Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Around the Campfire
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-29-2021, 11:55 AM   #1
175gr7.62
Ten Point
 
175gr7.62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hallsville, TX
Hunt In: Red River County,Harrison County, SW Kansas,
Default Pay Attention to Your Body Fellas : Long Read

Thought I would share with yaíll the little adventure Iíve been on and maybe it will keep someone from dealing with the same thing.

Iíve always considered myself to be fairly indestructible when it comes to health issues. Iíve never been sick, used to run marathons, and even did a couple Ironman competitions back in the day. I stayed pretty active even when I got of the service 18yrs ago but as kids were born and work got more intense I slacked off a bit.

I noticed about 10yr ago that I just wasnít feeling as well as I used to. I even noticed a few times that it felt like my heart didnít beat in a regular rhythm but I didnít think anything about. Over the years though I still noticed that I just wasnít the same. Thought it might be testosterone so I started doing replacement therapy about 4yrs ago.

The TRT didnít really seem to change anything and the worse I felt the more I drank. The more I drank the worse I felt. I was drinking 6-8 tall boys a night and it wasnít anything to knock out 2 30 packs of Ďstones at the lease on a 3 day weekend.

Fast forward to about 2 months ago. I realized something needed to change. When I was 35 I walked around at about 170lbs. I was now 5-9 and 210. I decided to lay off the beer and start exercising and working out again. I jumped full speed into and figured in a couple weeks I would start feeling better.

A month passes and if anything, I feel worse. I havenít lost a pound and my 5 1/2 mile walk gets harder every day instead of easier. At the 6 week point I can barely breathe when I get in bed and Iím up to 215lbs and my belly is so swollen it was like I had a beach ball in it.

The night of Thursday Aug 12 I thought I was going to suffocate in bed. I couldnít breathe and nothing I did seemed to make it better. Most of the pressure was under the upper RH side of my abdomen and I convinced myself that there was something wrong with my gallbladder. Most of the symptoms matched using my Google-Foo skills. I told myself that if I didnít feel better in the morning I was going to the emergency clinic.

Friday the 13thÖ.no change so I head to Hospitality ER. They are slammed with Covid but I get seen in about an hour. Tell them/show them the swelling in my belly and they do a CT scan of my abdomen. Itís full of fluid. One of the doctors said it looked like there was fluid in the lower part of my lungs but the image didnít show much since they were trying to see my abdomen. They did a CT of my chest and my heart and lungs are completely surrounded with fluid.

They suspect there may be something wrong with my heart so they order a BNP test. Results should be less than 100 for a 45yr old man and mine is 700ÖÖheart failure. They pump me full of Lasix to start getting fluid off and tell me I need to se a cardiologist pronto.

Iím lucky that one of my best friends is the Director of the cardiac center at the local hospital. He gets me in 2 days later morning and does an EKG. Iím in Atrial Fibrillation. My resting heart rate is 141 and the rhythm is so screwed up they canít read my blood pressure.

They schedule me for a cardioversion 3 days later. This is where they shock your heart to put it back in rhythm. The electro cardiologist tries it 3 times and it wonít take.

Next stepÖ.cardiac catheterization to attempt to see what is going on. Again, my buddy is on point and gets me scheduled for 5 days later. ResultsÖÖa kick in the nutz. Dilated Cardiomyopathy. My heart is ~70% enlarged and itís functioning at 10-15%. The results are so bad they check it twice because they havenít seen results like that in a 45yr old man.

The doctor who did the procedure told me my 5-6yrs of beer drinking has destroyed my heart. You die with 10-15% function. Basically told me I need a transplant and he doesnít refer patients who have substance abuse problems. He considers drinking every day substance abuse. My wife and I leave the hospital in a state of shock. This was this past Wednesday.

I have a follow up 2 days later on Friday with my normal cardiologist. He tells me I have had afib for a long long time which has significantly weakened my heart. The drinking didnít help it but the exercising and working out pushed it over the edge.

That brings us today. Iím having to wear a ďlife vestĒ that constantly monitors my heart and will shock me if it quits. I am have cardiac ablation done Thursday morning where they will attempt to burn the nerves in my heart to stop the afib. If they can stop the afib then there is a chance my heart can heal and strengthen to the point I can live a normal life.

If the ablation procedure doesnít work I will have to have a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted to get the rhythm correct. If the correct rhythm can be maintained there is a possibility that my heart will strengthen. They are saying I need to be at a minimum of 35% function. If we canít get it up to that level the next step will be a heart transplant due to my age.

Iím going next week to see an advanced heart failure cardiologist at Medical City in Dallas next week where weíll start having initial talks about a transplant.

So fellasÖ.if you think something isnít right with your body go get checked out sooner rather than later. If I would have gotten checked out 10 years ago (or even 5) I wouldnít be in this boat. Iím fortunate that I have close friends at both the local Cardic Center and at Medical City. Iíve got a couple million in life insurance so the wife and kid will be covered no matter what happens. I have some great friends that care about me and Iíve realized that as much as I **** and moan about my wife she is actually a pretty good woman and loves me.

Iíll tell ya, I never considered the possibility of being dead before 50 though outside of a car wreck or something. Hopefully things work out in my favor and Iíll get to stick around a while longer though.

To put a positive spin on itÖI weighed 216lbs on Aug 13th and I weighed 165 Friday morning so this is a great way to take some pounds off.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Last edited by 175gr7.62; 08-29-2021 at 12:06 PM.
175gr7.62 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:01 PM   #2
HubCityThumper
Ten Point
 
HubCityThumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Lubbock
Hunt In: Scurry County, sofa
Default

Prayers for you. I’m 43 so thank you for writing this.
HubCityThumper is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:20 PM   #3
TX_Kevin
Pope & Young
 
TX_Kevin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kingwood, TX
Hunt In: Gillespie County
Default

That is one heck of a reminder right there! Praying that your heart strengthens to a livable stateÖ
TX_Kevin is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:25 PM   #4
be12hunt
Pope & Young
 
be12hunt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Lake Jackson, TX
Hunt In: Montell, TX
Default

Thanks for the reminder. I never go see a primary care physician or anything. This is enough to make me think twice about it.
be12hunt is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:28 PM   #5
Greenheadless
Ten Point
 
Greenheadless's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Hunt In: Liberty County
Default

Wow man, Prayers out that the least invasive procedure will be the solution.

Thanks for the write up, as I entered my own cardiac issues as well at the ripe old age of 45.
Greenheadless is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:37 PM   #6
PhotonSlinger
Eight Point
 
PhotonSlinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Lubbock
Hunt In: Schleicher County
Default

I’m a Xray tech in a EP lab here in Lubbock. We work on patients that after they have the procedures you’re in line for tell us at follow ups they haven’t felt this good in years! If you go the device route you might be getting a Bi-V implant. We have had patients that couldn’t walk thru their house get one of these and tell us about how they are walking thru the neighborhood and feel the best they have in years. I hope this is the case for you. Don’t give up, keep fighting. You didn’t get this way overnight so don’t get discouraged when it seems like nothing is working. Good luck!
PhotonSlinger is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:45 PM   #7
NotJose
Ten Point
 
NotJose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Forney, TX
Hunt In: Throckmorton, TX
Default

Man thatís crazy! Very scary stuff. I hope and pray everything goes in your favor and can continue living a normal life.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
NotJose is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:52 PM   #8
ETX-Deerslayer
Ten Point
 
ETX-Deerslayer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Longview
Hunt In: Harrison county, Irion County, Gregg, Bowie, Cass, Upshur counties TX and Arkansas
Default

Prayers for you and thanks for sharing. We all need to heed your advice.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
ETX-Deerslayer is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:56 PM   #9
manwitaplan
Pope & Young
 
manwitaplan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Friendswood
Hunt In: Texas
Default

Dang man that is horrible. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I will pray for you bud.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
manwitaplan is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 12:59 PM   #10
Lungbustr
Pope & Young
 
Lungbustr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Texas
Default

Thats the one of the reasons i have had a cardioligist since my late 30's. Afib is hereditary, everyone in my family has it.


Intially they find out same way you did. Thus far, eveyone of them have had plenty of ablations etc. And all have pacemaker defibrillators now.

But after a scary diagnosis such as yours all their functions improved.
Lungbustr is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:08 PM   #11
Gumbo Man
Ten Point
 
Gumbo Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2021
Location: Livingston Texas
Hunt In: Onalaska Texas
Default

Prayers for you sir. For what it’s worth I had a coworker 20 years ago go through the Cardiac Ablation treatment and it fixed everything. He’s going strong today. God bless you for sharing your story sir.
Gumbo Man is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:14 PM   #12
deerwatcher51
Pope & Young
 
deerwatcher51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Brenham & Richland Springs
Hunt In: Richland Springs & Washington on the Brazos
Default

Prayers for you
deerwatcher51 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:26 PM   #13
Bisch
Pope & Young
 
Bisch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Sonora, Tx
Default

Prayers up!!!!!

Bisch


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
Bisch is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:29 PM   #14
Phillip Fields
Pope & Young
 
Phillip Fields's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Hunt In: NC,TX, and anywhere else I can
Default

Prayers sent.
Phillip Fields is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:31 PM   #15
Drycreek3189
Pope & Young
 
Drycreek3189's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Troup
Hunt In: Cherokee, Rusk Counties
Default

Good luck Sir, I hope you get this straightened out. You’re too young to kick out, you got lots more living to do. I’ve had a pacemaker since 2008, in fact I’m on my second one. They ain’t a big deal, but all mine does is make sure my heart rate doesn’t fall below 60 BPM. It doesn’t do anything for the Afib. I had a light heart attack around the first week of June and have lost 35/40 lbs. since then. Not the ideal way to take it off but it needed to go. I’m 74 though, so that’s to be expected at my age. Again, good luck !
Drycreek3189 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:34 PM   #16
schmalzy
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Richmond
Hunt In: Gulf coast and VA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 175gr7.62 View Post
Thought I would share with yaíll the little adventure Iíve been on and maybe it will keep someone from dealing with the same thing.

Iíve always considered myself to be fairly indestructible when it comes to health issues. Iíve never been sick, used to run marathons, and even did a couple Ironman competitions back in the day. I stayed pretty active even when I got of the service 18yrs ago but as kids were born and work got more intense I slacked off a bit.

I noticed about 10yr ago that I just wasnít feeling as well as I used to. I even noticed a few times that it felt like my heart didnít beat in a regular rhythm but I didnít think anything about. Over the years though I still noticed that I just wasnít the same. Thought it might be testosterone so I started doing replacement therapy about 4yrs ago.

The TRT didnít really seem to change anything and the worse I felt the more I drank. The more I drank the worse I felt. I was drinking 6-8 tall boys a night and it wasnít anything to knock out 2 30 packs of Ďstones at the lease on a 3 day weekend.

Fast forward to about 2 months ago. I realized something needed to change. When I was 35 I walked around at about 170lbs. I was now 5-9 and 210. I decided to lay off the beer and start exercising and working out again. I jumped full speed into and figured in a couple weeks I would start feeling better.

A month passes and if anything, I feel worse. I havenít lost a pound and my 5 1/2 mile walk gets harder every day instead of easier. At the 6 week point I can barely breathe when I get in bed and Iím up to 215lbs and my belly is so swollen it was like I had a beach ball in it.

The night of Thursday Aug 12 I thought I was going to suffocate in bed. I couldnít breathe and nothing I did seemed to make it better. Most of the pressure was under the upper RH side of my abdomen and I convinced myself that there was something wrong with my gallbladder. Most of the symptoms matched using my Google-Foo skills. I told myself that if I didnít feel better in the morning I was going to the emergency clinic.

Friday the 13thÖ.no change so I head to Hospitality ER. They are slammed with Covid but I get seen in about an hour. Tell them/show them the swelling in my belly and they do a CT scan of my abdomen. Itís full of fluid. One of the doctors said it looked like there was fluid in the lower part of my lungs but the image didnít show much since they were trying to see my abdomen. They did a CT of my chest and my heart and lungs are completely surrounded with fluid.

They suspect there may be something wrong with my heart so they order a BNP test. Results should be less than 100 for a 45yr old man and mine is 700ÖÖheart failure. They pump me full of Lasix to start getting fluid off and tell me I need to se a cardiologist pronto.

Iím lucky that one of my best friends is the Director of the cardiac center at the local hospital. He gets me in 2 days later morning and does an EKG. Iím in Atrial Fibrillation. My resting heart rate is 141 and the rhythm is so screwed up they canít read my blood pressure.

They schedule me for a cardioversion 3 days later. This is where they shock your heart to put it back in rhythm. The electro cardiologist tries it 3 times and it wonít take.

Next stepÖ.cardiac catheterization to attempt to see what is going on. Again, my buddy is on point and gets me scheduled for 5 days later. ResultsÖÖa kick in the nutz. Dilated Cardiomyopathy. My heart is ~70% enlarged and itís functioning at 10-15%. The results are so bad they check it twice because they havenít seen results like that in a 45yr old man.

The doctor who did the procedure told me my 5-6yrs of beer drinking has destroyed my heart. You die with 10-15% function. Basically told me I need a transplant and he doesnít refer patients who have substance abuse problems. He considers drinking every day substance abuse. My wife and I leave the hospital in a state of shock. This was this past Wednesday.

I have a follow up 2 days later on Friday with my normal cardiologist. He tells me I have had afib for a long long time which has significantly weakened my heart. The drinking didnít help it but the exercising and working out pushed it over the edge.

That brings us today. Iím having to wear a ďlife vestĒ that constantly monitors my heart and will shock me if it quits. I am have cardiac ablation done Thursday morning where they will attempt to burn the nerves in my heart to stop the afib. If they can stop the afib then there is a chance my heart can heal and strengthen to the point I can live a normal life.

If the ablation procedure doesnít work I will have to have a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted to get the rhythm correct. If the correct rhythm can be maintained there is a possibility that my heart will strengthen. They are saying I need to be at a minimum of 35% function. If we canít get it up to that level the next step will be a heart transplant due to my age.

Iím going next week to see an advanced heart failure cardiologist at Medical City in Dallas next week where weíll start having initial talks about a transplant.

So fellasÖ.if you think something isnít right with your body go get checked out sooner rather than later. If I would have gotten checked out 10 years ago (or even 5) I wouldnít be in this boat. Iím fortunate that I have close friends at both the local Cardic Center and at Medical City. Iíve got a couple million in life insurance so the wife and kid will be covered no matter what happens. I have some great friends that care about me and Iíve realized that as much as I **** and moan about my wife she is actually a pretty good woman and loves me.

Iíll tell ya, I never considered the possibility of being dead before 50 though outside of a car wreck or something. Hopefully things work out in my favor and Iíll get to stick around a while longer though.

To put a positive spin on itÖI weighed 216lbs on Aug 13th and I weighed 165 Friday morning so this is a great way to take some pounds off.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Prayers up for you man.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
schmalzy is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:36 PM   #17
Lsube0555
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: League city, tx
Hunt In: Ben Bolt, tx
Default

Prayers up I work on a inpatient heart failure heart transplant unit at a large university hospital and see this everyday. Stay positive watch your diet and fluid intake and take all your meds religiously. The heart failure cardiologist are the ones to get you straightened out. Also have to watch the kidneys as well they follow what the heart does. It can be overwhelming but it seems you are on the right track and are willing to do what it takes. If you have any questions or ever need anything pm me
Lsube0555 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:42 PM   #18
Neck
Pope & Young
 
Neck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Danbury, TX
Hunt In: DeWitt County
Default

Dadgum man, that is unreal, especially at your age. Will be in my prayers.
Neck is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:42 PM   #19
175gr7.62
Ten Point
 
175gr7.62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hallsville, TX
Hunt In: Red River County,Harrison County, SW Kansas,
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lsube0555 View Post
Prayers up I work on a inpatient heart failure heart transplant unit at a large university hospital and see this everyday. Stay positive watch your diet and fluid intake and take all your meds religiously. The heart failure cardiologist are the ones to get you straightened out. Also have to watch the kidneys as well they follow what the heart does. It can be overwhelming but it seems you are on the right track and are willing to do what it takes. If you have any questions or ever need anything pm me

The meds are the worst. I can count on one hand the number of pills I have taken up until 2 weeks ago. I have 7 different ones now. The Eliquis is $500/month AFTER insurance!! Messes my stomach up.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
175gr7.62 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:46 PM   #20
SabineHunter
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Default

Wow, may GOD Bless you and your family. I remember us PMing each other a few months ago about you not feeling good about yourself and your situation. Now, it makes sense. Take care.
SabineHunter is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:47 PM   #21
kerrbow
Ten Point
 
kerrbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kerrville Texas
Hunt In: Hill Country and Kansas
Default

Prayers my friend. I had an ablation done 3 years ago at 70yoa because cardioversion did not work for me either. Prior to it I could not walk 50 yds w/o stopping. Up until 3 months ago I felt better than I have in a long time. Recently afib showed back up and may have to have another ablation. Pray that they begin the reversal process for you as our hearts are prone to improve theirselves with a little jumpstart. Good luck.
kerrbow is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:53 PM   #22
miket
Pope & Young
 
miket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Plantersville
Hunt In: Grimes County, Victoria
Default

Dang I hate to hear it! Sounds like you are getting on the right track, best of luck getting this behind you and back to good health
miket is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:57 PM   #23
DZM
Ten Point
 
DZM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: DFW
Hunt In: Shackelford, Jones, & Jack Counties, TX, & SE OK
Default

Prayers sent
DZM is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 01:57 PM   #24
sailor
Pope & Young
 
sailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Texas
Hunt In: Texas
Default

Prayers for your recovery...
sailor is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:03 PM   #25
Chew
Pope & Young
 
Chew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Kingwood, TX
Hunt In: Leon County
Default

What a story. I'm glad you finally got checked out. Praying for some heart healing/strengthening.
Chew is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:05 PM   #26
Bro. Bill
Pope & Young
 
Bro. Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Cypress Texas
Hunt In: Hill country
Default

Prayers up

Wow BC in my life I drank enough for 5 people!
I’m humbled by your story
If you need a ear pm me
Bro. Bill is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:12 PM   #27
Bucknaked
Ten Point
 
Bucknaked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Location: Hallettsville
Hunt In: Lavaca , Edwards & Gillespie counties
Default

Thank you so much! Will have you in our continuous prayers brother!
Bucknaked is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:20 PM   #28
Pedernal
Pope & Young
 
Pedernal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Del Rio
Hunt In: Amistad
Default

Prayers up
Pedernal is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:21 PM   #29
Martin
Ten Point
 
Martin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Collin County
Hunt In: Grayson County and Oklahoma.
Default

Prayers sent for you and your family.
Martin is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:29 PM   #30
bigjohntex
Ten Point
 
bigjohntex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: east texas
Hunt In: Kaufman county
Default

Thank you for sharing. Prayers sent for you and your family.
bigjohntex is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:32 PM   #31
hopedale
Pope & Young
 
hopedale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Williamson county
Hunt In: WMAs
Default

Prayer sent and thanks for sharing.
hopedale is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:33 PM   #32
stickman
Pope & Young
 
stickman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: S.Texas
Default

I am going to the doctor tomorrow for exactly this reason, just Not feeling like myself. Fell off ladder Wednesday and since have been lightheaded, sleepy, and BP/pulse numbers are all out of whack.

To the OP, prayers for you and your family for comfort and healing.
stickman is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:44 PM   #33
DaveC
Pope & Young
 
DaveC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Crosby,Tx
Hunt In: Kinney County
Default

Prayers up

Iím curious if you have already had covid?
Iím pretty sure covid is the cause of my current ticker issues, but have no proof- only speculation .


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
DaveC is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 02:47 PM   #34
sureshot
Six Point
 
sureshot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Cedar Creek TX.
Hunt In: Bastrop, Jackson County
Default

Don't put it off when that check engine light comes on. Open heart surgery last year made me a believer. Glad you got it checked out.
sureshot is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 03:18 PM   #35
BTLowry
Pope & Young
 
BTLowry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Lindale
Hunt In: Behind the house and public in Texas; Kansas Unit 5
Default

Pray they get you fixed up and straightened out with minimal work

Your post is something a lot of us hard heads need to read and consider when we don't feel good and think we can just push through whatever is beating us up at the time.
BTLowry is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 03:26 PM   #36
JES
Ten Point
 
JES's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Richmond
Hunt In: Stonewall and Ft. Bend County
Default

Scary situation right there. Thanks for sharing hopefully it helps someone.

For me it was my blood pressure, has always been 118/79 almost every time I went to the doctor. Went one day to my back doc and it was 158/83, huh?! Take it again, same thing. My face had been red for weeks, people asking where I got sunburned when I hadn’t been out in the sun. Been good ver a year and a half and now on daily meds for it.

Agree with you, we aren’t as bulletproof as we think we are, pay attention to your body, it’s talking to you. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Get in and see a doc and get checked out. What’s the worst they can tell you if you’re wrong? But if you’re right, as in the OPs case, it may save your life.

Praying for you and your family.

Last edited by JES; 08-29-2021 at 03:31 PM.
JES is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 03:36 PM   #37
GARY
Administrator
 
GARY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Richmond, Texas
Hunt In: Lavaca, Alberta and where ever Aironeout takes me!
Default

Wow, what a wild health ride! My prayers, you get this under control.
__________________
Proud member since 1999

Gary's Outdoor Highlight of 2008:



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
GARY is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 03:41 PM   #38
Lsube0555
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: League city, tx
Hunt In: Ben Bolt, tx
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 175gr7.62 View Post
The meds are the worst. I can count on one hand the number of pills I have taken up until 2 weeks ago. I have 7 different ones now. The Eliquis is $500/month AFTER insurance!! Messes my stomach up.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Once the ablation works theyíll have some flexibility on some of the meds but more than likely eliquis will still be taken since youíll need a blood thinner for life. Eliquis does offer some programs thru them that most will quailify at a reduced rate of your gonna be on it long term just takes a little paperwork to be filled out makes it a lot more affordable. Shoot me a pm with your number and I can send you a pic of the packets we hand out. Maybe thatíll help some
Lsube0555 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 03:47 PM   #39
unclefish
Pope & Young
 
unclefish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Katy, TX
Hunt In: Central TX, Elk in NM
Default

Wow thanks for sharing and prayers for a good outcome.
unclefish is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 04:24 PM   #40
Huntingfool
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Default

Man that has to be a tough thing to be going through but hang in there. Modern medicine (and especially heart) has come a long ways.

I have sold health insurance for many years and always told folks that when you look at the premiums starting at age 21 to 65 that in the early years female rates are higher than male rates (mostly due to pregnancies) but then in later years the male rates skyrocket compared to female rates. The reason is because men generally do not go to the doctor or take care of themselves when they are younger and it catches up to them when they are older. Hopefully your message is a reminder for all of us men.

Will pray for your health and God bless
Huntingfool is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 05:10 PM   #41
doright
Ten Point
 
doright's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Polk co.
Hunt In: Shelby co.
Default

My mom is 84 and had the procedure done two weeks ago. She had to be at the hospital at 8 and was home by 4. They down loaded an app for her phone and it monitors her heart. She said the worst part is she couldn’t raise her left arm above her head for a week. I talked to her yesterday and she is feeling better than she has in years.
doright is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 05:42 PM   #42
MLAH
Six Point
 
MLAH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Default

<
MLAH is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 05:48 PM   #43
DRT
Pope & Young
 
DRT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Fort Worth, Tx
Hunt In: Jones County and Missouri
Default

Prayers for a better future.

Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
DRT is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 08:26 PM   #44
Travis Deveney
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Huntsville
Hunt In: Mills Co. Walker Co.
Default

Prayers
Travis Deveney is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 09:04 PM   #45
Fishndude
Pope & Young
 
Fishndude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Arlington, Texas
Hunt In: Mason, Ellis and Dimmit counties
Default

Is that you lost 51 pounds in 16 days a typo? 3 lbs per day? That just cannot be healthy in and of itself.
Fishndude is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 09:13 PM   #46
DUKFVR
Pope & Young
 
DUKFVR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sorry Azz Houston & Young County
Hunt In: Young County & Anywhere A Duck Flies!
Default

Prayers Up.
DUKFVR is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 09:22 PM   #47
TexasAggie04
Ten Point
 
TexasAggie04's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Beasley, Texas
Hunt In: LaSalle, Wharton, Fort Bend, & Union County NM.
Default

Prayers sent!
TexasAggie04 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 09:25 PM   #48
Cantcatch5
Ten Point
 
Cantcatch5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tyler, TX
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishndude View Post
Is that you lost 51 pounds in 16 days a typo? 3 lbs per day? That just cannot be healthy in and of itself.
Lasix for the edema will pull a lot of weight off of a person in a hurry. I am sure that’s not all of it but probably a lot.

Hang in there bud. I had an ablation procedure this spring and I am 47. I have know I had a problem for 15 years but my pulse was getting slower and slower. Normal for me was 42 BPM and it would regularly be in the upper 30’s with the finger pulse ox meters. I was having 40 irregular beats per minute the morning of the ablation and woke up having none! It felt weird for a while not being able to feel my heart beating in my chest! Now my heart rate is normal…it amazing what they can do!

Sending prayers up for you!

Last edited by Cantcatch5; 08-29-2021 at 09:27 PM.
Cantcatch5 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 09:32 PM   #49
BuckyBevo
Four Point
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 175gr7.62 View Post
Thought I would share with yaíll the little adventure Iíve been on and maybe it will keep someone from dealing with the same thing.

Iíve always considered myself to be fairly indestructible when it comes to health issues. Iíve never been sick, used to run marathons, and even did a couple Ironman competitions back in the day. I stayed pretty active even when I got of the service 18yrs ago but as kids were born and work got more intense I slacked off a bit.

I noticed about 10yr ago that I just wasnít feeling as well as I used to. I even noticed a few times that it felt like my heart didnít beat in a regular rhythm but I didnít think anything about. Over the years though I still noticed that I just wasnít the same. Thought it might be testosterone so I started doing replacement therapy about 4yrs ago.

The TRT didnít really seem to change anything and the worse I felt the more I drank. The more I drank the worse I felt. I was drinking 6-8 tall boys a night and it wasnít anything to knock out 2 30 packs of Ďstones at the lease on a 3 day weekend.

Fast forward to about 2 months ago. I realized something needed to change. When I was 35 I walked around at about 170lbs. I was now 5-9 and 210. I decided to lay off the beer and start exercising and working out again. I jumped full speed into and figured in a couple weeks I would start feeling better.

A month passes and if anything, I feel worse. I havenít lost a pound and my 5 1/2 mile walk gets harder every day instead of easier. At the 6 week point I can barely breathe when I get in bed and Iím up to 215lbs and my belly is so swollen it was like I had a beach ball in it.

The night of Thursday Aug 12 I thought I was going to suffocate in bed. I couldnít breathe and nothing I did seemed to make it better. Most of the pressure was under the upper RH side of my abdomen and I convinced myself that there was something wrong with my gallbladder. Most of the symptoms matched using my Google-Foo skills. I told myself that if I didnít feel better in the morning I was going to the emergency clinic.

Friday the 13thÖ.no change so I head to Hospitality ER. They are slammed with Covid but I get seen in about an hour. Tell them/show them the swelling in my belly and they do a CT scan of my abdomen. Itís full of fluid. One of the doctors said it looked like there was fluid in the lower part of my lungs but the image didnít show much since they were trying to see my abdomen. They did a CT of my chest and my heart and lungs are completely surrounded with fluid.

They suspect there may be something wrong with my heart so they order a BNP test. Results should be less than 100 for a 45yr old man and mine is 700ÖÖheart failure. They pump me full of Lasix to start getting fluid off and tell me I need to se a cardiologist pronto.

Iím lucky that one of my best friends is the Director of the cardiac center at the local hospital. He gets me in 2 days later morning and does an EKG. Iím in Atrial Fibrillation. My resting heart rate is 141 and the rhythm is so screwed up they canít read my blood pressure.

They schedule me for a cardioversion 3 days later. This is where they shock your heart to put it back in rhythm. The electro cardiologist tries it 3 times and it wonít take.

Next stepÖ.cardiac catheterization to attempt to see what is going on. Again, my buddy is on point and gets me scheduled for 5 days later. ResultsÖÖa kick in the nutz. Dilated Cardiomyopathy. My heart is ~70% enlarged and itís functioning at 10-15%. The results are so bad they check it twice because they havenít seen results like that in a 45yr old man.

The doctor who did the procedure told me my 5-6yrs of beer drinking has destroyed my heart. You die with 10-15% function. Basically told me I need a transplant and he doesnít refer patients who have substance abuse problems. He considers drinking every day substance abuse. My wife and I leave the hospital in a state of shock. This was this past Wednesday.

I have a follow up 2 days later on Friday with my normal cardiologist. He tells me I have had afib for a long long time which has significantly weakened my heart. The drinking didnít help it but the exercising and working out pushed it over the edge.

That brings us today. Iím having to wear a ďlife vestĒ that constantly monitors my heart and will shock me if it quits. I am have cardiac ablation done Thursday morning where they will attempt to burn the nerves in my heart to stop the afib. If they can stop the afib then there is a chance my heart can heal and strengthen to the point I can live a normal life.

If the ablation procedure doesnít work I will have to have a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted to get the rhythm correct. If the correct rhythm can be maintained there is a possibility that my heart will strengthen. They are saying I need to be at a minimum of 35% function. If we canít get it up to that level the next step will be a heart transplant due to my age.

Iím going next week to see an advanced heart failure cardiologist at Medical City in Dallas next week where weíll start having initial talks about a transplant.

So fellasÖ.if you think something isnít right with your body go get checked out sooner rather than later. If I would have gotten checked out 10 years ago (or even 5) I wouldnít be in this boat. Iím fortunate that I have close friends at both the local Cardic Center and at Medical City. Iíve got a couple million in life insurance so the wife and kid will be covered no matter what happens. I have some great friends that care about me and Iíve realized that as much as I **** and moan about my wife she is actually a pretty good woman and loves me.

Iíll tell ya, I never considered the possibility of being dead before 50 though outside of a car wreck or something. Hopefully things work out in my favor and Iíll get to stick around a while longer though.

To put a positive spin on itÖI weighed 216lbs on Aug 13th and I weighed 165 Friday morning so this is a great way to take some pounds off.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
First off, thanks so much for sharing. I truly wish you and your family the best and hope for a great outcome. Can I ask if you got your annual physicals?
BuckyBevo is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-29-2021, 09:55 PM   #50
raider19
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Default

Prayers for you buddy. May the lord strengthen you and give you peace
raider19 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com