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Posted 04-09-2005 at 11:12 by Mick

Part 2
After what seamed like ages I got a letter from Blackpool asking me to go for an angiogram, I did not know what to expect so Anne and me thought that’s ok we can have a look round Blackpool after, we had to be there for 10am which is if you know Anne just a little bit early for her but we got the train and got to south shore in plenty of time from there we got a taxi to BVH the staff there where very nice and new I would be apprehensive but put my mind at rest,
There were about 6 waiting for angiograms so we got talking as you do just nerves most of it I think
Then the nurse came round with the very fashionable gowns and a pair of paper underwear to put on.
We were taken on trolleys in twos to the x-ray area 1 went in while the other waited outside now these gowns are not very warm at the best of times and waiting outside the x-ray area it was very cold by the time it was my turn I had goose bumps and was shivering like mad but thought it would be warmer in the department, nope it was just as cold inside.
Anyway they moved me over onto the table with all the monitors and x-ray m/c round me and just said look to your left and you can watch what we are doing (this is a ploy so you wont watch what they are doing to your leg)
They first numb the top of the leg near the groin then make a nick in the femoral artery and push a very small catheter in you can then watch this on the monitors,
They then put dye in and you can watch as it flows through the body and see any blockages show up mean while the x-ray m/c which has 3 heads is moving round you 1 of these heads is very close to your head and you think its going to crush your head if it comes much closer.
You cant feel the dye going in as its at body temp but when they have finished they flush this dye out with something els and this is above body temp so you get a very weird sensation going right through your whole body.
You are then taken back to the ward and told not to move a nurse then comes round and puts a lot of pressure on the cut on the groin to stop the bleeding (they have cut an artery) they do this for 10 mins after which you have to lie flat for 2 hours and NOT sit up every time someone tried to sit up the nurse would shout DOWN YOU.
If it had stopped bleeding you could go home if not the hole possess is done again.
Luckily mine stopped on the first go so the nurse asked how I was getting home I said by train but we were going for a look round Blackpool first, she nearly hit the roof your going straight home and not by train you must rest that leg for 48 hours, so she made us wait while she sorted a private ambulance out.
We got home and soon after got a letter to see Mr Duncan at BRI for the results he said and I quote him “two arteries are nearly blocked and one looks like a bit of string”
You will need a triple bypass.
I have had another angiogram since this one and the results where the same.

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    Re: PART 2

    All sounds a bit scary to me. Lmao at the nurses face, when you told her you was going for a WONDER round Blackpool he he he. Men eh??
    Posted 05-09-2005 at 11:06 by slinky slinky is offline

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