(Ed. note: I am bored. Recovering is boring. I know it is necessary, but doesn’t have to be mind-numbing? Anyway, there isn’t a lot to write about but I have to do something other than read Facebook or do jigsaws, or read book after book after book… So you, dear readers, are my outlet. You cannot imagine how excited I will be to get comments – any comments.)
We went in to Shanghai on Friday to the western focused Delta Health Clinic and met with Cardiologist Dr. Joey Loh – she was terrific. She went through all the reports from my visits to the Jiaxing Hospital and then did a 12 point EKG (apparently most are 8 points of contact) and a very extensive ECG (I was on the table for close to half an hour) and then told us that:
1. Yes there is some damage to the anterior (back) of the heart, but that it is minimal and will scar over in the next four weeks or so and thus eliminate itself as an issue;
2. The lesion where the stent was inserted would also repair itself over the next few months and not be an issue;
3. The ejection fraction which measures how hard the heart has to work is, for me at present, 57. Normal is in the 55 to 65 range. So that doesn’t seem to be a problem either;
4. Contrary to what the doctor told me a while ago here, the pulmonary oedema is still present. It is likely what is causing me the breathing issues when I get up. No fluid in my lungs showed up on the ECG where, if it was significant, it would but she clearly hears it when listening to me breathe. She has altered my meds a little and believes that that will clear it up relatively soon.
5. Spent some time with the Director of Cardiac Rehab and he wants me to start walking 20 minutes a day and to start with very mild rehab in a week.
So all in all a very positive day with all good news. How good? Terry and I went to MacDonalds for a burger fries and coke. (just under 1000 calories) Yes we know, but it was a celebratory meal as Terry was staying in Shanghai for a meeting Saturday.
I was believing the worst would happen and got the antithesis of that. As Terry said – I’m going to be around for awhile yet!
As we approach the rainy season here in Jiaxing, it is time to start renos. (Ed. note: Yesterday and today – sunny and 24º) On my first of 2 10 minute walks I see the following:
Now a little explanation. Tim bought me this puzzle at Walmart (Ed. note: We know there is a big anti-Walmart campaign going on out there, but here in little old Jiaxing, there aren’t a lot of choices. Sorry) It cost – get this – 10rmb – $1.60 It will be a difficult but interesting puzzle to do for a number of reasons.
- All the pieces are the same exactly the same size and shape
- Many pieces appear to fit together about 99% so it looks like they fit until you look really really closely
- They are about 1/2 the thickness of “regular” pieces so come apart quite easily
- When I took them out of the box there were about 50 sets of two which the cutting blade hadn’t quite cut and they wanted to tear if I took them apart
- On the back are letters – I think it was done in some kind of grid, so if you aren’t sure if the pieces go together, just turn them over and check the letters. I say this is cheating, Terry says “Tough”
The Shoe Blog
What can I say – I don’t get out much.
Time for Recovery Walk #1 of the day – Whoopee! (Please Write 🙁 )