provide and we'll make it. We won't starve or lose anything because of my time off. In fact my safety director said that I may even come back to a new truck. I'm going down Saturday to clean out my truck. I was going to do it tomorow but I have to go to Little Rock for pre-op testing then meet with the surgeon. That'll eat up most of the day.

    If anyone knows of a truckers open heart surgery support group, please let me know.

    Rick
     
  5. theroadagain3

    theroadagain3 Light Load Member

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    Search for truckers: heart surgery support group
    or truckers heart surgery
    or truckers support group, whenever I want to find something I can usually find something thru searches
     
  6. RickSt

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    Well, I'm all set. I went to the hospital in Little Rock today for pre-op testing and registering. After that it was to the surgeon's office for a consultation.

    We're dealing with at least 5 blockages including two totally blocked arteries. What it amounts to is that I'm in pretty bad shape. The doctor wants to use two arteries from my chest, one from my arm and one from my leg for grafts. He says that it makes for a lot more work for him but a lot better outcome for me. When I asked him how long the surgery would be lasting he said five to six hours. If all goes well I should be home in 3-5 days. That's not bad all things considered. But please excuse me if I don't sound real enthused about the whole thing.

    I must look at it all this way though. I have two choices.

    1) I can choose to do nothing and probably die within a very short time.

    OR

    2) I can choose surgery and quite probably live for several more years.

    I have a lot of people who care for and love me and a huge church family.
    I don't have the right to let them down. I choose #2.

    Rick

     
  7. LogsRus

    LogsRus Log it Legal

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    Aww I am sure you are not enthused (No one would be!) But you are taking care of yourself and that is what you should do! If you ignore the problem and get behind a big rig them people you love so much will get a more drastic phone call.
    Now you have several years to enjoy life so I suggest you get out there and live it up (be good though) and enjoy them people you love so much:toothy4:
    Eat healthy and excercise and I bet you live another 50 years :smt023
    You was lucky to find out before you just died behind the wheel and crashed. God is looking out for you!
    Good luck and please check in with us and yeah if you can have someone post for you to let us know everything is ok:thumbleft:
     
  8. theroadagain3

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    Hope everything goes well for u, and like the lady said, eat right and exercise, especially lay off the red meats if possible. Hey, I'm a truck drivin' vegetarian, so if I can do it, so can U!! Peace.
     
  9. buck and a half

    buck and a half Mr. Miles & Miles with Many Smiles

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    Wish you well buddy. Are you a veteran,if so,the local vet office in your cummunity will help you and also the fed vets office,they are separate ,be sure to check with both. My family will be praying for your full recovery.Keep us all informed please.
     
  10. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

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    That number 2 is shining bright over any number right now!

    GOD BLESS you and your family and Please keep us informed.
     
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